Movie Diary 1/11/16

Movie Diary 1/11/16

45 Years (2015) – Like François Ozon’s Under the Sand, this is a gay director’s tribute to a great actress; like Ozon, Andrew Haigh is fascinated with Charlotte Rampling’s economy, her reserve, her face. The camera looks on as Rampling’s...
Movie Diary 25/10/16 – Halloween edition

Movie Diary 25/10/16 – Halloween edition

The Babadook (2014) – Jennifer Kent’s movie uses subjectivity brilliantly. It begins with Essie Davis floating in a blank, dream space, broken glass drifting past her like diamonds, and it never settles into a stable relationship with reality. At first our...
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

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 (Irvin...