Friday, June 21, 2013

Top 10 Movies of 1959

I fear that sick sense of obligation to finish what I've started is rearing its ugly head again. Regardless, with this list I finish the 1950s. Enjoy!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I accidentally left off North By Northwest when I made this list, but since I'm unsure where I might have put it anyway, just magically insert it anywhere on here that suits you.

10. Pickpocket

Very slow-paced and emotionally vacant (as many of Bresson's films seem to be), Pickpocket is still a tense, well-written drama with great camerawork and fine editing.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Top 10 Movies of 1958

This entry might be interesting for some, because for the first time since I've started these lists, the movie in the #1 spot is something not everyone has heard of.

10. The Horse's Mouth

This was a pretty bizarre movie, but I found it very entertaining, and thought Alec Guinness' performance was great. Very screwball and oddly funny, this is certainly not a typical comedy -- but a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Top 10 Movies of 1957

After a brief hiatus, I have decided to return (for an unknown amount of time) to, in the very least, present my top 10 list of 1957 - which is probably one of the strongest years in the history of film.

10. The Lower Depths

Yes, Kurosawa is the master, and this is yet another in a long list of the reasons why. The Lower Depths is one of the darkest, least hopeful films of Kurosawa's career, with one of the greatest, most cynical final lines in the history of film.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Top 10 Movies of 1956

I have been found guilty of writing very little and sounding very unenthusiastic in my past few posts, so I will try to make it more evident now that I'm making these lists because I want to (and because I love movies), rather than because I feel like I have to. After I let out a huge sigh, I will continue. Ready? *SIGH* Okay, here we go...

10. Bob Le Flambeur

Not one of the most significant films by Jean-Pierre Melville, Bob The Flambeur is still drenched with the auteur's signature style, and a fine dramatic effort from the great director.