November 2020


My Top 10

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Mystic River
  3. City of God
  4. American Splendor
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  6. Nowhere in Africa
  7. Whale Rider
  8. Big Fish
  9. Bubba Ho-Tep
  10. Matchstick Men

note:  A strong Top 5 but the second 5 is fairly weak.  But it does still have several (weaker) films on my complete list down at the bottom, minus the #13 (Cold Mountain) and #16 (The Secret Lives of Dentists) which are reviewed because of awards. (more…)

This is the next batch of 50 in my countdown of the Top 1000 films through 2011 (the first century of film).  Down through Last Year at Marienbad, they all earn an 87, which is the highest ***.5, or just short of being a great film.  From #829 on to the end of this list they all earn an 88 which is the lowest rating which earns **** (and thus gets called a great film).  You should probably look at the introduction first.  Your best bet for finding previous groups of 50 is to click here.

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If you are unfamiliar with the story, then where have you been?  It’s the greatest thing in the history of television.  Dave Barry wrote about it 30 years ago (which is where I heard about it for the first time and probably the same goes for lots of other people) and rightly said about it “I am probably guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe.”  That column is available in his book Dave Barry Talks Back. (more…)

A Century of Film


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The Studio

How good a job are you doing if the first film your studio releases is nominated for nine Oscars and wins three including Adapted Screenplay and Actress?  A pretty damn good one, one that started strong and has stayed strong over the years, although not to that same extent.

Sony Pictures Classics isn’t like Miramax.  It doesn’t have a sordid story to tell, it’s doesn’t have big personalities and an indie spirit that was then sold to one of the biggest companies on the planet.  Their story hasn’t been told in books (most of my information comes from an article written in 2006 for The Hollywood Reporter by Anne Thompson).  It’s just a story of great films. (more…)