L’Innocente – 1976 Visconti

Visconti’s last film—release just after his death in 1976The little details in the opening credits are all Visconti—apparently that’s his hand flipping through the actual source material book (not an uncommon or overly inventive credit

The 162nd Best Director of All-Time: John Boorman

Boorman. Since I’m trying to watch 500+ movies a year (far cry from 2011-2016 when I was putting away 1000+) the lists here are in flux as I try to continue to educate myself with

The 161st Best Director of All-Time: John Frankenheimer

Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer is often overshadowed because his artistic peak was in the early 1960’s- a time so fertile with, frankly, superior efforts from more talented auteurs. Still, his trademark kinetic style holds merit—as does The

Conversation Piece – 1974 Visconti

Late-period (he’d love that description) Visconti – his second to last feature film. He was severely affected by a recent stroke when filming and needed a single setting or set piece to work in and

In America – 2002 Sheridan

Praise-worthy performances and a affectionately written script by Jim Sheridan (with real-life daughters Naomi and Kirsten Sheridan) carry this film into the archives for 2002 The voice-over by older sister (actor Sarah Bolger) is our

Winter’s Bone – 2010 Granik

A chillingly authentic drama (almost a detective film or neo-noir) set in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri with the Missouri Waltz sung in the openingThe beginning of Jennifer Lawrence’s film career- not her debut but

The Navigator – 1924 Crisp and Keaton

a brilliant realization of Buster Keaton’s set-piece (the boat), long shot auteur-driven genius takes aim at the rich—starts with the “every family tree must have its sap” with a deadpan and affluent heir (Keaton) walking

The Revenant – 2015 Iñárritu

A masterpiece of staggering beauty and cinematic aweOpens with a dream montage – incredible imagery, and then we’re off and running with the hunting scene starting with the camera aimed down at the stream and

Death in Venice – 1971 Visconti

A stylistic break for Visconti for the most part— there is some nice blocking and framing in the dining sequences (flowers galore), beach sequences (see below) but here- Visconti mostly uses the slow zoom as

Prisoners – 2013 Villeneuve

A very strong opening frame from Villeneuve and DP “Roget Deakins—gorgeous picture of the woods and then the Lord’s prayer from Hugh Jackman’s Keller Dover A very strong opening frame from Villeneuve and DP “Roget

The 160th Best Director of All-Time: Steve McQueen

McQueen. McQueen has the latest debut of any auteur on this list thus far (2008). He burst on the scene with Hunger- a film that landed solidly in the top 500 of all-time on my

The 159th Best Director of All-Time: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Clouzot.  We’re at position #159 here so an auteur with a top 500 film of all-time (Diabolique) and another great film not far behind (Wages of Fear) and in the top 100 of its respective

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