The Silence of the Lambs – 1991 Demme

An unbelievably taut and entertaining 118 minutes Demme’s main aesthetic visual choice here is the close-up (close to the extreme close up eyes by like Leone in the shootout sequences of good the bad and


best film:  Pulp Fiction on the page alone may be good enough to be one of the best films of the year. However, when you consider Tarantino’s work as director you have, quite easily, the


best film:  Schindler’s List edged out The Piano for 1993’s best film. Over the years I’ve changed my mind a few times between these two masterpieces and I have it as a virtual tie. In

The Right Stuff – 1983 Kaufman

A triumph of confident and sturdy direction by Philp Kaufman, ensemble acting, and a fascinating narrative laid out by the Tom Wolfe novel. An American epic- often, wrongly, called “the last American epic” by some

Shine – 1996 Hicks

The film is nearly all acting. Geoffery Rush is superb, but so is Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl and to a lesser degree Lynn Redgrave and John Gielgud. It’s the film where Rush won best actor


best film:  Spike Lee’s Malcolm X is rarity- a biopic that is very audacious in both narrative and visual ambition. Denzel’s singular achievement here is the definition of tour-de-force—certainly a top 5 performance of the

Man’s Castle – 1933 Borzage

Features Borzage’s trademark heart-warming well-earned melodrama Stunning romantic tale of a extraordinarily sweet Loretta Young and a streetwise tough-on-the-outside but all heart inside Spencer Tracy in a great early role for him Harsh poverty depression


best film: JFK is a landmark in film editing. I may have to revisit my short-list in the light of Dunkirk here in 2017 but it’s one of the films I mention again and again

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