Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Director: Charlie Kaufman (1st)
Charlie Kaufman is working on a higher plain than most human beings and Synecdoche, New York is a magnificent example of his genius. I don’t have words to describe this screenplay. It’s a man directing a man playing himself played by someone else all starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s a real work of literary genius.
Director: Akira Kurosawa (5th)
Ikiru is a celebration of life in death and a brilliantly structured narrative to show the depths of a mans compassion. Takashi Shimura is vibrant and so real in his dying days. The script excellently tells the story of his last ditch effort to build a playground. Kurosawa’s most humane picture and a beautiful depiction of legacy through Shimura.
Director: Roman Polanski (1st)
A thriller, horror masterpiece. Catherine Deneuve delivers the most strung out performance I’ve ever seen. The sound mixing is damn near perfect and the feeling of repulsion. The anguish
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director: Quentin Tarantino (2nd)
Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece. A script that constantly keeps you guessing and a story that comes full-circle in a obscurely satisfying way. It’s mired in distinct style and sprinkled with Tarantino’s sharp and momentous dialogue. A film made up of individually great moments that come together.
Seven Samurai (1954)
Director: Akira Kurosawa (6th)
Kurosawa’s epic, a story of seven lone samurai, struggling to survive in a world at peace, come together for one last battle. It’s a phenomenal film and incredibly influential. Featuring an oustanding Toshiro Mifune performance, but relies on one of the best cast in Kurosawa’s filmography.