The Ninth Gate – 1999 Polanski


It’s a far cry from The Ghost Writer let alone Chinatown or Rosemary’s Baby but Polanski’s The Ninth Gate is still a very worthy B-side entry Once again Polanski, the occult and the devil –

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The 189th Best Director of All-Time: John Sayles


Sayles. Sayles is an Altman acolyte surely influenced by Nashville-largely making politically charged ensemble dramas set in a specific area and at a specific time. His debut Return of the Secaucus Seven was a thoughtful

The 189th Best Director of All-Time: John Sayles2020-07-03T10:28:07+00:00

The Great Silence – 1968 Corbucci


Corbucci’s most serious film, a brilliant revisionist western starring two titans of European cinema, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski, just because they became household namesA devastating Morricone score as well- perhaps not as catchy as

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Drunken Angel – 1948 Kurosawa


The first of 16 pairings (in 16 years) between the acclaimed director/actor pairing of Kurosawa and Mifune – perhaps the greatest pairing in the cinema historyIt was Mifune’s fourth film, but the first I have

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La Vie de Bohème – 1992 Kaurismäki


A bit of a change of pace from Kaurismäki—unlike his Proletariat Trilogy (color films, very short, set in Finland, single protagonist) this is a black and white film about three characters (further cementing Kaurismaki with

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The 187th Best Director of All-Time: Zhangke Jia


Zhangke Jia. Like all most great auteurs it is the accumulation of Zhangke Jia’s body of work that you can fully appreciate the artist. He’s the leading director of the sixth generation of Chinese directors

The 187th Best Director of All-Time: Zhangke Jia2020-07-03T10:28:09+00:00

One Wonderful Sunday – 1947 Kurosawa


Almost like a combination of Open City from Rossellini and Brief Encounter from David Lean (maybe a tad of depression-era Capra)- a two-hander romance, a couple drifting through a city (during a set period of

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An Affair to Remember – 1957 McCarey


It has a lofty reputation as one of the great classic romances – it’s a fine film, and in the archives, but artistically it is dwarfed by comparison if you look at what say Douglas

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Brother Orchid – 1940 Bacon


A moderately successful comedy brought to life by an inspired lead performance by Edward G. Robinson and Bogart waiting in the wings ready to break out in 1940. Certainly a factory product- Warners Bros was

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The Bells of St. Mary’s – 1945 McCarey


The sequel to 1944’s best picture winning Going My Way, Bells of St Mary’s reunites McCarey and Bing Crosby and then brings Ingrid Bergman in for the Barry Fitzgerald role--- this was nominated for all

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