Year-end lists:

My best films of 2018
My best films of 2017
My best films of 2016
My best films of 2015 
My best films of 2014

10 Must-See lists:

10 Must-See Japanese Films
10 Must-See May 68 Films
10 Must-See German Films
10 Must-See WW1 Films
10 Must-See Pre-Revolution Iranian Films
10 Must-See Classics of Korean Cinema

First Impressions:

An ongoing series looking at some of the most memorable opening scenes.

  1. The Naked Kiss (1964)
  2. Seconds (1966)
  3. Walkabout (1971)

Essays & Musings:

Teshigahara, Abe and Takemitsu: A Unique Collaboration in 1960s Japanese Cinema

Analysis of The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

Rear Window

Adam Curtis


‘Want-see’ cinema

Time and Asian cinema

Classic boxing movies

An Overview of the New Iranian Cinema:
Part 1 ♦ Part 2 ♦ Part 3 ♦ Part 4  Part 5 ♦ Part 6

6 thoughts on “Essays/Lists

    1. Thanks, I love movies in and of themselves but they are a site where many other factors meet, and to me above all they are a means to learn about other things: world history, the other arts, other cultures, etc. Hope that some of my interests are reflected in my writings, and that it might interests others too.

  1. Your articles do indeed cover all those important angles, not just film, in an amazingly good way. You are an informative, eloquent, seriously interesting writer, just keep doing what you do

  2. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question which I’d
    like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head
    before writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out
    there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

  3. I just force myself to write 15 minutes per day. I have different articles I’m working on at the same time so whichever one I’m inspired to contribute to. Sometimes I also feel inspired to write a whole review in 15 minutes like my latest one on Blind Shaft. But other times it is the cumulative writing that allows the article or review to crystallise over many writing sessions. I can come back to it and see all my previous thoughts and ideas written over many 15-minute sessions, and suddenly it can click and I can finish the piece.

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