The Post – 2017 Spielberg

January 2018 It’s a top-notch intelligent screenplay and clearly Spielberg has hired two of the best to lead the cast (and the ensemble is very good as well)—but his choice to put this film on

Spirited Away – 2001 Miyazaki

Third or fourth time viewing- caught it on the big screen Picturesque-- still-frame beauty Miyazaki, if he hadn’t already, firmly cements himself as a master of surrealism—as far as cinema- along the likes of Luis

Call Me by Your Name – 2017 Guadagnino

January 2018 1.0 It’s one of the highlights of 2017 because of the cast, the photography (by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (who regularly works with Apichatpong Weerasethakul which may be why much of this film feels like

Creed – 2015 Coogler

Coogler’s second archiveable film under the age of 30 Coogler’s direction and screenplay touches and uses the iconography, archetypes and clichés but executives it all so flawlessly Fruitvale Station announced the arrival and both Coogler

The Beast with Five Fingers – 1946 Florey

Max Steiner riffing off of and using Bach music and a tremendous performance by Peter Lorre are the show here and the reason the film squeaks into the archives A great crane shot down into

Moneyball – 2011 Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller’s sophomore effort here proves his debut, 2005’s Capote was no one-man acting triumph—this is another excellent film Miller pulled out all the stops when putting this film together. He grabs Brad Pitt- one

Backdraft – 1991 Howard

A very talented cast (sans William Baldwin in lead), gorgeous set-pieces, and a strong early Hans Zimmer score carry this film into the archives despite a weak screenplay 3 Oscar noms for effects Could lose

Night Train to Munich – 1940 Reed

Very Hitchcockian’- a train-bound thriller with Margaret Lockwood just like Hitch’s 1938 success The Lady Vanishes 7th and final collaboration of Lockwood and Reed- I can’t say I’ve seen or archived any of the others/previous

The Remains of the Day – 1993 Ivory

It’s more of an actors showcase than Howard’s End- which is not a compliment – I love the film but the acting is still probably better in Howard’s End. Long flashbacks and letters between Hopkins

Howards End – 1992 Ivory

It’s peak Merchant/Ivory- A Room With a View is there, too Handsomely mounted by Ivory, Oscar-Winning script from Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and the cast is phenomenal- Redgrave is great in her small role, Bonham Carter-

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge – 1990 Ivory

It’s a strong bounce-back for Merchant/Ivory after 1989’s Slaves of New York Features real life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward- Woodward is nominated here but they’re both superb Strong period piece study

A Time to Kill – 1996 Schumacher

It’s a tremendously flawed film but buoyed, and ultimately archiveable, because of the sheer entertainment factor-- and strong performances by an ensemble cast at the height of their powers in 1996. This isn’t peak McConaughey—that

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