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

Toy Story – 1995 Lasseter

Pixar’s first film- a smashing critical and box office success--- set the groundwork for this as the future vs. the hand-drawn work that dates back decades It was the first feature-length film to be entirely

The 74th Best Director of All-Time: Alan Pakula

Pakula.  Pakula was on absolute fire from 1971 to 1976 with this unofficial paranoia trilogy and then we’re largely done—unlike Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg and others American filmmakers that emerged during that incredibly fertile period in

The Last Black Man in San Francisco – 2019 Talbot

A strong debut from Joe Talbot – It’s not Kogonads’s Columbus or Steve McQueen’s Hunger- this one runs out of steam (those first 5 minutes here are so impressive) but still- excited to see what

Deliverance – 1972 Boorman

Part B-movie horror/thriller nightmare, part meditation on masculinity—part end of the 1960’s and an end of innocence. The dueling banjos and squealing like a pig scenes-  well-crafted and justifiably iconic cinematic passages Vilmos Zsigmond as

Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981 Spielberg

It works almost alone without dialogue just focusing on the spectacular set pieces, the editing (Oscar win), John Williams score, and the set design (Oscar win)—silent cinema Irresistibly entertaining Love the opening graphic match with

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