The Steel Helmet – 1951 Fuller


Fuller’s third film and best to date in 1951Often cited as the first Korean war movie, true to Fuller’s standard operation- shot in 10 days Starts with a trademark Sam Fuller close-up (often uncomfortably close

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Scandal – 1950 Kurosawa


A step back after Stray Dog, Kurosawa’s previous film. And of course this is the film directly before Rashomon. Montage heavy first 15 minutes- low ASL (average shot length)A very nice tracking shot at 65

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The Man Without a Past – 2002 Kaurismäki


Kaurismäki is an auteur who has amassed a strong body of work—and only as a collection can the work be properly appreciated -- but The Man Without a Past is one of his best works

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The 196th Best Director of All-Time: Budd Boetticher


Boetticher. Budd Boetticher started out doing Z movies in the 1940’s (B-movies isn’t a fit description since he’d elevate from these to do B-movies) under either Oscar Boetticher or Oscar Boetticher Jr. and would end

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Uncut Gems – 2019 Safdie


A roller-coaster, a time bomb, a heart-attack—you pick the analogy--- the Safdie brothers have confirmed their arrival as major auteurs, in a big way, with Uncut Gems. Their specific brand of narrative propulsion is their

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The 193rd Best Director of All-Time: Abel Ferrara


Ferrara. Abel Ferrara is synonymous with New York City street cinema- gritty, violent -yes, but films that are also extremely moody, atmospheric as well—not just blunt force. His best work came in the early 1990’s

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Stray Dog – 1949 Kurosawa


Kurosawa takes De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves concept the year before, a stolen object (in this case a colt pistol) as the driving force for the narrative. At some point this film evolves into a compelling

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Raising Cain – 1992 De Palma


A flawed work from Brian De Palma but it’s De Palma—meaning there are some exceptional cinematic moments paired (often right alongside) some cringe-worthy storytelling/writing and pulpy pop psychologyThe psychological thriller, De Palma always the Hitchcock

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