Favorite Directors as of 4/13/2016

Andrew Sarris, eat your heart out!!!!

vera

America the Bad and the Beautiful

  1. John Ford
  2. Otto Preminger
  3. Anthony Mann
  4. Frederick Wiseman
  5. Robert Aldrich
  6. Kelly Reichardt
  7. Robert Altman
  8. Samuel Fuller
  9. Frank Capra
  10. Joe Dante
  11. Elia Kazan
  12. William Wyler

 

moons

Hole in the Head

  1. John Cassavetes
  2. Nicholas Ray
  3. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  4. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  5. Roman Polanski

 

minnell

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

  1. Vincente Minnelli
  2. David Lynch
  3. Luis Bunuel
  4. Aleksandr Sokurov
  5. Andrei Tarkovsky
  6. FW Murnau
  7. Alain Resnais
  8. David Cronenberg
  9. Michael Powell
  10. Jacques Tourneur

 

may

No Time for Comedy

  1. Ernst Lubitsch
  2. Billy Wilder
  3. Elaine May
  4. Leo McCarey
  5. Preston Sturges
  6. Albert Brooks
  7. Hong-Sang Soo
  8. Frank Tashlin

 

playtime

Strange Geometry

  1. Fritz Lang
  2. Jacques Tati
  3. Kenji Mizoguchi
  4. Douglas Sirk
  5. Chantal Akerman
  6. Robert Siodmak
  7. Busby Berkeley
  8. Edward Dmytryk

 

godard

Monolithic Artistry

(i.e., Glacial Glories / Sinuous Surfaces / Paroxysmal Puzzles)

  1. Jean-Luc Godard
  2. Michelangelo Antonioni
  3. Max Ophuls
  4. Josef von Sternberg
  5. Alfred Hitchcock
  6. Orson Welles
  7. Stanley Kubrick
  8. Jacques Rivette
  9. Hou Hsiao-hsien

 

christ

The Power of Christ Compels You

  1. Terence Davies
  2. Eric Rohmer
  3. Robert Bresson
  4. Cecil B. DeMille
  5. Ingmar Bergman
  6. Frank Borzage

 

rough

Roughhousing

  1. Raoul Walsh
  2. Howard Hawks
  3. Don Siegel
  4. Sam Peckinpah
  5. William A. Wellman
  6. John Huston
  7. Allan Dwan

 

astaire

That’s Entertainment!

  1. George Cukor
  2. Michael Curtiz
  3. Stanley Donen
  4. Richard Lester
  5. Jacques Demy
  6. Blake Edwards

 

stromboli

Soul Food

  1. Jean Renoir
  2. Yasujiro Ozu
  3. Roberto Rossellini
  4. Charles Burnett
  5. Abbas Kiarostami
  6. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Delmer Daves
  8. Terrence Malick
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The Best, Most Pipin’ Hot Movies of…1948!!!

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Hooooooooooowdy folks!!!!

It’s no secret that lists are the lifeblood of a cinephilia constantly at risk of cardiac arrest. The aggregate mass of all that bad writing, bad theory, and snickery-snackery clubhouse fraternizing bloats the body cinephilic to near collapse, until the streamlined ease and comfort of logs, lists, and all else that’s fit to spreadsheet gets the blood pumping again. Naturally, the cure to this affliction is 1) better writing, 2) better theory, 3) dissolution of all film-crit collectives into a sprawling anarchy of free-roaming film writers who find staid journalistic standards of decency as ill-suited to navigating the lushly restored wilderness of pre-Sarris film criticism as a region-free Blu-Ray player would be for Robinson Crusoe to fend off island savages.

But that’s not happening anytime soon. So for now, lists will have to do.

And today, my random list of choice will be my personal favorite movies of the year 1948, the nadir of the post-war forties, just a-babblin’ with popcorn classics. Inspired by a morning tear-soaked viewing of A Hen in the Wind, in which Ozu gently pricks the patriarchy and streams of sadness gush from the inflicted lesion.

  1. A Hen in the Wind | Yasujirô Ozu
  2. Fort Apache | RKO | John Ford
  3. Letter from an Unknown Woman | Universal | Max Ophüls
  4. Pitfall | United Artists | André de Toth
  5. Act of Violence | MGM | Fred Zinnemann
  6. The Red Shoes | Michael Powell
  7. Moonrise | Republic | Frank Borzage
  8. Yellow Sky | Twentieth Century Fox | William Wellman
  9. The Pirate | MGM | Vincente Minnelli
  10. Red River | United Artists | Howard Hawks
  11. They Live by Night | RKO | Nicholas Ray
  12. The Big Clock | Paramount | John Farrow
  13. Romance on the High Seas | Warner Brothers | Michael Curtiz
  14. The Fallen Idol | Carol Reed
  15. L’Amore | Roberto Rossellini

 

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