2023

  best film:   Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is the best film of 2023. Nolan opens Oppenheimer with a simple title -  fission (a thread largely shot in color, focused on Cillian Murphy’s J. Robert Oppenheimer) and then shortly after, another title - fusion (largely shot in black and white, more centered on Robert Downey Jr.’s Lewis Strauss).  The entire film can be viewed as montage – particularly the cutaway-heavy commencement - which is a rapid sonic boom of audio/visual design made in the vein of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (2011) – capturing the inner workings of atomic energy as

20232024-02-20T15:04:23+00:00

The Best 1000 Films of All-Time

** There is a ten year moratorium on all new films - so this list does not include released from 2014 to current day           film director year 1.     2001: A Space Odyssey Kubrick 1968 2.     The Searchers Ford 1956 3.     The Passion of Joan of Arc Dreyer 1928 4.     Apocalypse Now F. Coppola 1979 5.     In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-wai 2000 6.     Citizen Kane Welles 1941 7.     Sunrise Murnau 1927 8.     Nostalghia Tarkovsky 1983 9.     Raging Bull Scorsese 1980 10.    Vertigo Hitchcock

The Best 1000 Films of All-Time2023-11-21T20:56:44+00:00

The Top 100 Performances by a Male Actor

  Robert De Niro – Raging Bull Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood Marlon Brando – On the Waterfront Robert De Niro – Taxi Driver Al Pacino – The Godfather Part II Joaquin Phoenix – The Master John Wayne – The Searchers Toshirô Mifune – Seven Samurai Jean-Paul Belmondo – Breathless Tony Leung – In the Mood for Love Marlon Brando – The Godfather James Stewart - Vertigo Marcello Mastroianni – 8 ½ Peter O’Toole – Lawrence of Arabia Al Pacino – The Godfather Denzel Washington – Malcolm X Takashi Shimura – Ikiru Emil Jannings – The Last Laugh

The Top 100 Performances by a Male Actor2023-09-15T00:36:23+00:00

The Top 100 Male Actors of All-Time

  1. Robert De Niro 2. James Stewart 3. Marlon Brando 4. Toshirô Mifune 5. Al Pacino 6. Jack Nicholson 7. Daniel Day-Lewis 8. Humphrey Bogart 9. Cary Grant 10. Charlie Chaplin 11. Marcello Mastroianni 12. Tony Leung 13. John Wayne  14. Henry Fonda 15. Brad Pitt 16. Leonardo DiCaprio 17. Paul Newman 18. Gene Hackman 19. Clint Eastwood 20. Dustin Hoffman 21. William Holden 22. Robert Mitchum 23. Max von Sydow 24. Emil Jannings 25. Alain Delon 26. Jean-Paul Belmondo 27. Buster Keaton 28. Philip Seymour Hoffman 29. Klaus Kinski 30. Joe Pesci 31. Burt Lancaster 32. Montgomery Clift 33. Joaquin Phoenix 34. Jean-Louis Trintignant 35. Tom Cruise 36. Kirk Douglas 37. Bill Murray 38. Jean Gabin 39.

The Top 100 Male Actors of All-Time2023-09-02T12:47:16+00:00

The 100th Best Actor of All-Time: Ewan McGregor

  best film:  Ewan McGregor has three (3) films that already seem to have true staying power - films that hold up well to close study, scrutiny and age.  1996’s Trainspotting from Danny Boyle hits like a bolt of lighting. It has Boyle’s trademark energy – it was Boyle and McGregor’s breakthrough film – and it may still be their best. Moulin Rouge! (2001) from Baz Luhrmann flies out fast and furious in a glorious concoction of montage and color. Boyle and Luhrmann are not first ballot hall of fame auteurs (both are outside the top 100 of all-time)

The 100th Best Actor of All-Time: Ewan McGregor2023-09-02T19:48:08+00:00

The 99th Best Actor of All-Time: Timothée Chalamet

  best film:  Timothée Chalamet is in two of the best films of the 2020s thus far with The French Dispatch and Dune – both from 2021. But even before that, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name (2017) and Little Women (2019) surfaced among their respective year’s best films. The fact that Chalamet has nine (9) total films in the archives with 4 (four) of them here in serious contention here is undoubtedly evidence that he knows how to carefully select his projects and collaborators – even at a younger age. Nothing is promised, of course, but this

The 99th Best Actor of All-Time: Timothée Chalamet2023-08-31T21:22:33+00:00

The 98th Best Actor of All-Time: Frank Sinatra

  best film:  The French New Wave helped bring notoriety to Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running (1958) and that is a very worthy finalist here – but Otto Preminger’s fluid camera work in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) is tough to ignore, as is The Manchurian Candidate. In Manchurian, Laurence Harvey is no better than okay – but Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra truly shine. Sinatra plays combat stress to perfection. Sinatra is so good it as Major Bennett Marco – it is jarring in the film going back to poor Laurence Harvey and his Raymond Shaw

The 98th Best Actor of All-Time: Frank Sinatra2023-08-27T12:34:25+00:00

The 97th Best Actor of All-Time: Kevin Spacey

  best film:  For a short window of time - from 1995 to 1999 -  Kevin Spacey was as good as it gets. That run starts with both Se7en and The Usual Suspects in 1995. This means that in one single year, Kevin Spacey brought both John Doe and Verbal Kint to life. L.A. Confidential, a towering crime saga – followed just a few years later, and then Spacey’s run ended in 1999 with Sam Mendes’ impressive debut, American Beauty. It is Fincher’s film that is the best. The entire film is leading up to Spacey as John Doe

The 97th Best Actor of All-Time: Kevin Spacey2023-08-28T12:45:42+00:00

The 96th Best Actor of All-Time: Ken Ogata

  best film:  Ken Ogata may be missing that all-time top 100 film – but Vengeance is Mine (1979), The Ballad of Narayama (1983) – both with Shōhei Imamura – are just a step or half-step below that masterpiece level. This leaves Paul Schrader’s highly ambitious Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) as Ogata’s single best film. The three (3) films combine to make this a very decent category for Ogata. Unfortunately, by the time Ogata connected with genius auteur Peter Greenaway (The Pillow Book – 1996) – the director’s best work was behind him so this film

The 96th Best Actor of All-Time: Ken Ogata2023-08-26T01:57:05+00:00

The 95th Best Actor of All-Time: Donald Sutherland

  best film:  JFK (1991) emerges from a crowded category with M*A*S*H (1970) and Don’t Look Now (1973) as the closest competition. Oliver Stone’s film is a miracle of film editing – but it also features one of the best collections of acting talent in cinema history. Even amongst all that talent, Sutherland still stands out as just “X” – he has crucial scenes with Kevin Costner’s character propelling the narrative. Sutherland has three (3) more films that have to be mentioned in this category as well. Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 (1976) is not far behind the aforementioned films from

The 95th Best Actor of All-Time: Donald Sutherland2023-08-25T13:01:30+00:00

The 94th Best Actor of All-Time: Bruce Willis

  best film:  Pulp Fiction has a very healthy lead on the other usual suspects here for Bruce Willis. The short list includes Die Hard (1988), 12 Monkeys (1995) with the The Player (1992) in reserve.  However, the single closest film in competition with Pulp Fiction  is 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom from Wes Anderson. The casting of Bruce Willis in a Wes Anderson film did not really make sense on paper – but Willis is sublime as the melancholic, sort of lovelorn Captain Sharp. But again, there is no topping Pulp Fiction here and for just about any actor of

The 94th Best Actor of All-Time: Bruce Willis2023-08-23T16:52:00+00:00

The 93rd Best Actor of All-Time: Rudolf Klein-Rogge

  best film:  Rudolf Klein-Rogge is standout presence in nearly all of Fritz Lang films from 1921’s Destiny to 1933’s The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. 1931’s M is the big one that got away and does not have even a minor role for Klein-Rogge (and as good as Klein-Rogge is, nobody but Peter Lorre should play Hans Beckert). This is very fertile artistic period for Lang so this category is loaded – including supreme artistic achievements like the aforementioned Destiny (a smaller role for Klein-Rogge), Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, Die Nibelungen, Metropolis, and Spies. As if this was not

The 93rd Best Actor of All-Time: Rudolf Klein-Rogge2023-08-22T15:10:16+00:00
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