The King Of Comedy (1982)
Director: Martin Scorsese (3rd)
Martin Scorsese’s third entry and one of his most original and brilliant films he’s ever made. A narrative made for modern-day, a fascination and obsession with fame and fortune. In another incredible performance from Robert Di Nero in a Scorsese film, his role as Rupert is an all-time great. The way he plays off the famous Jerry Lewis and the lengths he’ll go to achieve his spotlight moment knows no bounds. He drives the story to the outermost rim of insanity while keeping grounded in reality. Hilarious and rich thematically
Director: John Ford (1st)
A landmark achievement in the western genre, John Ford’s “Stagecoach” is a marvel of technical craft and was a film that help define the genre itself. A phenomenal cast, including one John Wayne, all delivering hilariously reverent performances. The editing and cinematography influenced countless number of future filmmakers.
Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Director: John Frankenheimer (1st)
John Frankenheimer is an unbelievable director and “Manchurian Candidate” is his masterpiece. A platoon of captured US soldiers get brainwashed in one of the most compactly and impactful edited scenes in film history. The editing done through perspective leads this film down interesting paths and structurally speaking, allows the narrative to play out in a specific sense. The film also features an all-time great performance in a supporting role from Angela Lansbury, but Frankenheimer is the soul focus here and he tells this story with an emphasis on the aesthetic. Grand film that is stunningly memorable.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola (1st)
Francis Ford Coppola’s journey through the pysche of a broken man, metaphorically and literally represented through the Vietnam war and the river that guides them through to the heart of darkness. Coppola’s dreary and devastating dive into Marlon Brando’s (Colononel Kurtz) escape from reality and this is shown beautifully in a visual sense. Some of the most incredible cinematography ever.
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Director: Steve James (1st)
“Hoop Dreams” is a deeply personal story to me, considering my background as an AAU basketball player and quite frankly the best documentary ever made about real people. A film about hopes and dreams, dealing with the socioeconomic climate in Chicago, the public school system, and the reality of reaching for those hopes and dreams and coming up short. It also shows that the real story is often times as entertaining as the stories we tell each other and life plays out in peculiar ways.