Movies I Watch Repeatedly

These are favorites, not all of them award winning although all are truly distinctive and high caliber. I never tire of these films and find I notice something new each time I watch them. These are films I watch anywhere from 2-3 times during a year. I list them in no particular order (A-Z) because I enjoy them almost equally, but in very different ways, depending on my mood. This list is always in process (I remember great films all the time) and will be amended over time. Please let me know what you think of this list.
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The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ This movie will never date. From the opening shot of the vengeful baker "I believe in America." To the last chilling shot of Clemenza kissing Michael's ring, "Godfather," this film is perfect. Watch A Prophet if you love this film. ” - macktan894
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Who says an artistically shot film can't have a compelling narrative? Steve McQueen's film Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. Michael Fassbender as Sands is absolutely perfect. ” - macktan894
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ This movie is like reading a fantastic novel. The magic occurs in most of the first half when Benjamin is a young old man. Jared Harris as Captain Mike is a scene stealer. The score is haunting, Taraj P. Henson as Benjamin's devoted mother gives her best performance ever. It's a haunting story of a man who ages in reverse. Brad Pitt should have won Best Actor for this role. ” - macktan894
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Gosh, 1968? Really? Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes play a couple who moves into a brownstone with a long history and some devilish neighbors. This film stands the test of time, looking as gorgeous as it did when it first came out, the story as intriguing and creepy as any produced since then. ” - macktan894
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ For many years, I couldn't decide whether I liked Godfather 1 better than 2. DeNiro is sublime as the young Vito Corleone and Pacino frightening as the ruthless new Godfather. ” - macktan894
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Tom Hanks as a hitman who must protect his son against his former employer, played by Paul Newman in his last role, unfolds like a novel. Distinctive cinematography, beautifully written. Hanks playing a heavy is superb. ” - macktan894
Se7en (1995)
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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Morgan Freeman plays a detective on the brink of retirement whose last investigation of a nightmarish serial killer dovetails with his having to break in a new detective played by Brad Pitt. Freeman's sense of dread proves to be spot on, and he stays on the job to school his young replacement who doesn't know the city and lets his emotions eclipse his reason. Scary, suspenseful, beautifully assembled. "What's in the box?" ” - macktan894
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan's best film to date about rivaling magicians. The story structure is brilliant and it has layers upon layers. The look of this film is sumptious and the casting is brilliant (David Bowie as Tesla was just an incredible choice; Michael Caine is powerful; Hugh Jackman in the one role I can love; Christopher Bale, egoless). ” - macktan894
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ This is really the best Bourne film, the first one directed by Paul Greengrass (yes, of the shaky camera). Its cinematography is much more polished than Identity's and Bourne comes into his full powers. Best part--Bourne running by foot from the polizei. Absolutely thrilling. ” - macktan894
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ Another Coens Brother film on my list. I love its faithfulness to Cormac McCarthy's novel and the way this simple story about a welder who finds drug money and is hunted down by a devil is told. ” - macktan894
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ I was unprepared for how much I would adore this film, a coming-of-age story about a petty thief who comes into his own in prison. Suspenseful, thrilling, touching. Up there with the Godfather. ” - macktan894
The Bourne Identity (2002)
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A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Matt Damon as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne is unbelievable. I lose myself in all the Bourne films. ” - macktan894
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ The French have been acing films lately. Vincent Cassel blew me away as Mesrine, the true life story of a formidable gangster bank robber in France. Both funny and terrifying. Ca va? Equally impressive is the other film that follows Mesrine: Public Enemy # 1. ” - macktan894
Zodiac (2007)
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In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ David Fincher has become one of my favorite directors--he knows how to tell a story, build character, develop a narrative rhythm that engages an audience from beginning to end. A terrific thriller and one of Jake Gyllenhall's best roles. ” - macktan894
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ This Clint Eastwood biopic of Charlie Parker starring Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora as his wife, the long suffering Chan, provides both terrific jazz and a dramatic, well told story. If you are in recovery, you might want to pass it by because Parker was a lifelong heroin addict who managed to write some wonderful music despite needing to get high everyday. He was admired and highly respected for his artistry, but street drugs burned him up so that when he died at a young age of 37, he actually looked over 60 years old. Just as good if not better than Ray or Walk the Line. Listen to the funeral dirge at the end--Kansas City. ” - macktan894
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Russell Crowe deserved an Oscar for this film, but he irritated Hollywood because he degraded Meg Ryan, so Denzel Washington got Best Actor for Training Day instead. Based on the true story of mathematician John Nash, the film drives home the terror of mental illness and very cleverly let's the viewer experience what a schizophrenic mind is like. Crowe plays Nash from his peculiar days as a Yale grad student through his professional days at Wheeler Labs when his mind becomes to consume him, through treatment, a fragile recovery and old age. One of Ron Howard's best films. ” - macktan894
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ I thought this was an absolutely thrilling film and it should be among the Criterion Collection. ” - macktan894
Malcolm X (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Spike Lee has never done a better film in my mind. I remember when there was talk of this film being made. James Baldwin, the black writer, was going to write a script. I didn't think Lee had it in him, but he proved me wrong. Denzel has never been better as X. Angela Bassett is wonderful as his wife. Like many of the films on this list, it views as a rich novel. ” - macktan894
Children of Men (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Clive Owen as never been better as the alcoholic former activist who must rise above his self pity in order to save the world by protecting a black fugee and one of the first pregnant women in decades. This adaptation of PD James novel is very clever; the book bears reading as well. ” - macktan894
Spartan (2004)
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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. (106 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ If you are a fan of Jason Bourne, then you will love David Mamet's Spartan. Val Kilmer stars as the agent who goes off the reservation to find the President's missing daughter. Yes, it's written in Mamet's language rhythm which I think is pitched perfect here. "Where's the girl?" CIA director bellows when he enters a basement room of operatives. "I do not know this girl. This girl was not here. I demand to see my lawyer." Highly suspenseful, wonderful bagpipe score, more realistic than the Bourne films. Very underrated. ” - macktan894
All That Jazz (1979)
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Roy Scheider is unbelievable as pill popping dancer Bob Fosse in this semi-autobiographical film about a Broadway choreographer. The film opens with the famous "on Broadway" audition number and ends with the entirely unique death dream dance sequences. I loved every dance number and Jessica Lange as the Angel of Death. ” - macktan894
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ I wish I'd seen this film on the big screen, but mixed reviews discouraged me from buying a ticket. Out of curiousity, a year later I ran into a cheap copy at a sale and bought it. I find this film mesmerizing and distinctive. The heart of Watchmen is the story of Dr. Manhattan, an ordinary scientist transformed into a uniquely powerful blue man searching for new meaning in his lonely world. ” - macktan894
Heat (1995)
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A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal lives with their professional lives. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ This film has some of the best robbery scenes ever, starting with the opening armored truck heist. The centerpiece is the perfectly filmed bank robbery that goes bad and ends up with a loud shootout in downtown L.A. DeNiro, Val Kilmer, and Al Pacino are perfect. ” - macktan894
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Daniel Day-Lewis gives an extraordinary performance as an ambitious and successful oilman in turn of the century America. With an original score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and breathtaking cinematography by Robert Elswit, Blood grips you in a story that focuses on the relationship between a man and his ambition and a flawed father and his son. Watch for the oil gusher! ” - macktan894
Quiz Show (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Based on the true story about Charles Van Doren, a brilliant scholar and member of a prestigious academic & literary family, who sold his soul to the devil Television (the rigged $64,000 Question) and lost everything that really mattered to him. Redford packs a lot of meaning in this tale of the rise of TV, its propensity toward corruption and deception, its effectiveness in mis-shaping attitudes, and its power to endure. ” - macktan894
Lord of War (2005)
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An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Next to City of Angels, this is probably my favorite Nicholas Cage film in which he plays the son of Ukrainian immigrants who finds he has a talent in gunrunning. ” - macktan894
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ I don't just tear up watching this movie, I all out weep. An overbearing mother, and a lonely widow, must come down from her perch and bear the horror of helping her daughter fight cancer. It's not all tears. Scenes between Maclaine & Nichols are a riot. ” - macktan894
Animal Kingdom (2010)
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A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ I was surprised to like this movie as much as I did. It's creepy, mainly due to Ben Mendohlson's performance as Pope, and shocking. The demise of a crime family and the tragic way an innocent boy of 18 faces it. ” - macktan894
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ I am an Alfred Hitchcock fan. North by Northwest combines Hitchcock's corny humor with a tense thriller about mistaken identity. Cary Grant should have kissed Hitchcock's feet for this role. James Mason and Eva Marie Saint are splendid. But I can never watch the very last scene--it's just too corny. ” - macktan894
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ A favorite film for the Christmas season about a witch, Kim Novak, who falls in love with a publisher she's put a spell on, James Stewart, and loses her powers. Jack Lemmon as the witch's brother is priceless. ” - macktan894
Japanese Story (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman... (110 mins.)
Director: Sue Brooks
“ A tear-jerker, love story, gender bender, the Japanese Story focuses on a relationship between a somewhat tomboyish geologist and her client, a Japanese businessman. A haunting, surprising film about love. ” - macktan894
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Yes, Tom Cruise is masterful in this film as Vincent, a hired gun who uses a cab driver to chauffeur him to his hit jobs one night. Classic Michael Mann. ” - macktan894
The Merry Gentleman (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Keaton
“ Michael Keaton as a depressed hit man who strikes up a relationship with a woman who's fled from an abusive relationship is original and surprisingly good. The plot twists are solid and you end up feeling a lot for these two reserved and private people. ” - macktan894
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This is the last concert of The Band filmed in San Francisco by Martin Scorsese. The Band were topflight musicians in their own wright, but they also served as a backing band for years (for Bob Dylan, for example). Every major musician from the period plays in this concert, with The Bank ably backing all of them--Dylan, Clapton, Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison...u name it. You feel like you're in a fantastic concert and you have the best seats. ” - macktan894
The Insider (1999)
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A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ This film will infuriate you, especially in these times of corporate malfeasance and corporate media. Threaten the status quo and you are going down, my brothers and sisters. ” - macktan894
The Razor's Edge (1946)
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married. (145 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ Tyrone Power, the handsomest man who ever lived, plays an ego-less seeker who detaches himself from the material to pursue the spiritual and enjoy humanity...much to the dismay of Gene Tierney. It is engrossing even today and just as relevant for many who wonder "can I enjoy life even if I don't have much money?" ” - macktan894
Strangers on a Train (1951)
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. (101 mins.)
“ I'm a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock--the way he sets up his scenes, the camera shots, the undercurrent of humor permeating horror and drama. Bruno is truly creepy and menacing. ” - macktan894
Carlos (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. (334 mins.)
“ An intense film about international revolutionary activities during the 70s, focusing on Carlos the Jackal. Watch the entire 5 hour version, not the abridged one. ” - macktan894
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ Revolution is a hard thing to pull off in a corporate state. Intense, tragic thriller about the rise and fall of the Baader Meinhoff Group. Acting is first rate. ” - macktan894
Flame and Citron (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. (130 mins.)
“ Not many have seen this remarkable film about two Danish operatives & hit men who sacrifice everything to resist the Nazi Occcupation in Denmark. Thure Lindhart as Flame is devastatingly effective as a young true believer who'll do anything to wipe out Nazis, though his youth makes him vulnerable to manipulation. Mads Mikkelson as his partner is tragic as a resister who gives up family to work for a cause more important than himself. ” - macktan894
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces. (127 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ Totally underrated film about the IRA, its origin and evolution, focusing on the participation of two brothers. Epic revolutionary film that shows the heart of Irish fighters winning against the degrading oppression of imperial England. ” - macktan894
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Based on a true story of a carefree, irresponsible Irish lad & his friend who was set up by the police to be IRA & responsible for the bombing of an English restaurant. Not content to frame the boys, the police then dragged his entire family into the matter and sentenced them as conspirators. Heartbreaking and inspiring. ” - macktan894
Coming Home (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. (127 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ A love story, a coming of age story, a raising of consciousness story, set in the 60s against the backdrop of social revolution and the Vietnam War. Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, and Jon Voigt get this 100% right. ” - macktan894
Klute (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ A fantastic, moody but gripping, thriller involving a prostitute,threatened by a killer, and the detective who falls for her. ” - macktan894
The Commitments (1991)
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (118 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ If you love soul music, you'll be enthralled by this story of a group of Irish kids who form an R&B band in Dublin. Hilarious, but the music is first rate. I still listen to it all the time on my ipod. "The Irish are the blacks of Europe." The manager berates the singers --"it's not 'roide Sally roide, it's ride Sally ride!" ” - macktan894
Almost Famous (2000)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ This film is absolutely precious about a young aspiring rock music writer who, on assignment from Rolling Stone, comes of age on a road trip with a favorite bank and falls in love with Penny Lane. ” - macktan894
Che: Part One (2008)
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. (134 mins.)
“ Both parts of this Steven Soderbergh film are magnificent covering the rise of Fidel Castro's revolution and the rise and fall of Che Guevara. No matter your politics, this is a terrific film about revolution, its hardscrabble beginnings and its transformation into a status quo power. Part 2 is equally good. ” - macktan894
Thunderheart (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ This list is about films I've connected to, films that have touched me, and Thunderheart is one of them. Val Kilmer is brilliant as an FBI agent, Ray Lavoi, who has denied his Indian Sioux heritage but is called upon to use it in an assignment on a reservation. The film focuses on Ray's self discovery and the bond he builds with the very people he's been sent to take advantage of. A very spiritual, touching film. ” - macktan894
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ A magical Spielberg film, the beginning and end of which are the best parts. Great special effects that still hold up and convey impressive awe. ” - macktan894
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ The first time I saw this movie, I was terrified, moreso than after watching even Psycho. What's so stupendous about this film are the numerous plot twists involving this little girl and her origins. It still scares the crap out of me after all these years. The only time I've been truly frightened after experiencing a work of fiction is after I finished reading "The Shining." I was in my 20s, but I slept with the lights on. ” - macktan894
Never Forever (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When an American woman begins a dangerous relationship with an attractive immigrant worker, in order to save her marriage, she finds her true self. (104 mins.)
Director: Gina Kim
“ Remember, this is a list of movies I enjoy enough to watch them over and over, not all of which are award winners. But if you are a romantic, you'll love this intercultural romance between an American and an illegal Korean immigrant. The score will stay with you always. ” - macktan894
Silkwood (1983)
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A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Meryl Streep as Karen Silkwood, Cher as her friend, and a lesbian who's in love with her, and Kurt Russell as her devoted boyfriend are magnificent in this film about how the corporate culture will not hesitate to destroy you if you mess around with their profits. Even if it means irradiating you. ” - macktan894
Crooklyn (1994)
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Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973. (115 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ I cry whenever I see this film about a young black girl growing up in a close Brooklyn family. ” - macktan894
Walk the Line (2005)
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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon totally do it in this romantic biopic of Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter. Joaquin sings all the best of Cash and delivers it with downhome swagger. I'm not a big Witherspoon fan, but she totally brung it in this film. ” - macktan894
Ray (2004)
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ A deeply textured biopic of Ray Charles that delves into his hardscrabble childhood, the loss of his sight, gifts he was given in recompense, and relentless fight to the top. The music is sublime and Regina King as Margie Hendricks of the Raelettes is heartbreaking. Ray's decades long heroin habit is also examined. ” - macktan894
Julia (1977)
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At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. (117 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Anyone who prizes the creative spirit would adore this film about Lillian Hellman, the playwright, and her lifelong friendship with the brilliant but tragic Julia. Julia focuses on primarily 2 relationships--her friendship with Julia, which ultimately demands great bravery, her romance with fellow writer Dashiell Hammett, who tough loves her through the writing of her first play--The Children's Hour. Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and inspiring. ” - macktan894
American Splendor (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
“ I'm not a comic book reader but that didn't stop me from appreciating this offbeat film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the comic book series American splendor. Just goes to show you that creativity can be found anywhere. Paul Giamatti is perfect as the grubby Pekar. ” - macktan894
Running on Empty (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A moving film about a family on the run because Mom & Dad Pope are wanted for the 70s revolutionary acts, like blowing up a military installation and accidentally blinding a guard. River Phoenix plays one of their two sons, a musically gifted 17-year-old. The film explores their lives once the drama wanes and all that's left are warrants & bounty hunters & persistent feds. How all this affects their families is ultimately heartbreaking. ” - macktan894
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Why do I like this film so much? For one, V is a fantastic character, a lone wolf revolutionary who's been created out of injustice. He's made a list of those who have wronged him and he's determined to both seek revenge and enlighten a country that's become much too passive and controlled. "People should not be afraid of the govt, govt should be afraid of the people." ” - macktan894
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ The film cleverly addresses modern society as lemmings who are plugged into the matrix, a dream world in which they have no power or even corporeal existence. Saving humankind depends on a band of renegade hacktivists who are unplugged and live outside the matrix in reality. Their salvation lies in the hands of a special person, the One, whom they must rescue from the Matrix and rehabilitate--handle, NEO. ” - macktan894
Kinsey (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior. (118 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ Liam Neeson is perfect in this biopic as Alfred Kinsey, pioneer in human sexuality. Really interesting scenes on how Kinsey collected his research, put together his teams, and promoted openness about the subject. His personal & married life was quite unconventional as well. ” - macktan894
Wonder Boys (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ One of my favorite Michael Douglas films. He plays a college writing professor who has writer's block and a literary agent (Robert Downey, Jr, who's hysterical) who's pestering him for his next great novel. He's also having an affair with his dept chair's wife. Toby Maquire plays a student with the gift of prose and a love for Marilyn Monroe. Great Bob Dylan score. ” - macktan894
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Anthony Hopkins as the dashing but lethal Hannibal Lechter is magnetic. Great scenes include a pickpocket trying to outsmart Hannibal, the Dante lecture & aftermath, and of course the dinner scene with Ray Liotta and Julianne Moore. ” - macktan894
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ There are few, if any, Martin Scorsese films that I dislike. This one, with Ray Liotta playing Henry Hill, a young kid who works his way up through mob hierarchy, is extremely entertaining and witty. ” - macktan894
The Nun's Story (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ This movie unfolds like a novel. Audrey Hepburn is an idealistic young German woman who falls in love with God and becomes a nun, although she quickly finds out it's not as easy as she thought it would be. Her challenges & setbacks provide much tension and it ends on a heartbreaking note. (Scenes in the Congo are so outdated, they border on offensive.) ” - macktan894
Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother. (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ This coming of age film about latino & Dominican young people is both hysterical and unexpectedly touching and romantic. It'll make you look back on your first love days and realize how strong & passionate those feelings were. ” - macktan894
Birth (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ What would you do if the love of your life died and then a young boy approached you, knowing everything about you, and said he was your dead husband reborn? Nicole Kidman plays the fragile widow who's finally managed to get over her deceased husband and get engaged when a young boy upsets everything. Danny Huston as her fiancee slowly comes undone with this mystery, and Anne Heche is brilliant as another woman. The score & atmosphere of this film is one of enchantment. Haunting. ” - macktan894
Unbreakable (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
“ This is actually my favorite M. Knight Shymalan (?) film, even over Sixth Sense (once you know the twist....). Bruce Willis is great as an security guard who finds out he's has special protective powers by means of a comic book collellctor (Sam Jackson) who is his opposite. One of Jackson's best roles--and outstanding character look. ” - macktan894
A History of Violence (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
“ I watched this film for the first time about 6 or 7 years after its release. How could I have missed it? Viggo Mortenson plays an undistinguished owner of a diner who's forced to rely on some skills he'd put away. His transformation is truly visceral. And don't miss William Hurt in a small part that packs a wallop, "broham." ” - macktan894
The Great White Hope (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ James Earl Jones is powerful as Jack Jefferson, a black boxer who won the heavyweight title and wanted to live his life as he chose, much to the consternation of white powers that be. In true imperialistic & racist fashion, he lost both. ” - macktan894
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I got into science fiction after reading a lot of Octavia Butler novels and became more receptive to scifi film. So even though this film came out in 1982, I watched it for the first time this year. Sometimes your mind just isn't open to certain ideas until you've taken an evolutionary step or someone has shown you the way. ” - macktan894
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ You don't expect this prison film to be so uplifting and inspiring. Along the way, all of us find ourselves imprisoned be it by dogma, fear, expectations, and it takes courage to liberate yourself. and it doesn't hurt to have a friend. ” - macktan894
The Brave One (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ The grief that engulfs you after you lose someone you loved more than yourself can transform you, debilitate you, vanquish you. Jodie Foster is a public radio host who is nearly killed during a Central Park mugging. Her fiancee is killed. She never really recovers from the experience and becomes a stranger to herself. Terence Howard is the detective who catches on to her and tries to save her. Heartbreaking. ” - macktan894
Redbelt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition. (99 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Even if you don't like Mixed Martial Arts, you should love this interesting story of a master fighter with integrity who won't fight for money, a decision disapproved by everybody who knows him, including his wife. Events challenge his stance. David Mamet film. ” - macktan894
De-Lovely (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
“ Romantic beyond belief. Story of Cole Porter is unexpectedly de-lightful; the music is enchanting. I believe this is one of Kevin Kline's best roles, also Ashley Judd's. Cameos from singers Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, diana Krall, Sheryl Crow & more. An unusual love story. ” - macktan894
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
“ If you love Anthony Hopkins, you'll drool over his performance as CS Lewis at a time in his life when he meets Joy, a poet, who wins his heart and ultimately shatters it. ” - macktan894
High Art (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ Frankly, I was shocked when I saw that Ally Sheedy played the lead role of a celebrated gay photographer and heroin addict who falls for her editor. This film is a gem. ” - macktan894
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ I watched this film for the very first time this year 2011 and instantly fell in love with it. It's poetically written and aptly allegorizes the system of discrimination that often structuralizes the social order. In this future world, the kind of discrimination is genoism aimed at people of natural, not genetically enhanced, birth. Vincent, lead character, is a natural birth, but he's also ambitious beyond his station and he finds a way--he becomes a "borrowed ladder" and assumes the genetically perfect identity of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law) as a means of achieving his goal to travel to another planet. ” - macktan894
Street Smart (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder. (97 mins.)
“ This film has always fascinated me, primarily because of Morgan Freeman's terrifying and authentically ghetto performance as a feared pimp and gangsta who's smart enough to take advantage of a shady reporter to liberate himself from jail. Loved the grill! ” - macktan894
Heist (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch. (109 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, and Danny DeVito kill it in this David Mamet film of criminals forced to outsmart criminals. Has one of the best opening sequences ever--robbery in process. Classic Mamet dialogue which, one your ear is attuned, sounds great and gives you some memorable lines. ” - macktan894
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again. (121 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ When this film first came out, Geena Davis was cheered as awesome in the role of an amnesiac housewife who finds out, with the help of Samuel Jackson playing detective, that she is a feared assassin. Jackson is absolutely hilarious in this film and without his performance this film would have been less than mediocre. Brilliant casting. ” - macktan894
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
“ Tom Hanks & Leo DiCaprio don't sound one wrong note in this funny but suspenseful story of a young impostor who so easily fools everyone for a very long time. ” - macktan894
Ronin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
“ The chase scenes are to die for. DeNiro plays a tough ex-CIA mercenary who's after a big cheese. Pure adrenaline from start to finish. ” - macktan894
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Scary and a little bit sad about two guys on a jaunt through the English countryside who encounter a myth. To this day, best werewolf transformation ever filmed. Michael Jackson loved it so much he hired the director, John Landis, to direct Thriller. ” - macktan894
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ A real estate con artist and son of an even bigger con artist decides to return to his brilliant talent as a pianist and audition for a leading agent. By the director of Un Prophete. Such an original story about the human spirit and the search for fulfillment, moving, unexpected twists, deeply satisfying. ” - macktan894
Black Robe (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter. (101 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Compare this film with Dances with Wolves. The Indians and the circumstances of the missionaries are much more realistically portrayed--life is grittier, all are dirtier because they live outdoors. Even though ultimately missionaries and their govts would win, it's an ugly, wrongheaded, distasteful victory that killed many. ” - macktan894
The Order (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order. (102 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Heath Ledger plays a Carolingian priest, a special order trained to fight the devil and his agents. After his mentor dies in Rome, he & others fly there to investigate. They come into contact with a sin eater (Benno furmann) who suggests a destiny is playing out. This is a creepy movie from start to end. ” - macktan894
North Face (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps... (126 mins.)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
“ Harrowing. What kind of person attempts to climb a mountain and battle such horrible elements? I needed a tranquilizer after seeing this film. Benno Furman is extraordinary as is the actress who plays his unrequited love. Some of the best mountain climbing scenes ever, and these guys did it without crapons. ” - macktan894
Gandhi (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ Ben Kingsley is incredibly powerful in this role that shows Gandhi's awakening as a peaceful revolutionary determined to reclaim India for its people. His principles of nonviolent civil disobedience endure and have guided movements all over the world. Inspiring. ” - macktan894
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ Yes, I always cry when this movie ends. If you don't, you have a heart of ice. This film is magical from the very beginning when Kevin Costner hears voices in his corn field, to the middle when he hunts down reclusive, celebrated writer played by James Earl Jones, and picks up Archie (Burt Lancaster) to give him the chance he never had on the diamond. ” - macktan894
Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory. (384 mins.)
“ Okay. Technically this mini-series shouldn't be on here but it's as good as any movie and it's my list. The book was engrossing and so was this film. Who can forget Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call, two ex rangers who get the hell out of Texas (wise choice) and drive their stolen herd to Montana. Outstanding supporting cast includes Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Chris Cooper and more. ” - macktan894
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Terence Malick's film about first contact of grubby English with noble Native Americans enchanted me. Colin Farrell's romance with the Princess (John Smith & Pocahontas myth) makes your heartbeat quicken. Beautifully shot in Malick style with a lot of camera work focused on the trees, water, insects. ” - macktan894
Fly Away Home (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ This is an uplifting story about a girl who loses her mother in a car accident and goes to Canada to live with her estranged father, an artist who makes gigantic creatures. Her adjustment is helped by a flock of geese she saves and nurtures when their natural habitat is destroyed. How she teaches them to be geese and migrate south for the winter is the thrilling part of this story. Watch it on as big a screen as you can with surround sound. ” - macktan894
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ Angela Bassett deserved Best Actress for her performance of Tina Turner in this biopic that covers her life from origins to star to victim to resurgence. Laurence Fishburne as Ike is equally mesmerizing. The film gives him his due as a musical genius and producer with an eye for talent but also doesn't shrink from his deeply flawed nature that brought him down and nearly Tina, too. The song's are glorious and Angela does her TT dance moves spectacularly. I love the picture because it shows that you can go through a protracted dark period and still come out the other side if you find a way to fight your way through it and hang in there. If your spirit is flagging, put this one in the blu-ray and have a drink. ” - macktan894
The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances... (130 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ A TV movie but a stunning film nonetheless about, yes, the Chiquita Banana dancer who rose from the slums of St. Louis to become an international sensation as singer and dancer and heroine of the French Resistance. Baker's story is unique. She rose to great heights overseas, but when she finally came home to Jim Crow America, she was treated like any other black person of the times and denied use of swimming pools and front entrances. She tried fighting racism and was boycotted until she left the U.S. again. She wouldn't play to segregated audiences. Yes, she adopted all those kids, her Rainbow Tribe, and ultimately brought herself down, foreclosed upon and in the streets. Grace Kelley of Monaco rescued her. She died performing, glamorous even as an old woman. One of her sons wrote her biography which is equally absorbing. ” - macktan894
The Company (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ About the competitive world of ballet and its artistic glory. It takes place in Chicago and represents Chicago's ballet company The Joffrey and its yearly struggle to produce the best ballets it can fundraise for. The ballet dancers are dedicated and ambitious though most aren't well paid and must moonlight and den up with each other in order to survive. Neve Campbell plays a rising ballerina who falls in love with a chef (James Franco) and is given (by eccentric director Malcom McDowell, a hoot!) a chance to star in an exceptional and closing number The Blue Snake. Great movie to watch at Xmas and beautiful dance numbers with great designs. ” - macktan894
Solaris (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet. (99 mins.)
“ In a way, this scifi film fits in with alternate parallel universes tropes. Clooney plays a shrink who is grieving the loss of his wife and who's asked to recover a crew from a space ship in trouble by the planet Solaris. Solaris apparently has some unusual powers in that it creates copies of people from your imagination and draws you into its world that way. Also a great romantic tale with Natasha McElhone playing Clooney's lost love. Viola Davis gives her usual strong performance as a learned space engineer fighting Solaris. ” - macktan894
Prince of the City (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ One of the most emotionally wrenching films I've ever seen. Treat Williams plays a New York detective who gets in deep in an investigation into police corruption. Vowing not to give up his partners, he ends up doing just that--family--and he unravels bit by bit during the 2 hours of this film. Bears resemblance to Serpico, Donnie Brasco, The Undeparted, We Own the Night--all favorites of mine. ” - macktan894
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ If you are a fan of scifi, then you've seen AS in which William Hurt as Dr. Jessup experiments with some ancient Mexican hallucinogen that causes him to either genetically transform or perceive he is some quasi simian proto human eating goats. Blair Brown plays his concerned anthropologist wife. What happens to Dr. Jessup is really "mind blowing" to use the argot of the times. Charles Haid is hysterical as one of the doctors helping Jessup with his experimentation. See if you can spot Drew Barrymore! ” - macktan894
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ "We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold." This is the quintessential 60s/70s movie that highlights the attraction drugs and getting high and hitting the road had for so many people. Johnny Depp (Hunter S. Thompson) and Benicio del Toro (Raoul) are exquisite as two high out of their minds professionals--one a celebrated writer, the other his lawyer--who rent a convertible to attend an assignment in Las Vegas. I suspect they had a lot of fun making this film. ” - macktan894