The Howling – 1981 Dante


Joe Dante’s The Howling is his follow up to 1978’s Piranha and it happened to arrive in 1981 – the same year as John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London. Dante’s work is more self-aware.

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Raw – 2016 Ducournau


Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw is rich in subtext. Ducournau wrote the screenplay as well tracing Justine’s (Garance Marillier) entrance into veterinary school and horrifying transformation/awakening. Justine is hazed, pressured into getting eating meat, getting

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best film:  In the Mood for Love from WKW The film’s form is as good or better than any film in cinema history—it may be my go to example now when discussing film form—along with


Run Silent Run Deep – 1958 Wise


Two-hander tales of potential power struggles and mutiny at sea have been around since at least Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935. That film starred Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. Here, Gable switches roles and

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Mo’ Better Blues – 1990 Spike Lee


Mo’ Better Blues is Spike Lee’s fourth feature, and first after 1989’s Do the Right Thing. The opening credits are breathtaking. It does seem like the best, from Scorsese to Hitchcock to

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Rio Lobo – 1970 Hawks


The final film of Howard Hawks (at the age of 74) is certainly one of his lesser works, and the least of the five John Wayne collaborations (four of them westerns including Red River, Rio

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 1970 Argento


  The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is the auspicious debut for first time director Dario Argento. It marks quite the meeting of talented Italians with Argeno (thirty at the time) working with cinematographer Vittorio

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 1970 Argento2021-10-02T12:52:09+00:00

Somebody Up There Likes Me – 1956 Wise


Somebody Up There Likes Me is a biopic of the dramatic life of boxing great Rocky Graziano. It even bears Rocky’s signature before the opening credits (which has the great Perry Como crooning over them

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The Hidden Room – 1949 Dmytryk


The Hidden Room is a delightful England-set (Dmytryk abroad for the HUAC fall out- he was part of The Hollywood Ten) noir with an ingeniously little sinister premise and an early score from Nino Rota.

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School Daze – 1988 Spike Lee


School Daze does feel like a half step back from She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee’s debut in 1986). Lee’s second film has no shortage of ideas though, it is an ambitious work, and undoubtedly

School Daze – 1988 Spike Lee2021-10-22T13:07:39+00:00

Executive Suite – 1954 Wise


1954 is post-Lady in the Lake (1946) and Dark Passage (1947) but the first-person point of view sequence to open Executive Suite is still stirring. The hand of Avery Bullard (never shown on screen) reaches

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best film:  Magnolia from Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia leads the pack for 1999- which is a superb and incredibly deep year in cinema history.  Magnolia proved Boogie Nights was no fluke. It also showed that

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