Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) (1959) – Francois Truffant (Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: A neglected young boy in Paris is sent to reform school for petty thievery. Advertisements

Un Chien Andalou (1929) – Luis Bunuel (Sight & Sound Critic Poll Series)

Top 100 position – Joint 93rd Short Summary: Un Chien Andalou is a 1929 silent surrealist short film by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.

The American (2010) – Anton Corbijn (Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: A lonely hitman hides out in an Italian village and falls in love with a prostitute.

Imitation of Life (1959) – Douglas Sirk (Sight & Sound Critic Poll Series)

Top 100 position – Joint 93rd Short Plot Summary: Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. … Continue reading Imitation of Life (1959) – Douglas Sirk (Sight & Sound Critic Poll Series)

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – John Huston (Guest post by Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: San Francisco private eye Sam Spade has to deal with an oddball assortment of crooks intent on getting a priceless statue.

North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: A Madison Avenue ad executive, Roger Thornhill, is mistaken by enemy spies as CIA agent George Kaplan, a man who doesn’t even exist. Or, as the publicity had it, … Continue reading North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Madame de… (1953) Max Ophüls (Sight & Sound Critic Poll Series)

Top 100 position – Joint 93rd Short Plot Summary: In France of the late 19th century, the wife of a wealthy general, the Countess Louise, sells the earrings her husband … Continue reading Madame de… (1953) Max Ophüls (Sight & Sound Critic Poll Series)

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synoposis: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, the unemployed, pot-smoking, White Russian-drinking ten-pin bowler, gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity, blackmail, pornography, missing toes and a peed-on rug in … Continue reading The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Badlands (1973) – Terrence Malick

Short Plot Summary: Based on the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1958, in which a fifteen-year-old girl and her twenty-five-year-old boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the … Continue reading Badlands (1973) – Terrence Malick

City Lights – Charlie Chaplin (1931)

Short Plot Summary: The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.

The Big Sleep (1947) – Howard Hawks (a guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synopsis:  Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by millionaire General Sternwood to investigate a case of blackmail involving pornographic photos of his  daughter, Carmen. Sternwood is really trying … Continue reading The Big Sleep (1947) – Howard Hawks (a guest post from Niall McArdle)