Casa de mi Padre – 2012 Piedmont


Part b-movie grindhouse, part pastiche- this uneven film has more than a few thruway moments- but a few absolute stunners as wellSuperb opening credit titles- grabs your attention quickly that there is a clear artistic

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Da 5 Bloods – 2020 Spike Lee


In contemporary cinema especially- decades removed from the studio era- it is worth noting and admiring that this is now Spike’s 11th archiveable film and countingOpens on documentary footage, first of Muhammad Ali in an

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The 202nd Best Director of All-Time: Rouben Mamoulian


Mamoulian. Armenian-born Rouben Mamoulian is best remembered as an innovative voice in the early talkie-era of Hollywood. He took some big swings in the 1930’s. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an important special effects

The 202nd Best Director of All-Time: Rouben Mamoulian2021-04-22T13:35:46+00:00

Motherless Brooklyn – 2019 Norton


If you are trying to find films like Chinatown you could do a lot worse than Edward Norton’s Motherless BrooklynNorton is director, writer and lead actor- playing a character with Tourette syndrome and also the

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Throne of Blood – 1957 Kurosawa


Often, and rightly, regarded as on the finest Shakespeare adaptations. Kurosawa lifts Macbeth from the Bard, makes it his own by placing the drama in feudal Japan with Mifune and Isuzu Yamada in the lead

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Ikimono no kiroku– 1955 Kurosawa


With coke-bottle glasses, heavy-makeup, and dad-pants—Mifune looks more like Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond than he does the outlaw/warrior in Rashomon or Seven Samurai. He’s stretching his range playing a man double his age,

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House of Bamboo – 1955 Fuller


Sam Fuller’s eighth film, and often noted as the first Hollywood film set in Japan after the WWIIIt is a pretty far cry from the brilliance of Park Row and Pickup on South Street in

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Seven Samurai – 1954 Kurosawa


Kurosawa’s epic masterpiece further cements Kurosawa’s genius status first marked by Rashomon in 1950 and confirmed in Ikiru in 1952. A set-piece used three times I believe is the cemetery on the hill- another breathtaking

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Lady in the Lake – 1946 Montgomery


A wild film, filled with some very high highs and very low lowsRobert Montgomery was an actor with over 60 acting credits who even received top billing over John Wayne in They Were Expendable in

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