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1
Modern Times 1936,  G)
Modern Times
An immovable benchmark in satire, comedy and global filmmaking.
2
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
3
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
4
Into the Wild 2007,  R)
Into the Wild
Firstly, if anyone is considering seeing this film please just watch it NOW, and read nothing more on it. There are mainstream reviews out there by great critics which have massive spoilers. Avoid them.
Secondly, please watch the film. Rarely have I seen anything so earnest, so uncynical. It is not a film that simply sits back a watches it subject, but is totally part of it, enhanced by its ideas. Beautiful, intelligent, heartbreaking. A great film.
5
Tsotsi (Thug) 2006,  R)
Tsotsi (Thug)
This essentially simple story becomes a genuinely astounding film: bolstered by raw and engaging performances, thoughtfully directed and filmed. Utterly captivating.
6
The Kids Are All Right 2010,  R)
The Kids Are All Right
A really outstanding drama. Quirky and funny without ever, ever being irritating, a string of perfect performances, perfectly cast, and notably the young stars live up to the Indie icons surrounding them. A really thought provoking, moving and funny film, simultaneously wryly cynical and honestly heartfelt, devoid of cynicism.
7
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
8
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network
A flawless example of proper, challenging modern filmmaking. Fincher and Sorkin are a winning team. This is a real benchmark in world cinema.
9
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) 1988,  R)
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
(For the original, shorter cut)
10
Rear Window 1954,  PG)
11
Toy Story 1995,  G)
12
Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
Edward Scissorhands
Here is the purest and most eloquent expression of Tim Burton's reoccurring 'outsider' theme to date. I could do without the reflective framing device (mainly due to the frankly unsettling old version of Kim, both in terms of acting and make up), but the film succeeds hugely as a tender modern fairytale. Danny Elfman's heartbreaking score also deserves a special mention.
13
Man on Wire 2008,  PG-13)
14
Airplane! 1980,  PG)
15
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
16
Manhattan 1979,  R)
Manhattan
Great self analytical, poignant, romantic, bittersweet Woody Allen, beautifully shot in black and white.
17
Juno 2007,  PG-13)
Juno
A sublime script, with perfect performances and direction, blasting away cliches like a giant leaf-blower of a film and challenging anyone to raise an eyebrow at its 'quirkiness'. Excellent.
18
Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) 2009,  G)
Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
Warmly humorous and clever, with a leisurely pace and outstanding performances. Although it may seem like a laugh and that's it, it even reaches a pleasingly subtle depth.
19
Where the Wild Things Are 2009,  PG)
20
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
21
The Master 2012,  R)
The Master
The best film of 2012. Like in There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a deeply unsettling atmosphere with pacing that feels both leisurely and horribly tense (assisted no end by Johnny Greenwood's score). The performances he wrings out are just brilliant, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman are an intriguing, multi-faceted love triangle. This is another truly character-driven piece, assembled from beautifully saturated, claustrophobic close-ups. A few goose-bump inducing moments really stand out, and they work so well because of the build up that has preceded them. There are two good endings in there, and I was surprised when it didn't stop at the (fantastic) first one. However, the second ending as it were (the real one) is a masterstroke, perfect in itself and in reaction/ relation to the earlier resolution. A brilliant, pioneering film, both visceral and strangely intangible.
22
Fight Club 1999,  R)
23
Shaun of the Dead 2004,  R)
Shaun of the Dead
Razor sharp but warmly self depreciating satire of zombie flicks, hollywood formula and British society, and equally an ingenious zombie movie in its own right. The title sequence alone is inspired and the infinite intricacy, references and solid wit of the script more than bare the inevitable repeat viewings.
24
The Hurt Locker 2009,  R)

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