JOHN GASCOIGNE

Writer & Musician

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Top 50 Films – the 1970s

Top 50 Films – the 1970s

Here's the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1970s.   Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) The Godfather Parts I and II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972/4) Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)...

Top 50 Films – the 1980s

Top 50 Films – the 1980s

Here's the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1980s.   E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982) Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982) Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988) The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin...

Top 50 Films – the 1990s

Top 50 Films – the 1990s

After making a list of the greatest films of the new century, I've decided to go back and make similar lists for each decade of the 20th century. Since the 21st century list covered almost two decades, I've decided to limit these ones to 50. First up, the 1990s, which...

My Own Top 100

My Own Top 100

In the wake of this week's contentious BBC poll, here's my own list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century.   The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000) The...

Movie Diary 10/8/16

Movie Diary 10/8/16

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016) – The opening half hour of director Zack Snyder's restored cut comprises sequences in three different genres: a disaster movie evoking the dust and confusion of 9/11, a war film set in the African desert, and...

Movie Diary 27/6/16

Movie Diary 27/6/16

Joy (2015) – David O. Russell announces his intention to make a soap opera at the outset, and he follows through – the outsize characters with single traits, the way Russell arranges them in static groups, the recycled sets (most of the film takes place in a house and...