Rocky – 1976 Avildsen


  Rocky certainly tapped into the zeitgeist in 1976 winning not only the box office crown for the year (by a wide margin) but also three Oscars including best picture, best director and best editing.

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Algiers – 1938 Cromwell


There is an argument to be made that in a world where Pépé le Moko (1937) from Julien Duvivier and Jean Gabin exists, there’s no need for Algiers. And certainly, if you haven’t seen the

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Sweetie – 1989 Campion


Sweetie is the debut film for 35-year old New Zealander Jane Campion (The Piano) It is a sort of family relationship comedy/drama mixed with quirky romance about Karen Colston’s Kay (her voice-over is our guide).

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) – 2017 Campillo


Vibrantly, Robin Campillo tells the story of the individuals behind ACT UP- Paris- an early 1990’s HIV/AIDS rights activism group. Much of the film is set in a lecture hall. It is like watching a

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The Jungle Book – 1967 Reitherman


This very loose adaptation of Kipling was the very first Disney animation project after the passing of Walt Disney in 1966 The strength of the film is two fantastic songs and some of the vocal

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Melancholia – 2011 von Trier


  There may not be a better opening eight-minutes in cinema history than the way auteur, and enfant terrible, Lars von Trier starts his 2011 masterpiece Melancholia. The film begins with a slow-motion montage of

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The Mattei Affair – 1972 Rosi


Francesco Rosi’s The Mattei Affair centers around the mysterious plane crash of real life business tycoon and leader Enrico Mattei Rosi’s film is no straight biopic or docudrama— he uses the crash as the center

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best film:  Days of Heaven from Terrence Malick Malick’s Days of Heaven is far and away the best film of 1978. It is simply one of the most beautiful movies ever made and basically invented


Arabian Nights – 1974 Pasolini


Pasolini’s dedication to shooting in these various, gorgeous locales is admirable. Without a star (though his male muse Franco Citti is here flying around in a small role as a demon), Pasolini made a semi-soft

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The Forty-Year-Old Version – 2020 Blank


Radha Blank’s black and white The Forty-Year-Old Version is an authentic portrayal of an artist’s struggle. Blank plays herself in this highly autobiographical story about a playwright, a teacher, and poet/rapper. I adore the logo

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Super Dark Times – 2017 Phillips


Super Dark Times is a flawed, but encouraging debut from Ken Phillips. A major strength of the film is the photography—particularly in the early moments of the film. Phillips shoots these gorgeous bare trees of

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The Conjuring – 2013 Wan


James Wan’s The Conjuring starts, effectively, in medias res with the Annabelle prologue before the “true story” titles and the magnificently designed “The Conjuring” logo slides down. The strong start continues with Wan’s active camera

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