American Honey – 2016 Arnold


Easily the best film to date from Arnold-- and another boost for the A24 brand social commentary- "I'm the spiderman of the dumpster"- much of film is through the eyes of these troubled impoverished youth

American Honey – 2016 Arnold2021-01-02T20:43:13+00:00

The Outpost – 2019 Lurie


You have to probably go back to 2000’s The Contender for something this good in Rod Lurie’s filmography. The Outpost is a sturdy entry in the 21st century war film genre- here about a group

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best film:  Tokyo Story from Ozu Tokyo Story is a candidate for the greatest mise-en-scene in film history. It is jam-packed with gorgeously arranged sets and shots The film, and the style, is a high-water




best film:  Ikiru from Kurosawa Both visually masterful and staggeringly profound and poignant One of cinema’s greatest character studies- Kane, Raging Bull– the examination of a man’s life. A bit of It’s A Wonderful Life and Dickens’ A Christmas


Wolfwalkers – 2020 Moore, Ross Stewart


This is now the third work from Tomm Moore (all of them co-directed by this is the first time with Ross Stewart) with previous works including The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the

Wolfwalkers – 2020 Moore, Ross Stewart2020-12-29T18:55:43+00:00

The Assistant – 2019 Green


A remarkable feature debut from Australian-born Kitty Green. The Assistant starts with an attention to detail you’d see from a realist. Julia Garner plays Jane- the titular character and the film convers one day in

The Assistant – 2019 Green2020-12-29T18:06:00+00:00

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

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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

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best film:  Early Summer from Ozu. The Japanese master made one of the best films of 1949 (Late Spring) and two years later he improves upon it ever so slightly (he’d do the same thing




best film:  Rashomon from Kurosawa.  Rashomon is a masterpiece on at least two levels: the use of deep focus photography combined with character blocking compositions (that’s one-- which rivals Citizen Kane– which is funny because Kane is also the


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
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