Capote – 2005 Bennett Miller

It’s a stunning portrait of Truman Capote with a triumphant performance by Phillip Seymour Hoffman I wish there was some of it but there’s some strong juxtaposition of establishing shots and transition editing with the


best film: Inception remains my top film of 2010- the year I got back into cinema with a vengeance after a 2-3 year break (sort of- I still watched like 4 movies a week during

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover – 1989 Greenaway

A giant “M” Masterpiece and prime candidate for the singular poster child of film art expressionism and the greatest mise-en-scene in film history Simply one of the most beautiful movies ever made There is a

Annihilation – 2018 Garland

Shows that Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, was no fluke The film is filled with many of the same preoccupations as Garland’s debut—heavy stuff—metaphysical and existential with a dark outlook in the sci-fi genre It’s

Sergeant Rutledge – 1960 Ford

It’s notable today for being the first western to star a black man—Willy Strode (a Ford regular). Strode actually played football at UCLA with Jackie Robinson. In that regards it’s a landmark film Strode shares

A Zed and Two Noughts – 1985 Greenaway

It’s a major leap forward for Greenaway and a clear precursor to the cook, the thief, hjs wife and her lover Like most of the rest of his films there’s a symbolic death ritual finale

The Four Feathers – 1939 Zoltan Korda

Sadly it’s an overlooked and underrated film (not in the TSPDT top 1000 and it should be) A very British film Described accurately as a “ripping good yarn”. Solid adventure film Notable for the early

Black Panther – 2018 Coogler

A very strong start to 2018, the continuation of Coogler’s ascension as one of cinema’s future greats, and the best film in the MCU to date The supporting cast is extremely strong for any film-

The Draughtman’s Contract – 1982 Greenaway

Greenaway is an artist first and foremost- made a bunch of shorts and that really weird the falls (1980) 3 hour fake documentary which is not in my archives so this is his first real

The Light Between Oceans – 2016 Cianfrance

It’s a strong melodrama- which is a genre- not a criticism (news to some critics) The plotting has issues and the name of the damn movie is tough to get past—but it’s beautifully photographed and


best film: I wish I felt as confident here on my top 5 of 2009 as I do on my top 5 of 2007. Just a few years back I had Fantastic Mr. Fox at


best film: 2008 is the year of The Dark Knight. As much as I like Wall-E, Wendy & Lucy and some others the best film, performance, and work by a director from the year easily

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