Thunder Bay – 1953 Anthony Mann

It’s second tier Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart collaboration but still solid Casting is sensational. I’ll get to Stewart in a second but Joanne Dru is perfect as the jaded and spirited beauty who is

The Wilby Conspiracy – 1975 Nelson

It’s a political thriller but coming out in 75’, the same year as Three Days of the Condor, is a reminder that this is not in the class of that great film In many ways

2000

best film:  In Werckmeister Harmonies Bela Tarr became one of the all-time great movers of the camera. The cinematography in the film rivals the best work of the greatest since the beginning of the art

How the West Was Won – 1962 Ford, Hathaway, George Marshall

Best known for the technical specs- 70mm three screen Cinerama--- made it impossible to have a close up and until the spectacular Bluray transfer made it impossible to watch at home It’s a film that

Ran – 1985 Kurosawa

The compositional visual beauty of the long shots and mise-en-scene detail are masterpiece worthy—Kurosawa makes great use of every extra, color flourish in the frame, and set piece (whether it’s the mountains in the final

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 2017 McDonagh

I’m archiving the film after one viewing but I had some problems with it. It’s uneven. Franky there are too many very good scenes between great actors for me to ignore and not archive but

Certain Women – 2016 Reichardt

I feel much better about it with a second visit. Reichardt’s approach is minimal but intelligent and nuanced. She’s capturing a snapshot in these 3 (or 4 if you count Stewart)’s lives—these are people, women,

Ronin – 1998 Frankenheimer

Ronin is rightly known for the brilliantly filmed and choreographed car chases. It’s not quite bullitt or the French connection (or even we own the night by James Gray) but it’s superb nonetheless Oddly enough

Chicago – 2002 Marshall

It blew critics and the Academy away in 2002. Rare 4 star from Travers and many comparisons to Fosse’s 1972 Cabaret… it is not Cabaret I think it’s more a strong combination of pieces than

1999

best film:  Magnolia has slowly edged its way into my top 50 of all-time and is, by a decent margin, the best film of 1999- which is a superb and incredibly deep year for cinema. 

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