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

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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

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best film:  Raging Bull from Martin Scorsese The performance from Robert De Niro is what is discussed the most often and for good reason. This is truly one of the great performances (if not THE


More American Graffiti – 1979 Bill Norton


Whoever picked the title, More American Graffiti, should have been sentenced to a few months in prison. I don’t often get so worked up over a title, but this is both lazy and misleading. It

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American Graffiti – 1973 Lucas


Lucas pivots from the Kubrickian artistic asceticism of his debut THX 1138 for an all-time nostalgic, hang-out film with his second effort Lucas is always the gambler- here, he bets on a slew of unnamed

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THX 1138 – 1971 Lucas


27-year-old prodigy George Lucas debuted with THX 1138 in 1971- a remarkable achievement of sight and sound It is a bleak film, Orwellian—Empire Strikes Back is also gloomy but this is as cold (sort of

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The Nest – 2020 Durkin


The Nest is the long-awaited sophomore effort from Sean Durkin. Durkin was last seen directing Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011. The story here revolves around Carrie Coon’s Allison and Jude Law’s Rory O’Hara and

The Nest – 2020 Durkin2021-06-18T12:31:29+00:00

The Great Escape – 1963 John Sturges


Genre definitions are always difficult but whether you consider John Sturges’ The Great Escape an action film, a war film, a prison film, or all of the above- it is a fabulous example of big

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At the Circus – 1939 Buzzell


MGM was smart enough to riff on the name of The Marx Brothers most successful box office efforts: A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937) for their 1939 effort—but

At the Circus – 1939 Buzzell2021-06-16T12:50:36+00:00



best film:  Apocalypse Now from Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now is second on my list of the greatest films of all-time so even in a year with Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, it

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