In order to give my blog coherency, the following Index of articles, lists, and reviews are provided.  The contents of this website will be listed in the order that they are meant to be read.  Much of this blog focuses on film through the lens of my personal film theory (known as the “A Slice of Cake Theory”).  Facets from one essay or review are carried over into others.  This sort of thematic table of contents is important to understand the ideas put forward in this blog.  If you are searching for a particular review of a film and would like to see the reviewed films in alphabetical order, please refer to the page entitled The FilmSage’s Top Films List.  Unfortunately, since this website is continually updated and I am the sole manager of it, I will not be able to provide a topical index.  In essence, this index will be a table of contents.

  1. About this Site
  2. A Slice of Cake: An Examination of the Website Name and the Art of Good Filmmaking
  3. The FilmSage’s Top Films List
    1. Vertigo (1958)
  4. My Take On…Suspense
    1. The Godfather (1972)
  5. My Take On…Action Films
    1. The General (1927)
    2. LIST: “The Best Actors”
  6. “As You Like It”: Critical Analysis of Character Acting in the Context of Film Part I
    1. LIST: “Greatest Acting Performances (Male and Female)”
  7. “As You Like It”: Critical Analysis of Character Acting in the Context of Film Part II 
    1. Notorious (1946)
    2. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    3. LIST: “The 22 Most Important Films of All Time”
    4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  8. “Greater than the Sum of Its Parts”: The Nature of Montage in Case-by-Case Analysis Part I
  9. “Greater than the Sum of Its Parts”: The Nature of Montage in Case-by-Case Analysis Part II
    1. Psycho (1960)
  10. Auteurism: What Is It?
    1. The Conversation (1974)
    2. LIST: “The Greatest Directors of All Time”
  11. My Take On…Comedy
    1. LIST: “350 Greatest Movie Quotes”
    2. Modern Times (1936)
    3. The Gold Rush (1927)
    4. City Lights (1931)
    5. The Great Dictator (1940)
  12. The Wolf of Wall Street: Tackling the Issue of Morality in Films, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate A Clockwork Orange
  13. A Slice of Cake Theory (Revisited)
    1. Citizen Kane (1941)
      1. My Introduction to a Series of Essays on Citizen Kane
      2. The Story of Citizen Kane: The Mercury Theatre and Other Players
      3. The Story of Citizen Kane: William Randolph Hearst and the Kane Controversy
      4. Kane the Man
      5. LIST: “The FilmSage’s Great Movies Video List”
      6. Kane the Movie
      7. LIST: “The Greatest Plot Twists in Movie History”
      8. “Ignorance, Sheer Ignorance”: The Audacity and Innovation of the Citizen Kane Experiment
  14. The Great American Screenplays, Part I: Fast-Witted Masterpieces in the Golden Age of American Talkies
    1. It Happened One Night (1934)
    2. Duck Soup (1933)
    3. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    4. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  15. The Great American Screenplays, Part II: Manifest Destiny and the Mythology of the American Cowboy
    1. My Darling Clementine (1946)
    2. Stagecoach (1939)
    3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    4. Red River (1948)
  16. Cowboys and Samurai: Comparing the Signature Genres of Two Movie-Making Super-Nations (or, My Introduction to Foreign Films)
    1. The Samurai Trilogy (1954-1956)
    2. LIST: “Cinema’s Best Trilogies”
    3. Seven Samurai (1954)
    4. Rashomon (1950)
    5. Harakiri (1962)
  17. The Oeuvre of Yimou Zhang: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Foreign Films and Anthropology
    1. To Live (1994)
    2. The Road Home (1999)
    3. Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles (2005)
    4. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  18. The Great American Screenplays Part III: 1939
    1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    2. Midnight (1939)
    3. Ninotchka (1939)
  19. A Brief Exposition on Movie Music
    1. LIST: 30 Best Film Composers
    2. Wuthering Heights (1939)
    3. LIST: The 101 Greatest Film Scores
    4. Gone With the Wind (1939)
    5. LIST: The 30 Greatest Movie Songwriters
    6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    7. LIST: The 102 Greatest Movie Songs
    8. The Roaring Twenties (1939) 
  20. The Great American Screenplays Part IV: Film Noir in the War Years (A Dissertation on Style)
    1. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    2. Double Indemnity (1944)
    3. Laura (1944)
    4. Detour (1945)
  21. Meanwhile, in Paris…: Poetic Realism and the Era of “Great (French) Screenplays”
    1. L’Atalante (1934)
    2. Le jour se lève (1939)
    3. Grand Illusion (1937)
    4. The Rules of the Game (1939)
      1. My Introduction to a Series of Essays on The Rules of the Game
      2. The Story of The Rules of the Game: Nouvelle Édition Française and the Munich Betrayal
      3. Danse Macabre, part I: The Rules of the Game as a Comedy of Errors


  1. Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
  2. Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)
  3. Robin Williams (1951-2014)
  4. Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)
  5. Gene Wilder (1933-2016)
  6. Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


  1. Does Awards Season Matter?
    1. EXTRA: The Academy Award Archives (a collection of annual posts documenting the year’s Academy Award nominees, acting simultaneously as a preview of the awards themselves and a commentary on the year’s cinema)
  2. “There’s Nothing Good on Netflix”…or is there?
  3. My Countdown Video
  4. Reviews of Christmas Films (2014)—This particular set of Christmas reviews can be read in conjunction with my “Great American Screenplays” series, since they were written around that time and with the same principles in mind.
    1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    2. Holiday Inn (1942)
    3. White Christmas (1954)
    4. Scrooge (1970)
    5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  5. Reviews of Christmas Films (2015)—This completes the series started in 2014 by reviewing the remaining three holiday films in my list of the 555 greatest films.
    1. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
    3. A Christmas Story (1983)
  6. Reviews of Halloween Films (2016-)
    1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    2. Nosferatu (1922)
    3. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  7. Ranking and Analyzing the Marvel Cinematic Universe
    1.  As of May 2015*
      1. *This is a twenty-one part countdown, so I will not include links to every page in this special segment.  Instead, the above link is the introduction page to the countdown.  Links are provided at the bottom of each successive page to the next review in the list.
    2. As of June 2016*
      1. *This is the twenty-seven part update of the countdown above.  The number one film in both lists, The Avengers, can be found at the provided link and is also hyper-linked to my “Top Films List” (see chapter 3 above).
  8. SPORTS COUNTDOWNS: My List of the Top 40 Boxers and My List of the Top 100 Basketball Players*
    1. *These videos are not associated directly with this blog because they are not about film, but rather, they are about sports figures.  But, like film, sports have played an important cultural role in our society for well over a century, and I am an avid fan of both film and athletics.  I have included these links to YouTube clips if you’d like to view these countdown videos.

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