Nighthawks – 1981 Malmuth


If you love The French Connection, Serpico, and The Day of the Jackal--- you’ll really like NighthawksStallone is clearly imitating Pacino here, has Serpico’s facial hair, undercover NYC cop (dressing up multiple times to blend

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Last Year at Marienbad – 1961 Resnais


A convincing case could be made for Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad to be called the most attractive work of cinema of all-time—a formal, stylistic, and visual sonic boom   an interior shot as good

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Hiroshima Mon Amour – 1959 Resnais


Resnais started Hiroshima Mon Amour as a documentary (he had made shorts and documentaries before but this is his debut) and then he integrates that into a brilliant blend of an almost David Lean-like Brief

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Patty Hearst – 1988 Schrader


There are two films here within one—the opening first 30 minutes or so, the part where she is captured and held capture is brilliant cinema- a fever dream montage of arresting images, lighting and camera

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Joker – 2019 Phillips


first viewing October 2019--- 2.0 March 2020A very notable artistic accomplishment by both Todd Phillips and Joaquin PhoenixPhoenix’s work is easier to tackle but I still feel like you could easily write 2000 words on

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Steamboat Bill, Jr. – 1928 Buster Keaton and Charles Reisner


It begins with a strong 180-degree panoramic pan shot and quickly, like Keaton’s sophomore and breakout feature Our Hospitality, we’re introduced to two rival men and families- King and Stonewall Jackson. And like Our Hospitality,

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College – 1927 Buster Keaton and James Horne


A sad disappointment given Keaton’s talents as an auteur and the fact that this is the film most immediately following The General – an incontestable masterpiece Long speeches from Keaton here with text titles—this is

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Seven Chances – 1925 Buster Keaton


Like almost all of Keaton’s works – this one ends with a bang—spectacular set pieces and a wild chase The very first sequence as is strong well- seasons changing in front of the house as

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Sherlock Jr. – 1924 Buster Keaton


A jaw-on the floor masterpiece, and, believe it or not, one that doesn’t really take off and fly until the last 20-25 minutes—so you can imagine how good those last 25 minutes are There are

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The 163rd Best Director of All-Time: Mario Bava


Bava. The father of the Giallo Italian horror sub-genre (with Argento as an acolyte and semi-contemporary) Bava did what the genre what Leone did for the western—he brought a hyper-stylized visual panache to the table

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