The Top 100: Part 16 (#25-21)

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12 Years A Slave (2014)

Director: Steve McQueen (1st)

A true modern cinematic masterpiece. It’s the most difficult viewing of all time, but there’s a majestic beauty to it all through the characters and their will to live. Maddening in every sense and an essential piece of cinema. It doesn’t hold back. Shows the worst of humanity. A once promising member of the world abducted in the slavery. An inspirational ensemble cast and a beautiful directorial effort from McQueen. Captivating doesn’t begin to describe the experience


The Pianist (2002)

Director: Roman Polanski (3rd)

The craft from Polanski is masterclass. No film in history has replicated the claustrophobia of the Holocaust as the “The Pianist.” The devastation is neverending, and brought to life through Adrian Brody’s distraught performance. The ending is a testament to the survivors, including Polanski himself.


All That Jazz (1979)

Director: Bob Fosse (1st)

In a slow dying examination of death itself, told through music and song, Roy Scheider delivers a transcendent performance that’s beautiful nuanced and happy. Bob Fosse takes the musical genre and spins it, taking it to unforeseen places that shock the senses. It might feature the greatest ending to a film of all-time.


Rear Window (1954)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock (4th)

Rear Window is a marvel achievement in film. Hitchock, in the most simple way possible, gets genuine shock and horror through James Stewart’s voyuertistic nature. Only a few films have ever been as tense. The moments his unruly neighbor peers towards his direction are true cinema bliss. It’s Hitchock’s unique style at its peak.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Director: David Lean (2nd)

David Lean’s “Lawrence Of Arabia” is perhaps the most impressive accomplishment in film history. The greatest epic tale ever ever told on a screen, remembered for its legendary cinematography from Freddie Young, the revolutionary match cut and editing from Anne V. Coates, the incredible cast led by the great Peter O’Toole and brought home by Alec Guinness, a truly magnificent production. It’s such a grand scale picture that’s never been reproduced. The magnitude of the film is far beyond almost any in history.

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