Body Double – 1984 De Palma


Brian De Palma taps into both Rear Window and Vertigo for his 1984 film Body Double Body Double is one De Palma wrote as well as directed- unlike Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables. Like Blow Out,

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Arlington Road – 1999 Pellington


Arlington Road is an impressive little terrorism thriller featuring Jeff Bridges (one year off Big Lebowski) pitted against an eerie Tim Robbins. Mark Pellington is the director. Pellington is best known for music videos by

Arlington Road – 1999 Pellington2021-10-19T12:57:06+00:00

Blow Out – 1981 De Palma


Can you imagine how this must have sounded in 1980? Brian De Palma is remaking/updating Antonioni’s Blow-Up? but calling it “Blow Out” about a tire blow out- hahaha. Blow Out may not only be worthy

Blow Out – 1981 De Palma2021-10-17T15:00:41+00:00

Blood on the Moon – 1948 Wise


It is not the first (probably musicals), second (science fiction), third (noir) or even fourth (war films) genre most often associated with Robert Wise- but Blood on the Moon is a rock solid western. It

Blood on the Moon – 1948 Wise2021-10-16T14:49:55+00:00

Election – 1999 Payne


Citizen Ruth (1996) is a solid debut- but Election marks the announcement of a promising talent in American cinema in Alexander Payne. Like Citizen Ruth, About Schmidt, Nebraska and Downsizing- it is set in Payne’s

Election – 1999 Payne2021-11-19T11:55:03+00:00

Born to Kill – 1947 Wise


After editing Citizen Kane in 1941 this was already Robert Wise’s sixth film as director (or co-director) and the genre master had already worked in horror and a courtroom crime drama—so it was time to

Born to Kill – 1947 Wise2021-09-15T14:04:22+00:00

The Devil All the Time – 2020 Campos


The Devil All the Time is a three decade generation spanning story of evil from Antonio Campos and Donald Ray Pollack (his novel, and he provides the omniscient narration). It is an ensemble film set

The Devil All the Time – 2020 Campos2021-10-13T13:07:50+00:00

The Card Counter – 2021 Schrader


The Paul Schrader renaissance (or should I say “resurrection”) is real. With 2017’s First Reformed and now 2021’s The Card Counter, Schrader is riding a career peak in his 70s. Oscar Isaac plays William Tell.

The Card Counter – 2021 Schrader2021-10-12T13:23:25+00:00

2046 – 2004 Kar-Wai Wong


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) featuring Tony Leung

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best film:  The Thin Red Line from Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line fulfilled the promise of a twenty year wait since Terrence Malick’s previous feature, also a masterpiece (and the best film of its


As Tears Go By – 1988 Kar-Wai Wong


WKW’s triad Mean Streets update marks his promising debut (32 years old) . The opening frame is neon light on the left of the screen-- bouncing off a wall of televisions showing a blue sky

As Tears Go By – 1988 Kar-Wai Wong2021-10-09T12:40:08+00:00

El Dorado – 1966 Hawks


It is impossible to mention El Dorado without mentioning Hawks’ Rio Bravo (1959). Hawks and John Wayne are back—as is Leigh Brackett with the screenplay. The story has some changes: there are rival families, one

El Dorado – 1966 Hawks2021-11-26T17:01:21+00:00
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