The Milky Way – 1936 McCarey

One of Harold Lloyd’s best talkies—smart of him to tap Leo McCarey to shoot it (director of the very successful “talkie” comedies the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup three years before) Remade as The Kid from

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – 2019 Tarantino

1.0 July 2019 Certainly like Inglourious and somewhat like Django- this is Tarantino’s correction-- to rewrite the collective tragic historical past.  Like Pulp Fiction does with the structure of the film with Travolta (and does

Duck Soup – 1933 McCarey

Rat-a-tat zaniness – bat$hit crazy for its entire 69-minute running time. Unlike lesser Marx Brothers films there’s no pretense made here about a straight story or love story- every sketch is fire, going for broke

Magnolia – 1999 P.T. Anderson

Viewed January 2018 (probably 5th time) and April 2020 It’s an enormous masterwork—pure filmmaking ambitionCertainly, since it’s an ensemble piece set it in LA- you have to think of Altman’s 1993 Short CutsEbert calls is “operatic

Private Fears in Public Places – 2006 Resnais

A great film for any auteur at any stage in their career- but for Rensais to make Private Fears in Public Places at age 84—remarkablea sort of distant cousin of Resnais’ 1980 masterwork Mon oncle

Countdown – 1967 Altman

It doesn’t rewrite the book on Robert Altman, Robert Duvall or James Caan by any stretch but it is a solid little film- rests somewhere outside the top 20 of 1967It was Altman’s first feature

Night of the Living Dead – 1968 Romero

There are two movements going on here in George Romero’s debut film Night of the Living Dead- a changing of the guard for the horror genre, and an important film for the history independent cinemaFrom

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages – 1916 Griffith

A staggeringly ambitious (both in grandeur and structure) early masterpiece—experimental Griffith lays out the complex structure in the opening titles—he’s weaving together moments of, yes, intolerance, throughout the ages—these four narratives unfold, in harmony, throughout

Train to Busan – 2016 Sang-ho Yeon

A strong entry into the horror/zombie subgenreI’ll be comparing it to other films below but I think it all starts with Romero’s work—sociopolitical entertainment in this specific mode The neglectful father is a fund manager,

Mon oncle d’Amérique – 1980 Resnais

An absolutely masterful dissection of the human condition, an accomplishment in editing, and a piece of cinema that should be used to showcase the possibilities strong film form A highly ambitious film without one single

Two Days, One Night – 2014 Dardenne

The perfect marriage of this era’s greatest cinematic realists (The Dardenne brothers) and perhaps this generation’s most gifted actress (Marion Cotillard). This is their first time working with a “star”. I thought of Ingrid Bergman’s

Muriel, or the Time of Return – 1963 Resnais

Similar to Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Maridenbad in some regards (meditating on memory, a playful deconstruction of traditional plot and character motivations)—Muriel, of the Time of Return makes the tragic mistake, immeasurably

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