Remembering a golden age of ARTHOUSE, a special time of Sonic Youth, and films that generally, aficionados won't have on their lists because they have no heart/s, (and they can only senti mentally credit anything +- pre 1970's)...

by queerever | created - 21 Nov 2010 | updated - 07 Jul 2012 | Public

I wrote something silly as the film list title. Now, after trolling around IMDB I am learning that it's pretty much a contemporary list. Need to be aficionados seem to think film history almost dies at about the 1970's or 90's, or thereabouts. So, here is a "nichey" list. Yes, cooler in the best sense of the word cool, than focussing on cinema's vanguard and frankly, white Bourgeois and/or Russian/ Japanese dominance... Smelling a bit of fascism from IMDB's film historians? Well, come here and smell my certainly less boring fascisms :) NO PARTICULAR ORDER. The only order in this list is the manic episode bent that brought me here. And please, my aficionado friends; I always left cinema classic stuff off, to not repeat, so many lists, so alike. Now I realise though, maybe some fatherless child, will look up to me, look up to my list, and finally see THAT must see film, due to daddy's coaching & coaxing. PS. Film aficionados - YOU SUCK because you never, ever seem to have the ring of any poetry in your listings / writings! :) AND, finally, take a pointer from Chris Marker - completely personal viewpoint/s are actually that which show the most HUMILITY!

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1. Happiness (1998)

Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker

Votes: 59,308 | Gross: $2.81M

The best US (cannot be called American, that term belongs to Eskimos in North Canada and Drunkards in southern Patagonia), the best or at least close to the most important US film ever. Well, not including Spike Lee or 'Brokeback Mountain'. However we can all win: Best White (this) Best Black (Spikey) Best Alternative (two gays in the hills of Wyoming) Ah see, not even that contemporary... maybe all just a niche of super ego, from certain points in a personal history... der fred, as all movie lists.

Art and film can and should unite the best and worst of fantasy and reality. Here it is, the very definition of neuroses. So real it is fantastical. So sympathetic I found myself sympathising with a shock, horror, paedophile. (No, that is not an okay to paedophilia. I like my Trannies of age.) And it was hilarious, super fark ing hilarious. Anything this sharp and intelligent will always get my vote.

2. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.3
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The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 10,677 | Gross: $0.00M

Iranians are the best. Find out why. (Not at making films, particularly, but Iranians are the most human humans there are. Full stop. From a variety of sources I have calculated that their Hospitality is hands-down the best. Did you know that KOREANS travel in Iran with a guide that explains how they can wait around certain places and meet people so they never have to pay their own way; accommodation, food, heart, BROTHER AND SISTER HOOD OF IRAN). Once again, if you are so DULL that you believe all the negative lies about Iran, that the media invent, OR that Bourgeois (I want even more money than lots of money Iranian) Iranians invent - you think a Jewish Nazi is SUCH a contradiction - time to wake up, fool. PS. I love Jews. I even love Muslims, (however Religion is the worst thing about Iran, oh yes, thank you Arabs). I love Arabs. I even love yanks, Poms and god darned Aussies. I love everybody but can hate most of you too. This film is about none of that, but it defines Iran - simple, fantastic, incredibly human.

3. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 66,942 | Gross: $27.55M

Spike Lee began changing my (artistic) life with this. This was probably the first love; that I could see the (important) break between mainstream and "other". Of course, us black people will maybe always be other, and better.

4. Betty Blue (1986)

120 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland

Votes: 14,857 | Gross: $2.00M

The first time I watched a REALLY long film and still wanted more, (Director's Cut).

5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 280,859 | Gross: $83.04M

Yes, did a good review on this film page, at least some gay men liked it - search for it, it's short and succinct, and almost no politics.

6. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 84,185 | Gross: $2.08M

Yeah baby. This film rocks SO hard, and I luuuuurve a film where it's all like normal, normal (where normal is FANTASTIC, intense) and then little surreal pieces are just thrown in for show. I think the French win for best classic moments in films. When he was all, predicting the deer, and then the deer actually appears, 'the beat that my heart skipped', I had this lightness come over me, it felt like the film did something beyond religious for me. Magic. Beauty. Intelligence. Oh yeah, thumbs up for shedding good light on Arabs, even though I don't like Arabs, ha ha, just kidding: She broke my heart, cause I couldn't chant (the Koran) . . . You know, Bush shoulda ripped off (his former buddy) Saddam's head, then all that was missing was for Bush's head to be ripped off. And in the same way; Arabs want sympathy for being victims for Colonialism, yet forget the nastiness in their history - Iran, Persia, to this day, still suffers due to the VIOLENT (no, not peaceful, arabs) INVASIONS. Religion is bad, simple as that, except Zoorastrians, Sufis, some Muslims, a few Jews, and 1 or 2 Christians. Bahai'is, stop being so conservative and you got my vote. Oh yeah, other religions, particularly Asian ones, are the ones that need not mention the name. Can't we all just get along, at least in a french Prison? ha ha. Death to the Corsicans!

7. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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33 Metascore

1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 87,816 | Gross: $0.01M

Every one else has City of God, so that's a wasted vote. This is fantastic in its own way. Even Brasil's garbage (this film) is better than most Hollywood Blockbusters. Even though ridiculous, there are some very true issues touched on, in a realistic way. Brasil is at once the most anarchic place, therefore fascisms will also take root. It also deserves an Oscar simply for showing how NGO's are full of self-serving Bourgeois who are FAR WORSE for the communities they purport to assist. Did any other film do it so well apart from 'Quanto é ou é por kilo' or some such. Hey, that's off the top of my head - how good is his Portugues!?

8. Tell No One (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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82 Metascore

After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears.

Director: Guillaume Canet | Stars: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 42,937 | Gross: $6.18M

Simply, this, for all intents and purposes has EVERY darn thing that a good Hollywood film may have. Yet here you can see how the French are one or more steps ahead of Hollywood, EVERY thing is done with more class and style, and seems more real, better acted, better looking people, and it's not all because I am YET another sucker for French accents. I am not. Death to all Imperialists and Colonialists, but give me their films first.

9. I cento passi (2000)

114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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"I cento passi" (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastatos' house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Luigi Maria Burruano, Lucia Sardo, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 4,271

If I were ever to accept sentimentalism as high art; it would have to be Italian. The film, the young, idealist Communist I wanted to be. Communism is everything, capitalism is murder: what a pity that real life cannot follow ideology. For x mins. (how long is it) we dream with these young'uns that yes, we can. PS. that pun has nothing to do with Obama - if you label him as some kind of Socialist you are SO ignorant and susceptible to propaganda, your mother should have aborted you - the lower IQs are gonna challenge our species survival, so it's not fair to the rest of us. Why isn't THAT grounds for Capital Punishment!? Capitalism = Mafia or something worse, more covert, (wasn't that a nifty little joiner back to the film!?)

10. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 410,795 | Gross: $0.71M

This and Kung Fu Hustle are the only 2 films in which ALL the "violence" and "fights" are fantastic. Instead of boring. Fights and action were invented for people with low attention spans, also known as morons, idiots, please do NOT insult the monkeys or donkeys. Old Boy is super fabulous, surreal. Remember kiddies and racists, without this man, Park, Tarantino would never had his most important inspiration or is that, aspiration. Contemporaries; why is the half lame and half moronic one the far more famous one?? Clue, Chan-Wook Park is not at all lame or moronic, he is a living legend.

11. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.0
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85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 70,180 | Gross: $1.32M

Kryzwalckahfbgskisky was another in a big list of amazing film makers. The trilogy touched me - I was at a ripe age, they were cutely profound instead of too farking slow [pretentious].* (Retrospective note on pretentious -bad word - 'too farking slow' would suffice. And as we be in the process of aging; that can, does and should change...) Very intellectual man with an ocean deep of sentiments, longing. Emotional journey instead of the emotional manipulation of Hollywood, and even other 'Arthouse' films. Anybody miss the days when Arthouse was fresh? See one, see the trilogy, see the Decalogue.

12. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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67 Metascore

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 32,724 | Gross: $19.28M

Spike Lee does it so good. In so many ways. I is black. It was hilarious when there was some kind of lash back over him making this film with so many white peoples. However, he wasn't going to be limited by archaic political correctness (not until sept. 11, 2000 and something anyway). This was another flourish of his unique cinematography and "feel", he was about the closest to a true innovator and/or revolutionary, so late in the 20th Century. This is the best serial killer, but so much more than that, film, ever. There are so few films I ever want to see more than once. La Haine is the most re-watch-able film I know. When the heck will I get back to S.O.S . . . I am nearly dying to. HA HA HA. Serial killer . . . nearly dying . . . ha ha ha.

13. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 153,695 | Gross: $3.22M

Aronovsky is responsible for the Holocaust. He made the most holocaust in how bad it is, (yet loved and adored by fascists and generally people needing self help) - 'The . . .i almost cannot even bear it to pass my lips . . . Fountain' - Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk. However, before The FarkTain he made a fantastic film called 'Requiem something' and an even better film (less POP culture but more intriguing), 'Pi'.

14. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.5
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50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,117 | Gross: $2.19M

I is black people. Before he got old, and Sept. 11 2000 and something (I forget which year - I will always remember the murders and killing the yanks did in '53 with the highly civilised and progressive Irianans, oh yeah, and SEPTEMBER 11, 1973 to the Chileans . . due to the yankee intrusion on DEMOCRACY - socialist democracy is the ONLY democracy that has a chance to be good or okay for you and your environment and your children's chidren. . .anyway, the US have blood on their hands; Iran could never be free because she and her special oil were so coveted and these days Chileans are the only race WORSE, less sympathetic than the Spanish - YOUR OPINION IS NOT VALID IF YOU ARE WHITE AS YOU WILL INEVITABLY BE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY BY THESE LARGELY RACIST POPULATIONS.) The yankee 2000 and something has only the dubious distinction of starting to dumb down Spike Lee/ films, or maybe that was just because he is getting older and whiter. Of course, no insult - it is sometimes in the natural order of things UNLIKE CIA ASSISTED OVER THROWS OF GOOD, JUST, OPEN, FAIR & DEMOCRATIC GOVTS. Bamboozled is the best, US, political film ever. I is black. This is an extremely unique film, comes outta nowhere, went into hiding, and all the whiteys with guilt cannot stand it. It's the best jab in the face, and surprise, a film could be.

15. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 108,472 | Gross: $17.11M

All other martial art films are for martial fartists. This is for everyone. Like I said somewhere else, NEVER before was high farce SO acceptable and so well done. A serious film with mind-blowing aesthetics that leave 'Tiger / Dragon' in its wake. All you kiddies who love Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010), see where the best of it came from. But don't expect more similarities, okay!?

16. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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83 Metascore

An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal

Votes: 28,426 | Gross: $4.77M

Oh yeah, amongst the best film makers. This is SUPER hilarious, beyond ridiculous, yet still seems exactly as many kids are. DAMN KIDS. DAMN YOU TODD SOLONDZ, MAKE MORE FILMS YOU GENIUS.

17. Underground (1995)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.1
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A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac

Votes: 48,167

I can't remember this one too well. I was young, and blown away. It is the contemporary auteur artist's art for artistes. Huge, epic, BIG music, big ideas, ridiculous, funny, did the remarkable thing of a glimmer of a further political awakening. Yugoslav history that made me far more interested in said history. Communism, good or bad? Well, don't ask a Bourgeois, oh yeah, PS. I've lived in the Ghetto and even there it can be difficult to find someone NOT Bourgeois, or aspirant. I am, g damn it. One or the other . . .

18. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

7.9
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76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 53,229 | Gross: $4.04M

I am a sucker for sap. But this is special sap. Full blown soppy sap. I love Scotland too. The best white people in the world, by a lawng shawt. I would definitely live there if the temp. would rise above 20 celsius (IN SUMMER) and if the sun would come out a wee bit more, to shine on them wee bonny lasses. I don't really care too much about actors, but Emily Watson stunned me in this. Her and Betty Blue did most what I love in cinema - having ma wee heart RIPPED OUTTA MA CHEST.

19. Samson and Delilah (2009)

101 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton

Votes: 2,814

Australia. 'The other South Africa - Apartheid without the name.' I was supposed to keep incognito here, or there might be fatwas against me, at least some pseudo-intellectual nerd who had impressed the rest of the world (before he met my more shining than brilliant VITRIOL) might wanna do a Ted Kazinsky on me :( :) . . . but, this one concerns my home CU -NT - RY. F*#$ you Aussies. I hate every single Aussie who dares to ignore the anti-aborigine Holocaust, I hate with such a passion, I had to get outta there. Mum, I don't want to be a mass murderer. You have a nation with these luckiest, most privileged, HARD, hypocritical people. Raping the land - look at how Aust. is one of the very richest $-wise, how few people, and how it almost all depends on ripping up the ground, ABORIGINAL GROUND. I believe there should be ONE LAW and one law only, in terms of Land - it should belong to only who looks after it, even doing nothing with it, but NOT to people who do everything to PROFIT FROM it. This is THE BEST FILM, with so few words. It is the best Australian film ever, due to its beauty and honesty. Again, can you see I am "head heavy"? yet I didn't notice time pass with this film, and despite many minutes at times, passing without a word, I was enthralled. I would love to say 'Aborigine Rising' but the post-Colonialist, think they're so smart, holocaust denying Aussies may very well, STILL, have total success in putting an end to a highly civilised race, one that achieved what we think is science fiction only: telepathy, for one example. Study, learn, cry, respect.

20. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 75,885 | Gross: $8.26M

To minimise films here, I tried to choose only 1 by some of the best directors. Spike Lee was impossible as I is black. Ang Lee difficult except that 'Brokeback Mountain' is THE best love tragedy ever. Choosing an Almodovar then, is maybe the most difficult, like choosing a best song or album by Marvin Gaye, Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Clash, Morrissey, S M I T H S, Nina Simone, Bowie, Public Enemy, Buckley (father or son). And listen, I HATE THE SPANISH. I really do. You might think they are great for their AFTER DRUNK sympathy, maybe before, if you are white enough . . . maybe it's my problem because I look like an Arab, but jeez, they are some MISERABLE, with the personification of ARROGANCE, peoples. (Said arrogance only because they are also, INCREDIBLY insecure people) - The Spanish, just as bad as the English but at least the english are generally whites who prefer whites or just plain old self-loathing, not ex MOORISH Arabs who, just because of African proximity, hate themselves for THEIR OWN RACE! (Just like Jews hating Arabs, uh, duh. SAME PEOPLE. Everyone is NOT everyone, Lauryn Hill - The Persians reached the highest form of civilisation. full stop.) Having said so little, Almodovar is a genius, as unique as is possible as a film director. Wonderful. And before you think you are so smart and in a whiny voice ask, 'What is HIS problem?' LOOK AT THE FILM TITLE FOR THE ANSWER.

21. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 156,072 | Gross: $22.25M

The height of post modernity*. Go study the term if you are not sure. DO IT! So simple with the net. Oh yeah, the internet still hasn't learned how to make you UNDERSTAND! * Here I will make a rare retrospective revision. (3 Triple R, ya bogans). I should have said; 'height of post modern writer's film about being a writer at the same age that this author was at his mastrb8ing peak'. Ah, but then I read on. Even a couple of years ago I wasn't a fool - I kind of almost completely cover/ed my tracks, and YES the following contemporary was originally drafted, unedited, in those brackets! So as to modify meaning, but not screw it totally and/or show one's madness, as quotation marks may: ..... The (contemporary) writer's writer writing a film classic. Cool and hip -chip (had to do that because I never use the word hip). And wow, I'd forgotten it had Nicholas Cage, SO, (since AFTER 'Wild At Heart" and 'Vampire's Kiss' days), Sr. Cage was NOT the worst choice for his role, or just crud, in a crud movie . . .

22. Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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61 Metascore

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell

Votes: 218,374 | Gross: $45.17M

Simply, (ha, not possible for me:) Somewhat simply, it may get as funny, but doesn't get funnier. The best that Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller ever reached. It deserves a ten but only if you know how to let your hair down. Something like Rushmore or The Royal Tennenbaums gets close, but lose to this because where they inject too much sentimentality and/or seriousness, Zoolander is pure ridicule with a laugh at every word and gesture of the brow.

23. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 118,175 | Gross: $0.31M

YES, it's ridiculous to try to create a hierarchy of "best" films. Then again, we humans are extremely imperfect, our every decision needs some form of prejudice or HIERARCHY-al-lise-ing ment. But this film should be NUMBER 1, at least for younger people. This is the simplest, jew boy, black boy, arab boy parable ON THE BEST DOPE EVER SMOKED. BEST SHOT EVER - look for Edith Piaf mixed with NWA (YES, f*#$ the police) FLYING OVER THE FRENCH GHETTO. BEST FILM SHOT EVER, (not counting the entire 'Russian Ark'). This film also takes the distinction of making Black and White film not only worthwhile, but the best choice. (Those that singularly prefer B&W are sentimental fools -"when men were men, and film making was FAR MORE ELITIST than it is, even today".) La Haine is the ONLY film to see before you die. Unless you are gay and then you'd better also see 'Brokeback Mountain' and if you are super gay 'Prayers for Bobby'. (No kidding, certainly no Homophobia, I loved those two films as well. But am I being far too influenced by 'Family Guy', persistent gay jokes? Probably not, Seth McFarlane DEFINITELY has something repressed there, and me, I was the classic, "Gay guy with a straight guy hiding in the closet", post modern freak show.)

24. XXY (2007)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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67 Metascore

The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti

Votes: 11,431 | Gross: $0.05M

Apart from social justice itself - gender and sexuality are THE most important, way too under engaged with subjects, for all you IDIOTS to wise up on. This is an oh so subtle POWERHOUSE. And don't cry that you don't get a peek at HER pee-nis.

25. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky

Votes: 15,927 | Gross: $0.04M

This is the teenage viewers true test. Difficult enough in going against "typical film conventions", yet so sumptuous, so rich, as some critics rave - of course it is a true feat of cinematography. This film seems to lament the decline of the elite, Tsarist, pre-revolutionary Russia, and unbelievably, I almost cried too - or did I cry? It's been a long time, okay. You see, hardened Communist me, CAN cry for his enemy. I won't always let politics in the way of living, or great film, not yet, not right now. Let's hope never. Do many of you deserve the sacrifice of others? This is 2011, people.

26. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

7.5
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91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 5,819 | Gross: $3.79M

Simply the best. It has EVERYTHING the best film could dream of. Quite long but action packed. And a rare insight into what was as good as an alien culture to me. Love 'em heaps!

27. Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 13,145 | Gross: $0.24M

Cinema re-invigorated! Maybe the best soundtrack with super hip visuals combination ever! So real, but with such a chic lens that it seems surreal. And one of the best "political films" ever. AND, equally the best Italian film, ever. :) That's quite a lot, all in one film. No.

28. Pope Joan (2009)

149 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham, John Goodman, Iain Glen

Votes: 7,508

Best Hollywood epic film ever. Oh yeah, of course, because it's not from there. Bravo Germans, great(est) mainstream fodder ever. Of course my love for it was helped by the fact I've been theorising about Patriarchal lies, suppression, oppression & repression since I was a wee one. Go girls. Go feminism when it's also humanistic! The best you'll ever see John Goodman, and he is also fantastic in it.

29. También la lluvia (2010)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, History

7.5
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69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 10,908 | Gross: $0.56M

Great work. I can just imagine people not liking it, thinking/ saying the film makers were exploiting, also like in Colonialist history - well, that's exactly the point, and extremely well done at that!

30. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

8.1
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100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 20,583

So hyper stylised and beautiful, it has more influence on more film in a far more interesting way than your yank-wank cinema canon, (ie. Welles, Hitchcock, yawn, yawn, yank, etc). It's kind of a huge shame I didn't see this before I saw anything done by Lynch (amongst others), so I could have been a little more savvy and rightfully less impressed by just about every other Director, ever. Certainly up there with Kubrick, but because he has a funny Italian name, and doesn't come from our anglo-phony-centric hell, we have to dig all that much deeper to find our "heroes"... Bravissimo Bertolucci! *beep* you yanks; everybody else does everything you've ever done, better, and here's the proof. I can't believe this is not equally the most hyped film in all cinema history!

31. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History

8.0
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In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 44,544 | Gross: $0.05M

The "being an aficionado is more important than love" nerd losers have one decent point to make. Educating yourself with film, finding the patience, or simply becoming patient, opens up different readings, understandings and even consciousness. Of course. Remember children, some go about 300km/h, others don't even want to crawl. I like the crawlers more, and quite detest the very fast, but go quite darn fast myself. See the dilemma!? This really is a good film. I may always like to rape myself on a political di l do... in this VISIONARY film, there is a moment when some loser guy says something condemning/ blaming the Jews. 1925 children! Yes, I am more or less "anti-Zionist", I hate all types of Imperialism, but I got no problems with the Jews in general - If you do, shall the crowd turn and condemn you, too, you closeted fascist twat, fool and Kant! In 1925, child, there was a film maker WAY ahead of you! And that's only one of the great things about this film.

32. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

8.2
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 33,556

Have I put Pasolini's 'Salo' on the list yet? 2, great, anti fascist films. Salo, I saw when I was an adolescent, and loved it because it was shocking for a great reason. This I watched somewhere in the past, unfortunately I was gaming at the same time, so only partly took it in. In another act of sacrilege to (hellishly boring, maladjusted) film aficionados, this second watching, I watched some bits in fast forward - you see, the part of me that is well adjusted - watches films with someone far less patient (for films) than I am. Even still, much of the sumptuous beauty of this film is etched in my memory. I am happy for my less patient partner - I don't need this film even more etched... It is the god of all, 'shocking for best reasons' film, exactly as the (Soviet) Russian Gods are the reason we don't all speak Deutsch e Nihongo. (Forget Italiano, those pansies would have been swallowed whole by the other, major, fascist powers). Apart from seeing this film, never forget that equally the #1 fascist in today's world is the yankee petroleum, greed machine. YES, idiots, not saying that EVERY country doesn't have its oppressors also... Come and see, baby. This is (slow/er) high art, but farking rock'n'roll on speed too.

33. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

6.0
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 43,699

See above. Saw this when I was a wee one, and got it. And HATED the stupid wogs & yobs, (Melbourne's, keep-the-rape-in-the-fam- Island-Peasant Greeks, mostly), who couldn't stop snickering at the "rude bits". HA HAHAHA to those mo' foes when the punch line came down in THIS film! They really did shut the fark up! Ha ha ha. Understand your world, it's ills, something like this is going on somewhere right now, still. SO, stop being ignorant so at least you MAY NOT be part of the problem. Nuff said, let Pasolini & Elem Klimov say the rest. They've made stunners of films for y'all.

34. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 42,809

This one goes out to some person who also has a list round these parts. I thought they were pretty awesome, but they are probably gonna hate me. I'm fine with that. Though, here is my ode - Herzog is not one of my faves - he is actually a pig; he has no problem more or less exploiting people (and the environment and whatever is at hand, ie. money can buy), while he tells of history's most hard core exploitations! Funny that, you euro-north americans really need to grow up. But hey, while you still be marauding and consuming all you can in front of you, and in your neighbour's country, and anywhere... HEY, thanks for the films! I would have put 'Fitzcarraldo', and, but, funnily, THAT film is where he exploited at his most, I think. Ha ha ha. So, for, IMDB lister, what's yer name? This is a great, full on film too.

35. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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68 Metascore

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

Votes: 251,222 | Gross: $55.69M

You know, here's what's REALLY wrong with you horribly repressed yanks. I can't even quote the last line of this film here, because IMDB, prudish twat yank hypocrites will edit it out! I can research films here, where people's brains are being eaten while they're alive, genocides and brutally long explicit rape scenes, (crap film, you irreversible french twat), but I/ we c u nt say simple, harmless words... because of your far king kids, probably. Fark them!......... And that final line, Kubrick's final line to the world, is why I love this film and him and good on him for going out like that! Not his best film, but go to one of those navel gazing, loser film buff types to look into his great body of work.

36. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 43,119 | Gross: $0.06M

Film buffs are correct about this one. Just because it comes in a B/W package and is a bit old doesn't mean it doesn't push all the buttons of compelling entertainment. I've never really been into B/W films either, however keep your mind open to them. (Yeah, I aven't got much to say to freaks who adore B/W. Whatever, I'm sure your Romantic Projections are even more boring than the fluff deep, out of sight, in your navel :) Screw Romance, here's a revolutionary people's film!

37. The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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67 Metascore

A man returns to his home town after serving a prison sentence for homicide, and finds that the details of the crime have been forgotten and replaced with local legends and rumors.

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, Chris Cooke, Julia McNeal

Votes: 3,963 | Gross: $0.55M

I'm getting into the trend of choosing Director's and then a certain film that may not be their best. 'Trust' is more accessible than this, yet once again, I, the most passionate, takes sides, polemical minded man, am divided between slower, harder, kookier stuff, or purer, simpler, switch yer brain off, accessibility. Politics - can't sit on fence. Films - entertainment, sometimes close to apolitical, hence easier to sit on fence. Check out a Hal Hartley film, mo fo, he and Spike Lee are probably 2 of the freshest, newest, unique stylists in USA films across a 2 to 3 decade period. (Now, I am obsessed with knocking film buffery :) - ie. 2 or 3 decades during many, many of OUR LIFETIMES, not great grand ma ma's :)

38. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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82 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 956,375 | Gross: $290.48M

I want to increase my list size. Appeal to more people. I have many friends, but live in a place where, apart from the girl, I can get a little 'carente' (needy) for company. So, let's go all the way back. I think I was 6. I was lucky to see a truly great film - what timing was my age, and my Mum's invite, as this is probably the best of all the series.

39. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

8.6
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Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 40,685

I tend to prefer funniness in my TV. These guys win. If you want drama, story, more artistic freedom, etc, that's why film exists. Even the finest TV has greater limitations than most film...

40. Family Guy (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.2
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 263,434

Okay. No more timeline on my film list. Let's jump to TV, and the best of the cartoons. Takes off and goes where the Simpsons is too clean, and is not written by pseudo intellectual, hypocritical moralists who badly hide behind the opposite of that, even though I do like South Park too, (most of time).

41. BMX Bandits (1983)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.4
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Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: David Argue, John Ley, Nicole Kidman, Angelo D'Angelo

Votes: 3,923

I'm no big fan of Nicole Kidman, but I paid for all my horny little mates to go and see this. Or was it juts me that was pretty much the horniest freak... at about 6 years of age.

42. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 109,601 | Gross: $3.80M

Maybe the best film to watch stoned, ever. I got it, I totally got it. Look, even the greats, the geniuses (especially of cinema) are gonna be stupid about something, usually about themselves, particularly their own unconscious... desires, what else. I don't know if Mr. Lynch means to or what, but here he reached the peak of his exploration of MISOGYNY. It's that simple. I'm not even dreaming of guessing whether or how much he loves or hates women; that's not the point. However, maybe the process of making films is a transformationally un/conscious way for a person (cineaste) to flesh out their demons. Who does it better than Lynch!? All hail. 'Blue Velvet' is the soft c ok's Lynch fave - here is the hardcore, creepier than creepy itself, and some serious woman hating issues in this one... (Continued quite well in 'Mulholland Drive'), etc, etc. It's an awesome film. Made me love Bill Pullman even when he does total crap, ('Rio Sex Comedy', for example).

43. Saraband (2003 TV Movie)

R | 107 min | Drama, Music

7.8
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80 Metascore

Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Börje Ahlstedt, Julia Dufvenius

Votes: 5,877 | Gross: $0.65M

Wow. Funny about who are now old school film makers and their latter works. Nice coincidence (for me) that the ideas to write about Saraband come str8 after talking about Lynch's personal psychology recurring in his films. Apparently, Bergman's youth was horrendous... Let's go and "study" that to reconfirm, wait a moment... Ha. I am soooooooo very farking switched in and on. During the film, as I was thinking about my own knowledge of the Swedes, I couldn't help criticising how they are maybe the world's most childish lot, in terms of being so obsessed with marrying, over and over and over again - always blaming the partner (worst, childish conundrum), and thinking they'll get better than what they deserve in the next... marriage. FORGET ABOUT LOOKING IN THE MIRROR YOU A-HOLES, MAYBE THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR MULTIPLE MARRIAGES IS YOU!! So, I just found out that, not only in this film but also Bergman himself; ridiculous, incorrigible re-marry-ers. Too many times over for a decent, responsible person, (let's say, adult). Of course it has a lot to do with this film! But what it has EVERYTHING to do with, is the intense love & hate within a family, which obviously plagued Bergman until death. And wow. I think the best art drives even great, creative artists like myself, to clichés. It is an emotional tour de force, thoroughly compelling and entertaining. I reflect on 2 scenes which rival any scene of personal confrontations one could ever imagine, whether in reel life or real. If you are heavily, emotionally & intellectually inclined, this is powerful stuff. The Indians, at least one or some branch of Hinduism believes that the best way to deal with addiction is to increase your indulgence in it, until you may be purged. If it kills you, even better, (authorial reflection). So if you've read anything else I reviewed and saw my hackneyed, anti USAlien rants; here's one more. Whereas yankee crap would have the WOW kiss between father a daughter become some important disaster, our Swedish friend, Bergman implants one as a subtle, mere accent above a note to highlight the tension, and pretty much natural, psycho sexual, familial tension at that. Bergman is Freud incarnate in cinema; I wonder if his illustrious fans (incl. one of the world's most famous paedophiles, Woody Allen) acknowledge that, OR, like so many wankers around here, feel that good film reviewing consists of waxing lyrically about banal *beep* (while nothing so bad in itself), yet - NEVER GETTING TO THE HEART & CORE of the matter; ie. film makers and their films. The real motivations behind it all, and what's really going on. G darn it! If everything carries meaning, how amplified is it in (better) cinema!? Because I have provided insights and intelligence for you, maybe you can return the favour by hypothesising: WHY oh why is granddaddy most obsessed with his dead daughter in law, while (I believe) there is absolutely no mention of his own, nth wife, ie. the mother of his poor son and much beloved cellist grand daughter!? Is THAT something relevant to Bergman's screwed up life too?? (I'm sick and tired of whatever research about total losers, even those that make great films). Do NOT answer with your nerdy, technical, literal calculations - this is the fleshing out of psychology and intelligence, not rocket science.

44. Estômago (2007)

113 min | Drama

7.8
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In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place ... See full summary »

Director: Marcos Jorge | Stars: João Miguel, Fabiula Nascimento, Babu Santana, Carlo Briani

Votes: 4,231

Oh my goodness. I recently realised that there must be about a hundred, may be many more films in the recesses of my mind that are either lost forever, or I hope they will come, slowly but surely. I can't believe, for example, that I wanted a good representation of Brasilian cinema (at some moment in the past year or so), yet I didn't FIRST remember this. Maybe I will re arrange my list some day, in some kind of childish, hierarchical order, in which case, this film is about Top Ten. It's just so awesome. Sometimes I also think maybe I should or could give real, decent reviews, then maybe not. Maybe my style of maybe saying one important thing about a film, maybe referencing just one, killer scene or impression, maybe that's the fairest to anybody who may actually even read anything I wrote. This film is the most hilarious, extraordinarily dark masterpiece. Forget about 1937, people are still making fabulous films this century! Brasil really is a country with quite a rich, even if not prolific, cinema. This film probably shows off just how cultivated and surprising Brasilian cinema can be, also.

45. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 52,202 | Gross: $0.37M

If I were to ever respect and enjoy a film about bloody Pommie yobs, this is it.

46. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,616 | Gross: $2.38M

The extremely high cinematic/ aesthetic ideals reached here, combined with the simplicity of this film, warrant a mention and a viewing. I see Korea, along with Brasil and Iran as cinema's strongest nations that don't get the audiences or credit they deserve. The new poles of cinema; interesting to see what the future will bring.

47. Heaven (I) (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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68 Metascore

A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 21,454 | Gross: $0.77M

This escape against all odds, "get out of jail" trash is fantastic fodder.

48. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 294,579 | Gross: $88.51M

On the subject of escape film, ('Heaven'), leads me to remember the man I don't forget. The cross genre genius, my beloved Spike Lee. By no means his best, but probably the film that least has his give away signatures, hence showing off his broad talent. Go and look in your belly at your old crap - this matches the quality of any heist film in history!

49. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 70,115 | Gross: $48.17M

And while we're at it. You white people suck so bad, and this film so good. This is a film about the guy, more important than M.L.King Jr. And Spike deserves several entries...

50. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 45,077 | Gross: $34.70M

This and 'Salvador', which I shall list next. Maybe highly incorrect, maybe, but if you got brains, you will see the truth behind, and it's good to be aware... of what goes on in your world.

51. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 16,608

See 'The Killing Fields'. Except this has a lighter side, NOT to lessen the darker side. Maybe just the narrative device to function more as a regular film, kind of a failure in that but kind of not. James Woods is a bit stilted at the same time fantastic, in this.

52. Missing (1982)

PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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78 Metascore

When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Votes: 15,376 | Gross: $14.00M

In the vein of how much I love politically astute films... And you know, you can bitch & moan about Leftist's all your like, but at least our propaganda is about protecting decent, innocent people, and just because we don't see your empty consumerist, Bourgeois life as the most thrilling thing, doesn't mean you should knee jerk react against the Humanism of the Left. About 99% (or more) of great art and artists comes from the Left, so wake up to the politics of intelligence, insight, good sense and sensibility. If you disagree, I hope a right wing junta drag you off to prison & massacre your family, because time is running out for wake up calls. (And again, Stalin this, Fidel that, wah, wah, wah. Do I need to mention that the Left is very far from perfect? Truth is, the kind of bad I, Costa Gavras, Ken Loach, etc. are talking about, ie. right wing bad, are far more prevalent and far more likely & guilty of said, scary ills in this world. Wake up to the dominant paradigms.)

53. Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

7.6
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David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 8,655 | Gross: $0.23M

Nuff said. Except. Did you know that Cubans selflessly shipped off to Angola to fight against the spread of Apartheid? Cuba gave them up and they went, 100% to help protect ordinary black African people from the spread of equally the most explicitly racist regime in human history. No deployment in the hope of gaining natural resources in exchange... get the drift? Here, it's a Brit going off to the Spanish Civil War (against you nasty fascists).

54. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 292,123 | Gross: $11.29M

Deserved all the hype.

55. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 153,602 | Gross: $20.17M

Also deserved the hype. Led me to watch more films with Ricardo Darin. He rocks.

56. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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74 Metascore

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 11,132 | Gross: $5.29M

Yet another I saw when young and impressionable. Since this I have adored Tilda Swinton. (Also look at what she does outside of regular films, she is way too cool and awesome). Of course, here we have a classic of my very pet subject; no, not Leftism, but sexual politics, more specifically - transgenderism. Yes people, you think I strange, is be coz I is transgendered :)

57. Noviembre (2003)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Impelled by a spirit which still preserves a patina of idealism, Alfredo arrives in Madrid intent on creating "a performance which is freer, straight from the heart, capable of making ... See full summary »

Director: Achero Mañas | Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Ingrid Rubio, Javier Ríos, Juan Díaz

Votes: 3,527

I kind of thought it sucked just a bit at times, but accelerated so well and ended excellently, that all in all, it's kind of extremely ambitious and smart. I'm always criticising post modernity, yet, well realised projects that utilise its tricks can kindle a little faith - that maybe we don't live in the most stagnant, artistic epoque... not quite :) This film is a great idea, simple, and therefore, maybe not.

58. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 83,363 | Gross: $26.12M

Everything to confuse us.

59. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 647,954 | Gross: $0.19M

Everything for us to get back to our youth.

60. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 751,607 | Gross: $34.40M

Everything young people want from a film.

61. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 165,255 | Gross: $9.93M

The epic film - and Gilliam didn't even know about the country Brasil's most bureaucratic nightmare realities!

62. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

6.7
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55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 58,928 | Gross: $12.78M

The most correct mixture of kooky and sweetness.

63. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 147,158 | Gross: $17.11M

Funny. Basically Bill Murray makes a film, and this is he at his best. Jason Schwartzman is one of my favourite funny jew guys too. (Crap I'm good, spelt his name correct first try).

64. Palindromes (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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53 Metascore

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Matthew Faber

Votes: 11,239 | Gross: $0.55M

From the master.

65. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 60,321 | Gross: $0.70M

Gregg Araki at his most commercial, shall I say, fairly common narrative. But nothing too common. Like the sympathy for the paedophile in 'Happiness' - this film covers very "wrong" territory, but with sensitivity and flair, making what may not be entertaining otherwise, incredibly so. The creep in this is priceless.

66. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 206,240 | Gross: $2.22M

Very kind to the book. Excellent.

67. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 288,397 | Gross: $5.01M

A great, contemporary, solitude = madness affair.

68. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard

Votes: 29,398 | Gross: $7.72M

One of the films most deserving cult status, even it's own cult! Simple, full farking on philosophy, elaborately realised.

69. The Doom Generation (1995)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech, Cress Williams

Votes: 12,270 | Gross: $0.26M

Yep, these films are WAY out of any order. As a young'un, Gregg Araki rocked my world with this. The best teen flick ever! (But not for kids).

70. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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90 Metascore

A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks, Tom McCamus

Votes: 28,630 | Gross: $3.25M

Difficult again, to pick stand outs for this Director, Atom Egoyan, but maybe also his most accessible film. Incredibly poignant & touching - not a faux feeling moment in it.

71. Lucky Miles (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Three mismatched blokes are stranded in the Australian desert.

Director: Michael James Rowland | Stars: Kenneth Moraleda, Rodney Afif, Sri Sacdpraseuth, Don Hany

Votes: 700

One of the best films to come out of Australia - probably why it was ignored.

72. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 3,973 | Gross: $0.28M

What can be cooler than insights into Aboriginal Australia. (And they're all better than 'Walkabout'.

73. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 305,446 | Gross: $51.97M

I can't believe this - I must have watched all his films in some moments of insanity, to forget them until now! Milos Forman is another demi god of cinema. Wow. For my oversight, I'll list a few of his numerous, fantastic titles - such different films! Tom Hulce should be happy even if he sold his soul to the devil to get this role. Mr. Hulce, for me, hasn't done anything else that isn't weak and/ or absurd (in the opposite sense of absurd that I love). I think Milos Forman, therefore, must gain the credit.

74. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 76,949 | Gross: $20.19M

And again, these days I adore Woody H., but he owes a hell of a lot to Milos Forman for this opportunity.

75. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Votes: 109,369 | Gross: $34.58M

So, Mr. Milos Forman - you want to put how many actors in their stand out best roles ever!? I only differ on Jack Nicholson, who is better in Kubrick's 'The Shining' than in 'One flew over...', but not by much...