1960s, 4/4, Best Picture Winner, Review, War

Lawrence of Arabia: A Second Look

The second of two movies that David Lean directed to the Best Picture Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia is often held up not only as Lean's best work but one of the greatest films of all time. I, er, put it #3 in my list of Lean's films. Still, it's just so great. Lean was a… Continue reading Lawrence of Arabia: A Second Look

1950s, 4/4, Best Picture Winner, David Lean, Drama, Review, War

The Bridge on the River Kwai: A Second Look

I'm still in amazement at how well The Bridge on the River Kwai comes together in the end. David Lean had been working up his way through the British film industry through a series of smaller films, and he entered the epic game with a serious bang. Taking Pierre Boulle's novel and pushing it into… Continue reading The Bridge on the River Kwai: A Second Look

1930s, 4/4, Best Picture Winner, Drama, Review, Victor Fleming, War

Gone with the Wind

Now...this is a MOVIE. Huge, sentimental, melodramatic, earnest, detailed, ambitious, impressive, and eager to entertain across four brisk hours, David O. Selznick's Gone with the Wind has dominated the popular cinematic consciousness over the past few decades for a reason. A few reasons, really. Made at the height of Selznick's professional and creative powers, after… Continue reading Gone with the Wind