I’ve Seen It, and Now So Has She…

So in the ongoing process of reviewing the movies I had already seen when starting this, here are 25 more films from different years, genres, and nationalities.  Thanks to her going nuts on our movie collection in an attempt to catch up, all of these films were simultaneously reviewed by my lovely wife, Ashley, as well as by me.  Enjoy!

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Though not as phenomenal as some of his work, The Man Who Knew Too Much, is one of the really good Hitchcock films.  Jimmy Stewart is always pretty likable, but it’s Doris Day who really steals the show for me.  The one thing that the original has over this remake is the ever-wonderful Peter Lorre.  I could watch that guy eat breakfast!

“Don’t F with Doris Day or she will sing you a song!” – Ashley

The Great Escape (1963)

Partly remembered for it’s fun story, and partly because of Steve McQueen, The Great Escape is also worthy of remembrance for being one of the last (as far as I could find anyway) really great, ensemble films.  The list of famous actors that make an appearance here is a pretty astounding one.  Everyone from the CEO of Jurassic Park, to Flint of “In Like Flint”, to the vigilante from “Death Wish”, and plenty more, make an appearance in this film.  Oh, and the story is pretty good too.

“This movie might be set in a prisoner of war camp, but I would liken it to the con or heist movie genres, so it was actually quite enjoyable.” – Ashley

La Battaglia Di Algeri (AKA: The Battle of Algiers) (1965)

The gritty and raw style of this film owes much to the cinema vérité camera work, and black and white film stock, which served to mimic news reel, or documentary style footage.  The cast of actors, or non-actors as they were, was chosen for their look, and the emotional heft they brought the subject matter, with the only “real” actor playing the leader of the French military force tasked with quieting the then French colony, Colonel Mathieu.  As a testament to its message, the film was banned in France for a number of years, before being re-edited and released later on.  As powerful and prescient today as it was when it was filmed, it speaks to our current situation with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the nature, and victims of terrorism.

“It’s a war movie!” (said with fake excitement) – Ashley

C’era Una Volta Il West  AKA Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Gorgeous!  This film is so lush, and beautiful that when I first saw it, it took my breath away.  Though I do love the Man With No Name trilogy, this film, in my humble opinion, is  absolutely Sergio Leone’s masterpiece!  Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and god help us all Claudia Cardinale.  If you haven’t seen this film, you are doing yourself a grand disservice!

“One of the best movies this list has introduced me to!” – Ashley

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

I saw this film around two decades ago, and I liked it a lot.  I was amazed at how much I liked it really, but it wasn’t until I watched it recently with my wife for her first time, that I was blown away.  Dustin Hoffman is so, so very good, and unfortunately for him, John Voight was so incredible that he still hasn’t yet managed to attain such heights again.  Fred Neil’s “Everybody Talkin'” performed by Harry Nilsson, is such a perfect song to capture the wonder, and spontaneity of New York city, as well as the despair and fear that come when good fortune you’re riding flips upside down and smothers you instead.  One of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen.

“Two hustlers find love.” – Ashley

Serpico (1973)

Though I’ve seen Serpico, I never fell in love with Serpico.  It’s a good film, that I, more than likely, should give another chance.  Known as one of the big tent poles of 1970s cinema, this film went a long way in defining the social, and political unrest of the urbanites of the time.

“Al Pacino grows a beard and takes down some corrupt cops.” – Ashley

Jaws (1975)

The godfather of the summer blockbuster is also an incredibly effective horror and suspense film.  This film comes from the young and hungry Steven Spielberg that helped make a lot of the movies that I grew up on, not the tired schmaltzy Spielberg that ruins every movie he makes now in the last 30 minutes (Don’t believe me?  Take, A.I., War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, and Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World, and the all terrible Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, The Adventures of Tin-Tin, and Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.).  So basically, Jaws was good.

“The push-zoom in it is great, other then that, meh.” – Ashley

Network (1976)

Though Network has some pretty interesting things to say about the nature of television and the nature of fame and martyrdom, and is definitely considered to be another one of those “important” movies from the seventies, I didn’t like the film really at all.  I found all the characters to be pretty repellent  people, and not in the least compelling on any other level.

“I hated every character in this movie.” – Ashley

Airplane! (1980)

The absolute funniest movie that I had ever seen when I was ten years old, it turns out is best marketed towards the young and those who are young in the head.  It didn’t manage to hold onto its title when I recently re-watched it, but it was still really fun to watch.  Leslie Nielson easily steals the show with his trademark deadpan delivery, and square-jawed good looks.  I will always love it for the joy it brought me in my youth.

“Better then the parody movies done today but still not my favorite kind of comedy.” – Ashley

The King of Comedy (1983)

Robert De Niro’s selfish, celebrity-obsessed, Travis Bickle is in love with the idea of fame, so much so that fixates on it.  It is all he sees and all he desires.  At times, tense, at others comic, the film goes a fair way towards predicting the phenomenon of instant fame that shows like American Idol, and YouTube have come to inspire. “The King of Comedy”, just may be one of Scorsese’s lighter works, but one of Martin’s lesser works is often times better than someone else’s best.

“Robert De Niro being creepy.” – Ashley

The Terminator (1984)

I was raised on this film.  I have probably seen it upwards of 100 times.  It is incredible.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger is bad.” – Ashley

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

This little flick is a fossil of another time, a time when the name Eddie Murphy meant you were going to see something that was actually funny.  Not solely for children, no fat suits or unnecessary makeup, but an actual, honest to God funny movie.  Murphy made a fair amount of them in his heyday, my only guess is that he just ran out of funny stuff to say, and now is only capable of making crap.  Too bad.

“Oh, I didn’t know Eddie Murphy use to be funny!” – Ashley

‘A’ Gai Waak Juk Jaap (AKA: Project A, Part II) (1987)

I went through a big Hong Kong cinema phase in the mid to late 90s.  Films like A Better Tomorrow, My Lucky Stars, Full Contact, and Hardboiled filled my movie collection.  Some of my favorites were the films of Jackie Chan, including the Project A films.  Packed with action, impossible stunts, and lots of slapstick humor, these films are intensely rewarding, and loads of fun.  Though I like Project A, Part II a lot, I wouldn’t put it as my favorite of Chan’s films, that honor would go to the absolutely insane Drunken Master II.  The last half an hour of that film was just about the craziest thing I’d ever seen in my life.

“Jackie is a god.” – Ashley

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Another film that I suppose I should devote another viewing to.  Most people seem to love, A Fish Called Wanda, however I thought it wasn’t all that good.  Since it was written by John Cleese, I should by all rights love it, so I can only assume that I saw it at too young an age.

“A raunchy comedy from the 80’s that is actually still funny for a first time view.”      – Ashley

The Naked Gun (1988)

Another of my favorite films from when I was 10 years old.  Leslie Nielsen rode the slapstick gravy train for many years, culminating in The Naked Gun.  Though the films sequels turn out to be rather hokey and one-note, the original film still stands out as one of the best examples of this type of comedy.

“Not bad but just not my kind of comedy.” – Ashley

Die Hard (1988)

As an only child, I spent a lot of time watching movies.  Every Friday night I would have my Mom drive me to the local video emporium, where I would pick up the newest action movies, along with the grossest or most obscure comedies and horror films.  I remember renting Die Hard when if first came out of Video.  I put the VHS tape into the VCR, sat back and spent the next two hours and twelve minutes getting my mind blown!  Easily one of the best action movies ever, and the best Christmas movie by a long shot.  Absolutely deserves to be on this list.

“My husband looks like Bruce Willis, so I’m allowed say how much I like how little his shirt is on in this movie, right?” – Ashley

Total Recall (1990)

Far and away the best film that either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Paul Verhoeven ever had anything to do with, and both men made some goddamned awesome films!  Groundbreaking visual effects, a truly compelling science fiction story, and action for days.  I was lucky enough to see this film in the theater, where at the tender age of eleven, I fell in love.

“Amazing special effects makeup. I wish they still did makeup this way.” – Ashley

Terminator 2: Judgment Day  (1991)

Not as impacting to me as the original, but this was yet another fantastic film.  James Cameron at the peak of his career thus far (yes I am including the disappointing Avatar).

“Arnold Schwarzenegger is good.” – Ashley

JFK (1991)

As a devout fan of film, I have a constantly shifting set of films that revolve in and out as my favorites of all time.  Reed’s The Third Man,  Kurosawa’s High & Low, Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge, and of course Oliver Stone’s JFK.  This labyrinth of a film traces the known facts right along side the potential possibilities, watching the two dance with one another, seeing what happens.  Some of my favorite cinematography ever committed to celluloid juxtaposes the black and white of the accepted reality of the Warren Commission with as many points of view as there were watching that day on the grassy knoll.  Black and white, high and low, right and wrong, fact and fiction.  All blend together in this film, tied by the exceptional cast, character actors and famous faces alike.  The best you’ve ever seen Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, and Michael Rooker in any film.  This is one of those films that no matter what time it is, if I find it starting on TV, I will watch it all the way through.  I think I’ll go watch it right now.

“Was there anyone who didn’t want to kill Kennedy?” – Ashley

C’Est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (AKA: Man Bites Dog) (1992)

This mockumentary about a vicious serial killer being followed by a documentary film crew attempts to find the line between documentation and complicity.  A dark film with some very subtle comic undertones, Man Bites Dog is more uncomfortable than it is successful.  It felt about 45 minutes too long, which would have shortened the film by about half.  Interesting, but ultimately not really very good.

“Oh this was suppose to be a comedy?” – Ashley

The Crying Game (1992)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film, so my only real memory of it is that I managed to see it twice in one weekend, once with each of my parents who didn’t know what it was about…awkward.

“Despite knowing the spoiler twist for a couple decades now I found this a really interesting look at the fluidity of human sexuality.” – Ashley

Dead Man (1995)

Long, slow, and still.  Three things that describe the films of Jim Jarmusch.  Dead Man is all of those things, and it was great.  Not a film for every occasion, nor is it for everyone, but if you appreciate thoughtful introspective and occasionally spiritual films, this one may pique your interest.

“So fucking boring!” – Ashley

Fargo (1996)

Of all the Coen Brothers films to put on this list, both this film, and Raising Arizona are two of their most average.  They are certainly good films, not nearly as reprehensible as Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty, or The Ladykillers, but also not even close to as good as Miller’s Crossing (my personal favorite Coen Brothers film), The Big Lebowski, or Barton Fink.  That being said, Fargo did open up the Coen Brothers’ sensibilities to a whole new crowd of viewers and introduced the masses to William H. Macy, and Peter Stormare, so in that respect, it was a good choice.  Otherwise, a real missed opportunity for this list of “best movies”.

“I love that the lead is a smart strong women. Really great movie too.” – Ashley

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Awful, over-hyped, manipulative, horror-porn along the likes of Hostel, and Hostel 2.

“Yeah, yeah we get it Jesus got his ass beat.” – Ashley

The Aviator (2004)

Even genius doesn’t shine all the time.  Yet another movie where the mega-talented Scorsese teams with the mega-mediocre DiCaprio, and turns in underwhelming results.  One of the greatest living cinematographers in the world said it best, describing The Aviator as a “handjob” for Hollywood, and while I don’t think it’s quite that, he certainly spends the entirety of this film writing an elaborate love letter.  Cate Blanchett was really wonderful as Kate Hepburn, if only DiCaprio could do some acting that isn’t just his usual approach of squinting and leaning forward into the camera.

“Leonardo is actually tolerable in this movie. Though he still can’t do an accent worth a shit.” – Ashley

So, there you have it.  Another 25 in the bag.  See you next time!

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La Pianiste (AKA: The Piano Teacher) (2001)

La Pianiste (AKA: The Piano Teacher) – 2001

Director – Michael Haneke

Starring – Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, and Benoit Magimel

Oh, Michael Haneke.  You and your sparse, harsh morality tales!  I know from the moment that I hear this particular director’s name, that I am going to be witness to an unflinching account of the baser side of human behavior. This prolific filmmakers work often comes on a tide of praise and accolades despite their typically dark subject matter. Of his films, I’ve seen Cache, The White Ribbon, and now The Piano Teacher, all of them difficult stories about fractured people, poorly relating with one another.

As one might gather from the film’s title the main character of this film, Erika, is a teacher of the piano. On her exterior, she is a rather harsh and cold woman, she harbors a deep desire for connection that she doesn’t get from her overly dramatic live-in mother, or from her pristine and rather antiseptic relationship with music.

She spends her time looking down her nose at her students and pre judging them based on their understandably timid nature around her, playing piano, oh, and she may cut herself just for laughs. One of her students, Walter, attempts to get her attention first through music, then through flirting, encountering rejection at each turn.  Next, he takes a somewhat more drastic approach by following her into the ladies room, clumsily embracing her, and forcing a kiss on her. She responds, a mite unexpectedly, by opening up to him about her desire to be dominated, humiliated and abused both verbally and physically.

Initially, Walter seems excited, expressing a desire to learn more, and stepping up his advances.  However this eventually gives way to unease and eventually to disgust as Erika outlines exactly what it is she would like him to do to her.   This time it is he who does the rejecting and she who begins the pursuit.  This trading back and forth of who has the power in this relationship is fueled mainly by his anger (with her and with himself), and her need for attention and affection (confused and misguided as it may be).  It seemed to me that her desire to be dominated mirrored in many ways her tumultuous relationship with her mother, and perhaps there have been other similarly motivated relationships that have informed her view of how men and women are supposed to cohabitate.

The acting in this film is typical of the other Haneke films that I have seen, slow in pace, severe in tone, and more than a little uncomfortable.  Isabelle Huppert pushes the role of Erika to such a point that I basically stopped liking her, and then was able to bring her back to a point where I felt sorry for her, rescuing her from the clutches of my uncaring.  Now whether or not you like the character at the end, that is a pretty remarkable feat for an actor to pull off.  Unfortunately, I don’t think Benoit Magimel had as much success, nor as much to work with.  By the end of the film, I totally didn’t like Walter at all, and it’s not as if I started off liking him a lot.  Walter seemed overly eager to me, and by extension, a little insincere and false.  I always felt like he was trying to put one over on Erika, in order to get something (most likely sex although I was ready for anything, money, a laugh, even some sort of bizarre revenge) from her.

In the end though, I felt this film to be inferior to both of the other Haneke films that I’d seen previously.  The Piano Teacher lacked the raw menace and shock that came with Cache, and it lacked the austere beauty, and hidden danger and anger that came out of The White Ribbon.  Cinematographically speaking, this film didn’t have all that much going for it.  While composed well enough, the shots seemed ordinary and almost placid, succeeding only in simple documentation of the character’s actions.  Though that may have been a conscious choice (I hope it was anyway), it’s not one that really worked for me.  The story wasn’t shocking enough to juxtapose the calm stability of the imagery, and the imagery wasn’t artful enough to keep me entertained while watching it.

Mr. Haneke has at least one other film on this list that I have yet to see, Funny Games, which was ultimately re-made by him (for english speaking audiences), also called funny games.  I’ve heard some real praise for that film, both versions of it , but also some warning of its harrowing nature, and I must say that I’m a more excited to see that film as it seems like it might have a little more to say even if it’s more disturbing.  The Piano Teacher seemed a rather light effort to me, one that certainly wouldn’t have ranked as one of the 1001 best films ever, but also one that covered similar material as did films like Secretary, and Y Tu Mama Tambien, which were in terms of craft, construction and message, leagues better than this one.

Who will survive…and what will be left of them?

So it’s my favorite time of the year…Halloween. So why not indulge myself a little and review some of the best horror, thriller, and suspense films in the book. Some of them I’m super thrilled about writing reviews of, and some are certainly popular but not necessarily my favorites. Read on to find out which is which. Enjoy!

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

A classic, certainly without which we wouldn’t have such staples as The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead and it’s remake, or the fantastic Shaun of the Dead, as well as a whole host of other films that have borrowed from it. The paranoia, mounting tension, and overwhelming odds of this first Zombie movie, transferred smoothly into non horror themes, such as isolation, race-relations, and fear of the Nuclear age in which we live.

L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo AKA The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

In this early film, Dario Argento, arguably the biggest name in italian horror, creates a film that is more Hitchcock than it is a slasher movie. The tension and carnage that ensues is more about pacing and misdirection than it is vicious thrills, and gore. That being said, it does have its share of gore. Oh, those italians, never short of gore. While good, I actually liked his later, more iconic film, Suspiria better than this one.

Deliverance (1972)

A horror movie of a different variety, rather than use a monster or a psychopathic antagonist, this film explores the terrible behavior exhibited by humans onto one another. The group of hunters looking to spend some time together having fun, get to know way more about each other than they ever wanted to know. Normally I wouldn’t give away any spoilers, but I think most people know exactly what the “twist” to this movie is. Men raping men has never been so much fun.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Quiet, slow, and nearly bloodless apparently equals really effective and terrifying. Who knew! Despite the fact that I credit The Exorcist with being better all around (scares, craftsmanship, and acting), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is pretty fantastic in its own right. By all means you should see the original version and relish in the grainy washed out film stock, the real locations that haven’t been over dressed or grimed up to such a degree as to make looking at them unsanitary, and the overall impact of a movie that can utilize calm as well as it does chaos. One hell of a good movie!

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

This film predates the slasher sub-genre of horror movies by close to 5 years, however it definitely shares and in some cases has inspired certain sadistic qualities in them. The movie gives us a family full of socially dysfunctional, nomadic killers as the source of our fear, an anxiety, and a nice everyday innocent family to compare ourselves to. More camp than scare. More sadism than not.

Suspiria (1977)

This film is far more surreal, and otherworldly than The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the other Dario Argento film that I’ve seen. It is by far, more psychological and subtle in how it works under your skin, but also has a far less believable (read: ridiculous) set of traps and horrors for our heroine to escape. A room in a dance academy that is inexplicably filled with coils upon coils of barbed wire, is decidedly unbelievable, and therefore draws us out of the “story”. That being said, I still liked it better than The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, for its use of rich full color, and it’s dedication to that certain uneasy feeling.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Holy Shit! If you have managed to make it through your life to this point without seeing this movie, do yourself a favor, go buy (not rent) it and watch the shit out of it! For a movie that is so closely associated with the horror genre, Dawn of the Dead manages to be so relevent and forward facing on such a large variety of subjects. From race relations, religion, and consumer culture, to the nature of willful violence, and interaction between the sexes, not to mention some pretty outstanding makeup effects. This film has so much to offer first time and repeat viewers alike. Granted some of the makeup looks a bit bad by today’s standard, and some of the euphemisms seem a bit dated and clunky, but by and large this film has all the energy and fire of the films of the seventies, plus a pretty compelling horror story to boot. Make sure to buy the version that comes with the theatrical and directors cuts, so you can compare and contrast the values of each. (Hint: The Director’s Cut is better.)

Halloween (1978)

In terms of craftsmanship and construction Halloween is a master-class in editing and pacing. Featuring very little in the way of jump-scare type tactics, this film instead, skillfully builds the tension slowly through the use of shot composition, and editing, along with skillful acting and directing. Of course, John Carpenter is no stranger to the praise due to him from the horror fan community, including myself. I’ve enjoyed almost every single one of his films, and I only say “almost” because I can’t remember if there has been anything that I haven’t liked. Watch this!

Alien (1979)

In terms of futuristic visuals and slow building tension, Ridley Scott seemed to have cornered the market in the late 70’s and early 80’s. With films like Blade Runner and Aliens he helped to bring a living, breathing, realism to the science fiction genre that had before been absent. Where Star Wars was shiny and optimistic, Alien was concerned with the accurate depiction of its characters in a true to life setting. With Alien, he also managed to bring horror to a new level. For proof, just go watch the still terrifying trailer for the original Alien.

“The baby alien is soooooo cute! And there’s a cat!  And a butt crack!” – Ashley

The Shining (1980)

With the Shining, Stanley Kubrick made one of the finest films ever committed to celluloid (or digital mediums, I’m not playing favorites). The power and the impact of the imagery sticks with you long after the film is finished (they’ve been with me since I saw it way back when I was young.), and while the dialogue and delivery seems stilted at first, it all serves a grander purpose of creating a slightly skewed feeling in the viewer. The disharmony and discord starts to build at an imperceptible level, but once it rears its head, it is obvious that it has been around for a long while. Absolutely one of my favorite movies, and well deserving of being on this list!

“You know it’s a good horror movie if Shelley Duvall is in the film and still not the scariest part.” – Ashley

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

A classic in my circle of friends, this is actually a movie that I came to finally see rather late (only 4 years ago or so), and I’m really glad I did.  Part slapstick comedy, part horror movie, American Werewolf in London manages to balance the two genres giving a room for the comedy to live, without ruining the scary elements.  Then there is the astounding fully lit, werewolf transformation scene, something that was nearly impossible in the days before CGI.  Definitely worthy of its spot on this list.

“Suck it CGI!” – Ashley

Check out guest reviewer Mike Petrik’s review, here!

The Thing (1982)

Kurt Russell and John Carpenter have, together, made a pair of my most favorite films ever, Big Trouble in Little China, and this movie, The Thing. Along with being a completely absorbing well paced thriller in its own right, it also happens to have some really outstanding special makeup effects, and puppetry. Add in to the mix a young Wilford Brimley, Keith David in all his glory, and who could forget the heartbeat of a score that relentlessly pushes us onward, towards the end of the film. Outstanding all around!

(***Warning Spoilers***)

“One point for the great special effects makeup…one point for the sexy Kurt Russell beard…negative one million points for the hurting beautiful puppies” – Ashley

Poltergeist (1982)

As far as this list goes, the Poltergeist has perhaps left the smallest impact on me. All I really remember is the tiny woman with the child’s voice. She actually played good character in the film, yet still she stands out as a defining characteristic of this horror film far more than the big gauzy skeleton, the skeletons in the basement, or heaven forbid the terrifying child-sized doll that those shitty parents put in their kids room.

“Thanks to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, I know that Poltergeists are not ghosts.” – Ashley

The Evil Dead (1982)

Despite the fact that this film revolutionized the way that horror films were shot, produced, watched, edited, and scored, The Evil Dead was, in my opinion not nearly as good as its slapstick sequels, The Evil Dead Part 2, and Army of Darkness. Definitely worth watching, but make sure you watch the other two, so you can see director Sam Raimi reboot his own film, and make it worlds better.  Give me some sugar, baby!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This was the movie…the movie that scared the bejesus out of me as a kid far more than any other movie has ever done, before or since. Looking back at it now, it doesn’t make sense why this film had such a profound effect on me, but none the less, it did. The most terrifying image in the film (in my younger-selfs opinion), comes in the first 10 minutes, and the real terror of the first watch was the anticipation of whether it would be topped in the remaining 80 or so minutes. Not to mention, the film had a rather ingenious premise of allowing the victims to be vulnerable in their dreams, a place that no one can escape. Worth the watch, but I’ve heard you should avoid the remake.

Manhunter (1986)

The best of the Hannibal Lecter movie adaptations, this one combines the visual sensibility of Michael Mann, the menace and animalism of Tom Noonan, and the depth and intelligence of Brian Cox as Lecter into a luscious, dangerous, thrilling movie. Despite it’s inclusion on this list, I feel that the more popular Hannibal Lecter story, The Silence of the Lambs, is far inferior to this film, though there are many who would disagree vehemently. One thing that everyone can agree on, however, is that the remake of Manhunter, Red Dragon, is completely a piece of shit by comparison.  Brett Ratner my ass!

The Fly (1986)

Your standard story about a man who invents teleportation devices only to have it backfire on him when a simple little house fly gets caught in the machine with him. This film creeped me out quite a bit when I was a kid, particularly the arm wrestling scene. The Fly is a great horror movie, worthy of inclusion on this list!

Aliens (1986)

Quite possibly my favorite of the movies on this Halloween list. I grew up with this movie, so as a result, I am in capable of judging it in any way other than favorably. A great continuation of the story that began in Alien, one that manages to go far beyond it in terms of action, character development, and stakes. Where the original was effective through the isolation of its characters, Aliens succeeds by forcing them to band together to combat the threats from without as well as within.  This is when James Cameron was at his peak in my opinion (well, that or during the Terminator movies), not during the bloated gimmicky Avatar days.  Robot versus space-bug!  That really says it all.

Spoorloos AKA The Vanishing (1988)

If you’ve seen the remake of this film starring Jeff Bridges and Keifer Sutherland, then do yourself a favor, drink a bunch of turpentine till you forget that one, and when you’re back from getting your stomach pumped at the hospital, watch this creepy-as-hell movie. Using simple tactics to inspire fear, Spoorloos is surprisingly contemplative, and deceptively calm for a list such as this. Don’t let that fool you though, it’s terrifying all the same.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. CREEPY. This mind-bending film tests the limits of the audiences perception, making us debate up until the very end whether or not we think our main character is, in fact, crazy, delusional, or correct that there are strange beings out to get him. The fantastic Danny Aiello electrifies every scene he is in, and make sure to watch out for a small appearance by Ving Rhames, too!.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Way, way over-rated. While this movie isn’t bad, the fact that it took home best picture, best actor, best actress, and best director honors at the Oscars is a little absurd if you ask me. Hopkins was good as Lector, but not nearly as menacing as Brian Cox was in the role just a scant 5 years earlier. Foster was good as well, but has been much better in better things as well. Jonathan Demme, is the exception. Though I don’t think he necessarily deserved the Oscar for his work here, this actually is the best thing he has ever done. In fact, he did such a bad job on The Truth About Charlie, a terrible remake of one of my favorite movies of all time, Charade, that he ought to have any awards and accolades stripped from him.  He actually owes me an Oscar.  Watch Manhunter instead.

Scream (1996)

I saw this movie at just the right time for me to see this movie. I saw it with a bunch of really good friends, and had a really good time doing it. The movie as it turns out was pretty good too, turning the usual conventions of the horror movie on its ear to great effect. This movie also benefited from an up and coming cast, a good soundtrack, and a rejuvenated director, Wes Craven, ready to attack the genre that he helped create in the first place.

Tetsuo (1998)

It’s strange that this is the only Japanese horror movie that is included in the list of 1001 movies, that I’ve seen, especially considering the fact that Japan seems to specialize in decidedly creepy horror movies. Tetsuo is really more of a bizarre, sci-fi-sex-fantasy with a fair amount of blood in it. Basically a man turns slowly and painfully into a machine, a process which grants him great strength and power, but also makes him a terrible monster at the same time. If you’d like to know if you will like it, base whether you see it on this spoiler-ish phrase…”Drill penis”. And there you have it.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

I’m a fan of its concept, I’m a fan of the mark such a low-budget movie was able to make, but I was not a fan of the fact that it spawned a lot of cheap imitators, nor was I a fan of the movie itself. There was so much hype surrounding this movie, that it couldn’t help but fail in the eyes of a film student / horror film fan like me. You will never hear anyone say this again, ever, but I liked The Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows way better.

“Ughkk…God!” – Ashley

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

My lovely wife would disagree of my assessment of this film. I thought it was an un-paralleled work of craftsmanship and genius, with a creepy/dreamy surrealistic concept that translated well to the glimmering, shining facade of Hollywood. She thought it was crap. In my humble opinion David Lynch redeemed himself after the terrible, and terribly confusing Lost Highway, to make a work that stands alongside his very best (Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Twin Peaks, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me). Of course he went right back to making terrible crap with Inland Empire, but there is no need to dwell on that here. Go see Mulholland Dr., one of the scariest movies that isn’t supposed to be scary , you’ll ever see!

“I know experimental narrative.  I like experimental narrative.  I went to film school to make experimental narrative.  You sir, are not an experimental narrative.” – Ashley

And there you have it.  Just a few of the horror selections on the list.  I don’t necessarily agree that these should all be held up and called the best of the best, but conversely, some of them are absolutely worthy of such distinction.  Good or bad, however, each has its importance in terms of the history and art of film.  Happy Halloween!

In the Name of Love…(and in honor of my wedding!)

So its been a while since I’ve done any of these smaller reviews, and since love is most definitely in the air, (and in honor of my getting married a few days ago) I thought I’d do some more with a nod to the romance genre. These, are all films from the list of 1001 movies, mind you, the label “Romance” has been placed on them (sometimes appropriately, sometimes inexplicably) by the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, not by me, so my apologies for any confusion (Natural Born Killers, and Abre Los Ojos, I’m looking in your general direction). Hope you enjoy!

Tirez Sur Le Pianiste AKA Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Francois Truffaut’s second full length film after the fantastic “The 400 Blows”, wasn’t quite as good as his first outing, nor was it as iconic as his most famous, and most romanticized film, Jules et Jim, which is really the film of his that should have been on this genre list rather than Shoot the Piano Player. Jules et Jim is a portrait of the romance that can happen between men and women, between friends, and can turn from light and positive, to smothering and destructive. All that aside, Shoot the Piano Player is far from a bad film, it just doesn’t stand up as well next to the heavyweights that surround it.

Giulietta Degli Spiriti AKA Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Once again, this film doesn’t quite fit into the tidy little mold of “Romance” that the book sort of lumps it into. Rather, Juliet of the Spirits, seeks to illustrate the freedom of cutting the strings of dependency and exiting a bad relationship. The titular Juliet, trapped in a bad relationship with a distant, and unfaithful husband and judging family, sees in her free-spirited, sexually open neighbor, a chance at being happy by herself. The looping, colorful visuals and the almost song-like nature of the films structure make Juliet of the Spirits a lot of fun to watch. This is my favorite of all of Federico Fellini’s films. Definitely worthy of its place on this list.

Harold and Maude (1971)

By removing the initial motivators of attraction (the age limitations, and socially acceptable standards of beauty), we are able to focus entirely on the real magic of a successful relationship…the relating. Struggling for attention from his parents and peers, Harold manages to find someone, Maude, who causes him to see the world in a completely different way than he normally does, and teaches him to stretch his wings and live beyond the rules that govern everyday life. Aside from teaching this 20-something young man how to deal with other people, the 70-something Maude teaches him all about his own sexuality, both in theory as well as in practice. This off beat little film, fits very well into this “romance” category.

“I wanna be Maude when I grow up.” – Ashley

Manhattan (1979)

This Woody Allen film is one of a select few of his films that I really, really like. Not only does it (famously) make New York seem like a grand, vibrant, and teeming place full of possibilities (most Woody Allen films I feel rely solely on crazy characters), but it also doesn’t make the opposite mistake of making it seem like a mad-cap thing, a ridiculous parody of itself, full of assholes and caricatures of real people. Allen really gets it right in this film.

Tootsie (1982)

Mrs. Doubtfire, but much funnier!

“Almost as good as Mrs. Doubtfire.” – Ashley

The Princess Bride (1987)

I may be a little biased. I grew up with this film and am not able to see it for any of its flaws. Not only is this film a great romance, it has so much more to offer as a movie. Adventure, humor, fractured storytelling, Fred Savage, it has everything!!! This movie really is pretty fantastic and holds up well under scrutiny, it’s a shame there aren’t more films like it out there.

“Romacticomisy!” – Ashley

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

While this isn’t nearly my favorite Rob Reiner movie (This Is Spinal Tap), it does, however, stand on its own as a very good one. It’s tried and true story of a couple of people who discover that after years of being friends and butting heads about the little things in life, they are actually in love with one another and have been secretly (secret to themselves as well as everyone else) been pining away after one another the whole time.

“Awww…” – Ashley

Say Anything (1989)

As pop culture aficionado, Chuck Klosterman, wrote in his book Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, every girl dreams about taking Lloyd Dobler home to meet her parents. Or more accurately, they’re interested in the idea of Lloyd Dobler rather than any actual flesh and blood guy that may or may not share similarities with him. While this could very well be true, there is something to the romanticized tale of the young man who does everything he can to win the object of his affection. Top it all off with socially relevant, and timeless crafting of soundtrack and you’ve got yourself a Cameron Crowe movie before everyone knew what that even was.

“Mmmm….John Cusack.” – Ashley

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Based more on the gothic style of Edward Gorey, rather than the more recent works of Tim Burton with the computer generated color spectrum of Milton Bradley board games, Edward Scissorhands is Burton at his stylistic peak. The film puts the normalcy of suburbia under the microscope attempting to find the flaws in beauty and vice versa.

“Ugly haircuts!” – Ashley

Groundhog Day (1993)

Hilarious. Hi. Lar. I. Ous! Do yourself a favor if you haven’t seen this movie, and rent, buy, borrow, or steal it. Bill Murray at his comedic finest, and for once something Andie McDowell is good in. Or more to the point, she isn’t bad in it. Chris Elliot, whether or not you love him or hate him (I personally love him), plays well off of Murray’s short fuse. The small town gags, time travel humor, and of course Ned Ryerson pay off again and again. Totally one of my favorite comedies of all time, oh and I guess it’s got some romance in it too.

“Oh, my gosh!  When the little groundhog is driving the truck…Adorable!” – Ashley

The Piano (1993)

Jane Campion is a rather hard nut for me to crack. While I didn’t fall in love with the piano, I didn’t dislike it either. It actually falls in the middle in terms of appreciation of the three films of hers that I’ve seen. I liked Holy Smoke! better, and absolutely regret seeing In The Cut (the flop with Meg Ryan trying to be luridly sexy. FYI, it doesn’t work.) Still the love story is there. Between both Harvey Keitel and Holly Hunter’s characters, as well as between Hunter’s Ada, and the piano she loves so dearly. Unfortunately, like a lot of love stories, this one has a healthy bit of tragedy mixed into it.

Natural Born Killers (1994)

While this film does contain a romance that most certainly moves the story forward, and provides conflict for the main characters (Mickey and Mallory Knox), the film itself is more an analysis of our dependence upon and love affair with television, pop-culture, and mass media as a whole. The rather juvenile and simple love story at the heart of the film is intended to be as such and as a result can’t really be considered a “romance” as it were. All that aside, I do really respect this film, all it has to say, and the skill of craftsmanship that went into creating it. It’s just that calling it a romance is like calling Die Hard a Christmas movie, it is…but it isn’t.

“Shot on every film stock available.” – Ashley

Chong Qing Sen Lin AKA Chungking Express (1994)

The first of two Wong Kar Wai movies on this list (the second being In The Mood For Love), both of which deal with the idealism and theory of love. In Chungking Express, it’s the romanticizing of the love that has passed by, and focuses on the memories and impressions of two love struck cops as they pine over the relationships that have passed them by. The real magic and whimsy of this film comes in through the cinematography and camera work. The sheer color used in this film puts most Technicolor films to shame. Hong Kong never looked so good as it does here, and it never seemed quite as magical either.

Braveheart (1995)

This is it. This is pointed to as the last great Mel Gibson movie before he decided to show the world just how crazy he actually was. Everyone I’ve ever met who’s seen it seems to be helpless against its charms. While it is good, it is not the knockout that everyone said it was before I saw it for the first time. Gibson’s typical formula of sappy sentimentality and buckets of blood and guts is certainly shocking at times, and tries to tug at the heart-strings at others, but it really ends up seeming a little too melodramatic overall. Good not great, but certainly better than The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, or his often publicized rants about religion, race, his wife, and the attractiveness of the officers that are simply trying to do their jobs and arrest him. I’d say do yourself a favor and watch Lethal Weapon, or the second Mad Max instead.

“Another movie about how awesome the British are!” – Ashley (said with a straight face)

Clueless (1995)

I wrote this movie off when it first came out, but since then i’ve seen it and it’s actually a pretty decent re-telling of Jane Austen’s Emma (although to be honest I had to look that up. I was under the mistaken impression that it was based on Shakespeare). Alicia Silverstone, and Paul Rudd (yup, that Paul Rudd), manage to skewer the early 90’s pretty successfully, although I’m guessing a lot of my new-found affection for it is based on nostalgia rather than an actual interest in the early 90’s. The movie features a laundry list of B level stars who, look familiar and you know you’ve seen in other places, however none of whom are really worth that much excitement (Donald Faison, Brittany Murphy, Breckin Meyer, and Jeremy Sisto, most notably).

“Like, oh my god, you totally made out with your step-brother!” – Ashley

Shine (1996)

Again we have a film that doesn’t fit into the romance category quite right. Don’t get me wrong, there is indeed a romance. That side of the story is shadowed by the larger story of the man (David Helfgott played by the capable Geoffrey Rush) and his tumultuous relationship with his music. As with the recent biography, The Kings Speech, Geoffrey Rush proves himself as an actor capable of doing so much with the time he is given on-screen. The steps of going from his passion through his breakdown, and the long hard journey back again seems utterly believable and not at all melodramatic, which is especially remarkable considering the story features, child abuse, hardship, concentration camps, war, sibling rivalry, poverty, defeat, and redemption. A remarkable achievement indeed.

Abre Los Ojos AKA Open Your Eyes (1997)

I saw this film after seeing it’s much over hyped remake, Vanilla Sky. That may have lessened the impact of the big reveal at the end by quite a lot, but I have to admit that neither film really did all that much for me. Both were okay. Both had the same interesting concept at its core, and both had Penelope Cruz playing the exact same role, but neither really had that spark that most good, and all great science fiction movies have. That concept that blows your mind, even if just a little. The romance in this case tends more towards the obsession end than most of these other films, and as a result it never really knows whether it’s more of a “Fatal Attraction” or more of a high concept “Blade Runner” type movie. In terms of its addition to the list of 1001 greatest movies ever, at least they didn’t pick Vanilla Sky. Yuck!

Titanic (1997)

In terms of ticket sales, record-breaking box office, risk of failure, and even scale of the production, Titanic deserves to be on this list. Where films like D.W. Griffith’s “Intolorance”, and Erich von Stroheim’s “Greed” ended up failing, Titanic really, against all odds, succeeded. The film rocketed the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into the stratosphere, and cemented the reputation of director James Cameron as a director who can deliver on the scale of something like “Gone with the Wind” or “Ben-Hur”. As far as story goes, it is a fun story, but not in my opinion worth all the hullaballoo that it’s generated. Instead go see, Aliens for action combined with a strong mother/daughter relationship, or Terminator for a strong action combined with romance movie. I even liked The Abyss better, if you want a sort of action, sort of underwater space alien movie with a hint of romance. I pretty much like everything James Cameron has done without question except for Titanic which was just okay, and Avatar which was just a bloated piece of shit.

Rushmore (1998)

By far this is the most beloved Wes Anderson movie the world has ever known, by almost everyone but me. For my money, I’d take The Royal Tenenbaums any day of the week, month, year, or decade. That isn’t to say that Rushmore is bad, or that it’s craftsmanship isn’t up to snuff. I just happen to connect with and enjoy each of Anderson’s other movies far more than this one. The story, simple as it may be, involves romance but isn’t really focused on it. Max (played by the pretty awesome Jason Schwartzman) finds himself infatuated with one of his teachers at the prestigious Rushmore Academy. Coincidentally, that same teacher is the object of the attention and affections of one of Max’s mentors Herman Blume (one of Anderson’s regulars, Bill Murray). The one-ups-man-ship that follows goes to ridiculous degrees, but ultimately both characters have to learn to find love without Rosemary, the teacher in question, who is interested in neither of them.

“More like Less Anderson!” – Ashley

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Certainly the most famous of the Farrelly Brother’s films, this is alas, not my favorite of theirs. My pick would be Dumb and Dumber which would have fit equally well into the genre of romance. Where as with Dumb and Dumber, I laughed so hard that I had trouble breathing, with Mary I only really chuckled a few times. I haven’t seen it since it was originally out in theaters, but I really haven’t had the desire. I kinda like Ben Stiller, and I do like Chris Elliott, but they are no team Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Go see Dumb and Dumber!

“Which creepy guy is a girl to choose?” – Ashley

Dut Yeung Nin Wa AKA In the Mood for Love (2000)

All of the words that get thrown around when talking about beautiful, touching movies, can easily be applied to this film, In the Mood for Love, and they still seem like they don’t do it justice. Sumptuous, lush, vibrant, gorgeous, breathtaking…I could go on, but I think you get the idea, the film had an impact on me. The story of two people who are neighbors, each of whose spouses are cheating on them, find comfort in the friendship and love that develops between them. It’s entirely accurate to say that, though it’s slowly paced and a little difficult to start, once you get going, you will be hooked. This is the love affair that was only hinted at in Brief Encounter, and grazed in Lost in Translation. Quite possibly the most beautiful looking movie I have ever seen. Just talking about my memories of it makes me want to get it down off of my DVD shelf and watch it again.

“Gasp!” – Ashley

Wo Hu Cang Long AKA Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

A little bit long for my taste, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is still a pretty awesome, gorgeous and sweeping kung fu movie. The romance in this film is two-fold. Firstly there is the forbidden romance between master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat son!) and his colleague in kung fu skill Yu Shu Lien (the always exceptional Michelle Yeoh). Secondly there is the love that can only come from impetuous youth, here in the form of a skilled and impetuous assassin and the desert bandit who tested her limits. Both romances unfold during the quest for the stolen sword “Green Destiny”, as well as the assassination plot that threatens all involved…blah, blah, blah….IT HAS CHOW YUN-FAT! One of the coolest people ever to live, and exist, and be alive. See it!

“Sometimes a bitch just gotta run on a tree!” – Ashley

Y Tu Mama Tambien AKA And Your Mother Too (2001)

This coming-of-age come (no pun intended) sexual-awakening movie also serves as a portrait of the Mexico City of today. A place that despite the long distances that it has come, still has a long way to go in order to close the disperate gaps between the social and economic classes. Two young men, Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) aren’t so much vying for the love of Ana, (the young woman who teaches them about their sexuality) as they are trying to one-up each other in boasting and peacockery. We watch these young men start down the road to maturity, starting as selfish, inexperienced children, and heading towards, fully grown, stronger adults. Y Tu Mama Tambien is a document of a modern-day Mexico, it’s citizens, and two young men in transition, and is well worth a watch.

Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain AKA Amelie (2001)

If the joie de vivre of post war Paris, and the existential longing for love and meaning found during the French new wave of the 60’s were to have a baby it would be named Amelie (or Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain in French). I was floored by this movie the first time I saw it. During the whole last 20 minutes or so I held my breath and, as they say, it may have gotten a bit dusty in the theater by the end. Audrey Tautou, as the beautiful, yet lonely, ingenue Amelie is perfectly cast. Director in his own right, Mathieu Kassovitz, plays her counterpart Nino, who together with Tautou, and a whole cast of Jean Pierre Jeunet regulars, brings just enough quirkiness and humor to balance out the sappy sentimentality, and potentially maudlin subject. Amelie is as light and happy as the typical french concertina music that permeates the soundtrack. A joy for the eyes, ears, and heart.

(***Warning Spoilers***)

“Beautiful, shy girl finds love in a photo booth.” – Ashley

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Yet another film taking place in the city of lights, a favorite location for romances, Moulin Rouge is a blending of old and new. The tradition of musicals blended with the song-smithing, pro-tools tinkering and visual flair of today. Following up his huge music driven success, Romeo + Juliet, director Baz Luhrman again uses hyper-kinetic imagery and aesthetic to amp up the style of 1800’s Paris. For each step forward he takes in terms of style from his last film, he takes a step backward in terms of appropriate talent of his lead actor and actress. That is to say, though both Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman are accomplished actors in their own rights, but they don’t quite have the singing and dancing chops of some of the actors of old. That aside, a colorful cast of secondary characters, engaging set pieces, and a well crafted romance more than make up for whatever minor shortfalls the main actors have when it comes to performance. The kaleidoscopic frenzy that the, cinematography, songs, and story add up to becomes its own sort of metronome-esque pace, and once that rhythm takes hold you don’t want it to let go.

(***Warning Spoilers***)

“Tuberculosis: The Musical!” – Ashley

So there you have it. Another 25 little reviews of films that I’d seen previous to starting this undertaking done and out of the way. I hope you’ve enjoyed them despite their brevity, or maybe because of it, and please forgive me for getting sentimental…I did just get married after all!

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Million Dollar Baby – 2004

Director – Clint Eastwood

Starring – Hillary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman

Elvis or the Beatles?  Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth? Biggie or Tupac?  If you like one, liking the other is out of the question.  Your stance on each of these pressing issues has the power to determine what category others lump you into, and more importantly, it determines where you place yourself.  I would argue that, as in the music world, so too in the world of film.  One crucial example of this “either, or” mentality is found in the career of Clint Eastwood.  Either you like him as an actor (generally his earlier career), or you like him as a director (equally as generally his later career).  I’ve found that I like one, and definitely am not  a fan of the other.

Eastwood, for the entirety of his career has stayed busy, prolific even.  Stories of his work ethic are stuff of legend in Hollywood, no matter which side of the camera he finds himself on.  As an actor, he has a steely intensity that gave life to roles such as “Dirty” Harry Callahan of the Dirty Harry series, the man with no name from his spaghetti western days, and Private Kelly of Kelly’s Heroes.  As a director, this intensity translates to a certain austerity, an emptiness that never feels finished.  Sure it has all the bells and whistles, star actors, polished editing, and usually an unflinching story, yet his direction has always left me wanting.

It’s fair to say that I prefer Eastwood’s acting more than his directing, and thusly was not a huge fan of Million Dollar Baby.  Eastwood’s bifurcated tale of the never-say-die female boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, and her curmudgeonly old trainer Frank Dunn is actually made up from two different short stories from the same author, which would explain the distinctly different nature of the two halves.  Fitzgerald, played here by Swank, manages to worm her way into Dunn’s heart through sheer pluck and can do attitude.  Luckily for the both of them she turns out to be a decent fighter despite her age, and apparent lack of skill at the beginning.  She ends up in a series of fights, heading for the top until tragedy strikes.  Without giving away too much, Fitzgerald and her trainer / father-figure are forced to make some pretty hard choices by the end of the film.

This film, just like Mystic River, Invictus, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and yes even the beloved Unforgiven, is missing something.  The problem comes in when I can’t put my finger on exactly what is missing.  The stories, and acting all seem somehow sewn together and incomplete.  We get almost no detail about how Fitzgerald came to be so pugnacious or why Dunn ended up as such a grouch.  We’re given a little bit of a clue as to why he accepts her with the inclusion of a few lines about how he is estranged from his daughter, but most other details are left to our imagination.

Acting wise Eastwood has the goods (I mean he does have a career filled with grumpy characters), but unfortunately Swank doesn’t.  Now I have never really been a fan of her, but critically speaking she seems to only have one set of traits that she falls back on for each and every role that she takes.  Abused (emotionally or physically, she is versatile enough for both) hillbilly characters.  Morgan Freeman, is always good at what he does, unfortunately most of his acting is used as a storytelling method in the very unnecessary voice over segments.  His considerable talent is wasted in the role he’s given, all I can guess is that Eastwood just likes having him in his movies.

The two stories that make up the film aren’t enough, by themselves, to flesh out a feature-length film no matter who is directing them, but with Eastwood’s minimalist style it falls flat quicker than it otherwise would.  While it isn’t a terrible movie, I think it may have been included on this list because it was at the time a controversial film that people were talking about.  It doesn’t hold up, and most likely will be replaced at some point in future editions of this book to make room for something else.

(***Warning Spoilers***)

“Live your dreams. Get paralyzed.  Kill yourself.” – Ashley

The Pianist (2002)

Pianist

The Pianist – 2002

Director – Roman Polanski

Starring – Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann

Starting out, The Pianist had a lot to go up against.  Watching this film, I was constantly comparing it to Schindler’s List.  For a while the two movies tracked together in terms of story.  In each we are walked step by step through the lives and experiences of the Jewish people affected by the Nazi’s and the horrible events that came from Hitler’s “final solution”.  There is a point of diversion between the two films though, where our main character Wladyslaw Szpilman is spared a trip to the concentration camps but is forced to live a torturous existence in and out of hiding in Warsaw, Poland.  Where as Schindler’s List documented the horror and gritty realities of a whole group of people, The Pianist focuses on the guilt and pain, trials and tribulation suffered by one man.  The film carefully shows the depths to which our main character was forced to go, and illustrates just how hideous these events really were.  Without this crucial difference, the Pianist would have been a pale imitator of what Spielberg had already accomplished nearly a decade before.

The beginning of The Pianist didn’t have the weight or grittiness that I associate with that timeframe (granted, it’s mostly from old photographs, and newsreel footage).  Everything was almost too sterile and clean.  This could possibly be a reflection on the outlook of the main character and his family, after each new travesty commenting “…it can’t possibly get any worse…”.  This sterility gave me false expectations of what was to come, not that I didn’t expect the Nazi’s to do horrible things, only that I didn’t know quite how bad the living conditions were to get.

Adrien Brody as the tortured Szpilman turns in his best performance, both to date, and since.  Restrained and quiet, we see the atrocities play out on his face as much as we do on the screen.  His transformation from healthy, bright-eyed musician into the bedraggled, jaundiced mess that he becomes before the end of the film is intense.  If you were to look at images of both ends of the spectrum, there would be no way of knowing how he got from one end to the other.  In a seemingly constant state of free fall, his character does what actors are trained to do from day one, and is constantly reacting to what happens around him.

The cinematographer, Pawal Edelman, utilizes the color of this world to great effect.  The richness of the color is slowly being sapped out throughout the two and a half hour runtime, we don’t notice the change until one of the very last scenes where we go from a shot composed of grays and bleak browns to a shot of the setting sun with bright yellows and oranges, and rich green grass.  It must have seemed quite similar to the survivors of the holocaust when it was finally over for them.

This film has a lot of power, and while it isn’t quite as much of a master work, or as revelatory as Schindler’s List was for me, it is definitely an important piece of film which documents an important piece of history.

” Don’t be fooled by the title, The Pianist is neither a musical nor a porn. ” – Ashley

1001 Movies – The Complete List

  1. Le Voyage Dans La Lune (AKA: A Trip to the Moon) – 1902
  2. The Great Train Robbery – 1903
  3. Birth of a Nation – 1915
  4. Les Vampires – 1915
  5. Intolerance – 1916
  6. Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari (AKA: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) – 1919
  7. Broken Blossoms – 1919
  8. Way Down East – 1920
  9. Within Our Gates – 1920
  10. Korkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) – 1921
  11. Orphans of the Storm – 1921
  12. La Souriante Madame Beudet (AKA: The Smiling Madame Beudet) – 1922
  13. Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler (AKA: Dr. Mabuse, Parts 1 and 2) – 1922
  14. Nanook of the North – 1922
  15. Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (AKA: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror) – 1922
  16. Haxan – 1923
  17. Foolish Wives – 1923
  18. Our Hospitality – 1923
  19. La Roue (AKA: The Wheel) – 1923
  20. The Thief of Bagdad – 1924
  21. Stachka (AKA: Strike) – 1924
  22. Greed – 1924
  23. Sherlock, Jr. – 1924
  24. Der Letzte Mann (AKA: The Last Laugh) – 1924
  25. Seven Chances – 1925
  26. The Phantom of the Opera – 1925
  27. Bronenosets Potyomkin (AKA: The Battleship Potemkin) – 1925
  28. The Gold Rush – 1925
  29. The Big Paradise – 1925
  30. Metropolis – 1927
  31. Sunrise – 1927
  32. The General – 1927
  33. The Unknown – 1927
  34. Oktyabr (AKA: October) – 1927
  35. The Jazz Singer – 1927
  36. Napoleon – 1927
  37. The Kid Brother – 1927
  38. The Crowd – 1928
  39. The Docks of New York – 1928
  40. Un Chien Andalou – 1928
  41. La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc (AKA: The Passion of Joan of Arc) – 1928
  42. Steamboat Bill, Jr. – 1928
  43. Potomok Chingis-Khana (AKA: Storm Over Asia) – 1928
  44. Blackmail – 1929
  45. Chelovek S Kinoapparatom (AKA: The Man With the Movie Camera) – 1929
  46. Die Buchse Der Pandora (AKA: Pandora’s Box) – 1929
  47. Der Blaue Engel (AKA: The Blue Angel) – 1930
  48. L’Age D’Or (AKA: The Age of Gold) – 1930
  49. Zemlya (AKA: Earth) – 1930
  50. Little Caesar – 1930
  51. All Quiet on the Western Front – 1930
  52. A Nous La Liberte (AKA: Freedom For Us) – 1931
  53. Le Million (AKA: The Million) – 1931
  54. Tabu – 1931
  55. Dracula – 1931
  56. Frankenstein – 1931
  57. City Lights – 1931
  58. The Public Enemy – 1931
  59. M – 1931
  60. La Chienne (AKA: The Bitch) – 1931
  61. Vampyr (AKA: The Vampire) – 1932
  62. Love Me Tonight – 1932
  63. Boudu Sauve Des Eaux (AKA: Boudu Saved From Drowning) – 1932
  64. I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang – 1932
  65. Trouble in Paradise – 1932
  66. Scarface: The Shame of a Nation – 1932
  67. Shanghai Express – 1932
  68. Freaks – 1932
  69. Me and My Gal – 1932
  70. Zero De Conduite (AKA: Zero for Conduct) – 1933
  71. 42nd Street – 1933
  72. Footlight Parade – 1933
  73. Gold Diggers of 1933 – 1933
  74. She Done Him Wrong – 1933
  75. Duck Soup – 1933
  76. Queen Christina – 1933
  77. Las Hurdes (AKA: Land Without Bread) – 1933
  78. King Kong – 1933
  79. The Bitter Tea of General Yen – 1933
  80. Sons of the Desert – 1933
  81. It’s A Gift – 1934
  82. Triumph Des Willens (AKA: Triumph of the Will) – 1934
  83. L’Atalante – 1934
  84. The Black Cat – 1934
  85. Judge Priest – 1934
  86. It Happened One Night – 1934
  87. The Thin Man – 1934
  88. Captain Blood – 1935
  89. Mutiny on the Bounty – 1935
  90. A Night at the Opera – 1935
  91. The 39 Steps – 1935
  92. Bride of Frankenstein – 1935
  93. Top Hat – 1935
  94. Une Partie De Campagne (AKA: A Day in the Country) – 1936
  95. Modern Times – 1936
  96. Swing Time – 1936
  97. My Man Godfrey – 1936
  98. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – 1936
  99. Camille – 1936
  100. Sabotage – 1936
  101. Dodsworth – 1936
  102. Things to Come – 1936
  103. Le Roman D’Un Tricheur (AKA: The Story of a Cheat) – 1936
  104. Captains Courageous – 1937
  105. Ye Ban Ge Sheng (AKA: Midnight Song) – 1937
  106. La Grande Illusion (AKA: Grand Illusion) – 1937
  107. Stella Dallas – 1937
  108. The Life of Emile Zola – 1937
  109. Make Way for Tomorrow – 1937
  110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – 1937
  111. The Awful Truth – 1937
  112. Pepe Le Moko – 1937
  113. Jezebel – 1938
  114. The Adventures of Robin Hood – 1938
  115. Angels With Dirty Faces – 1938
  116. Olympia (Parts 1 & 2: Festival of the Nations and Festival of Beauty) – 1938
  117. La Femme Du Boulanger (AKA: The Baker’s Wife) – 1938
  118. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  119. Stagecoach – 1939
  120. Zangiku Monogatari (AKA: The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums) – 1939
  121. Babes in Arms – 1939
  122. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – 1939
  123. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  124. Destry Rides Again – 1939
  125. Only Angels Have Wings – 1939
  126. Gone With the Wind – 1939
  127. Le Jour Se Leve (AKA: Daybreak) – 1939
  128. Gunga Din – 1939
  129. Ninotchka – 1939
  130. La Regle Du Jeu (AKA: Rules of the Game) – 1939
  131. Wuthering Heights – 1939
  132. His Girl Friday – 1940
  133. Rebecca – 1940
  134. Fantasia – 1940
  135. The Philadelphia Story – 1940
  136. The Grapes of Wrath – 1940
  137. Dance, Girl, Dance – 1940
  138. Pinocchio – 1940
  139. The Mortal Storm – 1940
  140. The Bank Dick – 1940
  141. Citizen Kane – 1941
  142. The Lady Eve – 1941
  143. The Wolf Man – 1941
  144. The Maltese Falcon – 1941
  145. Sergeant York – 1941
  146. Dumbo – 1941
  147. High Sierra – 1941
  148. Sullivan’s Travels – 1941
  149. How Green Was My Valley – 1941
  150. The Palm Beach Story – 1942
  151. Now, Voyager – 1942
  152. Casablanca – 1942
  153. To Be or Not To Be – 1942
  154. Cat People – 1942
  155. The Magnificent Ambersons – 1942
  156. Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1942
  157. Meshes of the Afternoon – 1943
  158. Fires Were Started – 1943
  159. The Man in Grey – 1943
  160. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – 1943
  161. I Walked With A Zombie – 1943
  162. The Seventh Victim – 1943
  163. The Ox-Bow Incident – 1943
  164. Shadow of a Doubt – 1943
  165. Obssessione – 1943
  166. Meet Me In St. Louis – 1944
  167. To Have and Have Not – 1944
  168. Laura – 1944
  169. Gaslight – 1944
  170. Henry V – 1944
  171. Ivan the Terrible, Parts One and Two (AKA: Ivan Groznyj I i II) – 1944
  172. Double Indemnity – 1944
  173. Murder, My Sweet (Farewell My Lovely) – 1944
  174. The Battle of San Pietro – 1945
  175. Spellbound – 1945
  176. Mildred Pierce – 1945
  177. Les Enfants Du Paradis (AKA: The Children of Paradise) – 1945
  178. Roma, Citta Aperta (Open City) – 1945
  179. The Lost Weekend – 1945
  180. Detour – 1945
  181. I Know Where I’m Going! – 1945
  182. The Best Years of Our Lives – 1946
  183. Brief Encounter – 1946
  184. Paisa (AKA: Paisan) – 1946
  185. The Postman Always Rings Twice – 1946
  186. My Darling Clementine – 1946
  187. The Stranger – 1946
  188. La Belle Et La Bete (AKA: Beauty and the Beast) – 1946
  189. The Big Sleep – 1946
  190. The Killers – 1946
  191. A Matter of Life and Death – 1946
  192. Great Expectations – 1946
  193. Notorious – 1946
  194. Black Narcissus – 1946
  195. It’s A Wonderful Life – 1946
  196. Gilda – 1946
  197. Monsieur Verdoux – 1947
  198. Out of the Past – 1947
  199. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – 1947
  200. Odd Man Out – 1947
  201. Ladri Di Biciclette (AKA: The Bicycle Thief) – 1948
  202. Letter From an Unknown Woman – 1948
  203. Secret Beyond the Door – 1948
  204. Force of Evil – 1948
  205. Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun (AKA: Spring in a Small Town) – 1948
  206. Red River – 1948
  207. Rope – 1948
  208. The Snake Pit – 1948
  209. The Lady From Shanghai – 1948
  210. The Paleface – 1948
  211. The Red Shoes – 1948
  212. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – 1948
  213. Louisiana Story – 1948
  214. The Heiress – 1949
  215. Kind Hearts and Coronets – 1949
  216. Gun Crazy (AKA Deadly is the Female) – 1949
  217. Adam’s Rib – 1949
  218. Whisky Galore! – 1949
  219. White Heat – 1949
  220. The Reckless Moment – 1949
  221. The Third Man – 1949
  222. On The Town – 1949
  223. Orphee – 1949
  224. The Asphalt Jungle – 1950
  225. Rashomon – 1950
  226. Winchester ’73 – 1950
  227. Rio Grande – 1950
  228. All About Eve – 1950
  229. Sunset Blvd. – 1950
  230. Los Olvidados (AKA: The Young and the Damned) – 1950
  231. In A Lonely Place – 1950
  232. The Big Carnival – 1951
  233. A Streetcar Named Desire – 1951
  234. Strangers On A Train – 1951
  235. The Lavender Hill Mob – 1951
  236. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman – 1951
  237. The African Queen – 1951
  238. Journal D’Un Cure De Campagne (AKA: Diary of a Country Priest) – 1951
  239. An American in Paris – 1951
  240. A Place in the Sun – 1951
  241. The Day the Earth Stood Still – 1951
  242. The Quiet Man – 1952
  243. Jeux Interdits (AKA: Forbidden Games) – 1952
  244. Angel Face – 1952
  245. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  246. Ikiru (AKA: To Live) – 1952
  247. Europa ’51 – 1952
  248. The Bad and the Beautiful – 1952
  249. The Big Sky – 1952
  250. High Noon – 1952
  251. Umberto D – 1952
  252. Le Carrosse D’Or (AKA: The Golden Coach) – 1952
  253. The Bigamist – 1953
  254. The Band Wagon – 1953
  255. Madame De… – 1953
  256. From Here to Eternity – 1953
  257. Tokyo Story – 1953
  258. Roman Holiday – 1953
  259. Le Salaire De La Peur (AKA: Wages of Fear) – 1953
  260. The Naked Spur – 1953
  261. Pickup on South Street – 1953
  262. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
  263. The Big Heat – 1953
  264. Les Vacances De M. Hulot (M. Hulot’s Holiday) – 1953
  265. Viaggio In Italia (AKA: Voyage in Italy) – 1953
  266. Ugetsu Monogatari (AKA: Tales of Ugetsu) – 1953
  267. Shane – 1953
  268. Beat the Devil – 1953
  269. Johnny Guitar – 1954
  270. On the Waterfront – 1954
  271. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954
  272. Les Diaboliques – 1954
  273. Animal Farm – 1954
  274. Rear Window – 1954
  275. A Star is Born – 1954
  276. The Barefoot Contessa – 1954
  277. La Strada (AKA: The Road) – 1954
  278. Shichinin No Samurai (AKA: The Seven Samurai) – 1954
  279. Senso (AKA: The Wanton Countess) – 1954
  280. Silver Lode – 1954
  281. Carmen Jones – 1954
  282. Sansho Dayu (AKA: Sansho the Baliff) – 1954
  283. Salt of the Earth – 1954
  284. Artists and Models – 1955
  285. Guys and Dolls – 1955
  286. Pather Panchali – 1955
  287. Bad Day at Black Rock – 1955
  288. Les Maitres Fous (AKA: The Mad Masters) – 1955
  289. Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer – 1955
  290. The Ladykillers – 1955
  291. Marty – 1955
  292. Ordet – 1955
  293. Bob Le Flambeur (AKA: Bob the Gambler) – 1955
  294. Kiss Me Deadly – 1955
  295. The Man From Laramie – 1955
  296. Rebel Without a Cause – 1955
  297. The Phenix City Story – 1955
  298. Sommarnattens Leende (AKA: Smiles of a Summer Night) – 1955
  299. Nuit et Brouillard (AKA: Night and Fog) – 1955
  300. The Night of the Hunter – 1955
  301. Lola Montes (AKA: The Sins of Lola Montes) – 1955
  302. Forbidden Planet – 1956
  303. Biruma No Tategoto (AKA: The Burmese Harp) – 1956
  304. The Searchers – 1956
  305. Un Condamne A Mort S’Est Echappe Ou Le vent Souffle Ou Il Veut (AKA: A Man Escaped) – 1956
  306. Written on the Wind – 1956
  307. The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1956
  308. Giant – 1956
  309. All That Heaven Allows – 1956
  310. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 1956
  311. The Wrong Man – 1956
  312. Bigger Than Life – 1956
  313. High Society – 1956
  314. The Ten Commandments – 1956
  315. 12 Angry Men – 1957
  316. Det Sjunde Inseglet (AKA: The Seventh Seal) – 1957
  317. An Affair to Remember – 1957
  318. Smultronstallet (AKA: Wild Strawberries) – 1957
  319. Le Notti Di Cabiria (AKA: The Nights of Cabiria) – 1957
  320. Kumonosu Jo (AKA: Throne of Blood) – 1957
  321. The Incredible Shrinking Man – 1957
  322. Aparajito (AKA: The Unvanquished) – 1957
  323. Gun Fight at the OK Corral – 1957
  324. The Bridge on the River Kwai – 1957
  325. Bharat Mata (AKA: Mother India) – 1957
  326. Letjat Zhuravli (AKA: The Cranes Are Flying) – 1957
  327. Paths of Glory – 1957
  328. Sweet Smell of Success – 1957
  329. Man of the West – 1958
  330. Touch of Evil – 1958
  331. Bab El Hadid (AKA: Cairo Station) – 1958
  332. Gigi – 1958
  333. The Defiant Ones – 1958
  334. Vertigo – 1958
  335. Popiol I Diament (AKA: Ashes and Diamonds) – 1958
  336. Dracula – 1958
  337. Mon Oncle (AKA: My Uncle) – 1958
  338. Jalsaghar (AKA: The Music Room) – 1958
  339. Les Quatre Cent Coups (AKA: The 400 Blows) – 1959
  340. North By Northwest – 1959
  341. Some Like It Hot – 1959
  342. Anatomy of a Murder – 1959
  343. Les Yeux Sans Visage (AKA: Eyes Without a Face) – 1959
  344. Ride Lonesome – 1959
  345. Orfeu Negro (AKA: Black Orpheus) – 1959
  346. Shadows – 1959
  347. Apur Sansar (AKA: The World of Apu) – 1959
  348. A Bout De Souffle (AKA: Breathless) – 1959
  349. Ben-Hur – 1959
  350. Pickpocket – 1959
  351. Hiroshima Mon Amour – 1959
  352. Rio Bravo – 1959
  353. Le Trou (AKA: The Hole) – 1959
  354. Ukigusa (AKA: Floating Weeds) – 1959
  355. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli (AKA: Rocco and His Brothers) – 1960
  356. La Dolce Vita – 1960
  357. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – 1960
  358. Tirez sur le Pianiste (AKA: Shoot the Piano Player) – 1960
  359. L’Avventura (AKA: The Adventure) – 1960
  360. La Joven (AKA: The Young One) – 1960
  361. Meghe Dhaka Tara (AKA: The Cloud-capped Star) – 1960
  362. Hayno (AKA: The Housemaid) – 1960
  363. Psycho – 1960
  364. La Maschera Del Demonio (AKA: Revenge of the Vampire / Black Sunday) – 1960
  365. Peeping Tom – 1960
  366. The Apartment – 1960
  367. Spartacus – 1960
  368. Splendor in the Grass – 1961
  369. L’Annee Derniere A Marienbad (AKA: Last Year at Marienbad) – 1961
  370. La Jetee (AKA: The Pier) – 1961
  371. One-eyed Jacks – 1961
  372. Lola – 1961
  373. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
  374. La Notte (AKA: The Night) – 1961
  375. Jules Et Jim (AKA: Jules and Jim) – 1961
  376. Viridiana – 1961
  377. The Ladies Man – 1961
  378. Sasom I En Spegel (AKA: Through a Glass Darkly) – 1961
  379. Chronique D’Un Ete (AKA: Chronicle of a Summer) – 1961
  380. The Hustler – 1961
  381. West Side Story – 1961
  382. Mondo Cane (AKA: A Dog’s Life) – 1962
  383. Cleo De 5 A 7 (AKA: Cleo from 5 to 7) – 1962
  384. Dog Star Man – 1962
  385. Sanma No Aji (AKA: An Autumn Afternoon) – 1962
  386. L’Eclisse (AKA: The Eclipse) – 1962
  387. Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
  388. To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962
  389. The Manchurian Candidate – 1962
  390. Lolita – 1962
  391. O Pagador De Promessas (AKA: Keeper of Promises) – 1962
  392. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – 1962
  393. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – 1962
  394. Vivre Sa Vie: Film En Douze Tableaux (AKA: My Life to Live) – 1962
  395. Heaven and Earth Magic – 1962
  396. The Birds – 1963
  397. The Nutty Professor – 1963
  398. Blonde Cobra – 1963
  399. The Cool World – 1963
  400. 8 1/2 – 1963
  401. Pasazerka (AKA: Passenger) – 1963
  402. Le Mepris (AKA: Contempt) – 1963
  403. Hud – 1963
  404. Nattvardsgasterna (AKA: Winter Light) – 1963
  405. Flaming Creatures – 1963
  406. The Great Escape – 1963
  407. Shock Corridor – 1963
  408. Il Gattopardo (AKA: The Leopard) – 1963
  409. Vidas Secas (AKA: Barren Lives) – 1963
  410. Mediterranee – 1963
  411. Khaneh Siah Ast (AKA: The House is Black) – 1963
  412. The Haunting – 1963
  413. Yukinojo Henge (AKA: An Actor’s Revenge) – 1963
  414. The Servant – 1963
  415. Goldfinger – 1963
  416. Scorpio Rising – 1964
  417. Les Parapluies De Cherbourg (AKA: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) – 1964
  418. Marnie – 1964
  419. My Fair Lady – 1964
  420. Suna No Onna (AKA: Woman in the Dunes) – 1964
  421. Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) – 1964
  422. A Hard Day’s Night – 1964
  423. Il Deserto Rosso (AKA: The Red Desert) – 1964
  424. Tini Zabutykh Predkiv (AKA: Shadows of Forgotton Ancestors) – 1964
  425. The Masque of the Red Death – 1964
  426. Prima Della Rivoluzione (AKA: Before the Revolution) – 1964
  427. Gertrud – 1964
  428. Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (AKA: The Gospel According to St. Matthew) – 1964
  429. Deus E O Diabo Na Terra Do Sol (AKA: Black God, White Devil) – 1964
  430. Onibaba (AKA: The Demon) – 1964
  431. Vinyl – 1965
  432. Obchod Na Korze (AKA: The Shop on Main Street) – 1965
  433. Doctor Zhivago – 1965
  434. The War Game – 1965
  435. Tokyo Orimpikku (AKA: Tokyo Olympiad) – 1965
  436. La Battaglia Di Algeri (AKA: The Battle of Algiers) – 1965
  437. The Sound of Music – 1965
  438. Rekopis Znaleziony W Saragossie (AKA: The Saragossa Manuscript) – 1965
  439. Alphaville, Une Etrange Aventure De Lemmy Caution (AKA: Alphaville) – 1965
  440. Chimes at Midnight (AKA: Campanadas A Medianoche) – 1965
  441. Repulsion – 1965
  442. Juliet of the Spirits (AKA: Giulietta Degli Spiriti) – 1965
  443. Pierrot Le Fou (AKA: Pierrot Goes Wild) – 1965
  444. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! – 1965
  445. Subarnarekha (AKA: Golden River) – 1965
  446. De Man Die Zijn Haar Kort Liet Knippen (AKA: The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short) – 1965
  447. Hold Me While I’m Naked – 1966
  448. Blowup – 1966
  449. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (AKA: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) – 1966
  450. Sedmikrazky (AKA: Daisies) – 1966
  451. Da Zui Xia (AKA: Come Drink With Me) – 1966
  452. Seconds – 1966
  453. In the Heat of the Night – 1966
  454. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 1966
  455. Persona – 1966
  456. Masculin, Feminin (AKA: Masculine-Feminine) – 1966
  457. Au Hasard Balthazar (AKA: Balthazar) – 1966
  458. 2 Ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais D’Elle (AKA: Two or Three Things I Know About Her) – 1967
  459. The Graduate – 1967
  460. Playtime – 1967
  461. Report – 1967
  462. Hombre – 1967
  463. Belle De Jour – 1967
  464. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (AKA: The Young Girls of Rochefort) – 1967
  465. Week End – 1967
  466. Le Samourai (AKA: The Godson) – 1967
  467. Cool Hand Luke – 1967
  468. Point Blank – 1967
  469. Wavelength – 1967
  470. Bonnie and Clyde – 1967
  471. Csillagosok, Katonak (AKA: The Red and The White) – 1967
  472. Marketa Lazarova – 1967
  473. The Jungle Book – 1967
  474. Hori, Ma Panenko (AKA: The Fireman’s Ball) – 1967
  475. Terra Em Transe (AKA: Earth Entranced) – 1967
  476. Ostre Sledovane Vlaky (AKA: Closely Watched Trains) – 1967
  477. Vij – 1967
  478. Gaav (AKA: The Cow) – 1968
  479. C’Era Una Volta Il West (AKA: Once Upon a Time In the West) – 1968
  480. Planet of the Apes – 1968
  481. Faces – 1968
  482. Rosemary’s Baby – 1968
  483. If… – 1968
  484. Memorias Del Subdesarrollo (AKA: Memories of Underdevelopment) – 1968
  485. The Producers – 1968
  486. David Holzman’s Diary – 1968
  487. Skammen (AKA: Shame) – 1968
  488. 2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968
  489. Vargtimmen (AKA: Hour of the Wolf) – 1968
  490. Targets – 1968
  491. Night of the Living Dead – 1968
  492. Ma Nuit Chez Maud (AKA: My Night With Maud) – 1969
  493. Lucia – 1969
  494. Hsia Nu (AKA: A Touch of Zen) – 1969
  495. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969
  496. Midnight Cowboy – 1969
  497. Satyricon – 1969
  498. Z – 1969
  499. Il Conformista (AKA: The Conformist) – 1969
  500. Easy Rider – 1969
  501. High School – 1969
  502. In the Year of the Pig – 1969
  503. The Wild Bunch – 1969
  504. Andrei Rublyov – 1969
  505. Le Boucher (AKA: The Butcher) – 1969
  506. Sayat Nova (AKA: The Color of Pomegranates) – 1969
  507. Kes – 1969
  508. Tristana – 1970
  509. Five Easy Pieces – 1970
  510. El Topo – 1970
  511. Woodstock – 1970
  512. Deep End – 1970
  513. La Strategia Del Ragno (AKA: The Spider’s Stratagem) – 1970
  514. Little Big Man – 1970
  515. Ucho (AKA: The Ear) – 1970
  516. Patton – 1970
  517. M*A*S*H – 1970
  518. Performance – 1970
  519. Gimmie Shelter – 1970
  520. Zabriskie Point – 1970
  521. L’Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (AKA: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) – 1970
  522. Il Giardino Dei Finzi-Contini (AKA: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) – 1970
  523. Wanda – 1971
  524. W.R.: Misterije Organizma (AKA: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism) – 1971
  525. A Clockwork Orange – 1971
  526. Le Chagrin Et La Pitie (AKA: The Sorrow and the Pity) – 1971
  527. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971
  528. McCabe and Mrs. Miller – 1971
  529. Walkabout – 1971
  530. Klute – 1971
  531. Harold and Maude – 1971
  532. Meg Ker A Nep (AKA: Red Psalm) – 1971
  533. Get Carter – 1971
  534. The French Connection – 1971
  535. Shaft – 1971
  536. Dirty Harry – 1971
  537. Le Souffle Au Coeur (AKA: Murmur of the Heart) – 1971
  538. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – 1971
  539. The Last Picture Show – 1971
  540. Straw Dogs – 1971
  541. Two-Lane Blacktop – 1971
  542. The Heartbreak Kid – 1972
  543. Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (AKA: Aguirre, The Wrath of God) – 1972
  544. Cabaret – 1972
  545. Ultimo Tango A Parigi (AKA: Last Tango in Paris) – 1972
  546. High Plains Drifter – 1972
  547. Sleuth – 1972
  548. Deliverance – 1972
  549. Solyaris (AKA: Solaris) – 1972
  550. The Godfather – 1972
  551. Viskingar Och Rop (AKA: Cries and Whispers) – 1972
  552. Fat City – 1972
  553. Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie (AKA: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) – 1972
  554. Die Bitteren Tranen Der Petra Von Kant (AKA: The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) – 1972
  555. Frenzy – 1972
  556. Pink Flamingos – 1972
  557. Super Fly – 1972
  558. The Sting – 1973
  559. La Maman Et La Putain (AKA: The Mother and the Whore) – 1973
  560. Badlands – 1973
  561. American Graffiti – 1973
  562. Papillon – 1973
  563. Enter the Dragon – 1973
  564. Mean Streets – 1973
  565. The Long Goodbye – 1973
  566. The Wicker Man – 1973
  567. La Nuit Americaine (AKA: Day for Night) – 1973
  568. Don’t Look Now – 1973
  569. Sleeper – 1973
  570. Serpico – 1973
  571. The Exorcist – 1973
  572. Turks Fruit (AKA: Turkish Delight) – 1973
  573. El Espiritu De La Colmena (AKA: The Spirit of the Beehive) – 1973
  574. La Planete Sauvage (AKA: Fantastic Planet) – 1973
  575. Amarcord – 1973
  576. The Harder They Come – 1973
  577. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 1973
  578. Dersu Uzala – 1974
  579. The Conversation – 1974
  580. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 1974
  581. Zerkalo (AKA: The Mirror) – 1974
  582. A Woman Under the Influence
  583. Young Frankenstein – 1974
  584. Chinatown – 1974
  585. Celine Et Julie Vont En Bateau (AKA: Celine and Julie Go Boating) – 1974
  586. Blazing Saddles – 1974
  587. The Godfather: Part 2 – 1974
  588. Angst Essen Seele Auf (AKA: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) – 1974
  589. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – 1974
  590. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975
  591. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 1975
  592. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – 1975
  593. Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1975
  594. Deewaar (AKA: The Wall) – 1975
  595. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1975
  596. Barry Lyndon – 1975
  597. Faustrecht Der Freiheit (AKA: Fox and His Friends) – 1975
  598. India Song – 1975
  599. Picnic at Hanging Rock – 1975
  600. Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag (AKA: Manila in the Claws of Brightness) – 1975
  601. Salo O Le Centoventi Giornate Di Sodoma (AKA: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom) – 1974
  602. Nashville – 1975
  603. Cria Cuervos (AKA: Cria!) – 1975
  604. O Thiassos (AKA: The Travelling Players) – 1975
  605. Jaws – 1975
  606. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie – 1976
  607. Carrie – 1976
  608. The Outlaw Josie Wales – 1976
  609. All the President’s Men – 1976
  610. Rocky – 1976
  611. Taxi Driver – 1976
  612. Network – 1976
  613. Voskhozhdenie (AKA: Ascent) – 1976
  614. Ai No Corrida (AKA: In the Realm of the Senses) – 1976
  615. Novocento (AKA: 1900) – 1976
  616. The Man Who Fell to Earth – 1976
  617. Star Wars – 1977
  618. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977
  619. The Last Wave – 1977
  620. Annie Hall – 1977
  621. Last Chants for a Slow Dance – 1977
  622. Stroszek – 1977
  623. Czlowiek Z Marmuru (AKA: Man of Marble) – 1977
  624. Saturday Night Fever – 1977
  625. Killer of Sheep – 1977
  626. Eraserhead – 1977
  627. Ceddo – 1977
  628. Der Amerikanische Freund (AKA: The American Friend) – 1977
  629. The Hills Have Eyes – 1977
  630. Soldaat Van Oranje (AKA: Soldier of Orange) – 1977
  631. Suspiria – 1977
  632. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith – 1978
  633. Wu Du (AKA: Five Deadly Venoms) – 1978
  634. L’Arbero Degli Zoccoli (AKA: The Tree of Wooden Clogs) – 1978
  635. The Deer Hunter – 1978
  636. Grease – 1978
  637. Days of Heaven – 1978
  638. Dawn of the Dead – 1978
  639. Shao Lin San Shih Liu Fang (AKA: Shaolin Master Killer) – 1978
  640. Up in Smoke – 1978
  641. Halloween – 1978
  642. Die Ehe Der Maria Braun (AKA: The Marriage of Maria Braun) – 1979
  643. Real Life – 1979
  644. My Brilliant Career – 1979
  645. Stalker – 1979
  646. Alien – 1979
  647. Breaking Away – 1979
  648. Die Blechtrommel (AKA: The Tin Drum) – 1979
  649. All That Jazz – 1979
  650. Being There – 1979
  651. Kramer Vs. Kramer – 1979
  652. Life of Brian – 1979
  653. Apocalypse Now – 1979
  654. The Jerk – 1979
  655. The Muppet Movie – 1979
  656. Manhattan – 1979
  657. Mad Max – 1979
  658. Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht (AKA: Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night) – 1979
  659. Ordinary People – 1980
  660. Atlantic City – 1980
  661. Le Dernier Metro (AKA: The Last Metro) – 1980
  662. The Shining – 1980
  663. Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
  664. The Elephant Man – 1980
  665. The Big Red One – 1980
  666. Loulou – 1980
  667. Airplane! – 1980
  668. Raging Bull – 1980
  669. Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1980
  670. Das Boot (AKA: The Boat) – 1981
  671. Gallipoli – 1981
  672. Chariots of Fire – 1981
  673. Body Heat – 1981
  674. Reds – 1981
  675. An American Werewolf in London – 1981
  676. Tre Fratelli (AKA: Three Brothers) – 1981
  677. Czlowiek Z Zelaza (AKA: Man of Iron) – 1981
  678. Zu Fruh, Zu Spat (AKA: Too Early, Too Late) – 1981
  679. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1981
  680. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 1982
  681. The Thing – 1982
  682. Poltergeist – 1982
  683. Blade Runner – 1982
  684. The Evil Dead – 1982
  685. Tootsie – 1982
  686. Yol – 1982
  687. Diner – 1982
  688. Fitzcarraldo – 1982
  689. Gandhi – 1982
  690. La Notte Di San Lorenzo (AKA: The Night of the Shooting Stars) – 1982
  691. De Stilte Rond Chrsitine M. (AKA: A Question of Silence) – 1982
  692. Fanny Och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) – 1982
  693. A Christmas Story – 1983
  694. El Norte – 1983
  695. Videodrome – 1983
  696. Star Wars – Return of the Jedi – 1983
  697. The Big Chill – 1983
  698. Sans Soleil (AKA: Sunless) – 1983
  699. Le Dernier Combat (AKA: The Last Battle) – 1983
  700. L’Argent (AKA: Money) – 1983
  701. Utu – 1983
  702. Terms of Endearment – 1983
  703. De Vierde Man (AKA: The Fourth Man) – 1983
  704. The King of Comedy – 1983
  705. The Right Stuff – 1983
  706. Koyaanisquatsi – 1983
  707. Once Upon a Time in America – 1983
  708. Scarface – 1983
  709. Narayama Bushi-Ko (AKA: The Ballad of Narayama) – 1983
  710. Amadeus – 1984
  711. The Terminator – 1984
  712. Paris, Texas – 1984
  713. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984
  714. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
  715. Beverly Hills Cop – 1984
  716. Ghost Busters – 1984
  717. A Passage to India – 1984
  718. Stranger Than Paradise – 1984
  719. The Killing Fields – 1984
  720. The Natural – 1984
  721. The Breakfast Club – 1984
  722. Ran – 1985
  723. Idi I Smotri (AKA: Come and See) – 1985
  724. La Historia Oficial (AKA: The Official Story) – 1985
  725. Out of Africa – 1985
  726. The Purple Rose of Cairo – 1985
  727. Back to the Future – 1985
  728. Tong Nien Wang Shi (AKA: The Time to Live and the Time to Die) – 1985
  729. Brazil – 1985
  730. Kiss of the Spider Woman – 1985
  731. The Quiet Earth – 1985
  732. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – 1985
  733. Prizzi’s Honor – 1985
  734. Sans Toit Ni Loi (AKA: Vagabond) – 1985
  735. Shoah – 1985
  736. The Color Purple – 1985
  737. Manhunter – 1986
  738. Stand By Me – 1986
  739. Blue Velvet – 1986
  740. Hannah and Her Sisters – 1986
  741. She’s Gotta Have It – 1986
  742. Le Declin De L’Empire Americain – 1986
  743. The Fly – 1986
  744. Aliens – 1986
  745. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986
  746. Down by Law – 1986
  747. A Room With a View – 1986
  748. Children of a Lesser God – 1986
  749. Platoon – 1986
  750. Caravaggio – 1986
  751. Tampopo – 1986
  752. Do Ma Daan (AKA: Peking Opera Blues) – 1986
  753. Salvador – 1986
  754. Top Gun – 1986
  755. Sherman’s March – 1986
  756. Dao Ma Zei (AKA: The Horse Thief) – 1986
  757. Yeelen (AKA: Brightness) – 1987
  758. Der Himmel Uber Berlin (AKA: Wings of Desire) – 1987
  759. ‘A’ Gai Waak Juk Jaap (AKA: Project A, Part II) – 1987
  760. Babbetes Gaestebud (AKA: Babette’s Feast) – 1987
  761. Raising Arizona – 1987
  762. Full Metal Jacket – 1987
  763. Withnail and I – 1987
  764. Good Morning, Vietnam – 1987
  765. Au Revoir Les Enfants (AKA: Goodbye Children) – 1987
  766. Broadcast News – 1987
  767. Housekeeping – 1987
  768. The Princess Bride – 1987
  769. Moonstruck – 1987
  770. The Untouchables – 1987
  771. Hong Gao Liang (AKA: Red Sorghum) – 1987
  772. The Dead – 1987
  773. Fatal Attraction – 1987
  774. Sinnui Yauman (AKA: A Chinese Ghost Story) – 1987
  775. Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios (AKA: Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) – 1988
  776. Spoorloos (AKA: The Vanishing) – 1988
  777. Bull Durham – 1988
  778. Ariel – 1988
  779. The Thin Blue Line – 1988
  780. Akria – 1988
  781. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (AKA: Cinema Paradiso) – 1988
  782. Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie Et Son Temps (AKA: Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie) – 1988
  783. A Fish Called Wanda – 1988
  784. The Naked Gun – 1988
  785. Big – 1988
  786. Dangerous Liaisons – 1988
  787. Hotaru No Haka (AKA: Grave of the Fireflies) – 1988
  788. Topio Stin Omichli (AKA: Landscape in the Mist) – 1988
  789. Dekalog, Jeden (AKA: The Decalogue) – 1988
  790. Die Hard – 1988
  791. Une Histoire De Vent (AKA: A Tale of the Wind) – 1988
  792. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 1988
  793. Rain Man – 1988
  794. Un Affair De Femmes (AKA: The Story of Women) – 1988
  795. Drowning By Numbers – 1988
  796. Neco Z Alenky (AKA: Alice) – 1988
  797. Batman – 1989
  798. When Harry Met Sally – 1989
  799. Crimes and Misdemeanors – 1989
  800. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover – 1989
  801. Drugstore Cowboy – 1989
  802. My Left Foot – 1989
  803. Die Xue Shuang Xiong (AKA: The Killer) – 1989
  804. Do the Right Thing – 1989
  805. Roger & Me – 1989
  806. Glory – 1989
  807. Astenicheskij Sindrom (AKA: The Asthenic Syndrome) – 1989
  808. Sex, Lies, and Videotape – 1989
  809. Say Anything – 1989
  810. The Unbelievable Truth – 1989
  811. Beiqing Chengshi (AKA: A City of Sadness) – 1989
  812. S’En Fout La Mort (AKA: No Fear, No Die) – 1990
  813. Reversal of Fortune – 1990
  814. Goodfellas – 1990
  815. Jacob’s Ladder – 1990
  816. King of new York – 1990
  817. Dances With Wolves – 1990
  818. Hitlerjunge Salomon (AKA: Europa Europa) – 1990
  819. Pretty Woman – 1990
  820. Archangel – 1990
  821. Trust – 1990
  822. Nema-Ye Nazdik (AKA: Close-up) – 1990
  823. Edward Scissorhands – 1990
  824. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 1990
  825. Total Recall – 1990
  826. Wong Fei-Hung (AKA: Once Upon a Time In China) – 1991
  827. Boyz ‘N The Hood – 1991
  828. Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua (AKA: Raise the Red Lantern) – 1991
  829. Delicatessen – 1991
  830. Guling Jie Shaonian Sha Ren Shijian (AKA: A Brighter Summer Day) – 1991
  831. Naked Lunch – 1991
  832. La Belle Noiseuse (AKA: The Beautiful Troublemaker) – 1991
  833. The Rapture – 1991
  834. My Own Private Idaho – 1991
  835. Thelma & Louise – 1991
  836. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – 1991
  837. The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
  838. JFK – 1991
  839. Slacker – 1991
  840. Tongues Untied – 1991
  841. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse – 1991
  842. La Double Vie De Veronique (AKA: The Double Life of Veronique) – 1991
  843. Strictly Ballroom – 1992
  844. The Player – 1992
  845. Reservoir Dogs – 1992
  846. Romper Stomper – 1992
  847. Glengarry Glen Ross – 1992
  848. Unforgiven – 1992
  849. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer – 1992
  850. Conte D’Hiver (AKA: A Tale of Winter) – 1992
  851. Yuen Ling-Yuk (AKA: The Actress) – 1992
  852. C’Est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (AKA: Man Bites Dog) – 1992
  853. The Crying Game – 1992
  854. Ba Wang Bie Ji (AKA: Farewell My Concubine) – 1993
  855. Groundhog Day – 1993
  856. Thirty Two Short Films About Glen Gould – 1993
  857. Short Cuts – 1993
  858. Philadelphia – 1993
  859. Hsimeng Jensheng (AKA: The Puppetmaster) – 1993
  860. Jurassic Park – 1993
  861. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (AKA: Three Colors: Blue) – 1933
  862. The Piano – 1993
  863. Lan Feng Zheng (AKA: The Blue Kite) – 1993
  864. Hsi Yen (AKA: The Wedding Banquet) – 1993
  865. Schindler’s List – 1993
  866. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 1994
  867. Trois Couleurs: Rouge (AKA: Three Colors: Red) – 1994
  868. Hoop Dreams – 1994
  869. Forrest Gump – 1994
  870. The Lion King – 1994
  871. Clerks – 1994
  872. Four Weddings and a Funeral – 1994
  873. Natural Born Killers – 1994
  874. The Last Seduction – 1994
  875. Pulp Fiction – 1994
  876. The Shawshank Redemption – 1994
  877. Les Roseaux Sauvages (AKA: The Wild Reeds) – 1994
  878. Chong Qing Sen Lin (AKA: Chungking Express) – 1994
  879. Crumb – 1994
  880. Satantango – 1994
  881. Zire Darakhatan Zeyton (AKA: Through the Olive Trees) – 1994
  882. Heavenly Creatures – 1994
  883. Caro Diario (AKA: Dear Diary) – 1994
  884. Muriel’s Wedding – 1994
  885. Riget (AKA: The Kingdom) – 1994
  886. Babe – 1994
  887. Deseret – 1995
  888. Braveheart – 1995
  889. Safe – 1995
  890. Toy Story – 1995
  891. Casino – 1995
  892. Heat – 1995
  893. Kjaerlighetens Kjotere (AKA: Zero Kelvin) – 1995
  894. Clueless – 1995
  895. Smoke – 1995
  896. Badkonake Sefid (AKA: The White Balloon) – 1995
  897. Se7en – 1995
  898. Underground – 1995
  899. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (AKA: The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride) – 1995
  900. Xich Lo (AKA: Cyclo) – 1995
  901. The Usual Suspects – 1995
  902. Dead Man – 1995
  903. Fargo – 1996
  904. Trois Vies & Une Seule Mort (AKA: Three Lives and Only One Death) – 1996
  905. Shine – 1996
  906. Breaking the Waves – 1996
  907. Independence Day – 1996
  908. Secrets and Lies – 1996
  909. Gabbeh – 1996
  910. Lone Star – 1996
  911. Trainspotting – 1996
  912. Scream – 1996
  913. The English Patient – 1996
  914. Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit (AKA: Happy Together) – 1997
  915. Mononoke Hime (AKA: Princess Mononoke) – 1997
  916. L.A. Confidential – 1997
  917. The Butcher Boy – 1997
  918. The Ice Storm – 1997
  919. Boogie Nights – 1997
  920. Deconstructing Harry – 1997
  921. The Sweet Hereafter – 1997
  922. Funny Games – 1997
  923. Ta’M E Guilass (AKA: Taste of Cherry) – 1997
  924. Abre Los Ojos (AKA: Open Your Eyes) – 1997
  925. Mat I Syn (AKA: Mother and Son) – 1997
  926. Titanic – 1997
  927. Tetsuo – 1998
  928. Festen (AKA: The Celebration) – 1998
  929. Saving Private Ryan – 1998
  930. Buffalo 66 – 1998
  931. Rushmore – 1998
  932. Lola Rennt (AKA: Run Lola Run) – 1998
  933. Idioterne (AKA: The Idiots) – 1998
  934. Pi – 1998
  935. Happiness – 1998
  936. The Thin Red Line – 1998
  937. There’s Something About Mary – 1998
  938. Sombre – 1998
  939. Ring – 1998
  940. Gohatto (AKA: Taboo) – 1998
  941. Magnolia – 1999
  942. Beau Travail – 1999
  943. The Blair Witch Project – 1999
  944. Three Kings – 1999
  945. Rosetta – 1999
  946. Todo Sobre Mi Madre (AKA: All About My Mother) – 1999
  947. Le Temps Retrouve (AKA: Time Regained) – 1999
  948. Fight Club – 1999
  949. Being John Malkovich – 1999
  950. American Beauty – 1999
  951. Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord (AKA: The Wind Will Carry Us) – 1999
  952. The Matrix – 1999
  953. The Sixth Sense – 1999
  954. Les Glaneurs Et La Glaneuse (AKA: The Gleaners and I) – 1999
  955. Nueve Reinas (AKA: Nine Queens) – 2000
  956. La Captive (AKA: The Captive) – 2000
  957. Dut Yeung Nin Wa (AKA: In the Mood for Love) – 2000
  958. Ali Zaoua, Prince De La Rue (AKA: Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets) – 2000
  959. Gladiator – 2000
  960. Kippur – 2000
  961. Yi Yi (AKA: A One and A Two) – 2000
  962. Requiem for a Dream – 2000
  963. Amores Perros – 2000
  964. Meet the Parents – 2000
  965. Signs & Wonders – 2000
  966. Wo Hu Cang Long (AKA: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – 2000
  967. Traffic – 2000
  968. Dancer in the Dark – 2000
  969. Memento – 2000
  970. Safar E Ghandehar (AKA: Kandahar) – 2001
  971. Ni Neibian Jidian (AKA: What Time is it There?) – 2001
  972. Y Tu Mama Tambien (AKA: And Your Mother Too) – 2001
  973. Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain (AKA: Amelie) – 2001
  974. Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (AKA: Spirited Away) – 2001
  975. La Pianiste (AKA: The Piano Teacher) – 2001
  976. La Stanza Del Figlio (AKA: The Son’s Room) – 2001
  977. No Man’s Land – 2001
  978. Moulin Rouge! – 2001
  979. Monsoon Wedding – 2001
  980. Lantana – 2001
  981. A Ma Soeur (AKA: Fat Girl) – 2001
  982. Mulholland Dr. – 2001
  983. The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001
  984. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001
  985. The Pianist – 2002
  986. Gangs of New York – 2002
  987. Cidade De Deus (AKA: City of God) – 2002
  988. Hero (AKA: Ying Xiong) – 2002
  989. Habla Con Ella -(Talk to Her) – 2002
  990. Russkij Kovcheg (AKA: Russian Ark) – 2002
  991. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 2002
  992. Les Invasions Barbares (AKA: The Barbarian Invasions) – 2003
  993. Oldboy – 2003
  994. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – 2003
  995. Good Bye Lenin! – 2003
  996. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003
  997. Fahrenheit 9/11 – 2004
  998. The Passion of the Christ – 2004
  999. Collateral – 2004
  1000. The Aviator – 2004
  1001. Million Dollar Baby – 2004