The Best Actor of All-Time: Robert De Niro

best film:  Raging Bull. Scorsese’s supreme masterpiece has moved to my #4 film of all-time. The opening credits, the battle with Sugar Ray (my god that lighting) and the slow-motion drive-by sequence with Frank Vincent

The 2nd Best Actor of All-Time: James Stewart

best film:  Vertigo. There are four Jimmy Stewart masterpiece films to choose from including It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s Vertigo recently passed Citizen Kane on

The 3rd Best Actor of All-Time: Marlon Brando

best film:  Apocalypse Now is the second best film of all-time and since Brando isn’t in The Searchers (#1) it’s the choice here even with The Godfather looming closely behind (also in the top 10).

The 4th Best Actor of All-Time: Humphrey Bogart

best film:  Casablanca is the best of four masterpieces starring Bogart. Those four are (in order of quality): Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon. I have In

I’m Not There. – 2007 Haynes

The narrative storytelling is fascinating—a collage, kaleidoscope—impressionistic biopic that avoids the dry conventional biopic like the plague (sort of the anti-Ray or Walk the Line) Haynes sets it up early with a montage of his

The 5th Best Actor of All-Time: Jack Nicholson

best film:  This one is incredibly crowded because Jack has been in (and been excellent in) 6 ½ masterpieces. It’s the most I’ve seen while doing this. He’s in Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s

The 6th Best Actor of All-Time: Al Pacino

best film:  The Godfather is Pacino’s best film with Part II close behind and Heat not far in the rear-view either. Pacino has been in four masterpieces—the fourth of which is Sidley Lumet’s film Dog

The 7th Best Actor of All-Time: Daniel Day-Lewis

best film:  There Will Be Blood. There’s nothing terribly close so this film is absolutely huge for DDL’s resume. As of now it’s his lone masterpiece (I’m excited to revisit Phantom Thread after twice in

The 8th Best Actor of All-Time: Toshirô Mifune

best film:  Seven Samurai reigns supreme but Rashomon has shot up my list over the last decade. The sheer ambition and size of The Seven Samurai edges out the narrative genius of Rashomon but they’re

The 9th Best Actor of All-Time: Charlie Chaplin

best film:  City Lights is solidly in my top-100 of all-time and Modern Times has pushed past The Gold Rush and is now in my “honorable mention” section. Chaplin was no visual master behind the

The 10th Best Actor of All-Time: Cary Grant

best film: Bringing Up Baby is my top-rated screwball comedy and top-rated Howard Hawks film (three total in the top 100 of all-time). It ekes out as Grant’s best film ahead of North by Northwest

Far From Heaven – 2002 Haynes

You can’t watch the film or discuss the film without mentioning the work of Douglas Sirk—Haynes entirely apes his style—this doesn’t have John Waters Cry Baby irony and pastiche—it’s no PT Anderson “doing” Scorsese with

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