The 2nd Best Actress of All-Time: Katharine Hepburn

best film: It’s Bringing Up Baby and it’s not that close. The Philadelphia Story and The African Queen would be the closest but Bringing Up Baby is a giant comic masterpiece and the very best

The 3th Best Actress of All-Time: Meryl Streep

best film: Manhattan. This is far from being Streep’s signature film/role and she’s no better than the 5th best (or most important) performance in the film. I think Deer Hunter is a masterpiece (though not

The 4th Best Actress of All-Time: Giulietta Masina

best film: Juliet of the Spirits passed La Strada on my all-time list in 2016 or so when I saw it last. I currently have it as the 80th best film of all-time and La

The 5th Best Actress of All-Time: Lillian Gish

best film: Intolerance is a giant masterpiece that has influenced everyone from Von Stroheim to David Lean and Christopher Nolan. Gish doesn’t have a big part in it (she plays the handle that rocks the

Never Say Never Again – 1983 Kershner

It’s the 7th and final time Connery played James Bond- probably the 5th or 6th best—it’s twelve years since his last (1971 Diamonds are Forever- the worst one) and he’s 53 years old here The

The 6th Best Actress of All-Time: Jeanne Moreau

best film: Jules and Jim. I have Jules and Jim as the 15th best film of all-time. That also makes it the best film of the French New Wave, the best film from France, and

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969 Roy Hill

It’s a collaborative masterpiece. Roy Hill is a solid director (the Sting) but here he’s aided by an oscar- winning (and sharp as hell) screenplay by William Goldman, Oscar-winning photography by Conrad Hall (one of

Tokyo Story – 1953 Ozu

This Ozu study has helped but i think mainly I’m just a better critic than i was in the past (if i do say so myself). I do think the critical community is partly to

Foxtrot – 2017 Maoz

Even if it’s not a glowing success (not in my top 10 of 2017 after one watch) I appreciation Maoz’s formal approach—everything is very carefully set up- every sight gag and joke is told with

The 7th Best Actress of All-Time: Liv Ullmann

best film: Persona is Ullmann’s best film as I think it’s Bergman’s greatest (and she isn’t in Seventh Seal which I think is probably the best closest). But, don’t sleep on Cries and Whispers. It’s

The 8th Best Actress of All-Time: Catherine Deneuve

best film: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. There are really three candidates here. There’s Umbrellas (my ultimate choice), Repulsion (overlooked Polanski masterpiece) and Dancer in the Dark (where Deneuve is in support of course). I’ve actually

The 9th Best Actress of All-Time: Marlene Dietrich

best film: Touch of Evil but it’s not as black and white as it first looks. Von Sternberg isn’t Welles but he’s an important and great director. His work in mise-en-scene (and his best work

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