Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 2011 David Yates

If you want to combine DH Part 1 and Part 2 that’s totally fine—the combined work would be in the archives—I’ve found that Part 2 is much strongerThe narrative absolutely soars—Part 2 in particular is

The Passion of Joan of Arc – 1928 Dreyer

Saw it for probably the 5th time in January 2018—6th time in January 2020 It’s a film I’m going to try to get to every year or so. It’s formally flawless and stylistically audacious at


best film: Midsommar.  Minor spoilers here so consider yourself warned. This is a tough year to select a #1 film. In years like 2011, 2016 or 2018 there is one single film standing alone on

Mr. Turner – 2014 Leigh

Mr. Turner is partly true to form Leigh (plotless, rich characterizations) and partly paving new ground (some of the visuals here put David Lean to shame) some of the visuals here put David Lean to

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 2009 David Yates

I’m disappointed in myself that I was oblivious to this film’s (readily apparent) beauty until this most recent rewatch. It’s been the biggest revelation for me rewatching the series of films--- I think I’ve seen

1917 – 2019 Mendes

1917 is almost absurd achievement of cinema from Sam Mendes The camerawork by Mendes and Roger Deakins is front and center in the praise (and odd enough the boldness of their endeavor actually turned some

An Elephant Sitting Still – 2018 Bo Hu

Simultaneously Bo Hu’s impressive debut and, tragically, his final film—as he took his own life at the age of 29 before the film’s release. Bo Hu was a student of Bela Tarr- and you can

The 139th Best Director of All-Time: Tod Browning

Browning. Browning, after Gus Van Sant, is the second director to make the list without a top 500 film. For the consensus critics list (I’ll get to it more below) - that film is Freaks.

The 138th Best Director of All-Time: Terence Davies

Davies. Terence Davies delivers the harsh realities of life in a swooningingly lyrical style. His resume includes a top 500 film, 3 films in the top 100 of their respective decade (and The Long Day

The 137th Best Director of All-Time: Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami. Kiarostami is an accomplished auteur and worthy acolyte of the cinematic realists. If you roughly break down the auteurs by those that are grounded in realism, and those grounded in exresspionism—again—he’s an important figure

The Two Popes – 2019 Meirelles

It feels like a long time since Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles gave us City of God (2002) and The Constant Gardener (2005-- the single worst title for a film in film history?)—but he’s back with

The 136th Best Director of All-Time: Gus Van Sant

Van Sant.  So Gus Van Sant is the first auteur on my list not to have a top 500 film. They (top 500 films that haven’t had their director mentioned by my previous 135 directors

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