The Mark of Zorro – 1940 Mamoulian


Tyrone power very strong as both the arrogant cad and the sword-fighting heroHe’s not on Fairbanks level as an acrobat but it’s a different film, silent vs. talkie—the strengths here are mainly the climactic duel

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Vice – 2018 McKay


It's flawed, and didactic (something I use as description more than a criticism) but it’s definitely of the same unique and ambitious style of the big short -- a film I greatly admire. Vice is in the archives for me. 

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The Trial – 1962 Welles


One of the major revelations- and best films- I’ve seen in 2018. I have seen it before, twice I think, but always on really inferior copies (this is not much better), over a decade ago,

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Il Grido – 1957 Antonioni


Bare trees, constant fog, barren industrial set pieces (that finale—astonishing)- it’s another glorious triumph for Antonioni Antonioni’s only film subject set in the blue-collar working class (which in a way touches neo-realism as close as

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The Lady Without Camelias – 1953 Antonioni


An impressive achievement from AntonioniA long take opening lingering on Lucia Bosé through the credits along the streetRemarkable early scene that has the trademarks of Antonioni’s trademark mise-en-scene—a kiss on a bed, camera glides in

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Paddington 2 – 2017 Paul King


An enjoyable abundance of visual treats and I don’t go on this long for unarchiveable filmsI love the pop-up book sequence- very imaginative- it’s like a montage in one simulated long-take The main auteur influence

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Roma – 2018 Cuarón


It’s almost daunting to know where to begin with Cuaron’s latest- a masterpiece. Here he serves as his own DP (debunking any possible theory that it’s Emmanuel Lubezki (Chivo) who is the actual genius at

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Holiday Inn – 1942 Sandrich


14 songs in just over 100 minutes- similar daunting gauntlet to Berlin’s Easter ParadeFamously for the first used here- the luminous song “White Christmas”- for decades the #1 music single of all time The narrative

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Gravity – 2013 Cuarón


A transcendent display of cinematography (The Bordwell definition- not the Academy definition which is closer to photography)- camera movement that perfectly matches the place and story90 minutes- tight- Cuaron is just a perfectionist—last film was

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Unlawful Entry – 1992 Kaplan


There are artistic ambitions right from the get-go her with a helicopter shot going from a crime scene across town over to the house of Madeleine Stowe and Kurt Russell like Hitchcock would often as a

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989 Chechik


Some hits (the entire squirrel slapstick sequence, getting stuck in the attic, any scene with Randy Quaid) and misses (the sledding scene should’ve been cut) but enough redeeming qualities to archive- especially as a “writer

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The Mark of Zorro – 1920 Niblo


Largely in the archives for some nice action sequences involving Douglas Fairbanks’ acrobatics Fairbanks was really trying to break into a new mode- get away from romance films- quite a move here becoming the 20’s

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