For much of 2014, it appeared as though it was going to be a forgettable year at the movies. But in November and December, the film vaults opened, and quality sprang out.< ... more
1. Inside Llewyn Davis
Once in a rare while, a film speaks to you directly and personally.
Inside Llewyn Davis sang to me in a voice that was perso ... more
We now live in the "Unbelievable Generation."
In 2012 the word "unbelievable" took over the language. Now when something happens that actually evokes dis ... more
Film critic and historian Tony Macklin joins Josh to wrap up the year with their picks for the best movies of 2011, from sci-fi Westerns to meditations on the end of the world.< ... more
This year's top ten list is like a wrestling match or an MMA event. There are three different challengers for top spot every day.
And my second five is mercurial amo ... more
As a novice moviegoer, I was always bemused by critics who included movies I'd never seen on their best ten lists at the end of the year. Many of those movies were foreig ... more
It seems almost everybody is evaluating the recently-passed last decade. So please indulge me, while I list my professional top ten.
Film critic and historian Tony Macklin joins Josh to count down their picks for the top 10 movies of 2009. Hint: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel does not make an ... more
Wes Anderson's stop-action animation movie of Roald Dahl's book is a scrumptious treat. George Clooney and Meryl Streep lead a tal ... more
Tony Macklin, film historian and author of the book Voices From the Set, joins Josh to count down their respective lists of the top 10 movies of 2008.
Ed note ... more
My four basic critical criteria are:
1. Does a film do what it set out to do?
2. Was it worth doing?
3. How well did it do it?
4. How human is it? (Even an an ... more
Labor Day Weekend is a great time to catch up on DVDs.
The following is a list of 10 movies I appreciated, whose DVDs were released within the last two years. There shoul ... more
June 17 was the night CBS-TV had a three-hour program revealing the American Film Institute’s top 10 movies in 10 different genres. I had a special interest since I was on ... more
Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to recommend movies to lovers. There are the tried-and-not-always-true classics, such as Titanic, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, and The ... more
1. The “I Must Never Have Met a Teacher, Because I Sure Can’t Play One” Award
To Robert Redford for “Lions for Lambs”
2. The &ldqu ... more
I can’t remember ever being as stymied in selecting a top-10 list of movies as I have been in 2007.
It’s not that it was a bad year;
it was a good year &nd ... more
Juno is the feel-good movie of the season. Like an overactive teenager, Juno starts awkwardly, but develops character and grows on you.
It’s ... more
What are the best American films ever?
Ten years ago the American Film Institute asked that question. Recently the AFI asked it again. They revealed the fascinating answe ... more
Which is the least promising — the slate of summer flicks or the political candidates who already are blotting out the sun?
Both are prepackaged and presold with be ... more
Babel is a brilliant, richly textured film that weaves four provocative stories. Its vision is both ironic and humanistic. Arrestingly written by Guillermo Arriaga w ... more
Rocky Balboa ***
Rocky fans should be pleased. Rocky, Part 6 is a rousing movie that harkens back to the original. And it’s surprisingly good. It’s a prepos ... more
Marty Scorsese has never won an Academy Award. He seemed on the verge two years ago, but Million Dollar Clint knocked out The Aviator.
This year again he seemed as
th ... more
Recently boxing-guru Al Bernstein participated in a 48-hour radio fund raiser for The Caring Place -- "a facility for those touched by cancer." He asked me to come on and talk a ... more
Every 10 years, British film magazine Sight & Sound conducts a poll of film scholars and critics the world over to determine the 10 best films ever made.
Tony Macklin has b ... more
Tony's picks for The Sight & Sound Top Ten Poll: 1992.
1. Citizen Kane
3. Once ... more
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