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Cleopatra – 1963 Mankiewicz

Famous/infamous for being the most expensive movie of all-time when you adjust for inflation—apparently at or nearing 60m in budget in 1963—the other thing it’d be famous/infamous for is for the Liz Taylor and Richard

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1950’s

1.       The Searchers- Ford2.       Vertigo- Hitchcock3.       Tokyo Story- Ozu4.       Seven Samurai- Kurosawa5.       Rashoman- Kurosawa6.       Touch of Evil- Welles7.       The Earrings of Madame De… - Ophuls8.       The 400 Blows- Truffaut9.       The Seventh Seal- Bergman10.   Rear Window-

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1940’s

1.      Citizen Kane- Welles2.      Bicycle Thieves- De Sica3.      The Magnificent Ambersons- Welles4.      The Third Man- Reed5.      Casablanca- Curtiz6.      It's a Wonderful Life- Capra7.      The Big Sleep- Hawks8.      Notorious- Hitchcock9.      Rome, Open City- Rossellini10.  Late Spring-

The Best Films of the Decade: The 1930’s

1.       The Rules of the Game- Renoir2.       City Lights- Chaplin3.       M- Lang4.       Gone With the Wind- Fleming5.       Stagecoach- Ford6.       The Blue Angel- von Sternberg7.       The Wizard of Oz- Fleming8.       The Grand Illusion- Renoir9.       Bringing Up

Spotlight – 2015 McCarthy

An engaging and detailed docudrama proceduralHoward Shore does great work here with his subtle scoreAcademy Award winner for best picture and screenplay and that—and the acting- are the strengths of the film—I’m not dying to

Libel – 1959 Asquith

Dirk Bogarde is fantastic-  not only a dual role (they didn’t really have these in 1959 like we see with Dead Ringers, Adaptation and so many others more contemporary cinema – I guess Alec Guinness

A Star is Born – 2018 Bradley Cooper

1.0- October 2018 electricity on the stage thanks to Aronofsky's DP Matthew Libatique and raw intimacy in the dramatic off-stage scenes thanks to two (or three if you count sam elliott) powerhouse performances (tremendous moment

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – 2004 McKay

I think only now with the hindsight of McKay’s established style in The Big Short and Vice is Anchorman archiveableLike the rest of his work this has a ridiculous quote in the prologueWe have cameos

Happy as Lazzaro – 2018 Rohrwacher

A Biblical parable—a film of two halves that reminded me of the work of Ermanno Olmi, Bertolucci, Walt Disney, Bresson, Being There and Apichatpong WeerasethakulShot on 16mmRural first half—grounded in neo-realism with hardships, unprofessional extras

The Best Films of the Decade: 1910’s and 1920’s

1.       The Passion of Joan of Arc- Dreyer2.       Sunrise- Murnau3.        Intolerance- Griffith4.       Battleship Potemkin- Eisenstein5.       Metropolis- Lang6.       Nosferatu- Murnau7.       The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari- Wiene8.       The Birth of a Nation- Griffith9.       The General- Keaton10.   The

Tom Jones – 1963 Richardson

It’s British New Wave (clearly Richardson from Look Back in Anger, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) taking on some of the style of the French New Wave- mainly TruffautOne of the best edited films

Somewhere – 2010 Sofia Coppola

A meditation on isolation and celebrity that has to be seen in the context of Sofia’s brilliant oeuvre. These are hermetically-sealed worlds- Virgin Suicides, The Beguiled-- privilege- Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette Opens with a metaphor

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