A Time to Live and a Time to Die – 1985 Hsiao-Hsien Hou


This is the earliest Hsiao-Hsien Hou film I’ve seen and it’s an impressive work—it’s most outstanding for the hypnotically beautiful compositions. HHH doesn’t move the camera, doesn’t work in close-up really, we have these (below)

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Seven Psychopaths – 2012 Martin McDonagh


The melding of comedy and violence a la Tarantino with some of the stream of consciousness metanarrative work of Charlie Kaufman (particularly Adaptation)—Martin McDonagh’s strengths are in his writing Adore the glowing 0/4 review from

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The War of the Worlds – 1953 Haskin


George Pal produced and is generally considered the “author” of the film (not director Byron Haskin) – Pal would go on to make (and actually direct) 1960’s The Time Machine – both adaptations of essential

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Army of Shadows – 1969 Melville


A masterful war/spy film told with intelligence and a distinct tone (through Melville’s mature style)--- and draped in a jaw-droppingly beautiful and consistent mise-en-scene of muted blues, grays, and midnight indigo day-for-night shots day-for-night shots

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Watership Down – 1978 Rosen


Starts with John Hubley’s gorgeous avant-garde drawing and fable origin story prologue—he was fired by producer Rosen during the direction of the film (Rosen took over) The style consists of some gorgeous nature arkwork and

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Toy Story 2 – 1999 Lasseter, Brannon & Unkrich


In medias res opening like all of the Toy Story films- of them playing The enemy is greed here- adult collectorsAgain, the talented voice cast is worthy of praise- Hanks, Tim Allen and the ensemble

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