MOVIE LISTS: Top 10 Films of 1993

Back in 1993, I had absolutely no interest in movies. Of course, how could I? I was barely 8 months old. I was preoccupied with topics of more crucial importance, like eating, sleeping, and learning…

Best James Bond Movies - Sean Connery

MOVIE LISTS: Ranking the 23 James Bond Films

With 2012 marking the 50th Anniversary of Dr. No, the first successful cinematic adaptation of Ian Fleming's 007 novels (let's forget about the 1954 Casino Royale and its protagonist "Jimmy Bond"), a lot of attention…

MOVIE LISTS: 7 Directors Who Deserve Better Material

Something that becomes rather clear after accessing the bountiful options of films produced independently is how unfortunately choking the Hollywood studio system is, and not only for us viewers. Obviously it's an ordeal for anyone…

2012 IN REVIEW: Special Awards

A retrospective of the cinema of 2012 wouldn't be complete without snidely given awards for ridiculous categories. Think of it as Film Misery's Golden Globes. And please share your own goofs in the comments below.…

Top 10 Movies of 2012, The Deep Blue Sea

2012 IN REVIEW: Alex’s Top Ten

I will always remember 2012 as the year that my movie-going habits changed. Up until August of this year I was going to the movie theatre at least once a week and sometimes lining up…

MOVIE LIST: 7 Films of the Apocalypse

Seek out your loved ones and take shelter, for the end is nigh. Well, the end of the year is, assuming we aren't consumed by an abrupt deus ex machina. God forbid we don't make…

MOVIE LISTS: How to Survive An Oscar Season

A week back I was kicking back with some family friends watching Last Holiday on ABCFamily, waiting impatiently for Giancarlo Esposito to slit Queen Latifah's throat; you know, family stuff. In that lovely, though not…

MOVIE LIST: Ranking the Films of Ang Lee

“If you can’t fix it... you gotta stand it.” Those words of Ennis del Mar, at once a deceptively simple proverb and a profoundly tragic one, might as well be considered the thesis statement for…

Female Directors - Larisa Shepitko

MOVIE LIST: 5 Overlooked Female Directors

I once began an essay on Larisa Shepiko (who—SPOILER ALERT!—will figure into this list eventually) thusly: Very often I encounter articles penned by some well-meaning cineaste or journalist ruing the state of female-driven cinema. Such…

MOVIE LISTS: Ranking the Films of Tim Burton

If you polled most people nowadays regarding the greatest directors working today, chances are you'd see few hands raised on behalf of Tim Burton. It's certainly no great mystery as to why, given his work…

Film Lists - Silent Performances - Sherlock Jr

MOVIE LISTS: 8 Great Silent Performances

“We didn’t need words.  We had faces!”  So says hoary silent film star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  The medium of film does provide that great acting enhancer: The Close-Up.  But a performance is so…