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Victory
Victory(1981)

Not very many of my friends can say that they went to see this in the cinema, but that's exactly what I did in 1981. And the effect was thrilling. The 'futbol' scenes were so impressionable on me. Nevermind that Pele's presence in the film is thoroughly incongruous: Caine shines and even Stallone isn't half bad as a keeper. I wanted to play soccer after seeing this film...

The Big Lebowski

The film for the 20th and 21st century 'everyman'. An urban-Thoreau, The Dude is interested in a good bowling game, a nice rug that "ties the room together", and the occasional herbal supplement. Simplicity, we've been told, is beautiful. But it's pretty damn funny too...

Fall in love with one of the most memorable characters created in the last 10 years...

Lawrence of Arabia

Peter O'who? So began O'Toole's iconic screen career...reaching his apotheosis in 'King Ralph' opposite John Goodman. Seriously folks, this picture inspired Stephen Spielberg's own film career. The scenes are epic and grandiose. The acting, top-notch, and the effect is a sunburn. Required viewing indeed.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The stunts on the Swiss Alps: Iconic and ground-breaking. This has it all...and not until Daniel Craig was a Bond so plausible 'fit' to play 007. Trivia: The ONLY Bond film where Agent 007 beds 5--count 'em--5 Bond-babes...and is still able to get married by the end!

Throne of Blood

When my literature class of emo-flunkies rates this B&W 1957 Shakespeare film over Branagh and Gibson...you know something's special about it. Kurosawa was never better and Shakespeare was never dignified as much on screen. Sorry Ken & Larry!

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Anyone living in a somewhat bucolic Midland town in England will appreciate this film on such a higher level than those who don't. This is pure genius and a worthy follow-up to 'Shaun of the Dead'...

The Celebration (Festen)

Saw it in 2000...and was introduced to Dogme 95 films. HUGE 'Hamlet' undertones...and a very visceral, brave picture...so good it became a West End play with Johnny Lee Miller...

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)

A mutual favorite film of my Dad and me. The end track by Pearl Jam is one of my favorites. Burton is brilliant, as ever--which some wondered possible without Mr. Depp.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

A true sci-fi film which set the standard by which all subsequent others would be measured by. Existential brilliance...remember...it's filmed in 1981...

Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait)

This should be looped on a flat-screen at the Tate Modern museum...with Mogwai blaring over the speakers...beautifully shot and thoroughly original...

The Madness of King George

Forget 'The History Boys'. Alan Bennett's screenplay here is a true masterpiece. Hawthorne's Lear-like portrayal: perfection. Required viewing.

Punch-Drunk Love

Nope. Not your formulaic rom-com for a film. It's quirky, quiet and touching...even with a nice scene from my old homeland in Hawaii...

The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

Rarely can a film capture, so well the atmosphere and detail of a book...and this is the best film in Sean Connery's career.

Kung Fu Hustle

Looney Tunes meets Bruce Lee. This puts a nice smile on your face and delivers excellent, jaw-dropping actions sequences.

Cool Hand Luke

52 eggs, and a failure to communicate. A true gem...

Airplane 2 - The Sequel

Filmed in a time when sequels were a big gamble for studios, the laughs continue with the same formula which made the first film so hilarious. This film was such a pleasing follow-up to its predecessor, that it makes one wonder why a second sequel was never ventured. I mean, if we all had to endure 20 Police Academy films...then why not a third Airplane film (made even more hilarious with all the ballyhoo with post-9/11 airport security)...

Hannibal Rising

Crap. No Hopkins means: box office failure. I could've been more interested if Hopkins had screen time reflecting to a confidant (Detective Starling?) on his younger days. Instead we're given a young Crispen Glover look-alike who predictably gets his revenge from one victim to the next. Yawn. This film left more questions instead of answers on the character of Hannibal...skip it!

Glengarry Glen Ross

Always Be Closing. The "ABC's" of being a salesman. Even Jack Lemmon on the Charlie Rose show claimed that Mamet's screenplay was superior to his play...all because of the role he wrote for Alec Baldwin. Baldwin's cameo is above Oscar-worthy...see it!

Apocalypto
Apocalypto(2006)
½

More of an Aztec depiction than a Mayan one. Who cares. The film was excellently shot and brilliantly cast. Worth watching, even if you still vociferously hate his 'Passion' or his 'Braveheart'.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)

Well done. Fincher adeptly takes you 'there' into 1970's San Francisco with detailed accuracy. This film develops slowly, but also adds excellent moments of suspense. Try and see it.

Airplane!
Airplane!(1980)

"The White Zone is for loading and unloading only." Hilarious. So many one-liners, the Zucker-Abrahams duo would never top this...but they'd come pretty close with the sequel...

The Wicker Man

I had no idea how this film would end...and was thoroughly blown away with the result. Arguably Christopher Lee's best film in his career...

Them
Them(2007)

Atmospheric and very unsettling. Makes me want to not live in a large house in the woods anytime soon...nail-biting stuff...

Epic Movie
Epic Movie(2007)

Actually lowers your IQ. You'll be asking God back for the 1 hour and 26 minutes at the end of your life.

The Reckoning

The best film you've probably never heard of about a Medieval troupe of traveling actors...and a priest on the run from his past played excellently by Paul Bettany...well worth watching!

Martian Child

Been watching John Cusack flicks since the 1980's...this one's no slouch.

Casino Royale

Who's laughing now at the blonde Bond? Brilliant. Absolutely incredible. It even converted a feminist colleague (and staunch anti-Bond fanatic). And, my bias might be a little tilted since I know one of the actors (with a speaking role, not a wallflower extra) in the film...

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
½

Funny. Juxtaposing this film with Jack Black's romantic turn in "The Holiday" and you begin to figure out very quickly which of the two roles better suit him. Funny movie (lots of bad language) and a very anti-climatic ending....a bummer.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

A funny film UNTIL....

The film goes off the rails with a gratuitous homoerotic romp in a hotel room with butt-naked Borat and his butt-naked corpulent partner. The length of the scene was so distasteful...it ruined the piece, even retroactively.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)
½

Those unfamiliar with Nolan's style of storytelling (he doesn't tell stories linearly--remember 'Memento'?) may be put off trying to keep up. But the ending is a huge payoff with a wicked twist. Requires a second-viewing. You'll see...

Children of Men
½

Visceral. Unflinching. A modern take on the Nativity. The ending is a bit enigmatic, but other than that...pure genius.

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)

Anyone tired of Jude Law? YET!!!??? Winslet should know better than to condescend to such a piece of sappy tripe. Cameron Diaz's star, risen long ago, is now fading quickly. (Something About Mary 2 anyone?) And Jack Black? This has got to be the biggest miscasting I've heard of in some while. Skip the flick.

Eragon
Eragon(2006)

Poorly spliced together. Readers of the book will recognize gaping departures on celluloid. Watching it feels like a series of vignettes masquerading as a film comparable to LOTR.