See also my Documentary Films Page
Slade's Favorite and Recommended
This page is under continuous development. (almost daily 2011 - 2014)
I seem to be taking a bit of a break in the summer of 2014, still watching
movies like crazy, will get to back to updating here soon. Update MAR 2016 -
I did not work on this much last year - got tons to add. hopefully soon...
In alphabetical order......
10 Items or Less (2006 - 82min) Brad Silberling
Amazon (DVD 04/24/07 Millenium): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MGUZAM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10_items_or_less/
Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega (and Kumar Pallana).
11:14 (2003 - 86min) Greg Marcks
Amazon (DVD 10/11/05 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ALM40I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1114/
Very well-made thriller featuring interconnected stories, from first-time
director Greg Marcks.
12 Monkeys (1995 - 129min) Terry Gilliam
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007PALZ2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/12_monkeys/
Very interesting time-travel sci-fi. Starring Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe,
Brad Pitt. DVD includes an 87-minute making-of feature.
12 Years a Slave (2013 - 133min) Steve McQueen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/12_years_a_slave/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1v7qo3/
Third feature film from British director Steve McQueen, following
Shame and Hunger. Based on Soloman Northrup's 1859
autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave. Starring
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano,
Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard,
Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry.
16 Years of Alcohol (2003 - 102min) Written and directed by Richard Jobson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/16_years_of_alcohol/
Starring Kevin McKidd, Susan Lynch, Laura Fraser. Set in Edinburgh, UK. Lots
of comparisons to Trainspotting and Clockwork Orange. A
psychological study of alchoholism, violence, hope and hopelessness. Not an
127 Hours (2010 - 94min) Danny Boyle
Amazon (DVD 03/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKYDI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/127_hours/
James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, in the true story of the 2003 incident
in which Aron got his arm stuck in some rocks in the desert and had to
cut off his own arm to survive. When I first heard about the film, I thought
I would not ever be able to watch this. Later when I realized it was by
Danny Boyle, I decided I would watch it someday. After seeing a trailer, I
got it and watched it. Excellent film, as expected. The arm removal does not
happen until almost the end of the film and goes by quickly enough. You
might need to cover your eyes for a minute or so, but this is a film to see.
Except for the scene with the girls, the film follows very closely the
actual events as recounted by Aron in his book. There is a brief scene of
the real-life Aron and his wife sitting on a bench at the end of the film.
187 (1997 - 122min) Kevin Reynolds
Amazon (DVD 08/10/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003JA3JZY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/187/
First major role for Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as a high-school teacher
recently relocated from New York to LA, where he has to deal with gang
violence in the school. A powerful film, not so much liked by critics, but
has a high rating at Amazon. I've seen it a couple of times and recommend
it. If you do not know what phalanges are, you will learn that. Writer
Scott Yagemann spent seven years as a substitute teacher in California.
Title is sometimes given as One Eight Seven, the number refers to the
California Penal Code number for murder.
2 Days in the Valley (1996 - 104min) John Herzfeld
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/2_days_in_the_valley/
Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Eric Stoltz, Charlize Theron,
Teri Hatcher. Crime caper with lots of interlocking stories.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 - 142min) Stanley Kubrick
Amazon (DVD Turner 1999): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000J2KP/
Amazon (DVD Warner 2001): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005ASUM/
Amazon (DVD Warner 2-disc 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJ48SG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1000085-2001_a_space_odyssey/
The Kubrick Site: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/
2001: A Space Odyssey Internet Resource Archive: www.palantir.net/2001
Tom Dirks' Review: www.filmsite.org/twot.html
Jay Weidner: www.jayweidner.com/kubrick.htm
Classic sci-fi masterpiece. Essential viewing. Co-stars a computer named HAL.
21 Grams (2003 - 124min) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/21_grams/
Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston, Benicio del Torro.
Second film fron Inarritu, after Amores Perros and before Babel.
24 Hour Party People (2002 - 117min) Michael Winterbottom
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/24_hour_party_people/
Set in the Manchester, UK music scene of the late 70's and 80's, which
gave rise to Factory Records. Steve Coogan plays the late Tony Wilson,
founder of the label, which was home to Joy Division, New Order and
25th Hour (2002 - 135min) Spike Lee
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/25th_hour/
14th feature film from Spike Lee. Starring Edward Norton, Philip Seymour
Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox. Based on
the novel The 25th Hour by David Benioff.
28 Days (2000 - 104min) Betty Thomas
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/28_days/
Starring Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen. Sandra is a
pill-popping alcoholic sentenced to 28 days in a rehab center.
28 Days Later (2003 - 113min) Danny Boyle, Toby James
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/28_days_later/
A couple of people told me this was way too gross and violent to watch.
And I usually don't like to watch violent movies (or zombie movies), but
I watched it anyway, and found this to be a very interesting film (as we
would expect from Danny Boyle). A virus has gotten loose in England and it
turns people into zombies. For some reason my eye was caught by a bible
verse written on a sign in an early scene - "I will make your grave, for
you are vile." Nahum 1:14 from the Old Testament. Just has a really serious
sound, eh? I will make your grave.
28 Weeks Later (2007 - 100min) Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/28_weeks_later/
Sequel to 28 Days Later. If you liked that one, you'll probably
like this one, though it is by a different director.
360 (2011 - 110min) Fernando Meirelles
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/360_2012/
Looks at people and relationships through interlocking stories. Loosely
based on the German play, La Ronde (as are many other films). Cast includes
Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz.
The 400 Blows (1959 - 99min) Francois Truffaut
Amazon (DVD 05/09/06 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEV0/
Amazon (BluRay 03/24/09 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001O549FC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/400_blows/
50/50 (2011 - 100min) Jonathan Levine
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12 Summit): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004QL7KKC/
Amazon (Bluray 01/24/12 Summit): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004QL7KKM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/5050_2011/
Excellent drama/comedy based on screenwriter Will Reiser's experience with
cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas
Howard, Anjelica Huston, Anthony Baker Hall, Matt Frewer (recognized his
voice as Max Headroom from the 80's).
(500) Days of Summer (2009 - 95min) Marc Webb
Amazon (DVD 12/22/09 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XUG/
Amazon (Bluray 12/22/09 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XUQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/500_days_of_summer/
Romantic comedy-drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994 - 96min) Michael Haneke
Amazon (DVD 05/16/06 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EQ5V2C/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/71_fragments_of_a_chronology_of_chance/
Third film from Michael Haneke, and third in his "glaciation trilogy",
along with his first two films, The Seventh Continent and
Benny's Video. DVD includes a very interesting 23-minute interview
with Haneke discussing the film in 2005.
8 Mile (2002 - 118min) Curtis Hanson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/8_mile/
Starring Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mehki Phiefer.
84 Charlie MoPic (1989 - 95min) Patrick Sheane Duncan
AKA 84C MoPic
Amazon (DVD Korean import): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BIF8UA8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/84c_mopic/
Little known, well-respected Vietnam movie, presented as a mock documentary
of a Long Range Reconnaisance Patrol. The cameraman is known as "mopic", the
title is from the military code for a camerama - 84C20, Motion Picture
Specialist. Sometimes criticized for "tactical errors", such as walking
single-file through a clearing and lack of noise control, the film is also
often cited as one of the most realistic depictions of the Vietnam War.
Has not been released domestically on DVD. Amazon sells a
South Korean import (NTSC, All-Region).
9 1/2 Weeks (1986 - 112min) Adrian Lyne
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/9_12_weeks/
Starring Mickey Roarke, Kim Basinger. Very sexy, and controversial.
A Bird of the Air (2011 - 98min) Margaret Whitton
Official Site: www.abirdoftheair.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_bird_of_the_air/
Starring Rachel Nichols, Jackson Hurst. A quirky love story woven around a
A Clockwork Orange (1971 - 136min) Stanley Kubrick
Tom Dirks Reveiw: www.filmsite.org/cloc.html
The Clockwork Controversy - Christian Bugge: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0012.html
UK Clock Ticks Again for Kubrick's Orange - James Howard: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0088.html
The Cultural Productions of A Clockwork Orange - Janet Staiger: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0111.html
A Clockwork Orange and the Aestheticization of Violence - Alexander Cohen: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0025.html
A Clockwork Orange - Don Daniels: www.visual-memory.co.uk/sk/ss/clockworkorange.htm
A Prophetic and Violent Masterpiece - Theodore Dalrymple: www.city-journal.org/html/16_1_oh_to_be.html
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clockwork_orange/
The Power Drug - An Indepth Analysis of Stanley Kubricks' A Clockwork Orange - Rob Ager: www.collativelearning.com/ACO expanded analysis .html
Amazon (2-disc Special Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000IQBK/
Excerpt from an Interview with Wendy Carlos:www.visual-memory.co.uk/sk/page22a.htm
A classic masterpiece. Intense and powerful. Controversial upon its release
for its depictions of violence. Based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the
same name. Starring Malcolm McDowell. Soundtrack is classical music and
electronic music by Walter Carlos (now known as Wendy Carlos following
A Dangerous Method (2011 - 94min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006PTL1QM/
Review by Jonathan Zap at Zap Oracle: www.zaporacle.com/the-dangerious-methods-of-david-cronenberg-a-review-of-a-dangerous-method/
Review by Amy Taubin at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/david-cronenbergs-a-dangerous-method
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_dangerous_method/
The story of Sabina Spielrein, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. The title
refers to the origin of psychoanalysis ("the talking cure"). This
story is also covered by the 2002 Italian film The Soul Keeper, and
in a documentary titled My Name was Sabina Spielrein.
A Day Without A Mexican (2004 - 110min) Sergio Arau
Official site: www.adaywithoutamexican.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/day_without_a_mexican/
What would happen if California woke up one day and found that its entire
hispanic population was gone?
A Dirty Shame (2004 - 88min) John Waters
Official site: adirtyshamethemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dirty_shame/
"Let's go sexin'!" Its the "neuters" versus the "sex-addicts", set in
Baltimore, as usual. One of Waters' more accessible and (almost) mainstream
films, and probably my favorite of his. Still, probably a bit wild for most
people. As of 2013, this is his latest offering.
Starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak. Make
sure you see the NC-17 version, and not the R-rated "Neuter" version.
DVD includes excellent 82-minute behind-the-scenes feature.
Very fun, and highly recommended (except for neuters).
A Hijacking (2012 - 99min) Tobias Lindholm
Danish title: Kapringen
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E0KWBBM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kapringen/
Excellent Danish psychological thriller set aboard a hijacked Danish
cargo ship and in the corporate headquarters where the negotiations
take place. Pilou Asbaek (the cook), Soren Malling (the CEO).
A History of Violence (2005 - 96min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CQLZ0Q/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/history_of_violence/
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt.
A Home at the End of the World (2004 - 96min) Michael Mayer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/home_at_the_end_of_the_world/
Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek. An unusual
film, I enjoyed it.
A Life Less Ordinary (1997 - 103min) Danny Boyle
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life_less_ordinary/
Starring Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor.
A Most Violent Year (2014 - 125min) J.C. Chandor
Amazon (DVD 04/07/15 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00RNELG5E/
Amazon (Bluray 04/07/15 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00RNELHU8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_most_violent_year/
3rd film from JC Chandor, following All is Lost and Margin Call.
A Prophet (2009 - 155min) Jacques Audiard
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002BWP3UC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1213205-prophet/
A Separation (2011 - 123min) Asghar Farhadi
Review by Godfrey Cheshire at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/scenes-from-a-marriage
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_separation_2011/
I'm not sure that I have seen any movie win this many awards
(see list at Wikipedia article). Widely considered the top film of 2011.
Non-stop intense drama. I like the bright emerald green tiles on the kitchen
A Serious Man (2009 - 106min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Amazon (DVD 02/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003102JDM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_serious_man/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/29vdsx/
One of the best of the Coen brothers' many great films, probably my second
favorite, after The Big Lebowski. Dark comedy, set in Jewish culture,
1967, in a suburb of Minneapolis. Starring Michael Stuhlbarg.
Can be seen as a modern-day telling of the story of Job. I didn't find this
until 2013 and then watched a couple of times. This is a mind-blowing film
(and that's what I'm looking for). Just the scene of the dentist story
accompanied by Jimi Hendrix (turn it up) qualifies this as mind-blowing,
but this film delivers all the way through. This is sometimes said to be a
subtle and understated film. Hard for me to agree with that though, its
just so rich. And in the end, maybe a bit mysterious and enigmatic - note
the comment from the Korean student's father - "embrace the mystery".
Highly recommended (if you're a serious man, or woman).
A Single Man (2009 - 99min) Tom Ford
Official Site: www.asingleman-movie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VECLVO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1218217-single_man/
Based on novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood.
Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult.
A Slipping-Down Life (2004 - 111min) Toni Kalem
Amazon (DVD 10/19/04 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002S94AM/
Lili Tayler, Guy Pearce. Showed at Sundance in 1999, but not released in
theaters or DVD until 2004.
A Touch of Sin (2013 - 133min) Jia Zhongke
Official Site: atouchofsin.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/18/14 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HQFA1VA/
Amazon (Bluray 04/08/14 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H91LWBY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_touch_of_sin/
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2013/11/25/now-playing-a-touch-of-sin/
Review at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/a-touch-of-sin-jia-zhong-ke
Four stories set in modern China. Each story is based on actual events and
each ends in a act of violence. Michael Glover Smith calls it the best
film of 2013 (see his review linked above).
A Town Like Alice (1956 - 117min) Jack Lee
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006T5GTK0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1046979-town_like_alice/
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001 - 146min) Steven Spielberg
Amazon (DVD 2-disc WS 03/05/02 Dreamworks): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXXP
Amazon (BluRay 04/05/11 Dreamworks): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FECNIO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ai_artificial_intelligence/
About Schmidt (2002 - 124min) Alexander Payne
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLSK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/about_schmidt/
Third film from Alexander Payne (following Election and followed by
Sideways). Starring Jack Nicholson.
Adaptation (2002 - 114min) Spike Jonze
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1118700-adaptation/
Starring Nicolas Cage (plays 2 parts - twin brothers), Meryl Streep,
Chris Cooper. Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman! Directed by Spike Jonze!
Very original film. A metafilm drama - based on a non-fiction
book, The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orleans. Mindblowing and Highly Recommended.
The Adjuster (1991 - 102min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 04/10/01 MGM OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059H95
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adjuster/
4th film from Atom Egoyan.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011 - 105min) George Nolfi
Official Site: www.theadjustmentbureau.com
Amazon (DVD 06/21/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WCTLNY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adjustment_bureau/
Romantic sci-fi thriller based on a Philip K. Dick story. Starring Matt
Damon and Emily Blunt.
Adoration (2008 - 100min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 10/13/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002K2KMJK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adoration/
11th film from Atom Egoyan.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984 - 102min) W.D. Richter
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JKEX
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adventures_of_buckaroo_banzai/
Cult-classic sci-fi comedy. Have seen a couple of times. Fun but missable.
Adventures of Power (2010 - 89min) Ari Gold
Official Site: www.adventuresofpower.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0046BHC2I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adventures_of_power/
Air drumming! Silly stupid fun.
After Hours (1985 - 97min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2004 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000286RNE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1032180-after_hours/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1f29zc/
Ninth feature film from Martin Scorsese. Very funny black comedy set in
Soho, New York City. Starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr,
Linda Fiorentino, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Verna Bloom, Catherine O'Hara,
John Heard, Will Patton. Scorsese won Best Director at Cannes in 1986 for
this one. This is an overlooked film which has achieved cult status. One of
my top favorites. Have watched many times. You want to see it.
Afternoon Delight (2013 - 97min) Jill Soloway
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 02/18/14 Docurama) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FGVS09Q/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/afternoon_delight_2013/
First film from playwright, comedian, feminist, TV writer/director
Jill Soloway. Juno Temple plays a stripper. Kathryn Hahn, Jane Lynch,
Afterschool (2008 - 107min) Antonio Campos
Amazon (DVD 09/14/10 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UAKE8U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/afterschool/
First film from Antonio Campos, followed by Simon Killer in 2013.
Starring Ezra Miller, Addison Timlin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Stuhlbarg,
Jeremy Allen White.
The Age of Innocence (1993 - 139min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 12/07/10 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004499LWG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/age_of_innocence/
Scorsese's 14th feature film.
Daniel Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder.
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972 - 93min) Werner Herzog
Amazon (DVD 10/24/00 Starz/Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305972761
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/aguirre_the_wrath_of_god/
DVD Verdict:: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/aguirre.php
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1n6q4h/
Herzog's fourth feature film. Widely considered one of the greatest films
ever made. Starring Klaus Kinski as Don Lope de Aguirre. In 1561, when
Spanish conquistador Pizarro's expedition becomes bogged down in the jungle,
he sends a scouting party of 40 men down the Amazon to look for the fabled
El Dorado, where they expect to find gold. As this party becomes smaller and
smaller due to accidents, executions and arrows from the banks of the river,
Aguirre takes command and pushes ahead, consumed with visions of conquering
most of South America. A great depiction of a journey into madness.
Also stars Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Peter Berling.
Akira (1988 - 125min) Katsuhiro Otomo
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/akira/
I'm not a big fan of anime, but someone loaned this to me and I was really
impressed. The art of cel animation is taken to a new level, perhaps not
equalled since. Lots of action crammed in here, I was confused at first,
but a very interesting sci-fi story and lots of really trippy animation.
Albatross (2011 - 88min) Niall MacCormick
Amazon (DVD 05/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006Z7Z3PE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/albatross_2011/
British coming-of-age dramedy shot on the Isle of Mann. Starring
newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay - and she is something to see.
Alexander the Last (2009 - 72min) Joe Swanberg
Official Site: alexanderthelast.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/23/10 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VKB0JM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/alexander_the_last/
Alexandra's Project (2003 - 103min) Rolf de Heer
Amazon (DVD 01/01/05 Film Movement): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007LI10S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/alexandras-project/
This takes its place with Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby as another of
the most wild and unusual films I have seen. When Steve (Gary Sweet) comes
home from work on his birthday, he finds that his wife Alexandra
(Helen Buday) has left him a disturbing videotape to watch.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974 - 112min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000286RO8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/alice_doesnt_live_here_anymore/
Scorsese's fourth film (after Boxcar Bertha and before
Taxi Driver). Starring Ellen Burstyn, Alfred Lutter,
Altered States (1980 - 103min) Ken Russel
Amazon (Warner DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305133131
Amazon (Warner DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045HCJSU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/altered_states/
Starring William Hurt, Blair Brown. Based on a novel by Paddy Chayefsky.
Very interesting subject matter - psychological exploration, isolation tanks,
shamanism, psychedelics, past life regression. Hurt's character could be
based on John C. Lilly, who did a lot of this stuff in real life. The film
does get a bit wacky and over-the-top as you would expect from Ken Russell.
I don't usually like his films, but I like this one a lot. This is his
only sci-fi film. Recommended.
Amadeus (1984 - 161min) Milos Forman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304712936/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amadeus/
Period drama adapted by Peter Shaffer from his play of the same name.
A fictionalized account of the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his
rival composer Antonio Salieri. Stars Tom Hulce (Mozart), F. Murray Abraham
(Salieri), and Elizabeth Berridge (Contanze Mozart). Fun film, big
production, lots of music, won many awards.
Amateur (1994 - 105min) Hal Hartley
Amazon (DVD 11/11/03 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000CDRW0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1063134-amateur/
Hal Hartley's 5th film. Martin Donovan, Isabelle Huppert, Elina Lowensohn.
Fun as always.
The Amateurs (2008 - 96min) Michael Traeger
Amazon (DVD 02/12/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XJ5UEY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-amateurs/
Amelie (2001 - 122min) Jean-Peirre Jeunet
Amazon (DVD 02/12/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SEUIXS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amelie/
Audrey Tautou. Won many awards.
The American (2010 - 105min) Anton Corbijn
Amazon (DVD 12/28/10 Focus Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZG993Q/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american/
Thriller starring George Clooney.
Second film from Anton Corbijn, following Control (2007).
American Animal (2011 - 93min) Matt D'Elia
Official Site: www.americananimalmovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_animal_2011/
A fun surprise discovery, found it on the new release wall at Hastings one
day, thought it looked interesting. Very original and special. Will not have
wide appeal, but most highly recommended if you want to see something
intelligent and different. Written by, directed by and starring Matt D'Elia.
One thing I caught on second viewing is the use of strong neon colors in
every scene, lots of pink. Considered an art film. And I repeat - very
original and special.
American Beauty (1999 - 122min) Sam Mendes
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_beauty/
Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley,
Chris Cooper, Allison Janney. Widely considered the best film of 1999.
Won Academy Award for Best Picture. I saw it in the theater when it came
out and have seen it several times since. Highly recommended. The
Wikipedia article linked above is extensive.
American Gangster (2007 - 158min,theatrical/177min,extended,unrated) Ridley Scott
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011HOEY4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_gangster/
Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington.
American History X (1998 - 119min) Tony Kaye
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_history_x/
Stars Edward Norton, Edward Furlong.
American Hustle (2013 - 138min) David O. Russell
Official Site: www.americanhustle-movie.com/
Amazon (DVD/Bluray ): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8LIO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_hustle/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1tnfw7/
Reddit Discussion 10/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2iivud/
Seventh film from David O. Russell. Crime comedy/drama based on the FBI
ABSCASM operation of the 1970's/80's. Starring Christian Bale, Jennifer
Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner.
American Me (1992 - 126min) Edward James Olmos
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000714BS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_me/
30 years of gang life in LA.
American Psycho (2000 - 102min) Mary Harron
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_psycho/
Based on the controversial novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis
(screenplay by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner).
Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha
Mathis, Chloe Sevigney, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Reese Witherspoon.
American Splendor (2003 - 100min) Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Wikipedia (the film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Splendor_(film)
Wikipedia (the comic book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Splendor
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_splendor/
Very original film about comic artist Harvey Pekar. I used to see him on
Letterman. He passed away in 2010.
Amores Perros (2000 - 153min) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amores_perros/
Award-winning Mexican film. Three intertwining stories. Inarritu's first
film, followed by 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful. These
are not happy films.
An American Crime (2007 - 92min) Tommy O'Haver
Amazon (DVD 08/19/08 First Look Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00177YA6U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_crime/
Based on the true story of the torture and murder of teenager Sylvia Likens
by Indianapolis housewife Gertrude Baniszewski (and her housefull of kids
and many neighboring kids) in 1966. Starring Ellen Page as Sylvia and
Catherine Keener as Gertrude. Check Wikipedia for more on this
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982 - 122min) Taylor Hackford
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MGBSGC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/officer_and_a_gentleman/
Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett, Jr.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012 - 93min) Terence Nance
Official Site: oversimplification.mvmt.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO5EO40
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/an_oversimplification_of_her_beauty_2012/
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004 - 94min) Adam McKay
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/anchorman/
Will Ferrell comedy. (You know what to expect).
Angel Heart (1987 - 113min) Alan Parker
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1000959-angel_heart/
Starring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Robert Deniro, Charlotte Rampling.
Occult voodoo thriller based
on William Hjortsberg's novel,
Falling Angel. Takes place in Harlem and New Orleans.
Very well done. I think there is a remake coming (why?).
Animal Factory (2000 - 94min) Steve Buscemi
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/animal_factory/
Prison film, starring Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, John Heard,
Mickey Roarke, Tom Arnold, Seymour Casell, Mark Boone Jr.
Animals (2012 - 94min) Marcal Fores
Amazon (DVD 11/26/13 Artsploitation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E5MIM4A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/animals/
Very unusual and interesting coming-of-age tale. Spanish film, some dialog
is in Spanish, most is English.
Annie Hall (1977 - 93min) Woody Allen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/annie_hall/
One of Woody Allen's funniest and most classic films, very highly rated.
Stars Woody Allen and Dianne Keaton. Have seen many times.
Another 9 1/2 Weeks (1997 - 105min) Anne Goursaud
AKA: Love in Paris
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/another_9_12_weeks_1997/
Sequel to 9 1/2 Weeks, starring Mickey Roarke, Angie Everhart,
Agathe de La Fontaine.
Another Earth (2011 - 95min) Mike Cahill
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LZW8FO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/another_earth/
Sci-fi drama starring Brit Marling, William Mapother.
Antichrist (2009 - 108min) Lars von Trier
Official Site: www.antichristthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/09/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBISE
Amazon (BluRay 11/09/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBISO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1210830-antichrist/
Tenth film from Lars von Trier. First in his "Depression trilogy", followed
by Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. Interesting, challenging,
and controversial, as expected. Willem Dafoe ("We gotta get this thing off
my leg"), Charlotte Gainsbourg ("I can't find the wrench").
I'm not a fan of bloody horror films, but I'm not going miss a Lars von
Trier film. Might be a bit intense if you don't like to see violence.
Definitely some disturbing scenes. An amazing film for sure.
Lots of interviews are included on the Criterion release.
Apocalypse Now (1979 - 153min) Francis Ford Coppola
Apocalypse Now Tribute Page: film.tierranet.com/films/a.now
Amazon (DVD Complete Dossier 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FSME1A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/apocalypse_now/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/20wcue/
Internet Movie Firearms Database: www.imfdb.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now
Vietnam War epic based on the classic Joseph Conrad "short" story (almost
100 pages), Heart of Darkness. A lot went into making this
(documented in the film Hearts of Darkness). Starring Martin Sheen,
Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper. Super-classic.
Highly recommended. Have seen many times. There is also a "director's cut"
version, called Apocalypse Now Redux, which adds another hour for
a total of three and a half hours. I would suggest stick with the original.
Apocalypto (2006 - 138min) Mel Gibson
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NOKFHQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/apocalypto/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1y1gap/
Epic action-adventure film set in Guatemala during the decline of the Mayan
Ararat (2002 - 115min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLR5
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ararat/
9th film from Atom Egoyan.
Arbitrage (2012 - 100min) Nicholas Jarecki
Official Site: www.arbitrage-film.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/arbitrage/
Amazon (DVD 12/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NZXH5S/
Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling.
Archie's Final Project (2011 - 111min) David Lee Miller
Official Site: www.archiesfinalproject.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/archies_final_project/
Very original film about teen suicide. Fresh style. Enjoyed a lot.
This film won a lot of awards. Don't listen to the naysayers. This is...
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford (2007 - 160min) Andrew Dominik
Amazon (DVD 02/05/08 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010DR4BO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/assassination_of_jesse_james_by_the_coward_robert_ford/
Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck. Second feature from Andrew Dominik,
following Chopper and followed by Killing Them Softly.
Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Won many awards.
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004 - 96min) Niels Mueller
Official Site: nixon.frankiandjonny.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/assassination_of_richard_nixon/
Amazon (DVD 04/26/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007R4SVI
Based on true events. Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle.
At Any Price (2012 - 105min) Ramin Bahrani
Amazon (DVD 08/27/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C7BZX34
Amazon (Bluray 08/27/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C7BZXWK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/at_any_price_2012/
Intense family drama set in the farmland of Iowa. Starring Dennis Quaid,
Zac Efron, Maika Monroe (a professional kiteboarder in her first film role),
Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown. 4th film from Ramin Bahrani,
following Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo.
Atlas Shrugged (2011 - 102min) Paul Johansson
Official Site: www.atlasshruggedpart1.com
Fan Site: www.atlas-shrugged-movie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/
First part of planned trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.
Australian Rules (2002 - 95min) Paul Goldman
Amazon (DVD 12/14/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LXH4GE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/australian-rules/
(have not yet seen)
Avatar (2009 - 162min) James Cameron
Official Site: www.avatarmovie.com
Avatar: The Psychedelic Worldview and the 3D Experience - Ido Hartogsohn www.realitysandwich.com/avatar_psychedelic_worldview_3d
Avatar: The Slings and Arrows of Savage Romance - Steven Taylor www.realitysandwich.com/avatar_savage_romance
Why Psychedelics Make Avatar More Sophisticated - Martin W. Ball www.realitysandwich.com/psychedelics_make_avatar
Avatar: A Multi-Dimensional Pop Parable for Ascension - Regina Gelfo www.realitysandwich.com/avatar_parable_ascension
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/avatar/
Probably more important sociologically than as a great film. I enjoyed
seeing this in 3-D in the theatre. A second viewing on DVD did not quite
hold up for me (a bit heavy on the special effects, action, action,
fighting, explosions, etc.). Lots of cool ideas in this, even though perhaps
nothing new. But for the mass population of Earth (and I think this made it
to the top as the most viewed film ever) these ideas are important to
encounter. This story has played out over and over on this planet -
civilization needs resources, the indigenous people need to be removed so
the resources can be exploited. Sometimes they fight back. It was very
interesting to see so much in the media about "PADS" - Post Avatar
Depression Syndrome - millions of people reporting being depressed after
seeing this. So at least this film got people thinking - about our
connection to nature and how things have gone wrong.
Away We Go (2009 - 98min) Sam Mendes
Amazon (DVD 09/29/09 Focus): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0021L8UOY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/away_we_go/
John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph. A kind of sweet and dark dramedy. A well-made
film and has it moments for sure but did not totally amaze me (like
Mendes' first film American Beauty).
Babel (2006 - 143min) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Amazon (DVD - 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MCH5P4
Amazon (DVD - 2-disc Special Collectors Edition - 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SQFC18
Amazon (DVD - HD - 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MCH5TU
Amazon (BluRay - 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MCH5TK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/babel/
Third film from Inarritu.
Bad (1977 - 105min) Jed Johnson
AKA: Andy Warhol's Bad
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bad_1977/
Made just a bit after all the Morrissey-directed films with Dallasandro.
This has some of that flavor, maybe a bit more polished. Very dark humor.
Stars Carrol Baker, Perry King, Susan Tyrrell.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993 - 112min) Rolf de Heer
Director's Website: www.vertigoproductions.com.au
Amazon (DVD 04/26/05 Blue Underground): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007NMHOC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1144115-bad_boy_bubby/
Australian dark comedy drama, starring Nicholas Hope.
Bubby has been kept at home by his mother until age 35, when he ventures
out into the world. One of the most unique and interesting films I have
ever seen. And it kind of turns into a rock and roll movie. Most highly
recommended - for daring filmwatchers - most people won't be able to
make it too far into this one.
Bad Boys (1983 - 123min) Ric Rosenthal
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GD6VTE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1001549-bad_boys/
Very intense and violent. Starring Sean Penn in a very powerful performance.
Bad Lieutenant (1992 - 96min) Abel Ferrara
Amazon (DVD 07/28/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0028OH568
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bad_lieutenant/
Starring Harvey Kietel as a very bad New York City police detective.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009 - 122min) Werner Herzog
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Lieutenant:_Port_ of_Call_New_Orleans
Amazon (DVD 04/06/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002TVQ48K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bad_lieutenant_port_of_call_new_orleans/
Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendez. Herzog says this is not a remake or a
sequel, but a re-imagining. He says he never saw the original and tried
unsuccessfully to get the name changed.
Badlands (1973 - 94min) Terrence Malick
Amazon (DVD 09/06/11 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005KQVE1S/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1001577-badlands/
Starring Sissy Spacek, Martin Sheen.
Bamboozled (2000 - 135min) Spike Lee
Amazon (DVD 04/17/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005A1TJ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bamboozled/
Barcelona (1994 - 101min) Whit Stillman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y71N/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1055365-barcelona/
The second in Stillman's "Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love" series, following
Metropolitan and followed by The Last Days of Disco.
Barfly (1987 - 100min) Barbet Schroeder
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/barfly/
Semi-autobiography of Charles Bukowski's years in LA. He wrote the
screenplay, also has a silent cameo. Starring Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway.
Barking Water (2009 - 85min) Sterlin Harjo
Official Site: www.barkingwaterfilm.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/barking_water/
Native American film.
Barry Lyndon (1975 - 184min) Stanley Kubrick
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJ48SQ
Amazon (BluRay 08/23/11 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057UA486
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/barry_lyndon/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1dkzw6/
Review by Roger Ebert: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/barry-lyndon-1974
Review by Richard Hourula: rikuwrites.blogpsot.com/2010/06/most-beautiful-movie-ever-made.html
Barton Fink (1991 - 116min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008RH3J
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007Y5G1RA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/barton_fink/
John Turturro, John Goodman.
Basic Instinct (1992 - 127min) Paul Verhoeven
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/basic_instinct/
Starring Sharon Stone.
Battle for Haditha (2007 - 93min) Nick Broomfield
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battle_for_haditha/
After making over 20 documentary films, Nick Broomfield directs this feature
film covering the story of US Marines killing civilians in Haditha, Iraq
in retaliation for an IED attack.
Battle Royale (2000 - 114min) Kinji Fukasaku
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006L4MWVE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battle_royale_3d/
Fan Site: www.battleroyalefilm.net/
Controversial well-regarded Japanese thriller, sometimes seen as a parallel
or precursor to The Hunger Games. The Wikipedia article is extensive.
Be Kind Rewind (2008 - 101min) Michel Gondry
Amazon (DVD 06/17/08 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017RFY56/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/be_kind_rewind/
Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012 - 93min) Benh Zeitlin
Official Site: www.beastsofthesouthernwild.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220AGC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beasts_of_the_southern_wild/
Review by Scott Foundas at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-behn-zeitlin
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ey2ul/
Starring Quvenzhane Wallis (six years old), Dwight Henry. Won lots of
awards, detailed in the Wikipedia article. Very original.
The Beatnicks (2001 - 96min) Nicholson Williams
Amazon (DVD 04/13/10 Aslan): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BEJ4J2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_beatnicks/
Offbeat indie starring Norman Reeedus, Mark Boone Junior, Elodie Bouchez,
Eric Roberts, Patrick Bauchau, Lisa Marie, and a magical music box that may
have been half-buried on the beach by a mysterious monkey.
Beeswax (2009 - 100min) Andrew Bujalski
Official Site: www.beeswaxfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 2010 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030HCPLW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beeswax/
Wikipedia - Mumblecore: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumblecore
Wikipedia - Andrew Bujalski: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bujalski
Third film from "the godfather of mumblecore" Andrew Bujalski, following
Mutual Appreciation and Funny Ha Ha.
Before I Disappear (2014 - 93min) Shawn Christensen
Amazon (DVD 05/19/15 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00TQGGF8K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_i_disappear_2014/
Interview with Director: creativescreenwriting.com/how-do-you-convert-an-oscar-winning-short-into-a-feature/
First film from Shawn Christensen, who also wrote and stars. One of my
top favorite films. Very highly recommended.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007 - 123min) Sidney Lumet
Amazon (DVD 04/15/08 ThinkFilm): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00112S8RS
Amazon (Bluray 04/15/08 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00112S8S2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_the_devil_knows_youre_dead/
Last film by prolific director Sidney Lumet before his death in 2011.
Crime drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney,
Rosemary Harris, Marisa Tomei.
Before Midnight (2013 - 80min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DJYJPLO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_midnight_2013/
Third in trilogy, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Before Sunrise (1995 - 101min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (DVD 11/09/10 Turner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045HCIZY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_sunrise/
Third film from Linklater, following Slacker and
Dazed and Confused. Very highly rated romantic drama starring
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Followed by sequels Before Sunset and
Before Sunset (2004 - 80min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (DVD 11/09/04 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002YLC24
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_sunset/
Sequel to Before Sunset.
Beginners (2011 - 105min) Mike Mills
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beginners/
Second major feature from Mike Mills, following Thumbsucker.
Excellent and recommended.
Being John Malkovich (1999 - 112min) Spike Jonze
Amazon (DVD 2002 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007AJF8
Amazon (DVD 2012 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007A4Y1NQ
Amazon (BluRay 2012 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007A4Y1Q8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/being_john_malkovich/
Written by Charlie Kaufman. Starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, John
Malkovich, Catherine Keener. Very funny and one of the most original films
ever - that's for sure. Reissued by Criterion May 2012. Highly recommended.
Being There (1979 - 130min) Hal Ashby
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/being_there/
Starring Peter Sellers as Chauncey the gardener, an uneducated man, perhaps
a brick shy of a load, who is suddenly on his own when the man he was working
for passes away. Through a series of accidents, and by repeating what he
knows about gardening, he winds up among the ruling class and is seen as a
wise and cultured man. Very funny.
The Believer (2001 - 98min) Henry Bean
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/believer/
Bellflower (2011 - 107min) Evan Glodell
Official Site: www.bellflower-themovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bellflower/
Starring Evan Glodell (first-time director, in his first acting performance),
Tyler Dawson (first-time cinematographer, in his first acting performance),
Jessica Wise (in her first performance). Made on a relatively low budget of
less than half a million dollars, using a home-made movie camera.
Two friends are obsessed with the Mad Max movies and spend their time
making flame throwers and modifiying their muscle car, waiting for the end
of the world to clear the way for their imaginary gang, Mother Medusa (also
the name of their car). Things get crazy when they meet some girls.
There is a lot of violence. And (spoiler) it appears that a lot of what
happens may have been in a dream.
Beneath Clouds (2002 - 90min) Ivan Sen
Amazon (DVD 09/14/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RHZ67K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beneath-clouds/
Australian film. (have not yet seen)
Benny's Video (1992 - 105min) Michael Haneke
Amazon (DVD 05/16/06 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EHQU30
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bennys_video/
Second film from Michael Haneke (and second in his "glaciation trilogy").
DVD includes a very interesting 20-minute interview with Haneke discussing
the film in 2005.
Bernie (2011 - 100min) Richard Linklater
Official Site: www.bernie-the-movie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00891ZD6I/
Amazon (BluRay 09/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0088P5Z4U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bernie_2011/
Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey. Based on a
Best in Show (2000 - 90min) Christopher Guest
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/best_in_show/
Hilarious dry comedy from Guest and the gang set in the world of dog shows.
Best Man Down (2012 - 89min) Ted Koland
Amazon (DVD 01/21/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FYL09EC/
Amazon (Bluray 01/21/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FYL08LG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lumpy_2012/
Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin.
The Big Bad Swim (2006 - 93min) Ishai Setton
Amazon (DVD 07/24/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PKG6GM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_bad_swim/
Paget Brewster, Jess Weixler, Jeff Branson.
Big Fan (2009 - 86min) Robert D. Siegel
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VJVCGY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1213684-big_fan/
Indy drama starring Patton Oswalt as a parking lot attendant and New York
Giants fan. The haunting song heard at about 1hr10min in the club scene is
called Daddy Rollin in Your Arms and is the legendary B-side of Dion's
1968 hit song Abraham, Martin and John.
The Big Lebowski (1998 - 118min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_lebowski/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/emthe-big-lebowskiem-27984
Film Threat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/1097/
An Esoteric Take on The Big Lebowski: www.realitysandwich.com/esoteric_take_big_lebowski
An Esoteric Take on The Big Lebowski - Part 2: www.realitysandwich.com/lin_yutang_meets_big_lebowski_pt_2
All-star cast includes: Jeff Bridges as "the Dude", John Goodman, Julianne
Moore, Sam Elliot, Ben Gazarra, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman,
John Turturro, Tara Reid, David Huddleston. One of the ultimate "cult" films.
and this: dudeism.com). I first watched
this long ago and somehow it did not register as totally awesome (for which
I blame myself). It was brought to my attention again later and I had
forgotten that this was a Coen brothers film. Got a little deeper into it.
Later (11/11) I found a cheap DVD copy and watched it again - OK I'm in the
cult now. This is totally a masterpiece, amazing from start to finish. As
one of the over 800 reviewers at Amazon says, this is a "change-your-life"
movie. The Wikipedia article (linked above) is extensive.
Just take it easy, man. The Dude abides.
Big Night (1996 - 107min) Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Amazon (DVD Sony 1998): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767802535
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_night/
Starring Stanley Tucci, Tony Shaloub. Excellent food movie, my second
favorite after Tampopo. These are the 2 best food movies!
Bird (1988 - 161min) Clint Eastwood
Amazon (DVD 06/01/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ASLJJK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bird/
Looks at the life of the great American jazz saxophone player Charlie "Bird"
Parker, played by Forest Whitaker. Excellent film, not a happy one.
Birth (2004 - 96min) Jonathan Glazer
Amazon (DVD 04/19/05 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007P0X9G/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/birth/
Second film from video director Jonathan Glazer, following Sexy Beast,
followed by Under the Skin. Starring Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston,
Lauren Bacall, Peter Stormare, Cameron Bright, Anne Heche. Interesting and
unusual. Mixed reviews, probably widely misunderstood.
Biutiful (2010 - 147min) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Official Site: www.biutiful-themovie.com
Amazon (DVD - 06/31/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKYF6
Amazon (BluRay - 06/31/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKYFG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/biutiful/
Inarritu's 4th film (after Amores Perros, 21 Grams and
Babel), starring Javier Bardem.
The Black Balloon (2008 - 97min) Elissa Down
Amazon (DVD 03/23/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003102JKU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_balloon/
Well-regarded Australian film about a family with an autistic son. The
director based the film on her experiences growing up in a family with
2 autistic brothers. Seemed to have a bit more of a polished feel to it
than I was expecting, but enjoyed it.
Black Dynamite (2008 - 84min) Scott Sanders
Official Site: www.blackdynamitemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_dynamite/
Black Snake Moan (2006 - 117min) Craig Brewer
Official Site: www.moanmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_snake_moan/
Starring Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake.
Also includes Kenny Brown and Cedric Burnside, from R.L Burnside's band.
Black Swan (2010 - 108min) Darren Aronofsky
Official Site: www.blackswan2010.com
Amazon (DVD 03/29/2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKYEM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_swan_2010/
Aronofsky's fifth film, following The Wrestler. Starring Natalie
Portman (Nina), Mila Kunis (Lily), Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey,
Winona Ryder. Psychological thriller set in the world of ballet.
Excellent and recommended, as are all of Aronofsky's films.
Blade Runner (1982 - 117min) Ridley Scott
Amazon (DVD Director's Cut Warner 1997): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0790729628
Amazon (DVD Final Cut 2-disc Special Edition Warner 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UD0ESA
Amazon (DVD Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition Warner 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K15VSA
Amazon (DVD Final Cut Warner 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XURDAY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blade_runner/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1s6owc/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1shzsa/
Classic sci-fi starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young. The
Wikipedia article is extensive. (Amazon listings above are just a few of
the many DVD editions that have been issued, plus there's Blu-Ray and VHS).
The Bling Ring (2013 - 90min) Sofia Coppola
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DYVUBYM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_bling_ring_2013/
Based on the true story of some youngsters who burglarize the homes of
celebrities in Hollywood. DVD includes a feature about the actual events and
a brief interview with Paris Hilton.
Blood for Dracula (AKA Andy Warhol's Dracula) (1974 - 106min) Paul Morrissey
DVDTalk Review - Ian Jane 11/15/05: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/18746/blood-for-dracula/
DVDTalk Review - Glenn Erickson 10/19/05: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/18290/blood-for-dracula/
Amazon (DVD 10/20/05 Image) (Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A59Q46
Amazon (DVD 12/15/98 Criterion) (Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559408944
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blood-for-dracula/
Joe Dallesandros' Official Site: www.joedallesandro.com
Starring Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier (as Count Dracula). See also Flesh
for Frankenstein, filmed immediately before this with the same crew and
also starring Joe Dallasandro and Udo Kier. Campy. Sexy. Different.
Beautifully shot. Great performances from Udo and from Arno Juerging, as
his servant. My favorite halloween movie and favorite Dracula movie.
The Criterion DVD, long out of print, includes a commentary track by
Paul Morrissey, Udo Kier, and critic Maurice Yakowar, recorded in 1996,
when Criterion first issued this on laserdisc (its actually three separate
tracks combined). After seeing the film many times over many years, I
greatly enjoyed listening to this commentary track and learned a lot from it.
I think the commentary is included on the later Image DVD release, which is
said to be a much better transfer. The film (including both of these DVD
releases) is rated X. And Not for everyone.
Blood In Blood Out (1993 - 180min/190min director's cut) Taylor Hackford
Amazon (DVD 06/13/00): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004RJ71
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blood_in_blood_out/
Epic film about Chicano gang life in East LA and the California prison
system. Largely set and shot in San Quentin. Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrejo,
Blood Simple (1984 - 99min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blood_simple/
Coen brothers debut. Could be described as comic noir. Very cool film.
Stars Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh.
Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld. Music by Carter Burwell. Highly
recommended, as are all films by the Coen brothers.
Blow Out (1981 - 108min) Brian De Palma
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004JPJHM4
Amazon (BluRay 04/26/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004JPJHL0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blow_out/
Starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen.
Blow-Up (1966 - 111min) Michaelangelo Antonioni
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blow_up_1966/
Starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles.
Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013 - 179min) Abdellatif Kechiche
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blue_is_the_warmest_color/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1rmy8z/
Article at Entertainment Weekly: insidemovies.ew.com/2013/06/08/Is-blue-is-the-warmest-color-art-or-porn/
Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchapoulos. Won Palme d'Or at 2013 Cannes Film
Festival. Based on 2010 graphic novel Blue Angel by Julie Maroh.
Controversial for lengthy explicit lesbian sex scenes. The Criterion DVD and
Bluray released 02/25/14 is just the movie. They will release a full
special treatment edition "at a later date." There is an extensive essay
on the film on Criterion.com. Partway into it I started to notice all
the blue colors in the background.
Blue Jasmine (2013 - 98min) Woody Allen
Amazon (DVD 01/21/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00G7QPXUI/
Amazon (Bluray 01/21/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00G7QPYX4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blue_jasmine/
Starring Cate Blanchett. Has been compared to A Streetcar Named Desire.
Blue Valentine (2010 - 114min) Derek Cianfrance
Official Site: www.bluevalentinemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blue_valentine/
Starring Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling.
Blue Velvet (1986 - 120min) David Lynch
Lynchnet: The David Lynch Resource (Fan Site): www.lynchnet.com/bv/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000063JDE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blue_velvet/
Reddit Discussion 07/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/29oryf/
Starring Kyle Maclachlan, Isabella Rossallini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern,
Dean Stockwell. Wild, intense, crazy. Or let's make that WILD! INTENSE!
CRAZY! Perhaps one of Lynch's best.
The Blues Brothers (1980 - 133min) John Landis
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blues_brothers/
Musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. My favorite scene is
the zoom-in on John Lee Hooker's tapping foot when he's playing guitar on
the streets of Chicago. Also James Brown as a preacher in the church gospel
music scene. Very fun with lots of cool blues/R&B music.
Body Double (1984 - 114min) Brian De Palma
Amazon (Widescren Special Edition 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H5TH1Q
Amazon (Fullscreen 1998): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767818040
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/body_double/
Starring Melanie Griffith, Craig Wasson.
Bongwater (1997 - 98min) Richard Sears
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bongwater/
Stoner comedy starring Luke Wilson, Alica Witt, Andy Dick, Jack Black,
Britany Murphy, Amy Locane. Not the greatest movie, but definitely watchable,
and an excellent cast.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967 - 111min) Arthur Penn
Amazon (DVD 03/25/08 2-disc Special Edition Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010YVCI4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bonnie_and_clyde/
Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman,
Estelle Parsons. A classic film, controversial in its day for graphic
violence never before seen in the movies.
Boogie Nights (1997 - 155min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/16z4l7/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boogie_nights/
Anderson's second film (following Hard Eight), loosely based
on the story of porn legend John Holmes.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly,
Heather Graham, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy,
Luis Guzman. Highly recommended, as are all films by PT Anderson.
Boogie Woogie (2009 - 94min) Duncan Ward
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boogie_woogie/
The Book of Eli (2010 - 117min) Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_book_of_eli/
Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman star in this post-apocalyptic action film
from the Hughes brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents).
Also Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals, Tom Waits, Malcolm McDowell.
The Book of Life (1998 - 63min) Hal Hartley
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNV9WDG
Amazon (DVD 11/07/00 Fox Lorber OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004Y7D4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/book_of_life/
Martin Donavan as Jesus, PJ Harvey as Mary Magdalene, Thomas Jay Ryan as
Borat (2006 - 84min) Larry Charles
Subtitled: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/borat/
Sacha Baron Cohen! Awesome! You can find DVDs super cheap.
Border Radio (1987 - 87min) Allison Anders
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/border_radio/
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/25854/border-radio-criterion-collection/
The Boss of it All (2006 - 99min) Lars von Trier
Amazon (DVD 09/18/07 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R7HY3C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1174004-boss_of_it_all/
Ninth film from Lars von Trier. This is his only comedy and the only film he
does not group into a trilogy.
Bottle Rocket (1996 - 92min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 12/22/98 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767821408
Amazon (DVD 11/25/08 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EOQCIK
Amazon (BluRay 12/16/08 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EOQCL2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bottle_rocket/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/ibottle-rocketi-36795
First film from Wes Anderson (followed by Rushmore). Also acting
debut for brothers Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson. Owen and Wes wrote the
script. Very fun. I saw this, and most of Wes Anderson's films in the past
and never got into them, although so many people I know love his stuff.
In 2013, I found a copy of this one in a pawn shop for $1 and rewatched it.
I enjoyed it a lot and later rewatched all of his other films and enjoyed
them all. I find that as I watch more films, I am less judgemental.
Bottle Shock (2008 - 110min) Randall Miller
Official Site: www.bottleshockthemovie.com
Review at Booze Movies: www.boozemovies.com/2009/05/review-bottle-shock-2008.html
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bottle_shock/
Comedy-drama about a 1976 wine contest in Paris in which a California wine
won. See also Sideways.
Bound (1996 - 108min) Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bound/
Noir thriller starring Gena Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano.
Excellent first film from the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix).
The Box (2009 - 115min) Richard Kelly
Amazon (DVD 02/23/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XWY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009151-box/
Richard Kelly's third film, following Donnie Darko and
Southland Tales. Psychological thriller/sci-fi.
Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella.
Box of Moonlight (1996 - 111min) Tom DiCillo
Amazon (DVD 08/25/98 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1573624055/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/box_of_moonlight/
John Turturro, Sam Rockwell.
Boxcar Bertha (1972 - 88min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 03/19/02 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UM2Y/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boxcar_bertha/
Scorsese's second film (after Who's That Knocking at My Door and
before Mean Streets), and his first Hollywood production. Starring
Barbara Hershey and David Carradine. Produced on a low budget by Roger Corman,
who promoted it as one of his exploitation films. There is a lot of naked
young Barbara and a lot of violence, but of course it all has the class of
a Scorsese film.
The Boxer (1997 - 113min) Jim Sheridan
Amazon (DVD 1998 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0783227329/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1081497-boxer/
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson. Set in the midst of the Irish
The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006 - 92min) Paul Sapiano
Official Site: www.boysandgirlsguide.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R348QC/
Might be a bit crass for many people, but I found this to be hilarious.
Boyz N the Hood (1991 - 112min) John Singleton
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767811070/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boyz_n_the_hood/
Crime drama set in South Central LA. Highly rated.
Brazil (1985 - 142min) Terry Gilliam
Dreams Fansite: www.smart.co.uk/dreams/brazfact.htm
Amazon: (DVD Universal - 1998) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0783225903
Amazon: (DVD Criterion 1-disc - 2006) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G8NXZA
Amazon: (DVD Criterion 3-disc - 1999) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780022181
Amazon: (DVD Criterion 3-disc - 2006) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G8NXZK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1003033-brazil/
Classic masterpiece. Continues to be politically relevant in these
crazy times. Highly recommended. Original Universal DVD release in 1998 is
132-minute version. Criterion 1999 3-disc set includes director's cut
142-minute version, said to be a bit of a dirty transfer from laserdisc.
Criterion 2006 single disc is cleaned up version of disc 1, which is the
movie. Criterion 2006 3-disc set replaces 1999 release with cleaned up
version of disc 1. Disc 2 of Criterion sets includes a documentary on the
troubles of getting the film released.
The Breakfast Club (1985 - 93min) John Hughes
Amazon (Flashback Edition 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AEF6BI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/breakfast_club/
Classic 80's high school movie, takes place during a day of detention. Stars
Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emelio Estevez,
Anthony Michael Hall (of the 80's "brat pack"). Recommended.
Breaking the Waves (1996 - 158min) Lars von Trier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/breaking_the_waves/
Fourth film from Lars von Trier, and the first in his "Golden Hearts
trilogy", followed by The Idiots and Dancer in the Dark.
Stars Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge.
Brick (2005 - 110min) Rian Johnson
Amazon (DVD 08/08/06 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FVQM2Y/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brick/
Bright Star (2009 - 119min) Jane Campion
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WY65VA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bright_star/
Looks at the last three years in the life of the poet John Keats and his
romance with Fanny Brawne. Ben Whishaw as Keats, Abbie Cornish as Fanny
Brawne, Paul Schneider as Charles Armitage Brown.
Bringing Out the Dead (1999 - 123min) Martin Scorcese
Official Site: www.bringingoutthedead.com
Amazon (DVD 06/09/00 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/079216587X
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bringing_out_the_dead/
Scorsese's 17th feature film.
Starring Nicholas Cage as an EMT in NYC. Also stars John Goodman, Ving
Rhames, Tom Sizemore, and Patricia Arquette. Intense and captivating.
Brokeback Mountain (2005 - 134min) Ang Lee
Amazon (DVD 01/23/07 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JSI7AI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brokeback_mountain/
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012 - 111min) Felix van Groeningen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_broken_circle_breakdown/
Broken English (1996 - 92min) Gregor Nicholas
Amazon (VHS OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0800103882
Amazon (DVD PAL REG4 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000N19MR8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/broken_english_1996/
Intense romantic drama set in New Zealand, involving Croatian, Maori and
Chinese culture. DVD not released domestically? Import DVD out of print and
hard to find. See also Once Were Warriors.
Broken English (2007 - 96min) Zoe Cassavetes
Amazon (DVD 08/21/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OU082G
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/broken_english/
Romance directed by one of John Cassavetes daughters, starring Parker Posey
and Melvil Poupaud.
Broken Flowers (2005 - 106min) Jim Jarmusch
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BX8R10
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/broken_flowers/
9th film from Jim Jarmusch (after Coffee and Cigarettes and before
The Limits of Control). Starring Bill Murray, Sharon Stone,
Francis Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, Chloe Svigney,
Bronson (2008 - 92min) Nicolas Winding Refn
Official Site: www.bronsonthemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bronson/
The Brown Bunny (2004 - 93min) Vincent Gallo
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brown_bunny/
Starring Vincent Gallo (who also produced, wrote, directed and edited) and
Chloe Sevigney. A bit controversial due to unsimulated sex scene at the end.
And for the "war of words" between Ebert and Gallo. Both subjects detailed
in the Wikipedia article.
Bruno (2009 - 81min) Larry Charles
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bruno/
Sacha Baron Cohen! Incredbile. Over the top. I can't imagine this was
shown in theaters.
Buffalo '66 (1998 - 110min) Vincent Gallo
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/buffalo_66/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/embuffalo-66em-44304
Starring Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci, both perfectly cast for thier
odd characters. A friend of mine started to watch this and said "This looks
too independent for me." It is quite different. I think I watched it twice
within a day or two and enjoyed it both times.
Bullhead (2011 - 124min) Michael R. Roskam
Dutch title: Rundskop
Official Site: www.rundskop.be/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bullhead/
Belgian film in Limburgish, Dutch and French (with English subtitles).
Starring Matthias Schoenearts as a young cattle farmer who shoots himself
up with steriods. The director says it is neo-noir. Deals with the "hormone
mafia". Intense and violent.
Bulworth (1998 - 108min) Warren Beatty
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bulworth/
Starring Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.
The Burmese Harp (1956 - 116min - B&W) Kon Ichikawa
Japanese title: Biruma no Tategoto
Amazon (DVD Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M2E3FY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burmese_harp/
Japanese anti-war film set in Burma at the end of WWII. After the war ends,
a Japanese soldier leaves his unit, becomes a Buddhist monk, and stays
behind in Burma to bury dead Japanese soldiers.
Burn After Reading (2008 - 96min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burn_after_reading/
Cache (2005 - 118min) Michael Haneke
Amazon (DVD 06/27/06 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000F7E6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1153493-cache/
French-language thriller starring Daniel Auteiul and Juliette Binoche.
DVD includes 30-minute interview with writer/director Michael Haneke.
Won many awards including Best Director at Cannes.
Caddyshack (1980 - 98min) Harold Ramis
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/caddyshack/
First film from Harold Ramis.
Cult classic stupid funny - Bill Murray and Chevy Chase at their best.
Chevy is a golf pro, Murray is the groundskeeper (who battles gophers).
And we get Rodney Dangerfield (and his bulging eyeballs), throwing out
his trademark one-liner insults. There is a sequel, Caddyshack II,
(by a different director) which I don't think we need to see.
Calendar (1993 - 74min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BU99TW
Amazon (DVD 4-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCD1VQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/calendar/
Fifth film from Atom Egoyan (after The Adjuster, before
Exotica). Atom stars in this one, along with his wife, who is in many
of his films. Available in 4-disc DVD set, The Essential Egoyan,
with his first 3 films.
Calvary (2014 - 102min) John Michael McDonagh
Amazon (Bluray 12/09/14 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00N9KD460/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/calvary_2013/
Reddit Discussion 01/15: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2s1zb0/
Second film written and directed by Irish filmmaker John Michael McDonagh,
following The Guard. Stars Brendan Gleeson as a Catholic priest.
Excellent film, highly rated.
Cape Fear (1991 - 127min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 09/18/01 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005LC4B
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1037581-cape_fear/
Scorsese's 13th feature film. Remake of 1962 psychological thriller.
Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis.
Capote (2005 - 114min) Bennett Miller
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1151898-capote/
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, Catherine Keener as Harper Lee.
See also Infamous and In Cold Blood.
Car Wash (1976 - 97min) Michael Schultz
Amazon (DVD 05/06/03 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008CMRM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/car_wash/
Cult-classic comedy set in a car wash in LA. Originally conceived as a
musical, won award for Best Music at Cannes. The soundtrack (by Rose Royce)
is excellent, originally released as a double-LP, producing 3 Billboard R&B
top-ten singles: Car Wash, I Wanna Get Next To You and I'm Going Down.
The title track hit number one and was one of the biggest hits of the
disco era. I highly recommend the soundtrack, a very magical record with
a lot of variety, including some instrumentals. The movie is very fun and
features some interesting cameos, including George Carlin, Richard Pryor,
and the Pointer Sisters.
Carandiru (2003 - 147min) Hector Babenco
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/carandiru/
Based on true story of 1992 Brazilian prison massacre.
Casino (1995 - 178min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 01/17/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C20VPA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1067987-casino/
Scorsese's 15th feature film.
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Frank Vincent, Kevin
Cat People (1982 - 118min) Paul Schrader
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069HZO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1003758-cat_people/
Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard. This is a remake of
a 1942 film of the same name.
Cecil B. Demented (2000 - 87min) John Waters
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005O5B3/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cecil_b_demented/
Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff), "the ultimate auteur", and his band
of underground film revolutionaries kidnap famous actress Honey Whitlock
(Melanie Griffith) and force her to star in their indie film.
Mainly of interest to fans of Waters and/or independent cinema, who will
be able to appreciate the non-stop anti-Hollywood jokes and indy cinema
references. "Family is just a dirty word for censorship".
"No one can stop the popularity of Forrest Gump!"
Cell 211 (2009 - 113min) Daniel Monzon
Spanish Title: Celda 211
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cell-211/
Very intense Spanish film set in prison. A new guard gets trapped inside
during a riot on his first day. Luis Tosar as Malamadre, Alberto Ammann as
Certified Copy (2010 - 106min) Abbas Kiarostami
French Title: Copie Conforme
Amazon (DVD 05/22/12 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007A9EGG8/
Amazon (Bluray 05/22/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007A9EG8G/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/certified_copy/
Juliette Binoche, William Shimell.
Chameleon Street (1989 - 94min) Wendell B. Harris Jr.
Amazon (DVD 12/18/07 Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000W8OMAY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chameleon_street/
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978 - 120min) Fred Schepisi
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EAWMP6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1201493-chant_of_jimmie_blacksmith/
Classic Australian film.
Chappaqua (1966 - 82min) Conrad Rooks
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chappaqua/
Review - Mondo-Digital: www.mondo-digital.com/chappaqua.html
I found this to be pretty much unwatchable. Listing it here as it seems
to be thought of as a cult classic, and there may be some interesting and
influential elements to it. Cast includes Burroughs, Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar,
Ornette Coleman. As of 01/2010, this is out of print.
Chasing Amy (1997 - 113min) Kevin Smith
Official Site: www.viewaskew.com/chasingamy/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chasing_amy/
Children of Men (2006 - 109min) Alfonso Cuaron
Amazon (DVD 03/27/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000N6TX1I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/children_of_men/
Well-repected dystopian sci-fi, set in England in 2027. The human race has
become infertile, the last baby was born in 2009. Starring Clive Owen,
Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clare-Hope Ashity, Chiwetel Ejiofor,
Pam Ferris. Cuaron followed this 7 years later with Gravity.
Chinatown (1974 - 130min) Roman Polanski
Amazon (BluRay 04/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006VC3LES
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chinatown/
Classic film noir starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.
Set in LA in 1937, concerning the politics of water use. Considered one of
the greatest films ever made.
Chloe (2009 - 96min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 07/13/10 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037QGS0A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011774-chloe/
12th feature film from Atom Egoyan.
Erotic thriiler starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried.
The Chocolate War (1988 - 100min) Keith Gordon
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MTFDDS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chocolate_war/
Chop Shop (2007 - 84min) Ramin Bahrani
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chop_shop/
Chopper (2000 - 94min) Andrew Dominik
Amazon (DVD 11/13/01 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QBZA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chopper/
Australian cult film about legendary criminal and best-selling author
Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, played by comedian Eric Bana.
More on Chopper Read:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chopper_Read
Chungking Express (1994 - 102min) Wong Kar-Wai
Amazon (DVD 05/21/02 Rolling Thunder OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000065V38
Amazon (DVD 11/25/08 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EOQCK8
Amazon (BluRay 11/25/08 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004KVXC64
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chungking_express/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1bhda1/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2772sj/
This is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino and he re-issued it on his
short-lived Rolling Thunder Films label. I was a bit confused watching it as
I did not realize that it is actually 2 stories told consecutively. Halfway
through I was saying where is the girl with the wig? is that the same
policeman? are they coming back? No, the first story is over. But I did find
it very interesting visually. Lots of color and it also has a certain energy
which Tarantino explains is just the normal feel of Hong Kong. A very
highly regarded film.
Cinema Paradiso (1988 - 124/155/174min) Giuseppe Tornatore
Original Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Amazon (DVD 04/15/11 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SIP6E0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cinema_paradiso/
Cinema Verite (2011 - 90min) Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Amazon (DVD 04/24/12 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKZI2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cinema_verite_2011/
James Gandolfini, Diane Lane, Tim Robbins. A fictionalized account of the
making of the 1973 PBS reality TV show An American Family. See also
Albert Brooks' first film from 1979, Real Life, which covers the same
subject (in a much zanier way).
Citizen Kane (1941 - 119min - B&W) Orson Welles
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Turner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CX9E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/citizen_kane/
Widely considered one of the best films ever made.
Citizen Ruth (1996 - 102min) Alexander Payne
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007K028
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/citizen_ruth/
First film from Alexander Payne, followed by Election.
City of God (2002 - 130min) Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund
Portuguese Title: Cidade de Deus
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/city_of_god/
Very highly rated Brazilian crime drama adapted from novel of the same name,
which is based on real events and characters. Set in a favela on the
outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in the late 60's to early 80's.
City of Joy (1992 - 132min) Roland Joffe
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/city_of_joy/
Set in the slums of Calcutta. Starring Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins and
Om Puri. Based on a novel of the same name by Dominique Lapierre.
Claire Dolan (1998 - 95min) Lodge Kerrigan
Amazon (DVD 02/21/06 New Yorker OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BVM1UA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/claire-dolan/
Second film from Lodge Kerrigan (following Clean, Shaven, followed
by Keane). Starring Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colm Meaney.
DVD includes a very interesting and informative 9-minute audio
"introduction" by critic Kent Jones. He warns that this film is severe.
It is not a happy one.
Clean, Shaven (1994 - 79min) Lodge Kerrigan
Amazon (DVD 10/17/06 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H5U5RG
Amazon (DVD 01/04/00 Fox Lorber OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000034DDK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clean_shaven/
First film from Lodge Kerrigan (followed by Claire Dolan).
Clean and Sober (1988 - 124min) Glenn Gordon Caron
Amazon (DVD 06/01/04 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305162026/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clean_and_sober/
A cocaine addict (Michael Keaton) struggling with his addiction "hides" in
a drug rehab program. Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate
Clerks (1994 - 92min) Kevin Smith
Director's Website: www.viewaskew.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clerks/
First film from Kevin Smith. Cult classic, low-budget ($28,000), shot in
black and white. Sets up the "askewniverse", the collection of characters
and locations (in New Jersey) shared by 6 of Smith's first 7 films.
(Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma,
Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II).
Introduces Jay and Silent Bob, (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), the
long-haired pot dealers who hang out in front of a convenience store.
Clerks II (2006 - 97min) Kevin Smith
Director's Website: www.viewaskew.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clerks_2/
Clip (2012 - 101min) Maja Milos
Serbian Title: Klip
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13 Artsploitation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C8CQ5SO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clip/
Review - DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/61179/clip/
Wild look at a young girl in Serbia exploring her new-found sexuality. The
title refers to cellphone video clips. DVD includes an interesting 22-minute
interview with the director.
Clockers (1995 - 128min) Spike Lee
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clockers/
Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Mekhi Phifer.
Closer (2004 - 104min) Mike Nichols
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007OCG4W/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/closer/
Romantic drama based on a play by Patrick Marber.
Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen.
Cloud Atlas (2012 - 171min) Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8MGIZG/
Amazon (BluRay 05/14/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8MGLAI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cloud_atlas_2012/
The Coca Cola Kid (1985 - 98min) Dusan Makevajev
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-coca-cola-kid/
Made in Australia by a Yugoslavian director. Starring Eric Roberts,
Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr. Many colorful characters. Interesting story - the
Coca Cola company stamps out the little guy. Eric Roberts is a hot-shot
troubleshooter (and ex-Marine) sent to find out why Coke is not selling in
a particular area of Australia. Based on short stories by
Frank Moorhouse, who wrote the screenplay. Very cool music by Tim Finn
(Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers).
Loaded with all kinds of treasure from start to finish. Lots of "Australian
flavor." I was astounded to see the low ratings at Rotten Tomatoes
(at least Ebert likes it). The reviews are much better at Amazon. This is
a very special and unique film by a master filmmaker (and by far his most
accessible film), a top favorite of mine.
I have watched this many times over many years, always a magical experience.
Highly recommended. Check it out - and for extra fun, have some Coca-Cola
on hand to drink while watching.
Code 46 (2003 - 92min) Michael Winterbottom
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/code_46/
Dystopian sci-fi love story set in Shanghai, starring Tim Robbins and
Samatha Morton. Explores moral issues of genetic engineering.
Code Unknown (2000 - 113min) Michael Haneke
Complete title: Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys
French title: Code inconnu: Recit incomplet de divers voyages
Amazon (DVD 08/06/02 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000068MAL/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/code_unknown/
Fourth film from Michael Haneke. Unusual and interesting as always.
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003 - 95min) Jim Jarmusch
Official Site: www.coffeeandcigarettesmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/coffee_and_cigarettes/
A series of eleven vignettes, shot in black and white, in which different
pairs of people sit at tables, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes,
usually having kind of difficult interactions. Very fun, have watched
several times. Probably not for everyone, but I find it totally cool and
quite humorous. One of my favorite Jarmusch films. Tom Waits and Iggy Pop
have a cool segment. The Wikipedia article linked above details each segment.
Cold Weather (2010 - 96min) Aaron Katz
Official Site: coldweatherthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0051CSIK6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cold_weather/
Third film from "mumblecore" director Aaron Katz following
Dance Party USA and Quiet City.
The Color of Money (1986 - 119min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000035Z5G/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/color_of_money/
Tenth feature film from Martin Scorsese.
Starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Based on 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, which is a sequel to
his 1959 novel The Hustler, made into a film in 1961. Newman plays the same
character in both films, 20 years apart. Also stars Helen Shaver, John
Turturro. It was fun to see Iggy Pop in a brief appearance as a
pool player. Forest Whitaker also has a part as a pool hustler. Many top
pro pool players were included in the cast as well.
Colors (1988 - 120min) Dennis Hopper
Amazon (DVD 10/02/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005N89M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1004485-colors/
Sean Penn and Robert Duvall star as LAPD cops dealing with gang violence.
A well-respected film, one of the first to look seriously at LA gang
culture, controversial in its day for the realistic violence.
Combat Girls (2011 - 103min) David Wnendt
German title: Kriegerin
Amazon (DVD 07/09/13 Artsploitation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CKWQO1U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kriegerin/
German drama features two young girls who become involved in the Neo-Nazi
movement. This is the 7th film chosen for domestic release by Artsploitation
Come and See (1985 - 146min) Elem Klimov
Russian title: Idi i smotri
Amazon (DVD 09/02/03 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000BWVCR
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1036052-come_and_see/
Very highly regarded Soviet anti-war movie, set in the Nazi occupation of
Belarus in WW2.
The Comedians (1967 - 152min) Peter Glenville
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/comedians/
Richard Burton, Alec Guiness, Peter Ustinov, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Ford,
Lilian Gish, James Earl Jones. May be of interest for the all-star cast or
for the interesting look at Haiti under the dictatorship of "Papa Doc"
Duvalier. Based on novel of the same name by Grahmam Greene, who also did
The Comedy (2012 - 94min) Rick Alverson
Amazon (DVD 03/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009O07NJS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_comedy/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1kdpfb/
Starring Tim Heidecker. This is probably the most serious and challenging
film to come out of the "mumblecore" movement. Definitely not one for
"general audiences". Here is a quote from the Wikipedia page: "Despite the
title and use of comedians as actors, Sundance festival chief programmer
Trevor Groth says that the film is not a comedy, but instead "a provocation,
a critique of a culture based at its core around irony and sarcasm and about
ultimately how hollow that is."
Coming Apart (1969 - 110min - Black and White) Milton Moses Ginsberg
Amazon (DVD 04/04/00 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305769443/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/coming_apart/
Rip Torn is a psychiatrist who secretly films his encounters with various
women using a hidden camera and microphone. Interesting obscure experimental
film. Also stars Sally Kirkland.
Coming Home (1978 - 126min) Hal Ashby
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1004559-coming_home/
Starring Bruce Dern, Jon Voight, Jane Fonda. Vietnam era film deals with
wounded vets (Voight is a paraplegic).
Compliance (2012 - 90min) Craig Zobel
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/compliance_2012/
Psychological thriller based on an actual event, starring Ann Dowd,
Dreama Walker, Pat Healy. Amazing.
Computer Chess (2013 - 92min) Andrew Bujalski
Official Site: www.computerchessmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO2I6PQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/computer_chess_2013/
Review at Village Voice: www.villagevoice.com/2013-07-17/film/computer-chess/
Review at Variety: variety.com/film/reviews/computer-chess-1117949092/
Interview at NY Times: movies.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/movies/andrew-bujalski-talks-about-the-look-of-his-computer-chess.html
Interview at Wired: www.wired.com/underwire/2013/01/computer-chess-movie/
Interview at Film.com: www.film.com/movies/andrew-bujalski-interview-computer-chess
Blog Post by Cinematographer: www.matthias-grunksy.com/blog/files/e466522305f27ceccfa064eac8c26e97-9.html
4th film from "godfather of mumblecore" Andrew Bujalski. He has called it
an "existensial comedy". I was very excited about this film ever since I
heard about it a year or so before the DVD came out. I thought the premise
itself was awesome - a look at a weekend software programming tournament
set circa 1980 with a bunch of computer nerds competing against each other
in chess matches on ancient computers, and shot on Sony AVC 3260 black and
white video cameras made in the 70's.
I figured just that would be amazing, but I was not expecting this to be
as mindblowing as I found it. And as hilarious as this film is, it also
provides material for some deep thought, as this is a portrayal of pioneers
on the front lines of exploring artificial intelligence. And yes, such
tournaments actually existed in the 1970's and 1980's. This is one of the
most unique, interesting, and fun films I have ever seen. Will have special
interest for anyone who likes chess or old computers, but certainly a great
treat for anyone who loves movies. Most highly recommended. And check out
the official site for some interesting links (in the "nerd corner").
Conan the Barbarian (1982 - 129min) John Milius
Amazon (DVD 05/30/00): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0783241895
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/conan_the_barbarian/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/235z80/
Written by John Milius and Oliver Stone. A "sword and sorcery adventure
film" based on 1930's pulp fiction stories by Robert E. Howard.
Very captivating, big production, elaborately made film.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan), James Earl Jones (Thulsa Doom),
Sandahl Bergman (Valeria), Cassandra Gava (the witch), Mako Iwamatsu
(the wizard, narrator). Arnold had been in a few lesser-known films before,
but this was the perfect vehicle to launch his superstar acting career.
Followed by a not-nearly-as-good sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in
1984, and a really bad remake in 2011. And Arnold is set to reprise his role
in The Legend of Conan, a sequel to be released in 2015.
I have always liked this film, have seen 4 or 5 times.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002 - 114min) George Clooney
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SIP6VI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/confessions_of_a_dangerous_mind/
Based on the autobiography (true or not) of Chuck Barris, host and creator
of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Show and the Gong Show, who also claimed
to be an assassin for the CIA. Starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore,
Julia Roberts, George Clooney. Fun and interesting.
Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008 - 80min) Duncan Christie
Amazon (DVD 05/18/10 Phase 4): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WZ5H68
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/confessions_of_a_porn_addict/
Hilarious mockumentary about porn addiction.
The Conformist (1970 - 111min) Bernardo Bertolucci
Italian title: Il conformista
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/conformist/
Control (2007 - 122min) Anton Corbijn
Amazon (DVD 06/03/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00104AYGU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/control/
First feature film from Anton Corbijn (followed by The American
in 2010). Tells the story of Ian Curtis, the late lead singer of the
legendary British band Joy Division.
The Conversation (1974 - 113min) Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/conversation/
DVD Verdict:: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/conversation.php
Classic psychological thriller, starring Gene Hackman as a surveillance
expert. DVD includes exceptionally good commentary track by Coppola and
an additional commentary track by editor/sound designer Walter Murch.
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989 - 124min) Peter Greenaway
Amazon (DVD PAL Region2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000UM0NU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_cook_the_thief_his_wife_and_her_lover/
Review by Roger Ebert: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-cook-the-thief-his-wife-and-her-lover-1999
Ebert interviews Helen Mirren: www.rogerebert.com/interviews/interview-with-helen-mirren
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1pu62b/
This is a wild one. The first Peter Greenaway film I watched (06/13). Will
be looking into the rest of his work.
The Cooler (2003 - 101min) Wayne Kramer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cooler/
Modern Vegas noir starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin.
Cosmopolis (2012 - 109min) David Cronenberg
Official Site: www.cosmopolisthefilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/01/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009T3AE1Y
Amazon (BluRay 01/01/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009T3AHDE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cosmopolis/
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2012/08/27/now-playing-cosmopolis/
A Cosmopolis Fan Blog: www.cosmopolis-film.com/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ebwqp/
Starring Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire. Most of the film takes
place in his stretch limo in New York City. Very interesting and unusual
film, as expected from Cronenberg. Very brainy, lots of dialog. Based on the
novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. Cronenberg wrote the screenplay. If
you like the film, there is an especially good commentary track by Cronenberg
on the DVD. The DVD also has a 110-minute making-of featurette.
Highly recommended, enjoyed this alot, and look forward to multiple
The Counselor (2013 - 117min) Ridley Scott
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HF98SPS/
Amazon (Bluray 02/11/14 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HF98SY4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_counselor_2013/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1p8p1y/
Cormac McCarthy wrote this as a screenplay (rather than adapting it from a
novel). Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier
Bardem. Has mixed (mainly bad) reviews. I was excited to hear about this and
went to see it in the theatre. Not bad, but not great. And for some, it will
be worth watching just for the scene with Cameron on the windshield.
Countryman (1982 - 102min) Dickie Jobson
Amazon (DVD 10/19/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00049QQWS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/countryman/
Cult classic Jamaican film with Bob Marley soundtrack.
Cracks (2009 - 104min) Jordan Scott
Amazon (DVD 07/19/11 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004XYABMQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cracks/
Eva Green, Juno Temple, Maria Valverde, Imogen Poots, Sinead Cusack.
First film from daughter of Ridley Scott.
Crash (1996 - 100min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305161968
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1076271-crash/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1czudz/
Based on novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. Several characters are
obsessed with eroticising car crashes. A daring and controversial film,
not for everyone, highly regarded by most Cronenberg fans.
Crash (2005 - 112min) Paul Haggis
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1144992-crash/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1zozat/
Won 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011 - 118min) Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Amazon (DVD 11/01/11 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5H574
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 11/01/11 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5H57E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771203531/
Creator (1985 - 107min) Ivan Passer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/creator/
Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, David Ogden Stiers,
Virginia Madsen. Seems to be well-liked. I didn't get much out of it. Might
try it again someday.
Crimes of Passion (1984 - 107min / 113min unrated) Ken Russell
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crimes_of_passion/
Kathleen Turner, Anthony Hopkins, John Laughlin, Annie Potts.
The Crossing Guard (1995 - 111min) Sean Penn
Amazon (DVD 5/10/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SUDPZA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crossing_guard/
Sean Penn's second film as a director.
Starring Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, David Morse, Anjelica Huston.
Crossroads (1986 - 99min) Walter Hill
Amazon (DVD 9/10/04 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002A2WDQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1004995-crossroads/
A modern-day story based on the legend of bluesman Robert Johnson, who
supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for mastery of the guitar.
Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz. Steve Vai as the devil's
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000 - 120min) Ang Lee
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crouching_tiger_hidden_dragon/
Cruising (1980 - 102min) William Friedkin
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cruising/
Article by Drew Fitzpatrick: www.fringeunderground.com/cruising.html
Crime drama starring Al Pacino as an undercover detective. Set in
the gay leather S&M bar subculture of New York City in the early 70's,
when this scene was quite underground and little-known. The film was
not well-received by the gay community and stirred up a lot of controversy
in its day. Very interesting film.
VHS was out of print for a long time until first DVD release in 2007.
The Crying Game (1992 - 112min) Neil Jordan
Amazon (DVD 01/25/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006FO9BK
Amazon (DVD 07/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9WSU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crying_game/
Unique and highly recommended. (note 100% rating at rottentomatoes)
Crystal Fairy (2013 - 99min) Sebastian Silva
AKA: Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus, AKA: Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus & 2012
Amazon (DVD 11/19/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EMAGJOU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crystal_fairy/
Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann as Americans who meet in Chile. Cera's
character is there to experience the psychedelic San Pedro cactus. Director
Sebastian Silva says the film is about the birth of compassion in a person.
Has been called "Chilean mumblecore". Great film. Recommended.
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004 - 89min) Kevin Willmott
Amazon (DVD 08/08/06 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FZEU0Q/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/csa_confederate_states_of_america/
Satirical mockumentary presented as a British TV documentary about American
history, as if the south had won the civil war and slavery had never been
abolished. Very well done, especially considering the low budget. The
director says it is actually a metaphor for the actual state of the country.
Insightful and humorous.
Cyrus (2010 - 92min) Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037QGRV0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cyrus/
Comedy starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener.
Daddy Longlegs (2009 - 100min) Josh Safdie, Bennie Safdie
Original Title: Go Get Some Rosemary
Official Site: www.daddylonglegsmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/13/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ION4VK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10012114-daddy_longlegs/
Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - 116min) Jean-Marc Vallee
Amazon (DVD 02/04/14 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GUO2SKA/
Amazon (Bluray 02/04/14 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GUO3C3W/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dallas_buyers_club_2013/
Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner.
The Dance of Reality (2013 - 130min) Alejandro Jodorowsky
Official Site: danceofrealitymovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dance_of_reality/
Jodorwsky's first film in 23 years, an autobiography. Set for US release
Dance Party USA (2006 - 67min) Aaron Katz
Amazon (DVD 01/29/08 2-disc with Quiet City): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XSKDLK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dance_party_usa/
First film from Aaron Katz, establishing him as one of the founders of the
"mumblecore" movement. Filmed on a budget of $3,500. Followed by
Quiet City and Cold Weather.
Dancer in the Dark (2000 - 140min) Lars von Trier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dancer_in_the_dark/
Sixth film from Lars von Trier and the third in his "Golden Hearts trilogy".
Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare,
Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joel Gray. (have not brought myself to watch this yet)
Dances with Wolves (1990 - 175min) Kevin Costner
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dances_with_wolves/
The Darjeeling Limited (2007 - 91min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 10/12/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBIRO/
Amazon (Bluray 10/12/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBIS4/
Amazon (DVD 02/26/08 Fox Searchlight): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010X8NF0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/darjeeling_limited/
5th film from Wes Anderson.
Dark City (1998 - 112min) Alex Proyas
Amazon (DVD 07/29/08 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018O4YT0/
Amazon (BluRay 07/29/08 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018O4YSQ/
Amazon (DVD 07/29/98 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780622553/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dark_city/
Well-regarded sci-fi starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer
Connelly, William Hurt.
Dark Horse (2011 - 86min) Todd Solondz
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008ZQ4W64
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008ZQ4WSU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dark_horse_2011/
Sixth film from Todd Solondz.
Das Boot (1982 - Original Theatrical 149min / Director's Cut 209min / Original Uncut 293min) Wolfgang Peterson
Official Site: www.dasboot.net
Amazon (Sony 2004 1-disc DVD Original Uncut 293min) : www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001XAOLQ/
Amazon (Sony 1997 DVD Director's Cut 209min) : www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767802470/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/das_boot/
Title is German for "The Boat". Very intense classic film takes place
entirely in a tiny submarine, a German WW2 "U-Boat". Very highly rated film.
Days of Heaven (1978 - 94min) Terrence Malick
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TXNDV6/
Amazon (Bluray 03/23/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003152YXC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/days_of_heaven/
Second film from Terrence Malick, follwing Badlands, followed by
The Thin Red Line. Romantic drama starring Richard Gere, Brooke
Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962 - 117min) Blake Edwards
Amazon (DVD 11/09/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045HCJ08
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1005381-days_of_wine_and_roses/
Depicts a couple's downward spiral into alcoholism. Starring Jack Lemmon and
The Daytrippers (1997 - 87min) Greg Mottola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/daytrippers/
Starring Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber.
Dazed and Confused (1993 - 103min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (2004 DVD Universal Widescreen): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00029RTAI
Amazon (2004 DVD Universal Fullscreen): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00029RTB2
Amazon (2006 DVD Criterion 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F6IHSG
Amazon (2006 Combo HD DVD/DVD Universal Widescreen): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GFLEHM
Amazon (10/25/11 Bluray Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005D0RDVG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dazed_and_confused/
The last day of high school, small town, Texas, 1976. Cast includes
Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Wiley
The Dead Girl (2006 - 94min) Karen Moncrieff
Amazon (DVD 05/15/07 Millenium): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MTFFO0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dead_girl/
Dead Man (1996 - 121min) Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dead_man/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1wap40/
6th film from Jim Jarmusch. Starring Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Iggy Pop,
Billy Bob Thornton, Crispin Glover, Robert Mitchum (in his last performance).
Jarmusch calls it an "acid western". Have seen a couple of times, will
certainly check it again someday. Shot in black and white.
Soundtrack by Neil Young.
There's a 96-page book about the film by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum:
Dead Poets Society (1989 - 128min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD 11/10/98 Touchstone): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305144168
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dead_poets_society/
Robin Williams as a teacher who inspires students through the study of
poetry. Set in 1959 at the Welton Academy in Vermont.
Dead Presidents (1995 - 119min) Albert Hughes, Allen Huges
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dead_presidents/
Dead Ringers (1988 - 115min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD 06/07/05 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009298N4/
Amazon (DVD 10/14/98 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559408871/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dead_ringers/
Psychological thriller starring Jeremy Irons in dual roles as identical twin
gynecologists. Also stars Genevieve Bujold.
Dear Wendy (2005 - 105min) Thomas Vinterberg
Amazon (DVD 03/21/06 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BQ5J2C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dear_wendy/
Written by Lars von Trier.
Death Proof (2007 - 114min) Quentin Tarantino
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R7HY0K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/death_proof/
Tarantino's 6th film, after Kill Bill Volume II.
The Deer Hunter (1978 - 182min) Michael Cimino
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006TTC5HC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/deer_hunter/
Classic. Starring Robert De Niro as a Vietnam war vet.
Delirious (2006 - 107min) Tom Dicillo
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013D8L7W
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1007902-delirious/
Comedy, looks at the fame industry. Steve Buscemi is a small-time paparazzi.
Deliverance (1972 - 110min) John Boorman
Amazon (DVD 09/18/07 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RTB0R6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/deliverance/
Classic thriller starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty.
Based on 1970 novel of the same name by James Dickey.
Demonlover (2002 - 116min) Olivier Assayas
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/demonlover/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/emdemonlover66em-45230
Interesting technological thriller with themes of corporate espionage and
internet pornography. Starring Connie Nielsen, Chloe Sevigney, Gina Gershon,
and Charles Berling. Soundtrack by Sonic Youth. R-Rated version is about
116min, there is also an unrated version a couple of minutes longer and
there may be another version about ten minutes longer.
The Departed (2006 - 151min) Martin Scosese
Amazon (DVD 02/13/07 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M34IQE/
Amazon (Bluray 02/13/07 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M5AJQI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/departed/
20th feature film from Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon,
Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Mark Winstone, Vera Farmiga,
The Descendants (2011 - 115min) Alexander Payne
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UXUX4Q
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_descendants_2011/
Fifth film from Alexander Payne. George Clooney.
Detachment (2011 - 100min) Tony Kaye
Amazon (DVD 09/18/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0086900TI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/detachment/
Adrian Brody is a substitute high school teacher. A lot happens in one month.
Kaye also made American History X and the documentary
Lake of Fire, and has also directed a lot of music videos.
The Devils (1971 - 117min) Ken Russell
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/devils/
Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave.
The Dictator (2012 - 83min) Larry Charles
Official Site: www.republicofwadiya.com
Amazon (DVD 08/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAIHGI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dictator_2012/
Sacha Baron Cohen has retired his previous personalities (Ali G, Borat,
Bruno), and his usual semi-documentary style, and this is his first film
since then. I had high hopes for this when I first heard of it, but by the
time the DVD came out I wasn't expecting much. I watched it and tried to
enjoy it, but I'm not going to recommend it. If you like light
comedy (of the stupid and tasteless variety), or are a fan of Sacha Baron
Cohen (or Ben Kingsley), you might like it.
Dirty Pictures (2000 - 104min) Frank Pierson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dirty_pictures/
Covers the controversy surrounding the court case against the director of
the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center for showing Robert Mapplethorpe
photos in 1990. James Woods plays museum director Dennis Barrie.
(not to be confused with 2010 documentary of the same name about
Dirty Pretty Things (2002 - 97min) Stephan Frears
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00018D3LE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dirty_pretty_things/
Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Disconnect (2012 - 115min) Henry Alex Rubin
Official Site: www.disconnectthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DUX290S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/disconnect_2013/
Django Unchained (2012 - 165min) Quentin Tarantino
Official Site: unchainedmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/16/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LLIAJY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/django_unchained_2012/
Released in theaters on Christmas Day, 2012. A major production, nominated
for and/or won many awards (detailed in the Wikipedia article). This is
Tarantino's 8th film. Controversial for violence and for the racial aspects
(relating to slavery in the US). Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave turned
bounty hunter. Also stars Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. I went to see
this in the theater 01/28/13. As expected, it was quite an experience.
Do the Right Thing (1989 - 120min) Spike Lee
Amazon (DVD 02/20/01 Criterion 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004XQMV
Amazon (DVD 09/07/10 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0783227949
Amazon (DVD 06/30/09 Universal 2-disc 20th Anniversary Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0024EWP6W
Amazon (BluRay 06/30/09 Universal 20th Anniversary Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0024EWP9O
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1r1ec1/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/18hlww/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/do_the_right_thing/
My favorite Spike Lee film. Excellent cast, including Spike and his sister,
Joie, Ossie Davis, Danny Aeillo, John Turturo, Rosie Perez. Takes place on
a hot summer day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC. A very intense look at urban
racial tension. A masterpiece. Highly recommended.
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012 - 76min) Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008K2T4WA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_do_deca_pentathlon/
A fun comedy from mumblecore favorites, the Duplass brothers. Filmed in 2008,
shelved until 2012. Two very competitive and estranged brothers cannot
restrain themselves from a rematch to their failed many-years-earlier
attempt to compete in 25 athletic events to determine who is "the better
Dog Day Afternoon (1975 - 124min) Sidney Lumet
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06 2-disc Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CNESTE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dog_day_afternoon/
Classic starring Al Pacino. Based on a true story. A bank robbery goes
wrong. Excellent film.
Dog Days (2001 - 121min) Ulrich Seidl
Amazon (DVD 04/13/04 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001KL58U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dog_days/
Dog Pound (2010 - 91min) Kim Chapiron
Amazon (DVD 08/13/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C9PQ6PW
Amazon (Bluray 08/13/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UYUQWU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dog_pound_2010/
Intense drama set in a juvenile correctional facility. Said to be a remake
of the 1979 British film Scum.
Dogma (1999 - 130min) Kevin Smith
Director's Website: www.viewaskew.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dogma/
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason
Mewes, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Bud Cort, George Carlin, Janeane Garafalo,
Dogtooth (2009 - 96min) Yorgos Lanthimos
Greek title: Kynodontas
Official Site: www.dogtooth.gr
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dogtooth/
(have not yet watched)
Dogville (2003 - 178min) Lars von Trier
Official Site: www.iconmovies.co.uk/dogville
Amazon (08/24/04 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002DB52M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dogville/
Seventh film from Lars von Trier and the first in his "American trilogy",
followed by Manderlay and the as yet unmade Washington.
Starring Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Patricia Clarkson,
Ben Gazzara, Stelan Skarsgard, Chloe Sevigny, James Caan, Philip Baker Hall,
Harriet Andersson, Jeremy Davis, Udo Kier, Blair Brown.
Don Jon (2013 - 91min) Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Amazon (DVD/Bluray 12/31/13 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FRILRYS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/don_jons_addiction_2013/
Directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Scarlett Johansen, Julianne Moore. An interesting look at porn addiction.
Donnie Darko (2001 - 113min) Richard Kelly
Amazon (DVD 02/04/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005V3Z4
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AC8LR
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006GAOBI/
Amazon (Bluray 07/27/11 3-disc 10th Anniversay Edition 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004ZBFRTY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/donnie_darko/
Rotten Tomatoes (Director's Cut): www.rottentomatoes.com/m/donnie_darko_the_directors_cut/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ozg70/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/the-new-cult-canon-idonnie-darkoi-2179
Surrealist cult-classic psychological sci-fi drama.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick
Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnel. And Seth Rogen in his first film role
at age 19. There is a director's cut, which perhaps has some key explanatory
elements not present in the theatrical cut. Some prefer that version,
some not. There is also a sequel, S. Darko, by a different director, not
so well-regarded. This is Kelly's first film, followed by Southland
Tales and The Box.
Don't Look Now (1973 - 110min) Nicolas Roeg
Amazon (DVD 09/03/02 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069I0A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dont_look_now/
Classic and influential British horror thriller starring Julie Christie and
Donald Sutherland. Fourth film from Nicolas Roeg. Controversial in its day
for the sex scene. Set in Venice. The Wikipedia article is very thorough.
Dot (1982 - 23min) Dan Carbone
Director's website: www.dancarbone.net
I'm not normally listing short films here, but this one is very special. Saw
this a few times on the cable TV show Night Flight back in the 80's and used
to have a copy that I had captured from TV onto VHS, which I later lost.
The director has recently (OCT 2010) uploaded this to the web at Vimeo
(see above link) and says that he might put it out on DVD someday.
Go check this out! (and we'll share some food with you...)
Down by Law (1986 - 107min, B&W) Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/down_by_law/
Starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni (his first role, I think).
Ellen Barkin has a small part. One of my favorite Jarmusch films, his second
feature, following Stranger Than Paradise. Criterion DVD edition is
Down to the Bone (2004 - 101min) Debra Granik
Official Site: www.downtothebonefilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/31/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I0QL7I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/down-to-the-bone/
First film from Debra Granick, followed in 2010 by Winter's Bone.
Downfall (2004 - 156min) Oliver Hirschbiegel
German Title: Der Untergang
Official Site: www.downfallthefilm.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/downfall/
Bruno Ganz plays Hitler in his last days.
Dr. Strangelove (1964 - 94min - B&W) Stanley Kubrick
Subtitled: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
James Berardinelli Review: movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/d/dr_strangelove.html
Page from Kubrick Multimedia Film Guide: www.indelibleinc.com/kubrick/films/strangelove/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dr_strangelove/
Peter Sellers plays three parts in this classic black comedy. One of the
funniest films ever made. Also starring George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden,
Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn. Highly recommended, of course.
The Dreamers (2003 - 115min) Bernardo Bertolucci
Amazon (DVD Unrated NC-17): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00023P4I8
Amazon (DVD R-Rated): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00023P4HY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dreamers/
Romantic drama set against a backdrop of the 1968 Paris student riots.
Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Michael Pitt.
Dreams (1990 - 119min) Akira Kurosawa
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dreams_1990/
One of Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa's last films.
A sequence of eight short segments (actually separate films) based on actual
dreams that Kurosawa had at different times in his life. Very magical, in
fact sometimes described as an example of "magical realism". The dreams are
quite different, some are a bit disturbing and you will like some more than
others. My favorites are the first two and the last one. The Wikipedia
article describes each segment.
Drinking Buddies (2013 - 90min) Joe Swanberg
Amazon (DVD 12/03/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHGUS
Amazon (Bluray 12/03/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHFMC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drinking_buddies_2013/
Best yet from mumblecore director Joe Swanberg. Maybe his first with known
actors. Romantic drama (though it is billed as a comedy) starring Olivia
Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston. Two co-workers at a
Chicago craft brewery seem perfect for each other but are each involved
with someone else. Totally inprovised, shot in 17 days. Exceptionally good
music, including opening and closing songs. Lots of extras on the DVD.
Great film, recommended.
Drones (2010 - 98min) Amber Benson, Adam Busch
Official Site: www.dronesmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 01/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E7WLVK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drones/
Drugstore Cowboy (1989 - 102min) Gus Van Sant
Amazon (DVD 10/26/99): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305594333/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drugstore_cowboy/
Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, William S. Burroughs. Based on autobiographical
novel of the same name by James Fogle, written while in prison.
The East (2013 - 92min) Zal Batmanglij
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DVD5STQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_east_2013/
Starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard.
Easy A (2010 - 92min) Will Gluck
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/easy-a/
Starring Emma Stone.
Easy Rider (1969 - 95min) Dennis Hopper
Fan Site: www.ezrider.co.uk
Rave Central: www.ravecentral.com/easyrider.html
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/easy_rider/
60's classic starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. May not
be the ultimate look at the 60's and is a bit dated, but a very unusual
"road trip" movie and one of the original independent films.
Have seen several times.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994 - 124min) Ang Lee
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JKG1/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eat_drink_man_woman/
Ecstasy (2011 - 99min) Rob Heydon
AKA: Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
Amazon (DVD 05/21/13 Tribeca): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ATK02IG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/irvine_welshs_ecstasy/
The Edukators (2004 - 127min) Hans Weingartner
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/edukators/
Eight Miles High (2007 - 114min) Achim Bornhak
German Title: Das Wilde Leben
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eight_miles_high/
The story of Uschi Obermaier. Starring Natalia Avelon.
El Bola (2000 - 88min) Achero Manas
Amazon (DVD 01/01/05 Film Movement): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006OJH0E/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/el-bola/
El Mariachi (1992 - 81min) Robert Rodriguez
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/el_mariachi/
Rodriguez's first film, made on super-low budget of $7000. Very well done,
does not suffer from the lack of funding.
El Topo (1970 - 125min) Alejandro Jodorowsky
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/el_topo/
Election (1999 - 102min) Alexander Payne
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00001MXXJ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/election/
Second film from Alexander Payne. Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon.
Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo (2006 - 91min) Les Claypool
Official Site: www.electricapricot.com
Amazon (DVD 05/31/08 Hart Sharp): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012L2JOG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/national_lampoon_electric_apricot_quest_for_festeroo/
"Spinal Tap for jam bands", a mockumentary by Les Claypool (bassist
for Primus), who plays the drummer in Electric Apricot. Definitely not
in the masterpiece league with Spinal Tap, but funny enough if you're
The Element of Crime (1984 - 104min) Lars von Trier
Amazon (DVD 09/19/00 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780023277
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/element_of_crime/
First film from Lars von Trier. Surreal dystopian sci-fi noir
psychological thriller, set in Britain, the first of von Trier's "Europe
trilogy" (with his next two films, Epidemic and Europa).
Shot under sodium lights, producing a sepiatone effect (everything is in
shades of brown/orange/yellow).
The Elephant Man (1980 - 124min) (Black and White) David Lynch
Wikipedia - Joseph Merrick: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Merrick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1006527-elephant_man/
Starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy
Hiller, Freddie Jones. The true story of Joseph Merrick (incorrectly
referred to as John Merrick), who suffered from a severe case of
neurofibromatosis, set in late 1800's London. Lynch's most "serious" film,
considered by many to be his masterpiece, though his career was just
beginning (this is his second film, following Eraserhead). Highly
recommended (although might be a bit much for some, let's call it
"heartwrending"). I don't think I have ever seen this high of a rating at
Amazon - 150 ratings with total average of 5 stars.
Elevator to the Gallows (1957 - 92min) Loius Malle
Amazon (DVD 04/25/06 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEVA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/elevator_to_the_gallows/
The Emerald Forest (1985 - 110min) John Boorman
Amazon (DVD 2001 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000542C6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/emerald_forest/
The End of Love (2012 - 92min) Mark Webber
Amazon (DVD 07/16/13 Gravitas): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPKZL3O/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_end_of_love/
Second film directed by actor Mark Webber (after Explicit Ills). He stars
along with Shannyn Sossamon, and Isaac Love (as Mark's 4-year old son, who
is Mark's real-life son).
Enough Said (2013 - 93min) Nicole Holofcener
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FZ4KR4U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enough_said_2013/
5th film from Nicole Holofcener. James Gandolfini (in one of his last roles),
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener.
Enter the Void (2009 - 161min) Gaspar Noe
Official Site (English): www.enter-the-void.co.uk
Official Site (French): www.enterthevoid-lefilm.com
IFC Films: www.ifcfilms.com/films/enter-the-void
Review by Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/sep/23/enter-the-void-review
Review by Michael Zapan at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46565/enter-the-void/
Review by Scott Tobias at AVClub: www.avclub.com/articles/enter-the-void,52931/
Review by Jonathan Zap at Zap Oracle: www.zaporacle.com/enter-the-void/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0048LPRCS
Amazon (Blu-Ray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0048LPRD2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enter_the_void/
Third film from Gaspar Noe, after I Stand Alone (1998) and
Irreversible (2002). Unique and amazing. Set in Tokyo. Largely from
the point of view of a dead person, who has not yet passed on from earthly
realms, as described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Highly recommended,
but not for everyone. (probably most people would find it slow and boring,
and perhaps disturbing as well).
Epidemic (1987 - 106min) Lars von Trier
Amazon (DVD 09/21/04 Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KPHTW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/epidemic/
Second film from Lars von Trier. Very interesting, as expected.
Equus (1977 - 137min) Sidney Lumet
Amazon (DVD 2003 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007KQA2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/equus/
Starring Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter.
Eraserhead (1977 - 89min) David Lynch
Amazon (DVD Korean Import): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009QBLA8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eraserhead/
I saw this shortly after it came out at the University of Oklahoma. I did
watch the whole thing, but it was hard not to leave. A most unpleasant
experience. So I am not listing this as a favorite or recommended film,
but as an important cultural item, being the first film by David Lynch.
Not sure that I will be able to make myself watch this again.
Interesting and unusual, but be warned. His next film,
The Elephant Man, is at the other end of the spectrum (although that
one is not the most pleasant experience either). There has been talk of
a Criterion release for Eraserhead and as of 09/13 you can watch
the Criterion streaming version on Hulu.
Escape from Tomorrow (2013 - 104min) Randy Moore
Official Site: escapefromtomorrow.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/29/13 Random Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HRJVHOU/
Amazon (Bluray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00K6LVTBW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/escape_from_tomorrow_2013/
Indie surrealistic horror fantasy secretly filmed at Walt Disney World and
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 - 108min) Michel Gondry
Amazon (DVD 09/28/04 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JMJG/
Amazon (Bluray 01/25/11 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00466H3DG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eternal_sunshine_of_the_spotless_mind/
Second film from French director Michel Gondry, following
Human Nature. Romantic comedy/drama sci-fi.
The screenplay is by Charlie Kaufman. Stars Jim Carey, Kate Winslet,
Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson.
Europa (1991 - 147min) Lars von Trier
AKA: Zentropa (North American title to avoid confusion with Europa, Europa
Amazon (DVD 12/09/08 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GCATWK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zentropa/
Third film from Danish autuer Lars von Trier, considered by some to be his
best. Surrealistic noirish thriller set in 1945 post-war Germany on the
Europa railway. Narrated by Max von Sydow, who takes you into it with a
hypnotic countdown. (Hypnotism was featured in all three of von Trier's
first films, "the Europa trilogy"). Essential cinema.
Europa Report (2013 - 90min) Sebastion Cordero
Amazon (DVD 10/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E0KWBAI
Amazon (Bluray 10/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E0KWB58
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/europa_report/
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994 - 96min) Gus Van Sant
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/even_cowgirls_get_the_blues/
Stars Uma Thurman as Sissy Hankshaw. Based on the novel by Tom Robbins (who
narrates the film). Lots of people think this is a bad film, lots of people
Everything Strange and New (2010 - 84min) Frazer Bradshaw
Official Site: www.everythingstrangeandnew.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/everything_strange_and_new/
Ex Machina (2015 - 108min) Alex Garland
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ex_machina/
Interview with Director at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/314453/
eXistenZ (1999 - 97min) David Cronenberg
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/existenz/
Mind-bending sci-fi body-horror thriller starring Jude Law, Jennifer
Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley,
Christopher Eccleston, Willem Dafoe. Very interesting. One of my favorite
Cronenbergs along with Vidoedrome and Cosmopolis.
The Exorcist (1973 - 122min) William Friedkin
Amazon (DVD 10/05/10 Warner 133min Directors Cut): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UGLCIA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exorcist/
Classic horror film based on novel by William Peter Blatty.
Starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller,
Lee J. Cobb. There have been many DVD, Bluray and VHS releases,
search on Amazon for details. And there are sequels.
Exotica (1994 - 103min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 11/16/99 Miramax OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305428107/
Amazon (BluRay+DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008CPVXE2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exotica/
Review by Roger Ebert: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/exotica-1994
Sixth film from Egoyan, following Calendar. This is one of his best
known and most highly rated films.
Explicit Ills (2008 - 87min) Mark Webber
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0025XUTJM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/explicit_ills/
The Exploding Girl (2009 - 80min) Brad Rust Grey
Amazon (DVD 09/07/10 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QR2SRC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exploding_girl/
Extract (2009 - 90min) Mike Judge
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/121183-extract/
Didn't totally grab me as I was hoping it would (after Idiocracy
and Office Space), but sufficiently interesting and humorous.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999 - 159min) Stanley Kubrick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eyes_wide_shut/
Review by Tim Kreider: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0096.html
Review by Adam Gorightly: www.konformist.com/flicks/eyeswideshut.htm
A Lengthy Analysis at VigilantCitizen.com:
Part I: vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/the-hidden-and-not-so-hidden-messages-in-stanley-kubriks-eyes-wide-shut-pt-i/
Part II: vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/the-hidden-and-not-so-hidden-messages-in-stanley-kubricks-eyes-wide-shut-pt-ii/
Part III: vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/the-hidden-and-not-so-hidden-messages-in-stanley-kubricks-eyes-wide-shut-pt-iii/
Kubrick's last film. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. A masterpiece,
as expected. Originally released in the US as an R-Rated version, which
included computer generated characters used to cover up some sex scenes in
the "orgy" segment (detailed at Movie-Censorship.com).
Factory Girl (2006 - 99min) George Hickenlooper
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/factory_girl/
About Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgewick. Sienna Miller as Edie, Guy Pearce as
Andy Warhol. Not well-liked by critics. Lou Reed hates it. Dylan was going to
sue over it at some point. Perhaps not so accurate, but an interesting film.
Great soundtrack, although its all pretty psychedelic, and the Warhol scene
was kind of anti-psychedelic.
Factotum (2005 - 94min) Bent Hamer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/factotum/
Based on Charles Bukowsi's novel of the same name. Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor,
Marisa Tomei. Norwegian director, French/Norwegian production, set in LA,
filmed in Minneapolis.
Falling Down (1993 - 113min) Joel Schumacher
Amazon (DVD 05/26/09 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001R3YRG2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/falling_down/
Stars Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin,
Frederic Forrest, Tuesday Weld.
Family Viewing (1987 - 86min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 06/26/01 Zeitgeist 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KCAU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/family-viewing/
Second film from Egoyan, following Next of Kin. Explores sex,
dysfunctional families, and video (home movies, porn, surveilance, VHS,
VCRs, TV). A very interesting and unique film.
2-disc DVD (with Next of Kin) includes 3 early short films:
Open House (1982-26min), Howard in Particular (1979-13min),
Peepshow (1981-7min). Also English and French subtitles, director's
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009 - 87min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 03/23/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001QOGYBI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1197696-fantastic_mr_fox/
Stop-motion animation featuring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl
Streep. Adapted from the children's novel by Ronald Dahl.
Far From Heaven (2002 - 108min) Todd Haynes
Amazon (DVD 2003 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLQH
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/far_from_heaven/
Stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert. Won many awards.
This is the fourth film from Todd Haynes. All are highly recommended
(Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There).
Fargo (1996 - 98min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fargo/
Fast Food Nation (2006 - 116min) Richard Linklater
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_food_nation/
Based on Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book of the same name.
The Fast Runner (2001 - 161min) Zacharias Kunuk
Official Site: www.atanarjuat.com
Edwin Jahiel Review: www.edwinjahiel.com/atanarjuat.htm
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_runner/
Totally amazing. This film is set in the world of Inuit culture. It is made
by Inuits. You can't really place the time - it could almost be an isolated
tribe in modern times, or it could be hundreds of years ago, or it could be
thousands of years ago. Spell-bindingly beautiful and unlike any other film.
Check out the ancient technology - well-sown clothes, igloos, "sunglasses".
Fay Grim (2006 - 118min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Official Site: possiblefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 05/22/07 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NY0YKO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fay_grim/
Interview with director: filmmakermagazine.com/1264-hal-hartley-fay-grim/
Hal Hartley's 11th feature film is a sequel to his 1997 film,
Henry Fool, continuing the story with the same characters and
many new ones, and taking more of the flavor of an international
espionage thriller. Filmed in New York City, Paris, Berlin, and Istanbul.
Starring Parker Posey (as Fay Grim), James Urbaniak (as Simon Grim),
Thomas Jay Ryan (as Henry Fool), Jeff Goldblum (as Agent Fulbright),
Leo Fitzpatrick (as Agent Carl Fogg), Elina Lowensohn (as Bebe Konchalovsky),
Saffron Burrows (as Juliet), Liam Aiken (as Ned Grim), Chuck Montgomery
(as Angus James), DJ Mendel (as Father Lang).
Original music is by Hal Hartley.
In 2013 it was announced that Hartley is working on the third
film in this series, to be called Ned Rifle (which is also the
pseudonym that Hartley has used as composer of music for some of his films,
and sometimes as characters).
Felicia's Journey (1997 - 113min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CWQ0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/felicias_journey/
8th film from Atom Egoyan. Starring Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy.
The Fifth Element (1997 - 126min) Luc Besson
Amazon (DVD 2005 Sony 2-disc Ultimate Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006GVJE4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fifth_element/
Fight Club (1999 - 139min) David Fincher
Official Site: www.fightclub.com
Wikipedia - Academic Interpretations of Fight Club: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretations_of_Fight_Club
Wikipedia - The Novel: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_Club_(novel)
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fight_club/
Interview with Palahniuk at DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/interviews/chuck_palahniuk.html
Review at Not Coming: www.notcoming.com/reviews.php?id=72/
Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.
Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meatloaf.
Very original, most highly recommended. Totally awesome from start to
finish. (but lots of violence). Won many awards. The Wikipedia article is
extensive. Might be best not to read too much about it before watching so as
not to spoil plot twists.
The Fighter (2010 - 115min) David O. Russell
Amazon (DVD 03/15/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UESJHO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-fighter/
Biographical boxing drama based on the life of pro boxer Mickey Ward.
Fifth film from David O. Russell. Intense family drama starring Christian
Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo. Based on a true story of
two brothers, both talented boxers.
Fish Tank (2009 - 122min) Andrea Arnold
Amazon (DVD 2011 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CIIXC8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fish_tank/
Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing. First full-length film
from British director Andrea Arnold. Intense coming-of-age story revolves
around a fifteen-year-old girl. Set in a rough and dismal area of Essex.
Criterion DVD includes 3 short films from the director. Very intense and
powerful film, stuck with me for a while. Highly recommended.
F.I.S.T. (1978 - 145min) Norman Jewison
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BMY2N8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1006920-fist/
Sylvestor Stallone stars as a warehouse worker who becomes involved in
labor union leadership. Loosely based on the story of Jimmy Hoffa and
Five Easy Pieces (1970 - 98min) Bob Rafelson
Amazon (DVD 1999 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00002VWE0
Amazon (DVD 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ZYU3SM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/five_easy_pieces/
Classic film starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black. The film is included
in the 9-disc Criterion Collection set American Lost and Found - The BBS
Story. The title refers to the five classical piano pieces that are heard
in the film (2 by Chopin, 2 by Mozart, and 1 by Bach).
Fix (2008 - 93min) Tao Ruspoli
Official Site: fixthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030GBT2E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1223214-fix/
Intense, wild, fun indie dramedy set in LA. Milo and Bella, a couple of
documentary filmmakers, attempt to get Milo's brother Leo to rehab before
the 12-hour dealine to keep him out of prison.
Flesh for Frankenstein (AKA Andy Warhol's Frankenstein) (1974 - 95min) Paul Morrissey
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/18811/flesh-for-frankenstein/
Amazon (DVD 09/20/05 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A59Q4G
Amazon (DVD 12/15/98 Criterion) (Out Of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559408936
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/flesh_for_frankenstein/
Joe Dallesandros' Official Site: www.joedallesandro.com
Starring Joe Dallesandro and Udo Kier. See also Blood for Dracula,
filmed immediately following with the same crew.
Flirt (1995 - 85min) Hal Hartley
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BJFTPQA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/flirt/
6th film from Hal Hartley. This is an experimental, 3-part film, with 3
set of characters in 3 different places and 3 different times playing out
the same basic story using the same dialog. The first part is set in
New York, the second part is set in Berlin and the third part is set in
Tokyo. Hal and his wife Miho appear in the third story.
Flirting with Disaster (1996 - 92min) David O. Russell
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9W32
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/flirting_with_disaster/
Second film from David O. Russell (after Spanking the Monkey, followed
by Three Kings. Starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Tea Leone,
Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin. Very funny.
The Fly (1986 - 96min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009X768W
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1007602-fly/
Sci-fi body horror starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz. Based on
George Langelaan's 1956 short story, which was also the basis for the 1958
film of the same name. (Followed by a not-so-well-regarded sequel,
The Fly II, which had no involvement by Cronenberg).
Following (1998 - 69min) Christoher Nolan
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/following/
Nolan's first feature film, followed by Memento and Insomnia.
Black and white noir, made with almost no money.
The Foot Fist Way (2008 - 81min) Jody Hill
Official Site: www.thefootfistway.com
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019L0ACM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-foot-fist-way/
A friend loaned me this (08/07/11) and said "here's some Danny McBride".
I said I didn't know who he was. Just watch it, she said. I watched it
that night. A fun surprise discovery for sure. A unique film that
really grew on me. Super fun, yet dark and twisted. And of course I
recognized McBride from Pineapple Express. He's been in lots of
other funny stuff, including the TV series Eastbound and Down. In
this he plays Fred Simmons, a small-town Taekwondo instructor. Very special,
a top favorite, have watched 4 or 5 times.
For Ellen (2012 - 94min) So Yong Kim
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009O07NAW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/for_ellen/
Starring Paul Dano as a struggling rock star who has to make a big decision
about the future custody of his daughter.
For Your Consideration (2006 - 86min) Christopher Guest
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1159169-for_your_consideration/
Not the highest rated effort from Christopher Guest and the gang, but of
course they're always funny.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2010 - 109min) Nicholas Stoller
Official Site: www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/forgetting_sarah_marshall/
Forrest Gump (1994 - 141min) Robert Zemeckis
Amazon (DVD 08/28/01 2-disc Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXA2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/forrest_gump/
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinese, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson.
Won six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The Fountain (2006 - 96min) Darren Aronofsky
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_fountain/
Perhaps not as accessible as Aronofsky's other films, but awesome of course.
This is Aronofsky's 3rd film, following Requiem for a Dream,
followed by The Wrestler.
Four Letter Words (2000 - 82min) Sean Baker
Official Site: www.littlefilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/10/02): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006L7Q4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/four_letter_words/
First film from Sean Baker, followed by Take Out.
Four Lions (2010 - 97min) Chris Morris
Official Site: www.fourlionsthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/08/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004H83IIC
Amazon (BluRay 03/08/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004H83IKA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/four_lions/
British black comedy involving inept Muslim would-be terrorists.
Four Rooms (1995 - 108min) Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Amazon (DVD 06/28/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004YCKK6Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/four_rooms/
Four different directors each contribute a segment, so this is kind of
four films in one, tied together by the common location of a hotel and by
Tim Roth, the hotel bellhop.
Frances Ha (2013 - 86min) Noah Baumbach
Official Site: www.franceshamovie.com/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 11/12/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO2I6SI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/frances_ha_2013/
Seventh film from Noah Baumbach, following Greenberg.
Starring Greta Gerwig.
Freaks (1932 - 64min B&W) Tod Browning
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freaks/
Classic 1932 scary movie starring actual circus freaks. Unique and
unforgettable. Banned in many countries for decades. Yes, you MUST SEE it
(maybe on halloween).
Freeway (1996 - 102min) Matthew Bright
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MMMTBY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1072957-freeway/
Reese Witherspoon, Keifer Sutherland.
Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trick Baby (1999 - 97min) Matthew Bright
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freeway-2-confessions-of-a-trick-baby/
Natasha Lyonne, Maria Celedonio, Vincent Gallo. DVD is out of print and
hard to find.
The French Connection (1971 - 104min) William Friedkin
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/french_connection/
International drug-smuggling crime drama starring Gene Hackman,
Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey.
Fresh (1994 - 114min) Boaz Yakin
Amazon (DVD 05/24/11 Echo Bridge): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SUDQ9A
Amazon (DVD 02/12/02 Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005U156
Amazon (BluRay 05/07/13 Miramax Echo Bridge): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B4VSUWO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fresh/
Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito.
Full Metal Jacket (1987 - 116min) Stanley Kubrick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/full_metal_jacket/
Review by Roger Ebert: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/full-metal-jacket-1987
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1nhon3/
Internet Movie Firearms Database: www.imfdb.org/wiki/Full_Metal_Jacket
Kubrick's Vietnam war movie. The first half takes place at US Army boot camp,
the second half in Vietnam. The whole film is actually filmed in England,
as is usual for Kubrick. Very intense. Classic and highly recommended, as
are all Kubrick films.
Funny Games (1997 - 104min) Michael Haneke
Amazon (DVD 03/11/08 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EHQU3U
Amazon (DVD 01/26/99 Fox Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305228876
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1083791-funny_games/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ssh3h/
Difficult and controversial psychological thriller from Austrian director
Michael Haneke. A family is held hostage and tortured by a couple of young
guys for no reason other than their own entertainment. Haneke says this film
is meant as a provocation, a slap in the face. He says that violence in
films has been made consumable and he wanted to challenge that. Even so, the
actual violence in the film is all offscreen. The Kino DVD includes an
18-minute interview with Haneke. He remade the film in English in 2007.
Funny Games (2007 - 112min) Michael Haneke
Amazon (DVD 06/10/08 Warner OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00187FPC2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1175174-funny_games/
Haneke's shot-by-shot English-language remake of his 1997 Austrian film.
This is so close to the original that there may not be much of a reason to
watch it if you have seen the original. Naomi Watts and Tim Roth.
Funny Ha Ha (2005 - 89min) Andrew Bujalski
Official Site: www.funnyhahafilm.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/funny_ha_ha/
Wikipedia - Mumblecore: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumblecore
Wikipedia - Andrew Bujalski: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bujalski
Considered the first film in the "mumblecore" movement, which is
characterised by naturalistic dialog and performances and by low-budget
production. Bujalski is considered the "godfather of mumblecore". He puts
himself in the film as Mitchell, the office temp (a great performance).
Stars Kate Dollenmayer as 23-year-old Marnie (also a great performance).
Looks at a group of twenty-somethings sorting things out. Shot in 2002 in
Boston on a very low budget. All of the cast are non-actors, mainly all
Harvard grads. Grew on me as I watched it. A very special film and a great
opening statement from this new generation of indie filmmakers. Bujalski
follows this with Mutual Appreciation in 2006, Beeswax in 2008
and Computer Chess in 2013. Check out the Wikipedia article on
mumblecore, linked above. I just discovered all this in 2013 and I'm making
my way through all the films listed in that article - lots of treasure.
Funny People (2009 - 146min) Judd Apatow
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/24/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PLPQME
Amazon (DVD 11/24/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PLPQLU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/funny_people/
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman,
Jonah Hill, Aubrey Plaza, RZA, Aziz Ansari, Eminem, Steve Bannos. Ratings
might be a bit skewed on this since many people were expecting a stupid
comedy rather than a thoughtful comedy-drama. The single-disc DVD has both
the 146-minute theatrical version and the 153-minute unrated version.
The 2-disc DVD has both versions and lots of special features.
The Future (2011 - 91min) Miranda July
Official Site: thefuturethefuture.com
Amazon (DVD 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004Z29WAI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_future/
Unique and interesting. A bit darker than her previous film,
Me and You and Everyone We Know.
Gallipoli (1981 - 110min) Peter Wier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1008074-gallipoli/
The Game (1997 - 128min) David Fincher
Amazon (DVD 08/27/02 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069HZP
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1078955-game/
Third film from David Fincher (after Aliens 3 and Seven).
Starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn.
Gandhi (1982 - 191min) Richard Attenborough
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gandhi/
Epic biopic starring Ben Kingsley.
Gandu (2010 - 85min) Qaushik Mukherjee
Director's Website: www.overdosejoint.in
Amazon (DVD 12/18/12 Artsploitation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009CSVQAE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gandu_2011/
Review at Twitchfilm: twitchfilm.com/reviews/2011/02/saiff-gandu-asshole-review.php
Interview at Twitchfilm: twitchfilm.com/interviews/2011/07/gandus-indian-public-premiere-a-conversation-with-q.php
Review at Static Mass Emporium: staticmass.net/world/gandu-movie-2010/
This is a VERY different film, majorly cool, totally awesome. OK, I'm gonna
just list out the major cool things I can think of about it right here,
and talk about it that way. (and this is a month after seeing it just once)
1. India. The film is from India and set in India - in the slums of Kolkata.
2. Black and White. Most of the film is in black and white, but there
is a long scene in color. The black and white accentuates Gandu's bleak
surroundings and also provides for the dramatic switch to color.
3. The Music. Gandu wants to be a rapper. So we get lots of rapping and
lots of cool music throughout. You might even say its a "rap musical".
4. The Sex Scene. There is a long and very explicit sex scene including
male and female full frontal nudity and several sexual acts. This will be
offensive to many and will be cause for debate for a long time. The film
will be accused of being pornographic. But the sex scene is not pornography.
It is a scene that belongs in the movie. Its kind of the point of the movie,
and this is where it changes to color. Gandu confesses to Rickshaw that he is
a virgin and Rickshaw says to take care of it. Find a girl. Somehow the next
thing we know he is with this wild girl, who is played by the director's
girlfriend Rii, who also plays two other parts in the film.
5. The Director. Qaushik Mukherjee just goes by "Q".
(I've also seen his name spelled with a K). Obviously very talented.
Looking forward to finding his docu Love in India and to whatever
he does next.
6. Gandu. Wow, what a character. (the name translates as Asshole or Loser).
7. Rickshaw, Gandu's friend. He is obsessed with Bruce Lee and we get
to check some of that out.
8. Experimental Style. Lots of fast edits. Very fast paced. Lots of intense
music. Unexpected things. And a totally mind-bending scene featuring the
director. The film is stunning from start to finish, you will not be bored.
So that's 8 cool things right there. This film is really not for everyone,
but if you like wild and different things, this will be a rare treat.
The film has been controversial in India and probably will never be shown
there. German DVD and Bluray was released in February of 2012.
A new company, Artsploitation, chose Gandu for its first DVD release in the
US in December of 2012. I got that DVD right away and watched again.
Highest recommendation, a great cinematic treasure.
As the German producer says in one of the special features, "Gandu will
Gangs of New York (2002 - 166min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Alliance): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009N828/
Amazon (Bluray 07/01/08 Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017APQ1K/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gangs_of_new_york/
18th feature from Scorsese. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis,
Gattaca (1998 - 106min) Andrew Niccol
Amazon (DVD 06/30/98 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767805712/
Amazon (DVD 03/11/08 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011UF79C/
Amazon (Bluray 07/09/13 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C6F60HE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gattaca/
Well-regarded sci-fi starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
Explores genetic engineering, eugenics, genetic discrimination.
generation Um... (2012 - 97min) Mark Mann
Official Site: www.generationum.com
Amazon (DVD 05/28/13 Phase 4 Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BLSD5MK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/generation_um/
Starring Keanu Reeves, Adelaide Clemens, Bojana Novakovic. Actually has a 0%
rating at RottenTomatoes.com. (No critics gave a positive review).
I watched it and liked it, but it is certainly not for everyone. Keanu is
a driver for an escort service in NYC. He hangs out with a couple of the
girls and decides to film them a bit with a stolen camera. Those who hate
Keanu may see him here as almost a caricature of himself, but really
he was just perfect for the part. The girls are great also. And I think the
film does what it intended, giving us a very personal look into these
people's lives. (See Adelaide Clemens also in Wasted on the Young)
Get Him to the Greek (2010 - 109min) Nicholas Stoller
Official Site: www.gethimtothegreek.net
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1212410-get_him_to_the_greek/
Mainstream comedy. It's funny enough. One line that made me laugh out loud -
"This is not an appropriate time to say namaste." This is a spin-off sequel
to Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999 - 116min) Jim Jarmusch
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QCVX
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ghost_dog_the_way_of_the_samurai/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1qroi7/
Amazon (Book - Hagakure): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1590309855/
Starring Forest Whitaker as a hitman who follows the Samurai code (with much
reference to the book, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai). Awesome
film, cool music (by RZA). I like (and recommend) all of Jarmusch's films,
this is probably tied for my favorite of his with Only Lovers Left
Alive. Both are among my top favorite of all films and both are more
"accessible" than most of his other films. Have watched several times.
Highly recommended. Said to be greatly influenced by Le Samourai.
Ghost in the Shell (1996 - 82min) Mamoru Oshii
Amazon (DVD 03/31/98 Palm Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304493681/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ghost_in_the_shell/
Sci-fi anime (Japanese animation) based on manga (Japanese comic book) of
the same name. Very highly rated and influential film. Explores gender
identity, computers, robots, artificial intelligence, human consciousness.
Ghost World (2001 - 111min) Terry Zwigoff
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ghost_world/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2a2do8/
Starring Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Scarlet Johansson. Zwigoff's first
feature film, following his documentaries, Louie Bluie and
Crumb. Great film, have seen several times.
Gigantic (2009 - 98min) Matt Aselton
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010552-gigantic/
Odd, quirky, unique indie romantic comedy starring Paul Dano, Zooey
Deschanel, John Goodman, with Ed Asner, Jane Alexander, Zack Galifinakis.
I liked it.
The Girl from Monday (2005 - 84min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Official Site: possiblefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 01/10/06 Arts Alliance America): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C65ZA2
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNV9WDG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1155058-girl_from_monday/
Dystopic, satiric sci-fi comedy from indy master Hal Hartley. Starring Bill
Sage, Sabrina Lloyd, Tatiana Abracos (yow!), Leo Fitzpatrick, DJ Mendel.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 - 152min) Niels Arden Oplev
Official Site: dragontattoofilm.com
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003FBNJ4U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_2009/
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 - 158min) David Fincher
Official Site: www.dragontattoo.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo/
Girlfight (2000 - 110min) Karyn Kusama
First-time actress Michelle Rodriguez stars as a highschool-age girl who
trains to become a boxer. Written and directed by 27-year-old first-time
director Karyn Kusama.
Gloria (2013 - 110min) Sebastian Lelio
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gloria_2012/
Go (1999 - 103min) Doug Liman
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1087053-go/
God Bless America (2011 - 105min) Bobcat Goldthwait
Official Site: www.godblessamericamovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/god_bless_america_2011/
Starring Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr.
The Godfather (1972 - 175min) Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/godfather/
The Godfather Part II (1974 - 200min) Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/godfather_part_ii/
The Godfather Part III (1990 - 170min) Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/godfather_part_iii/
The Gods Must be Crazy (1980 - 109min) Jamie Uys
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-gods-must-be-crazy/
One of a kind. Very special - everyone loves it, even kids. This has to be
in my top ten recommendations for everyone - check it out!
There is also a Gods Must Be Crazy II, similarly fun
but not quite as good and with much recycling of ideas. After being out
of print for a long time, both films are now available separately or on
The Go-Getter (2007 - 93min) Martin Hynes
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CT05JE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1196345-go_getter/
Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone. Has mixed reviews.
I liked it.
Goliath (2008 - 80min) David Zellner
Official Site: goliathismissing.com/
Directors' Website: zellnerbros.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/12/10 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002T4GY32
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/goliath/
Gomorrah (2008 - 137min) Matteo Garrone
Amazon (DVD 11/24/09 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002M36R2I
Amazon (BluRay 11/24/09 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002M36R14
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gomorrah/
A major film.
Gone Girl (2014 - 149min) David Fincher
Amazon (DVD 01/13/15 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00Q599A8S/
Amazon (Bluray 01/13/15 Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00Q5996EQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gone_girl/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2ic0c7/
10th film from David Fincher. Mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck,
Rosamund Pike. I went to see this in the theater when it came out. Awesome
film, as expected.
Good Dick (2008 - 86min) Marianna Palka
Official Site: www.gooddickthefilm.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ER3RMA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/good_dick/
Directed by, written by and starring Marianna Palka. Also stars Jason Ritter.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005 - 93min) George Clooney
Official Site: www.goodnightandgoodluck.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1152019-good_night_and_good_luck/
Looks at the battle between Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy,
largely fought on television sets in the early 1950's.
Goodbye Solo (2008 - 91min) Ramin Bahrani
Amazon (DVD 08/28/09 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ASABF4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/goodbye_solo/
Goodfellas (1990 - 146min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2007 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000P0J09M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1032176-goodfellas/
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino.
Gorky Park (1983 - 128min) Michael Apted
Amazon (DVD 12/19/00 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004ZBVK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gorky_park/
Set in Russia, based on novel by Martin Cruz Smith.
William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brain Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, Ian Bannen.
Gosford Park (2001 - 137min) Robert Altman
Amazon (DVD 06/25/02): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JKNF
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gosford_park/
Mystery drama set in 1932 at a party in an upper class British country house.
Excellent ensemble cast as expected from Robert Altman.
The Graduate (1967 - 105min) Mike Nichols, Buck Henry
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/graduate/
60's classic starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014 - 100min) Wes Anderson
Official Site: www.grandbudapesthotel.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/17/14 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JAQJMJ0/
Amazon (Bluray 06/17/14 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JAQJNN0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_grand_budapest_hotel/
8th film from Wes Anderson. Probably my favorite so far. Great fun, and
a visual feast, as always. Great cast, lead by Ralph Fiennes.
Gravity (2013 - 90min) Alphonso Cuaron
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gravity_2013/
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1o8ftf
Very well reviewed sci-fi thriller/space drama starring Sandra Bullock and
George Clooney. Cuaron also did Children of Men and
Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Greenberg (2010 - 105min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZG97T2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/greenberg/
Sixth film from Noah Baumbach.
Starring Ben Stiller, Rhy Ifans, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Groundhog Day (1993 - 101min) Harold Ramis
Amazon (DVD 01/29/08 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Z8GZYW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/groundhog_day/
The most highly rated of Harold Ramis' films. Bill Murray is a TV
meteorologist who finds he is reliving on day of his life over and over.
The Guard (2011 - 92min) John Michael McDonagh
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005WAP2V0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_guard_2011/
Irish black comedy. The most succesful independent Irish film of all time.
Brendan Gleeson (as an Irish cop), Don Cheadle (as an FBI agent).
Gummo (1997 - 89min) Harmony Korine
Official Site: www.flf.com/gummo
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gummo/
Not exactly a favorite, although I have watched it couple of times. And I
would certainly not recommend this for everyone, though it is a unique
classic of indie cinema. If you don't have a really open mind and a taste
for the strange and unusual, don't even think about it. The unspeakably
weird (and sometimes unpleasant) scenes are woven around the lives of a
couple of glue-sniffing, cat-killing kids. Mixes various video formats and
techniques - including film, video, home movies, found footage, scripted and
unscripted scenes. If you want something really different...
Hairspray (1988 - 91min) John Waters
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1009096-hairspray/
Starring Divine and Rikki Lake. Waters' first big mainstream film. Possibly
actually even suitable for kids. Awesome as expected.
A broadway musical was made in 2002, and a remake of the film, based on
the musical, was made in 2007 (see below).
Hairspray (2007 - 116min) Adam Shankman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002D0L0R2
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000W4HJ44
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/
Based on the 2002 musical, which was based on John Waters' 1988 film.
I love Waters' film so much that I never wanted to see this remake, but I
suppose I should get around to it someday as it is a well-regarded film with
a great cast. Stars Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta, Christopher Walken.
Don't overlook the original!
Hamilton (2006 - 65min) Matthew Porterfield
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/08/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005MQ71KY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10007351-hamilton/
First film from Matthew Porterfield, followed by Putty Hill.
Available on DVD as a special feature bonus disc supplied with the DVD
release of Putty Hill.
The Hangover (2009 - 100min) Todd Phillips
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Unrated): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XEM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010667-hangover/
Gross, crude, dark comedy. There have been sequels.
Happiness (1998 - 134min) Todd Solondz
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1084175-happiness/
Interview at Nitrate: www.nitrateonline.com/fhappiness.html
Review at Nitrate: www.nitrateonline.com/rhappiness.html
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/16ff7l/
Not for everyone! Won many awards and well-received by critics, the film
is still controversial and widely hated, described as shocking and
disturbing (due to depictions of pedophilia and other perverse behaviors).
More open-minded people will find it amazing, interesting and funny.
Remember - its a comedy. Highly recommended - my favorite of Solondz'
interesting collection of films (see also Welcome to the Dollhouse,
Storytelling, Palindromes, Dark Horse). Solondz' 2011
film, Life During Wartime, is a sequel to this with the same
characters played by different actors.
Happy Christmas (2014 - 78min) Joe Swanberg
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/happy_christmas/
Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey, Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber.
Hard Candy (2006 - 104min) David Slade
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hard_candy/
Psycholgical thriller starring Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. Very well
done - lots of surprises. Recommended.
Hard Eight (1996 - 102min) P.T. Anderson
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000K3D3
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hard_eight/
Anderson's first film (followed by Boogie Nights). Set in Las Vegas,
and known as a low-key crime thriller, the original title, Sydney, tells us
that this is more of a character study. Starring Philip Baker Hall (Sydney),
Gwyneth Paltrow (Clementine), John C. Reilly (John), Samuel L. Jackson
(Jimmy). Also Philip Seymour Hoffman has a brief scene. As of 04/13, the
DVD has been out of print for awhile, and there has been no BluRay release.
The DVD includes full-screen and wide-screen versions, one on each side,
and 2 commentary tracks. There may be 2 DVD releases, with an earlier one
omitting a couple of extra features.
The Harder They Come (1972 - 105min) Perry Henzell
Amazon (DVD 06/08/10 Xenon): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ELKNO0
Amazon (DVD 10/31/00 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559409061
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harder_they_come/
International cult classic, set and filmed in Jamaica. Starring Jimmy Cliff.
The soundtrack is an awesome collection of early classic reggae music which
brought this music to the attention of the world.
The Healer (2002 - 118min) Agnieszka Holland
AKA: Julie Walking Home
Amazon (DVD 10/19/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KQNN6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/healer/
Miranda Otto, Lothaire Bluteau, William Fichtner.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007 - 116min) Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_heartbreak_kid/
Starring Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller.
Heaven (2002 - 97min) Tom Tykwer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/heaven/
Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi.
Heaven's Gate (1980 - 149min) Michael Cimino
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/heavens_gate/
Heavy (1994 - 105min) James Mangold
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/heavy/
Starring Liv Tyler, Pruitt Taylor Vince.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001 - 90min) John Cameron Mitchell
Wikipedia (The Musical): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedwig_and_the_Angry_Inch_(musical)
Amazon (DVD 12/11/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QW5X
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hedwig_and_the_angry_inch/
John Cameron Mitchell adapted this from the musical stage play (which he
also wrote), directed and stars in this cult favorite musical comedy-drama
about a German glam-rocker with a botched sex-change operation.
This is Mitchell's first film, followed by Shortbus and
The Help (2001 - 90min) Tate Taylor
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 12/06/11 Dreamworks): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005J6LKVI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_help/
Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica
Chastain, Allison Janney. Based on a best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett
about black maids raising white children in 1960's Mississippi and a
secret book-writing project that helps them tell their stories.
Henry Fool (1997 - 137min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Official Site: possiblefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 12/16/03 Sony OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000E5NQ0
Amazon (DVD-R 10/02/12 SPE): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0096PBCRU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/henry_fool/
Interview with Hal Hartley: www.industrycentral.net/director_interviews/HH02.HTM
Hal Hartley's 7th feature film. Won award for Best Screenplay at Cannes.
Starring Thomas Jay Ryan (as Henry Fool), James Urbaniak (as Simon Grim),
Parker Posey (as Fay Grim), Chuck Montgomery (as Angus James),
Nicholas Hope (as Father Hawkes - he starred in Bad Boy Bubby!).
Camille Paglia has a small cameo.
Hartley's 2006 film, Fay Grim is a sequel
Her (2013 - 127min) Spike Jonze
Official Site: www.herthemovie.com/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H9HZGQ0/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H9HZITU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/her/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1usoll/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1v2r2z/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1vqkg2/
Reddit Discussion 05/10/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/255tin/
Review at AV Club: www.avclub.com/review/joaquin-phoenix-courts-his-computer-in-the-beguili-200670
Review at Filmthreat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/72411/
Article at Vulture: www.vulture.com/2013/10/spike-jonze-on-making-her.html
4th film from Spike Jonze, and the first written by him (following Where
the Wild Things Are, Adaptaion, Being John Malkovich).
Sci-fi rom-com drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett
Johansen, with Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde. I went to see this in
the theater 01/09/14. I had high expectations and was not disappointed.
Totally awesome. Continuously mind-blowing. One of the coolest and most
interesting films I have ever seen. I was in awe from the beginning to the
end. Most highly recommended. As of 05/14, I would probably say this is
my top favorite film of everything I have seen.
High Fidelity (2000 - 113min) Stephen Frears
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXGA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1095420-high_fidelity/
John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Todd Louiso.
Jack Black is hilarious as the know-it-all hipster record store employee.
Highball (1997 - 110min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD 10/10/00 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004XPP8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/highball_2000/
Second film from Noah Baumbach, following Kicking and Screaming,
followed by Mr. Jealousy. Not as highly regarded as his other films
(and sometimes not even counted as one of his films). Low budget.
Shot in six days. The screen and the DVD case credit Ernie Fusco as the
director and Jesse Carter as the writer. It was actually directed by
Noah Baumbach and co-written by Baumbach, Carlos Jacott and Christopher
Reed. If you like Baumbach's other films, you will like this one too.
The entire film takes place during three parties over the course of a year.
(a birthday party for Felix, a Halloween party and a New Years party).
Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, Justine Bateman, Peter Bogdanovich,
Ally Sheedy (as herself), Annabella Sciorra, Rae Dawn Chong (as herself),
Christopher Reed, Dean Cameron, Carlos Jacott.
(Wikipedia says this is 110min, the DVD case says
its 90min, the DVD I have is 80min. The DVD I bought at Amazon.com, from a
third party seller, is a blank-label DVD-R, don't yet know if this is a
bootleg or if this is how it was distributed. My DVD cover says
Avalanche Home Entertainment. There may be DVD releases by both Lionsgate
and Avalanche or there may be confusion since Avalanche was a division of
Higher Ground (2011 - 114min) Vera Farmiga
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 01/10/12 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TK2252/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/higher_ground_2011/
Directorial debut of actress Vera Farmiga, who stars as a woman questioning
her faith. Based on the book This Dark World, by Carolyn S. Briggs. Set in
the world of a fundamentalist Christian church. Realistic, low-key,
thoughtful, unique. I watched it and enjoyed it due to interest in
religion/cults and Vera Farmiga, but would not greatly recommend it for
Holy Motors (2012 - 116min) Leo Carax
Official Site: www.holymotorsfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AX7PGQS
Amazon (BluRay 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A4W3AJC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/holy_motors/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/21r61n/
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2012/11/05/now-playing-holy-motors/
Starring Denis Lavant. Many critics considered this the best film of 2012.
Amazing and different, for sure. Highly recommended, but most people will
probably not appreciate it. Smith's review, linked above, is lengthy and
Holy Rollers (2010 - 89min) Kevin Asch
Official Site: www.holyrollersfilm.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/holy_rollers/
Holy Smoke! (1999 - 115min) Jane Campion
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/holy_smoke/
Starring Harvey Keitel, Kate Winslet, Pam Greir. Set in Australia and India.
Kate has fallen for a guru in India and Keitel is the cult de-programmer who
is hired to straighten her out. There are complications as they
get into each others heads.
Homicide (1991 - 102min) David Mamet
Amazon (DVD 09/08/09 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002E01M8I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/homicide_1991/
Crime drama starring Joe Mantenga, William H. Macy.
Hope and Glory (1987 - 113min) John Boorman
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hope_and_glory/
Comedy/drama war film based on the director's experiences growing up in
London during the bombings in World War II. Very well-regarded film.
Horsemen (2009 - 90min) Jonas Akerlund
Amazon (DVD 07/14/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0027HOBMM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1200863-horesmen/
2nd feature from Akerlund, after Spun, and followed by Small
Apartments. A suspense thriller with quite mixed reviews. I watched it
and am not too critical of it since I like Akerlund. Stars Dennis Quaid,
Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci, Patrick Fugit, Peter Stormare, Clifton
Hounddog (2007 - 102min) Deborah Kampmeier
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0020LH8WU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1195905-hounddog/
Dakota Fanning as a 12-year-old girl having a hard time in the deep south
of the late 1950's, finding some solace in the music of Elvis. Not a bad
film, but trashed by critics due to a rape scene and the general portrayal
of a young girl's blooming sexuality (though there is nothing at all erotic
in the film). DVD includes an 11-minute making-of featuring interviews with
the director (who also wrote and produced).
How I Live Now (2013 - 101min) Kevin Macdonald
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHHSE/
Amazon (Bluray 02/11/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHC4S/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/how_i_live_now/
Howl (2010 - 84min) Bob Epstein, Joey Friedman
Wikipedia (film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl_(film)
Wikipedia (poem): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1211483-howl/
Several threads are intercut through the film. One is a scene of Ginsberg
reading his poem Howl (published in 1956) in front of an audience, one is
interviews with Ginsberg about his life, one is the obscenity trial for
Howl, and there is some animation that is shown along with some of the
reading of Howl. Very good film, very interesting, I learned a lot. James
Franco plays Ginsberg.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1996 - 111min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hudsucker_proxy/
Hugo (2011 - 125min) Martin Scosese
Amazon (DVD 02/28/12 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5H5H4/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/12 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEFY9RG/
Amazon (Bluray 02/28/12 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEFY9MG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hugo/
22nd feature film from Scorsese. Starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen,
Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer,
Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la Tour,
Richard Griffiths, Jude Law. Based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick. Very highly rated, won many awards.
The Human Condition (1959-1961 - 579min) Masaki Kobayashi
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/human_condition/
I: No Greater Love (1959 - 208min) Masaki Kobayashi
II: Road to Eternity (1959 - 181min) Masaki Kobayashi
III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961 - 190min) Masaki Kobayashi
Amazon (DVD 09/08/09 4-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026VBOJM
Human Nature (2002 - 96min) Michel Gondry
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1113402-human_nature/
Starring Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans. Screenplay by
Charlie Kaufman (also wrote Being John Malkovich and
Adaptation). Very funny. Civilization, sexuality and table manners.
Lots of people may not appreciate it, but if you read and enjoyed
Ishmael (Daniel Quinn), you will probably like this a lot. One of
my top favorites. An overlooked gem. Gondry later did Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep and has an excellent
collection of music videos - Work of the Director Michel Gondry.
Humpday (2009 - 94min) Lynn Shelton
OfficiaI Site: www.humpdayfilm.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/humpday/
As my introduction to "mumblecore", I watched this and Jeff, Who Lives
at Home on the same night (03/09/13). Very impressed with both. Lynn
Shelton produced, wrote and directed this and she also has a small part
(as Monica). Stars Mark Duplass (one of the directors of Jeff),
Joshua Leonard and Alycia Delmore. This is a brilliant film, interesting,
enjoyable, highly recommended. Looking forward to more of Lynn Shelton and
the rest of the mumblecore gang.
Hunger (2008 - 96min) Steve McQueen
Amazon (DVD 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002YMWPUA/
Amazon (Bluray 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002XUL6RG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1200841-hunger/
The story of IRA member Bobby Sands' 1981 hunger strike in Northern Ireland's
Maze Prison. Very intense film. Highly recommended. McQueen's first feature,
followed by Shame.
The Hunger (1983 - 96min) Tony Scott
Amazon (DVD 10/05/04 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KQNKE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1010220-hunger/
Romantic vampire horror film starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon,
David Bowie. Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name.
The Hunger Games (2012 - 142min) Gary Ross
Official Site: www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 08/18/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0084IG8TM/
Distopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi based on best-selling young adult novel
of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunt (2013 - 115min) Thomas Vinterberg
Amazon (DVD 12/10/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHGF8/
Amazon (Bluray 12/10/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHCYS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_hunt_2013/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/25bth8/
The Hunter (2011 - 102min) Daniel Nettheim
Official Site: www.thehuntermovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_hunter_2012/
Interesting Australian thriller. Willem Dafoe is sent to Tazmania by a
military biotech company to kill and retrieve tissue samples from the last
surviving Tazmanian Tiger. In real life, the "tazzy tiger" has been
officially extinct since 1933, when the last one died in a zoo, but there
are unconfirmed sightings every year. In the film, they made up the part
about the tiger having poisonous claws.
I (Heart) Huckabees (2004 - 106min) David O. Russell
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_heart_huckabees/
Dustin Hoffman and Lilly Tomlin are "existential detectives" who are hired
by Jason Schwartzman to solve his mystery. Also stars Jude Law, Naomi Watts,
Mark Wahlberg, Isabelle Huppert. Fourth film from David O. Russell. Very
well-made film, super-special cast, very funny. I like this one a lot,
I Am Not a Hipster (2013 - 91min) Destin Daniel Cretton
Official Site: iamnotahipster.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B0MZEBM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_am_not_a_hipster_2012/
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968 - 92min) Hy Averback
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_love_you_alice_b_toklas1968/
Starring Peter Sellers as a 35-year-old lawyer about to be married who
becomes a hippy after accidentally eating some marijuana brownies. Old
and dated, but has plenty of funny moments.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996 - 103min) Mary Harron
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_shot_andy_warhol/
Lili Taylor plays Valerie Solanis, who shot Andy Warhol in 1968.
I Stand Alone (1998 - 93min) Gaspar Noe
French title: Seul Contre Tous (Alone Against All)
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_stand_alone/
Gaspar Noe's first film, followed by Irreversible (2002) and
Enter the Void (2009).
I Used to Be Darker (2013 - 90min) Matthew Porterfield
Official Site: www.iusedtobedarkermovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/28/14 Strand Releasing): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FZA2Y04/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_used_to_be_darker_2013/
3rd film from Matthew Porterfield, following Hamilton and
I'm Not There (2007 - 135min) Todd Haynes
Official Site: www.imnotthere-movie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/im_not_there_suppositions_on_a_film_concerning_dylan/
Special and unique, as expected from Todd Haynes.
Very ambitious, well-respected, critically acclaimed film is a great treat
for Dylan fans but may be a bit confusing for outsiders. Features six
different actors playing semi-fictionalized Dylan in different periods of
his career. (Christian Bale, Cate Blanchette, Marcus Carl Franklin,
Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw)
The Wikipedia article is loaded with info about the film. And
there is a separate Wikipedia article just for the soundtrack, which is also
a treasure trove.
The Ice Storm (1997 - 113min) Ang Lee
Amazon (DVD 03/18/08 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011U3OAQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ice_storm/
Idiocracy (2006 - 84min) Mike Judge
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/idiocracy/
Very funny. Set 500 years in the future, when the population has become
stupid, due to stupid people breeding like rabbits while smart people
have not been having kids.
The Idiots (1998 - 117min) Lars von Trier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-idiots/
Fifth film from Lars von Trier, and the second in his "Golden Hearts"
trilogy. One of his more controverisal films.
Igby Goes Down (2002 - 98min) Burr Steers
Amazon (DVD 02/04/03 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007JXWX
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/igby_goes_down/
Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet,
Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, Jared Harris. Some have called it an
adaptation of Catcher in the Rye. Great film, have seen several times.
Il Sorpasso (1962 - 105min) Dino Risi
AKA: The Easy Life
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 3-disc 04/29/14 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HVOFP9O/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 04/29/14 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00I116MZ2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1053607-il_sorpasso/
IMCDB (Internet Cars Movie Database): imcdb.org/movie.php?id=56512
Cult-classic 1962 Italian road movie in black and white. I was really
amazed to see the front-loading 45rpm record player in the car. I looked
into that a bit and found that it is the Philips model AG2101, which was
made from 1958-1970.
Images (1972 - 101min) Robert Altman
Amazon (DVD 09/16/03 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009Y3NA/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/images/
Psychological thriller. Susannah York. DVD includes 24-minute interview with
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009 - 123min) Terry Gilliam
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1190561-imaginarium_of_dr_parnassus/
The Immigrant (2009 - 117min) James Gray
Amazon (DVD 04/07/15 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00SCEFJM0/
Amazon (Bluray 04/07/15 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00SCEGGK4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nightingale_2013/
The Impossible (2012 - 114min) Juan Antonio Bayona
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BAYLQI0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_impossible_2012/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1caox3/
Based on the true story of a family of five vacationing in Thailand when the
12/26/04 tsunami hit. This is a Spanish film and the real family was Spanish,
but its an English-language film and the family is played by Naomi Watts (as
a British doctor), Ewan McGregor (her Scottish husband) and Tom Holland (as
the oldest of the three young sons). This is one of the most emotionally
intense films I have ever seen. The tsunami hits pretty early in the film
and the intensity does not let up. Very powerful. Ripped me apart. Glad I
watched it alone. Highly recommended (unless you don't want to be ripped
In a World (2013 - 93min) Lake Bell
Official Site: inaworldmovie.com/
Wikipedia (Don LaFontaine): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_LaFontaine
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_a_world_2013/
This comedy won prize at Sundance for best screenplay.
Director Lake Bell stars as a young woman who is a vocal coach. She becomes
a voice-over actor in competition with her father, who is the king
of voice-over, played by Sam Melamed, who played Sy Abelman in
A Serious Man, and who is a voice-over actor in real life.
The title comes from the legacy of the real-life king of voice-over,
Don LaFontaine. Excellent film.
In the Electric Mist (2009 - 102min) Bertrand Tavernier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_electric_mist/
In the Family (2011 - 169min) Patrick Wang
Official Site: www.inthefamilythemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/25/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00COBWXIK
Amazon (BluRay 06/25/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00COBWXI0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_family_2011/
In the Name of the Father (1994 - 133min) Jim Sheridan
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_name_of_the_father/
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson. Based on the true story of the Guildford
Four, falsely accused of the IRA's Guildford pub bombings.
The Independent (2000 - 80min) Stephen Kessler
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/independent/
Film business comedy starring Jerry Stiller, Janeane Garafalo. Not as
funny as I was hoping.
The Indian Runner (1991 - 127min) Sean Penn
Amazon (DVD 12/11/01 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005PJ6Q
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/indian_runner/
First film written and directed by Sean Penn. Based on the Bruce Springsteen
song, The Highway Patrolman.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, David Morse, Patricia Arquette, Valeria Golino,
Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper.
Infamous (2006 - 110min) Douglas McGrath
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/infamous/
Toby Jones as Truman Capote, Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee. (see also
Capote and In Cold Blood).
Inglourious Basterds (2009 - 153min) Quentin Tarantino
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002T9H2LK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inglourious_basterds/
Tarantino's seventh film. Set in WW2 Nazi-occupied France. Violent,
thrilling, and highly regarded, as always.
Ink (2009 - 106min) Jamin Winans
Official Site: www.jaminwinans.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1216924-ink/
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013 - 105min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Amazon (DVD 03/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8L1Q
Amazon (Bluray 03/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8KGW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_llewyn_davis_2013/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1x3hzz/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/233h6c/
Review at Filmthreat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/72911/
Review at RogerEbert.com: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/inside-llewyn-davis-2013
Review at Indiewire: blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/inside-llewyn-davis-isnt-about-failure-its-about-depression
Review at BadassDigest: badassdigest.com/2013/11/14/inside-llewyn-davis-review-assured-minimalist-filmmaking
16th film from the Coen brothers. Set in the folk music scene of Greenwich
Village in 1960-1961, just before the arrival of Bob Dylan. Main character
Llewyn Davis is loosely based on Dave van Ronk.
DVD includes one special feature, Inside Inside Llewyn Davis, a 43-minute
"making-of", which spends a lot of time with the Coen brothers and a lot
of time on the music.
The Insider (1999 - 157min) Michael Mann
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/insider/
An inside look at the corrupt US tobacco industry, based on an actual
60 Minutes TV expose. Starring Russel Crowe and Al Pacino.
On the same subject, see also Thank You for Smoking and the
documentary The Last Cigarette.
Instinct (1999 - 126min) John Turteltaub
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/instinct/
Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding. Maybe not that great of a movie but it does
have some ideas from the book Ishmael,
and Anthony Hopkins.
Interview (2007 - 86min) Steve Buscemi
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WC38WI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1007916-interview/
Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller star in this remake of Theo van Gogh's 2003
movie of the same name.
Into the Night (1985 - 115min) John Landis
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/into_the_night/
Starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfieffer, both excellently cast.
This is a film you can really escape into. Have seen many times.
Into the Wild (2007 - 148min) Sean Penn
Official Site: www.intothewild.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/into_the_wild/
Based on the 1996 bestselling non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer, about the
adventures of John McCandless. I saw this in the theatre when it came out.
Very impressed. I had read the book, which I highly recommend. It is not a
long book and is very engrossing, an easy read. One of the main points of
the story is that this fantasy of going out to the wilderness alone and
surviving on your own can be very lonely, and thus not so fulfulling -
happiness needs to be shared.
Intolerable Cruelty (2003 - 100min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/intolerable_cruelty/
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Bob Thorton, Cedric the
The Intouchables (2011 - 113min) Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_intouchables/
Very highly regarded French film starring Francois Cluzet as a quadriplegic
aristocrat, and Omar Sy as the Senegalese ex-con who is hired to take care
of him. Great film, enjoyed a lot, didn't even notice I was reading
Inventing the Abbots (1997 - 110min) Pat O'Connor
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inventing_the_abbotts/
Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup.
The Irony of Fate (1975 - 184min) Eldar Ryazanov
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/irony_of_fate_or_enjoy_your_bath/
Romantic comedy involving a mix-up that is possible due to the similarity of
buildings in Russian cities. It has long been a tradition in Russia to watch
this film on New Years Eve.
Irreversible (2002 - 97min) Gaspar Noe
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/irreversible/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1vn6uh/
Gaspar Noe's second film, following I Stand Alone (1998), followed by
Enter the Void (2009). Controversial due to very graphic rape scene
and other violent scenes. Starring Vincent Cassel, Monica Belluci. Noe says
this was his stepping stone which enabled him to make his masterpiece,
Enter the Void.
It's a Disaster (2013 - 88min) Todd Berger
Amazon (DVD 06/04/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C3DIXGK
Amazon (Bluray 06/04/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C3DIYDM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/its_a_disaster/
Very funny dark comedy. Four couples are having an awkward time at their
Sunday "couples' brunch" when an end'o'the world disaster makes things
a bit more interesting and intense. Fast-paced non-stop humor.
Starring Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrara,
Jeff Grace, Erinn Hayes, Blaise Miller, Julia Stiles. The director and
three of the guys (Miller, Brennan, Grace) are in an LA-based comedy troupe
called the Vacationeers. Enjoyed this a lot. A top favorite comedy.
Jackie Brown (1997 - 154min) Quentin Tarantino
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004U7MR14
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jackie_brown/
Reddit Discussion (07/29/13): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1jaekt/
Reddit Discussion (12/13/14): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2p3kdb/
Tarantino's third film, following Reservoir Dogs and
Pulp Fiction, and preceding Kill Bill. This one has less
action and more character development than his other films, making it a
bit less popular, but very well-regarded by critics. Pam Grier,
Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Bridget Fonda,
Jacob's Ladder (1990 - 113min) Adrian Lyne
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003TRMLQM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jacobs_ladder/
Tim Robbins plays a Vietnam vet who is having psychological problems perhaps
due to being experimented on with drugs.
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013 - 122min) Billy Bob Thornton
Amazon (DVD 12/10/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F641OH8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jayne_mansfields_car/
Fourth film from Billy Bob Thornton. He says this is about how different
generations see war and about the romanticization of tragedy.
Set in Alabama in 1969. Starring Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon,
Billy Bob Thornton. Not well reviewed, but worth watching for the cast.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975 - 201min) Chantal Akerman
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 08/25/09 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002AFX53C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jeanne_dielman_23_quai_du_commerce_1080_bruxelles/
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012 - 83min) Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Official Site: www.jeffwholivesathome.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/01/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AG4760C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jeff_who_lives_at_home/
Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong.
4th film from the Duplass brothers, who are considered to be part of the
"mumblecore" movement. This film may or may not qualify for that genre,
which usually has lower production values and doesn't usually have known
actors. I had high expections for this in spite of mixed reviews.
I thought it was awesome. Have watched 4 times. Highly recommended.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972 - 116min) Sydney Pollack
Amazon (DVD 10/30/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000W1SZBS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jeremiah_johnson/
Starring Robert Redford, Will Gear. Redford is a mountain man in the Rocky
Mountains in the mid-1800's. He meets a couple of other mountain men, some
settlers, and Native Americans from a couple of tribes. Lots of fighting
with "injuns". This came to my attention when discussing the book and film
Into the Wild (which I recommend over this).
Jimmy and Judy (2006 - 99min) Randall K. Rubin, Jon Schroder
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UYX4QS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jimmy_and_judy/
Edward Furlong, Rachel Bella, William Sadler.
Joe (1970 - 107min) John G. Avildsen
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005V9HL
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/joe/
Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon.
Julie & Julia (2009 - 123min) Norah Efron
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RSDW80/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/julie_and_julia/
Tells two stories from real life: Julia Childs (Meryl Streep) when she was
in France and went to cooking school, and Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who gave
herself the project of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia's French cooking
book in 365 days.
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999 - 94min) Harmony Korine
Official Site: www.wanted-worldwide.com/juliendonkeyboy/
Amazon (DVD Widescreen): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0036PRHYI
Amazon (DVD Fullscreen 03/20/01 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059HA5
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/julien_donkeyboy/
Second film from Harmony Korine, after Gummo. The first American
film to follow the Dogme 95 manifesto. Very unusual and experimental. Looks
at a young boy with untreated schizophrenia and his family. Most
people will not enjoy or understand this, and I'm not sure that I did on
first watching. Might try it again someday. But why this came to
my attention and why I have a copy of this is the presence of Alvin Law, who
plays a neighbor. Alvin was born without arms, as a result of thalidomide.
In one scene he plays a full drumset with just his feet, which are holding
drumsticks. In another scene he does a card trick. Its worth getting ahold
of this just for these scenes. In real life Alvin is a motivational speaker.
His website: www.alvinlaw.com/.
Also Werner Herzog plays a part as the father.
Juno (2007 - 96min) Jason Reitman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YABYLA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/juno/
Ellen Page (always great). Ebert called it the "film of the year".
Kafka (1991 - 98min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (VHS 04/03/10 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6302622948/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kafka/
Second film from Soderbergh, following sex, lies, and videotape.
Has not been issued on DVD. We might hope for a release on Criterion, since
they are reissuing King of the Hill in 2014. Starring Jeremy Irons as
Kamikaze Girls (2004 - 102min) Tetsuya Nakashima
Amazon (DVD 01/10/06 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BYA4M4
Amazon (Bluray 02/08/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VLGFSC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kamikaze_girls/
Very fun, unique, colorful, smart Japanese film about an unlikely friendship
between a "Lolita girl" and a "Yanki" girl.
Keane (2004 - 100min) Lodge Kerrigan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E8N8M0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/keane/
Third film from Lodge Kerrigan (after Clean, Shaven and
Claire Dolan). Stars Damian Lewis as a mentally disturbed man
obsessed with the abduction of his daughter months earlier. He becomes
briefly involved with a woman and her daughter, who is the same age as his
daughter. This is a very good film, but probably is too close of a look
at mental illness to be enjoyable by most people.
Kicking and Screaming (1995 - 96min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD 08/22/06 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FUF7DA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1066170-kicking_and_screaming/
First film from Noah Baumbach.
Kids (1995 - 91min) Larry Clark
Amazon (DVD 11/07/00 - OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004YA6G
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kids/
Written by Harmony Korine.
Kill Bill (2003 - 111min) Quentin Tarantino
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kill_bill_vol_1/
Uma! Tarantino's 4th film. Action thriller starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu,
Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen,
Juilie Dreyfus, Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks.
DVD includes a bonus feature of all-girl Japanese garage rock trio the
5,6,7,8's playing 2 songs (they also appear in the film).
Kill Bill II (2004 - 136min) Quentin Tarantino
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kill_bill_vol_2/
Originally intended as one film, it was decided to chop this into 2 parts
due to its length.
The Killing Fields (1984 - 141min) Roland Joffe
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing_fields/
Tells the real-life story of reporter Sydney Shanberg (Sam Waterston) and
his Cambodian assistant Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) during the Khmer Rouge
takeover of Cambodia. Award-winning film, a bit rare on DVD.
Killer Joe (2012 - 102min) William Friedkin
Official Site: killerjoethemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A3K2PZA/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killer_joe/
"A Totally Twisted Deep-Fried Texas Redneck Trailer Park Murder Story".
Starring Matthew McConaughey (as Killer Joe), Gina Gershon, Emile Hersh,
Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple. Very intense and violent. There is an
Unrated version and an R-Rated version. Meant to be a dark comedy.
Ebert says it left him speechless. Me too.
Killer of Sheep (1977 - 81min) Charles Burnett
Official Site: www.killerofsheep.com/
Milestone Films: www.milestonefilms.com/products/killer-of-sheep
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/20/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VEA3MU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killer_of_sheep/
Killer's Kiss (1955 - 67min) Stanley Kubrick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killers_kiss/
The Killing (1956 - 83min) Stanley Kubrick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing/
Note that the Criterion edition (DVD and Bluray) includes Kubrick's earlier
film, Killer's Kiss as a special feature.
Killing Them Softly (2012 - 97min) Andrew Dominik
Amazon (DVD 03/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009AMAL4Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing_them_softly/
Crime drama starring Brad Pitt as a hitman. Third feature from New Zealand
director Andrew Dominik, following Chopper and The Assassination
of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford. The focus is on the loaded
dialog rather than action and the film can be seen as a commentary on
capitalism and the 2008 financial collapse.
Killing Zoe (1994 - 91min) Roger Avary
Amazon (DVD 08/14/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005O5AY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing_zoe/
The King is Dead (2012 - 102min) Rolf de Heer
Amazon (DVD 01/01/05 PAL Region 4): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BUELM16
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_king_is_dead/
Comedy/drama/thriller about bad neighbors. Australian film by Rolf de Heer
(Bad Boy Bubby, Alexandra's Project). As of OCT 2013, the DVD
is only available as an Australian import. Have not yet seen. I expect this
to be very good.
The King of Comedy (1982 - 109min) Martin Scorcese
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1011623-king_of_comedy/
Article at SuperCoolCinema: supercoolcinema.co.uk/the-king-of-comedy/
Eighth feature film from Martin Scorsese.
Hilarious black comedy about celebrity stalking, starring Robert De Niro,
Sandra Bernhard and Jerry Lewis. De Niro plays the delusional Rupert Pupkin,
who knows he can be a star as a standup comic if only he was given the
chance. The perfectly cast Sandra Bernhard is his psycho friend Marsha, who
helps him carry out a plan to kidnap talk-show host Jerry Lanford (Jerry
Lewis) so that Rupert can be on the show, and she can be alone with Jerry.
Highly recommended. (see also Scorsese's other comedy from the same period -
King of the Gypsies (1978 - 112min) Frank Pierson
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016LFG3S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_of_the_gypsies/
Based on the 1978 best-selling non-fiction book of the same name by Peter
Maas. Eric Roberts, Sterling Hayden, Shelley Winters, Susan Sarandon, Brooke
Shields, Annette O'Toole, Judd Hirsch.
King of the Hill (1993 - 109min) Steven Soderbergh
Criterion DVD/Bluray): www.criterion.com/films/27965
Amazon (DVD/Bluray 02/25/14 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GPPXNLC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1046045-king_of_the_hill/
3rd film from Soderbergh, following Kafka. Has not been available on
a US DVD until released by Criterion in 2014.
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972 - 103min) Bob Rafelson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_of_marvin_gardens/
Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn.
King of New York (1990 - 103min) Abel Ferrara
Amazon (DVD 04/20/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001FGBUW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_of_new_york/
Starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes.
The King's Speech (2011 - 118min) Tom Hooper
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_kings_speech/
(have not yet seen)
Kingpin (1996 - 117min) Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1072385-kingpin/
Starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray.
This is a "gross-out comedy" from the Farrelly brothers, who are the kings
of the genre. Harrelson plays a former promising bowler who lost his right
hand, now a jaded worldly hustler. He spots Quaid, a young naive Amish man,
bowling, and decides he can help him win the national tournament. Lots of
craziness as they travel across the country. Lots of surprises: Jonathan
Richman performing some songs in a bar, John Popper and the Blues Travellers
playing over the closing credits, Chris Elliot as a gambler. Bill Murray is
hilarious. Said to be "not for the squeamish", but its a fun one.
If you need another bowling movie, check out The Big Lebowski.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005 - 103min) Shane Black
Amazon (DVD 06/13/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F5GNX8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kiss_kiss_bang_bang/
Dark comic detective crime thriller. Very fun.
Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan (yow!).
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985 - 120min) Hector Babenco
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 07/22/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AMH7XA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kiss_of_the_spider_woman/
Raul Julia, William Hurt, Sonia Braga. Based on the novel by Manuel Puig.
Has also been developed into a play and a musical. Set in a Brazilian
Klown (2010 - 91min) Mikkel Norgaard
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007VH6HPM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/klown/
Knight of Cups (2016 - 118min) Terrence Malick
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/knight_of_cups/
Review by Matt Zoller Seitz: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/knight-of-cups-2016
Kontroll (2005 - 105min) Nimrod Antal
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009UZGDW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kontroll/
Hungarian dark comic thriller set in vast Budapest subway system.
Kundun (1997 - 134min) Martin Scorcese
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305090580
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kundun/
Scorsese's 16th feature film. The making of this film is documented in
In Search of Kundun.
Laggies (2014 - 100min) Lynn Shelton
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/laggies/
The Last of His Tribe (1992 - 90min) Harry Hook
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_of_his_tribe/
Last Days (2005 - 97min) Gus Van Sant
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AYEL10/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_days/
Fictionalized account of the last few days in the life of Kurt Cobain.
Michael Pitt as Blake (based on Kurt Cobain). Also an appearance by Ricky
Jay as a private detective, based on Tom Grant, who has a website where he
presents his findings on the Kurt Cobain case:
www.cobaincase.com (He suspects
Courtney - this is not hinted at in the film - see Nick Broomfield's
documentary Kurt and Courtney). Not a highly rated film, but probably
the style is a bit experimental for most people and probably this film is of
interest mainly to fans of Kurt Cobain (or Gus Van Sant).
The Last Days of Disco (1998 - 113min) Whit Stillman
Amazon (DVD 2009 Crtierion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002AFX53M/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_days_of_disco/
The soundtrack is the ultimate disco music collection.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989 - 103min) Uli Edel
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_exit_to_brooklyn/
I found this on the DVD label: " A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in
the 1950's are crushed by their surroundings and selves." Based on Hubert
Selby's 1964 cult classic novel. DVD has been out of print in the US for
awhile, some import versions are available. Its a classic, so I watched it,
but maybe not that enjoyable of a film.
The Last Picture Show (1971 - 127min) Peter Bogdanovich
Amazon (DVD Definitive Director's Cut Special Edition 11/30/99 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767827902
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_picture_show/
The Last Rites of Joe May (2011 - 106min) Joe Maggio
Amazon (DVD 04/17/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006ENHFNW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_last_rites_of_joe_may/
Aging tough-guy movie, set in Chicago, starring Dennis Farina in what is
called a "career-defining performance". Very solid film, overlooked and
deserving of more attention. Check it out.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988 - 164min) Martin Scorsese
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_temptation_of_christ/
Amazon (DVD 04/25/00 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559409037
Amazon (BluRay 03/13/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006ML50R4
Scorsese's 11th feature film. An adaptation of the 1953 novel of the same
name by Nikos Kazantzakis. Starring Willem Dafoe (Jesus Christ), Harvey
Keitel (Judas Iscariot), Barbara Hershey (Mary Magdalene), Harry Dean
Stanton (Paul), David Bowie (Pontius Pilate).
The Last Wave (1977 - 106min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD 11/27/01 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QAPI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_wave/
Lawless (2012 - 115min) John Hillcoat
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QAPI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lawless_2012/
Third film from Hillcoat, following The Proposition and
The Road. Set in the world of moonshine bootlegging in Virginia
during Prohibition. Written by Nick Cave, based on the 2008 historical novel
The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995 - 111min) Mike Figgis
Amazon (DVD 01/01/00): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0792838068
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leaving_las_vegas/
Nicholas Cage, Elizabeth Shue.
Lebanon (2009 - 94min) Samuel Maoz
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5H5II
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lebanon-2010/
Interview with Director: www.ioncinema.com/news/id/5121/interview-samuel-maoz-lebanon
A day from the 1982 war with Lebanon, set inside an Israeli tank.
Excellent film - recommended.
Lenny (1974 - 111min B&W) Bob Fosse
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lenny/
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine. Biography of late comedian
Lenny Bruce. Earned Hoffman an Oscar.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004 - 118min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 05/10/05 BuenaVista/Miramax/Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007UC8Y4
Amazon (DVD 05/10/05 2-disc BuenaVista/Miramax/Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JNLQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life_aquatic/
4th film from Wes Anderson, cowritten by Anderson and Noah Baumbach.
Starring Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, a parody of and homage to Jacques
Costeau. Also stars Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchette, Anjelica
Huston, Jeff Goldblum. By this time critics are tiring of Anderson's deadpan
hipster style. I hated this when I first watched it. Rewatched in 2013 and
enjoyed. As of NOV 2013, has not been released on Bluray.
Life During Wartime (2010 - 97min) Todd Solondz
Amazon (DVD 07/26/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WPYO4M
Amazon (BluRay 07/26/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WPYO38
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1211512-life_during_wartime/
Sequel to Happiness with different actors playing the same characters.
Explores the themes in Happiness a bit farther. And, like
Happiness, this one is not for everyone. At first this did not grab
me like Happiness did, but it grew on me as it went along. The DVD
includes a 45-minute audio feature of Solondz answering questions about
Life is Beautiful (1997 - 116min) Roberto Benigni
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1084398-life_is_beautiful/
Life is Sweet (1990 - 103min) Mike Leigh
Amazon (DVD 05/28/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/BOOBJB2GRO
Amazon (BluRay 05/28/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/BOOBJB2H1E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life_is_sweet/
Life Without Principle (2011 - 106min) Johnny To
Amazon (DVD 05/29/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0079K4WF8
Amazon (Blu-Ray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007ATJO2O
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2012/03/19/a-blu-ray-with-principle/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life_without_principle_2011/
Excellent film. Bankers and gangsters and money.
The Limits of Control (2009 - 116min) Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/limits_of_control/
Interview with Jarmusch at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/jim-jarmusch-interviewed
I watched this right away as soon as the DVD came out. It didn't grab me
like was hoping it would. I later read some about it in 2011 (Amazon
reviews) and rewatched with no expectations. This time I totally drank
it in. Still I wouldn't recommend it to most people over Ghost Dog,
Jarmusch's other hitman story, which I think is a rich and magical
masterpiece. I can see how some people might find The Limits of
Control confusing, slow and boring, but whoever is open to it will
appreciate the artistry. Stars Isaach De Bankole as the hitman (he was
the ice cream vendor in Ghost Dog). Also Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton,
John Hurt. Set and filmed in Spain.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011 - 118min) Brad Furman
Amazon (DVD 07/12/11 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004EPYZP8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lincoln_lawyer/
Crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy,
Ryan Phillipe. Critics say it is predictable, nothing new, but a well-made
film. I liked it.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006 - 103min) Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K7VHQE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/little_miss_sunshine/
Little Odessa (1995 - 98min) James Gray
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K7VHQE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/little_odessa/
First film from James Gray, followed by The Yards.
Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximillian Schell, Moira Kelly.
The Living Wake (2007 - 91min) Sol Tryon
Official Site: www.thelivingwake.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/living_wake/
The Lives of Others (2006 - 138min) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Amazon (DVD 08/21/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OVLBGC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_lives_of_others/
German film involving state surveillance in East Germany in the 1980s.
Local Hero (1983 - 111min) Bill Forsyth
Amazon (DVD 09/21/99 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305558205/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/local_hero/
Note 03/12/13 - DVD appears to be out of print. Hopefully will be reissued
due to interest from documentary You've Been Trumped.
LOL (2006 - min) Joe Swanberg
Official Site: www.lolthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 08/28/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RZIH3A/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lol/
Review at NY Times: movies.nytimes.com/2006/08/23/movies/23swan.html
Chicago-based "mumblecore" director Joe Swanberg's second film (after
Kissing on the Mouth). Looks at the impact of technology on
relationships. One character looks at his laptop while making out with his
girlfriend, one conducts relationships by cellphone, and one misses out
on a real girl due to preoccupation with chat rooms. For extra fun we get
some "noisehead" videos. Alex, the character played by real-life
noise-musician Kevin Bewersdorf, makes brief video recordings of people
making noises with their mouths. He edits these into music videos. The
DVD includes 9 minutes worth of noisehead videos in the special features.
Very cool. Swanberg has been quite a prolific filmmaker and his low-buget
productions are always interesting.
Lolita (1962 - 152min) Stanley Kubrick
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJ48VI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1012611-lolita/
Sue Lyon, James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers star in Kubrick's
adaptation of Nabokov's controversial novel.
The Long Goodbye (1973 - 112min) Robert Altman
Amazon (DVD 09/17/02 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069HZU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1031440-long_goodbye/
Elliott Gould stars as private investigator Philip Marlowe in Robert
Altman's updated adaptation of the 1953 Robert Chandler novel, set in 1970's
Looker (1981 - 93min) Michael Crichton
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looker/
Sci-fi thriller, starring Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977 - 136min) Richard Brooks
Amazon (DVD Paramount OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JN75
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looking_for_mr_goodbar/
Review by Roger Ebert (01/01/77): www.rogerebert.com/reviews/looking-for-mr-goodbar-1977
Dianne Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Richard Gere, Tom Berenger, Alan Feinstein,
William Atherton. First major roles for Gere and Berenger. Keaton won an
Academy Award for Annie Hall the same year. Based on the novel by Judith
Rossner, which was based on
the real-life murder of NYC schoolteacher Roseann Quinn. In the film,
set in San Francisco, Diane Keaton is Theresa Dunn, a teacher of deaf
children in the daytime and by night an increasingly adventurous explorer of
the sexual revolution of the 70's. One way to look at the film is to see it
as a succession of four men she is involved with. She has an affair with a
married college professor (Feinstein). Their first encounter, and presumably
her first time, ends with her saying "why did you stop? oh, is it over?
is that it?". "Next time, fireworks", he says. She later meets Tony (Gere) -
wild, dangerous, interesting, full of energy, and able to perform.
Meanwhile she is pursued by a boring suitor (Atherton). Later she meets
The VHS is out of print and the film has never been released on DVD (as
of OCT 2013). There are amazon listings for DVDs and these are apparently
bootlegs. You might find bootlegs/imports for various prices on eBay, etc.
(The bootleg DVD I found on eBay has a runtime of 130min16sec)
Looper (2012 - 118min) Rian Johnson
Official Site: www.loopermovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAII88
Amazon (BluRay 12/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAII8K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looper/
Time-travel sci-fi action thriller starring Bruce Willis,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt.
Lord of the Flies (1963 - 90min) Peter Brook
Amazon (DVD 07/16/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CEIOHLY/
Amazon (Bluray 07/16/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CEIOHRI/
Amazon (DVD 09/09/08 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BEK8EW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1012710-lord_of_the_flies/
Lords of Dogtown (2005 - 107min) Catherine Hardwicke
Amazon (DVD 09/27/05 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ALM4AS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lords_of_dogtown/
I'm not greatly recommending this one, but Stacy Peralta's 2001
documentary film Dogtown and Z-Boys
whick looks at the legendary Zephyr skateboarding team in the 1970's,
and which this film fictionalises, is one of the most awesome films I
have ever seen. In my top ten docus for sure. So this may be of interest to
fans of that film.
The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999 - 106min) Mike Figgis
Amazon (DVD 12/07/99 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767837371
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/loss_of_sexual_innocence/
Lost Highway (1997 - 135min) David Lynch
Lynchnet: The David Lynch Resource (Fan Site): www.lynchnet.com/lh/
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001152TL6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_highway/
A mind-bending noir thriller. Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette,
Balthazar Getty, Robert Logia, Robert Blake, Gary Busey. Not highly
reviewed, but definitely classic Lynch.
Lost in America (1985 - 91min) Albert Brooks
Amazon (DVD 04/03/01 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000056WRF/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_in_america/
Third film from Albert Brooks, following Modern Romance.
Very funny. Starring Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty.
Lost in Translation (2003 - 102min) Sofia Coppola
Amazon (DVD 02/03/04 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JMJ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_in_translation/
Second film from Sofia Coppola, following The Virgin Suicides,
followed by Marie Antoinette. Set in Tokyo. Starring Bill Murray,
Love (2011 - 86min) William Eubank
Amazon (CD/DVD 3-disc Box Set 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005O64VPU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771249048/
Love Liza (2002 - 90min) Todd Louiso
Amazon (DVD 05/27/03 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008WI9N
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/love_liza/
Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Loved One (1965 - 121min, Black & White) Tony Richardson
Amazon (DVD 2006 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ERVK4O
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/loved_one/
Ahead-of-its-time black comedy based on the 1948 book of the same name
by Evelyn Waugh. DVD has English, Spanish and French subtitles and a
15-minute featurette about the film made in 2006 called Trying to Offend
Everyone. Screenplay by Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood. Maybe not
as good as Dr. Strangelove (and not as accessible to modern viewers), but
in that league. Delivers line after line, scene after scene. Stars Jonathan
Winters (plays 2 parts), Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, Rod Steiger,
John Gielgud, Liberace and more.
Lovelace (2013 - 93min) Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Official Site: www.thelovelacemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2013 11/05/13 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ET2ODTE
Amazon (Bluray 2013 11/05/13 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ET2ODU8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lovelace/
Review at NY Times: movies.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/movies/amanda-seyfried-plays-linda-lovelace-in-biopic.html
The story of Linda Lovelace (Linda Boreman), star of 70's porn classic
Deep Throat, considered the first scripted pornographic theatrical
feature film. Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as
Chuck Trainor, James Franco as Hugh Heffner. Also Sharon Stone, Robert
Patrick, Juno Temple, Eric Roberts, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Hank Azaria,
Chris Noth, Debi Mazar, Bobby Cannavale. See also the excellent
documentary film Inside Deep Throat, which explores the sociological
impact of the film Deep Throat.
Lust for Life (1956 - 123min) Vincente Minnelli
Amazon (DVD 01/31/06 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BYA4HY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1012920-lust_for_life/
Biographical film about Vincent van Gogh, based on 1934 novel by Irving
Stone. Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh, Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin,
James Donald as Theo van Gogh. Highly regarded film.
The Machinist (2004 - 102min) Brad Anderson
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007Y08QA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/machinist/
Stars Christian Bale, who starved himself down to 120lbs for the role.
Also Jennifer Jason Leigh and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon.
Mad Max (1979 - 93min) George Miller
Official Site: www.madmaxonline.com/
Amazon (DVD Special Edition 01/01/02 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005R2IS
Amazon (DVD/BluRay 2-disc 10/05/10 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ZD9DUC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mad_max/
Australian dystopian action film, starring Mel Gibson. Very popular,
followed by 2 sequels. A prequel is to be released in 2013. There are many
releases of single discs and 2-disc/3-disc sets on DVD and BluRay which
can be researched at amazon.com.
Mad Max 2 (1981 - 95min) George Miller
AKA: The Road Warrior, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Amazon (DVD 06/30/09 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002AT8KB0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mad_max_2_the_road_warrior_1981/
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985 - 107min) George Miller, George Ogilvie
Amazon (DVD 07/30/97 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0790731932
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mad_max_beyond_thunderdome/
Madrid, 1987 (2011 - 104min) David Trueba
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00APUAKYG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/madrid_1987_2012/
Spanish film with English subtitles. An old man and a young woman are
trapped together naked in a bathroom for a day. Jose Sacristan plays a
70-year-old newspaper columnist. Maria Valverde plays a journalism student
who was interviewing him. Much interesting conversation.
Magic Magic (2013 - 98min) Sebastian Silva
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CZO04WI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/magic_magic_2013/
Another one from Sebastion Silva that we might call "Chilean mumblecore"
(see also Crystal Fairy). Perhaps a psychological thriller.
Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Augustin Silva, Catalina
Magic Mike (2012 - 110min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008WCP2PG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/magic_mike/
DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/58624/magic-mike/
DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/57928/magic-mike/
Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfur, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn.
Set in Tampa, Florida, in the world of male strippers.
Magnolia (1999 - 188min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Cigarettes and Coffee - The Definitive P.T. Anderson Resource: www.ptanderson.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/magnolia/
Review at Metaphilm: www.metaphilm.com/philm.php?id=96_0_2_0
Reddit Discussion (10/23/13): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1p0tk3/
3 hours worth of interlocking stories that take place on one day in LA.
Anderson's third film, an epic masterpiece. The excellent cast includes a
lot of his regulars from Boogie Nights and Hard Eight,
and Tom Cruise. Have seen several times and looking forward to future
rewatchings. Highly recommended.
Mallrats (1995 - 94min) Kevin Smith
Director's Website: www.viewaskew.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mallrats/
The Man From Earth (2007 - 90min) Richard Shenkman
Official Site: manfromearth.com
Amazon (DVD 11/13/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UYX4Q8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_from_earth/
Sci-fi written by Jerome Bixby.
The Man From Elysian Fields (2001 - 106min) George Hickenlooper
Amazon (DVD ): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000087F7R
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_from_elysian_fields/
Man Push Cart (2005 - 87min) Ramin Bahrani
Amazon (DVD 10/09/07 Koch Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TSJ01I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_push_cart/
First film from Ramin Bahrani. Highly rated. Followed by Chop Shop.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976 - 139min) Nicolas Roeg
Amazon (Fox-Lorber 1998 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305069611
Amazon (Starz / Anchor Bay 2005 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007JMCX
Amazon (Anchor Bay 2008 "Cult Fiction"): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001320RHA
Amazon (Criterion 2005 2-disc OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A88EVE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_who_fell_to_earth/
David Bowie's feature film debut, as the alien. Also stars Candy Clark,
Rip Torn, Buck Henry. Classic sci-fi, based on 1963 novel of same name by
Walter Tevis. Roeg's fifth film, following Don't Look Now.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001 - 116min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_who_wasnt_there/
The Manchurian Candidate (1962 - 126min) John Frankenheimer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1013227-manchurian_candidate/
Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury.
Very interesting highly-rated classic film explores the possibility of
brainwashed, mind-controlled sleeper agents used as political assassins.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004 - 129min) Jonathan Demme
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/manchurian_candidate/
Excellent updated remake starring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber.
Manderlay (2005 - 139min) Lars von Trier
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/manderlay/
Sequel to Dogville, second in planned trilogy - "America, the Land
of Opportunity." Third film, "Wasington", not yet made. This one deals with
slavery and racism. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach de Bankole, Willem
Dafoe, Danny Glover, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Chloe Sevigny, Udo Kier.
Maps to the Stars (2014 - 112min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD 04/14/15 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00T5DYSNS/
Amazon (Bluray 04/14/15 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00T5DYSHE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maps_to_the_stars/
Review - Badass Digest: badassdigest.com/2015/03/01/maps-to-the-stars-hollywood-is-sick/
Margaret (2011 - 150min) Kenneth Lonergan
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAIGF0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/margaret_2010/
Second film from Kenneth Lonergan, following You Can Count on Me.
Intense drama. Excellent film, highly recommended. Anna Paquin, Matt Damon,
Mark Ruffalo, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt.
The Bluray/DVD combo includes the theatrical version (150min) on the Bluray
disc and the extended version (186min) on the DVD. On the same release date,
a "rental-only" DVD was released to rental stores, which contains only the
theatrical version. So as of July 2012, you have to buy the Bluray to get
the extended version on DVD. This film was to be released in 2007, but
was delayed until 2011 due to lawsuits over its length.
Margot at the Wedding (2007 - 93min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD 02/19/08 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011NVC8Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/margot_at_the_wedding/
Fifth film from Noah Baumbach, following The Squid and the Whale,
followed by Greenberg. Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Jack Black, John Turturro, Ciaran Hinds, Halley Feiffer.
Maria Full of Grace (2004 - 101min) Joshua Marston
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maria_full_of_grace/
Maria, a pregnant 17-year-old Colombian girl (played by Catalina Sandrina
Moreno) agrees to become a "mule", and swallows 62 packets of heroin to
smuggle into the US.
Marie Antoinette (2006 - 127min) Sofia Coppola
Amazon (DVD 02/13/07 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M06KJ8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1158195-marie_antoinette/
Third film from Sofia Coppola, following Lost in Translation,
followed by Somewhere. Starring Kirsten Dunst.
Mary and Max (2009 - 92min) Adam Elliot
Amazon (DVD 06/15/10 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00366E1E6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1209767-mary_and_max/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1uahf5/
Australian clay-animated black comedy drama. A young girl in Australia
picks a random address and begins a correspondence with a man in New York
City who has Asberger's syndrome. Very special.
The Master (2012 - 138min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Official Site: www.themasterfilm.com/
Director's Fansite: cigsandredvines.blogspot.com
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220DGE
Amazon (BluRay 2-disc 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220DIC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_master_2011/
Article at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/the-master-paul-thomas-anderson-review
DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/59645/master-the/
Review by Michael Glover Smith at WhiteCityCinema: whitecitycinema.com/2012/09/17/now-playing-the-master/
Review by Kent Jones at FilmComment: www.filmcomment.com/article/the-master-paul-thomas-anderson-review/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/zxkrc/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1id7sf/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1if1lg/
Reddit Discussion (06/14): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/26xrb9/
P.T. Anderson's sixth film. Another epic masterpiece. Starring Philip Seymour
Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, Joaquin Phoenix as Freddy Quell, and Amy
Adams as Peggy Dodd. Quell is an ex-navy drifter afflicted with PTSD after
serving in WWII. He becomes involved with a self-help religious cult led
by Lancaster Dodd, who appears to be strongly based on L Ron Hubbard, the
founder of Scientology.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003 - 138min) Peter Weir
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and Commander:_The_Far_Side_of_the_World
Amazon (DVD 04/20/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001HLVS2
Amazon (BluRay 05/13/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VDDWDS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/master_and_commander_the_far_side_of_the_world/
The Matrix (1999 - 136min) Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
A Buddhist Anaysis: www.helsinki.fi/~papinnie/matrix.html
Amazon (10-disc DVD set 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002Y69NG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/matrix/
Starring Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburn, Carrie-Anne Moss. Heavy-duty
super-classic sci-fi. It may possibly be a little longer than it needs to be
(including several lengthy gun battles). Lawrence Fishburn is excellent.
The sequels didn't do much for me. I'll never forget the first time I
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005 - 90min) Miranda July
Review - NotComing.com: www.notcoming.com/reviews.php?id=451
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/me_and_you_and_everyone_we_know/
Very unique comedy. Highly recommended. First film from Miranda July, who
wrote, directed and stars. See also her next film, The Future (2011).
Mean Girls (2004 - 97min) Mark Waters
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002IQJ8W
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler.
Tina Fey wrote the script for this, basing it on the non-fiction book
Queen Bees and Wannabees, by Rosalind Wiseman. Note the almost 5000
reviews at Amazon with a solid five stars.
Mean Streets (1973 - 112min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000286RP2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_streets/
Scorsese's third film (after Who's that Knocking at My Door? and
Boxcar Bertha and before Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore).
Starring Robert DeNiro and Harvey Keitel.
Meantime (1983 - 103min) Mike Leigh
Amazon (DVD 01/26/99 Fox Lorber OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305228884
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/meantime/
Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Phil Daniels.
Meanwhile (2011 - 59min) Hal Hartley
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BJFTS3A/
Amazon (BluRay 04/23/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BJFTQ0K/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771267920/
Hal Hartley's 12th film. Starring D.J. Mendel. Set in New York City.
Medium Cool (1969 - 110min) Haskell Wexler
Amazon (DVD 05/21/13 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BJB2GSS/
Amazon (BluRay 05/21/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BJB2GUQ/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/01 Paramount OOP) : www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QTAT/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/medium_cool/
60's classic starring Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna
Meetings With Remarkable Men (1979 - 103min) Peter Brook
Official Site: www.morninglightpress.com
Amazon: (book) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1596750219
Amazon: (DVD) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DZA3XG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/meetings_with_remarkable_men/
Biography of Gurdjieff's early years. May seem kind of long and slow, but
worth it for the whirling dervishes. Was long out of print until, I think,
2007, when Morning Light Press reissued it on DVD. The same publisher also
includes the disc with a book called The Inner Journey, published
in 2008. The book might be cheaper and more available (list price is the
same for the book and the DVD). The DVD includes subtitles in nine languages.
Melancholia (2011 - 130min) Lars von Trier
New York Times: movies.nytimes.com/movie/460581/Melancholia/overview
EXTENSIVE Essay By Steven Shaviro: reframe.sussex.ac.uk.co/sequence1/1-1-melancholia-or-the-romantic-anti-sublime/
Amazon: (DVD 03/13/12 Magnolia) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006KH6CF4
Amazon: (Bluray 03/13/12 Magnolia) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006KH6CI6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/melancholia-2008/
An end-o'-the-world movie - just in time! Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling,
John Hurt, Jesper Christensen, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, Brady Corbet.
Eleventh film from Lars von Trier, the second in his "depression trilogy",
preceded by Antichrist and followed by Nymphomaniac.
Melvin and Howard (1980 - 95min) Jonathan Demme
Amazon: (DVD 03/02/04 Universal) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000WN1NG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/melvin_and_howard/
Based on the true story of Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat), who picked up
Howard Hughes (Jason Robards) hitch-hiking and later claimed that he was in
his will. The will has been ruled a forgery. Very well-regarded film, won
many awards, including Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress (Mary Steenburgen).
Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003 - 83min) Bob Odenkirk
Amazon: (DVD 12/16/03 Sundance OOP) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DI87U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/melvin_goes_to_dinner/
Basically four people having dinner and conversation together. Based on a
play by Michael Blieden, who stars along with Matt Price, Stephanie Courtney
and Annabelle Gurwitch. Excellent film, fun and interesting.
Memron (2004 - 79min) Nancy Hower
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1168665-memron/
Menace II Society (1993 - 104min) Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/menace_ii_society/
Crime drama set in South Central LA.
Mesrine - Part One: Killer Instinct (2008 - 113min) Jean-Francois Richet
Amazon (DVD 02/22/11 Music Box): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004ED54XE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/instinct_de_mort/
Mesrine - Part Two: Public Enemy Number One (2008 - 133min) Jean-Francois Richet
Amazon (DVD 03/29/11 Music Box): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004ITYDVG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mesrine_part_2_public_enemy_number_1/
Metropolitan (1990 - 98min) Whit Stillman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C8Q9KK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/metropolitan/
Mi Vida Loca (1994 - 92min) Allison Anders
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002DRDIW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mi_vida_loca_my_crazy_life/
Looks at LA gang life in Echo Park from the point of view of young women.
Micmacs (2009 - 105min) Jean-Peirre Jeunet
French title: Micmacs a tire-larigot (Non-stop Shenanigans)
Amazon (DVD 12/14/10 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045NXMJE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/micmacs/
Midnight Cowboy (1969 - 113min) John Schlesinger
Amazon (DVD 2000 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0792833287
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Collectors Edition 2006 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CRQX3E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_cowboy/
Classic starring John Voight (Joe Buck) and Dustin Hoffman (Ratso Rizzo).
Won 3 Academy Awards in 1969 in spite of X rating (which was later changed
to an R).
Midnight Express (1978 - 121min) Alan Parker
Amazon (DVD 02/05/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ZM1MGE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_express/
True story of an American who was caught smuggling drugs and
sent to a Turkish prison. Based on autobiographical book by Billy Hayes.
Screenplay by Oliver Stone won an Oscar. Intense, heavy-duty stuff, not a
happy story (for the most part). Sometimes criticized for unfavorable
depiction of Turkish people, for which both Stone and Hayes have expressed
Midnight in Paris (2011 - 94min) Woody Allen
Amazon (DVD 12/20/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005MYEQ4U/
Amazon (Bluray 12/20/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005MYEPXC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/midnight_in_paris/
Milk (2008 - 128min) Gus Van Sant
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/milk/
About Harvey Milk, the openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco (first
in the US). He got a lot done and was an inspiration to many and was murdered
while in office. Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk. Excellent film (check out
the Amazon reviews), but not quite the blockbuster Universal was hoping for,
so the DVD can be purchased very cheaply new or used. See also the excellent
documentary film The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
The Mill & the Cross (2011 - 96min) Lech Majewski
Official Site: www.themillandthecross.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0069W88XE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mill_and_the_cross/
Polish film starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling, Michael York.
A Pieter Bruegel painting comes alive (The Procession to Calvary).
Unique, beautiful, slow, quiet.
Miller's Crossing (1990 - 115min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/millers_crossing/
Minority Report (2002 - 145min) Steven Speilberg
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/minority_report/
Sci-fi action thriller starring Tom Cruise. Based on short story of same
name by Philip K. Dick. Set in the year 2054, deals with "pre-crime".
Mock Up On Mu (2008 - 128min) Craig Baldwin
Did not enjoy this one and not really recommending it. Listing it here as
it may have some interest (or to warn you). I like Craig Baldwin's
documentary Sonic Outlaws, (about digital copyright issues) and his
Spectres of the Spectrum (listed below), which is very similar to
this one. Spectres has maybe a bit more old documentary footage and very
interesting subject matter, enough to outweigh the wackiness. This one was
a bit too silly and weird for me.
Modern Romance (1981 - 93min) Albert Brooks
Amazon (DVD Sony 05/02/06 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C20VTQ
Amazon (DVD-R 05/09/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C20VTQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/modern_romance/
Second film from Albert Brooks, following Real Life.
Hilarious romantic comedy starring Albert Brooks and Kathryn Harrold.
Monster (2003 - 109min) Patty Jenkins
Aileen at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos
Monster at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_(2003_film)
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1128647-monster/
Starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. True story of serial killer
Aileen Wuornos, also covered in a couple of documentaries by Nick Broomfield -
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992) and
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003). Aileen was executed
by the state of Florida in 2002. Charlize won Academy Award for Best Actress.
Moon (2009 - 97min) Duncan Jones
Official Site: www.moon-movie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009075-moon/
Very original and interesting sci-fi, starring Sam Rockwell as
astronaut/moon-worker Sam Bell and Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY, the
computer/robot assistant. Director Duncan Jones is David Bowie's son. This
is his first film, made on a budget of 5 million. Probably best not to
read too much about it before watching, so as not to spoil the
unfolding story. Highly recommended.
Morvern Callar (2002 - 97min) Lynne Ramsay
Amazon (DVD 10/19/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0004Z32JC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/morvern_callar/
Second film from Lynne Ramsay, following Ratcatcher, followed by
We Need to Talk About Kevin.
The Mosquito Coast (1986 - 117min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD 09/30/08 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DJLD08
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mosquito_coast/
Stars Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix.
Mother Night (1996 - 113min) Keith Gordon
Producer's Website: www.duckprods.com/projects/mothernight/
Wikipedia (Book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Night
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mother_night/
Based on Kurt Vonnegut's book. Starring Nick Nolte, Alan Arkin, Sheryl Lee.
Mouth to Mouth (2005 - 101min) Alison Murray
Official Site: www.mouthtomouthmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/25/07 Strand): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OUCD4L0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10006851-mouth_to_mouth/
British film set in England, France, Germany, Portugal. Starring Ellen Page,
as a young girl who gets caught up in a cult.
Mr. Jealousy (1998 - 103min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD 03/07/00 Fox Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1572527005
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mr_jealousy/
Third film from Noah Baumbach, following Highball, followed by
The Squid and the Whale. Romantic comedy starring Eric Stoltz,
Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Bridget Fonda,
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Peter Bogdanovich. Totally hilarious, enjoyed a lot.
Mr. Nice (2010 - 121min) Bernard Rose
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E7SEJI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mr_nice/
The story of drug smuggler Howard Marks, based on his autobiography of the
same name. Rhys Ifans (as Howard Marks), Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis,
Mr. Nobody (2009 - 157min) Jaco Van Dormael
Official Site (French): www.mrnobody-lefilm.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mr-nobody/
Belgian sci-fi drama (in English). Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley,
Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham. Explores ideas of parallel lives or possible
lives based on decisions or choices. Very well-made film.
Mud (2013 - 131min) Jeff Nichols
Official Site: mud-themovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3LA5WG
Amazon (Bluray 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3LA71K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mud_2012/
Third film written and directd by Jeff Nichols, following
Take Shelter (2011) and Shotgun Stories (2007).
Starring Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Reese Witherspoon (Juniper),
Tye Sheridan (Ellis), Jacob Lofland (Neckbone), Sam Shepard (Tom Blankenship),
Michael Shannon (Galen), Ray McKinnon (Senior), Sarah Paulson (Mary Lee).
This is an instant American classic, set on the Mississippi river near
Dewitt, Arkansas. Highly recommended.
Mulholland Drive (2001 - 147min) David Lynch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mulholland_dr/
Lost on Mulholland Drive (Fan Site): www.mulholland-drive.net/home.htm
Lynchnet: The David Lynch Resource (Fan Site): www.lynchnet.com/mdrive/
Strange, mysterious, interesting, sexy, weird. Neo-noir starring Noami
Watts, Laura Harring. There are over a thousand reviews of this film at
Amazon. The top two or three (which should be on the main amazon page) may
be helpful in understanding this unusual film. Also the Wikipedia article
is pretty thorough. And there is an insert in the DVD with 10 clues on it.
This is reproduced on the Wikipedia page. And then there's the fan sites
The Music Never Stopped (2011 - 105min) Jim Kohlberg
Official Site: www.themusicneverstopped-movie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_music_never_stopped/
Based on essay "The Last Hippie" by Oliver Sacks from his book "The Man Who
Mistook His Wife for a Hat".
Mutual Appreciation (2005 - 110min) Andrew Bujalski
Official Site: www.mutualappreciation.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mutual_appreciation/
Wikipedia - Mumblecore: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumblecore
Wikipedia - Andrew Bujalski: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bujalski
Second film from Andrew Bujalski, following Funny Ha Ha.
Shot in black and white.
My Blueberry Nights (2007 - 95min) Wong Kar Wai
Amazon (DVD 07/01/08 Weinstein): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016MJ6HY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_blueberry_nights/
9th film from Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wia, his first in English.
Romantic drama starring Norah Jones (her first film role), Jude Law,
Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn. Widely criticised, but
Wong Kar Wai fans get the usual treat of a nonstop rich and colorful visual
My Brother the Devil (2012 - 111min) Sally El Hosaini
Amazon (DVD 09/24/13 Virgil): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DUGPD76/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_brother_the_devil_2012/
My Dinner With Andre (1981 - 110min) Loius Malle
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_dinner_with_andre/
Starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, who basically play themselves
having a long and very interesting conversation while having dinner at a
My Name is Bill W. (1989 - 100min) Daniel Petrie
Amazon (DVD 06/06/06 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ERVK4Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_name_is_bill_w/
The story of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, William Griffith
"Bill W." Wilson and Dr. Robert Holbrook "Dr. Bob" Smith, M.D.
James Woods (Bill W.), Jobeth Williams (Bill's wife' Lois), James Garner
(Dr. Bob). CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie.
My Night at Maud's (1969 - 110min) Eric Rohmer
French title: Ma nuit chez Maud
Criterion (Six Moral Tales Box Set): www.criterion.com/films/417
Amazon (DVD 01/14/98 Fox Lorber OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1572522127/
Amazon (DVD 08/15/06 6-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FUF7CQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_night_at_mauds/
My Own Private Idaho (1991 - 104min) Gus Van Sant
Amazon (DVD 03/01/05 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLHW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_own_private_idaho/
Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix.
The Mysteries of Pittsburg (2008 - 95min) Rawson Marshall Thurber
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0025XUTJW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mysteries_of_pittsburg/
Based on Michael Chabon's 1980 novel of the same name.
Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, Jon Foster, Nick Nolte.
Not highly rated or particularly recommended. I watched it and enjoyed it.
Mysterious Skin (2004 - 99min) Gregg Araki
Amazon (DVD 03/20/06 Strand Releasing): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F6II1M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mysterious_skin/
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett star as young men who were sexually
abused as eight-year-olds and deal with it in different ways. Interesting
and highly regarded film.
Mystery Train (1989 - 110min) Jim Jarmusch
Amazon (Criterion DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D3Y64W
Amazon (MGM DVD 2000): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0792844033
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1028711-mystery_train/
Three different stories take place in Memphis in the same 24-hour period.
One of my favorite Jarmusch films. Interesting cast includes Youki Kudoh,
Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi,
Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan,
Rufus Thomas, Tom Waits.
Naked (1993 - 131min) Mike Leigh
Amazon (DVD 09/20/05 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A88EV4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1048185-naked/
Naked Lunch (1991 - 115min) David Cronenberg
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001OKTHY
Amazon (DVD 11/11/03 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000CDUT5
Amazon (BluRay 04/09/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2BYXSG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/naked_lunch/
Based on William S. Burroughs' novel. Stars Peter Weller.
The Naked Prey (1966 - 96min) Cornel Wilde
Amazon (DVD 01/15/08 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XPSC0M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/naked_prey/
Nashville (1975 - 160min) Robert Altman
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nashville/
Regarded as a classic. I haven't been able to quite get into it.
(fast-paced and confusing)
Natural Born Killers (1994 - 118min) Oliver Stone
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/natural_born_killers/
Starring Woody Harrelson, Juliet Lewis. Very wild!
Neds (2010 - 124min) Peter Mullan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WCSMES/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/neds/
Neighboring Sounds (2012 - 131min) Kleber Mendonca Filho
Network (1976 - 121min) Sidney Lumet
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Special Edition 2006 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CNESUB
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/network/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1sdjyz/
Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall. Classic.
Never Let Me Go (2010 - 96min) Mark Romanek
Amazon (DVD 02/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004EQAVHI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/never_let_me_go_2010/
Distopian sci-fi based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name.
Concerns human clones rasied as organ donors. Stars Carey Mulligan, Keira
Knightley, Andrew Garfield. Romanek's previous film is One Hour Photo.
The New World (2005 - 150min) Terrence Malick
Amazon (DVD 2008 Extended Cut): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BNFRB2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1152954-the_new_world/
The story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. An awesome masterpiece, as
always from Malick.
New York, New York (1977 - 163min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD Special Edition 02/08/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00062IVKI
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 30th Anniversary Edition 12/04/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WC39ZY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/new_york_new_york/
Scorsese's 6th film (after Taxi Driver, before Raging Bull).
An homage to 1940's big-band musicals. Starring Robert De Niro as tenor
sax player/band leader/club owner Jimmy Doyle and Liza Minnelli as singer
Next of Kin (1984 - 72min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 06/26/01 Zeitgeist 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KCAU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1031679-next_of_kin/
First film from Atom Egoyan, followed by Family Viewing.
2-disc DVD set includes Family Viewing, 3 early short films,
English and French subtitles, director's commentary track. Egoyan,
born in Egypt, of Armenian descent, and raised in Canada, made this film
for $20,000 when he was 24 years old. I highly recommend all of Egoyan's
interesting, intelligent and enigmatic films.
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008 - 90min) Peter Sollett
Amazon (DVD 02/03/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MM3AZM/
Amazon (Bluray 02/03/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MM3AZC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nick_and_norahs_infinite_playlist/
A fun rom-com drama starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.
Night Moves (1975 - 100min) Arthur Penn
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/night_moves/
Under-rated 70's detective film noir starring Gene Hackman as private
investigator Harry Moseby. Also stars Melanie Griffith, Susan Clark,
Jennifer Warren, James Woods. Just if you're into this kind of thing.
It might seem a bit cheesy and dated but it is considered a classic of 70's
noir or neo-noir.
Night on Earth (1991 - 129min) Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/night_on_earth/
Five different cab rides in five different cities on the same night.
The Night the Prowler (1978 - 90min) Jim Sharman
Amazon.co.uk (DVD PAL REG2): www.amazon.co.uk/ASIN/B005PZSV92
I saw this many years ago at the University of Oklahoma when the Other Film
Club showed it. It has taken me decades since then just to find out the
name of this film (still haven't seen it again - I'll get the DVD someday).
Very unusual film, set in suburban Sydney, Australia. When a young woman is
attacked in her bedroom, she turns the tables and ravishes her attacker, and
then becomes a night prowler herself, donning a leather jacket and breaking
into men's bedrooms. Starring Kerry Walker and Ruth Cracknell. The director
made The Rocky Horror Picture Show a couple of years
earlier. Screenplay written by Patrick White, based on his short story of
the same name, collected in his book The Cockatoos.
Nightcrawler (2014 - 117min) Dan Gilroy
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 02/10/15 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00Q3DMJZW/
Amazon (DVD 02/10/15 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00Q3DLD68/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nightcrawler/
First film by Dan Gilroy. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Awesome.
Nil by Mouth (1997 - 128min) Gary Oldman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000SXK0E/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nil_by_mouth/
The Nines (2007 - 99min) John August
Amazon (DVD 01/29/08 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WY8RN6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_nines/
Wikipedia calls it a "science fantasy psychological thriller drama".
It is a metaphysical mind-bender. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis,
No Country for Old Men (2007 - 122min) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00118T63C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/no_country_for_old_men/
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier
Bardem, Josh Brolin. Excellent, as expected, from the Coen brothers.
No Such Thing (2001 - 102min) Hal Hartley
Icelandic title: Skrimsli
Amazon (DVD 07/09/02 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000066JBR
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/no_such_thing/
Hal Hartley's 9th film. Starring Robert John Burke (as the monster),
Sarah Polley, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie. Set in Iceland and New York
City. Original music by Hal Hartley.
Nobody Walks (2012 - 82min) Ry Russo-Young
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nobody_walks/
John Krasinski, Oliva Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt.
I watched this because the director comes out of the mumblecore movement.
Badly reviewed, probably because this takes some mumblecore style a bit
into the the mainstream, where it is not appreciated. Won a special
award at Sundance.
Noise (2007 - 91min) Henry Bean
Amazon (DVD 09/16/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AYWY9K/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1193825-noise/
Nothing So Strange (2002 - 78min) Brian Flemming
Official Site: www.nothingsostrange.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nothing-so-strange/
A mock documentary about the assasination of Bill Gates. Explores some
issues around "conspiracy theories", digital manipulation, and the media.
Nowhere Boy (2010 - 98min) Sam Taylor Wood
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nowhere_boy/
Biopic covering John Lennon's early days, from about age 15 until the
Beatles first went to Hamburg. Really more about John's relationships with
his aunt, uncle, and mother rather than the Beatles, though does show he
started playing banjo and guitar, started a skiffle group, and how he met
Paul and then George.
Nymphomaniac (2013 240min/330min-directors cut) Lars von Trier
Official Site: www.nymphomaniacthemovie.com/
Article at The Dissolve: thedissolve.com/features/exposition/483-nymphomaniac-and-the-infintie-loneliness-of-lars-v/
Rotten Tomatoes (Part 1): www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nymphomaniac_volume_1/
Rotten Tomatoes (Part 2): www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_nymphomaniac_part_2/
Reddit Discussion 05/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/25wfs4/
Reddit Discussion 04/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/21ktum/
Reddit Discussion 04/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/211suu/
Reddit Discussion 02/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1xplo7/
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2014/04/14/now-playing-nymphomaniac-volumes-one-and-two/
This "erotic drama" is the 12th film from acclaimed Danish director Lars
von Trier and the third in his "depression trilogy", after Antichrist
and Melancholia. All three star Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Charlotte's character, Joe, is found beaten in an alley by Stellan
Skarsgard's character, Seligman, who takes her home to care for her.
She then recounts her entire life history (or sexual history).
The film was released for theaters in 2 parts totalling 4 hours.
A more explicit 5 1/2-hour-long director's cut will be released on DVD.
I expect this to be the most interesting and controversial film so far
from Lars (who is always very interesting and often quite controversial).
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000 - 107min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Amazon (DVD 06/12/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXRM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/o_brother_where_art_though/
George Clooney, John Turturo, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman.
Off the Black (2006 - 90min) James Ponsoldt
Amazon (DVD 05/10/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M343CQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/off_the_black/
First film from James Ponsoldt, followed by Smashed (2012) and
The Spectacular Now (2013).
Office Space (1999 - 89min) Mike Judge
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AP04L0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/office_space/
Very funny. From the creator of Beavis and Butthead and
King of the Hill.
Omagh (2004 - 106min) Pete Travis
Amazon (DVD 10/18/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AQKV1C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1151138-omagh/
Looks at the 1998 Omagh bombing from the point of view of the father of one
of the victims. Very powerful film (as are most films dealing with the
On the Road (2012 - 124min) Walter Salles
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBFB8SU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/on_the_road/
Based on Jack Kerouac's novel. Not highly rated.
Once Were Warriors (1994 - 99min) Lee Tamahori
Amazon (DVD 09/02/03 New Line OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A02Y4
Amazon (DVD PAL REG2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004RCKI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/once_were_warriors/
Intense family drama set in New Zealand in urban Maori culture. Deals with
alcholism, poverty, domestic violence. Based on 1990 novel by Alan Duff.
Starring Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison. See also Broken English.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975 - 133min) Milos Forman
Amazon (DVD 1997): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0790732181
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FQX5B6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/one_flew_over_the_cuckoos_nest/
Classic starring Jack Nicholson. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey.
One Hour Photo (2002 - 96min) Mark Romanek
Amazon (DVD 02/18/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007976T
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/one_hour_photo/
Psychological thriller starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael
Vartan, Dylan Smith. Great film, I saw this not long after it came out.
10 years later, when I realized it was by Mark Romanek, known as a director
of music videos, I watched it again and found it to be a visual masterpiece,
like every frame is a work of art. He says he spent 13 months editing this.
Also notable for Robin Williams' intense, creepy, non-comedic performance.
Romanek's next film was Never Let Me Go (2010).
See also his collection of music videos on the Director's Label:
Work of the Director: Mark Romanek.
Only God Forgives (2013 - 90min) Nicolas Winding Refn
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 Starz/Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E1LNDDU
Amazon (Bluray 10/22/13 Starz/Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E1LO5J6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/only_god_forgives_2013/
Article at Starpulse: www.starpulse.com/news/Nicholas_Wroble/2013/07/22/understanding_only_god_forgives_and_wh
Not too many people liked this, including critics and fans of Refn and/or
Gosling. Very violent, very little dialog, maybe a bit confusing, but
obviously an "art film". Notable for its use of color. I watched it and
enjoyed it, even though not a big fan of violent films. Very different.
Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm. Set in Bangkok,
The Only Good Indian (2009 - 114min) Kevin Willmott
Official Site: www.theonlygoodindian.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/only_good_indian/
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013 - 123min) Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/only_lovers_left_alive/
Review by Jonathan Romney at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/entry/review/only-lovers-left-alive-jarmusch-swinton
Review by Amy Taubin at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/review-only-lovers-left-alive
Review at Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-vazquez-only-lovers-left-alives-t_b_5143275.html
Review at CinemaScope: cinema-scope.com/features/tiff-2013-cinema-scope-56-preview-only-lovers-left-alive-jim-jarmusch-us/
Review at The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/20/jim-jarmusch-women-leaders-only-lovers-left-alive
Review at The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/23/only-lovers-left-alive-review
Review by Tom Draper: draperonfilm.com/2014/09/23/only-lovers-left-alive-jim-jarmusch-and-the-vampire-genre/
Reddit Discussion 02/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2znlc8/
11th feature film from Jim Jarmusch. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston,
Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright. It's a vampire
movie! Set in Detroit and Tangier. Love, blood and rock'n'roll. I ate this
up. I had very high expectations and was not disappointed. Rich rich rich,
start to finish. And it starts with a Wanda Jackson song, Funnel of Love,
spinning on a record player. The song has been heavily doctored by
Jarmusch's band Squrl, who collaborate with Jozef van Wissem to create an
excellent musical score for the film. Critics who like to criticize will
find much to gripe about, but for fans of Jarmusch, this is a treasure.
Operation Avalanche (2016) Matt Johnson
Article at The Globe and Mail 12/31/15: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/how-operation-avalanche-director-matt-johnson-boldly-infiltrated-nasa/article27974137/
First major feature film from young Canadian director Matt Johnson, whose
first film was the indie masterpiece The Dirties. This is a
thriller/mockumentary about the possible faking of the moonlanding videos.
The Oranges (2012 - 91min) Julian Farino
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BT765TM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_oranges_2011/
I enjoyed watching this. Great cast.
Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney,
Leighton Meester, Alia Shawkat.
Ordinary People (1980 - 124min) Robert Redford
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ordinary_people/
Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton.
Won many awards. First film directed by Redford.
Oslo, August 31st (2011 - 95min) Joachim Trier
Amazon (DVD 09/18/12 Strand): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008BKQZKU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oslo_august_31st/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/17enqi/
Norwegian drama. Follows a young man on a day of release from a drug
recovery clinic. Very highly regarded film, won a lot of awards. Recommended
in general, but not a happy film.
The Outsiders (1983 - 91min) Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/outsiders/
Based on the novel of the smae named by S.E. Hinton. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe,
Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Glenn Withrow, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett,
Tom Waits, Darren Dalton, Michelle Meyrink, Gailard Sartain, S.E. Hinton,
Over the Edge (1979 - 95min) Jonathan Kaplan
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/over_the_edge/
Late seventies tale of disturbed alienated suburban highschool kids.
They blow up their school. Matt Dillon's first role.
Cool soundtrack including the Cars, Cheap Trick, Hendrix, and the Ramones.
Overlord (1975 - 83min - Black and White) Stuart Cooper
Amazon (DVD 04/17/07 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MTEFPA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/overlord/
British WW2 film follows a 21-year-old as he goes through training and on
to the D-Day invasion (which was known as "Operation Overlord"). Blends in
lots of archival footage. Criterion DVD includes excellent special features.
Owning Mahowny (2003 - 104min) Richard Kwietniowsky
Amazon (DVD 10/14/03 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000BXMZ8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/owning_mahowny/
Based on a true story of gambling addiction. Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Minnie Driver, John Hurt.
Palindromes (2004 - 100min) Todd Solondz
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/palindromes/
Very strange film, even for Solondz.
Palookaville (1995 - 92min) Alan Taylor
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/palookaville/
The Pompatus of Love (1996 - 99min) Richard Schenkman
Amazon (DVD 10/26/99 Fox Lorber OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1572526521/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pompatus_of_love/
Has mainly bad reviews, but not everyone hates it. I'm not recommending it
too highly, but I watched it. At least its interesting that someone would
bring attention to the word pompatus, a mysterious made-up word from a
couple of Steve Miller songs. A bunch of guys struggle to understand
relationships and ponder the meaning of "the pompatus of love."
Pan's Labyrinth (2000 - 112min) Guillermo del Toro
Official Site: www.panslabyrinth.com
Amazon (2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JPA6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pans_labyrinth/
NPR Interview NOV 2011: www.npr.org/2011/10/24/141657899/guillermo-del-toros-eternal-monster-obsession
The Panic in Needle Park (1971 - 110min) Jerry Schatzberg
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A9QK6E/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1156599-panic_in_needle_park/
Al Pacino, Kitty Winn.
Panic Room (2002 - 112min) David Fincher
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/panic_room/
Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam.
The Paperboy (2012 - 107min) Lee Daniels
Amazon (DVD 01/22/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009R8Q8Y8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_paperboy_2012/
Florida swamp noir thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole
Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray. Wild and different.
Paranoid Park (2008 - 85min) Gus Van Sant
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDFY7S/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paranoid_park/
A high-school-age skater accidentally kills a railroad security guard.
The story is told out of sequence.
Parked (2011 - 94min) Darragh Byrne
Amazon (DVD 04/30/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNV9W90/
Amazon (BluRay 04/30/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNV9WF4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/parked/
Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan, Milka Ahlroth.
The Passenger (1975 - 128min) Michaelangelo Antonioni
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FCQMMU/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E33W0I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-passenger-professione-reporter/
Jack Nicholson, Maria Schnieder.
The Passion of the Christ (2004 - 127min) Mel Gibson
Amazon (DVD 01/01/10 20th Century Fox): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00028HBKM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/passion_of_the_christ/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1xu3ix/
Paths of Glory (1957 - 87min) Stanley Kubrick
Amazon (1999 MGM DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0792841409
Amazon (2010 Criterion DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003WKL6YY
Amazon (2010 Criterion BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003WKL6YO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paths_of_glory/
Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013 - 112min) Wayne Kramer
Amazon (DVD 08/27/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3LA63Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pawn_shop_chronicles/
Fourth feature from Wayner Kramer, following The Cooler,
Running Scared and Crossing Over. Three different wild stories
are related by their connection to items sold to a pawn shop. We might
call it a bloody action comedy. Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser,
Vincent D'Onofrio. Very bad reviews. I liked it.
The Pawnbroker (1964 - 116min) Sidney Lumet
Amazon (DVD 04/22/14 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H96KG2U/
Amazon (Bluray 04/22/14 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H96KFO4/
Amazon (DVD 12/16/03 Republic Pictures OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000EYUES/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pawnbroker/
Peaceful Warrior (2006 - 120min) Victor Salva
Official Site: www.thepeacefulwarriormovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/peaceful_warrior/
Based on best-selling inspirational book.
Peacock (2010 - 91min) Michael Lander
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/peacock/
Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon. Very unusual psychological drama.
Pecker (1998 - 87min) John Waters
Official Site: www.flf.com/pecker
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pecker/
Starring Edward Furlong.
Performance (1970 - 105min) Nicolas Roeg
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/performance/
Review at The Dissolve: thedissolve.com/reviews/696-performance/
Roeg's first film. Starring Mick Jagger and James Fox. Some interesting
reviews on the Amazon page.
Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012 - 102min) Steven Chbosky
Official Site: perks-of-being-a-wallflower.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AFEY354
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_perks_of_being_a_wallflower/
Based on the 1999 novel of the same name written by the director.
Coming-of-age story set in high school in the 80's.
Person of Interest (2010 - 72min) Gregory Bayne
Official Site: www.personofinterestmovie.com
Indy film worth seeking out.
Philadelphia (1993 - 125min) Jonathan Demme
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/philadelphia/
Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington. Explores homosexuality, AIDS,
Pi (1998 - 84min) Darren Aronofsky
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pi/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/pi-2261
Brilliant low-budget ($60,000), black-and-white sci-fi thriller concerning a
search for a numerical code. Unique and interesting. Aronofsky's
first film (followed by Requiem for a Dream), establishing him as a
major new director.
The Piano Teacher (2001 - 125min) Michael Haneke
French Title: La Pianiste
Amazon (DVD 11/05/02 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006LPER
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/piano_teacher/
Sixth film from Michael Haneke. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Magimel.
DVD includes 20-minute interview with Isabelle Huppert.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975 - 115min/107min director's cut) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD 11/03/98 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780021134/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/picnic_at_hanging_rock/
The Pillow Book (1996 - 126min) Peter Greenaway
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767819772
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pillow_book/
Pineapple Express (2008 - 111min) David Gordon Green
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pineapple_express/
Stoner action comedy starring Seth Rogan, James Franco, Danny McBride.
Piñero (2001 - 94min) Leon Ichaso
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pinero/
About Nuyorican (Puerto Ricans living in New York) poet/playright/actor
Miguel Pinero. Starring Benjamin Bratt.
Pink Flamingoes (1972 - 93min) John Waters
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pink_flamingos/
Wikipedia calls it "a transgressive black comedy exploitation film".
Probably way beyond most people's boundaries and probably the definitive
early John Waters film, and one of the ultimate "cult films". I love Waters
and have seen most of his stuff but I do prefer his later and more
"accessible" films, such as Polyester, Hairspray, and
A Dirty Shame. This one stars Divine (as do all of Waters' films
until Divine passed away). The Wikipedia article is extensive and you
might want to read that before checking this out. This film has even
been banned in some countries. You've been warned.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 - 140min) Derek Cianfrance
Official Site: www.theplacebeyondthepinesmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BEIYKM6/
Amazon (BluRay 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BEIYKSA/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_place_beyond_the_pines_2012/
Crime drama set in upstate New York. Stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper,
Eva Mendez, Ray Liotta.
Planet of the Apes (1968 - 112min) Franklin J. Schaffner
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E6ESEO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1016397-planet_of_the_apes/
Classic sci-fi followed by 4 sequels, a not-so-great 2001 remake, a TV
series, an animated series, and a well-regarded 2011 "reboot",
Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970 - 95min) Ted Post
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beneath_the_planet_of_the_apes/
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971 - 98min) Don Taylor
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/escape_from_the_planet_of_the_apes/
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972 - 88min) J. Lee Thompson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/conquest_of_the_planet_of_the_apes/
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973 - 93min) J. Lee Thompson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battle_for_the_planet_of_the_apes/
Platoon (1986 - 120min) Oliver Stone
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/platoon/
Internet Movie Firearms Database: www.imfdb.org/wiki/Platoon
Oliver Stone's Vietnam movie, starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe.
The Player (1992 - 124min) Robert Altman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780618564
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/player/
Please Give (2010 - 90min) Nicole Holofcener
Amazon (DVD 10/19/10 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EYVXQ4
Fourth film from Nicole Holofcener.
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2010 - 70min) Joshua Safdie
Amazon (DVD 02/09/10 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002U1LGU0/
Review at TwitchFilm: twitchfilm.com/2010/02/dvd-review-the-pleasure-of-being-robbed-1.html
The Pledge (2001 - 124min) Sean Penn
Amazon (DVD 06/19/01 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005BCKG
Sean Penn's third film as a director. Starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart,
Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam Shepard.
Poison (1991 - 85min) Todd Haynes
Amazon (DVD 06/21/11 Zeitgeist - 20th Anniversary Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004THJ3BC
Article - Indiewire: blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/todd_haynes_talks_poisons_creation_and_legacy
Police, Adjective (2009 - 115min) Corneliu Porumboiu
Polyester (1981 - 86min) John Waters
Starring Divine. Very fun. When first shown in theatres, viewers were given
scratch'n'sniff "Odorama" cards. More accessible than Waters' earlier
films such as Pink Flamingoes, though not quite as mainstream or
commercial as Hairspray.
The Pool (2007 - 95min) Chris Smith
Official Site: www.thepoolfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIANIR4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_pool/
Pootie Tang (2001 - 70min) Louis C. K.
Starring Lance Crouther, Chris Rock. This one should make you laugh for
sure! Kind of a cult film, maybe not that well known. Has its own language.
Yeah, wa da tah, my damey. Sa da tay!
Populaire (2012 - 111min) Regis Roinsard
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/populaire/
Post Tenebras Lux (2012 - 115min) Carlos Reygadas
Amazon (DVD 08/20/13 Strand Releasing): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CQ8HCUK
Fourth feature film from Mexican director Carlos Reygadas.
The title is Latin for "light after darkness". An enigmatic art film.
Potluck (2003 - 90min) Alison Thompson
AKA: High Times' Potluck
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/high_times_potluck/
A stoner crime-caper comedy from High Times Magazine.
Starring Frank Adonis (as gangster hitman "Why would I need a gun?") and
Theo Kogan (of the Lunachicks, as tattoo-covered punk rocker).
Interesting older guy, younger girl story, with some culture clash.
Follows a briefcase of stolen pot as it moves around among various
characters in New York City.
Seems to be widely hated (a score of 0 at RottenTomatoes.com), but has
its fans. I have enjoyed watching this several times and highly recommend
it if you aren't going to be too judgmental. Its fun!
Precious (2009 - 109min) Lee Daniels
Official Site: www.weareallprecious.com
Based on the novel Push, by Sapphire.
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003 - 104min) Alex Steyermark
Primer (2004 - 77min) Shane Carruth
Official Site: primermovie.com
Amazon (DVD 04/19/05 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007N1JC8
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1tdevj/
Well-regarded low-budget ($7000) indy sci-fi about time travel.
Very interesting. This is the first film by Shane Carruth, who followed this
with Upstream Color in 2012.
Prince of Broadway (2008 - 100min) Sean Baker
Official Site: www.princeofbroadway.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/18/11 Flatiron): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005Q0QYPO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/prince_of_broadway/
Third film from Sean Baker, following Take Out, followed by
The Princess and the Warrior (2000 - 135min) Tom Tykwer
The Propostion (2005 - 104min) John Hillcoat
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GIW9I2
Australian western set in the 1880's. Written by Nick Cave. Starring
Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, Danny Huston, David Wenham,
The Puffy Chair (2005 - 85min) Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Amazon (DVD 09/29/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMKQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1162729_puffy_chair/
First film from the Duplass brothers, who are part of the "mumblecore"
movement in indie film.
Special features on the DVD include interview with the Duplass brothers,
deleted scenes, outtakes, and 3 short films by the Duplass brothers.
Pulp Fiction (1994 - 154min) Quentin Tarrantino
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SIP95G
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 08/20/02): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000068DBC
Amazon (BluRay 10/04/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AQT0Z4
Tarantino's second film (after Reservoir Dogs). Starring John
Travolta, Samuel Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Willis,
Christopher Walken, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer,
Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames. (top that!)
Very wild. Classic. Highly recommended. Have seen several times.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002 - 95min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/punchdrunk_love/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/wdnle/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1bmbvl/
Cigarettes and Red Vines (Fansite): cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/p/punch-drunk-love.html
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/the-new-cult-canon-ipunch-drunk-lovei-2360
Article at Grantland: grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/punch-drunk-love-paul-anderson-adam-sandler/
Starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson. Also Philip Seymour Hoffman and
Luiz Guzman. Fourth film from P.T. Anderson (following Magnolia,
followed by There Will be Blood. Awesome as expected. We can call it
a romantic comedy/drama, but this is a totally unique film, unlike anything
you have ever seen. Excellent music score by Jon Brion. I have watched
this several times, and it is probably my favorite PT Anderson film,
and one of my top favorite films. This is a masterpiece. Check it out.
Putty Hill (2010 - 84min) Matt Porterfield
Official Site: puttyhillmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/08/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005MQ71KY
Quick Change (1990 - 89min) Howard Franklin, Bill Murray
Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid. Light comedy.
The Quiet American (2002 - 101min) Phillip Noyce
Amazon (DVD 06/14/11 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0051HCVEU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1118347-quiet_american/
Quiet City (2007 - 78min) Aaron Katz
Amazon (DVD 01/29/08 2-disc with Dance Party USA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XSKDLK
Second film from "mumblecore" director Aaron Katz, following
Dance Party USA, followed by Cold Weather. Its pretty quiet.
The Quiet Room (1996 - 93min) Rolf de Heer
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011NVC1Q
Interesting psychological family drama from the point of view of a pre-teen
girl. From Australian director Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby). Note the
importance of the colors blue and red.
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004 - 100min) Yoichi Sai
Japanese. Story of the life of a seeing-eye dog.
Rabbit Hole (2010 - 91min) John Cameron Mitchell
Official Site: www.rabbitholefilm.com
Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Weist. A young couple are forced to
deal with the recent loss of their 4-year-old son. This is Mitchell's 3rd
film, following Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Rabbitproof Fence (2002 - 94min) Phillip Noyce
Rachel Getting Married (2008 - 113min) Jonathan Demme
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rachel_getting_married/
Anne Hathaway stars as Kym, released from rehab to attend her sister
Rachel's (Rosemary DeWitt) wedding. Interesting and intense family drama.
Very well-regarded film from master filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Won many
awards. You might see a lot of bad reviews for this, pay no attention.
Recommended. And Robyn Hitchcock sings a couple of songs.
Raging Bull (1980 - 129min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006GAOJA
Scorsese's 7th feature film. Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty,
Raising Arizona (1987 - 94min) Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Second film from the Coen brothers, following Blood Simple.
A wacky comedy starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William
Forsythe, Frances McDormand.
Rashomon (1950 - 88min) Akira Kurosawa
Amazon (DVD 2002 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXC6
Amazon (DVD 2012 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008Y5OWI4
Amazon (BluRay 2012 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008Y5OWO8
Classic. Considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Ratcatcher (1999 - 94min) Lynne Ramsay
Amazon (DVD 09/10/02 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069CF9
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ratcatcher/
First film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, followed by
Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Real Life (1979 - 99min) Albert Brooks
Amazon (DVD 02/13/01 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000055Z4H
Albert Brooks' first feature film, followed by Modern Romance and
Lost in America. Brooks stars in all of his films. If you like any
of these, you'll like them all. Real Life is a spoof of the 1973 PBS
reality TV show, An American Family. See also Cinema Verite.
Red Desert (1964 - 117min) Michaelangelo Antonioni
Italian title: Il deserto rosso
Amazon (DVD 06/22/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D3Y64C
Amazon (BluRay 06/22/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D3Y64M
Monica Vitti, Richard Harris.
I was astounded to see the gyroscope toy. I had this toy as a child and it
was the coolest toy I ever had. I looked around on the web and found that
this is the "Marx Mystery Space Ship", which can often be found on ebay.
This is a very powerful gyroscope.
Red Hook Summer (2012 - 124min) Spike Lee
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009GPH46S
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009GPH3Q4
The Red Shoes (1948 - 133min) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Amazon (DVD 07/20/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ICZW8M
Amazon (DVD 05/18/99 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000IPHT
Criterion reissued their 1999 single disc DVD as a 2-disc DVD set (and
Bluray disc) in 2010 following a complete restoration of the film.
(I rented DVD from Netfix OCT 2012 and was sent the the 1999 version).
Scorcese considers this film and The River to be the greatest uses
of color in film. This is considered to be one of the greatest films of all
time and the best film about ballet. Includes a 20-minute segment of
a complete ballet.
Red State (2011 - 88min) Kevin Smith
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FUTBWS
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FUTBV4
This action-horror-thriller film is Smith's first non-comedy film.
Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kerry Bishe.
Redland (2009 - 104min) Asiel Norton
Amazon (DVD 06/19/12 Indiepix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F56PVB2
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012 - 88min) Mira Nair
Amazon (DVD 08/27/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CERJIOG
Amazon (BluRay 08/27/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CQRNLLA
Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Shreiber, Kiefer Sutherland.
Renegade (2004 - 124min) Jan Kounen
Amazon (DVD 11/02/04 Sony OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002XNSZ4
A psychedelic western! Originally titled Blueberry (full French title:
Blueberry: L'experiece secrete), based on a French/Belgian comic book series
called Blueberry. This is a French film, but is in English since it is set in
the American west. Stars Vincent Cassell, Michael Madsen, Juliette Lewis.
Involves the use of native American sacramental entheogens, though not
specifically identified. The director draws on his experience with ayahuasca,
which he has ingested with native shamans over 100 times. Not to be confused
with various other movies and TV series of the same name.
Repo Chick (2009 - 92min) Alex Cox
Starring Jacelyn Jonet, who was also in
Alex's earlier Searchers 2.0. This is not exactly a sequel to the
cult classic Repo Man (see below), Wikipedia calls it a "spiritual
successor". Alex and the studio had a deal that
neither could do a sequel without the other's permission. I think in reaction
to Repo Chick, (and after an unsuccessful lawsuit) Universal put out
Repo Men, also not exactly a sequel (in fact I think they retitled it
just to mess with Alex). Anyway, Alex made this one on
a tiny budget (under $200,000), making extensive use of greenscreen
technology. Released on DVD in 2011.
Repo Man (1984 - 92min) Alex Cox
Director's Website: www.alexcox.com
Amazon (DVD 08/28/00 Starz/AnchorBay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305971048
Amazon (DVD 08/28/00 2-disc (DVD/CD) Starz/AnchorBay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305971285
Amazon (DVD 01/20/04 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000VV56C
Amazon (DVD 01/24/06 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BR9S96
Amazon (DVD 04/16/13 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2BYY0S
Amazon (BluRay 04/16/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2BYXTK
Amazon.co.uk (BluRay PAL 02/20/12 Masters of Cinema Steel Box): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B0055DDEDY
Amazon.co.uk (Bluray PAL 02/20/12 Masters of Cinema): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B0055DDD9E
Bob Cantor's Repo Man Links Page: www.bobcantor.com/repo/repoman.htm
Trent Reeve's Repo Man Fansite: www.repomanfilm.com
Starring Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton. Very original. One of the
coolest and funniest "cult classics". Super-cool soundtrack (Iggy Pop,
Fear, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks).
(Don't confuse with Repo Men, see also , above).
Criterion gave this the royal reissue treatment April 16, 2013.
Highly recommended. "Life's always intense with repo man."
Requiem for a Dream (2000 - 102min) Darren Aronofsky
Official Site: www.requiemforadream.com
Amazon (DVD 08/14/01 Artisan Unrated Director's Cut): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Q4CS
Amazon (BluRay 09/08/09 Lions Gate Unrated Director's Cut): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00284BNKC
Discussion at Reddit (04/02/13): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1bj3d3
Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans.
Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., adapted by Selby and Aronofsky.
First watched this with a friend and we both had the same impression:
We were riveted to our seats, totally fascinated and amazed, but when it was
over we said we would probably never want to watch it again (though I since
have). It gets disturbing! This is Aronofsky's second film, following
Pi. That film had kind of an edgy, panicked feel to it and this one
takes that to an extreme. Ellen Burstin has a great part. There is a
refrigerator that will make you jump out of your seat. This is about
addiction and could be seen as a strong anti-drug movie. If you have thought
about dabbling with heroin, you may change your mind. Totally awesome and
very interesting film but probably not really a pleasant experience. Highly
recommended, though, as are all Aronofsky films.
Reservoir Dogs (1992 - 99min) Quentin Tarrantino
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 15th Anniversary Edition 10/24/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HC2LEY/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Special Edition 03/18/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008975Z
This well-regarded crime drama is Tarantino's first film (followed by
Pulp Fiction). Stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve
Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen. There are many DVD editions of
this, including 5 different 10th anniversary editions each with a different
member of the gang on the cover. 15th Anniversary Edition is said to be
the best transfer of the film.
Results (2015 - 105min) Andrew Bujalski
Amazon (DVD 09/22/15 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ZWC18NE/
Amazon (Bluray 09/22/15 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ZWC184I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/results_2015/
5th film from Andrew Bujalski. Stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin
Corrigan. I loved it, as I expected to.
Revanche (2008 - 122min) Gotz Spielmann
Amazon (DVD 02/16/10 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002XUL6MG/
Amazon (BluRay 02/16/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002XUL6P8/
Revolutionary Road (2008 - 118min) Sam Mendes
Amazon (DVD 06/02/09 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016Q2D66/
Amazon (BluRay 06/02/09 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEFYXX6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/revolutionary_road/
Fourth film from Sam Mendes. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Rid of Me (2011 - 90min) James Westby
Official Site: ridofmemovie.com
Amazon (DVD-R 12/19/12 Phase 4 Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AQNQVKO/
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011 - 105min) Rupert Wyatt
Official Site: www.apeswillrise.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004LWZW4M
A modern "reboot" of the series. Very good film.
The River (1951 - 99min) Jean Renoir
Amazon (DVD Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ZJPAYY
River's Edge (1986 - 99min) Tim Hunter
Amazon (DVD 01/23/01 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000053VAX
Based on a true story of a 16-year-old boy raping and murdering his
14-year-old girlfriend, and then showing the body to a dozen or so kids.
Cast includes Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Dennis Hopper.
The Road (2009 - 113min) John Hillcoat
Official Site: www.theroad-movie.com
Based on Cormac McCarthy's best-selling book of the same name.
(I don't read much anymore, but I read this book and highly recommend it,
its a quick read). Starring Viggo Mortenson, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize
Theron. The producer contacted Hillcoat to direct this after seeing his
previous film, The Proposition. He followed this with Lawless.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964 - 110min) Byron Haskin
RoboCop (1987 - 102min) Paul Verhoeven
Amazon (DVD 10/02/10 Orion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005N7Z1/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1017712-robocop/
Classic sci-fi starring Peter Weller. Followed by 2 sequels in 1990 and 1993.
Robocop (2014 - 120min) Jose Padhila
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 06/03/14 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JL6L4WC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1200731-robocop/
Remake of 1987 film and reboot of series. Starring Joel Kinnaman (as the
RoboCop), Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish.
First Hollywood film from Brazilian director Jose Padhila, who did
Elite Squad and its sequel, and the documentary Bus 174.
Robot & Frank (2012 - 89min) Jake Schreier
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AENNHOE
Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard
(voice of Robot). The robot is an actor in a robot suit, but appears to be
based on the Honda ASIMO, which I think is already in service as a personal
assistant robot. Robot movies always make ya think.
Robot Stories (2003 - 85min) Greg Pak
Official Site: www.robotstories.net
Amazon (DVD 02/15/05 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006Z2NMW
Four robot stories. And probably not the best robot stories, but they are
robot stories. Since making this, his only film, the director has been a
comicbook writer for Marvel.
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979 - 93min) Alan Arkush
Classic rock and roll movie - starring the RAMONES! Very fun, especially if
you like the Ramones (one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time,
they invented punk rock).
Rockers (1978 - 100min) Theodoros Bafaloukos
Amazon (DVD 06/21/05 MVD Visual): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008G2IFG
Amazon (Bluray 06/16/09 MVD Visual): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P50HNO
Jamaican film dealing with reggae music and Rastafarian culture. See
also The Harder They Come and Countryman.
Rocky (1976 - 120min) John Avildson
Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. Also stars Talia Shire,
Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers. Might be called a classic.
Very inspirational. (have seen many times). Followed by five sequels,
which I don't necessarily recommend.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 - 100min) Jim Sharman
Official Site: www.rockyhorrorpictureshow.com
Official fan Site: www.rockyhorror.com
The Frankenstein Place
A horror spoof musical with a very colorful cast, including a transvestite
mad scientist vampire, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry),
his hunch-backed butler, Riff-Raff (Richard O'Brien, songwriter and one
of the screenplay writers), Riff-Raff's sister Magenta (Patricia Quinn),
the stranded couple, Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon),
the monster (Peter Hinwood), Dr. Scott (Jonathan Adams), Columbia
(Little Nell) and Eddie (Meatloaf).
The ultimate cult film, Rocky Horror has played at midnight on
weekends for over 30 years in theaters all over the world with
audiences performing an elaborate participation ritual including dressing
up as film characters, singing along with songs, dancing in the aisles
or even on stage, reciting dialog in unison with the film, inserting
additional shouted dialog, and throwing things (such as rice
during wedding scene). I think I saw it about seven times in the
theater long ago. I didn't dress up or anything but it was very fun
to be around the whole spectacle. I remember someone commenting that
they thought the film was very colorful. It is definitley quite
visually interesting throughout, with lots of vivid color.
Unique, interesting, and very fun.
Rolling (2007 - 100min) Billy Samoa Saleebey
Official Site: www.rollingmovie.com
Romance & Cigarettes (2005 - 106min) John Turturo
Amazon (DVD 02/12/08 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010DM3R4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10005145-romance-_and_cigarettes/
Musical romantic comedy starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate
Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale.
Romeo is Bleeding (1993 - 100min) Peter Medak
Starring Gary Oldman (Jack Grimaldi - veteran cop and mob informant),
Lena Olin (Mona DeMarkov - wild, sexy, scary Russian hitwoman),
Annabella Sciorra (Jack's wife), Juliette Lewis (Jack's mistress),
Roy Scheider (Mr. Falcone - mob boss). Very original contemporary film noir.
(lots of trumpets and muted trumpets in the soundtrack). Very cool.
Romero (1989 - 102min) John Duigan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001Q56XOA
Romper Stomper (1992 - 94min) Geoffrey Wright
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2000): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004YZEN
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AS32QK
Australian film. Starring Russell Crowe. Skinheads fighting Vietnamese
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001 - 109min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 07/09/02 2-disc Criterion/BuenaVista/Touchstone): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000640VJ/
Amazon (DVD 2001 2-disc Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002BTNR3U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/royal-tenenbaums/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/4202/royal-tenenbaums-the/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/4182/royal-tenenbaums-criterion-collection/
Third film from Wes Anderson, following Bottle Rocket and
Rushmore. Comedy-drama co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson,
starring Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston,
Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Kumar Pallana, Seymour
Cassel. Narrated by Alec Baldwin. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.
I did not like this or any Wes Anderson films after seeing his first 4 or 5.
Later I rewatched Bottle Rocket and liked it alot and have been
revisiting Anderson's films. He does have a distinctive style that some
people don't like. I find that I am less "judgemental" as I get more into
watching movies. I enjoyed this alot on rewatching. Wes Anderson is
certainly a major voice in modern cinema and this is one of his greatest
films. DVD includes generous extra features.
Ruby Sparks (2012) Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
The Ruling Class (1972 - 154min) Peter Medak
Classic British dark comedy starring Peter O'Toole.
Rumble Fish (1983 - 94min) Francis Ford Coppola
Based on the novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton, who also wrote
the screenplay. Set and filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stars Matt Dillon, Mickey
Roarke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas
Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, William Smith, Glenn Withrow,
Tom Waits, Sofia Coppola, S.E. Hinton.
Run Lola Run (1998 - 81min) Tom Tykwer
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/run_lola_run/
Highly rated fast-paced German thriller. Covers a 20-minute period
Runaway Train (1985 - 111min) Andrei Konchalovsky
Starring John Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay. Most of
the film takes place on an out-of-control moving train.
Running Scared (2006 - 122min) Wayne Kramer
Amazon (DVD 06/06/06 New Line): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F5WR4W
Second film from Wayne Kramer, following The Cooler. Wild, bloody
nonstop action film, starts and ends with lengthy gun battles. Has mixed
reviews, but action fans will find little to complain about. There is a lot
packed into this film. Ebert says it "goes so far over the top...I am in
awe." Another critic says it "makes Kill Bill look like Sesame Street".
Starring Paul Walker, Vera Farmiga, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri.
Running with Scissors (2006 - 122min) Ryan Murphy
Amazon (DVD 02/06/07 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M5B98A
Based on Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoir of the same name.
Stars Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Rachel Evan Wood, Gwyneth
Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh, Joseph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin.
Rushmore (1998 - 93min) Wes Anderson
Amazon (DVD 10/23/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003Q42P
Amazon (Bluray 11/22/11 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HK13SG
Amazon (DVD 06/29/99 Touchstone): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305428239
Wes Anderson's second film (after Bottle Rocket). Coming-of-age dark
comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray.
Rust and Bone (2012 - 122min) Jacques Audiard
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZNEVNE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rust_and_bone/
Excellent French-language film.
The Rutles - All You Need is Cash (1978 - 76min) Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Overlooked parody of Beatles documentary, sometimes said to be the first
"mockumentary" and to be the inspiration for Spinal Tap.
Eric Idle as Dirk McQuickly (Paul), John Halsey as Barry Womble (Ringo),
Ricky Fataar as Stig O'Hara (George), Neil Innes as Ron Nasty (John),
Lots of cameos - Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Bill Murray,
Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, Bianca Jagger, Michael Palin.
Lots of mock Beatles songs. Very funny. There is a sequel that I haven't
gotten to yet.
Safe (1995 - 119min) Todd Haynes
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/safe/
Essay by Julie Grossman: www.othervoices.org/2.3/jgrossman/
Movie Martyr: www.moviemartyr.com/1995/safe.htm
Amazon (DVD 09/21/01 Sony OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005LVWV
Wikipedia - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_chemical_sensitivity
Stars Julianne Moore as a housewife suffering from exposure to environmental
chemicals (MCS - multiple chemical sensitivity). Well-reviewed, the Village
Voice calls it "the best film of the 90's". DVD has been out of print for
awhile and is hard to find. (The 19 copies listed on Amazon on 10/13/12
range from $37 to $300). This is one of Moore's first lead roles and one of
her best performances, she is featured pretty much nonstop in every scene.
The film is complex with much to think about. It can be seen as horror, as
dark comedy, as social commentary, perhaps even educational. I don't think
the film steers you towards any particular interpretation. Perhaps her
illness is very real, perhaps it is psychosomatic. Today, although the
condition is more widely recognized, it is still controversial and not
completely accepted by official mainstream medical authority. An interesting
aspect of the film is the retreat center that she winds up at, which turns
out to be kind of a new-age self-help cult run by an apparent charlatan, who
teaches both that "the world out there is toxic" and that "you caused your
own sickness". The ending is ambiguous. Many people will find this slow and
boring. I would agree with the critics who consider it a masterpiece, and I
recommend it most highly. It would be great if Criterion would reissue
this. Check out the essay by Julie Grossman (linked above) for a thorough,
Safey Not Guaranteed (2012 - 86min) Colin Trevorrow
Official Site: www.safetynotguaranteedmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008OHV49W
Fun enough. I liked it.
Salaam Bombay! (1988 - 114min) Mira Nair
Amazon (DVD 03/04/03 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007KQ9V
First film from Mira Nair. Very highly rated. Won many awards.
Looks at a young boy living on the streets of Bombay
Salvador (1986 - 123min) Oliver Stone
Amazon (DVD 06/05/01 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005AUJR
War drama based on actual events in El Salvador in 1980-1981. James Woods
plays photo-journalist Richard Boyle. Very intense and engaging, one of
Oliver Stone's best films. DVD includes hour-long documentary on the making
of the film.
Samson & Delilah (2009 - 101min) Warwick Thornton
Official Site: www.samsonanddelila.com.au
Amazon (DVD 03/01/11 IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004326F50
Creative Spirits: www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/samson-delilah
Amazing Australian film. A couple of 14-year-old Aborigines living in
poverty in the outback. One is a chronic gasoline huffer, which has been a
big problem in Australia. The two main characters had never acted before.
Not a happy film, although it sort of has a happy ending. Highly recommended
for those who can deal with a challenging film. Here's a couple of stolen
quotes from critics: "Australian cinema is never going to be the same."
"a remarkable achievement in cinema and steps beyond what most filmmakers
are trying to achieve." "Samson and Delilah is a powerfully confronting
film which presents the complexities and realities of everyday life for many
young indigenous people."
Santa Sangre (1989 - 123min) Alejandro Jodorowsky
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2011 Severin): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004B32500
Amazon (BluRay 2011 Severin): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004B32532
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2009 Comstar): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026IA0QS
(the 2009 DVD appears to be an Asian bootleg, probably from the Anchor Bay
2004 UK release, converted from PAL, and shrunk to fit on single layer discs)
This may be the most "watchable" of Jodorowsky's films, and maybe my
Savages (2012 - 131min) Oliver Stone
Official Site: www.savagesfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAII94
Amazon (BluRay/DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAII9O
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/savages_2012/
Ultraviolent. Starts right off with some chainsaw beheading.
The Savages (2007 - 113min) Tamara Jenkins
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/savages/
Family drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, Philp Bosco.
Scarface (1983 - 170min) Brian De Palma
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Platinum Edition 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GGSM82
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1018324-scarface/
Starring Al Pacino.
The Scenesters (2009 - 101min) Todd Berger
Official Site: www.thescenestersmovie.com/
Very original, very entertaining, totally hilarious. This was a fun and
unexpected discovery. Super cool. Check it out.
The Science of Sleep (2006 - 105min) Michel Gondry
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010 - 112min) Edgar Wright
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041T5256/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrim_vs_the_world/
Starring Michael Cera. Very fun.
Scrapper (2013 - 85min) Brady Hall
Official Site: www.scrappermovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JLYIZ1C/
Scum (1979 - 98min) Alan Clarke
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06 Blue Underground): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000096IAA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scum/
Intense drama set in a British borstal (reform school). Controversial for
depictions of brutal violence. Stars Ray Winstone.
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993 - 110min) Steve Zaillian
Amazon (DVD Paramount OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305910340
Secretary (2002 - 111min) Steven Shainberg
Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader are well cast in this very original
film. A very interesting, sympathetic, and darkly comic treatment of
an S&M relationship. Just kind of a very different type of "love story".
Sexy and special.
The Secret of the Grain (2008 - 151min) Abdellatif Kechiche
Amazon (DVD 07/27/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ICZW96
Let's say its a food movie, but not such a happy one.
Self Medicated (2007 - 104min) Monty Lapica
Official Site: www.selfmedicated.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037X4134
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BPJJ3W
Monty Lapica wrote, directed, and stars. Based on his life.
Serenity (2005 - 119min) Josh Whedon
Amazon (DVD 12/20/05 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BW7QWW
Well-respected sci-fi western continues/finishes the storyline from the
prematurely cancelled popular cult Fox TV series Firefly.
The Sessions (2012 - 95min) Ben Lewin
Official Site: www.thesessionsmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEK9BKQ
A 38-year-old man (John Hawkes) who has spent his life in an iron lung
decides to lose his virginity and hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt).
Also stars William H. Macy as a priest. Based on the real life story of
Mark O'Brien. There is a documentary short about O'Brien by Jessica Yu
called Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
(hard to find on DVD, can stream at Amazon).
The documentary Private Practices by Kirby Dick explores the work of
Seven (1995 - 127min) David Fincher
Also sometimes written as Se7en
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/231teq/
Serial killer drama starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey.
Second feature film from David Fincher, following Alien 3.
Seven Psychopaths (2012 - 110min) Martin McDonagh
Official Site: www.sevenpsychopaths.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/29/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007REV4LQ
Amazon (BluRay 01/29/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007REV4PM
Violent British dark comedy starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody
Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko.
Seven Samurai (1954 - 207min) Akira Kurosawa
Amazon (DVD 09/05/06 3-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G8NXYG
Amazon (BluRay 10/19/10 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBISY
Amazon (DVD 1-disc Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780029685
The Seventh Continent (1989 - 104min) Michael Haneke
German Title: Der Siebente Kontinent
Amazon (DVD 05/16/06 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EHQU3A/
First film from Michael Haneke and the first in his "glaciation trilogy"
(along with his next two, Benny's Video and 71 Fragments of a
Chronology of Chance), showing the emotional glaciation of modern
Austria. The DVD includes a very interesting 16-minute interview with
Haneke done in 2005.
sex, lies, and videotape (1989 - 100min) Steven Soderbergh
Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell. This is Soderbergh's first film,
launching his prolific career with an auspicious start.
Sex and Death 101 (2007 - 100min) Dan Waters
Sex Drive (2008 - 109min) Sean Anders
Very well-done mainstream coming-of-age teen sex comedy. Very funny. I like
the sarcastic Amish guy.
Sexy Beast (2000 - 89min) Jonathan Glazer
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UV33
British gangster film starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane.
First feature film from Jonathan Glazer, who is known for directing music
videos. He is featured on the Director's Label with a DVD
Work of the Director Jonathan Glazer. His next feature film
Shallow Grave (1994 - 92min) Danny Boyle
Amazon (DVD 1998 Polygram - OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305181284
Amazon (DVD 2000 MGM - OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/079284405X
Amazon (DVD 2012 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJMA
Boyle's first feature film. Got the Criterion treatment in 2012.
Starring Kerry Fox, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston.
Shame (2011 - 101min) Steve McQueen
Amazon (BD/DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006OB3K56/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shame_2011/
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1m9wc0
British director Steve McQueen's second film, after Hunger.
A look at sex addiction.
Sherrybaby (2006 - 96min) Laurie Collyer
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JBXXYK
Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a strong performance as an addict struggling with
The Shining (1980 - 142min) Stanley Kubrick
The Kubrick Site: www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/
Rob Ager: www.collativelearning.com/the shining.html
Discussion at Rob Ager's Forums: www.collativelearning.com/mybb_1401/Upload/showthread.php?tid=467
Kubrick's classic horror masterpiece. Based on Stephen King's book of the
same name. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. Here we learn that
murder spelled backwards is red rum, and that all work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy. Bloody horror films are not my thing, but of course
anything by Kubrick is essential and awesome. Have seen several times.
This is a really intense trip with some really scary moments.
OK - special update - there is a new documentary (2011) by Jay Weidner
called Kubrick's Odyssey which analyzes this film and presents a very
surprising interpretation, which also explains why the film deviates
so much from the book. Check out:
Yikes! Another update - a new documentary Room 237 explores some
theories about this film. See my Documentaries page
for more info on these films, as well as Rob Ager's series Kubrick Decoded.
Shoot the Moon (1982 - 124min) Alan Parker
Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Peter Weller.
Shooter (2007 - 124min) Antoine Fugua
Short Cuts (1993 - 188min) Robert Altman
Amazon (DVD 10/14/08 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CW72T4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/short_cuts/
Very well-respected Robert Altman film, based on short stories by Raymond
Short Term 12 (2013 - 96min) Destin Cretton
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FGVRZR4/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 01/14/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FGVRZOM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/short_term_12_2013/
Great film. Very highly rated (99% at RottenTomatoes), won lots of awards.
An emotional roller coaster ride set in a foster care facility.
Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield.
Shortbus (2006 - 102min) John Cameron Mitchell
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LAZDQA
This is Mitchell's 2nd film, following Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Shotgun Stories (2007 - 92min) Jeff Nichols
Amazon (DVD 07/01/08 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016MJ6I8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shotgun_stories/
First film from Jeff Nichols, followed by Take Shelter, both starring
Michael Shannon. Excellent film, highly recommended.
Shutter Island (2010 - 138min) Martin Scosese
Amazon (DVD 06/08/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEBB8NI/
Amazon (Bluray 06/08/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEBBA68/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1198124/
21st feature film from Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo,
Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Snydow.
Sid & Nancy (1986 - 112min) Alex Cox
Director's Website: www.alexcox.com
Starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and
his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Side Effects (2013 - 95min) Steven Soderbergh
Official Site: www.sideeffectsmayvary.com/
Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw.
Originally titled The Bitter Pill.
Sidewalls (2011 - 95min) Gustavo Taretto
Spanish Title: Medianeras
Subtitle: Buenos Aires in Times of Virtual Love
Official Site (in Spanish and English): www.medianeras.com/
Very special Argentine film. Highly recommended.
Sideways (2004 - 127min) Alexander Payne
Review at Booze Movies: www.boozemovies.com/2009/01/sideways-2004.html
Fourth film from Alexander Payne (following About Schmidt).
Highly regarded, won many awards.
Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Hayden Church, Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen.
A couple of middle-aged guys take a trip thorugh California's wine country,
meeting a couple of younger women along the way. Lots of wine.
Actually had an effect on the wine industry, decreasing sales of merlot,
increasing sales of pinot noir and increasing overall wine sales.
See also Bottle Shock.
Silent Light (2007 - 131min) Carlos Reygadas
Spanish title: Luz Silenciosa
Amazon (DVD 09/08/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002C8YSDI
Third feature film from Mexican director Carlos Reygadas.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012 - 122min) David O. Russell
Official Site: www.silverliningsplaybookmovie.com/
Amazon (04/30/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A81MV3U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/silver_linings_playbook/
Sixth film from David O. Russell. Rom-com drama deals with crazy love,
mental illness, dysfunctional family. Based on the novel by Matthew Quick.
Stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence with Robert De Niro, Julia
Stiles, Jackie Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher. Highly rated, the film,
director and stars won many awards. I enjoyed this a lot, especially
the great performances from Cooper and Lawrence. The scene where they meet
at dinner is great. "What meds are you on?"
S1m0ne (2002 - 117min) Andrew Niccol
Review by Ray Kurzweil: www.kurzweilai.net/reflections-on-s1m0ne
Sci-fi drama starring Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts (as S1m0ne), Winona Ryder,
Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood.
Original theatrical version credited S1m0ne as played by "herself".
Unknown model, first-time actress Rachel Roberts is credited in DVD version.
Simon Killer (2012 - 106min) Antonio Campos
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7GC8
Second film from Antonio Campos, following Afterschool.
Simple Men (1992 - 105min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Website: www.possiblefilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/27/04 Image OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000YEE1W
4th film from Hal Hartley.
Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Martin Donovan, Karen Sillas, Elina Lowensohn.
(All five dance together to Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" in one scene).
Great fun for fans of Hal Hartley's philosophical comedies.
Sin City (2005 - 124min) Robert Rodriguez
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SIP9Z6
Note that there are various DVD and BluRay editions (which can be sorted out
on Amazon and/or Wikipedia).
Slacker (1991 - 100min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (DVD 2004 2-disc Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002DB4ZK
Linklater's first film. (not to be confused with Slackers).
I'll steal this review by Phil Bacharach from OKC's Gazette 10/20/04:
"In 1991, a budding filmmaker named Richard Linklater got a bunch of Austin,
Texas pals together to make "Slacker", a 16mm celebration of their
hometown's eccentric charms. Costing a meager $23,000, the movie
encapsulated a generation's aimlessness and provided a label for all
over-educated roustabouts with an aversion to work and an affinity for
flannel. "Slacker" is finally on DVD, and your reaction to it largely
depends on your indulgence for the verbose. There are only vignettes, as
Linklater's camera meanders through an assemblage of oddballs, weirdoes,
and cranks who love to talk about anything: the nostalgia of anarchy, the
Smurfs as Krishna propaganda, Madonna pap smears, you name it. The
conversations are funny, thought-provoking, poignant, and yes, ultimately
exhausting. The Criterion Collection works its magic in this terrific 2-disc
package that includes multiple commentaries, audition videos and some
earlier Linklater films that probably didn't need to see the light of day.
No matter. "Slacker" remains an offbeat, if uneven, cultural touchstone for
the early Nineties."
Sleep Dealer (2008 - 90min) Alex Rivera
Official Site: www.sleepdealer.com
Director's Website: www.alexrivera.com
Review - Wired: www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/news/2008/01/sleep_dealer
Very cool, very original, very interesting sci-fi. Mexican film, first-time
director. I had high expectations and this film totally delivered.
Sleepless Night (2011 - 89min) Frederic Jardin
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12 Tribeca): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008DHG9R0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sleepless_night/
Very highly rated non-stop intense crime thriller. In French.
Sling Blade (1996 - 135min) Billy Bob Thornton
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11 2-disc Miramax/Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004U7MR3M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sling_blade/
Directed by, written by and starring Billy Bob Thornton. Won many awards.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008 - 120min) Danny Boyle
Official Site: www.slumdogmillionairemovie.co.uk
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/slumdog_millionaire/
A masterpiece for sure. Won 2008 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Small Apartments (2012 - 97min) Jonas Akerlund
Film Threat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/47694/
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIZ282U
3rd feature film from Akerlund, following Spun and Horsemen.
Dark comedy starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny
Knoxville, Dolph Lundgren, DJ Qualls, Peter Stormare, David Warshofsky,
Juno Temple, Rebel Wilson, Amanda Plummer. Maybe not quite as good as
Spun, but I liked it.
Smashed (2012 - 81min) James Ponsoldt
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A2H9QN8
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1m4m3k/
Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Smile (1975 - 117min) Michael Ritchie
have not yet seen, hard to find.
Smiley Face (2007 - 85min) Gregg Araki
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1yus4v
Stoner comedy starring Anna Faris and John Krasinski. Not the funniest film,
but held my attention, and Anna is always great. She accidentally eats a
pile of pot brownies and has a crazy day. Could perhaps be seen as a
Smoke Signals (1998 - 89min) Chris Eyre
A modern Native-American tale. A very special and overlooked film.
Snowpiercer (2014 - 126min) Bong Joon-ho
Official Site: snowpiercer-film.com
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2014/07/21/now-playing-snowpiercer/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2li9b5/
Sci-fi adventure from South Korean master Bong Joon-ho.
The Snowtown Murders (2011 - 119min) Justin Kurzel
Australian Title: Snowtown
Official Site: www.snowtownthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0083H6AWE
Article by Rob Ager: www.collativelearning.com/ageronfilm/?p=115
Another rough Australian film. The true story of a serial killer and the
small cult he built around himself. Known as the "bodies in barrels murders",
which took place in Southern Australia 1992-1999. One or two of the actors
are professionals, the rest are locals and first-time actors. Highly
recommended unless you want to avoid really graphic violence - this may
be quite disturbing.
The Social Network (2010 - 121min) David Fincher
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0034G4P7G
Review by Michael Glover Smith at WhiteCityCinema: whitecitycinema.com/2010/10/03/now-playing-the-town-and-the-social-network/
The story of how Facebook was developed by Mark Zuckerberg, played by
Solaris (1972 - 166min) Andrei Tarkovsky
Amazon (Criterion DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006L92F
Amazon (Criterion DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NWPY20
Amazon (Criterion Blu-Ray 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NWPY34
Solaris (2002 - 99min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (DVD 07/29/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009ATIX
Sci-fi starring George Clooney, remake of the 1972 Russian film.
There are some interesting reviews at Amazon, one of which points out that
this DVD has a particularly interesting commentary track with director
Steven Soderbergh and producer James Cameron.
Soldier (1998 - 99min) Paul W.S. Anderson
Sci-fi starring Kurt Russell. have not yet seen
Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012 - 76min) Bob Byington
Official Site: www.somebodythemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13 New Video Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBVWWW0
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011 - 99min) Roberto Faenza
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Someday_This_Pain_Will Be_Useful_to_You_(film)
Amazon (DVD 03/05/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AADAE94
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/someday_this_pain_will_be_useful_to_you/
Something in the Air (2012 - 122min) Olivier Assayas
Amazon (DVD 09/24/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7FLA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/something_in_the_air_2013/
Something Wild (1986 - 113min) Jonathan Demme
Amazon (DVD MGM 2001): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005AUJU
Amazon (DVD Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NWPY1G
Amazon (Blu-Ray Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NWPY7U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/something_wild/
Starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta (all three in
stand-out performances). Very interesting film. Starts out fun and wild,
transitions with an interlude at the highschool reunion, then gets
scary when Liotta appears. Excellent soundtrack. And for an extra-special
bonus, the band at the highschool reunion (the Willies) is actually the
Feelies. Good to see the Criterion release, but it doesn't get the usual
treatment - basically just an improved digital transfer, no extras besides
commentary by Demme. Recommended, a top favorite.
Somewhere (2010 - 98min) Sofia Coppola
Amazon (DVD 04/19/11 Focus): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UESJLU
Amazon (Bluray 04/19/11 Focus): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UESJM4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/somewhere_2010/
Fourth film from Sofia Coppola, following Marie Antoinette, followed
by The Bling Ring. Stars Stephen Dorff as a jaded Hollywood star and
Elle Fanning as his 11-year-old daughter. Playboy playmates and twin sisters
Kristina and Karissa Shannon appear as strippers who make house calls to
entertain Dorff's character with pole-dancing routines. Expores the nature
of celebrity, Hollywood ennui and the father-daughter relationship.
Many may find it boring. I liked it. Ebert gave it 4 out of 4 stars.
Sorry, Thanks (2009 - 93min) Dia Sokol
Official Site: www.sorrythanksfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/14/10 Cinema Epoch): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RHZ6IY
The Soul Keeper (2002 - 90min) Roberto Faenza
Italian Title: Prendimi I'anima
Sound of Noise (2010 - 102min) Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjarne Nilsson
Well we could say its a musical crime comedy, a French/Swedish one at that.
A very original film for sure.
Source Code (2011 - 91min) Duncan Jones
Sci-fi thriller, second film from Duncan Jones (following Moon).
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright.
Southland Tales (2006 - 145min) Richard Kelly
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011VIO3W
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001F7Q4HU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/southland_tales/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/24ywcz/
Salon.com Article: www.salon.com/2007/12/19/southland_tales_analysis
Wikipedia (Graphic Novel Prequel): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southland_Tales:_The_Prequel_Saga
Second film from Richard Kelly, following Donnie Darko.
Apocalyptic sci-fi action comedy, and a bit of a musical. Satirical
commentary on post-911 Homeland Security politics and celebrity-obsessed
infotainment culture. Probably widely misunderstood, got bad reviews and
was a total box-office failure. Some say it makes more sense if you have
read the graphic novel first (which is included on the BluRay edition).
I probably wouldn't agree with that, though I have not seen the graphic
novel. I found this to be interesting, intense, funny, and trippy.
Spanking the Monkey (1994 - 100min) David O. Russell
Amazon (DVD 03/02/12 Image OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BC8T28
Amazon.co.uk (DVD PAL 06/11/07 Axiom): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000P0JONY
David O. Russell's first film. Followed by Flirting with Disaster.
US DVD is out of print.
Spartacus (1960 - 196min) Stanley Kubrick
Speaking Parts (1989 - 93min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD 06/26/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KCAT/
Third film from Egoyan, following Family Viewing.
The Spectacular Now (2013 - 81min) James Ponsoldt
Official Site: www.spectacularnowmovie.com
3rd film from James Ponsoldt, following Smashed (2012) and
Off the Black (2006).
Spectres of the Spectrum (1999 - 91min) Craig Baldwin
Official Site: www.othercinemadvd.com/spectres.html
Review at Village Voice: www.villagevoice.com/2000-03-14/film/missions-impossible/
Very unusual. A sci-fi story includes lots of archival footage pertaining
to the history of electronics and communication (Farnsworth, Tesla, Edison,
etc.). May be a bit wacky, but worth it for the snippets of old video and
the overview of technological history.
Spring Breakers (2013 - 93min) Harmony Korine
Official Site: www.springbreakersmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 07/09/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BEJL4RO
Amazon (BluRay 07/09/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BEJL4XS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spring_breakers_2013/
Internet Movie Firearms Database: www.imfdb.org/wiki/Spring_Breakers
Unofficial Director's Fansite: www.harmony-korine.com/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ans66
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ak2sa
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1b6d8q
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1kbzci
Reddit Discussion (12/02/13): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1rusob
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2013/04/01/now-playing-spring-breakers/
Review at Death and Taxes: www.deathandtaxesmag.com/196120/
Review at Death and Taxes: www.deathandtaxesmag.com/195801/
Review at The Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/sep/05/spring-breakers-review
Review at The Village Voice: www.villagevoice.com/2013-03-13/film/harmony-korine-s-spring-breakers-are-girls-gone-godard/
Review at The Aisle Seat: www.aisleseat.com/springbreakers.htm
Review by Richard Roeper: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/spring-breakers-2013-1
Review at AV Club: www.avclub.com/articles/spring-breakers,93674/
Review at Entertainment Weekly: insidemovies.ew.com/2013/03/22/why-you-should-see-spring-breakers/
Tumblr Essay by Ladonna Pietra: theprincessesandthepanopticon.tumblr.com/
Interview with Director at Stereogum: stereogum.com/1298072/
I saw this in the theater 04/03/13. Amazing, stunning, awesome. I read
quite a bit about this before I saw it. I definitely recommend reading about
this film, but you may want to see it first, and just let it speak for
itself. Here is a quote from Michael Glover Smith
from a comment under his excellent review: "Even though there are aspects of
the film I don't like, as I point out in my review, the aspects of it that
are refreshingly, daringly original make nearly every other American film of
recent memory seem so, so stale." Korine says it is a "pop poem".
Update: I watched this again when the DVD came out (07/13) and again in
November 2013 - still holds up for me as one of the most amazing films I
have seen. Also have continued to read about it (Ladonna Pietra's Tumblr
essay is very interesting).
Spun (2002 - 101min) Jonas Akerlund
Official Site: www.spunthemovie.com
Director's Website: www.jonasakerlund.com
First feature film from Jonas Akerlund, followed by Horsemen and
Small Apartments. Exceptional cast featuring Jason Schwartzman,
Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mickey Roarke, Mena Suvari,
Deborah Harry, Eric Roberts, Patrick Fugit, Chloe Hunter.
Super-cool - one of my top favorites - have watched many times.
Anti-drug tale about meth. Here is a quote from the DVD box by Stephen
Holden of the New York Times: "A tour de force of grunge atmosphere...a
swaggering journey into hell that conveys a chortling amusement...with a
hip gallows humor." Watch the first twelve minutes before the credits and
you should be hooked (or not, in which case you won't like it). Beware of
the censored R-Rated version, you want the Unrated version, which
says "Uncensored Director's Cut" right on the front of the box.
(A detailed comparison of the R-Rated and Unrated versions is here:
Excellent soundtrack music, including lots of original songs by Billy
Corgan (of the Smashing Pumpkins). He has a cameo near the end as
the doctor. Also a cameo by Rob Halford (of Judas Priest). A fast-paced
visual feast - Akerlund is a Swedish director who has done a lot of music
videos. Includes some cool animation scenes. Not for everyone, but you're
cool - so check it out.
The Squid and the Whale (2005 - 81min) Noah Baumbach
Amazon (DVD 03/21/06 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CS464G
Fourth film from Noah Baumbach, following Mr. Jealousy, followed by
Margot at the Wedding. Awesome film.
Stalker (1979 - 163min) Andrei Tarkovsky
Stand and Deliver (1988 - 102min) Ramon Menendez
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305161917
Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips. Based on the true story of East LA
high school math teacher Jaime Escalante.
Star Wars (1977 - 121min) George Lucas
AKA: Star Wars - Episode 4: A New Hope
Classic sci-fi, and world-wide pop culture phenomenon. Followed by 2 fairly
well-regarded sequels and 3 not-so-well-regarded prequels. Check out the
documentary The People vs. George Lucas, which explores the dedicated
fanbase and the controversy over the 1997 Special Edition rerelease.
And also the docus Jedi Junkies, A Galaxy Far Far Away,
Star Wait. The Wikipedia article above is extensive and links to
many related Wikipedia pages. May the Force be with you.
Starlet (2012 - 103min) Sean Baker
Amazon (DVD 05/07/13 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AWQEJPE
Amazon (Bluray 05/07/13 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B58FVLY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/starlet_2012/
Review at NY Times: movies.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/movies/starlet-with-dree-hemingway.html
Inteview at Independent Film Quarterly: www.independentfilmquarterly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1054&Itemid=125
Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson. Fourth film from Sean Baker. Exceptionally
excellent, definitely one of the best films I saw in 2013. The DVD is loaded
with extra features. Dree is the daughter of Mariel Hemingway (and Ernest
Hemingway's great-granddaughter). She has been a model and studied ballet
and has had some small film roles. This is her first starring role and
announces her presence quite solidly. Besedka Johnson was discovered (at age
85) while working out at a gym by the film's executive producer. She had
wanted to be an actress since she was 15. This is her first and only film,
she passed away at the age of 87 on April 4, 2013.
Starting Out in the Evening (2007 - 111min) Andrew Wagner
Amazon (DVD 04/22/08 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013AVNOS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/starting_out_in_the_evening/
Frank Langella (as an aging writer), Lauren Ambrose (as a young woman who is
writing her thesis about him), Lili Taylor (as his daughter).
Stay Hungry (1976 - 102min) Bob Rafelson
Amazon (DVD 05/18/04 MGM OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00018YC3M
Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Stone (2010 - 105min) John Curran
Official Site: www.stonemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0047T74CM
Psychological prison drama starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Mila
Jovovich, and Frances Conroy. Did not do well in theaters and got mixed
reviews, but some say it will age well. The actors give great performances
(Jovovich is powerful) and there is some depth to the story.
Storytelling (2002 - 87min) Todd Solondz
I'll steal a line from one of the reviews at Amazon - "Though sharply
written and well directed, this misanthropic vision is strictly for daring
filmgoers and Solondz fans." Being a big fan of Solondz (and a daring
filmwatcher), I was not disappointed. Its actually 2 films, one following
the other, not necessarily related (one represents fiction, the other
non-fiction). DVD includes wide-screen and full-screen versions, each in
both R-rated and Unrated versions. (Also by Solondz - Welcome to the
Dollhouse, Happiness, Palindromes, Life During
Wartime, Dark Horse).
The Straight Story (1999 - 112min) David Lynch
A very beautiful film (though I don't think it made much of an impression
on me). None of the weirdness you would be expecting from David Lynch.
Based on the true story of an old man who travels 300 miles on a
riding lawn mower to see his sick brother. Starring Richard Farnsworth.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006 - 116min) Marc Forster
Amazon (DVD 02/27/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LXH0AE
Comedy-drama-fantasy. I didn't get around to this until 2013. Enjoyed
greatly. Unique and interesting. Great cast. Will Ferrell, Maggie
Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah.
Also featured is a really cool classic 70's punk rock song called "Whole
Wide World", by Wreckless Eric, which I had somehow not heard before.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984 - 89min) Jim Jarmusch
I saw this only once long ago, so I will certainly check it out again. It
did not much grab me at the time. I like some of Jarmusch's films a lot.
This is his second film. His first film, Permanent Vacation, is
included as a special feature on the Criterion DVD release.
Straw Dogs (1971 - 117min) Sam Peckinpaw
Amazon (DVD 10/19/04 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KPHZG
Amazon (DVD 03/25/03 2-disc Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000087EYE
Amazon (DVD 01/19/00 Anchor Bay OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305297282
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1e9dz7/
Classic psychological thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
Controversial in its day for rape scene and violent ending.
(A remake was made in 2011 by Rod Lurie).
Stripes (1981 - 106min) Ivan Reitman
Starring Bill Murray, John Candy, Howard Ramis, Warren Oates.
Stupid funny, classic Bill Murray (and John Candy).
Stuart Saves His Family (1995 - 97min) Harold Ramis
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 Warner Archive): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ECW9WTW
Amazon (DVD 04/17/01 Paramount OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059TET
Amazon (DVD 07/24/07 Paramount Triple Feature with Waynes World and Coneheads): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PHX5SM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stuart_saves_his_family/
Al Franken stars as Stuart Smalley, a character he developed on Saturday
Night Live. Stuart is a member of several 12-step self-help groups and has
a Chicago cable TV show called Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley. His
show is cancelled and he is called home to Minneapolis when an aunt passes
away, which puts him in the middle of his crazy disfunctional family.
This mainstream Hollywood production was box-office failure and has mainly
bad reviews, but actually has a lot of humor relating to crazy families,
self-help programs, addiction, etc. Siskel and Ebert both gave it a thumbs
up. I have watched it several times and it still makes me laugh.
Remember, "you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone-it,
people like you."
The Stunt Man (1980 - 131min) Richard Rush
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/07/11 Severin): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004VQRCSC
Steve Railsback, Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey.
The 2-disc version of the DVD includes the documentary The Sinister
Saga of Making the Stunt Man.
Suburbia (1984 - 95min) Penelope Spheeris
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10 Shout! Factory): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0035CBV2G
Amazon (DVD 12/26/05 Buena Vista): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BRMMJO
Amazon (DVD 10/24/00 New Concorde): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004Y3WH
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1020398-suburbia/
Cult classic about suburban punk rock kids. First feature film by Penelope
Spheeris, following her super-classic documentary about punk rock music,
The Decline of Western Civlization. This definitely has a B-movie
feel about it, as we would expect from a film backed by Roger Corman.
For fans of punk rock, this is worth a watch if only for the performances
by DI, TSOL, and The Vandals.
Sun Don't Shine (2012 - 80min) Amy Seimetz
Official Site: www.factorytwentyfive.com/sun-dont-shine/
The Sundowners (1960 - 133min) Fred Zinnemann
Sunshine Cleaning (2009 - 91min) Christine Jeffs
Official Site: www.sunshinecleaning-themovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XGU
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin. The idea for this came from a story
heard on NPR about two women who started their own business cleaning up
crime scenes. Excellent film.
Super (2010 - 96min) James Gunn
Official Site: www.thecrimsonbolt.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0051PLQR0
Dark and twisted comedy starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler,
Kevin Bacon. A unique and interesting film, but be warned that it has a lot
of graphic violence.
Supporting Characters (2012 - 87min) Daniel Schecter
Amazon (DVD 06/25/13 Tribeca): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BD5GGFO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/supporting_characters/
Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Corrigan, Melonie Diaz,
Lena Dunham, Sophia Takal. Third film from Schecter following The Big
Bad Swim and Goodbye Baby. A couple of film editors in NYC
deal with the challenges of their jobs and their relationships. We can file
this under Mumblecore (which to me is a good thing).
Surviving Desire (1991 - 53min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Website: www.possiblefilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 2010 Microcinema): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00355A4LM
Amazon (DVD 04/09/02 Wellspring): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y6Y5
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/surviving_desire/
3rd film from Hal Hartley, followed by Simple Men.
Martin Donovan, Mary Ward, Matt Malloy, Rebecca Nelson.
Sushi Girl (2012 - 98min) Kern Saxton
Official Site: www.sushigirlmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2013): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008B9JT8G
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sushi_girl/
Film Threat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/53382/
Bloody crime drama, might qualify as "torture porn".
The Sweet Hereafter (1997 - 112min) Atom Egoyan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780622251
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sweet_hereafter/
Seventh film from Egoyan.
Sweet Movie (1974 - 98min) Dusan Makavejev
Senses of Cinema Interview: www.sensesofcinema.com/2008/feature-articles/sweet-movie-makavejev/
Senses of Cinema Article: www.sensesofcinema.com/2011/feature-articles/something-against-nature-sweet-movie-4-and-disgust/
Amazon (DVD 2007 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OPPAEM
Swimming Pool (2003 - 102min) Francois Ozon
French thriller starring Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier.
Swingers (1996 - 94min) Doug Liman
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006ADFY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/swingers/
Comedy set in the "swing revival" of 1990's Los Angeles.
Jon Favreau ("he's so money and he doesn't even know it"), Vince Vaughn,
Heather Graham. And a couple of songs from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with some
Synecdoche, New York (2009 - 124min) Charlie Kaufman
Amazon (DVD 03/10/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P3SA8K/
Amazon (BluRay 03/10/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P3SA8A/
Article at AV Club: www.avclub.com/article/synecdoche-new-york-38324
Directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman (wrote Being John Malkovich,
Human Nature, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind), also wrote and produced. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein.
A brainy and challenging film that is not for everyone. Might want to read
a bit about it.
Take Out (2004 - 87min) Sean Baker
Official Site: takeoutthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/01/09 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002C68WSW/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/take_out/
Second film from Sean Baker, following Four Letter Words, followed by
Prince of Broadway.
Take Shelter (2011 - 121min) Jeff Nichols
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006HGXGWU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/take_shelter/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/19ilgm/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1vhhhj/
A well-made and impressively captivating psychological thriller.
Starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Second film from Jeff
Nichols, preceded by Shotgun Stories, followed by Mud.
Take This Waltz (2011 - 116min) Sarah Polley
Official Site: takethiswaltz.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008NA3130/
Canadian romantic comedy-drama starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen,
Luke Kirby. Second feature directed by actress Sarah Polley (following
Away From Her 2006).
Talk Radio (1988 - 110min) Oliver Stone
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/talk_radio/
Loosely based on the life of Alan Berg, Denver talk radio personality who
was murdered in 1984 by White Power group The Order. Stars Eric Bogosian.
Overlooked, well-respected film, some consider it Stones's best.
Tampopo (1986 - 114min) Juzo Itami (Japanese with subtitles)
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tampopo/
Very special. My top favorite food movie for sure (followed by
Big Night, and the documentaries Jiro Dreams of Sushi,
Les Blank's Garlic, and I Like Killing Flies).
Note 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
A couple of milk truck drivers come to the aid of Tampopo, a woman
who has inherited a noodle shop in Japan. They teach her how to
be a great cook and how to run the shop. This main story is intertwined
with many short scenes about food. Hard to say enough about this film.
If you haven't seen it, you just can't imagine how good a food movie
can be. Most highly recommended, especially for foodies.
Tape (2001 - 86min) Richard Linklater
Amazon (DVD 04/16/02 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005YUPJ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tape/
Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman.
The Taste of Others (2000 - 113min) Agnes Jaoiu
Amazon (DVD 01/06/12 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UQA2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_taste_of_others/
The Taste of Tea (2004 - 143min) Katsuhito Ishii
Japanese Title: Cha no Aji
Amazon (DVD 07/03/07 VIZ Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PMGNMC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/taste_of_tea/
Taxi Driver (1976 - 113min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (2-disc DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R8YC18
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/taxi_driver/
Internet Movie Firearms Database: www.imfdb.org/wiki/Taxi_Driver
Super-classic, starring Robert DeNiro (as Travis Bickle), Jodie Foster,
Cybil Shepherd, Harvey Keitel.
Ted (2012 - 106/112min) Seth McFarlane
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LAII12/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ted_2012/
First film directed by Seth McFarlane (creator of American Dad and Family
Guy). Crude humore as expected. Mark Wahlberg is a guy who has a talking
teddy bear. Also stars Mila Kunis. McFarlane does the voice of Ted.
Teddy Bear (2012 - 96min) Mads Matthiessen
Danish Title: Ten Timer til Paradis (Ten Hours til Paradise)
Film Movement: www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=296
Amazon (DVD Film Movement): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008GWJJ3I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/teddy_bear_2012/
Danish film starring bodybuilder Kim Kold, as a shy bodybuilder with a
domineering mother who travels to Thailand hoping to find love. Great film,
enjoyed it a lot. DVD from Film Movement also includes a couple of short
films by the director, including Dennis, the 18-minute 2007
film, also featuring Kim Kold, which was the basis for Teddy Bear.
Teknolust (2002 - 82min) Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/teknolust/
Let's say sci-fi comedy. Starring Tilda Swinton as a scientist and the 3
human/computer clones of herself that she has created. Very original,
enjoyed it a lot. I found this after discovering the director's amazing
documentary film, Strange Culture.
Ten Canoes (2006 - 92min) Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
Director's Website: www.vertigoproductions.com.au
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S8CLSS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ten_canoes/
Australian film set in Aborigine culture in ancient times. Actually a
story within a story. Narrated by David Gulpilil. Very special. DVD has
generous extra features, including 50-minute making-of docu, and interviews
with director and co-director.
Tetro (2009 - 127min) Francis Ford Coppola
Official Site: www.tetrofilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0035L1PHI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tetro/
Starring Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdu. Interesting, an
overlooked film from Coppola.
The Terminator (1984 - 107min) James Cameron
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/terminator/
Classic sci-fi, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (as the ultimate cyborg),
Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn. This is where we get Arnold's famous line,
"I'll be back." (Note 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes). Followed by 3 sequels.
Thank You for Smoking (2006 - 92min) Jason Reitman
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thank_you_for_smoking/
Thanks for Sharing (2012 - 112min) Stuart Blumberg
Amazon (DVD 01/07/14 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FXWAZW8/
Amazon (Bluray 01/07/14 Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FXWAZX2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thanks_for_sharing/
Excellent drama set in the world of sex-addiction recovery.
Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Patrick Fugit,
Alecia Moore, Joely Richardson, Carol Kane.
Thelma & Louise (1991 - 129min) Ridley Scott
Amazon (DVD 02/04/03 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007BKVC
Starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Also Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel,
Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald.
There Will Be Blood (2007 - 158min) P.T. Anderson
Official Site: www.therewillbeblood.com
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/209v0y
Starring Daniel Dey Lewis. Inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel,
Oil!. Awesome masterpiece of a film, as expected of PT Anderson.
This is his fifth film, following Punch Drunk Love and followed by
There's Something About Mary (1998 - 119min) Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Romantic "gross-out" comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller.
Also we get some Chris Elliot and some musical performances by Jonathan
Richman. Well done.
They Live (1988 - 93min) John Carpenter
Amazon (DVD 09/23/03 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AOX0F
Amazon (DVD 11/06/12 Collector's Edition Shout! Factory): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008VF0XVM
Cult-classic sci-fi horror action thriller (and perhaps qualifies as
a "B-movie"), with a subversive anti-consumerism message. Starring beefy
pro-wrestler Roddy Piper.
The Thin Red Line (1998 - 170min) Terrence Malick
Long, philosophical, meditative look at bloody battle on Guadalcanal
Island in Pacific in WW2. Considered by many to be a masterpiece, along with
all the rest of Malick's films.
Thirteen (2003 - 100min) Catherine Hardwicke
Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter.
The Thirteenth Floor (1999 - 100min) Josef Rufnak
Amazon (DVD 10/05/99 Columbia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767821629
Amazon (Bluray 04/14/09 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001R88C6I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1089671-13th_floor/
Sci-fi dealing with artificial reality. Not well-reviewed by critics, but
has some respect among sci-fi fans. Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent
This Girl's Life (104min) Ash Baron-Cohen
Juliette Marquis plays an Internet porn star. Also starring James Woods,
Michael Rapaport, Rosario Dawson, Kip Pardue. Very interesting.
This is Spinal Tap (1984 - 82min) Rob Reiner
Rob Townsend Review
Amazon (DVD 09/12/00 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305922756/
Amazon (Bluray 07/28/09 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y5JFN4/
Amazon (DVD 07/08/98 Criterion Double-sided OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559408758/
Starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner.
Super-funny mockumentary ("rockumentary, if you will") about a metal band
called Spinal Tap. Cult classic. Really one of the funniest movies ever and
certainly the funniest about rock and roll, non-stop hilarious. Highly
recommended. Have seen many times.
This Is the End (2013 - 107min) Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CE00ZV8/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 10/01/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BEJL69U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/this_is_the_end/
Over-the-top end'o the world comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco,
Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson as fictional
versions of themselves.
Three Businessmen (1998 - 80min) Alex Cox
Director's Website: www.alexcox.com
Amazon (DVD 04/24/01 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059PP9
Quirky philosophical comedy starring director Alex Cox, Miguel Sandoval,
Robert Wisdom, Andrew Schofield, Isabel Ampudia. Has some interesting
elements, but did not do much for me. A bit slow.
Three Kings (1999 - 114min) David O. Russell
Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Jonze, Ice Cube. A very modern
war movie, set in the 1991 gulf war. Third film from Russell, following
Flirting with Disaster, followed by I Heart Huckabees.
Three Times (2004 - 120min) Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Amazon (DVD 09/26/06 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GBEWPC
Thumbsucker (2005 - 96min) Mike Mills
Starring Lou Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves,
Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner, Vince Vaughn. Mills followed this with
Beginners in 2011.
THX 1138 (1971 - 95min/121min Director's Cut) George Lucas
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 09/14/04 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002CHIKG/
Amazon (Bluray 09/07/10 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001ECQ74G/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thx_1138/
Dystopian sci-fi, set in a future where sex is prohibited and mind-altering
drugs are mandatory. First film from George Lucas (followed by American
Tideland (2005 - 120min) Terry Gilliam
Amazon (DVD 02/27/07 2-disc Velocity/Thinkfilm): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KB4898
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tideland/
Tenth film from Terry Gilliam. Adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel of the
Tiny Furniture (2010 - 98min) Lena Dunham
Amazon (DVD Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00687XNW6
Amazon (BluRay Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00687XNVM
To Die For (1995 - 106min) Gus Van Sant
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045O2PHS
Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962 - 128min) Robert Mulligan
Amazon (DVD 01/31/12 2-disc 50th Anniversary): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006FE83UE
Amazon (BluRay/DVD 01/31/12 2-disc 50th Anniversary): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006FE83U4/
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05 2-disc Legacy Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009X7664/
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Brock Peters as Tom Robinson, Mary Badham
as Scout, Philip Alford as Jem, Robert Duvall as Boo Radley.
To the Wonder (2012 - 113min) Terrence Malick
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 ): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CX7OW1G
Amazon (BluRay 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CX7OX6U/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/to_the_wonder/
Malick's sixth film in his 40-year career. Romantic drama/artfilm set and
filmed mainly in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. A very special and beautiful film,
but perhaps also enigmatic, somber and unsatisfying.
Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem.
Tokyo Story (1953 - 136min) Yasujiro Ozu
Amazon (DVD 10/28/03 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLV7
An elderly couple travel from their rural home to visit their children in
the city. Widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Tokyo! (2008 - 111min)
Amazon (DVD 06/30/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001V7RTAK
Three short films set in Tokyo, by three different directors (2 French,
1 South Korean)
1. Interior Design (38min) Michel Gondry
2. Merde (38min) Leos Carax
(Actor Denis Lavant reprises this role in Carax's 2012
film Holy Motors)
3. Shaking Tokyo (30min) Bong Joon-ho
Touchy Feely (2013 - 89min) Lynn Sheldon
Amazon (DVD 12/10/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHD8I/
Amazon (Bluray 12/10/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F6SHCZC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/touchy_feely_2013/
Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ellen Page, Ron Livingston.
Touki Bouki (1973 - 95min) Djibril Diop Mambety
World Cinema Foundation: worldcinemafoundation.org/films/touki-bouki
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/touki-bouki/
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05 Kino OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AGTPV4
Senegalese drama. Obscure, odd, unique and experimental.
DVD is out of print and hard to find. Netflix has this.
Update - will be included on Criterion World Cinema Collection.
The Tracker (2002 - 94min) Rolf de Heer
Director's Website: www.vertigoproductions.com.au
Amazon (DVD 09/21/05 Art Mattan): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A7Q2KA
Excellent Australian film starring David Gulpilil. DVD includes a one-hour
film about Gulpilil (Gulpilil: One Red Blood).
Traffic (2000 - 147min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 03/07/06 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E1OI7G
Trainspotting (1996 - 94min) Danny Boyle
Amazon (DVD 09/13/11 Lionsgate Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057ZAA6W/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 09/13/11 Lionsgate Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057ZAA0S/
Amazon (Bluray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001RL4K1Q/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/01/04 Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001XALTG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trainspotting/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1n45b2
Second film from Danny Boyle, following Shallow Grave. Well-respected
black comedy/drama based on novel by Irvine Welsh, looks at a group of
heroin users living in squalor in 1980's Edinburgh.
Trance (2013 - 101min) Danny Boyle
Amazon (DVD 07/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3DJIG8
Amazon (BluRay 07/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3DJI3Q
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trance_2013/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1cydta/
Very tricky neo-noir art-heist thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent
Cassel, Rosario Dawson. Involves hypnotism. Has mixed reviews. I liked it.
Trash (1970 - 110min) Paul Morrissey
AKA: Andy Warhol's Trash
Joe Dallesandro: www.joedallesandro.com
Holly Woodlawn: snow.icestorm.net/holly/
Classic Andy Warhol film starring Joe Dallesandro and Holly Woodlawn.
Has been a magical favorite of mine since I first saw it in the mid 70's.
The Tree of Life (2011 - 138min) Terrence Malick
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/thetreeoflife
Official Site: www.twowaysthroughlife.com/
Review at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/tree_life_astrological_movie_review
Amazon (BluRay 10/11/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HV6Y5W
Malick's fifth film in 40 years. Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn,
Jessica Chastain. Won Palme d'Or at 2011 Cannes Festival.
Opened in the US May 27, 2011.
The Tree (2010 - 100min) Julie Bertuccelli
Official Site: www.thetreefilm.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2J48
Australian drama starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morganna Davies,
The Trip (2010 - 112min) Michael Winterbottom
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E7SEM0
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play fictionalized versions of themselves
travelling together on a tour of restaurants in Northern England. This is
edited from a TV series of the same name, and is a continuation of the
2006 film Tristam Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story. You could see it
as a food movie, but it is really more of a philosophical comedy. Kind of
looking at two different attitudinal approaches to life.
Trucker (2008 - 90min) James Mottern
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002T9H2O2
Starring Michelle Monaghan (yes, as a truck-driver).
True Grit (2010 - 110min) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003UESJME
Coen brothers' update of classic western.
True Stories (1986 - 90min) David Byrne
Amazon (DVD 03/30/99): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305308845
Unique film. I guess we would say its a comedy, in the bizarre style of
David Byrne, or maybe a mockumentary, hosted by Byrne, or maybe its a
musical, which features songs performed by the Talking Heads with various
guest singers. Set in the fictional small town of Virgil, Texas. Lots of odd
characters and odd scenes. Quirky fun. Just get into the strangeness, the
feeling, the images, the music, and don't try to figure anything out ("Stop
Making Sense"). Cast includes Spalding Gray, John Goodman, Pops Staples.
The Truman Show (1998 - 103min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009UC7QQ
Jim Carey stars as Truman Burbank, a man who discovers that his whole life
since birth has been filmed and broadcast globally around the clock as a
reality TV show. There is a psychological condition named after the film -
Truman Show Delusion - in which people believe that their lives are being
filmed as reality TV shows. Check out this article at Wikipedia:
Trust (1990 - 107min) Hal Hartley
Amazon (DVD 01/22/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A32H1E8
Amazon (BluRay 01/22/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A32GZT0
Hal Hartley's 2nd feature film, following The Unbelievable Truth,
followed by Surviving Desire. Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan,
Merritt Nelson, Edie Falco.
The Turin Horse (2011 - 155min) Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky
Hungarian Title: A Torinoi Lo
Amazon (DVD 07/17/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007P470R0
Amazon (BluRay 07/17/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007P4SQB4
Final film from master Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr, who says the film is
about "the heaviness of human existence." Long, slow, bleak, in black and
white, very little dialog - this is not an easy film to watch. I made it
all the way through and can still vividly remember the eating of potatoes,
the howling of the wind, the visitor, the horse. It will make an impression
on you (should you choose to endure it).
Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011 - 76min) Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Official Site: turnmeondammit.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/16/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008UDXBPK
Norwegian film. Coming of age comedy, looks at the sexual awakening of a
fifteen-year-old girl. Very well done, and I might say, cute.
The Turning Point (1977 - 119min) Herbert Ross
Amazon (DVD out of print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006GQMBY
Amazon (DVD PAL region 2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002C017Q2
Ballet movie starring Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Mikhail Baryshnikov,
Tom Skerritt, Leslie Browne. 11 Academy award nominations, no wins.
Domestic DVD is out of print, can order UK PAL Region-2 DVD from Amazon.
have not yet seen.
Tweeked (2001 - 86min) Beth Dewey
Official Site: tweakedthemovie.com
Starring Darling Narita and Ali Raymer as a couple of young girls caught up
in the world of meth addiction. A bit more serious (more drama, less comedy,
if any) than Spun, which covers the same subject.
An excellent and overlooked film.
Twin Falls Idaho (1999 - 111min) Mark and Michael Polish
Two Lovers (2008 - 110min) James Gray
Amazon (DVD 06/30/09 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001RJ1Y62/
Amazon (Bluray 06/30/09 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001RNCSXG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/two_lovers/
Fourth film from James Gray, following We Own the Night.
Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw.
U Turn (1997 - 125min) Oliver Stone
Amazon (1998 Sony DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767805763
Dark comic noir. Starring Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Nick Nolte,
Jennifer Lopez, Powers Booth, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Joaquin Phoenix.
Thornton has a great role as a psycho mechanic - "When I work on a car,
I work on a car." Excellent film, maybe a bit overlooked and under-rated.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988 - 171min) Philip Kaufman
Amazon (DVD 2006 2-disc Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CBG5PG/
Amazon (DVD 2002 MGM OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000069I01/
Amazon (DVD 1999 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0780022386/
Based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Milan Kundera.
Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin.
The Unbelievable Truth (1989 - 90min) Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley's Website: www.possiblefilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNH9NGQ
Amazon (BluRay 05/14/13 Olive Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BNH9NWU
Hal Hartley's first film. I suggest start with this and watch them all.
Smart and funny. Debut performance by Adrienne Shelly.
Under the Skin (2013 - 107min) Jonathan Glazer
Official Site: undertheskinmovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/under_the_skin_2013/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/25d9ni/
Reddit Discussion (07/24/14): www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2bio7s/
Review by Michael Glover Smith: whitecitycinema.com/2014/04/21/now-playing-under-the-skin/
Sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansen. Shot in Scotland. A bit dark.
The Underneath (1995 - 99min) Steven Soderbergh
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underneath/
4th film from Soderbergh. Starring Peter Gallagher, Allison Elliot.
Included as an extra feature with the 2014 Criterion release of
King of the Hill.
Untamed Heart (1993 - 102min) Tony Bill
Starring Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater, Rosie Perez. Its a "three-hankie
weeper", you might want to watch it alone.
(Untitled) (2009 - 96min) Jonathan Parker
Official Site: www.untitled-themovie.com
Starring Adam Goldberg, Marly Shelton, Eion Bailey, Vinnie Jones, Lucy Punch,
Zak Orth. Comedy about New York art scene. Its funny enough - I laughed out
loud a few times.
Up in the Air (2009 - 109min) Jason Reitman
Official Site: www.theupintheairmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 03/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00337KM2S
Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick.
Upstream Color (2013 - 96min) Shane Carruth
Official Site: upstreamcolor.com
Amazon (DVD 05/07/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BC75HTE
Amazon (BluRay/DVD 05/07/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BC75H5S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/upstream_color/
Review by Michael Glover Smith at White City Cinema: whitecitycinema.com/2013/04/12/now-playing-upstream-color/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1brw7t/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1txog5/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1lioei/
Reddit Discussion 05/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/261fms/
Second film from self-taught filmmaker and former engineer Shane Carruth,
who wrote, produced, directed, shot, edited, scored, stars in, and is
distributing this amazing and ambitious film. This follows Primer, his
legendary 2004 super-low-budget sci-fi film. This is also a tricky sci-fi,
which involves a parasitic worm, and pigs. Definitely an interesting and
well-made film. I'm not sure I can say I understood a lot of it. And not
sure that that matters. I think a lot of people will be confused enough by
this to not enjoy it, while others may either like to be confused or maybe
won't find it so confusing. Or maybe you're not supposed to "understand" it.
Looking forward to rewatching.
Urban Cowboy (1980 - 132min) James Bridges
John Travolta, Debra Winger.
Urbania (2000 - 103min) Jon Shear
Deals with gay relationships and homophobia, and also with urban legends.
Valhalla Rising (2009 - 93min) Nicolas Winding Refn
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/valhalla_rising/
Atmospheric, bleak, violent viking story.
Vanilla Sky (2001 - 136min) Cameron Crowe
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/vanilla_sky/
Starring Tom Cruise, Penelpoe Cruize, Cameron Diaz.
Vanishing Waves (2012 - 124min) Kristina Buozyte
Amazon (DVD 07/23/13 2-disc Artsploitation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C8CQ5S4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/vanishing_waves_2012/
Very interesting and unique Finnish sci-fi.
Velvet Goldmine (1998 - 124min) Todd Haynes
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11 Miramax Lionsgate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004U7MR4G
Amazon (DVD 05/18/99 Miramax): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0788815741
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/velvet_goldmine/
Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Set in the world of
British 70's glam-rock.
Very Bad Things (1998 - 100min) Peter Berg
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/very_bad_things/
Very black comedy.
Videodrome (1982 - 87min) David Cronenberg
Review at Mondo-Digital: www.mondo-digital.com/videodrome.html
Review at Trash City: www.trashcity.org/BLITZ/BLIT0318.HTM
Review at notcoming.com: www.notcoming.com/reviews.php?id=176
Review at The Dissolve: thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/556-the-prescient-analog-nightmare-of-videodrome
Review at The Dissolve (Part 2): thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/559-the-sex-violence-and-new-flesh-of-videodrome
Amazon (DVD 09/08/98 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0783228457
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 08/31/04 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002DB50E
Amazon (BluRay 12/07/10 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KGBIRK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/videodrome/
Cronenberg sci-fi body-horror thriller. Very original. Starring James Woods
(as Max Renn, Canadian cable TV station operator), Debbie Harry (as Nikki
Brand), Sonja Smits (as Bianca O'Blivion), Peter Dvorsky (as Harlan),
Leslie Carlson (as Barry Convex), Jack Creley (as Professor Brian O'Blivion,
said to be based on Marshall McLuhan).
Lots of interesting ideas, some having to do with television, satellite TV,
cable TV, VCRs, VHS tapes. Keep in mind this came out when
VCRs were still kind of a new thing. A top favorite - highly recommended.
Reissued by Criterion in 2004. As of AUG 2012, a remake is in production.
The Virgin Suicides (1999 - 97min) Sofia Coppla
Amazon (DVD 12/19/00 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXH1
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/virgin_suicides/
First film from Sofia Coppola, based on novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.
James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst.
Visioneers (2009 - 94min) Jared Drake
Official Site: www.visioneersthemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/visioneers/
Splitsider Article: splitsider.com/2011/11/defending-the-dark-weirdness-of-visioneers/
Odd and subtle black humor. Starring Zach Galifianakis.
The Visitor (2007 - 103min) Thomas McCarthy
Amazon (DVD 10/07/08 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015OKWKI/
Amazon (Bluray 10/07/08 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CONMUC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008820-visitor/
Second film from Thomas McCarthy, following The Station Agent,
followed by Win Win. Stars Richard Jenkins as a widower and
college professor who befriends an illegal immigrant couple, leading to a
renewed passion for life, including an interest in playing the djembe.
An excellent and well-regarded film.
Wadjda (2012 - 98min) Haifaa al-Monsour
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 02/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8B1G/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wadjda_2013/
Waitress (2007 - 104min) Adrienne Shelly
Amazon (DVD 11/27/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VY1EYG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/waitress/
Wake in Fright (1971 - 109min) Ted Kotcheff
Also Known As: Outback
Official Site: drafthuosefilms.com/film/wake-in-fright
Amazon (DVD 01/15/13 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009YX8LG4
Amazon (BluRay 01/15/13 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009YX8KN8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wake_in_fright/
Reddit Discussion 05/09/14: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/24xwfu/
Wow! This is one powerful film. A classic Australian masterpiece, "lost" for
many years until it was restored in 2009. I found out about this shortly
before the 2013 DVD release (thanks E.W.) and got ahold of it as soon as I
could. Having recently been intrigued by a lot of Australian films
(including Bad Boy Bubby, Samson and Delilah,
The Snowtown Murders), I had high expectations for this one and
was not disappointed. Totally amazing all the way through. A wild tale
of a schoolteacher in rural Australia who gets stuck in a town in the
Outback (Bundanyabba, or "the Yabba") on his way back to Sydney for the
holidays. You have never seen this much beer consumed in a film (or in
real life). Many Australians were offended by this depiction when the
film came out. And many people have walked out of this film during the
kangaroo hunting scene, which is real and quite bloody (though they filmed
hunters rather than killing kangaroos just for the film). This will be quite
disturbing for many people, but a powerful and unforgettable experience if
you can handle it. Pretty much every scene is a look into a world you
have never seen. Including a look at "the biggest game of 2-up in Australia".
Starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty. DVD is loaded with
special features. Highly recommended.
Waking Life (2001 - 99min) Richard Linklater
A Fan Site: Tons of info on Waking Life
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/waking_life/
Now this is one original film. Uses a type of animation (rotoscope)
that is drawn on top of regular film. The main character, Wiley Wiggins, is
stuck in a dream, which consists of a series of encounters with various
characters, who all have a lot to say. Lots of very interesting ideas
are presented. A lot of it has to do with
dreams and the concept of "lucid dreaming" (being conscious in your dreams).
Timothy Speed Levitch gets a few minutes (see "The Cruise" on my
Documentary page). The guy in the car with the
speakers on top is Alex Jones, who has become the king of conspiracy
I later found the interesting documentary I Am A Sex Addict and
realized that the director, Caveh, is featured in Waking Life.
This is definitely one of the most interesting films ever. Have
watched many times. Highly recommended.
Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story (2007 - 96min) Jake Kasdan
Amazon (2-disc DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012IWNZY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walk_hard/
Comedy starring John C. Reilly. This is a parody of a biopic about a rock
star's rise to fame in the 60's and 70's, with similarities to Elvis and
Johnny Cash. Very funny.
Walkabout (1971 - 100min) Nicholas Roeg
Amazon (DVD 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00393SG42
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walkabout/
Classic Australian film starring Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil (credited as
David Gumpilil), Luc Roeg (credited as Lucien John). Second film from
Nicolas Roeg, after Performance.
Walker (1987 - 94min) Alex Cox
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walker/
Walking and Talking (1996 - 86min) Nicole Holofcener
Amazon (DVD 12/06/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TTEFY4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walking_and_talking/
Nicole Holofcener's first film.
Wanda (1970 - 102min) Barbara Loden
Amazon (DVD 07/25/06 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G1QU70
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1164095-wanda/
Considered a classic of independent cinema. The only film directed by
actress Barbara Loden, who also wrote and starred in it. Also stars Michael
Higgins. Loden was the wife of director Elia Kazan and died of cancer ten
years after making this film. Set in Scranton, PA and the surrounding area.
A bleak picture of a broken and emotionless young woman who takes up with
an abusive criminal. Unique film, in a cinema-verite style. Not a happy one.
Warrior (2011 - 140min) Gavin O'Connor
Official Site: www.warriorfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0034G4P94
Amazon (BD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0034G4P9E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1212910-warrior/
Nick Nolte is Paddy Conlon, father of Tommy Conlon/Riordan (Tom Hardy) and
Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), who wind up fighting each other in a
Mixed Martial Arts tournament. Jennifer Morrison plays Brendan's wife.
Very emotional family drama with a lot of intense fighting scenes.
The Warriors (1979 - 93min) Walter Hill
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A6T1JU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1023205-warriors/
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011 - 276min/150min) Wei Te-Sheng
Amazon (DVD 1-disc 150min 08/07/12 Well Go): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008645YLM
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 276min 08/07/12 Well Go): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008645ZBG
Amazon (Bluray 1-disc 150min 08/07/12 Well Go): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008645Y6M
Amazon (Bluray 2-disc 276min 08/07/12 Well Go): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008645Z0M
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/warriors_of_the_rainbow_seediq_bale/
Wasted on the Young (2010 - 97min) Ben C. Lucas
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13 Indomina): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009INAFVE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wasted_on_the_young_2010/
Strikingly intense, very compelling, stylish Australian drama set in a
private high school (no adults are seen in the film). Explores issues of
bullying, rape, revenge, Internet technology, robots, social media.
Stars Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell, Oliver Ackland. This film
has mixed reviews and may be flawed but definitely shows that first-time
director Ben C. Lucas has some major talent. I thought it sounded
interesting and I like Adelaide Clemens (saw her in generation Um..),
and when I saw that it was an Australian film, I knew I would have to give
it a chance. I don't think I have ever been disappointed by an Australian
film, and this was no exception. (Released in Australia in 2010, American
DVD released in 2013).
Watchmen (2009 - 162min-theatrical/182min-directorscut/215min-ultimate) Zack Snyder
Amazon (Ultimate Cut 5-disc DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q9VPFM
Amazon (Director's Cut 2-disc DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001QTXM5Y
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/watchmen/
The Wave (2008 - 107min) Dennis Gansel
Official Site: www.welle.film.de/
Amazon (DVD 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2IYE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wave_2008/
German film based on the 1967 social experiment by Ron Jones, called The
Third Wave (see Wikipedia link above). Very well done.
Way Downtown (2000 - 83min) Gary Burns
Canadian comedy with similarities to Office Space. A bunch of office
workers have a bet to see who can stay inside the longest. Set in an unnamed
city (actually Calgary, Ontario), there is a tunnel system so that it could
be possible to get to and from work, eat, go shopping, etc. and never go
outside. I enjoyed it.
The We and the I (2012 - 107min) Michel Gondry
Amazon (DVD 09/17/13 Virgil): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DR6506I
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_we_and_the_i/
A bus ride home on the last day of high school in the Bronx.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011 - 112min) Lynne Ramsay
Official Site: kevin.oscilloscope.net
Extensive Essay By Sue Thornton: reframe.sussex.ac.uk.co/sequence2/archive/sequence-2-1/
Interview with Director: www.theguardian.com/film/2011/oct/02/lynne-ramsay-interview-about-kevin
Amazon: (DVD 05/29/12 Oscilloscope) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007C3TVNA
Amazon: (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 05/29/12 Oscilloscope) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007C3TVEY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_need_to_talk_about_kevin/
Tilda Swinton (as a mother with an evil son), John C. Reilly (her husband),
Ezra Miller (the son). Based on the novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver.
Some may see this as an especially good thriller or even almost a horror
film, but it may also be seen as a deep exploration of issues relating to
motherhood, parenting, feminism, nature vs. nurture, etc. Sue Thorton's
essay (linked above) gets into a lot of that. This is a very powerful and
engrossing film. Highly recommended. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay
previously made Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher.
We of the Never Never (1982 - 134min) Igor Auzins
Amazon (DVD 06/27/06 Tango): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FDFSXQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_of_the_never_never/
Classic Australian film.
We Own the Night (2007 - 117min) James Gray
Amazon (DVD 02/12/08 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ZS8GWQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_own_the_night/
Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996 - 90min) Todd Solondz
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/welcome_to_the_dollhouse/
First film from Todd Solondz. Starring Heather Matarazzo and Brendan
Sexton, Jr. Totally hilarious. You could get hurt laughing in this.
All Solondz films are highly recommended, at least for fans of dark humor.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010 - 110min) Jake Scott
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/welcome_to_the_rileys/
Starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, Kristen Stewart.
What Maisie Knew (2013 - 99min) Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Amazon (DVD 08/13/13 Millenium): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D5XC8MC
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 08/13/13 Millenium): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D5XC8OK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/what_maisie_knew_2012/
An updated adaptation of a 1897 novel by Henry James.
Stars Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as parents who don't have time for
their daughter, Onata Aprile as their young daughter Maisie, and Alexander
Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham as the "employees" who fall in love with
Maisie and take care of her. Very special. Great performances all around.
Great film, highly recommended.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993 - 118min) Lasse Hallstrom
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whats_eating_gilbert_grape/
Starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DeCaprio, Juliette Lewis.
Where the Green Ants Dream (1984 - 100min) Werner Herzog
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EPFTY8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/where_the_green_ants_dream/
Herzog's Australian film.
A mining company has to deal with Aborigines trying to stop them from
drilling on sacred land, a place "where the green ants dream".
An interesting philosophical look at the clash between modern civilization
and indigenous "primitive" culture.
Commentary track with Herzog is in German with English subtitles (the film
is in English).
Whip It (1999 - 111min) Drew Barrymore
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whip_it/
Set in the world of Austin's female roller derby revival.
Whiplash (2014 - 107min) Damien Chazelle
Amazon (DVD Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00PTAEXTK/
Amazon (Bluray Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00PT3AUYO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whiplash_2014/
Reddit Discussion 01/15: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2s007s/
Stars Miles Teller as a talented and promising young jazz drummer and J.K.
Simmons as the fearsome maestro of a top music school. Explores musical
prodigy and the ethics of how far to push someone to achieve their best.
Excellent film, very highly rated, has won many awards. I saw this in the
theater when it came out. Highly recommended.
White Dog (1982 - 90min) Sam Fuller
Amazon (DVD 12/02/08 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GCATWA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/white_dog/
Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967 - 90min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 09/17/04 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000286RPM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whos_that_knocking_at_my_door/
Scorsese's first film. Starring Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune, Anne Collette,
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989 - 137min) Bae Yong-Kyun
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?
Amazon (DVD 09/15/09 New Yorker/Milestone): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UGBOX6/
Amazon (DVD 02/26/02 Image/Milestone OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000203Z5/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/why-has-bodhi-dharma-left-for-the-east1989/
South Korean film, produced, written, and directed by a painter and
university professor, who spent 7 years filming with one camera and edited
by hand. Recommended, but long and slow (not for action fans).
The Wicker Man (1973 - 88min) Robin Hardy
Amazon (DVD 01/06/09 LionsGate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001J710Y8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wicker_man_1973/
Rotten Tomatoes (Final Cut): www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wicker_man_final_cut/
Cult-classic British horror film. Starring Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland,
There have been various DVD releases, which can be sorted out at Amazon.
(There is a not-so-well-regarded 2006 American remake starring Nicolas Cage).
Wild at Heart (1990 - 124min) David Lynch
Lynchnet: The David Lynch Resource (Fan Site): www.lynchnet.com/bv/
Amazon (DVD 04/28/15 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00SZLELEXS/
Amazon (DVD 12/07/04 MGM OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00062IVM6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wild_at_heart/
One of Lynch's wildest, weirdest and most intense films (along with
Blue Velvet). Starring Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe.
Very wild. Very weird. Very intense. DVD was out of print for many years
until reissued by Kino in April of 2015.
Wild Orchid (1990 - 105min / Unrated:112min) Zalman King
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wild_orchid/
Starring Mickey Rourke, Carrie Otis, Jaqueline Bisset.
Wild Things (1998 - 108min) John McNaughton
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wild_things/
Starring Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon,
Theresa Russell. Very well-made and tricky erotic thriller.
Win Win (2011 - 106min) Thomas McCarthy
Amazon (DVD 08/23/11 Fox Searchlight): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057LOEGS/
Amazon (Bluray 08/23/11 Fox Searchlight): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057LOETK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/win_win_2011/
Starring Paul Giamatti.
Winter's Bone (2010 - 100min) Debra Granik
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10012136-winters_bone/
Starring Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes.
Second film from Debra Granik, following Down to the Bone.
Wise Blood (1979 - 105min) John Huston
Amazon (DVD 2009 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TIQT70
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wise_blood/
An interpretation of Flannery O'Connor's novel of the same name.
Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes.
Withnail and I (1987 - 107min) Bruce Robinson
Amazon (DVD 07/10/01 Criterion OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JH9D/
Amazon (DVD 02/01/11 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004ALIG4M/
Amazon (Bluray 08/24/10 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003NOGNXS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/withnail_and_i/
Witness (1985 - 112min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEBB9UK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1023854-witness/
Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis. Set in the Amish community.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 - 180min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 03/25/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H9KKKAY/
Amazon (DVD 03/25/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H9KKGTO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wolf_of_wall_street_2013/
23rd feature film from Scorsese.
Women Without Men (2009 - 95min) Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003BKZ1OG
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/women_without_men/
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971 - 84min) Dusan Makavejev
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2307wr.html
A Very Critical Review: www.orgonelab.org/makavejev.htm
Amazon (DVD 2007 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OPPAEC
Amazon (Book by Raymond Durgnat): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0851707203
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wr_mysteries_of_the_organism/
Very interesting and unusual Yugoslavian film. The WR stands for Wilhelm
Reich. Explores themes of sexuality and revolution. Includes some
documentary footage, including Alexander Lowen scream therapy session,
artist Nancy Godfrey making a penis sculpture, discussions with sex activist
Betty Dodson, performance artist Tuli Kupferberg, the Orgonon, Reich's last
home and lab.
The Wrestler (2008 - 109min) Darren Aronofsky
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wrestler/
Mickey Rourke is over-the-hill pro wrestler Randy the Ram, Marisa Tomei
is a stripper he likes, Evan Rachel Wood is his estranged daughter.
Aronofsky's fourth film (after The Fountain), followed by
Wrong (2012 - 94min) Quentin Dupieux
Official Site: drafthousefilms.com/film/wrong
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BQK4YFU
Amazon (BluRay 06/11/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BQK4YC8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wrong_2011/
Unique, bizzare, surreal comedy. This follows Rubber, and takes the
weirdness to another level. (If you thought Rubber was kind of cool
but not quite awesome, you want to check this one out). Starring
Jack Plotnick (as Dolph Springer, who is searching for his lost dog),
Eric Judor (Dolph's gardener), William Fichtner (Master Chang, author of
My Life, My Dog, My Strength), Steve Little ("top-level detective" hired
to find the missing dog). Mindblowing, twisted, very fun, a great treat,
Wrong Cops (2013 - 82min) Quentin Dupieux
Official Site: wrongcops.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wrong_cops_2013/
Surreal, weird comedy, in the style of Quentin Dupieux's previous films,
Wrong and Rubber. If you like those, you'll like this.
Perhaps more quirky than funny, definitely original. I enjoyed it.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001 - 105min) Alfonso Cuaron
Amazon (DVD 10/22/02 MGM): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JL57/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/y-tu-mama-tambien/
The Yards (2000 - 115min) James Gray
Amazon (DVD 04/12/11 Echo Bridge): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004P7CMVE/
Amazon (Bluray 05/03/11 Echo Bridge): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004S699F4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/yards/
Second film by James Gray, following Little Odessa.
Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, Ellen Burstyn, James Caan,
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982 - 117min) Peter Weir
Amazon (DVD 06/06/00 Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004RFGO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/year_of_living_dangerously/
Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver.
Yelling to the Sky (2011 - 95min) Victoria Mahoney
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A92MG2E
Amazon (BluRay 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A92MEJ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/yelling_to_the_sky/
Powerful drama from first-time director Victoria Mahoney. Stars Zoe Kravitz
(daughter of Lenny Kravitz) as 17-year-old girl named Sweetness.
Yellow Submarine (1968 - 90min) George Dunning, Dennis Abey
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beatles_the_yellow_submarine/
Dr. Bob Heironimus (massive fan site): www.21stcenturyradio.com/yellowsub/
Classic animated Beatles film.
Yi Yi (2000 - 173min) Edward Yang
Amazon (DVD Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FILVOG/
Amazon (DVD Fox-Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059TON/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/yi_yi/
New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2006/07/16/movies/16kapl.html
DVD Beaver: www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare2/yiyi.htm
Check out NY Times article above - Fox Lorber DVD is not good, you want the
You Can Count on Me (2000 - 111min) Kenneth Lonergan
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CXQ4/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/you_can_count_on_me/
Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, Jon Tenney.
Also by Lonergan - Margaret.
You Don't Know Jack (2010 - 134min) Barry Levinson
Amazon (DVD 10/26/10 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EV6DCG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/you-dont-know-jack/
Covers the life and work of physician-assisted-suicide advocate Jack
Kevorkian. Starring Al Pacino as Kevorkian.
Young Adult (2011 - 94min) Jason Reitman
Official Site: youngadultmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AEBB8ZG/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/young_adult/
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1mex6k
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1fwj0p
Dark comedy starring Charlize Theron. With Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson,
Elizabeth Reaser, Collete Wolfe. Interesting, not for everyone,
controversial, misunderstood. I liked it.
Your Sister's Sister (2012 - 90min) Lynn Shelton
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0089XJXRQ/
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass.
Z (1969 - 127min) Costa-Gavras
Amazon (DVD 10/27/09 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IVDLH8/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/z/
Zardoz (1974 - 105min) John Boorman
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zardoz/
Wacky, campy cult-classic sci-fi/fantasy. Sean Connery, Charlottte Rampling,
Sara Kestelman. "The gun is good. The penis is evil."
Zelig (1983 - 79min) Woody Allen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zelig/
One of my favorite Woody Allen films. About a guy who has the ability to
physically transform himself to look similar to whoever he is around, since
he wants to be liked.
Zen Noir (2006 - 71min) Marc Rosenbush
Official Site: www.zenmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zen_noir/
Yes its a Zen Buddhist murder mystery, set in a temple. Interesting.
Zenith (2010 - 93min) Vladan Nikolic
Official Site: www.zeniththefilm.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zenith_2010/
Very original indie sci-fi thriller. I liked it.
The Zero Theorem (2014 - 107min) Terry Gilliam
Official Site: www.thezerotheorem-movie.com
Amazon (DVD 01/20/15 Well Go USA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OZYEM4C/
Amazon (Bluray 01/20/15 Well Go USA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OZYELIE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_zero_theorem/
Zodiac (2007 - 157min) David Fincher
Official Site: www.zodiacmovie.com
Wikipedia (about the case): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_killer
Film Threat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/9804/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zodiac/
Based on the true story of the San Francisco "Zodiac killer".
Excellent film, as expected from Fincher, very highly rated. Starring
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.
Zoolander (2001 - 89min) Ben Stiller
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zoolander/
Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Jerry Stiller.
Goofy silly funny.
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As of 02/06/14, this page lists 1022 films. I am adding more
continuously as I have the time, as I find out about them,
as I get around to watching them, etc. I have seen about 95% of these films
(all but 50 or so, and their time is coming).
This page (much smaller) originally posted to the web 12/18/99.
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