Cairo Time 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Cairo Time directed by Ruba Nadda is not about chess. Beautifully filmed in Egypt with the weight of thousands of years of culture serving as the audience, Cairo Time is about time, and it’s about betrayal because where culture is… Continue Reading

Lost in Translation 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Lost in Translation is the first of a series of three films each of which is directed by a woman, each of which brings to bear a different angle on relationships. Above are Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson both looking… Continue Reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Since, as they say, good things (and bad) happen in threes, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the third and last of my angel series. Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, this antiwar western is an… Continue Reading

Blink 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

When in the presence of angels, whatever you do: Don’t Blink! I know what you’re thinking: That’s not a movie; it’s Episode 186 of Doctor Who; it’s supposed to have quotation marks around it. Well,  Blink is so awesome that… Continue Reading

Far Away So Close 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

They know nothing of time, these angels watching, always watching, listening to human thoughts, moving through time effortlessly, but one angel, Cassiel, wants to become involved, to know what it’s like to be human. His wish comes true; now he… Continue Reading

Perfume 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer: Is this an appropriate movie to begin 2016 with? Absolutely! Perfume, directed by Tom Tykwer and based on Patrick Suskind’s novel, is a magnificent movie, a unique film of incomparable artistry. It takes us… Continue Reading