The 41st Best Director of All-Time: David Fincher

Fincher. Fincher has now spent 25 years as a top filmmaker. His includes 9 archiveable films, 3 in the top 500 (Fight Club, Zodiac, Seven), and another two (Social Network, Gone Girl) that should enter

The 40th Best Director of All-Time: Vittorio De Sica

De Sica.  It feels late to finally be adding one of cinema’s great realists. Bicycle Thieves is an all-time film (14th all-time on my top 500) and with Umberto D, Shoeshine and Two Women we have four top

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 2019 Stahelski

An impressive blend of Hong Kong-like action choreography and a Skyfall-like focus on set-piece background visualsThere’s a stunner of a teal stain-glass window The entire glass house section towards the end of the film (the

Night on Earth – 1991 Jarmusch

Episodic but interconnected-  Jarmusch, the formal master, repeats the same set up (five conversations between strangers in taxis at night). This is, of course, is linked to his previous work which all employ a three-part

Mystery Train – 1989 Jarmusch

Another in a series of artistic triumphs for Jarmusch to close out the 80’s from Strangers in Paradise to Down by Law to this in 1989. Like the other two, it’s a film structured in

Legends of the Fall – 1994 Zwick

Melodramatic but entertaining and strikingly beautiful (both John Toll’s images and James Horner’s music)—Toll would win the Oscar here and again the next year in Braveheart but his best work would be Thin Red Line.

Mid90s – 2018 Hill

Another film to embrace the square 1.33 : 1  frame- First Reformed, Cold War, A Ghost Story, sections of Grand Budapest90’s nostalgia and some coming of age clichés- it’s a borderline recommend- but there’s enough

The 39th Best Director of All-Time: Billy Wilder

Wilder. Wilder is one of the best screenwriters in film history. You won’t get a ton of argument from me if you want to call him the single best but regardless- any list without him

The 38th Best Director of All-Time: Roman Polanski

Polanski. I’m higher than some on Polanski because of my esteem for both of his occult films: Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion. I think both are masterpieces, which, when paired with Chinatown, made Polanski one of the world’s best filmmakers

Night Across the Street – 2012 Ruiz

The final film from Chilean master Raul RuizThe narrative is messy (evaluation)— surrealism, time travel, stream of consciousness (Beethoven and Long John Silver just show up) (description)- An odd heavy use of rear projection—I like

The 37th Best Director of All-Time: Jim Jarmusch

This is a placeholder- I’m in the middle of a Jarmusch study so it just makes sense to finish before I update his page. Best film:  total archiveable films:  top 100 films: top 500 films:)

The 36th Best Director of All-Time: David Cronenberg

Cronenberg. Cronenberg emerged from the creative burst the horror genre produced in the 1970’s to become one of the greatest auteurs on the planet in the modern era. Cronenberg’s great strength is the quality of

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