Red Eye – 2005 Craven


An incredibly tight thriller—85 minutes—and until the finale it feels like we’re pretty close to real time so it adds to the intimacyRobert Yeoman as the director of photography—Wes Anderson’s guy—proof here more that Wes

Red Eye – 2005 Craven2019-06-23T11:49:06+00:00

The 63rd Best Director of All-Time: Agnes Varda


Varda. I have to preface that my neither my page, nor my ranking/evaluation of Varda, includes her documentary work (which is substantial). She shares this with Herzog and a few others. Varda has three top

The 63rd Best Director of All-Time: Agnes Varda2020-07-03T10:29:15+00:00

The Wild Bunch – 1969 Peckinpah


Doggedly nihilistic, immaculately photographed (Lucien Ballard as DP) and perfectly performed by the talented ensemble of actors The transcendent trait though, and what makes it a top 100 all-time film, is the editing—yes- the freeze

The Wild Bunch – 1969 Peckinpah2020-07-03T10:29:15+00:00

Kill Bill – 2003 and 2004 Tarantino


First off, it is one movie- and Ebert would agree with me: “It's not a sequel but a continuation and completion, filmed at the same time; now that we know the whole story” I’m also

Kill Bill – 2003 and 2004 Tarantino2020-07-03T10:29:15+00:00

The 61st Best Director of All-Time: Lars von Trier


Von Trier. The Dogme95 movement is an important movement in the story of realism in cinema and von Trier is the central figure. I have Breaking the Waves as the best film of the 1990’s. Obviously that

The 61st Best Director of All-Time: Lars von Trier2020-07-03T10:29:15+00:00

The 59th Best Director of All-Time: Peter Greenaway


Greenaway. Greenaway’s strengths are the two films in the top 156 and the dedication to his style even when it doesn’t fully succeed (Baby of Macon, Prospero’s Books). He’s certainly a style-plus director. On the

The 59th Best Director of All-Time: Peter Greenaway2020-07-03T10:29:15+00:00

The Savages – 2007 Tamara Jenkins


A sharply written black comedy—with moments of levity in some incredibly dour circumstances (dealing with a father with dementia) Nominations for Laura Linney’s performance and Tamara Jenkins screenplay—if you add Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance those

The Savages – 2007 Tamara Jenkins2019-06-17T12:08:46+00:00
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