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NY Times 25 Best Films of 21st Century?

This is somewhat of a bizarre article list of movies entitled “The 25 Best Films of 21st Century So Far” from NY Times movie critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott – The 40-Year Old Virgin

From their list, these are the only four I thought were exceptional (a few I have not yet seen):

Boyhood (2014, dir. Richard Linklater), Summer Hours (2008, dir. Olivier Assayas), Three Times (2005, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, dir. George Miller).

Vitorrio De Sica: Garden of Finzi Contini

FinziContini“The thing is, you can’t count on anything. And nothing permanent can be permitted to take place during this period of waiting.

De Sica’s film creates a feeling of nostalgia for a lost time and place, but it isn’t the nostalgia of looking back. It’s the nostalgia of the time itself, when people still inhabiting their world could sense it slipping away, and already missed what they had not yet lost.”

-excerpt from Roger Ebert’s review of The Garden of Finzi Contini (1971) by director Vitorrio De Sica, who also directed The Leopard (1963), perhaps his best film about the passing of time. 

French Icon Jeanne Moreau Passes

Moreau The Night Antonioni.jpgJeanne Moreau, one of the most well known French actresses of all time alongside Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, has passed away.  

Louie Malle made Moreau a big star in his 1958 film, Elevator To The Gallows, and she went on to superstardom afterwards.  

Moreau starred in movies with all the great directors of the era including Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles, Jacques Demy, Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.  

My favorites Moreau films were Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy), 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut) and The Night (Michelangelo Antonioni), among so many others.

Moreau also starred in The Train (1964, John Frankenheimer) with Burt Lancaster, another all-time favorite of mine, and she performed the haunting voice over in The Lover (1992, Jean Jacque Annaud).


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