No Oscar category has become as big a flash point among cinephiles as the cinematography prize.
For many years, I maintained a Top 10 list. It was changing all the time, but by the mid-1980s, I had pretty well nailed it down.
I’m totally willing to admit, at the outset, the possibility that any of my favorite 10 below may decline in estimation over time.
It’s hard not to get a little nostalgic while trying to determine one’s favorite films of all time.
Eons ago, while still in high school, I composed a list of my all-time favorite films for the first time.
I suspect the biggest reason Barry Lyndon is overlooked is because of its slow, deliberate, drawn-out pace and, this is crucial, its lack of a signature moment.
Suddenly, the Oscar race is being headlined by a pair of uncompromising, boldly conceived pieces of formalism.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 epic Barry Lyndon is perhaps his most uncompromising work.