30 Best Films of Past Decade: The Tree of Life (2011)–Malick’s Masterpiece Wins Top Award in Cannes Fest

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Metaphysical in narrative, ambitious in goal, surreal in visual style, and superbly acted by Brad Pitt in an Oscar-caliber performance, “Tree of Life” is Terrence Malick’s career-summation work, his masterpiece.

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30 Best Films of the Past Decade: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s Undisputed Masterpiece

30 Best Films of the Past Decade: Roma, Cuaron’s most personal feature to date, centers on Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker of a family in Mexico City’s middle-class Roma neighborhood. In this love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood, creating an emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst Mexico’s political turmoil of the 1970s.

30 Best Films of the Past Decade: Stranger by the Lake, Guiraudie’s French Film Probes Transgressive Desire

A highlight of the 2013 Cannes Film Fest, Stranger by the Lake is at once a transgressive feature (replete with graphic sex between men), an elegant suspense-thriller that would even make Hitchcock proud, and a morality tale about our libido and carnal knowledge.

Little Richard: Eccentric Founder and King of Rock n Roll, Dies at 87

May 9, 2020–Little Richard, the eccentric founder of rock and roll whose eccentric persona embodied the spirit, sound, and look of that new music-art form, died Saturday. He was 87.

30 Best Films of the Past Decade: Once Upon a Time…..in Hollywood, Tarantino’s Love Letter to the Industry and the City, Starring DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and (Best of All) Brad Pitt in Oscar Role

30 Best Films of the Past Decade: Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is a brazenly entertaining, supremely acted, playfully self-reflexive, deeply personal movie.