35 Favorite Horror Films

in no particular order……. 1.  Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968) Witches… All of them witches! 2.  The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973) What an excellent day for an exorcism   3.  Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999) 4.  Ringu (Takashi Miike, 1998) 5.  Cache (Michael Haneke, 2005) 6.  Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001) 7.  The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Mrs. Torrance, your husband inroduced you as Winifred. Now, are you a Winnie or a Freddy?   8.  Shivers (David Cronenberg, 1975) 9.  Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988) 10. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, 2002) 11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Cooper, 1974) 12. Breaking … Continue reading 35 Favorite Horror Films

Top 100 Films of the 2000s

So now we have the top 100 feature films of the decade, the 2000s, the “Aughts.”  Is the Auteur Theory at work in this list?  Absolutely, since 54 of the films were created by directors that have more than one film on the list.  Leading auteurs include Woody Allen (4 entries), with 3 each for Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Gus Van Sant. As far as specific years go, 2002 is the winner with 17 entries and 2004 has the least number of entries at six but the list … Continue reading Top 100 Films of the 2000s

Top Ten Films of 2002

#10 Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes) Would have ended up higher if it weren’t for this rather stellar year in film.  A 1950s period piece extraordinaire that gently, and with Haynes’ indelible signature, tells the story of a mixed race couple that cuts across prejudice against any “out of the ordinary” romance. #9 25th Hour (Spike Lee) Plodding at times, but riveting all the same, Spike Lee’s post 9/11 tale of drug dealer Monty Brogan’s (Ed Norton) last day before incarceration.  Sustained tension highlights Lee’s love letter to the town, in need of redemption, that made him. #8 One Hour … Continue reading Top Ten Films of 2002