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  1. So the best two films were directed by females,...

    So the best two films were directed by females, and the directors who won the Golden Lion in the previous two years are also women. Is this a sign that the industry is truly becoming more accessible...
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    Cría Cuervos (Carlos Saura/1976) Carlos Saura...

    Cría Cuervos (Carlos Saura/1976)

    Carlos Saura was already an established auteur when he wrote and directed Cría. He won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale in 1966 (The Hunt) and...
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    Another film (that I think was a 2021 release)...

    Another film (that I think was a 2021 release) that I watched recently and would make my Top 10 is NOCHE DE FUEGO aka PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN. This is the first fiction feature of Tatiana Huezo, a...
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    I've finally watched a 2016 release that...

    I've finally watched a 2016 release that impressed me enough to merit joining the 9 movies I listed years ago. It's TANNA, the "based on real events" romantic tragedy that resembles a South Seas...
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    It's so easy nowadays to access the writings and...

    It's so easy nowadays to access the writings and lectures of Stanley Cavell and have a magnificent adventure in thinking.
    His book about the ontology of film is titled "The World Viewed", his...
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    I'm happy the critics at Cahiers love FIRST COW....

    I'm happy the critics at Cahiers love FIRST COW. In the US, we watched it in 2020. It was my favorite that year, or nearly so.
    Still too soon for me to do a 2021 list, still catching up. The last...
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    The Awful Truth (1937/Columbia Pictures) My...

    The Awful Truth (1937/Columbia Pictures)

    My favorite of the remarriage comedies identified by Stanley Cavell as reflections on Emersonian morality (The Philadelphia Story may be the most...
  8. I use The Mystery of Picasso for my Visual...

    I use The Mystery of Picasso for my Visual Communication course. I like to show the artwork that begins looking like a fish that turns into a chicken before it ends up being the head of a harlequin.
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    I edited the post to change the wording as you...

    I edited the post to change the wording as you pointed out. Thanks Chris. I hope the thread awakens interest in the upcoming poll and elicits thoughts about the films readers value most. I plan to...
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    I watched Benedetta; I find all Paul Verhoeven...

    I watched Benedetta; I find all Paul Verhoeven films at least "worth-watching", maybe "must-sees". He is both an image maker (or stylist), and a master storyteller. Verhoeven has purely pictorial or...
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    Did you get a chance to watch Benedetta? If so,...

    Did you get a chance to watch Benedetta? If so, did you review it?
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    The importance of the B.F.I./Sight & Sound poll...

    The importance of the B.F.I./Sight & Sound poll cannot be overestimated. I remember being a teenage cinephile in the 1970s, thinking about all the masterpieces that had been produced since the...
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    Even "the idea" of watching Dan Kwan and Daniel...

    Even "the idea" of watching Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's Everything Everywhere All at Once is too much to bear for you?
    Before I had read any reviews, a student in my scriptwriting course gifted...
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    The Hollywood Critics Association's 2022 Mid-season Film Awards

    BEST FILM:Everything Everywhere All at Once

    The Batman
    Cha Cha Real Smooth
    Elvis
    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
    The Northman
    RRR
    Top Gun: Maverick
    Turning Red
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    2022 Sight & Sound Poll

    In November, the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine will publish the results of the 2022 Poll of "The Greatest Films of All Time". I joined this forum twenty years ago, when the 2002...
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    I added an early talkie to the list: THE FRONT...

    I added an early talkie to the list: THE FRONT PAGE, the original (1931) adaptation of the play written by former reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Lewis Milestone directed. The book and the...
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    Thanks for the post

    Thanks for the post
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    (SPOILERS) The climactic death of Clare...

    (SPOILERS)

    The climactic death of Clare (not "Claire") in Passing, both novel and film, is ambiguous. Three characters bear possible responsibility for this tragedy, Clare included. The...
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    I don't think there's been much mention on...

    I don't think there's been much mention on FILMLEAF of Charlie Kaufman's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, certainly not a review. This film is currently commanding a lot of my thinking about movies....
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    BEST CINEMA OF 2019 Updated list of favorite...

    BEST CINEMA OF 2019

    Updated list of favorite films from the last year before the pandemic.

    SORRY WE MISSED YOU (Ken Loach/UK)
    VITALINA VARELA (Pedro Costa/Portugal)

    3...
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    The best 2021 release I have seen so far is a...

    The best 2021 release I have seen so far is a documentary series directed (co-written, co-produced) by Raoul Peck and available on HBO. The last time I was so enthralled by a television series was in...
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    One thing I notice based on the American best...

    One thing I notice based on the American best lists for 2021 is that this is the first year that a movie directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi receives a release in this country (whatever a release means...
  23. "The Hand of God" is the film chosen for the...

    "The Hand of God" is the film chosen for the re-opening of the Cosford Cinema , even if it will only show movies intermittently, not as an everyday theater. I will teach a course that has a screening...
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    I shoulda put a smily face next to my correction....

    I shoulda put a smily face next to my correction. Emojis were invented for a reason. By the way, I want to mention a few titles that may continue to impress me and find their way into the list: Steve...
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    I'm the one who posted the quote, not Chris. ...

    I'm the one who posted the quote, not Chris.


    Given how prolific Kurosawa was, it's weird Chris and I both love Ikiru and Rashomon more than any others from his filmography. Yes, a ringing...
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