The Nightingale – 2018 Kent

A film of punishing brutality – any time you leave the theater and start typing “Lars von Trier meets Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left”- you’ve seen something black. Haha. I couldn’t find a

The Lives of Others – 2006 von Donnersmarck

Part Rear Window (instead of visual it’s aural), part Orwellian dystopia political Cold War thriller (it’s even set in 1984), and part The Conversation (1974) from Coppola (we even have a scene where they pull

Thor: Ragnarok – 2017 Waititi

It’s superior to most Marvel films because of Waititi’s unique voice- it’s not a spoof- per se- but it’s a comedy and it’s a shift in tone (from the dialogue to the visuals (both color

Cape Fear – 1962 Thompson

It is not auteur cinema (though J. Lee Thompson directed The Guns of the Navarone the year before as well) but features a magnetic Robert Mitchum performance and one of the great Bernard Herrmann’s best

War and Peace – 1956 Vidor

A masterpiece like the Tolstoy novel it was adapted from--- it Is not—but I do believe the reputation for King Vidor’s film would be better if it weren’t “War and Peace”Shot in glorious VistaVisionThe tableau

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 2018 Heller

Viewing 1.0 in 2018 Heller is two for two in the archives with this and her debut from 2015- The Diary of a Teenage Girl – she’s not an overly strong director- but these are

The House That Jack Built – 2018 von Trier

Like so much of von Trier’s work it has moments of utter brilliance and moments you want to throw in the garbage—and not just because of the scandalous nature of it but as an artistic

Luce – 2019 Onah

A dueling vendetta film like 2002’s Changing Lanes—maybe more distant cousins of Crimson Tide or Ridley Scott’s The Duellists The four leads are strong. It’s led by Octavia Spencer (who is always good), from It

Three Times – 2005 Hsiao-Hsien Hou

HHH has a history of making short films and taking part of anthology films (even the brilliant Café Lumiere started out as an anthology project)—this is a three-pronged anthology film about love set in 1966,

The Color of Money – 1986 Scorsese

2nd, or even 3rd tier Scorsese is still better than almost everything else out thereStarts with a voice-over from Scorsese himself like Mean Streets—then we get the strong Robbie Robertson music drop during the credits

No Way Out – 1950 Mankiewicz

It’s a very solid social drama/thriller notable for the debut of Sidney Poitier and the strong performances by both he and Richard Widmark (who play an extremely vile racist) Poitier and Widmark are so good

The 101st Best Director of All-Time: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Weerasethakul. It’ll get to it in stylistic innovations/traits below—but there is no other auteur that makes films like Apichatpong Weerasethakul—completely distinct works that are interconnected, stylistic and narratively bold-- and stick in your memory long

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