Most film critics have a pretty good handle on what it is a director does, what a cinematographer does, what an editor does. Acting, however, remains a little bit mysterious.
As one scholar says in the accompanying documentary, “You could spend a lifetime studying 1939.”
While this Hollywoodized Great Book frequently falls short, it preserves the crackling launch of a legend.
Four genre-defining gangster touchstones, each featuring an iconic performance, get a solid image and sound touch-up as well as oodles of extras. Maybe not quite top of the world, but pretty damn fine all the same.
The highly subjective task of compiling a list of the 10 best films of all time is nearly as daunting as the thought that plagues every film completist.
I’m a compulsive. It’s no surprise that my list is full of movies about compulsion.