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The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)

I actually saw this the day after Bergman died. It must have been magic, because this films power grabbed my chest and twisted my heart; brining me on an existential/spiritual journey many wish not to go on. Brilliant plot and direction. One of the best films period.

Apocalypse Now

Based on the book Heart of Darkness and the film Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, this incredible cast with an incredible director paint one of the best anti-war and generational films of all time. A surreal roller-coaster ride, Apocalypse Now will change you.

The Thin Red Line

Malick is as brilliant of a director as he ever was. With a great ensemble cast, the Thin Red Line paints a different picture of war from the same year's Saving Private Ryan. Somewhat anti-war and much more spiritual and claustrophobic, The Thin Red Line is a classic and one of the best films of the 1990s.

The People Vs. Larry Flynt
½

Harrelson gives a really good performance on the interesting and bizarre life of Flynt. Whatever you can say about the biographical, real-life person can be your opinion; the film was still a good film.

Hannah and Her Sisters
½

A heartwarming comedy classic from Woody Allen. It has typical Allen idiosyncrasies, however, it is probably one of Allen's more accessible films for a wider audience.

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas(1984)

Another great Americana film. Paris, Texas both makes one feel isolated and claustrophobic ( due to the wonderful directing) of the American landscape. Little dialogue still allows a lot to be sad. Wenders' classic.

Slacker
Slacker(1991)

When I first saw Slacker, I knew I was seeing quite possibly the best film about the United States I ever saw. Austin is used as a microcosm between an incredible cast of characters living within the same social setting with radically different views of the world. In breakneck speed, Linklater whisks us through dialogues about life, philosophy, politics, and the US that define paradigms of generations. A daring debut by Linklater and his classic.

L'Enfant
L'Enfant(2006)
½

I felt that this was an ok movie. The characters were well acted and the plot dark but realistic. However, I felt let's just say shocked it won Cannes.

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)

The 400 Blows is one of those movies that when you see it, you are familiar with what you saw. And I think thats one point about films. Apparently biographical, the story of Antoine can be applied to us all. The film is very real and plain; a sort of Everydayness. Somber and hopeful, the 400 Blows simply is one of the best films ever

American Gangster

A well paced drama. Scott leveled the huge acting personnas of both Washington and Crowe to be equals on the screen. Well acted and good plot.

Crash
Crash(2004)
½

A muddled sort. I thought this was a great film for such a large ensemble cast. In fact, this could be in the top 5 great ensemble casts. Its superiorness as a film might be a little disputed. I am glad to see a film that tackles racism and prejudice truthfully and not in some after-school special way. However, I just thought more could have been done (I mean come on, what was with the Asian characters having no input whatsoever in the plot and character interactions?). And like many hyperlink movie, you are left just realizing the interconnectedness of all human beings, with all their racisms and prejudice, without the film contemplating all or any forms of political action to better serve the ending of dominant paradigms. Ah well, still a great film.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

The classic of Brazilian cinema is also one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Sweeping narratives of individuals in the underbelly of Rio De Janeiro's Cidade de Deus over the course of a few decades; all of which are based on real-life people. This film is crucially important for its incredible way of shrinking basic themes and motifs into the microcosm of the film. The themes of growing up on the outskirts of upper-urban classes, of growing up with crime and corruption and of seeing the world through the eyes of a kid on a street corner are magnificently portrayed in the film. This is definitely one of the greatest films I have ever seen.

Letters from Iwo Jima
½

A superb job that required great delicacy. Eastwood reveals the "Other" side of WWII by finally having a film that humanizes the Japanese. Incredibly moving and provoking, this should have been made half a century ago.

Flags of Our Fathers
½

Eastwood does it again in painting the human side of soldiers in war. He reveals the cultural manipulation of "heroes" and both honors and critiques the war paradigms US culture help propagate.

Saving Private Ryan

Spielberg ended the 1990s with another important classic under his belt. A film that revolutionized how war films would be filmed, the realistic horrors of war are shown as the humanity of soldiers, in search of a lost soldier, are revealed. Dark, sad, depressing but also very human, Saving Private Ryan has become the film for which all other war movies must live up too.

Days of Glory

A film that really should have been made a long time ago. The forgotten North African soldiers who fought for the French in WWII are dramatically shown in a war movie fit to stand next to Saving Private Ryan in importance. Wonderful acting and chemistry, this somber picture reminds us of the sacrifices many people make who are soon forgotten from historical racism and prejudice.

Burn!
Burn!(1969)
½

Brando gives a very underrated performance. Besides it being slightly historically inaccurate (Portuguese in the Caribbean?) the film explores more narratively many themes Gillo Pontecorvo covered in Battle of Algiers. Brando, as usual, leaps off the screen as an English political agent trying to manipulate the new nationals of a former Portuguese colony to side with the British. However, in historical accuracy, the film shows the horrible results that come for both sides in the tug of war of colonization and revolution.

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)

Incredibly original, even using members of the actual revolution as cast members. The Battle of Algiers documents the events up to the Algerian Revolution with the narratives of several characters. This film offers one of the best dramatic views of colonization and revolution in film. To this day it is influential (still regarded by many as a film of inspiration for the subaltern, while a guidebook for current state departments and their wars). An ultimate classic.

The Shawshank Redemption

Perhaps one of the greatest King adaptations ever put on film. Freeman's narration is solidified in this epic drama that is incredibly moving from the performances and chemistry by Robbins and Freeman. Very spiritually moving and thought-provoking.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Perhaps Nicholson's greatest performance. It drives this movie to become one of the greatest films in US cinema. Motifs of individualism, identity, sanity, institutionalism, and freedom are extremely apparent and wonderfully written into the plot. As a protagonist, Nicholson's character both offers us hope, fear, shock and comedy underneath issues of the human condition.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

A cyberpunk classic. US film-goers finally got to see a film that was on levels of Ghost In A Shell and Akira. Utterly brilliant concepts and revolutionary in film-making.

Love Actually
½

A really charming romantic comedy with a great ensemble cast. Many stories rolled into one about love, basically.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

A brilliant drama. Edge of your seat suspense with brilliant acting all around by a great cast. Good special effects and plot as well.

The Matrix Revolutions

Not that it could be improved upon, the Wachowski brothers at least put to rest the darn trilogy before it got too out of hand. All the same problems with Reloaded, just that it is finally done.

The Matrix Reloaded

The first film was a cyberpunk classic, really one of the few US films to tackle awesome postmodern issues of identity, technology, etc. This sequel was awful. Bad plot, bad acting, bad dialogue. It takes the original story and really warps it into something I did not want the story to turn toward.

Singin' in the Rain

A classic indeed. Great singing and dancing. Incredible chemistry through the acting. Definitely the musical that all musicals often have to measure up to.

Swing Time
Swing Time(1936)

A classic dance musical. It had its charm, and although its not my kind of film it did have great chemistry and a few chuckles.

The Magnificent Seven

A decent re-make of the Seven Samurai...however, it will never have the power as the original.

Manhattan
Manhattan(1979)

The film Allen hated. Its a classic due to Allen's great literary form, characters that exist in a space, say NYC, an co-operate in the daily Real. Allen might have dis-owned the film, but its still an important piece in his repertoire.

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Utterly and magnificently ridiculous. So much fun and jaw-dropping blasphemy/sacrilege!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Perhaps the greatest farce of a comedy ever created. Every moment in this film is utterly ridiculous. An intelligent acid trip, essentially, the guys of Monty Python created a masterpiece of comedy.

Love and Death

Existentialism and Russian literature combined with Allen's whimsical, slap-stick humor. Many this will make you chuckle!

My Dinner with André

Yes, the film is a conversation. Does this make it one of the greatest films ever? Yes! The interaction is both human, down-to-earth and like any film naturally does, perfectly films the moments of the human condition. The conversations themselves are enriching. The film is almost like a good friend, 2 hours of wonderful, warm enjoyment.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

This, to me, is the perfect romantic comedy. No other film has come close to achieving the perfect comedic chemistry Allen and Keaton's characters have. Not only that, this is perhaps Allen's most accessible and best work. A classic.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

The choking up I did during this film makes this my favorite. An awe-inspiring film of epic proportions. Acting, directing, production, writing, and plot are practically perfect. What more can be said of the film many would say is the greatest of all cinema.

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon(1991)

2005's Crash was definitely influenced by this early 1990s film about the relationship of several LA citizens and how their interactions affect how they are as people.

Dig!
Dig!(2004)

This was hilariously awesome. This musical documentary on the tumultuous relationship between the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols is both nifty and a bit crazy.

The Piano
The Piano(1993)
½

A disturbing and engrossing film. Hunter was remarkable as her mute character who re-discovers her identity in 1850s New Zealand. Fascinating.

The Last King of Scotland

Whitaker was stupendous. Deserving of his Oscar, his acting was jaw dropping. A brilliant film.

Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda(2004)
½

The narrative Don Cheadle's character in this film was a bit odd for me. His almost Deus Ex Machina powers, mainly in the scene where he calls the Belgian owner to stop the French government from stopping weapon trading with the Tutsis, just did not seem right. However, the motif of the character, an ordinary man saving thousands, was inspiring in a film that needed to be made so that the Rwandan genocide could better be grasped in our lexicon.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

A late classic for Roman Polanski. The pacing is key here, as we see Brody wonderfully aging as a character experienced WWII in his native Poland. Surprisingly good, Brody deserved the Oscar.

Schindler's List

Spielberg's first masterpiece of the 1990s. A departure for his stereotypical, fantastical and/or family films. An extremely important film historically in Holocaust studies. The characters are heart-wrenching with an incredible spirit of hope shown at the end.

On Golden Pond

Relatively, a bit weak. I hoped for a deep tearjerker, instead I saw a tearjerker with too-pure refreshing moments. Fonda and Hepburn were wonderful actors in this film. It will make you choke up, but it is not as somber as you might think it is.

Doctor Zhivago

A fascinating, engrossing plot with complex character entanglements. Doctor Zhivago really takes a film-lovers viewing to be appreciated. Great settings and pacing, the narration re-creates the book narrative while admitting itself as a film moment by moment.

Lawrence of Arabia

A bit Orientalist at times, Lawrence of Arabia does however win many points in its scale. Peter O'Toole portrays Lawrence wonderfully surrounded by epically scaled film productions not seen since Gone With The Wind.

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)

Perhaps the best US film? It definitely has an incredible plot. Wonderfully paced, scripted and acted. Casablanca engrosses the viewer in a romantic, story-telling experience that sweeps you off your feet within the atmosphere of war and colonization. Remarkable film with so many great quotes. A classic.

Gone With the Wind

A blockbuster if their ever was one. Incredible acting and chemistry. The scales of action and setting are quite magnificent and revolutionary for film. Its racist, Southern apologist overtones are a bit overpowering at times, but do not worry, this is not Birth Of The Nation in any way. A romantic, epic masterpiece.

The Sound of Music

A harrowing, true story. Musically its charming, while at the same time being very suspenseful. Fans of films based on World War II and of musicals will enjoy this film.

Fiddler on the Roof

A great musical. It is very epic with great motifs of family, and of course, "tradition!". The acting was pretty good: characters were definitely charming. One of the best musicals ever.