The Prestige (2006)
Director: Christopher Nolan (3rd)
Christopher Nolan’s always delved into uniquely structured narrative focusing mainly on the chronological timeline and in “The Prestige” Nolan’s at the top of his storytelling form. The subtlety of the filmmaking, hiding and deceiving in each aspect of the film. A blood feud between magicians, led by Christian Bale at his best, and Hugh Jackman, is a culmination of all the best parts of Nolan’s distinctive style.
Director: Martin Scorsese (4th)
“Silence” is stunning. Scorsese’s under seen magnum opus is an unnerving and brutal depiction of religion in feudal era Japan, led by Andrew Garfield’s captivating beyond words performance of immense pain and bondage through his journey to understanding. The direction from Scorsese is immaculate as this film hits hard emotionally, philosophically, and spiritually unlike any other film. The actual use of silence in the film is masterfully done. Scorsese’s masterpiece.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Director: Orson Welles (3rd)
Citizen Kane is remembered for its grander scale while adhering to and ultimately succumbing to the sorrows of life. The Gregg Toland dramatically lit and deep focus cinematography mixed with the incredulous editing from Welles and Robert Wise gave the film a look and feel that was so monumental. But above all else, Orson Welles delivers an all-time great performance and carries this film. He was a magnificent actor and Citizen Kane is an incredible film.
The Godfather (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola (2nd)
It’s hard to find flaws in the production of this film. Each scene is layered with detail and drops consequential scenes one after another. It also provides one of the truly great endings to a film: otherwise known as the most ambitious and stylishly edited scene ever. The Italian countryside sequence with Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. The Sonny murder. Memorable scene after memorable scene.
And let us never forget the brilliance of one Marlon Brando as the Don Corleone
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
I love everything about this film and it never disappoints each time I see it. The Coen’s understand character writing and nothing shows that off more than in “The Big Lebowski.” The Dude and Walter are all-time great characters, but the strength of the film is that every character is works brilliantly inside this story. It’s constant laughing from start-to-finish.