The 42nd Best Actress of All-Time: Helen Mirren

best film: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is simply one of the great artist works in the medium’s history and Mirren is front and center for it. Gosford Park is a

The 43rd Best Actress of All-Time: Scarlett Johansson

best film: Lost in Translation. It is a capital “M” Masterpiece with Johansson as the narrative vehicle for most of the film. Under the Skin may give Lost a run for its money with a

The 44th Best Actress of All-Time: Marion Cotillard

best film: Inception. Cotillard, in her brief career, has been in six top-10 of the year films but Inception is clearly the greatest of those films. She’s probably in no more than 10-15 minutes of

The 45th Best Actress of All-Time: Lauren Bacall

best film: The Big Sleep is arguably the greatest noir film and the greatest Hawks’ film of all-time (and many would argue the best Bogey film and I see the argument for sure). It’s a

The 46th Best Actress of All-Time: Amy Adams

best film: The Master. The Master was absolutely huge for her in this regard and to give her a very solid performance (perhaps her best on a per-minute average) in what may be a top

The 47th Best Actress of All-Time: Vivien Leigh

best film: Gone With the Wind. This is a strength for Leigh- no doubt. Gone With the Wind is a masterpiece and a top 100 all-time film.  Streetcar Named Desire is a very solid film

The 48th Best Actress of All-Time: Michelle Williams

best film: Wendy and Lucy. This is no landslide as it’s very tight with Brokeback Mountain (an excellent film), Blue Valentine, and even Shutter Island. Clearly no masterpiece and that hurts her on this list.

The 49th Best Actress of All-Time: Charlize Theron

best film: Mad Max: Fury Road. As good as she is in Monster (won the Academy Award) she’s not on this list without Mad Max: Fury Road. She’s Sigourney Weaver in Aliens but in a

You Only Live Twice – 1967 Gilbert

It’s borderline archiveable for sure and I wouldn’t have a long argument with someone who said it wasn’t worthy of rewatching. For me, I think there’s enough here to admire, enjoy, and study The man-made

Ocean’s Eleven – 2001 Soderbergh

It’s a very entertaining film- a strong narrative, great actors (clearing having a ball), and well directed by Soderbergh who edits it fiercely at a great pace and utilizes his unending talents as a director

The 50th Best Actress of All-Time: Jean Arthur

best film: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is a weakness for this list and project here but she’s in five top 10 films which is a strength. I think both Shane and Only Angels Have

There Was a Father – 1942 Ozu

I think it’s Ozu’s best narrative to date and Ryu’s enduringly stoic father here is the best performance I’ve seen in an Ozu film (and one of the better overall performances of the 40’s) Eloquently

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