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Dogville 2003,  R)
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2046 2005,  R)
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Before Sunset 2004,  R)
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Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) 2010,  Unrated)
Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)
I've never seen anything like this before. I wouldn't call this a film but rather an experience. If you are willing to scrap all preconceived expectations of watching a movie and open yourself for a new experience, then this will blow your mind. I found myself completely immersed and mesmerised in this seductive simulation of death (or life?). To quote a quote on the trailer it's "like nothing you've ever seen... so visually seductive it essentially flips the brain off switch for you." Couldn't be more correct. Whilst Irreversible was original, challenging and confronting this is something else. Praise to Gaspar Noe for pushing the boundaries of cinema.
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Half Nelson 2006,  R)
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Double Indemnity 1944,  Unrated)
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Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) 1961,  Unrated)
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The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946,  R)
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Casablanca 1943,  PG)
Casablanca
Wow. Every time I watch this as I get older I see new meaning. This is a perfect movie. It's a perfect love story - possibly - no probably, the best. Yet it is so much more than a love story. It really captures the hopelessness and the absurdity of the period.
I never realised how well written it is. You can understand a character's soul through, really, just a handful of quotable phrases and iconic glances. There are two iconic heroes here - Victor Lazlo, yes - an admirable, hopeful, inspiring history-book hero fighting for a lost cause, but more interesting is Rick - the anti-hero, ridden with existential angst and masked in a veil of indifferent, he will walk away quietly into the night, alone, unnoticed and never remembered.
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The Man Who Wasn't There 2001,  R)
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Breathless (Ā bout de souffle) (By a Tether) 1961,  Unrated)
12
A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) 1964,  Unrated)
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Eyes Wide Shut 1999,  R)
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Blue Velvet 1986,  R)
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Talk to Her 2002,  R)
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Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
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Rosemary's Baby 1968,  R)
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Black Swan 2010,  R)
20
Garden State 2004,  R)
21
500 Days of Summer 2009,  PG-13)
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Submarine 2011,  R)
23
Repulsion 1965,  Unrated)
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Rope 1948,  PG)
25
Vertigo 1958,  PG)
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Psycho 1960,  R)
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Blow-Up 1966,  Unrated)
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Let the Right One In 2008,  R)
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Antichrist 2009,  Unrated)
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Melancholia 2011,  R)
Melancholia
I watched this film alone at a theater in Vienna - what a perfect setting. As I walked to my hotel afterwards, it was as though the entire world was silent, and still, as though i was gliding through the opening scenes of destruction from the film. For days after watching this I felt completely miserable but void of feeling the misery, it was as though the film had explained a void that never existed. Destruction has never looked so beautiful. What an amazing film. Lars Von Trier really seems to come to grips with the darkness that plagues him, but unlike Anti Christ, ultimately he seems to find a kind of peace. But for most people it will be a terrifying one that they cant accept.
31
The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) 2001,  R)
32
Amour 2012,  PG-13)
Amour
It's hard not to be influenced by the numerous reviews that unanimously conclude that Haneke has shifted towards something very tender, intimate, delicate, heartfelt and overwhelming with Amour. While these descriptions are definitely true, at Amour's core there is still the trademark menace and terror that runs throughout his films. From its opening sequence, there is a throbbing sadness and impending doom that lurks beneath the surface waiting to erupt. However, unlike Haneke's previous films, it is perhaps not the darkness within the human condition that is at question but rather the way characters are required to cope with the inherent cruelty of life itself. This is shot beautifully, and for a chamber piece there is a vibrancy to the dull colors which gives a particular dimension to the films style. The acting is uncompromising, and whilst one can expect something very touching from the characters - this is done very realistically without any added gloss or cliches one unfamiliar with Haneke may expect after reading the films synopsis.
33
Cache (Hidden) 2005,  R)
34
Dead Ringers 1988,  R)
35
Persona 1966,  Unrated)
36
En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) 1970,  R)
37
A Separation 2011,  PG-13)
38
Sling Blade 1996,  R)
39
Take Shelter 2011,  R)
40
Mystic River 2003,  R)
41
Gone Baby Gone 2007,  R)
42
Straw Dogs 1971,  R)
43
Match Point 2005,  R)
44
Rachel Getting Married 2008,  R)
45
Oslo, August 31st 2012,  Unrated)
Oslo, August 31st
"Oslo, August 31st" is a very well written, insightful and complete film. Whilst it centers around one character's journey within a very dark space, each character he encounters is dealing with their own mundane and all-too-familiar problems. This is perhaps captured best in a beautiful coffee shop scene, where Andres sits for hours observing everyone's conversations. The film really captures the essence of a new generation having come of age, grappling to make sense of their lives. In a sense Andres is exactly the same as everyone else, only - as the he puts it, is less moronic, as the ending proves. Furthermore, like many good films the location - Oslo - becomes a very important character that Trier's beautiful direction captures perfectly in a way that serves the overarching film. There is nothing contrived here and the story evolves very organically into something very subtly powerful and quietly profound.
46
Slacker 1991,  R)
47
Coffee and Cigarettes 2004,  R)
48
Broken Flowers 2005,  R)
49
Control 2007,  R)
50
Afterschool 2008,  Unrated)
51
(Untitled) 2009,  R)
52
2 Days in Paris 2007,  R)
53
Weekend 2011,  Unrated)
54
Take This Waltz 2012,  R)
Take This Waltz
Not as emotionally draining as Blue Valentine or as light hearted as 500 Days of Summer, Take This Waltz finds the perfect middle ground for a bitter-sweet mediation into adult relationships, love and ageing.

I thoroughly liked this film, some of it's insights are spot-on and perfectly portrayed on screen. The characters and relationships between them, are always genuine and thankfully never cheapened for the sake of keeping audiences happy. Like life, there is a good and bad side to everything, and Polley does not hide one just to draw audience sympathies to particular characters or situations, rather we are left with the unfortunate - or unbearable - truth. There is a discontent here that Polley is able to explore both charmingly and tragically - a disconnect between a romanticised human need or longing for something better amidst a futile existence where everything gradually deteriorates. Visually this is cleverly depicted in a scene in the female swimming pool change rooms where Michelle Williams' young and firm body is strikingly contrasted to the naked, sagging and ageing bodies of the other women in her class.

Take this Waltz is beautifully shot in saturated colours, brilliantly acted by all the leads and told with such intimacy. Notably Michelle Williams is nothing short of amazing, with an ability to add subtle emotional complexities in creating a beautiful and flawed character. Seth Rogan is also surprisingly good, giving a uncharacteristic understated performance.
55
Blue Valentine 2010,  R)
56
The Breakfast Club 1985,  R)
57
The Graduate 1967,  PG)
58
Harold and Maude 1971,  PG)
59
The Squid and the Whale 2005,  R)
60
Sideways 2004,  R)
61
Hotel Chevalier 2007,  R)
62
The Darjeeling Limited 2007,  R)
63
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009,  PG)
64
Griff the Invisible 2011,  PG-13)
65
Lantana 2002,  R)
66
Donnie Darko 2001,  R)
67
The Black Balloon 2008,  PG-13)
68
Brick 2006,  R)
69
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
70
Manhattan 1979,  R)
71
Drive 2011,  R)
72
Taxi Driver 1976,  R)
73
Gran Torino 2009,  R)
74
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
75
Fight Club 1999,  R)
76
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
77
The Departed 2006,  R)
78
The Godfather 1972,  R)
79
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
80
Memento 2000,  R)
81
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003,  R)
82
Animal Kingdom 2010,  R)
83
American History X 1998,  R)
84
Read My Lips (Sur mes lčvres) 2002,  R)
85
Mary and Max 2009,  G)
86
Good Bye, Lenin 2004,  R)
87
The Lives of Others 2006,  R)
88
The Big Lebowski 1998,  R)
89
Boogie Nights 1997,  R)
90
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
91
Requiem for a Dream 2000,  R)

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