The 79th Best Director of All-Time: Clint Eastwood


Eastwood. Eastwood’s filmography is stronger than he is as a stylistic director. Still—at slot #79 here—we have a director with 4 films in the top 500 with similarities in the visual design and persistent narrative

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Inglourious Basterds – 2009 Tarantino


Another major feather in Tarantino’s capThere’s so much to praise here, the Leone-esque Chapter 1, the trademark dialogue, but chief amongst them is the cinema as metaphor reading of the film—there’s so much to unpack

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The 78th Best Director of All-Time: James Cameron


Cameron.  Cameron is a tricky one for me because he only has 7 archiveable films and doesn’t have a big glaring heavyweight masterpiece. Usually someone like that wouldn’t make my top 100 director list. However,

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Hello, Dolly! – 1969 Gene Kelly


A messy film—weak in some areas (narrative, casting issues, throwaway songs)  but there is much to praise as wellThe opening freeze-frame (in 1969 with Butch Cassidy- a big year for freeze-frame)—beautiful with the color-tinting changesShot

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The 76th Best Director of All-Time: John Cassavetes


Cassavetes. Cassavetes not only has 2 top 500 films but is rightly known as grand forerunner of independent American cinema. His films have a definite atmosphere and authenticity about them that isn’t just a stagey

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The Hunt for Red October – 1990 McTiernan


It doesn’t have the haunting claustrophobia of Das Boot but it’s a superb thrillerStrong Tom Clancy source material – the plot actually rides pretty closely to Dr. Strangelove without the comedy of course It’s better

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Glory – 1989 Zwick


Zwick is a gifted photographer—he’s made some well-photographed epics (Legends of the Fall, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire)—this is no different and Zwick benefits from selecting James Horner for the score (very moving) and strong

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Toy Story 4 – 2019 Cooley


Flawed but some very notable peaks as well here to make this one archiveable like the previous three filmsIt’s largely a love story (and a good one) between Tom Hanks’ Woody and Annie Potts’ Bo

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To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962 Mulligan


It’s not auteur cinema but a remarkable combination of elements: Harper Lee’s genius source material of course, Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning lead performance (sadly at the cost of the slightly more deserving Peter O’Toole in Lawrence

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