Archive for August 5, 2017

Mike’s Top Ten of 1959

This is a cool year. There’s a lot of amazing stuff on this top ten. Just about every film in the top ten can be describes as being a “classic” in its respective genre. And the other one… well, we’ll get to the other one. It’s amazing.

The French New Wave began this year, and it marks a major upturn (which had been coming over the past couple years) of European cinema. International film industries had been growing since the war, but the 60s were the time when the films greatly started making their way over to America in a big way.

Otherwise, you look at this year — Billy Wilder, William Wyler, George Stevens, Otto Preminger, Douglas Sirk, Howard Hawks — it’s one of those years with all the auteurs making some of the absolute most classic films.

Pound for pound, this is legitimately one of the best years of the decade. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “What kind of sheriff’s office was that?” “Saloon girls? Gambling? How does he ever get any work done?” “If that’s the sheriff’s office, this town rocks!”