Countdown – 1967 Altman

It doesn’t rewrite the book on Robert Altman, Robert Duvall or James Caan by any stretch but it is a solid little film- rests somewhere outside the top 20 of 1967It was Altman’s first feature

Night of the Living Dead – 1968 Romero

There are two movements going on here in George Romero’s debut film Night of the Living Dead- a changing of the guard for the horror genre, and an important film for the history independent cinemaFrom

The 169th Best Director of All-Time: James Gray

Gray. James Gray’s best work (though his top four films are all really strong and closely clustered) has come in the 2010’s so he’ll vault up this list in the upcoming years. His resume’s strengths

The 168th Best Director of All-Time: Edgar Ulmer

Ulmer. On a shoestring budget Ulmer produced one of the best 1930’s horror films (The Black Cat) and one of the absolute staples and best films in film noir (Detour). Both show off Ulmer’s talents

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages – 1916 Griffith

A staggeringly ambitious (both in grandeur and structure) early masterpiece—experimental Griffith lays out the complex structure in the opening titles—he’s weaving together moments of, yes, intolerance, throughout the ages—these four narratives unfold, in harmony, throughout

Train to Busan – 2016 Sang-ho Yeon

A strong entry into the horror/zombie subgenreI’ll be comparing it to other films below but I think it all starts with Romero’s work—sociopolitical entertainment in this specific mode The neglectful father is a fund manager,

Mon oncle d’Amérique – 1980 Resnais

An absolutely masterful dissection of the human condition, an accomplishment in editing, and a piece of cinema that should be used to showcase the possibilities strong film form A highly ambitious film without one single

The 167th Best Director of All-Time: James Ivory

Ivory. James Ivory is the director of the Merchant Ivory brand- and it is a brand- a clear and distinct style and taste. Ismail Merchant is the producer and James Ivory is most often credited

Two Days, One Night – 2014 Dardenne

The perfect marriage of this era’s greatest cinematic realists (The Dardenne brothers) and perhaps this generation’s most gifted actress (Marion Cotillard). This is their first time working with a “star”. I thought of Ingrid Bergman’s

The 166th Best Director of All-Time: Tim Burton

Burton. Eight films with Burton’s unmissable gothic fingerprint is the reason he lands on this list. He doesn’t have a top 500 of all-time film (and unlike some others I’m pretty certain of that) and

Muriel, or the Time of Return – 1963 Resnais

Similar to Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Maridenbad in some regards (meditating on memory, a playful deconstruction of traditional plot and character motivations)—Muriel, of the Time of Return makes the tragic mistake, immeasurably

The 165th Best Director of All-Time: John Woo

Woo. Woo’s case is his unabashed style and depth of filmography—there aren’t too many style-plus auteurs left this far down the list with a fourth best film as good as Hard Boiled or fifth as

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