Dune – 1984 Lynch


It is hard to separate the 1984 film Dune from the story of its failed adaptation (even the most adamant defenders often admit it does not do Frank Herbert’s novel justice) and the story around

Dune – 1984 Lynch2021-11-17T14:03:08+00:00

Law of Desire – 1987 Almodovar


Pedro Almodóvar’s most frequent collaborators in the 1980s- the great Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas- are back for Law of Desire. This is Almodovar leaning into Hitchcock again with the heavy Bernard Herrmann- like strings

Law of Desire – 1987 Almodovar2021-11-19T11:54:22+00:00

Darkman – 1990 Raimi


Darkman is just Sam Raimi’s fourth film and it is a worthy effort. It comes in 1990, the year after Batman, and with Darkman using a Danny Elfman score and obviously living in the same

Darkman – 1990 Raimi2021-11-13T13:17:44+00:00

The Cat o’ Nine Tails – 1971 Argento


Dario Argento is back in great Giallo horror tradition just one year after his debut. Ennio Morricone returns working again with Argento (and though the tone is different—Morricone is another bridge between the Spaghetti Westerns

The Cat o’ Nine Tails – 1971 Argento2021-11-13T13:17:36+00:00

Crooklyn – 1994 Spike Lee


Crooklyn starts with a swooping crane shot capturing summer life in Brooklyn in 1973 with “People Make the World Go Round” from The Stylistics. Nostalgia reigns as a swoon-worthy montage shows children play double dutch,

Crooklyn – 1994 Spike Lee2021-11-13T13:25:04+00:00



best film: Punch-Drunk Love from Paul Thomas Anderson PT’s stated goal was to “make an art house Adam Sandler movie” and it was purposefully anti-ensemble multi-character epic in size Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Jon Brion’s brilliant and experimental


Cruella – 2021 Gillespie


Craig Gillespie’s Cruella looks like what Tim Burton’s version of The Devil Wears Prada may look like- especially if both the sorcerer and the apprentice roles (nemeses as well) were able to dial up their

Cruella – 2021 Gillespie2021-11-13T13:17:11+00:00

Titane – 2021 Ducournau


Titane is the sophomore effort from Julia Docournau (Raw- 2016). Vincent Lindon (playing Vincent) stars opposite of Agathe Rousselle (both Alexia and Adrien) in 2021’s Palme d'Or winner. Docournau’s film is a breath of fresh

Titane – 2021 Ducournau2021-11-17T19:35:22+00:00

American Psycho – 2000 Harron


Mary Harron’s American Psycho took fifteen years to debut on the TSPDT top 1000 of the 21st century list. It now (as of the date writing this) sits at the lofty position of #283 (still

American Psycho – 2000 Harron2021-11-03T13:21:38+00:00

Undine – 2020 Petzold


With Undine, German auteur Christian Petzold reteams with actors Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski from 2018’s Transit taping into fantasy and myths. It is set and shot in Berlin, roughly 30 years after the fall

Undine – 2020 Petzold2021-10-29T01:46:59+00:00

Foxcatcher – 2014 Bennett Miller


Three films into his career (Capote, Moneyball), Bennett Miller seems incapable of making anything less than a meticulously crafted character study. Foxcather (also based on a true story, and also, like Moneyball, is about the

Foxcatcher – 2014 Bennett Miller2021-11-07T13:20:16+00:00

Matador – 1986 Almodovar


Matador is Pedro Almodovar’s strongest effort to date in 1986. Some of his decade-spanning obsessions: vibrant colors, dark humor, mothers, and more- have been undergoing fermentation. This is Almodóvar’s fifth film, and long gone is

Matador – 1986 Almodovar2021-11-06T14:57:25+00:00
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