Tag Archives: Film classics

Jonathan Demme – RIP

He loved quirks, often more than people, befitting a director who got his start as the delightful Roger Corman aficionado of Caged Heat and Crazy Mama. The cross-eyed lepidopterologist in The Silence of the Lambs, Mary Steenburgen’s squeal of delight … Continue reading

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‘Rumble Fish’ remains a stylized, histrionic curio

Lurid, finding a visual correlative for its absurd if not hysterical take on sibling love and rivalry — no, not The Godfather. Rumble Fish makes Rocco and His Brothers look as spare and uninhabited as a Bresson film. In the … Continue reading

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My favorite sci-fi flicks

“Films that question reality and regard existence as infinitely strange” is my definition of sci-fi cinema, which encompasses Krystof Kieslowski’s 1994 masterpiece and one of Woody Allen’s best and most prescient comedies. 1. Metropolis 2. Aliens 3. The Man Who … Continue reading

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Screenings #27

The Lost City of Z (Gray, 2017) 8/10 Get Out (Peele, 2017) 6/10 * Toni Erdmann (Ade, 2016) 9/10 Cameraperson (Anderson, 2016) 7/10 Frantz (Ozon, 2017) 7/10 Personal Shopper (Assayas, 2017) 7/10 Silence (Scorsese, 2016) 7/10 * Elle (Verhoeven, 2016) … Continue reading

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Best films of 1938

Let’s hear it for one of my favorite movies and one of the subtlest of queer films. 1. Holiday (George Cukor) 2. La bete humaine (Jean Renoir) 3. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock) 4. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) 5. … Continue reading

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Best in queer cinema

When I defined queerness and queerness in rock and pop this week, I implied that a space where members of the same gender could share desires, gratified and ungratified, was a prerequisite. George Cukor’s delicate, strange Holiday leapt to mind. … Continue reading

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Best films of 1939

1. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir) 2. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks) 3. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford) 4. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming) 5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra) 6. Stagecoach (John Ford) … Continue reading

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My favorite comedies

I included Dr. Strangelove and The Big Lebowski despite being one of the few people comfortable with filing them as okay; nevertheless, I don’t change them when I catch them on the cable teevee. I can think of only two … Continue reading

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Best films of 1940

1. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch) 2. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks) 3. The Letter (William Wyler) 4. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock) 5. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin) 6. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford) 7. Contraband (Michael Powell) … Continue reading

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Best films of 1941

1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) 2. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges) 3. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston) 4. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock) 5. 49th Parallel (Michael Powell) 6. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges) 7. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh) 8. How Green Was … Continue reading

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Best films of my life

The films I most look forward to rewatching, along with my plain ol’ favorite films that year. 2016: Being 17 2015: Girlhood 2014: Stranger by the Lake 2013: Something in the Air 2012: In The Family 2011: Certified Copy 2010: … Continue reading

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Best films of 1942

1. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges) 2. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles) 3. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch) 4. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) 5. Cat People (Jacques Turner) 6. Road to Morocco (David Butler) 7. Talk of … Continue reading

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