Thursday, July 15, 2010

Favorite five

Periodically, since I'll be writing less long film reviews in the next few months, I will check in with my favorite five.  These are the five films that have been my favorite of what I've recently seen.  Of course, I am also including a very short capsule on every movie I watch under its respective year, on the right sidebar of my blog.

This first installment of my favorite five is:

Yasujiro Ozu's I Was Born, But...
Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth
Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow
Tod Browning's Freaks
Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum


  1. A wonderful short list here Jeffrey, certainly not one of them dips below the first rank. I guess my absolute favorite of these is the humanist Ozu, I WAS BORN.....BUT (which just had a two-week run here at the IFC in Manhattan) and that moving McCarey, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW. But I would actually say the Denis is a near-masterpiece as well, (that restaurant sequence is extraordinary) and FREAKS and THE AWFUL TRUTH are cinematic milestones. It's a wonderfully diverse group too!

  2. Thanks so much, Sam. That Ozu film is one that I'd really love to see on the big screen one of these days. What a tremendous work that is.

    As always, I appreciate the wonderful perspective and your great addition to the post.