Part One (100-96)|Part Two (95-91)|Part Three (90-86)|Part Five (80-76)|Part Six (75-71)|Part Seven (70-66)|Part Eight (66-61)|Part Nine (60-56)| Part 10 (55-51)|Part 12 (45-41)|Part 14 (35-31)|Part 16 (25-21)|Part 17 (20-16)|18|19|20
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Director: Luca Guadagnino (1st)
Spending a warm Italian summer in Luca Guadagnino’s romance “Call Me By Your Name” is a luxury. A film that envelopes you and the love shared through Timothy Chalamet and Armie Hammers relationship as it melts into the luscious Italian landscape and the experience takes you. The fact that their homosexuality is secondary to the sheer passion for one another and the devastation that follows shows a real understanding of love. The Stuhlbarg monologue at the end serves as a heartfelt and meaningful representation of true, unapologetic love.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Director: Wes Anderson (1st)
Wes Anderson has a goofy, lovable sense of humor and with Bill Murray playing Steve Zissou in his bizarre ocean adventure as a world renowned coreagropher it’s a knockout. A devilishly funny film that takes on a life of its own. The entire cast, aesthetics of the film, and the many different camera techniques used to achieve the exact feel is impressive. It’s a film within another film directed and starred by Bill Murray. Side note: Willem Dafoe’s character is a personal favorite of mine.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárittu
Babel hits hard and often. Inarittu shoots this at such a break neck Pace that it blindsides you. Four interconnected stories, all over the world converging into each other at high speeds. The performances here are also so intense, none better than Rinko Kikuchi who is breathtaking in this film. The entire opening sequence with the kids in the Moroccan desert and a rifle is one of the best in film history. Inarittu’s best picture.
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Director: David Lean (1st)
In one of the great entrees into cinema for the great British director David Lean, Bridge on The River Kwai is the exploration of Stockholm Syndrome through Alec Guinness’s all-time performance as Colonel Nicholson. In a beautiful venture into a British POW camp in Japan, Lean delicately captures their struggle with stunning imagery and phenomenal editing. One of the strongest technical films in history.
Director: Akira Kurosawa (1st)
The first Kurosawa entry onto the list – Kagemusha is a slept on epic Kurosawa film that is absolutely flushed with color and dream imagery. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever seen. Tatsuya Nakadai is incredible as the kings double. The opening scene sets the tone perfectly, and it’s a constant balancing act from Kurosawa. It’s all encapsulated through his relationship with Takeda’s grandson. Completely brutal experience.