Naked – 1993 Leigh

This is Leigh’s fourth archiveable film but there’s little in his three previous (all very solid) efforts that would make you think he’s capable of this. This is a stylistic visual atom bomb on top

High Flying Bird – 2019 Soderbergh

Soderbergh will finish the 2010’s decade with 7 archiveable films—a decade in which he retired. I love how prolific he is and can’t wait to see what he does in 2020—but I don’t think any

The 117th Best Director of All-Time: King Vidor

Vidor. King Vidor to be specific (not Charles Vidor who directed Gilda) is the #117 best director of all-time.  His strength is his depth of quality in his body of work- especially having 6 films

Us – 2019 Peele

Viewing 1.0 March 2019 A film that’s ambitious in ideas and script, but not overly ambitious in film as art or filmmaking if you willThere are a couple of really nice shots—one of them is

The 116th Best Director of All-Time: James Whale

Whale. James Whale’s strength is he was a major auteur in the 1930’s. His output includes four films that land in the top 100 of that decade. His filmography ranks him out at #122 overall

Ford v. Ferrari – 2019 Mangold

Movies that are this easy to watch (this is 152 minutes that absolutely fly by) don’t come along every year. Ford v. Ferrari boasts master craft acting and writing of the highest caliber It’s not

The 115th Best Director of All-Time: Peter Jackson

Jackson. Obviously Jackson isn’t on this list without The Lord of the Rings but the momentous achievement of that masterpiece cannot overlooked. I count The Lord of the Rings as one film in the same way I count Dekalog

Silence – 2016 Scorsese

An intellectual deliberation on sin, doubt, yes- God’s silence, persecution and cruelty/evilIn one of the opening scenes with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Ciarán Hinds there’s a very nice shot of an empty cathedral and

Pain & Glory – 2019 Almodóvar

The visual style is, as always with Almodóvar, about the mise-en-scene filled with vibrant colors, costume design. There are at least 4-5 jaw-droppers here that may end up pushing this film even higher up in

Dames – 1934 Enright, Berkeley

Two directors and two films- Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley—only one (Berkeley) is the geniusThe first half is nearly all Enright (I can tell this by the body of work of the two differing directors)—it

Life is Sweet – 1990 Leigh

Mike Leigh has his own voice, world and characters not unlike Fellini, Bergman or Woody Allen – his is the  blue collar (Broadbent sporting a can of beer in the first 5 minutes and you

The War Zone – 1999 Roth

Stark visually, bleak in tone, and heavy in subject matter --- Tim Roth (debut as a director, obviously a very talented and accomplished actor) follows in the proud British tradition of Davies, Loach and Mike

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