The 204th Best Director of All-Time: Yorgos Lanthimos

Lanthimos. Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos has a strong case for being cinema’s single greatest voice since 2009 when he arrived on the scene like a blast of fresh air with the utterly bizarre and remarkably

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

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

The 203rd Best Director of All-Time: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawlikowski. In future years and decades Ida and Cold War will be rightly recognized as perhaps the greatest one-two punch from any director in the 2010’s and Pawlikowski as one of this generation’s greatest filmmakers.

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

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

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

The 201st Best Director of All-Time: Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn- when your middle name is Winding- you have to use the full name. Refn is a prolific Danish filmmaker who directed Pusher at age 26 in 1996 (later turning into a trilogy)

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,

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

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

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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