The 52nd Best Director of All-Time: Bernardo Bertolucci


Bertolucci. Bertolucci is a style-plus director with a top 100 film- I don’t have many of those left at this point. The Conformist is a brilliant visual high-wire act of a masterpiece—directed with flair and gravitas. Although

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Outlaw King – 2018 Mackenzie


The opening shot- incredible- 8-9 minute long floating tracking shot. There’s staging and choreography with the fighting, mud, in and out of tents, intelligent writing, and it finishes with the catapult set piece phenomenal 8-minute

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The Limits of Control – 2009 Jarmusch


Jarmusch’s formal rigor stretched to the extremes—repetition, tone and visuals over narrative—Jarmusch has never made a more beautiful filmIt’s demanding and I think Jarmusch misses an opportunity by making it 112 minutes—at 92 and with

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Point Blank – 1967 Boorman


Point Blank is magnificent-- pulpy revenge subject matter meets high art direction like Breathless, Shoot the Piano Player, Bob le Flambeur- clearly influenced by the French new wave here (in terms of high art meets

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Broken Flowers – 2005 Jarmusch


Another incredible effort from Jarmuch—like Ghost Dog or Dead Man is the story of a loner—like Night on Earth it’s broken up into 5 acts (here the reason for the division is tracking down the

Broken Flowers – 2005 Jarmusch2020-07-03T10:29:19+00:00

Hard Eight – 1996 P.T. Anderson


The first image is brilliant—the perfect framing of Philip Baker Hall’s shadow on the far right with Jack’s Coffee Shop—stunning—the ending is strong as well but we really never hit this high again a jaw-dropper

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Gettysburg – 1993 Maxwell


It’s a Ted Turner project and at least at the time of its release in 1993 it was the longest American film released in theater- 4 hours and 31 minutesRandy Edelman’s rousing score—did The Last

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Brokeback Mountain – 2005 Ang Lee


Classically told love story, picturesque photography by Ang Lee, a with a deserving winner for best screenplay, musical score, and a trio of really good performance (led by Ledger) The short story of Annie Proulx

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