Nomadland – 2020 Zhao


The third film of Chloé Zhao. Nomadland is a work that is both enhanced by 2017’s The Rider and makes The Rider a stronger film as part of a larger vision from Zhao. Starts grounded in

Nomadland – 2020 Zhao2021-03-31T15:34:35+00:00

Native Son – 1951 Chenal


Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, is canon. It is taught often in schools everywhere when reviewing the best of 20th century literature. The 1951 film of the same name is certainly not canon—it is

Native Son – 1951 Chenal2021-02-23T21:09:23+00:00

Les Enfants Terribles– 1950 Melville


Les Enfants Terribles is a fascinating collaboration two of the most talented figures in French cinema at the time of release: Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau. Melville is known for hard-boiled gangsters, war, cold nihilism.

Les Enfants Terribles– 1950 Melville2021-02-23T13:57:44+00:00

Palm Springs – 2020 Barbakow


Andy Samberg has been making everybody laugh for ten to fifteen years- but 2020’s Palm Springs, a take on 1993’s masterful Groundhog Day, is the best thing he’s been a part of It isn’t just

Palm Springs – 2020 Barbakow2021-03-29T19:28:37+00:00

Kaagaz Ke Phool – 1959 Dutt


Guru Dutt’s final film as director. He would pass away in 1964 at the age of 39. This is his follow-up to the astonishing 1957 film Pyaasa. These two films make for a sublime pair—fluid

Kaagaz Ke Phool – 1959 Dutt2021-02-22T19:48:24+00:00



best film:  2001: A Space Odyssey from Stanley Kubrick. A supreme visual and aural achievement—when combined with the utmost formal exactitude— it leaves us with one of the best three films of all-time If you


Radio Days – 1987 Allen


Much is made of Woody Allen’s admiration for Ingmar Bergman—and rightly so—but Federico Fellini seems like just as strong an influence. If you think about it at this point in 1987 Allen has already made

Radio Days – 1987 Allen2021-03-27T14:22:24+00:00

I Care a Lot – 2020 Blakeson


What an opening-- Rosamund Pike’s voice-over with a great “predators and prey”, “lions and lambs” speech. This is her best vehicle since 2014’s Gone Girl- she clearly excels at playing these icy, psychotic characters Slow-motion

I Care a Lot – 2020 Blakeson2021-02-20T13:04:00+00:00

Pyaasa – 1957 Dutt


Guru Dutt has a dogmatic, stylistic and formal approach to Pyaasa. Dutt’s camera is rarely sedentary—like Renoir or Ophuls—the default setting here seems to be movement. Yet unlike Renoir, who most often moved side to

Pyaasa – 1957 Dutt2021-02-19T13:47:07+00:00



best film:  The Graduate from Mike Nichols is the sole 1967 film on my top 100 of all-time. I’m often asked if I have a bias against comedies (I’m lower on Chaplin, Wilder, Duck Soup


Mr. & Mrs. ’55 – 1955 Dutt


Dutt’s fifth film and it is undoubtedly the work of the creative mind behind 1954’s Aar-Paar It is another romantic comedy musical (in the Hindi tradition). This is a situation comedy that almost plays like

Mr. & Mrs. ’55 – 1955 Dutt2021-02-17T14:09:17+00:00

Donnie Brasco – 1997 Newell


Al Pacino is the main reason to watch and study Donnie Brasco. Pacino has been playing variations on the gangster (The Godfather trilogy, Scarface, Carlito’s Way) amassing a remarkable resume in this genre alone. Here

Donnie Brasco – 1997 Newell2021-03-22T13:51:21+00:00
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