Jackie Brown – 1997 Tarantino


The third film from Quentin Tarantino--- a very strong effort if falling short of the transcendent brilliance of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs Tarantino’s first (and only to date) adaption- Elmore Leonard’s “Rum Punch”  

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The 47th Best Director of All-Time: D.W. Griffith


Griffith.  Five years ago I would not have Griffith in the top 50 directors of all-time. Another example of why this is an always-evolving list that I hope to pause and update every 4-5 years.

The 47th Best Director of All-Time: D.W. Griffith2020-07-03T10:29:21+00:00

Pulp Fiction – 1994 Tarantino


A three-pronged masterpiece--- magnificent writing (on par with or superior to the great works of say Bergman or Before Sunset),  tour de force direction behind the camera (the dance contest sequence, the freeze frame on

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Reservoir Dogs – 1992 Tarantino


A remarkable debut—a born virtuoso-- like Welles, The Coen Brothers or our two fathers of the French New Wave this one comes direct from Tarantino as a wholly realized voice and cinematic vision A taut

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You Can Count on Me – 2000 Lonergan


Kenneth Lonergan’s debut- an undoubtedly gifted writerGratifying setting-- small-town AmericaGlowing 4 stars from Travers and EbertRich characterizations and performances from Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick and the young Rory Culkin – Linney is wonderful-

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Coffee and Cigarettes – 2003 Jarmusch


11 separate vignettes filmed over the course of nearly two decades Black and white, stationary camera, urban coffee houses—vices (cigarettes and coffee as the title states), graffiti on the wall to start us on the

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – 1999 Jarmusch


Like all of Jarmusch’s work- a heavy formal achievement—here the main feats are the dissolve edits (largely in the first 30 minutes), Rza’s score, and the meditative readings (through title card breaks)—the pairing of all

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – 1999 Jarmusch2020-07-03T10:29:21+00:00

Dead Man – 1995 Jarmusch


Hypnotic masterpiece – Jarmusch’s greatest achievement Goes back to black and white photography after two consecutive color films- he’s 3/3 even through 6 films at the time of Dead Man This is his first narrative

Dead Man – 1995 Jarmusch2021-09-16T02:21:46+00:00

That Uncertain Feeling – 1941 Lubitsch


A weaker effort (box office bomb not that that matters) from Lubitsch which is no insult but not enough to vie for one of his best or 1941’s best. A remake of his own work

That Uncertain Feeling – 1941 Lubitsch2020-07-03T10:29:21+00:00
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