best film:  Malcolm X from Spike Lee Spike Lee’s Malcolm X is rarity- a biopic that is filled with cinematic ambition. Denzel’s singular achievement is the definition of tour de force—a top five performance of


La promesse – 1996 Dardenne


Though not their debut, 1996’s La promesse was the artistic breakthrough film for Belgium realists Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. It is certainly fitting that the first image in their first major film is Jérémie Renier

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No Sudden Move – 2021 Soderbergh


Soderbergh keeps going- and here’s to hoping he makes one a year like No Sudden Move for as long as he can. This is his eighteenth (18TH) archiveable film. Like Out of Sight (1998- and

No Sudden Move – 2021 Soderbergh2021-08-30T13:12:46+00:00

Heat – 1995 Michael Mann


Heat is both the summation of Michael Mann’s previous efforts, and an artist at his clear peak. After his biggest financial success in 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, he had the juice to go

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The Last of the Mohicans – 1992 Michael Mann


It is remarkable how well Michael Mann made the transition from high art contemporary urban crime films (Thief, Manhunter) to historical action epic. Whatever genre or subgenre you classify The Last of the Mohicans as,

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best film:  The Double Life of Veronique from Krzysztof Kieślowski Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Véronique is so enigmatic and lyrical—it almost makes his previous films seem like prose and this is his first attempt at poetry


Seven Beauties – 1975 Wertmüller


Lina Wertmüller opens Seven Beauties with World War II and Hitler documentary footage. She is interested in creating a wildly engaging tale (the imagination behind the original screenplay is hers as well) of humanity’s ugliness.

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You Only Live Once – 1937 Lang


It is a tad stiffer than 1945’s Scarlet Street and 1953’s The Big Heat, but You Only Live Once has an argument to be called Fritz Lang’s greatest American film. You Only Live Once stars

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Reds – 1981 Beatty


With just the handsomeness of the production and the fine writing and acting throughout, Warren Beatty’s Reds would have been one of the stronger films of 1981. However, Beatty, brilliantly, chose to weave in interviews

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best film:  Goodfellas from Martin Scorsese Goodfellas is narrative and stylistic cinematic bliss. I could watch it once a week. It has everything from some of the more memorable characters of the back-half of the


Tampopo – 1985 Itami


Tampopo is not a film you want to go into with an appetite. “Lukewarm ramen is not ramen”- this is a great food film. Jûzô Itami’s film has a fairly simple premise: Goro and Gun

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Manhunter – 1986 Michael Mann


Michael Mann’s Manhunter confirms the promise of 1981’s Thief. It makes him one of the most exciting cinematic voices to emerge from the 1980s. The opening is a marvelous shot—Mann starts with the blue

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