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

The 51st Best Director of All-Time: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder. He certainly burnt the candle at both ends- he seemed to exist only to do drugs, drink, and make movies (when they found his body he had the script for his next movie lying

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

The 50th Best Director of All-Time: Nicolas Roeg

Roeg. Though he’s not quite in his class, Roeg reminds me of Godard who had a great run and then fall off. He’s a supernova who burned brightly and died out quickly. Roeg worked as

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

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

The 49th Best Director of All-Time: Shôhei Imamura

Imamura. Imamura is relatively new for me- a "wow" random viewing of The Pornographers and then a full-blown study in 2019. His strengths are the four films in the top 500 of all-time and the

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

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

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

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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