2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick (4th)
A visual and intellectual masterpiece that is both challenging and beyond gratifying. The execution behind the camera is years beyond it’s time and the sheer amount of production that went into this film is unheard of. No aspect of the filmmaking is overlooked. It’s such an ambitous project, and when done with heavy focus on the art. It’s a space opera with the most daring of visuals.
Director: Lars Von Trier (1st)
Dogville takes all the very best aspects of Lars Von Trier: his inventiveness, his fetish for overbearing violence, his untimely visual style that bends time and space to his will, and his distrust of society that leads to the incredibly overwhelming tension in the film. Led by Nicole Kidman’s provocative and daring depiction of lust and hate intermingling to bring out the devil in this small town, the literal lack of walls tells this story is such a unique way that is responsible for the specific feeling this film conjures up. A great ensemble. A great film. Lars for president.
Paths of Glory (1957)
Director: Stanley Kubrick (5th)
In the past year, no other film has grown on me quite like Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory.” One night, I caught it playing late on TCM and even after seeing it for the eighth or ninth time, I was so intrigued by some of the production and compositional choices in the courtroom scene, that I decided to watch it again. Well, I ended up watching it about 5-6 times and each time I came away with something unique in the presentation. In terms of tightly packed and structured narratives told through a visual sense: this is the movie.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola (3rd)
The Godfather 2 is nearly flawless. It delivers on two of the greatest performances ever as the plot continuously drops impactful moments onto the screen. Coppola refined his work in the original and made an all-encompassing film that expands on aspects of the original. Robert De Niro as the young Don Corleone is arguably the greatest performance of all-time. He expands on the Brando character while keeping the character in tact. The Sicilian scenes in the third act are otherworldly gorgeous.
Come And See (1986)
Director: Elem Klimov (1st)