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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Picks of Joe Wright

Joe Wright created Atonement, which is a great movie. He is also the director of Pride & Prejudice and of The Soloist. Here is his top of five (Newsweek):

  1. Brief Encounter (JW: such a delicate film, so perfectly judged in Noel Coward's writing and David Lean's direction, and it has one of my favorite performances ever, by Celia Johnson)
  2. Blue Velvet (JW: David Lynch's masterpiece of raw, modern cinematic poetry that proves acting can develop beyond Lee Strasberg)
  3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (JW: it seems to exist in a rare place between entertainment and the profound)
  4. The Apu Trilogy (JW: because the details of life can be more illuminating than the grand sweep)
  5. Synecdoche, New York (JW: because Charlie Kaufman is a great artist and should be respected as such)


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