La Belle Noiseuse – 1991 Rivette


At two minutes shy of four hours—Rivette is an auteur who certainly uses duration and works in long form. I’m not entirely sure if Rivette was part of the Andy Warhol avant-garde influence in the

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Never So Few – 1959 John Sturges


A fringe recommendation—but it is a John Sturges film—action, a rag-tag crew of men from different backgrounds (like Magnificent Seven, Great Escape), masculine I wish there were more- but there is one stunning composition at

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The Invitation – 2015 Kusama


A slow-burn thriller/horror with a tremendous payoff in the last 20 minutes intelligent and intriguing throughout-- with a spellbinding final 20 minutes The lead is played by Tom Hardy doppelgänger Logan Marshall-Green –

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Dodes’ka-den – 1970 Kurosawa


First film in five years off for Kurosawa (Red Beard)- his first in a long time without Mifune (I believe 1952’s Ikiru), first film in color, first film in a long time (since 1957) with

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Duelle – 1976 Rivette


Near the very end of Rivette’s Duelle, his accidental detective character (just like Paris Belongs to Us – his debut in 1961) says, ominously, “Two and two no longer makes four”… Indeed, Rivette’s Duelle is

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The Bridges of Madison County – 1995 Eastwood


A patient, splendidly acted (by two of the great acting heavyweights: Streep and Eastwood) romance Set in Iowa (shot on location) in the 1960’s. Beautifully weathered covered bridges, perfectly rusty old trucks Set in

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The 250 Best Directors of All-Time


1. Alfred Hitchcock 2. Stanley Kubrick 3. Ingmar Bergman 4. Yasujirô Ozu 5. Federico Fellini 6. Martin Scorsese 7. Francis Ford Coppola 8. Andrei Tarkovsky 9. Orson Welles 10. John Ford 11. Michelangelo Antonioni 12.

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An Enemy of the People – 1978 Schaefer


It was Steve McQueen’s big return to the screen after four years off from 1974’s The Towering Inferno (which was a massive hit). It surprised everyone that this was McQueen’s vehicle to return. It is

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Duma– 2005 Ballard


  To date, Carroll Ballard’s Duma is his final archiveable film. It is his fourth archiveable film overall (six films made total) and first since 1996’s Fly Away Home. Like his previous films, these are

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The 248th Best Director of All-Time: Bennett Miller


Miller. Bennett Miller walks the line between supreme, gifted craftsman—and artist. He makes adult dramas—often deemed “important”- but that is a description- neither a compliment nor insult. They are certainly never moralizing or patronizing. The

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