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Bottle Rocket – 1996 Wes Anderson

Anderson’s much ballyhooed debut is neither a top 10 film of the decade (I don’t even have it in the top 10 of 1996) like Scorsese picked it as, nor is it the unarchivable yet


best film: Birdman’s bold cinematography and visual high-wire-act transcends a film that already had acting and writing good enough to land solidly into the top 10 even if it was directed by Ron Howard or

Prospero’s Books – 1991 Greenaway

It’s a visual marvel but its narrative momentum/strength isn’t near what some of his previous films are—as Ebert says, ““it need not make sense, and it is not “too difficult” because it could not have

The Dresser – 1983 Yates

It’s an actors showcase first and foremost and Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney are fantastic here 5 noms, a bit surprising, but it’s not a world-beating year from the US and UK—up for pic, director,


best film: Gravity. I’m 4 days removed from my most recent visit of Inside Llewyn Davis so I don’t trust myself enough yet to put that #1 supplanting Gravity. There was no question which was


best film: It took 4 viewings for me to get there but I’m now pretty damn confident that PT Anderson’s The Master is the class of 2012. It edges out and replaces Wes Anderson’s Moonrise

Happy End – 2017 Haneke

It’s Haneke’s 10th archiveable film which is no small feat in 2017 I’m not the first person to mention it but it does play like a bit of a “greatest hits” for Haneke and return

Inside Llewyn Davis – 2013 Coen

I need time—but it may go down as the Coen brothers’ best work The Coen brothers make films that are indelibly their own—and have their distinct voice—as this film does—but they are also very keen

Chimes at Midnight – 1965 Welles

It features typically spectacular visuals form Welles and a poignant narrative Welles use of natural light has rarely, if ever, been better. There are shots of the sun pouring into the castle that are amongst

The Westerner – 1940 Wyler

It’s yet another solid film from Wyler Doesn’t use Gregg Toland as much as some of the better works from these collaborators but there are some great b/w landscapes here It’s an Oscar win for


best film: I’m pretty confident that Tree of Life is Malick’s greatest work.  If it is, it makes it one of of the best 50 films of all-time and as highly as I think of

The Piano Teacher – 2001 Haneke

It’s clearly one of Haneke’s best works (and Hubbert’s single best I’ve seen) an unflinching portrait of a complicated and icy woman Haneke, like many of his works, is incredibly brutal here- he means to

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