best film:  Pulp Fiction from Quentin Tarantino  A three-pronged masterpiece— magnificent writing (on par with or superior to what cinema has yet produced),  tour de force direction behind the camera (the dance contest sequence, the


Sylvia Scarlett – 1935 Cukor


Sylvia Scarlett is notable for the talent involved (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and George Cukor) and for touching the aspects of gender identity in 1935. Hepburn (name above the title- she is a big star

Sylvia Scarlett – 1935 Cukor2021-08-13T02:47:27+00:00

Inception – 2010 Nolan


There are many ways to attempt to tackle Christopher Nolan’s Inception. It is one of the boldest films of the 21st century. Nolan pushes the conceptual and visual boundaries—he disorients, then reracks and compiles often

Inception – 2010 Nolan2021-08-12T14:00:55+00:00

Pig – 2021 Sarnoski


Nic Cage looking like bloody Santa (a Zen bloody Santa) and the simple premise of a stolen, beloved pet (the titular pig) may make you think this is a low budget revenge tale version of

Pig – 2021 Sarnoski2021-09-09T14:38:42+00:00

Public Enemies – 2009 Michael Mann


The dialogue-free opening prison break at Michigan City is both a hell of a set piece to start the film, and an effective way to introduce Johnny Depp’s John Dillinger character. Public Enemies is a

Public Enemies – 2009 Michael Mann2021-08-09T16:40:31+00:00



best film:  Naked from Mike Leigh.  There is very little separating Mike Leigh’s masterpiece from Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence or Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Blue. All three films could conceivably land in the top 10


The Hot Rock – 1972 Peter Yates


The Hot Rock is a lighter fare- an affable caper film with a sense of humor. It does not live up to some of the works before (Bullitt 1968) and after (The Friends of Eddie

The Hot Rock – 1972 Peter Yates2021-09-07T14:16:03+00:00

Panic Room – 2002 Fincher


David Fincher’s films do not have stylistic highlights or stand out compositions so much as they are wholly dipped in his trademark lighting design and coloring pattern. It starts with the green tint of the

Panic Room – 2002 Fincher2021-09-07T00:05:40+00:00

Miami Vice – 2006 Michael Mann


Michael Mann updates the 1980s TV series but without the showy colors. This is a crime story- a film focused really on one case (outside of the in medias res opening to show you how

Miami Vice – 2006 Michael Mann2021-09-05T14:04:48+00:00

Collateral – 2004 Michael Mann


After licking his wounds a bit from Ali – Michael Mann returns to the crime genre, returns to duality on both sides of the law (Tom Cruise’s Vincent vs. Jamie Foxx’s everyman Max) and returns

Collateral – 2004 Michael Mann2021-08-04T20:28:53+00:00

Ali – 2001 Michael Mann


Michael Mann’s Ali was one of the most anticipated releases of 2001, and sadly, it mostly does go gentle into that good night. It is perplexing that the end results were not better. Mann is

Ali – 2001 Michael Mann2021-08-03T03:00:17+00:00

The Insider – 1999 Michael Mann


He probably cannot quite touch the work of Scorsese, Kieslowski, or The Coen Brothers- but Michael Mann stakes a strong claim to being the greatest auteur of the 1990s rounded out by 1999’s The Insider.

The Insider – 1999 Michael Mann2021-07-31T12:58:01+00:00
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