Le Bonheur – 1965 Varda

Varda’s third feature after La Pointe Courte, Cleo From 5 to 7- she goes a resounding 3 for 3 here- one of the most promising starts to any careerGorgeous 35mm color photography (her first in

Cleo from 5 to 7 – 1962 Varda

Both a narrative and stylistic triumph—the premise, Cleo, a pop star, in nearly real-time, going about her life about to get big news on whether or not she has cancer—the timing as a formal device

Everybody Knows – 2018 Farhadi

A pulpy page-tuner with strong writing and accomplished acting from Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and the rest of the ensembleClass struggle here is real- history—right up Farhadi’s alley even if in another country and language—everyone

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1990’s

1.       Breaking the Waves - von Trier 2.       Goodfellas - Scorsese3.       Pulp Fiction - Tarantino 4.       The Thin Red Line- Malick5.       Magnolia - P.T. Anderson6.       Heat- M. Mann7.       JFK - Stone8.       Boogie Nights - P.T. Anderson9.       Dead

Climax – 2018 Noé

It’s a Noé film in style, subject, and narrative structure. The camera floats around in wonderful long takes like an ethereal being, it’s filled with drugs, sex, and violence and we get a spin at

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1980’s

1.       Raging Bull- Scorsese2.       Blade Runner - R. Scott3.       Nostalgia - Tarkovsky4.       The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover - Greenaway5.       Blue Velvet - Lynch6.       Do the Right Thing - S. Lee7.       The

Birds of Passage – 2018 Gallego & Guerra

Guerra’s second straight excellent film after 2015’s Embrace of the Serpent. It’s telling a traditional (this one even more traditional) from a different perspective. This is the rise of a crime family but from the

La Pointe Courte – 1955 Varda

Often cited as the first French New Wave film—and Varda the “Grandmother” of the new wave. I’m not sure about that- and not sure it matters—it’s a great film and—the style is unique and abundant-

Narc – 2002 Carnahan

A cop drama that looks like every cliché on paper—done with ingenuity and nearly flawless execution- a great filmStarts with bang-- hand-held chase- a wild flashback in washed out colorThen at the inquest we have

Embrace of the Serpent – 2015 Guerra

A journey through the jungle narrative in the vein of Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Herzog (Aguirre), and others. James Gray’s The Lost City of Z the year after in 1916This is different in two main respects,

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors – 1964 Parajanov

A wild experimentation of visual style and a hell of a debut for Sergei Parajanov An unbridled aesthetic achievement—he throws the kitchen sink at it so to speak stylistically—it doesn’t all land, and you don’t

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1970’s

1.       Apocalypse Now- F. Coppola2.       Stalker - Tarkovsky3.       The Godfather - F. Coppola4.       The Godfather Part II - F. Coppola5.       Taxi Driver- Scorsese6.       A Clockwork Orange- Kubrick7.       Aguirre, the Wrath of God - Herzog8.       Manhattan-

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