The 95th Best Actress of All-Time: Jennifer Lawrence

best film: American Hustle best performance:  Silver Linings Playbook. This one actually isn’t easy. I think you could make a case for Winter’s Bone as well and on a per-minute screen-time average it could be American

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – 2004 Wes Anderson

I’m confident it’s his weakest screenplay but the visuals are extremely strong—any critic that is talking about how their tastes don’t mesh with Anderson’s humor baffle me—I don’t see how they can’t admire the visuals

The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001 Wes Anderson

It’s Anderson’s first real attempt at a diorama (NYC apartment here) and then we’d have a boat (life aquatic), train (Darjeeling), hotel (grand budapest). It’s a dazzling exploration and launch for his creative brilliance regarding

The 96th Best Actress of All-Time: Greta Gerwig

best film: Frances Ha best performance : Frances Ha stylistic innovations/traits: Gerwig is a talented actresses and comedian who came to rise with Baumbach’s three films in the 2010’s. Her best work to date is Frances Ha

The 97th Best Actress of All-Time: Emma Thompson

best film: Howard’s End. best performance :  Howard’s End. stylistic innovations/traits: One-time wife and muse of Branagh may have never been in a masterpieces but is in 13 archiveable films and counting (which is a lot)

The 98th Best Actress of All-Time: Gloria Swanson

best film: Sunset Boulevard best performance : Sunset Boulevard stylistic innovations/traits: Swanson was a silent star (though I haven’t seen more than one archiveable film of hers from that era) and then Wilder took that premise (along

The 99th Best Actress of All-Time: Cathy Moriarty

best film: Raging Bull best performance : Raging Bull stylistic innovations/traits: This one is brief with one film. She’s not alone on this list (Maria Falconetti and Bjork to come). Falconetti created a problem because she has

The 100th Best Actress of All-Time: Talia Shire

best film: The Godfather best performance : The Godfather Part II stylistic innovations/traits: Shire is in iconic (and justifiably so) films: The Godfather films and The Rocky films. Even though it is a limited archiveable filmography she

A Story of Floating Weeds – 1934 Ozu

It’s far from his first film, and he’s had stronger narratives/characters before and more laughs before- but for me this is the beginning of Ozu as a high-level auteur with his use of editing—specifically cutaways

Rushmore – 1998 Wes Anderson

Bottle Rocket was Anderson’s debut but Rushmore is the loud ringing announcement of a major film artist Schwartzman, in his debut, is dazzling and shockingly confident—certainly he looks like a young Dustin Hoffman and the

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 1989 Spielberg

A strong film- certainly in the archives and closer to the top 10 of 1989 than the bottom of the archives but I think the 3rd strongest of the films- certainly visually Bond and Indiana

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 1984 Spielberg

Certainly darker than the original (and Last Crusade) but it doesn’t let up on the spectacular set pieces Even more than the 1981 masterpiece this is influenced by India and Gunga Din The opening in

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