Book List 2018

Book List 2018

My reading last year was shaped by my travels – in Japan and Korea in April and May, and South America in the second half of the year. I was surprised at the paucity of titles on Japan and Korea in English – reflecting, I suppose, white Australians’ indifference...
Top 50 Films – the 1950s

Top 50 Films – the 1950s

Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1950s.   Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951) Tokyo Story (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953) Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman,...
Top 50 Films – the 1960s

Top 50 Films – the 1960s

Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1960s.   Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968) Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)...
Top 50 Films – the 1970s

Top 50 Films – the 1970s

Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1970s.   Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) The Godfather Parts I and II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972/4) Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet,...
Top 50 Films – the 1980s

Top 50 Films – the 1980s

Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1980s.   E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982) Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982) Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988) The Empire Strikes Back...
Top 50 Films – the 1990s

Top 50 Films – the 1990s

After making a list of the greatest films of the new century, I’ve decided to go back and make similar lists for each decade of the 20th century. Since the 21st century list covered almost two decades, I’ve decided to limit these ones to 50. First up, the...