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Vittorio De Sica

28 films

My 2022 deep dive into Italian neorealism continues. Rossellini and Visconti in the bag, closing the holy trinity now with…

  • The Earth Trembles
  • Le Notti Bianche
  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • Senso
  • Death in Venice

Luchino Visconti

16 films

There may not be a fiercer, more bewildering paradox than Luchino Visconti. Born into the Italian aristocracy yet committed to…

  • The Fly
  • A History of Violence
  • Crimes of the Future
  • Videodrome
  • eXistenZ

David Cronenberg

22 films

My man DC, the master of body horror, the surgeon of the flesh! Always finding ways to link the visceral…

  • Secrets & Lies
  • Vera Drake
  • Nuts in May
  • Peterloo
  • Life Is Sweet

Mike Leigh

28 films

Leigh's worldview is largely economic, visualized in survivalist terms where resources are scarce, desperation is thick, and the reality of…

  • A Separation
  • A Hero
  • The Salesman
  • The Past
  • Fireworks Wednesday

Asghar Farhadi

9 films

Farhadi is a surgeon of the written word. 

He anatomizes human relationships, peels back layers upon layers of private pain,…

  • The Northman
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Witch

Robert Eggers

3 films

I'm putting Robert Eggers next to Ari Aster and Jordan Peele as the debutants of present-day horror films to keep…

  • Blue Valentine
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • I Know This Much Is True

Derek Cianfrance

4 films

Come for the misery, stay for the existential meditations. Consequences for one's actions always ripple between generations. Derek Cianfrance, the unsung…

  • Paisan
  • Stromboli
  • Journey to Italy
  • Rome, Open City
  • Germany Year Zero

Roberto Rossellini

34 films

The father of neorealism has an artistic arc unparalleled by any of his contemporaries. He started out in the early…

  • Amour
  • Funny Games
  • The Piano Teacher
  • The White Ribbon
  • Caché

Michael Haneke

11 films

Haneke opened my eyes to a critique of middle-class bourgeois families and the way this group historically developed a crisis…

  • The Third Man
  • Touch of Evil
  • Double Indemnity
  • Suspiria
  • The Dark Knight

🔥Hot Take🔥 People Love These Movies. I Don’t.

43 films

What are some films everyone around you loves but you either [hate / dislike / can’t connect to / feel…

  • Speak No Evil
  • Our Home
  • Gentle
  • Palm Trees and Power Lines
  • Resurrection

🔥🔥Sundance 2022🔥🔥

20 films

This will be my 21st Sundance Film Festival 😎 (January 20-25). Docs and other titles will be added as I…

  • Nights of Cabiria
  • City of Women
  • La Strada
  • I Vitelloni
  • Amarcord

Federico Fellini

23 films

Fellini's strongest period of filmmaking was during the 50s when postwar Italy sunk deep on the auteur's shoulders. He was…