Saturday, May 19, 2012


My old college newspaper editor used to tell me that making lists was an exercise in mental masturbation. Although I agree with him to an extent, I also believe its very fun and interesting to make lists of films that others might not be aware of are out there. These are some great movies, and if I had the time, I'd pen a 1000 word review for each of them.

If a film has a * symbol next to it, it means that the selected choice is an exceptional stand out. Rarely will I assign this symbol, but I feel that certain films deserve the extra shout-out.


Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)
What Price Hollywood? (George Cukor, 1932)
Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
Limelight (Charles Chaplin, 1952)
Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut, 1960) *
Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963)
Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964)
In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks, 1967)
Petulia (Richard Lester, 1968)
Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968)
The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, 1971)
Images (Robert Altman, 1972)
Cinderella Liberty (Mark Rydell, 1973)
Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978)
Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
The Twilight Zone: The Movie (Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, 1983)
After Hours (Martin Scorsese, 1985)
The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy, 1985)
Mask (Peter Bogdanovich, 1985)
Salvador (Oliver Stone, 1986)
City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
Scrooged (Richard Donner, 1988)
Ju Dou (Yimou Zhang, 1990)
The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
The Sandlot (David M. Evans, 1993)
Pusher (Nicolas Winding Refn, 1996)
Eye of God (Tim Blake Nelson, 1997)
Boiler Room (Ben Younger, 2000)
Insomnia (Christopher Nolan, 2002)
The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro, 2006)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, 2011)
Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011)
Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011)
Robot and Frank (Jake Schreier, 2012)

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