Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – 2006 McKay

Looking back – the 2006 comedy from McKay has many of the elements of his authorship from the opening ridiculous fake quote by Eleanor Roosevelt to the celebrity cameos (Earnhardt Jr, Elvis Costello, Mos Def)

Mean Streets – 1973 Scorsese

March 2017Opens wondrously with the voice over, pop soundtrack, and the triple- editing technique (same image zoomed in with short ellipsis) that Scorsese would keep doing for the next 40 yearsThe rock/pop soundtrack is really

The 84th Best Director of All-Time: George Cukor

Cukor. Cukor. Even without any credit for Gone With the Wind Cukor’s filmography alone is deserving of this slot. He’s not a style-plus director and his contribution to Gone With the Wind is of much debate (it’s clear

The Goonies – 1985 Donner

With Richard Donner directing, Spielberg producing, and Chris Columbus writing—it’s a hell of a blockbustery/populist talent combination behind it—you put that with a gifted young cast of kids and you have a worthy film hereThe

The 83rd Best Director of All-Time: The Dardenne Brothers

The Dardenne Brothers. There’s nobody in Hollywood, indie cinema or around the globe that can match the Dardenne’s realism work since the mid 90’s. They exploded on the scene 1996 with La Promesse and they now have

The 82nd Best Director of All-Time: Frank Capra

Capra. Capra is a style-minus director but has a brilliant filmography (his filmography grades out to be ranked 60th as a director) and unlike others like Huston or Curtiz or some others his great films

The Hateful Eight – 2015 Tarantino

Much to praise here even if it’s Tarantino’s weakest since Death Proof in 2007 and second weakest as an auteur overall great doorway wall-art photography here The 70mm photography by QT and his DP Robert

Sweet Country – 2017 Warwick Thornton

An impressive Western- violent, starkThere’s a real evil here—both the character and setting—brutal and uncivilizedThornton has a talent for making you feel the open space of Australia—lots of wide shots Reminds me of The Three

Annie Hall – 1977 Allen

Allen is absolutely flexing here – flouting narrative conventions and brimming with creativity Gordon Willis’ work here from a photographical standpoint isn’t quite the achievement it is in The Godfather films or his work with

The 81st Best Director of All-Time: Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola. Coppola has given us one of the best films of the 00’s decade and five of her six films have landed in the top 100 of their respective decade. She’s yet another one

Saboteur – 1942 Hitchcock

Unmistakably Hitchcockian—another one of his mistaken-identity thrillers--- similar to The 39 Steps, North By NorthwestMinor Hitchcock or a B-side if you will Most notable for the set piece finale—instead of the Golden Gate bridge or

Who’s That Knocking at My Door – 1967 Scorsese

Scorsese’s debut—a rough draft for Mean StreetsIt’s pretty ugly to look (16mm) at – shot crudely—but the talent is there behind the camera is clear- such energy and creativity Ebert--- “Announcing the arrival of an

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