Capote – 2005 Bennett Miller


It’s a stunning portrait of Truman Capote with a triumphant performance by Phillip Seymour Hoffman I wish there was some of it but there’s some strong juxtaposition of establishing shots and transition editing with the

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best film:  Christopher Nolan's Inception remains my top film of 2010- the year I got back into cinema with a vengeance after a 2-3 year break (sort of- I still watched like 4 movies a


Sergeant Rutledge – 1960 Ford


It’s notable today for being the first western to star a black man—Willy Strode (a Ford regular). Strode actually played football at UCLA with Jackie Robinson. In that regards it’s a landmark film Strode shares

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A Zed and Two Noughts – 1985 Greenaway


It’s a major leap forward for Greenaway and a clear precursor to the cook, the thief, hjs wife and her lover Like most of the rest of his films there’s a symbolic death ritual finale

A Zed and Two Noughts – 1985 Greenaway2020-07-03T10:31:06+00:00

The Four Feathers – 1939 Z. Korda


Sadly it’s an overlooked and underrated film (not in the TSPDT top 1000 and it should be) A very British film Described accurately as a “ripping good yarn”. Solid adventure film Notable for the early

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Black Panther – 2018 Coogler


A very strong start to 2018, the continuation of Coogler’s ascension as one of cinema’s future greats, and the best film in the MCU to date The supporting cast is extremely strong for any film-

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The Draughtman’s Contract – 1982 Greenaway


Greenaway is an artist first and foremost- made a bunch of shorts and that really weird the falls (1980) 3 hour fake documentary which is not in my archives so this is his first real

The Draughtman’s Contract – 1982 Greenaway2020-07-03T10:31:08+00:00

The Light Between Oceans – 2016 Cianfrance


It’s a strong melodrama- which is a genre- not a criticism (news to some critics) The plotting has issues and the name of the damn movie is tough to get past—but it’s beautifully photographed and

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best film: I wish I felt as confident here on my top 5 of 2009 as I do on my top 5 of 2007. Just a few years back I had Fantastic Mr. Fox at




best film: 2008 is the year of The Dark Knight. As much as I like Wall-E, Wendy & Lucy and some others the best film, performance, and work by a director from the year easily




best film: I had to tell myself not to overcomplicate this one. It’s a tremendous year worthy of all the praise form retro podcasts and articles—warranted-- a towering year for cinema with that top 5-6

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