9s

12 Monkeys – Better upon each viewing.
40-Year-Old Virgin
A Prophet (Un Prophete)
Adaptation – A brilliant and brain-hurting Jonze/Kaufman collaboration.
American Beauty
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The – Exquisite camerawork accompanies superb acting and a haunting story.
Batman Begins – Nolan takes superhero cinema to the level of fine art.
Battle of Algiers, The
Black Swan
Blood Simple
Blue Velvet
Boogie Nights
Bourne Identity, The – Kick-off to the best action series ever.
Breaking the Waves
Celebration, The (Festen)
Circus, The
City of God
City Lights
Dark Knight, The – The only flaw is its length, and maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Dazed and Confused – The greatest teen movie of all time?
Dead Man
Donnie Darko – 80s sci-fi comedy horror mystery thriller. What else do you need?
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Elephant Man, The – One of Lynch’s most straightforward films packs an emotional wallop.
Empire of the Sun
Fargo – Coens’ sterility works beautifully with the bleak winter landscape.
Fifth Element, The – The most fun you will have during a sci-fi epic.
Game, The – Underrated pre-“Fight Club” mystery thriller from David Fincher.
Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai
Gold Rush, The
Gone Baby Gone
Good, the Bad & the Ugly, The
Goodfellas
Grapes of Wrath, The
The Great Dictator
Groundhog Day – An instant classic, a rare profound comedy that is perfect and timeless, but for a dated and sentimental soundtrack.
Heat
Inception
Jackie Brown – Tarantino’s underrated follow-up to “Pulp Fiction.”
Kill Bill Vol. 2 – Works well as a stand-alone, and AWESOME as a sequel.
L.A. Confidential – Pretty much as good as they say; only clumsy narration toward the beginning keeps this from being flawless.
La Sierra
M
Miller’s Crossing
Mulholland Drive
Ocean´s Eleven (remake)
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of Sight
Pan´s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
Professional, The (Léon)
Pulp Fiction
Rashomon – One of Kurosawa’s best.
Red Beard – Kurosawa’s beautiful albeit too-long treatise on compassion, humility and death stars Toshiru Mifune in his last role with the director.
Reservoir Dogs
Restrepo
Royal Tenenbaums, The – Quirky and touching without fully satisfying.
Se7en – Unfairly forgotten, from the director of “Fight Club.”
Seven Samurai – Great introduction to Akira Kurosawa.
Seventh Seal, The – My favorite Ingmar Bergman, and maybe the most iconic. . . A man plays chess with Death for his life.
Shaun of the Dead
The Sixth Sense
Solaris (original)
The Sting
Talented Mr. Ripley, The
Taxi Driver
Thin Red Line, The
Three Colors: Red
Three Kings
Unbreakable
Waking Life
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – An acting showcase with Leo and Johnny, and a good movie too.
Yojimbo – One of Kurosawa’s best.

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