Thief – 1981 Michael Mann


Not to say he wouldn’t make better films later in his career, but Michael Mann’s feature debut Thief showcases an auteur born with a clear vision. With the meeting of crime and high art aesthetics

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A Hidden Life – 2019 Malick


From 1973 to 2011 Malick made only five films—all of them either outright masterpieces or very close to the border—and all were rather simple narratives set in the past. Malick then made three more modern

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best film:  The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover from Peter Greenaway A giant “M” Masterpiece and prime candidate for the singular poster child of late 20th century film art expressionism and the


California Split – 1974 Altman


Robert Altman’s California Split (1974) often gets unfairly lost in the shuffle with all the magnificent films he made in the early 1970s. It is an all-time great gambling film and one of the era’s

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On Dangerous Ground – 1951 Nicholas Ray


Robert Ryan plays Jim Wilson in Nicholas Ray’s One Dangerous Ground. Wilson is a rough cop that bends the rules (paving the way for Russell Crowe’s Bud White in L.A. Confidential maybe) and has seen

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How Green Was My Valley – 1941 Ford


John Ford was a great director for decades, but the greatest single stretch during that long, distinguished career, was from 1939-1941 with Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath and How Green Was My Valley. Ford did

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Shiva Baby – 2020 Seligman


Shiva Baby is a frightful, and often painfully funny, delight. Director Emma Seligman works with composer Ariel Marx and it is scored like it a horror movie matched with the anxiety-riddled scenes in Punch-Drunk Love.

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Lilith – 1964 Rossen


Lilith is Robert Rossen’s (All the King’s Men, The Hustler) last film. He would pass away in 1966. It features both Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg as beautiful, budding stars (each well under 30 years

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Revanche – 2008 Spielmann


Austrian director Götz Spielmann starts Revanche (translates to revenge) with a gorgeous static camera shot capturing both a body of water and its reflection. The shot is held, Spielmann is patient. A rock is thrown

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best film:  A Short Film About Killing from Krzysztof Kieslowski A severe 84 minutes shot through a hazy green/yellow filter with heavy shadows. It is some of the best 84 minutes of cinema in the


8 Mile – 2002 Hanson


Eminem is no great actor, but he confidently plays himself here in 2002’s 8 Mile The crew assembled to tell the rapper’s story help make the film work. Curtis Hanson was on a hot streak

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The Blue Angel – 1930 von Sternberg


The Blue Angel from Joseph von Sternberg is both one of cinema’s great tragic melodramas, and an exemplary early landmark of the rich possibilities of cinema mise-en-scene. Most reviews focus on the colossal performances of

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