The Searchers (1956)

More than a Western, The Searchers (1956) is an amazing movie that was way ahead of its time, with its multiple themes related to the effects of mindless racism and violence. As a movie, this pioneering revisionist Western is technically flawless and its acting and direction are perfect, so nothing distracts from its important and […]

It’s A Wonderful Life (1945)

Singin’ In The Rain is the best musical, Casablanca is the greatest love story, Vertigo is the best thriller, Bringing Up Baby is the best screwball comedy, Double Indemnity and Out of the Past are the tops in film noir, Chinatown is the best modern film noir, Tokyo Story is the finest non-English-language movie, Annie […]

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Okay, I know I said that I’m not a big fan of director Frank Capra. However, I did say that I do like several of his movies. You Can’t Take It With You (1938) is one of them. One thing that probably attracts me to this best picture and director Oscar winner is the source […]

Raging Bull (1980)

Truly operatic in style and scale, Raging Bull is the perfect combination of movement, music, dialog, acting, directing, and photography. The dreamlike fight sequences are like balletic interludes. The waking scenes of Jake LaMotta’s more mundane–but no less brutal–emoting are strangely compelling. In Coal Miner’s Daughter, the domestic violence is inevitable, no matter how fine […]