The Hobbit – 2012-2014 Jackson


The reunion of Tolkien and Jackson, over a decade after the start of The Lord of the Rings, fails to live up to the achievement of its predecessor (heavy lies the crown sort of thing

The Hobbit – 2012-2014 Jackson2020-12-29T18:58:47+00:00

Die Hard – 1988 McTiernan


Like McTiernan’s 1987 entry the year before, Predator, Die Hard is an updated (and modified) western. Instead of The Magnificent Seven (Seven Samurai) it’s Shane here in many ways Clichés are clichés for a reason

Die Hard – 1988 McTiernan2020-12-28T13:29:23+00:00

The Lord of the Rings – 2001-2003 Jackson


Peter Jackson’s magnum opus adaptation of Tolkien is one the seminal works of the 21st century. I’ve seen it a half dozen times at least—and my appreciation for it grows with each revisit. I’ll be

The Lord of the Rings – 2001-2003 Jackson2020-12-27T04:22:24+00:00

Teorema – 1968 Pasolini


Pasolini’s sixth feature, second in the “mythical cycle” following Oedipus Rex in 1967. Along with his debut Accattone, Teorema is Pasolini’s greatest achievement thus far in his career in 1968. A very controversial film (name

Teorema – 1968 Pasolini2020-12-22T03:53:42+00:00

Tenet – 2020 Nolan


Nolan’s Tenet starts in medias res like a Bond film with the vast crowd in the opera house (Nolan has declared his love for the 1977 Roger Moore Bond The Spy Who Loved Me)

Tenet – 2020 Nolan2020-12-20T02:06:57+00:00

Oedipus Rex – 1967 Pasolini


Provocateur Pier Paolo Pasolini officially moved away from the neorealist-leanings in his early work for his fifth feature (and first in color)- Oedipus Rex The is the first in the “mythical cycle” series (Teorema, Porcile,

Oedipus Rex – 1967 Pasolini2020-12-19T21:50:25+00:00

Ran – 1985 Kurosawa


The pictorial beauty of Kurosawa's landscape long shots are masterpiece worthy—Kurosawa makes great use of every extra, color flourish in the frame, and set piece --whether it’s the mountains in the final climax battle, the

Ran – 1985 Kurosawa2020-12-18T03:51:09+00:00

Sound of Metal – 2019 Marder


Sound of Meal is the debut film from Darius Marder—it touts an exquisite use of sound design and lead performance from Riz Ahmed. Marder’s sound design- coupled with some nice camera location choices (often right

Sound of Metal – 2019 Marder2020-12-17T12:06:08+00:00

Little Women – 2019 Gerwig


There are three previous archiveable versions of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women-- but Gerwig’s version is utterly distinct and cinematically spectacular—the only one remotely close in quality (and they’re all in the archives) is Cukor’

Little Women – 2019 Gerwig2020-12-17T03:54:51+00:00

Knives Out – 2019 Rian Johnson


Precise, captivating and confident- Rian Johnson is in full control here It is the auteur's fifth feature film- the narrative twist like Looper with the biting dialogue of his debut Brick  even when you've solved

Knives Out – 2019 Rian Johnson2020-12-12T03:39:07+00:00

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – 2009 Gilliam


If it wasn’t already clear with his twin disappointments 2005 (no matter what redeeming qualities Tideland has it is hard to say it isn’t a disappointment)—The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus confirms that the Gilliam from

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – 2009 Gilliam2020-12-18T11:59:43+00:00

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – 2020 Hittman


Eliza Hittman (writer/director) crafts the harrowing of a pregnant teenager Autumn (played by Sidney Flanigan in her debut) Shot in 16mm—realism, the story takes place over a few days where the characters get very little

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – 2020 Hittman2020-12-09T22:26:29+00:00
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