The 141st Best Director of All-Time: Hal Ashby

Ashby. Ashby is an important figure in the American New Wave of the 1970’s or the “New Hollywood”. Look at his seven first films below, an extraordinary run, and he stays in the decade. He

The 140th Best Director of All-Time: Mike Leigh

Leigh. I did some of the metrics for my project here before I did a thorough Mike Leigh study from November 2019 to January 2020. Leigh’s place will change over time but I couldn’t put

La Terra Trema – 1948 Visconti

A major achievement for Visconti, Neo-realism, character blocking mise-en-scene and 1940’s cinema It is Visconti’s second film (a long delay) after 1943’s Ossessione (what a 1-2 punch to start a career). One a major film

The 10 Best Male Actors of the 2010’s

I’ve been doing a “best male actors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a male actors of a decade list. Here we go: Leonardo DiCaprio –

Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 2018 Gan Bi

If 2015’s Kaili Blues (Gan Bi’s debut) was a strong sketch of a burgeoning auteur, 2018’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the arrival of a confident, (and more accomplished) talented new voice in cinema

Monsoon Wedding – 2001 Nair

Mira Nair skillfully handles the ensemble drama with swift pacing and strong characters. There’s the central family, the event planner and maid romance, the story of the niece who was a victim of abuse who

Kaili Blues – 2015 Gan Bi

An exciting debut from 26 year old (in 2015) Chinese auteur Gan Bi—it is very rough drafty compared his follow-up 2018’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night but there is a clear vision here- a uniqueness

The 10 Best Female Actors of the 2010’s

I’ve been doing a “best female actors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a female actors of a decade list. Here we go: Emma Stone –

Inside Llewyn Davis – 2013 Coen

Saw it twice in theater in early 2014 and then a third time in March 2018 and a fourth in January 2020I don’t want to overreact to a recent viewing but I think it does

The 10 Best Directors of the 2010’s

I’ve been doing a “best directors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a directors of a decade list. Here we go: Christopher Nolan – I don’t

Toni – 1935 Renoir

Toni is a prime example Renoir’s trademark poetic realism—and it foreshadows both Italian neo-realism (the subjects being Italian doesn’t hurt when thinking about this comparison) movement and the Hollywood noir antihero’s that would pervade so

The Best Films of the Decade: The 2010’s

The Tree of Life - MalickThe Master - P.T. AndersonRoma - Cuaron Dunkirk - NolanLa La Land - ChazelleBirdman - Iñárritu Inception - NolanThe Revenant - Iñárritu Mad Max: Fury Road - G. MillerThe Grand

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