Timbuktu – 2014 Sissako


It is really a film about an occupation of a town– that’s Sissako’s message. In a way it isn’t much different from Shane or Rio Bravo (or say German films made during the occupation like

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The Sweet Hereafter – 1997 Egoyan


An emphatic follow-up to 1994’s Exotica—Egoyan proves himself to one of cinema’s finest directors during this stretch of time in the mid-1990’s—compiling now twin achievements of  pain and loss Like Exotica, this starts with a

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Exotica – 1994 Egoyan


Egoyan’s Exotica is Altman’s Nashville or Sayles' Matewan- except for this ensemble mosaic has a jungle “exotic”-themed strip club meeting place as its linking device instead of a city Egoyan’s Exotica is Altman’s Nashville

Exotica – 1994 Egoyan2020-09-20T13:49:36+00:00

Silver Linings Playbook – 2012 O. Russell


One of the great love stories of the 2010’s featuring David O. Russell’s trademark rat-a-tat dialogue, the expansive, combative dysfunctional family (part actual family part surrogate), and some of the best acting of 2012.

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Calendar – 1993 Egoyan


Egoyan’s fifth film is his greatest accomplishment in film form to date—this low-budget (he’s back to the 16mm/video oscillating like 1987’s Family Viewing), short film (74 minutes) casts a hypnotic structural spell The film bounces

Calendar – 1993 Egoyan2020-09-19T12:46:11+00:00

The Adjuster – 1991 Egoyan


From the opening titles, this, his fourth feature, is clearly a  step-up for Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan when it comes to budget and production value (for the first time no 16mm or video here) Egoyan

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The Seventh Seal – 1957 Bergman


Bergman’s first masterpiece—and a landmark film in 1950’s cinema A gray film- severe in tint and mood—Bergman sets the tone with the choir reigning down during the opening as we set out with the young

The Seventh Seal – 1957 Bergman2020-09-18T20:03:20+00:00

The Rules of Attraction – 2002 Avary


Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction It is from Bret Easton Ellis’ second novel (between Less Than Zero and American Psycho) and lives in the same lexicon as Ellis’ work- Sean Bateman- played by James

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Chinatown – 1974 Polanski


One of the greatest pure narrative films and screenplays in the history of cinema. It isn’t simply a beautiful mechanism that is set-up and unravels--- it sprawls---nuanced and layered. You sometimes hear about a film

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Mâdadayo – 1993 Kurosawa


The final film from Kurosawa- 83 years old when he made the film-- one of the cinema’s greatest artists It is about a retired professor—he’s a simple man, a good man, sentimental (the cat stuff

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Family Viewing – 1987 Egoyan


Like his debut Next of Kin in 1984- Atom Egoyan’s Family Viewing (second film) is a fascinating family drama – a sort of bizarre coming of age story about a seemingly disturbed young man coming

Family Viewing – 1987 Egoyan2020-09-15T13:18:06+00:00

Arizona Dream – 1993 Kusturica


Delightfully unpredictable-- Emir Kusturica’s English language debut is a blend of surrealism narrative stream-of-consciousness and (seemingly) improvisation Johnny Depp stars- and he’s good here, as are Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor and Vincent Gallo (Jerry Lewis

Arizona Dream – 1993 Kusturica2020-09-14T18:08:33+00:00
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