The Testament of Dr. Mabuse – 1933 Lang


The in medias res opening is a dazzler- a long tracking shot through a cluttered (stunning mise-en-scene) basement. There are bicycle wheels in the frame, lights hanging in the foreground, objects- it’s Ozu and it’s

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Bob le Flambeur – 1956 Melville


It’s both an important film (probably the most easy to point to singular bridge between noir and the French new wave) and a fantastic work of art without the important influence associated Heavily influenced by

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Shakespeare-Wallah – 1965 Ivory


Ivory (and Merchant/Ivory)’s 3rd feature It’s airy and delicate- takes it’s time with the romance and building the atmosphere (shot on location in India) of the traveling players Love the gorgeous sculpture montage in the

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Cemetery of Splendor – 2015 Weerasethakul


I’ve seen it twice (which is not nearly enough for Weerasethakul but where I’m at right now it’s a step down from Syndromes and a Century (2006) and Uncle Boonmee (2010) which were his two

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Syndromes and a Century – 2006 Weerasethakul


A visual atom bomb from Weerasethakul—his most accomplished and formally magnificent film to date. If you combine all the most gorgeous images from this, Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours--- 8 of the 10 from Syndromes

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Tropical Malady – 2004 Weerasethakul


There is a quote in the opening about how we’re all wild animals and then the images of the soldiers smiling and posing over a kill background making shorts works here combining works 10 minutes

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Blissfully Yours – 2002 Weerasethakul


Ranked #599 on TSPDT Almost entirely static camera Weerasethakul's background in shorts works combining vastly different segments here Greens all over the place—the first third of the film is at a clinic which is largely

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The Way We Were – 1973 Pollack


The poster plays up the stars- Redford as big as they come in 1973 and Streisand a cross-over movie and music star and sensation Two Oscars—one for the title song and one for the score—

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Grave of the Fireflies– 1988 Taktahata


It’s nearly unbearably tragic. It’s a gut-punch that wallops you like a Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero or Schindler’s List – roots-- Akiyuki Nosaka’s autobiographical novel Ebert’s great movies “deserves to be amongst the best war

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Tully – 2018 Jason Reitman


It’s the fourth archiveable film from Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult)—third with screenwriter Diablo Cody (those three minus Up in the Air) and second with Theron (Young Adult) The ending surprised me

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Battle of the Sexes – 2017 Dayton and Faris


  Published on: Oct 9, 2017  It doesn’t have the overarching formal visual pleasures of little miss sunshine- dayton and faris previous archiveable effort but it’s a return to the archives and return to form I

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