Blind Chance – 1981 Kieslowski


Kieslowski’s third feature, it was actually released in 1987 (which would make it his fourth film) because it was delayed because of political censorship. 99.99% of the time I use the release date, but this

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best film:  The Scarlet Empress from von Sternberg. Along with The Blue Angel and Morocco- this gives von Sternberg three masterpieces in five years. von Sternberg is not only a central figure when it


Suburbia – 1983 Spheeris


Penelope Spheeris’ first (available) feature film. She made a film with Richard Pryor in the late 1960’s that was destroyed I believe or doesn’t exist anymore, she is best known for making the documentary The

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Camera Buff – 1979 Kieslowski


Kieslowski’s second feature- a superior character study- a parable of a simple man’s obsession Kieslowski really had about a 20 year career- his first feature was 1976- and passed away at far too young an

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The Curse of the Cat People – 1944 Wise, von Fritsch


Another in a string of strong atmospheric Val Lewton 1940’s “horror” films that aren’t really horror films Tight 70 minutes, a sequel to 1942’s Cat People. Kent Smith is as stiff as he was on

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First Cow – 2019 Reichardt


Kelly Reichardt’s seventh feature moves confidently and quietly—she clearly knows exactly what film she wants to make and it shows—and it is patient, understated The film opens in contemporary times with Alia Shawkat with her

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best film:  King Kong. It is a weaker year at the top- I’ll get to it in the overrated section but there is no masterpiece in 1933. Still, King Kong is not a film to


The Scar – 1976 Kieslowski


The feature debut for the great Krzysztof Kieslowski at age 35. He had made a ton of documentaries prior and this is certainly made with that background in mind- realism It is a study of

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best film:  Love Me Tonight by Mamoulian.  It’s a storytelling innovator for sure (introducing singing in the middle of a scene—not just “performance” musical like The Jazz Singer) and first musical masterpiece. But, it’s no




best film:  City Lights from Chaplin. M from Lang is a fine choice as well—both would be the single best film in virtually any year in the 1930’s (outside of perhaps 1939 with Renoir’s The


Felicia’s Journey – 1999 Egoyan


It is a disappointment coming off of Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter from Egoyan (and gets lost a bit in 1999’s incredible year)-- but certainly much stronger than the average film made by anyone else

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The Social Network – 2010 Fincher


It’s a film that may combine the best work of both David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin Hard to top Travers: “The Social Network lights up a dim movie sky with flares of startling brilliance. Director

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