Mr. Turner – 2014 Leigh

Mr. Turner is partly true to form Leigh (plotless, rich characterizations) and partly paving new ground (some of the visuals here put David Lean to shame) some of the visuals here put David Lean to

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 2009 David Yates

I’m disappointed in myself that I was oblivious to this film’s (readily apparent) beauty until this most recent rewatch. It’s been the biggest revelation for me rewatching the series of films--- I think I’ve seen

1917 – 2019 Mendes

1917 is almost absurd achievement of cinema from Sam Mendes The camerawork by Mendes and Roger Deakins is front and center in the praise (and odd enough the boldness of their endeavor actually turned some

An Elephant Sitting Still – 2018 Bo Hu

Simultaneously Bo Hu’s impressive debut and, tragically, his final film—as he took his own life at the age of 29 before the film’s release. Bo Hu was a student of Bela Tarr- and you can

The 139th Best Director of All-Time: Tod Browning

Browning. Browning, after Gus Van Sant, is the second director to make the list without a top 500 film. For the consensus critics list (I’ll get to it more below) - that film is Freaks.

The 138th Best Director of All-Time: Terence Davies

Davies. Terence Davies delivers the harsh realities of life in a swooningingly lyrical style. His resume includes a top 500 film, 3 films in the top 100 of their respective decade (and The Long Day

The 137th Best Director of All-Time: Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami. Kiarostami is an accomplished auteur and worthy acolyte of the cinematic realists. If you roughly break down the auteurs by those that are grounded in realism, and those grounded in exresspionism—again—he’s an important figure

The Two Popes – 2019 Meirelles

It feels like a long time since Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles gave us City of God (2002) and The Constant Gardener (2005-- the single worst title for a film in film history?)—but he’s back with

The 136th Best Director of All-Time: Gus Van Sant

Van Sant.  So Gus Van Sant is the first auteur on my list not to have a top 500 film. They (top 500 films that haven’t had their director mentioned by my previous 135 directors

The 135th Best Director of All-Time: Sam Mendes

Mendes.  Few modern auteurs have a resume that includes the 1-2 punch of American Beauty and The Road to Perdition and can (with confidence) boast that they’ve made the best James Bond film (it’s right

The 134th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Schrader

Schrader. Sadly, Schrader is probably first thought of as the screenwriter for Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and to a lesser extent, Bringing out the Dead. He’s a masterful auteur though and has 9 films

A Hidden Life – 2019 Malick

From 1973 to 2011 Malick made only 5 films—all of them masterpieces—and all were rather simple narratives set in the past. Malick then made three more modern day films (To the Wonder, Knight of Cups,

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