The 185th Best Director of All-Time: Fred Zinnemann


Zinnemann. So, currently the list of the directors with seven of more Academy Award nominations for best director are Wyler, Scorsese, Wilder, Woody Allen, David Lean, Steven Spielberg and… wait for it… Fred Zinnemann. Wild.

The 185th Best Director of All-Time: Fred Zinnemann2020-07-03T10:28:09+00:00

The Hellbenders – 1967 Corbucci


A zoom-heavy camera, sadistic villains, greed, bad dubbing, and Ennio Morricone doing another great score (under alias Leo Nichols again)—yes, indeed- this is a Sergio Corbucci film Starts with an impressively shot montage of a

The Hellbenders – 1967 Corbucci2020-07-03T10:28:09+00:00

No Regrets For Our Youth – 1946 Kurosawa


Kurosawa’s fifth film, a 20th century contemporary story starring Ozu’s go-to actress Setuko Hara (Late Spring, Early Summer,Tokyo Story)- I wasn’t aware she had worked with Kurosawa and this predates the Ozu collaborationsA film about

No Regrets For Our Youth – 1946 Kurosawa2020-05-14T20:43:31+00:00

Contagion – 2011 Soderbergh


Soderbergh knows how to do the sprawling ensemble film- Traffic his first (and best) foray in 2000 and the Ocean’s films that followedAlso a disaster film (which were also ensemble films) like the 1970’s Airport,

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The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail – 1945 Kurosawa


A dialogue-heavy 59 minute work from the great master Kurosawa—the discussions about war and morals is fascinating- and he keeps it lively with some great shots around the circle of men (seven traveling warriors of

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail – 1945 Kurosawa2020-05-14T20:07:22+00:00

Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two – 1945 Kurosawa


Not As strong as the first film but still a solid effortMore close-ups here- not a strength—I think Kurosawa is better when letting the figures operate in space More close-ups here- not a strength—I think

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Sanshiro Sugata – 1943 Kurosawa


I’ve seen a few spots where this is ranked as Kurosawa’s weakest film in his body of work and I don’t see it- in his debut here I think there is plenty of promiseA nice

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The Match Factory Girl – 1990 Kaurismäki


The third film in the Proletariat trilogy with Shadows in Paradise in 1986 and Ariel in 1988-- Kati Outinen (a staple in Kaurismäki films) as the lead- Iris- the title characterBrisk—68 minutes- again I see

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Leningrad Cowboys Go America – 1989 Kaurismäki


A fringe recommendation- no better than the 30th best film of 1989 but there’s enough here I think to archive it and revisit itTo make clear that Kaurismäki is an acolyte of Jarmusch (though they’re

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Ariel – 1988 Kaurismäki


Kaurismäki’s fourth film—clocks in at 72 minutes which is a trend with him- very short- almost like the old silent films or some of Woody’s workBlue collar like almost all of his work—the title here

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Shadows in Paradise – 1986 Kaurismäki


Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki’s third feature but the first I can findBlue collar protagonist in a comically harsh world—blending dry laughter and bitter realismThe routine of a garbage man to jazz music to start—the two

Shadows in Paradise – 1986 Kaurismäki2020-05-14T16:47:25+00:00
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