The Night of the Hunter – 1955 Laughton


The Night of the Hunter is much more than just the chance for Robert Mitchum to sink his teeth into the Harry Powell character- one of the all-time great screen villains. It has been described

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The Painted Bird – 2019 Marhoul


The entire process of making The Painted Bird took a decade for Czech director Václav Marhoul. In all the best ways, it shows. Despite the longer running time it feels like every frame is thought

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Merrill’s Marauders – 1962 Fuller


Like 1955’s House of Bamboo this feels like a bigger budget for Sam Fuller. It is shot in color, on location (or at least close- shot in the Philippines). This could almost pass for a

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The Tree of Life – 2011 Malick


  Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life makes otherwise beautiful films, seem unbeautiful by comparison. The Tree of Life opens with Sean Penn’s character Jack (character names are meaningless here and hardly, if ever, referenced

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Corpus Christi – 2019 Komasa


  Corpus Christi was inspired by real events. Bartosz Bielenia plays Daniel, a juvenile prisoner graduate out on parole. Through part-lie, part-happenstance (he really was just tired of being judged and made a joke to a

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best film:  Once Upon a Time in America from Sergio Leone. This is both Leone’s final film (what a magnificent swan song) and first film in thirteen years (1971’s Duck, You Sucker!). It is hauntingly


The Tin Star – 1957 Anthony Mann


It would take a closer look at Winchester 73’ and The Naked Spur especially, but The Tin Star may be Anthony Mann’s greatest work. For Mann, his resume has always been about the accumulation of

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Xala – 1975 Sembene


This is Ousmane Sembene’s (from Senegal- he’s sort of the father of African cinema) fourth feature. The title translates to mean “impotence” and stars Thierno Leve as the corrupt businessman El Hadji Aboucader Beye. He

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The New World – 2005 Malick


  The New World is still only Malick’s fourth film to date in 2005 even if it is a whopping thirty-two (32) years since his debut Badlands. The themes and aesthetics are the same.

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Amour – 2012 Haneke


Michael Haneke’s Amour is his first film after 2009’s unbridled masterpiece The White Ribbon. Though the subject is severe (Georges, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, cares for his long-time wife Anne, played by Emmanuelle Riva, as

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best film:  Nostalgia from Andrei Tarkovsky The narrative isn’t easy—it’s up there with Mirror for being his most opaque Uncontestably stunning camera movements and achievements in décor and mise-en-scene that interrupt quiet and stillness (usually with

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