2007

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

The Fugitive – 1993 A. Davis

Andrew Davis really wouldn’t be heard from again (the package, under siege) but this 1993 film is a major feather in the cap for Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford and the entire action/thriller genre. It’s

Titanic – 1953 Negulesco

It’s on the fringe but after one viewing I’m putting it in the archives. Negulesco doesn’t do anything amazing (probably best known for the mask of dimitrios) but it has a solid script from Charles

The Tale of Princess Kagulaya – 2013 Takahata

Gorgeous and distinctive in it being hand-drawn and almost sketched and airy not only compared to most Hollywood animation but films like only yesterday and others from studio Ghibli Takahata 78 years old at time

Only Yesterday – 1991 Takahata

One of the early high water-marks of Studio Ghibli—Takahata is a co-founder along with Miyazaki. Gorgeous opening tracking shot of skyscraper—Takahata again and again tries to simulate camera with animation Rural Eden- almost a pantheism

The Ox-Box Incident – 1943 Wellman

Criticized by many as essentially a stage-bound play but with horses but it has as strong screenplay and excellent performances from Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews One of Fonda’s favorite of his movies Anti-lynching social

Fargo – 1996 Coen

It changes from time to time but I think, at least for the last 2 years or so, that this is the Coen brothers’ best work People who think this film launched their career into

Killing Them Softly – 2012 Dominik

Anytime you’re a director and Rex Reed calls you “pretentious’ you’re onto something as an artist The film is overt in its tones- cynical, political and nihilistic. I love all three. It’s not “what” Dominik

Groundhog Day – 1993 Ramis

Groundhog’s Day is narrative bliss- one of the truly great screenplays of the entire 1990’s. Ramis is no visual master but the formal theme and variation in the screenplay here is transcendent art. It’s rewatchable

Back to the Future II – 1989 Zemeckis

A very flawed film but one I find myself coming back to often. I have it on the fringe but am officially putting it into the archives for now. The annoying Pepsi ads have grown

2006

best film: Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is going to be revered as one of the great films of the 21st century. People are either already there or not there yet. Haha. Cuaron’s camerawork doesn’t

The Magnificent Ambersons – 1942 Welles

As you can see from the three pictures it’s a visual stunner full with depth of field stylistic cinematic benchmarks and opulent mise-en-scene One big question on the film remains Tim Holt’s lead performance. He’s

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