Bugsy Malone – 1976 Parker


Alan Parker’s debut and it is a crazy concept- a gangster film with one big twist—all actors under 16, most of them younger- Jodie Foster here at 13 and already a seasoned pro Tongue-in-cheek for

Bugsy Malone – 1976 Parker2020-04-30T22:43:23+00:00

The Mercenary – 1968 Corbucci


Clearly meant to challenge (or capitalize) on Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from 1966. Corbucci’s film isn’t as strong (few films are) but it features a great Morricone score (parts seem just

The Mercenary – 1968 Corbucci2020-07-03T10:28:14+00:00

The Matrix Reloaded – 2003 Wachowski


There are two films here really broken up by about the first hour of the movie vs. the second hour--  one is an uninteresting slog (the first half), the other is spectacularStarts with the emerald-infused

The Matrix Reloaded – 2003 Wachowski2020-07-03T10:28:14+00:00

Extraction – 2020 Hargrave


Certainly wasn’t expecting Extraction to be the first archiveable film from 2020I won’t wait to get into the main reason the film is in the archives-- to the stunning 11 minute tracking shot. It happens

Extraction – 2020 Hargrave2020-04-28T14:37:07+00:00

Willow – 1988 Howard


It’s achievement is neither Star Wars that proceeded it a little more than a decade before or Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings that followed a little more than a decade after, far from

Willow – 1988 Howard2020-04-25T20:35:12+00:00

The Awful Truth – 1937 McCarey


The greatest artistic achievement here is from Cary Grant—this is like his 30th feature (and 6th archiveable film) but until The Awful Truth he had mostly been playing the handsome beefcake-type roles (he is always

The Awful Truth – 1937 McCarey2020-04-24T19:46:05+00:00

The Matrix – 1999 Wachowski


Don’t hold the other brilliant films from 1999 against The Matrix- just because it isn’t the best film of the year doesn’t mean it isn’t a magnificent cinematic achievement An inarguable triumph of special effect

The Matrix – 1999 Wachowski2020-07-03T10:28:14+00:00

It – 1927 Badger


A 1920’s variation on Pygmalion—or the rich man and poor girl seen through the ages in films like My Fair Lady and Pretty WomenThe main reason to archive the film is the performance of Clara

It – 1927 Badger2020-04-22T17:04:55+00:00

Parasite – 2019 Bong Joon Ho


  Bong’s strongest achievement to date—a razor sharp script, engaging narrative, funny, sociopolitical A brilliant opening shot from the basement of the Kim’s semi-sunk apartment (with drying socks as their chandelier). It ends on the

Parasite – 2019 Bong Joon Ho2021-06-11T15:32:44+00:00

The Nanny – 1965 Holt


A Hammer film and a 1960’s Bette Davis film so you might think it was going to be wild, with violence, darkness and over-the-top-ness from Bette Davis but it’s not—Davis is pretty reserved and the

The Nanny – 1965 Holt2020-04-22T13:55:18+00:00
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