Archive for July, 2017


Pic of the Day: ♫ “City of stars / Are you shining just for me? / City of stars / There’s so much that I can’t see / Who knows? / I felt it from the first embrace / I shared with you / That now our dreams / They’ve finally come true” ♫

Mike’s Top Ten of 1950

1950 as a year feels pretty noir heavy. Even the top films have a darkness and cynicism to them. The two big films of the year are, of course, Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the year.

You’re gonna see a lot of noirs and westerns here, because those are what were mass produced during this era. But what you’ll also find a a couple of really great hidden gems, including one of my favorite movies that absolutely nobody knows about.

That might be the theme for this year and the 50s in general — a lot of the obvious choices are there at the top, but some of the stuff below the line is some of the best stuff that you don’t know about, but really ought to. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “This is the day Ned Merrill swims across the county.”

Mike’s Top Ten of 1940-1949

The 40s is a complete, perfect decade. In a way, possibly the best decade in cinema. I know we all love the 70s, and I get that. But the 40s, at the top, has, quite possibly, the greatest set of films ever made.

Putting this one together was pretty simple. I didn’t even have to blink and I’d have at least seven of the ten films. Really all I had to do was make a difficult decision with the final film on the list. But then, when I think about which are actually among my favorite films of all time, the decision actually became easier.

For methodology purposes, the way I compile these Top Tens of the Decade lists: I take my top ten for each year of the decade, throw them all together, and simply whittle it down until I find what I feel are my ten favorites from that decade. Not the best, my favorite. That’s really all it is. I feel like if I can figure out what my favorite films of all time are, then I can figure it out by specific decades. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Now is the time for a digression in which to describe our heroes’ feelings. Arthur keeps watching his feet, but his mind’s on Odile’s mouth and her romantic kisses. Odile is wondering if the boys notice her breasts moving under her sweater. Franz thinks of everything and nothing. He wonders if the world is becoming a dream or if the dream is becoming the world.”

Mike’s Top Ten of 1949

1949 is a year that has some great films. The best thing about them is that they all feel like hidden gems, even though they’re probably all classics.

Of course we need to start with the obvious film — one of the absolute greatest films ever made, a benchmark in its genre, one of the most gorgeously photographed films of all time and a film that remains one of my five favorite films of all time. So that’s of course gonna lead the pack. But the rest of them are all great films that I feel most people don’t see often enough. It’ll increase as the list goes on.

I’ve always had a real affinity for this year. This is the year that’s rife with stuff that I’d jump to recommend to people. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Been waiting long?” “All my life.”