Must Watch (1980-...)


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Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior) (The Double) 1980,  PG)
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Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) 1987,  PG)
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Amores Perros 2001,  R)
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Sling Blade 1996,  R)
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Before Sunset 2004,  R)
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The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang) 1998,  R)
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All About My Mother 1999,  R)
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Live Flesh (Carne trémula) 1998,  R)
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Exotica 1994,  R)
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The Sweet Hereafter 1997,  R)
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Mulholland Drive 2001,  R)
12
Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) 1999,  R)
13
Blind Chance (Przypadek) 1989,  Unrated)
14
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl 1999,  R)
15
Suzhou River 2000,  Unrated)
16
Beijing Bicycle 2001,  PG-13)
17
Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) 1997,  Unrated)
18
Central Station (Central do Brasil) 1998,  R)
19
Alice (Neco z Alenky) 1988,  Unrated)
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Grizzly Man 2005,  R)
21
Water 2005,  PG-13)
22
Irreversible 2002,  Unrated)
23
Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
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Adaptation 2002,  R)
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Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
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Das Boot (The Boat) 1981,  R)
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The Big Lebowski 1998,  R)
28
Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) 2003,  Unrated)
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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 2005,  R)
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989,  NC-17)
31
The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù) 2003,  R)
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Dead Man's Shoes 2006,  Unrated)
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Dogville 2003,  R)
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Dancer in the Dark 2000,  R)
35
Breaking the Waves 1996,  R)
36
Do the Right Thing 1989,  R)
37
Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) 1994,  Unrated)
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For All Mankind 1989,  Unrated)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988,  R)
40
Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) 1979,  R)
41
American Psycho 2000,  R)
42
Last Life in the Universe 2004,  R)
43
The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) 2001,  R)
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Once Upon a Time in America 1984,  R)
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Magnolia 1999,  R)
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Punch-Drunk Love 2002,  R)
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Boogie Nights 1997,  R)
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The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) 2004,  PG-13)
49
Bad Education (La Mala educación) 2004,  NC-17)
50
The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) 2001,  R)
51
No Man's Land 2001,  R)
52
Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) 2002,  R)
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El Aura (The Aura) 2006,  Unrated)
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Elephant 2003,  R)
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Gosford Park 2001,  R)
56
Short Cuts 1993,  R)
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Bottle Rocket 1996,  R)
58
The Royal Tenenbaums 2002,  R)
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004,  R)
60
Traffic 2000,  R)
61
Brazil 1985,  R)
62
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998,  R)
63
A Fish Called Wanda 1988,  R)
64
L'Argent 1983,  Unrated)
65
Black Cat, White Cat ,  R)
66
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986,  PG-13)
67
Stardust Memories 1980,  PG)
68
Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989,  PG-13)
69
The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985,  PG)
70
Ed Wood 1994,  R)
71
Happiness 1998,  NC-17)
72
Ma Mere,(Meine Mutter),(My Mother) 2005,  NC-17)
73
Mystic River 2003,  R)
74
Withnail and I 1987,  R)
75
The Proposition 2005,  R)
76
Faust 1994,  Unrated)
77
Conspirators of Pleasure 1997,  Unrated)
78
Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer 2005,  Unrated)
79
The Player 1992,  R)
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Das Experiment (The Experiment) 2001,  R)
81
A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles) ,  R)
82
The Piano 1993,  R)
83
Hoop Dreams 1994,  PG-13)
84
Eyes Wide Shut 1999,  R)
85
C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) (It Happened in Your Neighborhood) 1992,  NC-17)
86
Heavenly Creatures 1994,  R)
87
Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) 1999,  PG)
88
The Pianist 2002,  R)
89
Vera Drake 2004,  R)
90
The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) 2003,  Unrated)
91
Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005,  R)
92
Close-up 1999,  R)
93
Jean De Florette 1986,  PG)
94
The War Zone 1999,  R)
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The Elephant Man 1980,  PG)
96
Say Anything... 1989,  PG-13)
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Castle in the Sky 1989,  PG)
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The Wind Will Carry Us 1999,  Unrated)
99
Fireworks (Hana-bi) 1997,  R)
100
Dead Man 1995,  R)
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The Consequences of Love (Le Conseguenze dell'amore) 2005,  Unrated)
102
Naked 1993,  R)
103
Mysterious Skin 2005,  NC-17)
104
Head-On (Gegen die Wand) 2005,  R)
105
Down by Law 1986,  R)
106
Blood Simple 1984,  R)
107
Underground 1995,  Unrated)
108
The Celebration (Festen) 1998,  R)
109
La Promesse (The Promise) 1996,  Unrated)
110
Mitt Liv som Hund (My Life as a Dog) 1985,  PG-13)
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Secret Honor 1984,  Unrated)
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Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) 1981,  Unrated)
113
In My Father's Den 2005,  R)
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sex, lies, and videotape 1989,  R)
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Love Streams 1984,  PG-13)
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La Belle Noiseuse 1991,  Unrated)
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Cure 1998,  Unrated)
118
Pistol Opera 2001,  Unrated)
Pistol Opera
yes, the sequel to Branded to Kill!
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Mona Lisa 1986,  R)
120
Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) 1994,  G)
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Ten 2003,  Unrated)
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The Son (Le Fils) 2002,  Unrated)
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Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) 1987,  G)
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Berlin - Alexanderplatz ,  Unrated)
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The Atomic Cafe 1982,  Unrated)
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My Voyage to Italy 2001,  PG-13)
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Offret (The Sacrifice) 1986,  PG)
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Santa sangre (Holy Blood) 1990,  R)
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I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) 1995,  Unrated)
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And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) 1996,  Unrated)
131
Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) 1999,  Unrated)
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Crumb 1995,  R)
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Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster) 1993,  Unrated)
134
Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli) 1988,  Unrated)
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The Last Emperor 1987,  PG-13)
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Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever) 2003,  R)
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House of Games 1987,  R)
138
Rikyu 1991,  Unrated)
139
Kárhozat, (Damnation) 1988,  Unrated)
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Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) 1994,  Unrated)
Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)
Somewhat uneven. The tango-like structure and extremely long dead time are pretty awesome in showing the futile inertia of the community. However whenever some douche in the film opens their mouth it becomes laughable. It's very effective in carving out large chunks of time, which is really above all what the film is about. I'm not sure what the scene near the end featuring the writers discussing the characters was for. I thought I had seen enough rain in this film to last a season, but I left the theater only see it was pouring outside (plus an ominous sound of bell towing).
141
No End (Bez konca) 1985,  Unrated)
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Blissfully Yours (Sud sanaeha) 2003,  Unrated)
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Tokyo.Sora 2002,  Unrated)
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Su-ki-da 2005,  Unrated)
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Dust Devil 1992,  R)
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Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (Pixote) (Pixote, the Law of the Weakest) 1981,  R)
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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes 2006,  Unrated)
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The Institute Benjamenta 1996,  Unrated)
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Taste of Tea, The (Cha No Aji) 2011,  Unrated)
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El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun) 2000,  Unrated)
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Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule) 1985,  R)
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Decasia 2002,  Unrated)
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Matewan 1987,  PG-13)
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Angst (Fear) 1983,  Unrated)
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Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) 2006,  Unrated)
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Wuyong (Useless) 2007,  Unrated)
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Humanité 2000,  Unrated)
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Black Sun 2005,  Unrated)
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Merry-Go-Round 1981,  Unrated)
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Gang of Four 1988,  Unrated)
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The Life of Jesus 1997,  Unrated)
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Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations) 1984,  Unrated)
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Sicilia! (Sicily!) 1999,  Unrated)
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Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?) 2011,  Unrated)
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Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) 2006,  Unrated)
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Sombre 1998,  Unrated)
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Yeelen (Brightness) 1987,  R)
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Too Early, Too Late (Trop tot, trop tard) 1982,  Unrated)
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Last Chants for a Slow Dance 1977,  Unrated)
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Trouble Every Day ,  Unrated)
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Um Amor de Perdição (Doomed Love) (Simão Botelho) (TV SHOW) 2011,  Unrated)
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Saenghwalui balgyeon (On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate) 2003,  Unrated)
Saenghwalui balgyeon (On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate)
The plot setup is reminiscent of any other Hong film, with the asshole/pitiful male characters, often artists themselves becoming involved with relationships with several women to assuage their own needs and inadequacies. The structure is similar to that of Woman on the Beach, with the male character being chased in the first half to becoming the chaser in the 2nd. Even though the guy here is still an asshole I found him more sympathetic than that of Virgin. It helps that this is one of his funniest and more poignant films. I don't get why Hong uses those zooms in his later films since the aesthetic here serves the purpose perfectly.

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