I’m Thinking of Ending Things – 2020 Charlie Kaufman


This is an intimidating film to try to say anything about with one viewing. It is a work of almost infinite creativity (Kaufman’s skills as a writer matched by the visual artist in this effort)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things – 2020 Charlie Kaufman2020-09-09T12:11:47+00:00

An American Tragedy – 1931 von Sternberg


It does not come close to touching von Sternberg’s all-time of a year the year before in 1930 (The Blue Angel, Morocco)—but there are still enough elements to land it (barely) into the archives Based

An American Tragedy – 1931 von Sternberg2020-09-06T13:11:03+00:00

Memento – 2000 Nolan


It is Christopher Nolan’s second film and his big breakthrough It showcases a mastery of editing- but different than the parallel editing high-wire acts he has become known for (and perfected in Dunkirk). This is

Memento – 2000 Nolan2020-09-04T19:04:03+00:00

The Europeans – 1979 Ivory


The first of three Henry James adaptations from the Merchant Ivory team Opens with these gorgeous titles—sketchings and drawings set to classical music- it is both exquisite, and exquisitely Merchant/Ivory- haha (always refinement and taste)

The Europeans – 1979 Ivory2020-09-03T21:13:35+00:00

The Seventh Cross – 1944 Zinnemann


It isn’t his debut (his third feature I believe), but the first Fred Zinnemann film I’ve seen and have in the archives It is largely a Spencer Tracy vehicle, a war film, but has some

The Seventh Cross – 1944 Zinnemann2020-09-03T20:56:52+00:00

Rocco and His Brothers – 1960 Visconti


Rocco and His Brothers is one of the greatest directors of all time, Luchino Visconti, at the height of his powers. If this isn’t his single best work, it is his follow-up to this, The

Rocco and His Brothers – 1960 Visconti2020-09-02T18:30:01+00:00

Scorpio – 1973 Winner


A camera-zoom heavy Cold War 1970’s spy film—pales in comparison Day of the Jackal  (also 1973) or Three Days of the Condor but an interesting picture nonetheless. It does feel like John le Carr. The

Scorpio – 1973 Winner2020-09-01T22:16:43+00:00

Kagemusha – 1980 Kurosawa


Kurosawa’s first film in five years since 1975’s Dersu Uzala – a three hour war epic Kurosawa audaciously paints the sky red Set in 16th century feudal Japan—this is not from Shakespeare (though

Kagemusha – 1980 Kurosawa2020-08-31T13:07:45+00:00

Richard Jewell – 2019 Eastwood


It is a far cry from Eastwood’s magnificent run in the early to mid-2000’s (he hasn’t had a Highly Recommend top-10 of the year level film or better since 2006) but it is an engaging

Richard Jewell – 2019 Eastwood2020-08-30T15:50:41+00:00

Serpico – 1973 Lumet


Sidney Lumet’s Serpico is a superb crime procedural and a rich character study—the achievement here may be even greater for Pacino than it is for Lumet Pacino is just in the middle of one of

Serpico – 1973 Lumet2020-08-28T20:39:49+00:00

Dersu Uzala – 1975 Kurosawa


Kurosawa worked in the USSR (shot on location in Taiga) for Dersu Uzala- his first film in five years, his second in color, first on the larger Sovoscope 70mm canvas Shot almost entirely in exteriors

Dersu Uzala – 1975 Kurosawa2020-08-26T20:17:02+00:00

Across the Pacific – 1942 Huston


Across the Pacific gets the gang back together from 1941’s The Maltese Falcon- Warners, John Huston, Bogart, Mary Aster, Sydney Greenstreet—this is actually Huston’s third film (a film between debut Falcon and this is a

Across the Pacific – 1942 Huston2020-08-26T19:33:38+00:00
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