Babyteeth – 2019 Murphy


Somehow, even in 2019, Shannon Murphy (debut as director) and writer Rita Kalnejais (from her book) add enough to the subgenre of quirky, coming of age comedy dramas where a character passes from a disease,

Babyteeth – 2019 Murphy2021-12-05T13:06:58+00:00

The Flower of My Secret – 1995 Almodovar


Pedro Almodóvar is not an auteur with long, quiet stretches between films. He works quickly (doubly remarkable given he writes his own screenplays) so it is certainly notable that between big breakthrough films like Women

The Flower of My Secret – 1995 Almodovar2021-12-04T13:06:20+00:00



best film:  The New World from Terrence Malick Further study of Michael Haneke's Cache could change things at the top for 2005- but for now- it is Malick's work (I would say underrated but it has been making


Inferno – 1980 Argento


Dario Argento’s Inferno is the second leg in The Three Mothers trilogy starting with Suspiria in 1977 and finally culminating in Mother of Tears in 2007. This is already Argento’s seventh film- his debut

Inferno – 1980 Argento2021-11-28T16:46:48+00:00

The Haunting – 1963 Wise


Sandwiched between two gigantic musicals (West Side Story in 1961 and The Sound of Music in 1965— also made Two for the Seesaw in this stretch as well in 1962) Robert Wise made one of

The Haunting – 1963 Wise2021-12-01T14:47:04+00:00

The Quick and the Dead – 1995 Raimi


Sam Raimi’s sixth film assembles a dream cast and crew. This was largely Sharon Stone’s project (she had a hand in the casting as well- including selecting Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe at a time

The Quick and the Dead – 1995 Raimi2021-11-30T14:18:31+00:00

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! – 1989 Almodovar


This marks Pedro Almodovar’s eighth film (six in the archives)- a very busy decade (debut in 1980). Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Also makes for five archiveable films with actor and collaborator Antonio Banderas

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! – 1989 Almodovar2021-11-29T13:59:37+00:00

Fat City – 1972 Huston


John Huston’s bleak Fat City opens with longer take observing Stacy Keach (as Tully) in his depressing, tiny jail cell of an apartment. This is Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt and in that Huston is

Fat City – 1972 Huston2021-11-22T18:11:24+00:00

Carnival of Souls – 1962 Harvey


Heck Harvey directs Carnival of Souls- an early 1960s low budget horror film starring Candace Hilligoss as Mary Henry. It is part Lynne Ramsay (a past trauma—a drag racing accident- leaves the protagonist an empty

Carnival of Souls – 1962 Harvey2021-11-22T15:41:16+00:00



best film:  2046 from WKW Four years after In the Mood for Love, WKW’s follow-up is the third and (so far) final film in the unofficial Love trilogy (Days of Being Wild from 1990 being the first)


Freud – 1962 Huston


Freud is a substantial biopic (running 140 minutes) and a solid addition to the resumes of both John Huston and star Montgomery Clift. The first of eighteen Academy Award nominations for Jerry Goldsmith (score for

Freud – 1962 Huston2021-11-21T13:32:21+00:00

The Good German – 2006 Soderbergh


Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German is steeped in pastiche. Even the marvelous poster apes Casablanca. However, the sort of real life documentary footage used to open the film is just not how these studio films

The Good German – 2006 Soderbergh2021-11-24T14:17:19+00:00
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