Ernst Lubitsch, Top Ten

Ernst Lubitsch: The Definitive Ranking

In retrospect, I had literally no idea what I was getting into when I decided to go through the works of Ernst Lubitsch. It took me a little while to find the right wavelength from his films, his Germany period being largely mediocre in my opinion with a handful of small bright spots, but once… Continue reading Ernst Lubitsch: The Definitive Ranking

Erich von Stroheim, Top Ten

Erich von Stroheim: The Definitive Ranking

Erich von Stroheim's directing career lasted little more than a decade from the middle period of the silent era right through the beginning of the sound era, though his first full sound film can hardly be called his at this point, reshot by two other directors and mangled by the studio. Several of his films… Continue reading Erich von Stroheim: The Definitive Ranking

Dirty Harry, Top Ten

The Dirty Harry Franchise: The Definitive Ranking

This is one of those franchises that probably shouldn't exist because its first film was so obviously built to be a stand-alone film. The story of a cop who becomes so jaded by the institutional rot around him that he kills the bad guy and throws away his badge probably shouldn't have been followed up… Continue reading The Dirty Harry Franchise: The Definitive Ranking