Let Them All Talk – 2020 Soderbergh


Soderbergh’s 17th archiveable film at the time I’m writing this- that’s incredible. And he took several years off with his brief hiatus/retirement/sabbatical. He seems destined to hit 25+ archiveable films which is extremely rare in

Let Them All Talk – 2020 Soderbergh2021-06-30T15:44:22+00:00

The Party – 1968 Edwards


Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were two enormously capable comedic minds. They came together often in the 1960s (this is the third and final archiveable film between the duo)- but this is the only time

The Party – 1968 Edwards2021-06-29T22:22:28+00:00

Cinderella – 1950 Geronimi, Jackson, Luske


Disney’s take on the folk story (finally published in the 17th century but around long before) could easily slide into the late 1930s and early 1940s artistically fertile animation period—it is that well done. The

Cinderella – 1950 Geronimi, Jackson, Luske2021-06-29T20:48:11+00:00

Return of the Jedi – 1983 Marquand


Compared to the original and The Empire Strikes Back, the finale the original trilogy comes crashing down to earth with a thud. There’s a pandering from Lucas that doesn’t need to be here and that’s

Return of the Jedi – 1983 Marquand2021-06-27T13:08:12+00:00

The Empire Strikes Back – 1980 Kershner


It is a myth that George Lucas can’t direct—or that he stepped aside for Empire so the more polished (talented/ or whatever adjective.) Irvin Kershner could do a better job at the helm. There’s nothing

The Empire Strikes Back – 1980 Kershner2021-06-26T13:33:11+00:00

Star Wars – 1977 Lucas


George Lucas’ exhilarating Star Wars opens in medias res with the instantly memorable Darth Vader chasing around Princess Leia after the famous scrolling yellow prologue. Like The Hidden Fortress from Kurosawa, Lucas centers much of

Star Wars – 1977 Lucas2021-06-25T13:53:40+00:00

Experiment in Terror – 1962 Edwards


Blake Edwards had a big 1962. He was coming off 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and delivered both this, Experiment in Terror, and Days of Wine and Roses in 1962. Both of his 1962 efforts were

Experiment in Terror – 1962 Edwards2021-06-24T13:21:19+00:00

Escape from Pretoria – 2020 Annan


Escape from Pretoria is a film that eluded many in 2020 and should be sought out by cinema enthusiasts. Francis Annan has created a very solid entry in the annals of the prison break subgenre.

Escape from Pretoria – 2020 Annan2021-06-10T20:26:25+00:00

A Simple Plan – 1998 Raimi


If you get the feeling that A Simple Plan could’ve been directed by the Coen brothers, you aren’t far off. This marvelous film is connected to Fargo and the Coen brothers in general. The moral

A Simple Plan – 1998 Raimi2021-06-23T13:05:33+00:00

The Father – 2020 Zeller


The Father is the debut film for Florian Zeller, Parisian director and playwright (this is based on his own play). He wrote the film with Anthony Hopkins in mind. Hopkins plays a character named Anthony-

The Father – 2020 Zeller2021-06-10T20:19:45+00:00

The Long Gray Line – 1955 Ford


The Long Gray Line is pleasant but mostly routine, minor, John Ford. It is actually the first full film he made just before The Searchers in 1956 (the weird designation here is because he was

The Long Gray Line – 1955 Ford2021-06-22T15:51:43+00:00
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