Arizona Dream – 1993 Kusturica


Delightfully unpredictable-- Emir Kusturica’s English language debut is a blend of surrealism narrative stream-of-consciousness and (seemingly) improvisation Johnny Depp stars- and he’s good here, as are Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor and Vincent Gallo (Jerry Lewis

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Red Sun – 1971 Young


An impressive international star-studded cast consisting of Charles Bronson (US- the clear star of the film), Mifune (Japan), Delon (France) and Ursula Andress from Dr. No (Switzerland) and directed by early Connery Bond films director

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The Andromeda Strain – 1971 Wise


A buried treasure of a film- Robert Wise’s The Andromeda Strain is a not-so-distant cousin from Welles, Wyler and Kurosawa’s achievement in deep focus photography. Wise here uses the half convex glass attached to his

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best film:  Sunrise by Murnau. I should mention that I still haven’t been able to track down and see Abel Gance’s Napoleon- a pretty significant omission by all accounts (it is #176 of all-time on the


The League of Gentleman– 1960 Dearden


1960 may be the year of the heist film with The League of Gentleman in England and Ocean’s 11 on the other side of the pond. Basil Dearden (one of the co-directors of 1945’s Dead

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Dreams – 1990 Kurosawa


Like many anthology films—Kurosawa’s eight part Dreams is uneven--- the best sections are as good as anything he’s done since High and Low- but there are regrettable sections that may make you say “wow- this

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best film:  The General from Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman A set piece high-wire act that last for nearly the entire duration of the film At age 31, Keaton has a second unassailable masterpiece between


Vertigo – 1958 Hitchcock


From Saul Bass’ gorgeous opening credits with Bernard Herrmann’s score (it has to be his finest, right?)—it is clear this film is different- even for Hitchcock—both his most ambitious film, the height of his perfectionism--

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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)

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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

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best film:  Battleship Potemkin from Eisenstein Pure cinematic excellence, a stylistic shock wave, a masterful collage of images—Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin stands alone as the greatest single achievement in film editing. Murnau is important—absolutely- what he did with


The Window – 1949 Tetzlaff


It is a brilliant premise- one of those films can sum up and get someone intrigued in thirty seconds—a young boy who is known for his tall tales, witnesses a murder through a window in

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