|Francis Ford Coppola
|This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
|Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
|There Will Be Blood
|Paul Thomas Anderson
|Djo Tunda Wa Munga
What else is there to say about Citizen Kane? It will always be remembered for novelty, for vision, for the sheer audacity of its existence.
Comedy gets short shrift in lists of this kind and yet we are all laughing in the cinemas. Sometimes it looks too easy to create. Billy Wilder made it look easy and yet you know it was hard. The Apartment has a lot to say about heterosexual love but manages to say it while commenting on class--and it does this so well, you don't have to be from his culture to laugh.
It is still the highpoint of the so-called gangster movie, except that, this one is more expansive than such categorising will lead you to believe.
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
A modern classic from an African filmmaker, it is unforgettable for a myriad of reasons: performances, writing, visual poetry.
There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis explore one man's greed, brilliance, and vision in this excellent film about capitalism. However you interpret it, the film has something to say about the world and the people who inhabit it.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa's genius is honoured by Kurosawa. Together they introduce a new idiom in storytelling.
Stylish and fast-paced, there is no African film like it. Unfairly forgotten.