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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Counts Down The Top 10 Closing Shots Of All Time

3 February 2016 1:42 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We all have our favorite closing shots. The haunting diptych that capped James Gray’s great period drama “The Immigrant” absolutely floored me, and even if Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime yarn “The Departed” doesn’t exactly stack up with, say, “Mean Streets” or “Raging Bull” as a piece of pure cinema, it still ends with one of the bleakest and most memorable shots from any of the director’s films. A truly great final shot can unconsciously alter how we see or remember a picture: it can send you out of a theatre on a high, and linger in the back of your mind for days. Chances are, if you look at the films that are widely discussed as the All-Time Greats of this past century, they all conclude with images of great clarity and purpose. It’s hard to say exactly what the greatest closing shot of all time may be, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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6 Indie Directors Christian Bale Needs to Work With

29 January 2016 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James GrayThere's perhaps no indie director currently working today that seems tailor made to use Christian Bale's skills quite like James Gray. The director's numerous collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix have set a powerful precedent for the ways in which he can dig beneath intense screen presences to reveal their complex, tortured souls. Bale's characters — be it Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Batman movies or Russell Baze in the gritty "Out of the Furnace" — are often battling the pressures of who the public needs them to be versus who they truly are behind closed doors, and that construction is often the central crux to Gray's male characters. Even the villainous Bruno Weiss in "The Immigrant" takes subversive roads to redemption since Gray rarely chooses to keep his character's boxed inside our first perceptions of them. Gray's films have run the gamut from period dramas to crime thrillers and dramatic romances; all »

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