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1
The Cocoanuts 1929,  Unrated)
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Animal Crackers 1930,  G)
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Monkey Business 1931,  Unrated)
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Horse Feathers 1932,  Unrated)
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Duck Soup 1933,  Unrated)
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A Night at the Opera 1935,  Unrated)
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A Day at the Races 1937,  Unrated)
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Room Service 1938,  Unrated)
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At the Circus 1939,  Unrated)
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Go West 1940,  Unrated)
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The Big Store 1941,  Unrated)
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A Night in Casablanca 1946,  PG)
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Love Happy 1950,  Unrated)
Love Happy
In a way, one can only appreciate this knowing that it is the last film the Marx Brothers ever made together. It gives a touch of poignancy to the sentimental weariness of the Brothers. Chico is touching, perhaps for the only time, waxing nostalgic. It isn't much of a good comedy, but Harpo's turn as the sad clown is beautifully bittersweet. Playing it all out on his harp for the last time in cinema, he tugs at the heartstrings.
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Dead of Night 1945,  R)
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The Three Musketeers 1973,  PG)
The Three Musketeers
A rollicking fun romp by Lester, definitely one of the most fun filmmakers. It's got everything: sight gags, swordplay, Charlton Heston in a devil-beard, dogs acting as chess pieces, a fat guy running around in a bear suit - and, to top it all off, a catfight between Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway! What more could you ask for?
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The Four Musketeers 1975,  PG)
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The Boys from Brazil 1978,  R)
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Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) 1951,  Unrated)
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8 1/2 1963,  Unrated)
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A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us) 1931,  Unrated)
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Entr'acte 1924,  Unrated)
Entr'acte
One of the most joyous, vibrant expressions in the history of cinema. It's a masterpiece, an explosion of giddy surrealism. Clair and Picabia astoundingly pack a vast array of imagination and motion into just 22 minutes. There's so much on display here. All film lovers should experience this.
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Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) 1946,  Unrated)
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Days of Heaven 1978,  PG)
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The Devil & Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy) 1941,  Unrated)
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If.... 1968,  R)
If....
I find it rather fascinating that the DVD release of this film comes within close range of two recent cultural/societal phenomena: Harry Potter and Virginia Tech. And over the course of 'If....' you'll probably be reminded of both. One could produce a lot of connections and insightful conclusions from all that. I have to know this film better in order to do that, but right now I'll say that 'If....' is important viewing for thoughtful people who are up for a challenging, unconventional film.
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Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories) 1964,  Unrated)
Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories)
Be patient. This is a film that works its magic on you not so much while you watch it as it does in the days... weeks... months... afterward. Its potency grows as it lingers in your memory. 'Kwaidan' isn't a horror film in the standard sense, but a hauntingly beautiful work of art, with some of the most exquisitely composed images I've seen. The sequence in which spirits slowly manifest themselves when a boy sings to them is absolutely sublime.
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The Last Wave 1977,  PG)
The Last Wave
I have never seen anything quite like it. One of the most absorbing stories of the supernatural in all of film. It draws you into a world too haunting and compelling to forget.
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Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979,  R)
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Le Million 1931,  Unrated)
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Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975,  PG)
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This Sporting Life 1963,  Unrated)
This Sporting Life
Fascinating and often brutal portrait of a man gradually destroying himself by failing to get a grip on his own emotions. What a face Richard Harris has! You can spend the whole movie exploring its contours. If you've only seen him in the Harry Potter movies, you must watch him in his prime. He was a beast. Here he oozes primal brute force, perhaps comparable to Brando in 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' except more desperate, more needy. His outbursts are shocking. Rachel Roberts shows a vulnerable side that you can't really see in other movies like 'Picnic at Hanging Rock.' The relationship between the two of them is so infused with emotion and heartache. And those rugby scenes are quite vivid and intense, with the dirt and grime and blood and, oh, that thundrous sound!
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Kumonosu Jô (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth) 1957,  Unrated)
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Ugetsu monogatari 1954,  Unrated)
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The Front 1976,  PG)
The Front
This film works because of its immediacy -- the fact that it was largely made by former blacklistees. Zero Mostel will break your heart in this. There's blood on your hands, HUAC.
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Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975,  PG)
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The Mouse That Roared 1959,  Unrated)
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Tootsie 1982,  PG)
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Robin Hood 1973,  G)
Robin Hood
Great fun! Swordplay and swashbuckling are wonderful, but quite another dimension is added to those great things when they are done by animals. A big southern-accented bear and a giant Scottish chicken beating the crap out of a bunch of rhinos. A suave fox crossing swords with a gravel-voiced alligator. A bumbling vulture getting a big pie thrown in his face by a vixen. The aforementioned bear getting about seven pies in the face during a smashing chase scene. And, of course, a fat badger doing battle with a fat slob of a wolf. Terry-Thomas as the bad guy's snake sidekick. Roger Miller as the country-singing rooster narrator. And Phil Harris (what a wonderful voice) as Little John the bear. Who gets to dance with the chicken. Oo-de-lally!
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Alice (Neco z Alenky) 1988,  Unrated)
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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
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The Return of the Pink Panther 1975,  G)
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Quiz Show 1994,  PG-13)
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And Then There Were None 1945,  Unrated)
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie's classic mystery is reimagined stylishly under the deft hand of director René Clair. The result is a damn good suspense film laced with impeccable dark comedy. The cast is superb, and there are also some interesting camera angles and framing to be found here.
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The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) 1999,  R)
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Our Hospitality 1923,  Unrated)
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Sherlock Jr. 1924,  Unrated)
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Bananas 1971,  PG-13)
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Casino Royale 1967,  G)
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A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) (Giù la testa) 1972,  R)
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Fiddler on the Roof 1971,  G)
Fiddler on the Roof
Not until the second half does this film really start to become cinematic. Though much of this film is awkward and stagey, it contains much that is beautiful. Holding it all together is Topol, a very talented actor. Just watch the close-ups of his face in this film. That face alone says as much about the turmoil going on as the rest of the film does. It's one of the most moving images I have ever seen in film.
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The Graduate 1967,  PG)
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Hair 1979,  PG)
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The Knack... and How to Get It 1965,  Unrated)
The Knack... and How to Get It
This is a gem. One of the quintessential Swinging London films, it perfectly embodies the spirit of the time and place in a dizzy, experimental style that could easily have become dated by now but still dazzles. And it is not easily forgotten, because it carries a substantial pathos under its giddy exterior. The music is lovely.
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The Party 1968,  PG)
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The Producers 1968,  PG)
The Producers
This is Mel Brooks's best film.
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This Is Spinal Tap 1984,  R)
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West Side Story 1961,  PG)
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Chicago 2002,  PG-13)
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Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) 1988,  R)
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A Hard Day's Night 1964,  G)
A Hard Day's Night
This is a great film. And not just because of the Beatles - it's Lester's filmmaking that really shines. If you want proof, watch his next movie after this one, 'The Knack.' It has no big-name stars and still resonates equally well. I love this guy's style.
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Pinocchio 2002,  G)
Pinocchio
Don't be fooled by this movie's horrible reputation. If you watch the uncut version in the original Italian with subtitles, you'll see that this is actually a wonderful, very lovely film. But if you can't tolerate Benigni prancing around going nuts, you might want to stay away from this.
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The New World 2005,  PG-13)
The New World
From what I've seen, this is the best movie of 2005. It takes patience, but if you can get into it you're in for some of the most mesmerizingly beautiful filmmaking you'll ever see.
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A Prairie Home Companion 2006,  PG-13)
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Don't Look Now 1973,  R)
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Once Upon a Time in the West 1968,  PG-13)
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Ragtime 1981,  PG)
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The Untouchables 1987,  R)
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House of Flying Daggers 2004,  PG-13)
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Malena 2000,  R)
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988,  PG)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The very concept of this movie, not to mention the incredible feat of pulling off such seamless interaction of two film worlds, is amazing. This is a landmark work of cinema.
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Bedazzled 1967,  PG)
Bedazzled
Faust meets the swinging sixties courtesy of Cook and Moore in this solidly intelligent and funny film. Two words: leaping nuns. Yes, I mean that literally.
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Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
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Road to Morocco 2000,  Unrated)
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The Blues Brothers 1980,  R)
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Ghost Story 1981,  R)
Ghost Story
Yes, it is deeply flawed; it promises something with the effect of an authentic well-told ghost story, and it does not quite deliver. But the performance of Alice Krige completely delivers. Here she shows her full potential as a great screen beauty as well as an exceptionally talented actress. Her embodiment of the haunting seduces even as it chills. It's perhaps my favorite performance ever. The cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff is tops as well. The cold, dark landscapes and the warm interiors are all bathed in the eerie glow of the haunt. Now if only they could have avoided those cheap shock moments with the rotting corpses and gone for a more deeply haunting image instead, this might have been a great film. It's still effective, though, and the tour-de-force that is Krige's very presence raises it to a level of something special.
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Psycho 1960,  R)
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2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
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Being There 1979,  PG)
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Cosmic Voyage 1996,  Unrated)
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Gremlins 1984,  PG)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In this entry, Columbus's mediocrity and lack of vision are (for the most part) covered up by the astounding visual treatment - the intricacy and fluidity of production design, architecture, and superb cinematography. The first hour or so is energetic and a lot of fun, up to a wonderfully kinetic quidditch game. After that everything sort of descends into boredom, but the visuals make this worthwhile. Plus Branagh and Harris, the latter so poignant, are exceptional in the first two performances of the series to actually register.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This is by far the best Harry Potter film. A director with real imagination, a splendid visual structure, a tight and well-crafted story, fast-paced and exciting. Very intelligently conceived and executed. Plus Julie Christie!
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Little Shop of Horrors 1986,  PG-13)
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The Loved One 1965,  Unrated)
The Loved One
I wish I could have been there to see this movie upon its original release in 1965 and watch how everyone reacted. This movie broke so many rules in its day, and even today one can't get over how it really holds true to its spirit of having 'something to offend everyone!' as the tagline reads. Really, nothing is sacred here, and the movie revels in its mischief as it delightedly mocks everything from funeral businesses to sexual morals to mother-love and obesity (those last two together in an absolutely jaw-dropping way). All in all a fantastic dark comedy, wonderfully shot, energetically acted (Rod Steiger is a standout), and often laugh-out-loud funny -- even as the film's outlook on society is unquestionably grim. Believe me, this movie can still shock - just wait for that coffin-orgy scene.
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The Mission 1986,  PG)
The Mission
Jeremy Irons playing the oboe. How great is that? Plus ravishing scenery and a score that is just heart-melting.
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O Lucky Man! 1973,  R)
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Once Upon a Time in America 1984,  R)
Once Upon a Time in America
Leone is a master of cinema, and this is a great, epic last work. If it wants for anything, I wish it were even longer - and it runs for almost four hours as it is. Beautiful. A magnificent achievement.
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The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
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Singin' in the Rain 1952,  G)
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Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace & Music 1970,  R)
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966,  R)
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All the President's Men 1976,  PG)
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Network 1976,  R)
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Dog Day Afternoon 1975,  R)
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Mivtsa Yonatan (Operation Thunderbolt) 1977,  PG)
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Ha-Bsora Al-Pi Elohim (The Gospel According to God) 2004,  Unrated)
Ha-Bsora Al-Pi Elohim (The Gospel According to God)
A satire on religion - Christianity in particular - made by very secular Israelis. It has some bite, but overall the film is pretty much just as lazy as its two main characters - God and Jesus, who have spent the last 2,000 years lounging on the couch watching TV commercials for slippers. This is probably the most blasphemous movie I've ever seen - and I don't intend that statement as a criticism - but of course, since this is just a little Israeli movie, no one else has heard of it. Basically: God is a horny old man and feels up Joan of Arc; and Jesus, upon returning to Earth for the new resurrection, gets a blow job from a woman dressed as a nun - because, I suppose, a modern-day Judas needs to use more than just a kiss. A lot of deliberately controversial images for a film with such an ordinary moral: that people have to work to bring redemption for themselves (because the higher beings have issues of their own to work out). For all its potentially charged humor, this is a surprisingly, disappointingly mild film. Assi Dayan's 70s romantic comedy Beautiful Troubles packs much more zest, and he's done much more affecting acting work, such as in Amos Gitai's Devarim - which isn't all that great overall either, but what a shattering performance! Too bad he couldn't channel more of that energy to here.

But it is really quite funny to see Jesus portrayed as a modern-day Israeli.
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Einayim G'dolot (Big Eyes) 1974,  Unrated)
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Metzitzim (Peeping Toms) 1973,  Unrated)
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Sallah Shabati 1964,  Unrated)
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Ervinka 1974,  Unrated)
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Ha-Shoter Azulai (The Policeman) 1971,  Unrated)
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Te'alat Blaumilch (Blaumilch Canal) (The Big Dig) 1969,  Unrated)
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Pandemonium 1982,  PG)
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The Queen of Spades 1949,  Unrated)
The Queen of Spades
I kind of wish this had been silent except for the music by the magnificent Georges Auric. The imagery is great, and Walbrook has the perfect look, but every time he speaks, things just get really cheesy. Aside from that, though, this is quite good.
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The Pink Panther 1963,  Unrated)
The Pink Panther
Blake Edwards was actually quite skilled when it came to visual comedy. His staging might not be of the calibre of a master like Tati, but his scenes are composed impeccably. I love his long takes that utilize depth of field beautifully, making for cool, assured gag threads that, for physical comedy, are downright sophisticated. The contrasting auras of Niven and Sellers make for a film that is both elegant and funny.
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A Shot in the Dark 1964,  PG)
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The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976,  PG)
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The Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978,  PG)
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Trail of the Pink Panther 1982,  PG)
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Murder by Death 1976,  PG)
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Petulia 1968,  R)
Petulia
Richard Lester at the helm, kooky Christie and tightly-wound Scott, swinging London style (but set in San Francisco) - it has all the ingredients for a perfect swinging sixties screwball comedy. Instead, it's a great swinging sixties screwball tragedy. It's bleak, and so sad, and it's all shown with a glossy, stylish surface, which makes the underlying sadness all the more potent. Nicolas Roeg's cinematography magnifies the gloss to the point where the quick flashback/flash-forward editing, by Antony Gibbs, scrutinizingly dissects it so that we can see through it and feel the emptiness inside. (The two of them later teamed up again for Roeg's 'Walkabout.') Julie Christie is simply luminous, yet poignant with subtle pain. It's amazing to see how Lester deepens over the course of the sixties, that he directed two of the most gleeful films of the decade ('A Hard Day's Night' and 'The Knack') and also one of the saddest (this one) - all three of which are among the decade's best. A wonderful marker of the downturn of the 1960s - it's an excellent companion piece and foil to 'The Graduate.'
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Tom Jones 1963,  Unrated)
Tom Jones
A spirited and delightful comedy of manners, this film caused a sensation in its day but, from the looks of some other contemporary comments, is looked down upon and seen as dated by a lot of viewers these days. That's quite a shame, since its energy and humor are a joy to experience. The movie is viscerally entertaining and kinetic in a way I've rarely seen in any earlier film; the fox hunt sequence is particularly astounding. Visually and story-wise, this is rather like 'Barry Lyndon,' only more fun. 'Tom Jones' is - and I love saying this about films from the sixties and before - a total blast.
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Help! 1965,  G)
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Amadeus 1984,  R)
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Lolita 1962,  Unrated)
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The Night of the Hunter 1955,  PG)
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Witness for the Prosecution 1957,  Unrated)
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Gangs of New York 2002,  R)
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966,  Unrated)
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Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
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Hochmat HaBeygale (Bagel Wisdom) (The Wisdom of the Pretzel) 2001,  Unrated)
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The Thief of Bagdad 1940,  G)
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Dirty Harry 1971,  R)
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The Stunt Man 1980,  R)
The Stunt Man
Do we really lead our own lives, or are we just characters in a movie? And who's in control? Here we have a man whose life becomes intertwined with the film within the film. It's a rough, crazy, darkly comedic thriller that is overall rather brilliant. Peter O'Toole is stunning as the larger-than-life director who enjoys playing god with his cast, crew, and especially the title character.
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Trafic (Traffic) 1972,  G)
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Playtime (Play Time) 1967,  Unrated)
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La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) 1991,  R)
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Invincible 2002,  PG-13)
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L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) 1961,  Unrated)
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Sleuth 1972,  PG)
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White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) 1961,  Unrated)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream 1935,  Unrated)
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A Very Long Engagement 2004,  R)
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Day for Night 1973,  PG)
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La Caduta Degli Dei (The Damned) 1969,  R)
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Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod) 2003,  R)
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Death in Venice 1971,  PG)
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) 1974,  Unrated)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
The liar and the truth-teller. Dreams and reality. Logic versus understanding. The storyteller, the showman, the exhibit, the performer, the scribe. Science, experience, perception, religion, belief. What is real, what is imagined, what is fabricated, what is dreamt. The relationships, the overlaps, the tensions, between all of these - that is this film, this achievement of Herzog and Bruno S., that gives us this amazing story and makes us ponder its existence as truth or storytelling or showmanship. Why does this man fascinate us so? His background is a mystery, and people have been so often compelled to invent stories to 'explain' it. This need to believe something when no one really knows. 'The enigma.' 'Every man for himself and God against all.' From all that we see, how do we choose to see it - what do we choose to believe? This film, for me, defies explanation.
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Even Dwarfs Started Small 1970,  Unrated)
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Lessons of Darkness 1995,  Unrated)
Lessons of Darkness
A haunting and harrowingly beautiful meditation on the almost literal hell on earth created by war - land ravaged and burnt, raging infernos of flaming oil billowing from the ground. The end is sobering: 'Has life without fire become unbearable for them? ... Now they are content. Now there is something to extinguish again.' Is that what life is? This is another amazingly poetic and transcendent work by Herzog.
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Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) 1976,  Unrated)
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Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1998,  Unrated)
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Stroszek 1977,  Unrated)
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Letyat zhuravli (The Cranes are Flying) 1960,  Unrated)
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Fata Morgana 1971,  Unrated)
Fata Morgana
I have no idea why I didn't grasp the fact that John Renbourn, one of my favorite musicians, was on the soundtrack of this movie the first time I saw it. As for the film, it's trippy, bizarre, surreal, beautiful, confounding... in short, pure Herzog.
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1928,  Unrated)
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Sabotage 1937,  R)
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Young and Innocent 1938,  Unrated)
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Rebecca 1940,  Unrated)
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Lifeboat 1944,  Unrated)
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Spellbound 1945,  Unrated)
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Notorious 1946,  Unrated)
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The Paradine Case 1948,  Unrated)
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Touch of Evil 1958,  PG-13)
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Batman: The Movie 1966,  PG)
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The Iceman Cometh 1973,  PG)
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Rhinoceros 1974,  PG)
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A Delicate Balance 1973,  PG)
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Butley 1974,  R)
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Luther 1974,  PG)
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In Celebration 1975,  PG)
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The Man in the Glass Booth 1975,  PG)
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The Three Sisters 1974,  G)
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Galileo 1975,  PG)
Galileo
Topol is one of my favorite actors, and this American Film Theater production of Bertolt Brecht's play is a tour-de-force for him. He's always wonderfully off-center, and he delivers one of the greatest comeback lines I've ever heard: 'What makes you think that I EVER eat my cheese absentmindedly?'
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The Maids 1975,  PG)
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The Homecoming 1973,  PG)
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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 1975,  PG)
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Philadelphia, Here I Come! 1975,  PG)
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Lost in the Stars 1974,  PG)
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Faust 1994,  Unrated)
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The Fountain 2006,  PG-13)
The Fountain
One of the most breathtaking visual films in recent memory, its design beautifully and astoundingly spans at once the expanse of the cosmos and the intimacy of the smallest life-forms. The movie can be seen as either extremely profound or ridiculous, depending on how you read into it (for me it's a little of both), but regardless, this is a wondrous cinematic experience.
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Meduzot (Jellyfish) 2008,  Unrated)
Meduzot (Jellyfish)
A very fine film co-directed by one of Israel's most compellingly offbeat writers, Etgar Keret (whom I met once, actually). Despite a few clichés here and there, this is overall a quite enthralling work. And it's great to see veteran Israeli actors Assi Dayan and (especially welcome) Zaharira Harifai.
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Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1998,  Unrated)
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Archangel 1991,  Unrated)
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The Heart of the World 2001,  PG)
The Heart of the World
Simply dazzling. What a thrill!
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L'Avventura (The Adventure) 1960,  Unrated)
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I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) 1995,  Unrated)
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Zerkalo (The Mirror) 1975,  Unrated)
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The Crucible 1996,  PG-13)
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Paint Your Wagon 1969,  PG-13)
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Fétiche (The Mascot) 1933,  Unrated)
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The Films of the Brothers Quay 1987,  Unrated)
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Cradle Will Rock 1999,  R)
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Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964,  PG)
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Grizzly Man 2005,  R)
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How I Won the War 1967,  R)
How I Won the War
This most definitely needs a second viewing. It's the hardest to follow of Lester's films that I've seen (though it's not quite 'avant-garde' as it's described on the video box), but its potency as anti-war satire definitely comes across. In that regard, the film is devastating, even though it's a comedy. This is among the films that have struck me hardest with the tragic futility of war, the others being Paths of Glory and Lessons of Darkness. A very absurd film, which is key to why it works.
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Things to Come 1936,  Unrated)
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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007,  PG)
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Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) 1946,  PG)
Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven)
What a sweepingly beautiful film! The art direction and cinematography are marvelous - such vivid colors and amazing effects, particularly that astounding staircase. So wonderful, and so, so classic.
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Age of Consent 1969,  R)
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The Visit 1964,  Unrated)
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A Walk with Love and Death 1969,  PG)
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The Wrong Box 1966,  Unrated)
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Mack the Knife (The Threepenny Opera) 1989,  PG-13)
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Ashes of Time Redux 2008,  R)
Ashes of Time Redux
Plot-wise, I couldn't manage to keep track of how the characters were connected to each other, who was in love with whom, etc. But this is just so beautiful to watch. It's just a stunning ... meditation ... on space ... time ... memory ... love ... colors ... shifting ... visual ... layers ... See, I really shouldn't even try to articulate it, since whatever I'd say would turn out to be just a bunch of nonsense. So words, or at least my words, can't even come close to doing this experience justice.
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Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg 1986,  Unrated)
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Glory, Glory 1990,  R)
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Fox In The Chicken Coop, The 1978,  Unrated)
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Shablul 1970,  Unrated)
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Lool: The Chicken Coop 1988,  Unrated)
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The Troupe 2004,  Unrated)
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Hill "Halfon" Doesn't Answer 1975,  Unrated)
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Devarim 1995,  Unrated)
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Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) 1974,  R)
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The Bed Sitting Room 1969,  PG-13)
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Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972,  R)
Get to Know Your Rabbit
A fantastic early comedy from Brian de Palma, and stylistically it's very much his - he loves his tracking shots and overheads. Tom Smothers is just damn likable as the dissatisfied business executive who quits his lucrative job in order to become a tap-dancing magician. From this little plot summary alone you can probably surmise that the movie is a ridiculous one, and it is wonderfully so: there are random funny bits inserted everywhere, and Orson Welles lends the unique hilarity that only Welles can to the character of the magic instructor. This movie combines de Palma's almost surreal craziness with Tom Smothers's casual humor as well as a bit of old-fashioned madcap zaniness. (Bob Einstein, known for his work on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, even turns up for one scene, as do several other familiar faces of cinema, including M. Emmet Walsh.) Maybe all the parts don't quite all fuse into a single expertly crafted vision, but so what? The movie's wonderful - wildly off-kilter and entertaining. Love it!
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Camelot 1967,  G)
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A Grand Day Out With Wallace and Gromit 1989,  Unrated)
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Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers 1993,  Unrated)
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Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave 1995,  Unrated)
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989,  PG)
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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991,  PG)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Airhead buddy comedy meets surreal death fantasia? I'm fairly certain that there is no other movie quite like this oddity of all oddities.
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Lovesick 1983,  PG)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988,  R)
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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love) 1959,  Unrated)
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Give 'em Hell, Harry! 1975,  PG)
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Haunted Summer 1988,  R)
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Look Back in Anger 1980,  Unrated)
220
The Saddest Music in the World 2004,  R)
221
Walkabout 1971,  R)
222
The Red Shoes 1948,  R)
The Red Shoes
I had the great fortune to see the restored print on the big screen. The ballet sequence that is the centerpiece of the film is the most stunningly beautiful piece of cinema I've seen in a long time.
223
The Saragossa Manuscript 1999,  Unrated)
The Saragossa Manuscript
A mind-blowing nested-narrative extravaganza, with stories within stories within stories that all tie together. The structure of this is so ingenious, and the reason the film is brilliant is because of its self-reflection: the movie is really about its own structure of layered narratives, which gets us to the really big ideas about perception and life itself. I really need to read the book on which this is based.
224
The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty) 1940,  Unrated)
225
Christmas in July 1940,  Unrated)
226
The Lady Eve 1941,  Unrated)
227
Sullivan's Travels 1941,  Unrated)
228
The Palm Beach Story 1942,  Unrated)
229
The Great Moment 1921,  Unrated)
230
Hail the Conquering Hero 1944,  Unrated)
231
Wings of Desire 1987,  PG-13)
232
The Thin Red Line 1998,  R)
233
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
234
Fantasia 1940,  G)
235
Fantasia 2000 2000,  G)
236
The Apple 1980,  PG)
The Apple
A celebrated 'so-bad-it's-good' movie that actually lives up to the hype. An insane extravaganza of unabashed camp, 'The Apple' depicts a dystopian future (1994) in which society exists under a totalitarian regime run by the music industry -- they make you break into funky dance moves once a day and wear glittery triangles on your face. The head of said industry is Satan incarnate; he is played by Vladek Sheybal, who clearly relishes his performance: it's a delight to see him wink at the camera and to hear him pronounce the word 'master' ten different ways in the same musical number. The direction, by the incomparable Menahem Golan, often seems absentminded, but at other times one can sense a serious filmmaking intention on his part. The screenplay, which he also wrote, is terribly (delightfully) incoherent. Amazingly tacky art direction (station wagons with fins!), audaciously nonsensical choreography, and laugh-out-loud terrible song lyrics combine to form an unparalleled aesthetic experience, unforgettable in its awfulness. Featuring Miriam Margoyles's Jewish-mother-landlady act, and Joss Ackland playing both a hippie leader (who looks like a washed-up pirate) and a divine savior with a white car borne down from heaven in the glory of 1980's low-budget special effects. Golan told me he was utterly surprised by the film's cult success; I'm not sure what to make of that.
237
The Boy Friend 1971,  G)
238
Savage Messiah 1972,  R)
239
Skidoo 1968,  R)
Skidoo
Oh, my. You need to see this one to believe it. It starts off as just a really mediocre gangster comedy in which Jackie Gleason gets into prison to bump off a snitch, but things go completely bonkers when he accidentally takes LSD. His hallucinations include Mickey Rooney dancing and Groucho Marx's head on a rotating screw. The rest of the people in the prison - including Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin ('I'm seeing an angel! I am an angel!'), Slim Pickens, Jaws from the James Bond movies, and Peter Lawford - follow Gleason's example and wind up inadvertently tripping balls themselves; dancing garbage cans, naked football players, and general mayhem ensue. Throw in a bunch of hippies, Carol Channing (in an old-timey general's uniform and a platinum-blond wig) singing the title song, and Groucho (in his final role, donning that greasepaint mustache once again) as the mob boss who ultimately sails off into bliss (the sails on the boat read 'Peace' and 'Love') smoking pot with Austin Pendleton while they wear hippie robes, and you've got this astonishingly odd mess of a movie. Harry Nilsson sings the end credits (and I mean that quite literally). I don't know how the hell Otto Preminger made this movie; I guess it had something to do with him dropping acid during production. (Groucho took LSD as well.) It's really something else to watch all these well-known figures trying to be hip and groovy. Wow. Those were the days.
240
Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) 1978,  Unrated)
241
Written on the Wind 1957,  Unrated)
242
Bad Timing 1980,  R)
243
Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) 1962,  Unrated)
244
À propos de Nice (Nizza) 1930,  Unrated)
245
Taris, roi de l'eau (Jean Taris, Swimming Champion) 1931,  Unrated)
246
Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) 1933,  Unrated)
247
L'Atalante 1934,  Unrated)
248
Imitation of Life 1934,  Unrated)
249
Imitation of Life 1959,  Unrated)
250
The Music Lovers 1971,  R)
251
Red, White and Zero (The White Bus) 1967,  Unrated)
252
After Hours 1985,  R)
253
How High 2001,  R)
254
Le Mépris (Contempt) 2008,  PG)
255
Paul McCartney: Get Back World Tour 1989,  PG)
256
Inland Empire 2006,  R)
257
Nightwatching (Nocna straz) 2007,  R)
258
Rembrandt's J'accuse 2008,  Unrated)
259
Three Crowns of the Sailor 1982,  Unrated)
260
L'Hypothèse du tableau volé (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting) 1979,  PG)
261
La vocation suspendue (The Suspended Vocation) 1978,  Unrated)
262
Rage 2009,  Unrated)
263
F for Fake 1974,  Unrated)
264
La Jetée (The Pier) 1962,  Unrated)
265
Sans soleil (Sunless) 1983,  R)
266
Altered States 1980,  R)
267
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Will o' the Wisp) 1958,  Unrated)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Will o' the Wisp)
Sirk's masterpiece, perhaps? An eloquent treatment of war, it puts a human face on the Germans of the Second World War, and in doing so it reminds us of the humanity that is unavoidably present in everything. We can never ignore humanity or human accountability, especially in times of war. A powerful and heartbreaking work.
268
Jan Svankmajer: The Complete Short Films 2007,  Unrated)
269
Lovely Troubles 1976,  Unrated)
270
Les Sorcières de Salem(The Crucible) 1957,  G)
Les Sorcières de Salem(The Crucible)
The first film version of The Crucible, made by the French because of course no American who feared for his own safety would have filmed it during the period of the McCarthyist 'witch hunts.' Though the film is still set in 1692 Massachusetts, it feels very European - obviously influenced by Dreyer, though Rouleau isn't as cinematically fluent a director. Having performed in the play The Crucible, I find it extremely hard to distance myself from it enough to judge this film adequately. The performances are good, though; Montand and Signoret are strong lead performers, and Mylene Demongeot, with whom I'm not familiar, is fantastic as the lustful, crafty Abigail. Jean-Paul Sartre adapted the play for the screen, and, aside from some preachiness and banality, he writes a film of great power. A very effective film of religious people who, through their own overzealousness to conform, ultimately bring about their own hell.
271
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) 1968,  G)
272
The Last of Sheila 1973,  PG)
The Last of Sheila
A delightfully clever mystery from the unlikely screenwriting duo of Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim. It's fun, compelling, and full of smart jabs at the Hollywood crowd.
273
Lisztomania 1975,  R)
274
The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969,  G)
275
The Phynx 1970,  PG)
276
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970,  R)
277
Taking Off 1971,  R)
Taking Off
A little hidden gem from the early 70s, this was Milos Forman's first American film. Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry are two uptight parents who learn to loosen up after their daughter runs away. The comic timing is great in this droll adventure through the counterculture, punctuated by singers (including Carly Simon and a young Kathy Bates) who lend a sense of freshness and honesty to the experience. Highlights include the girl sweetly singing the 'fuck' song while playing the lute, and the hilarious scene in which Vincent Schiavelli teaches the fashionable society crowd how to smoke a joint. Overall, with its humor, music, and spirit, the film impeccably captures the time period. It should be seen on a triple bill with Hair and Swedish Fly Girls.
278
10 1979,  R)
10
Dudley Moore at his most adorable. The movie is funny and actually really endearing.
279
Tommy 1975,  PG)
280
Holy Motors 2012,  Unrated)
281
Hero 2004,  PG-13)
282
Labyrinth 1986,  PG)
283
Erste Liebe (First Love) 1970,  R)
Erste Liebe (First Love)
This is an awfully strange adaptation of the classic Turgenev novella. Dominique Sanda is gorgeous, and of course Sven Nykvist photographs her to perfection - visually it's all quite lush and colorful - but the thin storyline can't quite take such overmelodramatization. (A lot of it seems to be just a framework for Sven to go all-out, which is superb if all you want to do is look at scenery in many beautiful ways.) There are several 'what-the-fuck!?' moments and some bizarre 'artistic' sequences that are pretty incomprehensible. The period of this period piece is very ambiguous, and the music comes way out of left field. Among the cast are the wonderful Dandy Nichols (no one is better at playing annoying and decrepit old ladies) and an outrageous John Osborne (probably best known as a playwright) as the weirdo who creepily recites bad poetry while herding pigs. With close-ups of the pigs' rear ends. Told you it was weird, didn't I?
284
Blue Velvet 1986,  R)
285
Blade Runner 1982,  R)
286
Blade Runner (The Final Cut) 1982,  R)
287
Sunshine 2007,  R)
Sunshine
Forget the plot, or at least the narrative developments. The story - in particular, the slasher-film turn of the plot - is bogus. But the magnitude of this thing, the sheer scope of how it overpoweringly warps your senses at its climax - that's amazing. It absolutely goes above and beyond in that regard, and this film should be recognized for that achievement. Really monumental.
288
Acoustic Routes 2013,  Unrated)
289
Barry Lyndon 1975,  PG)
290
Across the Universe 2007,  PG-13)
Across the Universe
Okay. To be honest, most of the dramatic scenes suck. Yes, they're terrible. The plot seems to have been written in one sitting by a couple of guys with a Beatles songbook and a pictorial summary of the 60s. This makes the first half or so rather agonizing; its musical numbers are competent enough but unremarkable (except for bits in the bowling alley and Joe Cocker's performance of 'Come Together'). The placement of 'Let It Be' is nearly groan-inducing, and we wonder why The Beatles' work is being used for such overly simplistic tripe. Then we come to the turning point - 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' where the Uncle Sam posters come alive and reach out of the walls, and the entire space shifts. This is where Taymor's creative vision kicks into high gear, and therefore where the movie becomes significant. The reality-warping of the numbers in the rest of the film is extraordinary, and the wonderfully bizarre imagery drowns out the plot (mostly) for the rest of the movie, and we can ignore all those stupid character issues. When the free-form visual innovation becomes the main event, the great catalogue of music is finally being used in a way that means something and we can even forgive the filmmakers for the first part of the movie. Well, maybe - the film still has that annoying tendency to interpret certain lyrics literally (actually showing a picture of Chairman Mao? While they're singing 'Revolution'? Really?), which is just stupid and kind of discredits the really innovative stuff. The thing is, Taymor's genius lies in her boundless imagination, which is completely at odds with the hackneyed narrative bullshit. I want to see Taymor make a film consisting entirely of the former. Screw the latter. When this is accomplished, truly great cinema should result.
291
The Holy Mountain 1973,  R)
292
The Only Game In Town 1970,  PG)
293
The Magic Christian 1970,  PG)
The Magic Christian
What a crazy movie! It doesn't really have a plot so much as a series of odd skits. Generally these are centered on the idea that everyone can be made willing to do absolutely anything, no matter how bizarre or grotesque, if paid off with enough money, but much of the movie is completely random: offbeat interplay between Peter Sellers and Ringo, many aimless bits, a lot of guest appearances (oh man, Laurence Harvey's striptease Hamlet, and that green-colored chanteuse scene with Roman Polanski and... wait for it... Yul Brynner! Wow!). The mad extravaganza sequence, in which all hell breaks loose on a ship (including a familiar vampire who comes pretty much out of nowhere), makes the shocking final setup (which is supposed to be the clincher for the people-will-do-anything-for-money theme) almost anticlimactic, and some of the aimless material (especially early on) doesn't really go anywhere, but there's enough really effective stuff in here to make it worthwhile. The director doesn't necessarily have the visual mastery of someone like Richard Lester, who's associated with films in this vein, but he makes sure to fill the screen with strange material (random nuns passing by and such). Sellers, really, seems to be the driving force behind this (and does a lot of the voice-overs for unimportant characters). This movie is actually pretty damn subversive; some scenes are so striking as to be nearly worthy of How I Won the War, O Lucky Man!, or maybe even Sweet Movie. (And its hallway tracking shots are similar to The Shining.) I guess John Lennon and Yoko were keen on this project too. A pretty wicked time, it must have been.

The original tagline reads: 'The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial, & antipasto.' Yeah, that about sums it up.
294
Better Late Than Never 1983,  PG)
295
Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painlevé 2007,  Unrated)
296
World on a Wire 2011,  Unrated)
297
Heaven's Gate 1980,  R)
298
Medium Cool 1969,  R)
299
Safety Last! 1923,  Unrated)
300
Shoah 1985,  Unrated)
301
Un vivant qui passe (A Visitor from the Living) 1997,  Unrated)
302
Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 p.m.) 2001,  Unrated)
303
Le Rapport Karski 2010,  Unrated)
304
Romance and Cigarettes 2007,  R)
Romance and Cigarettes
This is a wildly funny and entertaining extravaganza that loses its way somewhat over an hour in, where it seems that the movie gets confused, and so it takes an ending that practically belongs to a completely different film. That's jarring and sort of kills it, but aside from that this movie is really something else. The gleefully audacious musical numbers could be worthy of 'The Blues Brothers,' yet are different, in a good way. The cast is great: Sarandon has some fantastic moments, Winslet is amazing as usual, and there's good support from Walken, Buscemi, the underrated Barbara Sukowa, and the wonderful Elaine Stritch, who can just grab a scene by the throat and steal it in an instant.
305
Out 1, Noli Me Tangere 1971,  Unrated)
306
Out 1: Spectre 1974,  Unrated)
307
We Can't Go Home Again 1976,  Unrated)
308
Don't Expect Too Much 2011,  Unrated)
309
The Big Lebowski 1998,  R)
310
L' Âge d'Or (Age of Gold) (The Golden Age) 1979,  Unrated)
311
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1929,  Unrated)
312
Mysteries of Lisbon 2011,  Unrated)
313
Night Across the Street 2013,  Unrated)
Night Across the Street
The late Raúl Ruiz's final film is a perfect way to draw a cinematic life to a close. It's a beautiful meditation on approaching the end of one's life, with memories, dreams and phantasms of the mind exquisitely interwoven. We often can't really tell which is which amidst the film's quirky and surreal humor, which is also sustained throughout. The film is characterized by languid camera movement with meticulous scene choreography and composition; unanticipated revelations lie just around corners and outside the frame, and seeing them appear is consistently disarming. There's a real sense of magic in the film's direction. And - *spoiler alert, I guess* - Ruiz doesn't settle for a traditionally beautifully wrapped-up conclusion; the movie goes beyond what feels like a perfect endpoint (and the film would still hold its power were it to end there) and moves into one more perplexing sequence, ultimately cutting to black mid-dialogue. Sounds from behind the scenes on the set are heard over the end credits, and as the final credit rolls, the movie ends with the sound of Ruiz calling, 'Cut!' What a way to go. (Ironically, this is the first Ruiz film I have seen; I'm already convinced of his mastery of the art of cinema, and I'm eager to explore the rest of his filmography.)
314
Head 1968,  PG)
315
Easy Rider 1969,  R)
316
Five Easy Pieces 1970,  R)
317
Drive, He Said 1971,  R)
318
A Safe Place 1971,  Unrated)
319
The Last Picture Show 1971,  R)
320
The King of Marvin Gardens 1972,  R)
321
3 Women 1977,  PG)
322
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965,  G)
323
Macbeth 1948,  Unrated)
324
Tam Lin 1971,  PG)
325
The Wicker Man 1973,  R)
326
The Wicker Man - Final Cut 2013,  Unrated)
327
Royal Flash 1975,  PG)
328
Red Desert 1964,  Unrated)
329
I Married a Witch 1942,  PG)
330
The Right Stuff 1983,  PG)
331
In the Mood for Love 2001,  PG)
332
Zorn's Lemma 1970,  Unrated)
333
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia 1971,  Unrated)
334
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass 2012,  Unrated)
335
Autumnal Equinox (Solariumagelani) ,  Unrated)
336
Oyû-sama (Lady Ôyu) (Miss Oyu) 1951,  Unrated)
337
Gion bayashi (A Geisha) 1953,  Unrated)
338
Sansho the Bailiff 1954,  Unrated)
339
Uwasa no onna (The Crucified Woman)(The Woman in the Rumor)(The Woman of Rumour) 1954,  Unrated)
340
Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) 1954,  Unrated)
341
The Princess Yang Kwei Fei (Yôkihi) 1955,  Unrated)
342
Akasen chitai (Street of Shame) 1956,  Unrated)
343
Chariots of Fire 1981,  PG)
344
Flash Gordon 1980,  PG)
345
Four Lions 2010,  R)
346
The Goonies 1985,  PG)
347
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990,  PG-13)
348
Moulin Rouge! 2001,  PG-13)
349
Sanatorium pod Klepsydra (The Hour-Glass Sanatorium) (The Sandglass) 1973,  Unrated)
350
Paperhouse 1989,  PG-13)
Paperhouse
Watching The Ring recently reminded me of this equally well-crafted psychological-supernatural tale. The concept of dreaming and drawing a world into being is so fascinating; it stuns me to the core. Inevitably the film is imperfect and doesn't quite live up, as films with brilliant concepts so often do, but the idea still pierces through, and the dreamlike force that drives this film is gripping. It has a great aesthetic as well.
351
Matinee 1992,  PG)
352
The Institute Benjamenta 1996,  Unrated)
353
The Muppet Movie 1979,  G)
354
The Great Muppet Caper 1981,  G)
355
Muppet Treasure Island 1996,  G)
356
Good Night, And Good Luck 2005,  PG)
357
The Master 2012,  R)
358
Lonesome 1928,  Unrated)
359
The Last Performance ,  Unrated)
360
Broadway 1929,  Unrated)
361
Seconds 1966,  R)
362
The Leopard 1963,  PG)
363
The Visitor 1979,  R)
364
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963,  G)
365
Yellow Submarine 1968,  G)
366
The Long Goodbye 1973,  R)
367
The Swimmer 1968,  PG)
368
Wild At Heart 1990,  R)
369
Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) 1981,  R)
370
Deep End 1971,  R)
371
Performance 1970,  R)
372
The Lady from Shanghai 1948,  Unrated)
373
Nashville 1975,  R)
374
Persona 1966,  Unrated)
375
Ran 1985,  R)
376
Amélie 2001,  R)
377
L'Immortelle 1969,  Unrated)
378
Trans-Europ-Express 1966,  Unrated)
379
L'Homme qui ment (The Man Who Lies) 1968,  Unrated)
380
L'Éden et après (Eden and After) 1970,  Unrated)
381
Glissements progressifs du plaisir (Successive Slidings of Pleasure) 1974,  Unrated)
382
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977,  PG)
383
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Director's Cut 1977,  PG)
384
The King of Comedy 1983,  PG)
385
Southland Tales 2007,  R)
386
Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit) 1973,  Unrated)
387
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) 1972,  R)
388
Woyzeck 1979,  Unrated)
389
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) 1979,  PG)
390
Fitzcarraldo 1982,  PG)
391
Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (Ballad of the Little Soldier) 1984,  Unrated)
392
Wo die Grünen Ameisen Träumen (Where the Green Ants Dream) 1985,  R)
393
Cobra Verde (Slave Coast) 1987,  Unrated)
394
My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) 1999,  Unrated)
395
Decasia 2002,  Unrated)
396
The Sign of Leo (Le Signe du lion) 1959,  Unrated)
397
La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery) 2003,  Unrated)
398
Suzanne's Career (1963) 1963,  Unrated)
399
La Collectionneuse 1966,  Unrated)
400
Ma Nuit chez Maud (My Night at Maud's ) (My Night with Maud) 1970,  PG)
401
Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) 1971,  PG)
402
L' Amour l'Après-Midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (Love in the Afternoon) 1972,  R)
403
Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O) 1976,  PG)
404
Perceval le Gallois 2011,  Unrated)
405
The Aviator's Wife (La femme de l'aviateur) 1981,  PG)
406
Le Beau Mariage (A Good Marriage) 1982,  PG)
407
Pauline At The Beach 1983,  R)
408
Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris) 1984,  R)
409
Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) 2011,  R)
410
4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle) 1987,  Unrated)
411
Boyfriends and Girlfriends (L'ami de mon amie) 1987,  R)
412
Conte de Printemps (A Tale of Springtime) 1992,  PG)
413
Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) 1992,  G)
414
The Tree, The Mayor, and the Mediatheque (L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque) 1998,  Unrated)
415
Rendezvous in Paris 1996,  Unrated)
416
A Summer's Tale 2014,  G)
417
Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) 1999,  PG)
418
The Lady and the Duke 2001,  PG-13)
419
Triple Agent 2003,  Unrated)
420
Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (Romance of Astrea and Celadon) 2008,  Unrated)
421
Snake Eyes 1998,  R)
422
Lola 1961,  PG)
423
La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) 2001,  Unrated)
424
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) 2004,  G)
425
Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) 1971,  Unrated)
426
Une chambre en ville (A Room in Town) 1982,  R)
427
L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) 1993,  Unrated)
428
Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (Les demoiselles ont eu vingt cinq ans)(The Young Girls Turn 25) 1992,  Unrated)
429
Le Sabotier Du Val De Loire 2013,  Unrated)
430
Michael Clayton 2007,  R)
Michael Clayton
Solid, intelligent legal thriller with excellent writing and very strong performances.
431
The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) 1928,  Unrated)
432
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me 1992,  R)
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
Twin Peaks is perplexing, as it follows the TV-show model of attachment to characters within the confines of narrative, while Lynch is interested in traversing the assumed boundaries of space, time, logic - basically subverting everything that defines narrative in favor of what more closely resembles a dream. That's probably what turns a lot of people against this movie, as they go in looking for explanations and wind up in a strange netherworld with monkeys, strange sounds, and suffering manifested in the form of creamed corn. Lynch, of course, recognizes this, hence the presence of investigators (surrogate viewers) who are similarly lost. It's all quite cinematic, free from the constraints - and, simultaneously, the comforts - of the television world of Twin Peaks, departing from the reality we knew from there while also enhancing and expanding upon it. The film ranges from beautiful to disturbing to maddeningly bizarre, and these aspects are often combined. Laura Palmer's struggle, conveyed through Sheryl Lee's remarkable performance, is extremely powerful and affecting, but ultimately the mysterious paranormal elements are the most compelling. We can't resist the lure of the Black Lodge; its aura of the unknown continues to haunt us no matter how hard we try to explain it.
433
Providence 1977,  R)
434
Fedora 1978,  PG)
435
Swan Song: The Story of Billy Wilder's Fedora 2014,  Unrated)

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