The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 1939 Thorpe

2019-12-30T15:26:36+00:00

I’m not IMDB’ing what else Richard Thorpe directed by this is a solid adaptation of Twain with the perfect casting (even if he’s actually 19 years old) of Mickey Rooney as the titular heroRooney is

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 1939 Thorpe2019-12-30T15:26:36+00:00

Happy-Go-Lucky – 2008 Leigh

2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

It is not on that level of an artistic achievement but I think Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky (probably more of a triumph for Sally Hawkins—who is wonderful here-- than Leigh himself) makes for an interesting pairing

Happy-Go-Lucky – 2008 Leigh2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

Waves – 2019 Shults

2019-12-30T13:30:32+00:00

Trey Edward Shults’ Waves feels like something big. It is Shults’ third film—at the age of 31. Waves is a breakthrough for Shults’—it looks and feels like Krisha (Shults has an identifiable aesthetic—the mark of

Waves – 2019 Shults2019-12-30T13:30:32+00:00

Little Women – 2019 Gerwig

2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

There are 3 previous archiveable versions of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women-- but Gerwig’s version is utterly distinct and cinematically spectacular—the only one close (and they’re all in the archives) is Cukor’ s 1933 version

Little Women – 2019 Gerwig2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

Footloose – 1984 Herbert Ross

2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

Kevin Bacon and Kenny Loggins give this film just enough to sneak into the archives. The entire soundtrack (most of it original for the film) is perfect. Loggins, as mentioned, does much of it- but

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Little Women – 1994 Armstrong

2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women, the third archiveable version after Cukor’s 1933 version and the 1949 from Mervyn LeRoy, doesn’t feature transcendent direction, but it is an admirable adaptation thanks to a talented cast and a

Little Women – 1994 Armstrong2020-07-03T10:28:38+00:00

Dark Waters – 2019 Haynes

2019-12-26T14:58:12+00:00

Sure, it’s always somewhat disappointing with an auteur who is capable of something like Carol, doesn’t live up to it—Dark Waters, as strong as it is, is NOT Carol – the artistic ambitions aren’t that

Dark Waters – 2019 Haynes2019-12-26T14:58:12+00:00
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