The Top 100: Part 13 (#40-36)

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12 Angry Men (1957)

Director: Sidney Lumet (1st)

Lumet’s direction, the editing from Carl Lerner, and the sensational ensemble cast led by one Henry Fonda make this one room deliberation towards a young mans imprisonment make it impossible to look away. The room continually shrinks and gets hotter. The pressure is felt by all the characters as the script reaches a perfect boiling point. It’s a incredible film that’s so expertly made.


Touch Of Evil (1958)

Director: Orson Welles (2nd)

In this corrupt, broken world, Orson Welles brilliant portrayal of the infamous Hank Quilan is the glue that holds the entire delusion together. In this tightly edited, masterfully shot film from Russell Metty, the weight of the world is hoisted on each character in every scene. The look and feel of the film is almost surreal. It starts with the glorious long-take bombing shot and ends with a phenomenal long-shot that pins Welles and Charles Heston together. It’s truly another Welles masterpiece.


Whiplash (2014)

Director: Damien Chazelle (1st)

J.K. Simmonds. Miles Teller.

Two actors completely synched up in the moment. Brilliant styled through Chazelle’s jazz-like direction, flowing at a certain pitch, spearheaded by intense desire. It’s one of the best edited films of all-time.


Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Director: Roman Polanski (2nd)

Polanski mastered the form of unsettling cinema and nothing will ever be as unsettling as “Rosemary’s Baby.” A transcendent horror film with a unnerving lead performance from Mia Farrow. Arguably the best horror film in existence.


The Seventh Seal (1957)

Director: Ingmar Bergman (1st)

In Ingmar Bergman’s incredible exploration into the presence of death, Max Von Sydow leads a beautiful yet completely haunting journey into life. Bergman’s surrealism allows the narrative to go to unique places, as with Bibi Anderson delivering one of the great moments in film history, breathing her last breath, or Death showing up for a game of chess. It’s a film that is entirely unique to the medium and has never been replicated.

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