best film:  Love Me Tonight by Mamoulian.  It’s a storytelling innovator for sure (introducing singing in the middle of a scene—not just “performance” musical like The Jazz Singer) and first musical masterpiece. But, it’s no




best film:  City Lights from Chaplin. M from Lang is a fine choice as well—both would be the single best film in virtually any year in the 1930’s (outside of perhaps 1939 with Renoir’s The


Felicia’s Journey – 1999 Egoyan


It is a disappointment coming off of Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter from Egoyan (and gets lost a bit in 1999’s incredible year)-- but certainly much stronger than the average film made by anyone else

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The Social Network – 2010 Fincher


It’s a film that may combine the best work of both David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin Hard to top Travers: “The Social Network lights up a dim movie sky with flares of startling brilliance. Director

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7th Heaven – 1927 Borzage


One of the great romance dramas of the silent era- Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven is indeed moving—but also features several stunning cinematic highpoints Opens on the streets of Paris just before the breakout of World

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best film:  The Blue Angel from von Sternberg. Von Sternberg is as married to mise-en-scene as Renoir or Ophuls is to camera movement or Eisenstein is to montage and editing. The Blue Angel has a simple (yet


Young Ahmed – 2019 Dardenne


It is a B-side, lesser work in the decade-spanning career of major auteurs – the Dardenne brothers The brothers are social realists—THE social realists of the last 20-30 years – a stripped down style, handheld

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best film:  Pandora’s Box from G.W. Pabst Pabst’s film features an enthralling narrative and rich characterizations Louise Brooks and her tragic character, Lulu, are/were so influential to the time and to cinema lore (see films


Timbuktu – 2014 Sissako


It is really a film about an occupation of a town– that’s Sissako’s message. In a way it isn’t much different from Shane or Rio Bravo (or say German films made during the occupation like

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The Sweet Hereafter – 1997 Egoyan


An emphatic follow-up to 1994’s Exotica—Egoyan proves himself to one of cinema’s finest directors during this stretch of time in the mid-1990’s—compiling now twin achievements of  pain and loss Like Exotica, this starts with a

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Exotica – 1994 Egoyan


Egoyan’s Exotica is Altman’s Nashville or Sayles' Matewan- except for this ensemble mosaic has a jungle “exotic”-themed strip club meeting place as its linking device instead of a city Egoyan’s Exotica is Altman’s Nashville

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Silver Linings Playbook – 2012 O. Russell


One of the great love stories of the 2010’s featuring David O. Russell’s trademark rat-a-tat dialogue, the expansive, combative dysfunctional family (part actual family part surrogate), and some of the best acting of 2012.

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