Never So Few – 1959 John Sturges


A fringe recommendation—but it is a John Sturges film—action, a rag-tag crew of men from different backgrounds (like Magnificent Seven, Great Escape), masculine I wish there were more- but there is one stunning composition at

Never So Few – 1959 John Sturges2020-08-20T20:01:49+00:00

The Invitation – 2015 Kusama


A slow-burn thriller/horror with a tremendous payoff in the last 20 minutes intelligent and intriguing throughout-- with a spellbinding final 20 minutes The lead is played by Tom Hardy doppelgänger Logan Marshall-Green –

The Invitation – 2015 Kusama2020-08-20T19:38:05+00:00

Dodes’ka-den – 1970 Kurosawa


First film in five years off for Kurosawa (Red Beard)- his first in a long time without Mifune (I believe 1952’s Ikiru), first film in color, first film in a long time (since 1957) with

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Duelle – 1976 Rivette


Near the very end of Rivette’s Duelle, his accidental detective character (just like Paris Belongs to Us – his debut in 1961) says, ominously, “Two and two no longer makes four”… Indeed, Rivette’s Duelle is

Duelle – 1976 Rivette2020-08-19T14:38:20+00:00

The Bridges of Madison County – 1995 Eastwood


A patient, splendidly acted (by two of the great acting heavyweights: Streep and Eastwood) romance Set in Iowa (shot on location) in the 1960’s. Beautifully weathered covered bridges, perfectly rusty old trucks Set in

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An Enemy of the People – 1978 Schaefer


It was Steve McQueen’s big return to the screen after four years off from 1974’s The Towering Inferno (which was a massive hit). It surprised everyone that this was McQueen’s vehicle to return. It is

An Enemy of the People – 1978 Schaefer2020-08-17T13:53:06+00:00

Duma– 2005 Ballard


  To date, Carroll Ballard’s Duma is his final archiveable film. It is his fourth archiveable film overall (six films made total) and first since 1996’s Fly Away Home. Like his previous films, these are

Duma– 2005 Ballard2020-08-17T13:32:19+00:00

Red Beard – 1965 Kurosawa


The end of an era for Kurosawa- his last film in black and white, his last film (sixteen total I believe) with Mifune, and last film of the 1960’s (it is my understanding there were

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White Dog – 1982 Fuller


Not surprising that this wild tale is based on a true story (Fuller’s  modus operandi usually) --- it is violent and charmingly crude Never released in the US in theater – and it does have

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Celine and Julie Go Boating – 1974 Rivette


Rivette’s fifth film- a 193 minute comedy shot in a grainy crude 16mm Mixes the comic whimsy of Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier (they have an undeniable chemistry), mystery and magic, and an airy self-awareness

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High and Low – 1963 Kurosawa


I may not be quite ready to make it yet, but I think there’s a legit argument to this being Kurosawa’s greatest single work—and his 1960’s being even stronger than his run during the 1950’s

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The Big Red One – 1980 Fuller


It is the film that meant the most (along with Park Row) to Fuller, and the one he was leading up to his entire life. War (Fuller was a WWII vet and much of this

The Big Red One – 1980 Fuller2020-08-02T14:49:46+00:00
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