best film:  Raging Bull from Martin Scorsese The performance from Robert De Niro is what is discussed the most often and for good reason. This is truly one of the great performances (if not THE


More American Graffiti – 1979 Bill Norton


Whoever picked the title, More American Graffiti, should have been sentenced to a few months in prison. I don’t often get so worked up over a title, but this is both lazy and misleading. It

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American Graffiti – 1973 Lucas


Lucas pivots from the Kubrickian artistic asceticism of his debut THX 1138 for an all-time nostalgic, hang-out film with his second effort Lucas is always the gambler- here, he bets on a slew of unnamed

American Graffiti – 1973 Lucas2021-06-20T12:50:53+00:00

THX 1138 – 1971 Lucas


27-year-old prodigy George Lucas debuted with THX 1138 in 1971- a remarkable achievement of sight and sound It is a bleak film, Orwellian—Empire Strikes Back is also gloomy but this is as cold (sort of

THX 1138 – 1971 Lucas2021-06-19T12:32:41+00:00

The Nest – 2020 Durkin


The Nest is the long-awaited sophomore effort from Sean Durkin. Durkin was last seen directing Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011. The story here revolves around Carrie Coon’s Allison and Jude Law’s Rory O’Hara and

The Nest – 2020 Durkin2021-06-18T12:31:29+00:00

The Great Escape – 1963 John Sturges


Genre definitions are always difficult but whether you consider John Sturges’ The Great Escape an action film, a war film, a prison film, or all of the above- it is a fabulous example of big

The Great Escape – 1963 John Sturges2021-05-06T14:06:05+00:00

At the Circus – 1939 Buzzell


MGM was smart enough to riff on the name of The Marx Brothers most successful box office efforts: A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937) for their 1939 effort—but

At the Circus – 1939 Buzzell2021-06-16T12:50:36+00:00



best film:  Apocalypse Now from Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now is second on my list of the greatest films of all-time so even in a year with Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, it


The Music Room – 1958 Satyajit Ray


Brimming with confidence coming off the success of the Apu Trilogy (this was actually made in the middle of the famous trilogy—before The World of Apu in 1959 but after Aparajito  in 1956) - Satyajit

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Promising Young Woman – 2020 Fennell


Promising Young Woman is one of those rare films that you immediately look forward to watching again after you're done- there is much to unpack. It marks the debut film for Emerald Fennell who wrote

Promising Young Woman – 2020 Fennell2021-06-13T12:56:56+00:00

Detective – 1985 Godard


Detective, like much of Godard’s work, for better or worse, is built in the editing room. He makes a mash of actors, dialogue, music and settings (a billiards hall, a hotel room, a hotel balcony,

Detective – 1985 Godard2021-04-25T22:07:59+00:00
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