best film:  Citizen Kane from Orson Wells. It is the year of Welles arrival and Citizen Kane. There are countless shots and sequences that are just so endlessly innovative. It’s a visual showpiece from beginning to


Jabberwocky – 1977 Gilliam


This is Terry Gilliam’s first solo effort as director after co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975. Based on a poem by Lewis Carroll -talk about a match for Gilliam’s world Gilliam obviously

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Three Colours: Red – 1994 Kieslowski


The warmest film of Kieslowski’s trilogy and his entire career—both emotionally (the color means fraternity here and that is certainly a match) and visually. It is a brilliant film on its own, but also a

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The River – 1997 Ming-liang Tsai


The story of a dysfunctional family – certainly the same voice as 1992’s debut Rebels of the Neon God.  It begins with Kang-sheng Lee (I believe in all of Ming-liang Tsai’s films) asked to pretend

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Rebels of the Neon God – 1992 Ming-liang Tsai


One of the great titles in cinema- if Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers were called “Rebels of the Neon God” I think it would have twice the reputation it does now Ming-liang Tsai’s impressive debut. The

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best film:  The Grapes of Wrath from John Ford . First off, it is gorgeously photographed. Ford is working with Gregg Toland one year before Kane. Henry Fonda also gives a transcendent performance- his best.


Three Colours: White – 1994 Kieslowski


Kieslowski’s Three Colours: White is always going to be sandwiched between Blue and Red and probably for that reason it is unfairly overlooked. I’m guilty of this, too- and was flat wrong with my prior

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 – 2020 Sorkin


It is a testament to Sorkin’s pen and the actors involved that even if he’s not much of a director, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is absolutely riveting It opens on Lyndon Johnson footage—and

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Three Colours: Blue – 1993 Kieslowski


It is the first film in Kieslowski’s Colours trilogy but also makes for a fine companion piece with The Double Life of Véronique which is Kieslowski’s film that precedes it.  The story is a little

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1975 Gilliam, T. Jones


It is the Monty Python clan’s first narrative feature film and it is absolutely hilarious. Gilliam’s feature debut as well as he co-directed with Terry Jones Makes for a nice pairing with Woody’s comedy Love

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Wyatt Earp – 1994 Kasdan


So in 1993 and 1994 there was a bit of a war between Tombstone and Wyatt Earp. Costner was once attached the Tombstone film, parted ways after artistic differences and decided to make his own

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The Blackbird – 1926 Browning


Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces, carries this film playing dual roles – both The Blackbird and The Bishop- his own little version of Jekyll and Hyde A strong opening- a montage of

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