1993

best film:  Schindler’s List edged out The Piano for 1993’s best film. Over the years I’ve changed my mind a few times between these two masterpieces and I have it as a virtual tie. In

1992

best film:  Spike Lee’s Malcolm X is rarity- a biopic that is very audacious in both narrative and visual ambition. Denzel’s singular achievement here is the definition of tour-de-force—certainly a top 5 performance of the

1991

best film: JFK is a landmark in film editing. I may have to revisit my short-list in the light of Dunkirk here in 2017 but it’s one of the films I mention again and again

1990

best film: Goodfellas is narrative and stylistic cinematic bliss. I could watch it once a week. It has everything from some of the more memorable characters (acted to perfection be Liotta, Pesci and De Niro)

1989

best film: As much as I liked she’s gotta have it, spike’s debut film, and there’s some interesting stuff in 1988’s school daze, there was no predicting the brilliance of Spike Lee’s 3rd feature. Do

1988

best film: I have David Cronenberg as the 31st best director of all-time and dead ringers is his best film. This ranking for cronenberg puts him above Spielberg, Rossellini, Wilder and Bresson. That should give

1987

best film: Kubrick’s full metal jacket is my #1 film but may be my weakest film to land at my annual #1 since 1935’s the 39 steps by Hitchcock. It’s the best film of the

1986

best film: blue velvet is still my top rated lynch film though mulholland drive has been gaining on it over the years. The entire film is haunting—even the scenes that are hokey (some of the

1985

best film: Brazil is, at one time, one of the greatest sci-fi films of all-time, one of the greatest comedies of all-time, and so unmissably one of the most terry Gilliam movies of all-time. It

1984

best film: Leone’s once upon a time in america is hauntingly beautiful in one scene and then crass and crude in the next. It’s a spectacular contrast (1900 by fellow Italian bertolucci is similar). It’s

1983

best film: The lack of appreciation for coppola’s rumble fish is a mystery to me. It’s a visual experiment from one of cinema’s great masters and although there are flaws, it is exceptional enough for

1982

best film: Blade Runner is one of the greatest 10 films of all-time (#7 for me) and the second best film of the entire 80’s (raging bull).  Ridley Scott’s masterpiece is perhaps cinema’s greatest showcase

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