Annie Hall

Annie Hall (1977) Director: Woody Allen Annie Hall is Woody Allen's magnum opus. It is a rare film that can be both technically sophisticated, experimental, and also tell a beautiful and sentimental story. Unlike Allen's prior comedies, all rife with goofiness, absurdity, and sexual innuendo, Annie Hall reflects a more mature and serious director (though … Continue reading Annie Hall

Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy

Marius (1931) Director: Alexander Korda Fanny (1932) Director: Marc Allégret César (1936) Director: Marcel Pagnol Marcel Pagnol's masterful 6+ hour epic trilogy collectively called the "Marseilles Trilogy" is one of the great feats of early cinema. It is a simple story arc that takes us deep into the lives of the families and shop-keeps residing … Continue reading Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy

Amadeus

Amadeus (1984) Director: Miloš Forman Amadeus has been a long-time favorite. The film was adapted from the stage play of the same name. Appropriately it won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with a group of other awards (including two actors being nominated for Best Actor by the Academy). The film tells the story … Continue reading Amadeus

Ninotchka

Ninotchka (1939) Director: Ernst Lubitsch Ninotchka is one of Greta Garbo's seminal roles. It is her first full, proper comedy film, and it is also her penultimate film (she retired from the spotlight after the failure of Two-Faced Woman in 1941. She was age 35). Garbo was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance … Continue reading Ninotchka

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941) Director: Orson Welles No classic film project would be complete without a thorough praise of Citizen Kane -the film that has often been dubbed the greatest film ever made. Orson Welles was initially thrust into the spotlight in his early twenties, directing Shakespearean plays and other great theatrical works (including a famous … Continue reading Citizen Kane

Thunderball

Thunderball (1965) Director: Terence Young Terence Young was brought back to direct the fourth Bond film in 1965. Apparently, Guy Hamilton was "creatively drained" after filming Goldfinger. It was based on the 1957 novel of the same name, the eighth Bond novel by Ian Fleming (following For Your Eyes Only). In Goldfinger, we receive a … Continue reading Thunderball