GREAT FILMS (in progress)

A list of Critically acclaimed or brilliant films, each with personal recommendation from me. Commentary provided with each film.
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12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 12 Angry men is meaningful in what it says about the US jury system. It conveys the benefits of having a jury without coming out and stating it's message. The acting on everybody's part is nothing short of breathtaking. The script is fast paced and keeps up the intrigue all the way throughout. Each character is fleshed out well, with weaknesses and strengths. It has to be one of the most exciting films I have ever watched. ” - jacob lamson
25th Hour (2002)
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Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ It is a depressing film in which every character gets to blossom and shine. Everyone is interesting and flawed. Monty is a relatable and realistic character who one cannot help but sympathize with. I found the character of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Jacob to be the most interesting as I enjoyed very much watching his awkwardness and his emotional struggle. There are no dragging bits, the movie is consistently excellent. ” - jacob lamson
Adaptation. (2002)
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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ A movie so self righteous, self indulgent, self pitying and self loathing as this should be hated. I mean, what screenwriter writes a screenplay about himself and how uncomfortable he is? But Charlie is so aware that he's doing all this that he is easily forgiven. Charlie Kaufman, portrayed by Nicholas Cage, shows us right away how self indulgent it is. He grabs it and runs with it, because as we learn, he isn't out to make something streamlined and traditional. Charlie makes well thought out and carefully detailed plot progression and exciting characters in this feature. It truly is magnificent. ” - jacob lamson
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 it on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Communicates perfectly what was so very exciting about rock and roll music. It wasn't necessarily that the music was good, it was that if you were in a band, you were a god. You were automatically accepted and you had no real ties. It was just drinking, drugging, sex, and fighting. The mood frequently fluctuates between dark and humorous. It's one of the greatest coming of age films that I've seen. ” - jacob lamson
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ In my opinion, the best war film of all time. There are so many classic scenes and classic lines that it's hard to count. It shows the effects of war on young men, as well as old. Even though the subject matter is of real events, the movie has a fantastical, almost surreal style that makes it a splendor to watch. It is an absolutely astounding achievement in motion picture. ” - jacob lamson
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Rockwell give amazing performances with the subtleties of suspicion, hatred and fright. The visual style is dull and old fashioned, which is a great compliment to the already great film. ” - jacob lamson
Away from Her (2006)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. (110 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ This movie is not as depressing as the trailer leads on. It is actually more of a reflective and sweet movie, about a man coming to grips with the loss of his wife's memory. It is sad, don't get me wrong, but it is not one of those films that makes you burst out into tears. This film feels very personal and the screenplay is wonderful and true to life. The acting is near perfection as well. ” - jacob lamson
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
“ Beginners is a dark and introspective look at how our parents affect our relationships with people. From the start it takes a sad tone, and refuses to let go of your heart. It's an artistic and beautiful look at human relations and how we push people away when we feel uncomfortable with situations. It deals with cancer, sexuality, love and history in a strange and mature fashion. Truly a feeling film. Lovely. ” - jacob lamson
Being John Malkovich (1999)
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A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ An absolutely astounding comedic effort. Surreal and bizarre, in the most impressive way possible. A multi-layered screenplay as well as top rate acting make this movie something uniquely special. Charlie Kaufman's first screenplay is just as amazing as any of his other efforts. Truly one of the most talented men I can think of. I'd also love to say that the puppet sequence at the beginning of the film was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. ” - jacob lamson
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The Big Lebowski is probably one of the funniest movies ever made. It's not funny because it's gross or shocking or so dumb that it makes you laugh, like most current comedies. It's funny because there are funny characters who have funny exchanges with each other that are filled with funny expressions. The humor is usually light hearted and character based and the exchanges between the actors is truly spectacular to watch. It's just a great comedy. I don't know how else to do it justice. ” - jacob lamson
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Dark, intelligent, emotional, and daring. Black Swan explores sexuality in a realistic and unrestrained manner. It's beautiful in the most hideous way possible. Acting is far beyond average and it's astounding in almost every aspect. ” - jacob lamson
Bottle Rocket (1996)
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Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ One of my favorite comedies. Two wannabe thieves, and their nervous getaway driver attempt to work their way up in the ranks of crime. They bicker about dumb things, but that's not where the humor comes from. It all lies in the word choice and personality of the characters. Each time I watch it, this film becomes more humorous, because a lot of the best jokes are very subtle ones that you really need to listen or watch for. ” - jacob lamson
Brazil (1985)
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Terry Gilliam's best picture is one of great imagination, and immense scope. A modern work of poetry and angst. It details the eccentric daydreams of a man, bored with going through the motions and ready to move onto something grand in a world where restrictions keep anyone from having any freedom. The make up was revolutionary, as well as the special effects, but the intelligence and the intriguing plot make it something far beyond the pictures that only set the bar for special effects. ” - jacob lamson
Closer (2004)
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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. (104 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Closer takes the Hollywood romantic comedy and smashes it to bits. It shows that not only is love not always adorable and sweet, it presents the fact that most of the time it's depressing, and it's hell. Everybody involved gives A+ performances and though there is little plot, this movie is about the emotions and themes, not the exciting goal or end result. ” - jacob lamson
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
“ Brilliant characters, a fun script, and an unpredictable plot are the defining qualities of the Commitments. The music is great, and the setting of Dublin creates the perfect lower class feel for the film. The humor is strong, as well as the drama. It is a lovely film. ” - jacob lamson
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ A look at three bickering brothers brought up with almost no parental control. Their lack of parenting reflects in each of their characters in a different way. The humor and drama balance each other out perfectly. ” - jacob lamson
The Departed (2006)
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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The Departed is stylish, smart, compelling, and fantastic. Great performances in every role. Oozing with style provided by the legendary Martin Scorsese. Everything about this movie clicks into a fast paced and intriguing 151 minutes. Also, I'd like to add that there's something extra special, maybe even personal about the film if you grew up or live in New England, or more specifically around Boston. ” - jacob lamson
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ This is simply the saddest film I have ever seen. I was tearing up on and off throughout the entirety of it. This film doesn't only have a deep and heartbreaking storyline, it has a visionary style that aids the effect in every way. I felt everything that Jean Dominique Bauby felt, because I was looking at it through his eyes for the most part. The shots that showed Jean-Do's face were devastating and struck my gut as if I'd been winded by a punch. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. ” - jacob lamson
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ The intensity of this film doesn't stray for one moment all throughout. Each performance is fully realized and intriguing, and the script is absolutely phenomenal. Sidney Lumet does a fantastic job with this "Based on a True Story" plot. It is made to feel like an original film, with dramatic moments and dialogue that is too perfect to be based in reality. The end is depressing and actually disappointing. The film grabs hold of your emotions and never lets go. It is truly a ride. ” - jacob lamson
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Some say it's hard to follow, but that just means that they were waiting for it to be explained to them. Donnie Darko is an interpretive film that is oozing with symbolism, wit, and dark atmosphere. It's frightening at times. It's confusing at others. But it is always interesting and it presents fascinating themes. Really, just a mind blowing achievement. ” - jacob lamson
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Dr. Strangelove is a humorous film, and it's funny because it plays off the uncomfortable nature of it's communist paranoia plot. At the time it was put out, communism was a huge fear, and Stanley Kubrick wasn't afraid to turn nuclear warfare into a comedy. It works magnificently, and if you replace "Communism" with any other American fear through the ages, it will have the same effect. ” - jacob lamson
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ The dark, and emotional comedy that encapsulates what it means to be in a relationship. The progression from discovery until the end of it, where it dissolves. We see the love ending before we watch it progress in reverse chronological order, much like the technique used in Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming. This film showcases the raw acting talent of Jim Carrey and shows what he's capable outside of over the top comedy. It's truly depressing to watch, if you let yourself become connected with it, and place yourself in the position of our protagonists. Such thoughtful and poignant themes are raised in this delight of a film. ” - jacob lamson
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Wes Anderson didn't give up any of his style, wit, or warmth to make a stop motion kids movie. I believe the reason for this is because he wasn't making a kids movie. He just took out a few of the curses he would have originally used and slapped the word "Cuss" where they would have been in the script, and there you have it, a PG rating. The characters are wonderful. The scenery and sheer beauty is disarming. It has humor and charm sprinkled generously throughout. ” - jacob lamson
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Legendary acting with seething satirical humor. Beautifully plotted and virtually flawless. Fight Club is easily one of the most impressive achievements in film history. ” - jacob lamson
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ A German film about a crazy man attempting to build an opera house in the slummy native village in which he lives. An obsession with operatic singer, Caruso, drives him into absurd situations on his steamboat with his crew members. The characters are vivid and great to watch, but the unmatched artistic genius and ambition are what make it a cult classic. ” - jacob lamson
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ This film has an intense visual style that compliments the tension of the interviews. The mock interviews scattered throughout the film give it a political documentary feel. The supporting actors do a fantastic job, but it's the two leads that fully immerse themselves in their roles to the point where they almost become the men that they're supposed to be imitating. ” - jacob lamson
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ From the beginning, the viewer is thrust into this extreme and stylistic depiction of war. The boot camp is dark and intense. Once the title is spoken in the film, the pace and setting completely change. We see as the two main characters go through Vietnam, meeting different soldiers, all the soldiers different approaches to warfare. This film shares a lot, stylistically, with Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Both are fantastic depictions of Vietnam and earn their place in the list of classic films. ” - jacob lamson
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ Zach Braff weaves an intricate tale of a grown man learning that to move on from the past, you don't have to run away from it. The modern soundtrack compliments each scene just so. ” - jacob lamson
Ghost World (2001)
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With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ I came into this expecting it was going to be one of those features that calls itself "comedy" while being completely dark and randomly humorous, but even with it's serious subject matter the humor in this film is very strong. The characters are sturdy and acted with great heft. The progress in Scarlett Johansen's performance is wonderful to watch and Steve Buscemi delivers a great piece of acting. Layers of characters are stripped away as we watch them unfold in this movie. It has a righteous attitude and a great deal of style, while being intellectually satisfying and lovable. ” - jacob lamson
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ A thrilling and stylistic approach to the Western genre. The poster child of the category. The essential Western film. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a fantastic portrait of the "Wild West" that tenderly cares for the characters that define the genre. The soundtrack is one of the most magnificent scores in film history. The tunes are memorable and perfectly suit each scene. Sergio Leone's master craftsmanship shines in this stunning film. Humor, heart, and style make this a classic that has and will continue to live on forever. ” - jacob lamson
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Well crafted, with a beautiful script that is both realistic and humorous at times. Will is a lovable character, and Robin Williams role is spectacular. All of the side roles are spectacularly acted and the characters are all thought out. Seeing how this movie was written by two very young men, it is nothing less then art. ” - jacob lamson
Gran Torino (2008)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint Eastwood delivering a grand performance is always a pleasure, but it's rare to see him in such a touching and truly heartbreaking film. Million Dollar Baby was sad, but it didn't connect on as deep a scale. The story of a man coping with his loneliness in a neighborhood ridden with gang violence is a deep one. It's rough, with a soft, sensitive interior. ” - jacob lamson
Half Nelson (2006)
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An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
“ A drug addicted school teacher becomes unlikely friends with his history student. Is this relationship healthy? That is the question posed by this film. There are times when their friendship seems very sweet and nice, but others where it is completely unacceptable. Ryan Gosling giving a performance to rival his incredible Lars Lindstrom. It is an emotionally heavy film and the viewer feels personally concerned with what's happening. This level of engrossment makes the viewer feel every emotion and question each situation. ” - jacob lamson
Happiness (1998)
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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. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ Happiness is as sick and vile as film gets. I can think of a million reasons to absolutely resent this movie, but I cannot. This, folks, is a perfect satire. What keeps it from being too offensive is how immediately it informs you that it's satire. The way people say exactly what they are thinking and act on every whim of their imaginations shows that this is not a movie to make us think about the things we do, but rather the things we'd like to do in the deepest and most filthy corners of our minds. There are no comfortable moments over the course of this film. And the way it handles intense subjects such as spousal abuse, rape, molestation, divorce, and masturbation is very casual. Definitely is not something that everyone will enjoy, or even understand, but it is a beautiful mess. ” - jacob lamson
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ A period piece of an average community in the 70s becoming a pit of sex, drugs, and lies. Children begin to bloom as they experiment with their bodies. The performances are great, Kevin Kline in particular. The movie is darkly comic and very interesting. The emotions portrayed are real and not forced at all. It is superbly entertaining. ” - jacob lamson
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ In Bruges blends drama, action, and dark comedy with such precision that it's hard not to pay it respect. It comes together beautifully with the splendid backdrop of historical architecture and waterways. The characters are likable, the script is hilarious and dark, the action is satisfying but not over the top or over budgeted. What's not to enjoy? ” - jacob lamson
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Jacob's Ladder is an interesting look at the effects of war on a man. It is haunting and thought provoking. It touches the emotions and regrets of Jacob and his lack of willingness to let go of his memories and pass on. His created internal world is dark and well crafted. It truly mocks the way a human nightmare works. I cannot pay enough respect to this film. ” - jacob lamson
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
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After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing... (96 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ A film that explores regret, reminiscence, and change in an eerily realistic manner. The characters all act like real people, and they are all afraid of the same thing, change. They are passive in the way things happen to them, because they don't want it to be any other way. The end is beautiful and heartbreaking, and this movie is simply exquisite. ” - jacob lamson
The King's Speech (2010)
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The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ This movie is an incredibly touching portrayal of a man with a speech impediment forced into a frightening position that he never asked for. It shows us the bond that grows between him and his speech therapist. Even more so, this film portrays the breaking of social boundaries as England moves into WWII. Wonderful movie, absolutely delightful. ” - jacob lamson
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ A film that advertised itself as a comedy, but then took an outrageous concept and turned it into a gorgeous human drama. It makes you ask questions and think about things. It is also one of the sweeter films I've seen in a long while. ” - jacob lamson
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ This movie, as is often accused, is NOT blasphemous. It merely shows how people will follow whatever is presented to them. This is a very funny movie, by the legendary comedy troupe, Monty Python. Some say the Holy Grail, but I believe Life of Brian is easily the Python's Magnum Opus. For the whole movie I either laugh out loud, or think to myself how clever a joke is. For me, also, the crucifixion scene is very dark and emotional. "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" ” - jacob lamson
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Guy Ritchie directs bickering conversation and bad ass monologues. like a pro in his first feature film. With this, we see how all the things that made Snatch so successful were born. This is a brilliant movie. ” - jacob lamson
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Lost in Translation is a film about a deep friendship between a deadbeat actor and the underwhelmed wife of a photographer. The viewer follows their tender relationship as it grows and eventually, is forced to pull apart. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking, and it is intelligent. Beautiful shots of Tokyo at night fill the screen with vivid lights. The film allows us to look at differences in cultural lifestyles and customs. Fueled by two brilliant performances from Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen, Lost in Translation is a film not to be missed. ” - jacob lamson
Magnolia (1999)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ One of the most ambitious projects to come out of Hollywood. A three hour and eight minute epic about how lives intersect, crumble, and come together. Bringing up themes of regret, love, disappointment and neglect with stunning performances. I love Magnolia! ” - jacob lamson
Mary and Max (2009)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ Adam Elliot, the great clay animation director who brought us the depressing short film Harvie Krumpet releases a full length film that achieves with clay animation, a level of emotional depth that rivals any live action film. It is a BRILLIANT film. ” - jacob lamson
Mean Creek (2004)
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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge. (90 mins.)
“ It's a dark film that shows teenage dialogue exactly as it would be in reality. The cinematography is gorgeous, the acting is far beyond what I've come to expect from a young cast. It crushes you and makes you see what most people turn a blind eye to. ” - jacob lamson
Memento (2000)
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A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Memento is told in such a fascinating way, it's easy to appreciate the directors storytelling alone, but there's a lot more good in Memento then that. There's a dark and moody crime drama, with beautiful atmosphere and fueled performance. Everything simply falls together in the end and leaves the audience thinking long after. ” - jacob lamson
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ This movie must have been hard to sell. The concept sounds downright goofy, and it's coming from a controversial director who hasn't put out anything noteworthy in quite a while. Woody Allen may be back with this one. The humor is silly, but there are some serious themes. The authors and artists that we meet along the way are acted amazingly and Owen Wilson, as he always does in the hands of a capable director, turns in a good performance. It is frequently funny to the point of out loud laughter, but it stops and makes you reflect and feel sometimes. It is beautiful and interesting all the way through. Good stuff, Woody. ” - jacob lamson
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ Sam Rockwell is my favorite actor. He goes under the radar continuously after countless incredible performances (Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Snow Angels, This). This performance, however, is easily his best. He shows us paranoia, suspicion, depression, longing, and naiveness with his character. The plot is engrossing, and very original. ” - jacob lamson
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.)
“ One of the Coen Brothers best. It is helped exponentially by the hefty backbone of legendary western author Cormac McCarthy's source material. The acting is revelatory and the direction and pacing make it a true wonder to behold. One of the things, however, that struck me the most was just how hilarious it was. There is some deadpan black humor here that is actually laugh out loud funny. Around the board this is an exceptional film that combines the Western genre with bits of inspiration from material in the veins of heist, crime, drama, and humor. ” - jacob lamson
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Brilliant cinematography, witty dialogue, a perfect soundtrack, and excellent comedic timing make this a very enjoyable film. What makes it even better is the symbolism and allusions to Homer's Odyssey. The KKK, George "Babyface" Nelson, a deep and complex political plot line, and the rise of radio are among the other things to be included in this beautiful comedy. It is a near perfect motion picture in every respect. ” - jacob lamson
Once (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ Starring one of my favorite musicians Glenn Hansard and the gorgeous and talented Marketa Irglova. The music is beautiful, the story is deep and touching, the style is just right. Once is an amazing film that everybody should see. ” - jacob lamson
Pi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
“ A paranoid thriller about math? It sounds strange, because it is strange. But if you can dissect the elements, and find a meaning and a storyline that fits by your own perspective, than you can appreciate the creativity in the script and in the camera work. The acting is great, though not always groundbreaking. The fact of the matter is that we wouldn't have the masterworks of Darren Aronofsky without Pi, and for that reason alone it deserves to be recognized. ” - jacob lamson
The Plague Dogs (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ The animation in this film is brilliant and dark. The dogs look realistic, but they are also animated with character and their personalities show. This is not a children's animated feature. It is an intelligent and dark piece about animal testing with a subtle hint of satire. The dialogue is written to rival that of an academy award winning live action film. The voice acting is pitch perfect and deserves high praise. Plague Dogs is disturbing and depressing, and the cussing and brutal violence make it one to keep away from the little kids, but it is gorgeous and though provoking film. ” - jacob lamson
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
“ Dark character study, absurd humor, and a sweet love story. This movie is incredibly silly at times, but takes it's subject matter very seriously. The film can get self-indulgent, but I find that to be a compelling quirk. It stays interesting all throughout and the viewer is left to wonder about things. Emotions are big, as well as the strange characters that display them. This is another home run for PTA. ” - jacob lamson
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ This movie has a wonderful voice cast, who deliver their lines with wit and humor. There is subject matter and vocabulary used that children could not begin to understand. The homage to Western films is both creative and funny. It deals with existential themes and makes the more mature viewer think a little bit. Even though he does not appear in physical form, I believe that this is one of Johnny Depp's best roles, second only to What's Eating Gilbert Grape? ” - jacob lamson
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Showing all kinds of different drugs from the perspectives of junkie and of dealer in a realistic manner. The directorial vision is astounding and far more involving and effective than you'll see from many other directors. Aronofsky is a master, and for me, this is easily his best film. ” - jacob lamson
Rushmore (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Two of the most memorable characters I can think of (Max Fischer and Herman Blume). Funny when it wants to be and dark and emotional when it should be. From the incredible mind of todays most imaginative director, Rushmore is a triumph. ” - jacob lamson
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Not the most original pick, but I think there's something to be said for the emotional intensity and constant tension throughout this film. Each character reveals themselves slowly and you begin to feel compassion for them, although you try to distance yourself from them, for you are aware of the dangers they are facing. The scenes are realistic, brutal, and sometimes heart warming. The comedic relief is not all that relieving, because you know that all of the humor comes from the fact that the men are scared *beep*
Fantastic directing, mostly fantastic acting, a wonderful film. ” - jacob lamson
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Serpico is a tense film, that has you really rooting for it's titular character without making him a saint. He's awkward and has fits of rage, but you care about him, because he's sympathetic and honest. Little things like the dog he buys, and the criminal he tries to help out strengthen his character and make him a believable being. The corruption shown is real and disturbing. Serpico as a cop also tries to bring together social consciousness and police work, which is an interesting concept and makes you think about how well it would have worked if the cops weren't so busy trying to shut him up and spent more time listening to him. The end gets a bit generic with the facts in text, but this is a great film by a legendary director. ” - jacob lamson
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ This movie is built almost entirely off of character development. The two leads are deep and complex. They are flawed men, and mostly horrible people, but they gain the viewers sympathy. The movie is slower paced, but the astounding acting and humor make it exciting. It is one of the more sad comedies I've ever seen, but it pulls it off without any melodrama. Even side characters are brilliantly constructed. The direction is great and subtle. Sideways is a small scale masterpiece. ” - jacob lamson
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Perfect performances, tight tension all throughout, intriguing characters. It's all here. The pure level of fame that Silence of the Lambs has achieved speaks for itself. ” - jacob lamson
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ What can I say about Snatch besides... Bad Ass? Well this bad-ass-ness wouldn't be possible without the stellar acting. The hilarious and biting script. The directorial decisions on the stylistic nature of the filming. A great soundtrack. I mean this film is bursting at the seams with perfection. ” - jacob lamson
Snow Angels (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter. (107 mins.)
“ Sam Rockwell delivers one of his best performances in this quiet feature about the regressive tendencies of human character. It's also about the importance of family and love during tragedy. It features a perfect mix of despair and hope. The characters are flawed and challenging, but masterfully crafted and interesting. The acting is incendiary and the performances are fleshed out. Sheer brilliance. ” - jacob lamson
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ A realistic look at the effects of divorce on children from two different age groups. The script allows for the viewer to feel as if they're intruding on the lives of these 4 character's daily lives. Dark, emotionally driven, gorgeous. ” - jacob lamson
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
“ Atmospheric, haunting, intelligent, depressing. All words I would use to describe Synecdoche. It is a deep film that puts out only what the viewer invests. Wonderful acting. An eerily realistic script. All while having one of the most bizarre plots I've ever been subject to viewing. ” - jacob lamson
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I don't get why "You talkin' to me?" stuck out as the classic line from this 70's masterpiece. There are so many classic monologues and phrases delivered by De Niro in this flick. He plays this lunatic man with such delicacy that it's hard to imagine it's a De Niro role. Travis is usually quiet, thoughtful and interesting as opposed to a mobster or a grumpy old man. This movie is stylish, with an incredible repeated theme song. A lovely piece of cinema. ” - jacob lamson
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.)
“ One of the most well acted lead roles of this decade, Daniel Day Lewis brings everything to this part. From the mind of brilliant director Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood is a dark and true look at the effects of greed and power. With a brilliant script, and a haunting score, this film has proved itself to be one of the greater works of American Film. ” - jacob lamson
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ A horror movie that goes beyond cheap scares. It relies on tension and suspicion to produce the sheer fright that overwhelms the viewer. Who has it become? Who's next? How do they stop it? Where will it appear? You constantly ask yourself questions and wonder and worry while watching it. And not only do you not get to see the monster for most of the movie, when you do see it, it is genuinely horrific. ” - jacob lamson
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado". (154 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ The tale of one of the most legendary pairs in theater history. Gilbert and Sullivan are portrayed so carefully and specifically. One of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, that ended up with only a 7.2 on imdb. It's truly a shame, because this film showcases an intense brilliance. It captures the tension and suspense as well as the frustration of being a stage actor (Which I am). It also captures the struggle of a director to maintain their vision without angering their actors. Sullivan, the orchestral genius and Gilbert, the true master of Topsy-Turvydom! ” - jacob lamson
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Ryan Bingham fires people. He flies around the country, firing people for the bosses who are too afraid to do it themselves. He loves flying, he's been doing it forever, and it's where he feels comfortable. Ryan Bingham is a superficial man, who gets rid of all his relations, his emotions, and the things that tie him down. His life runs along as normal until his job is threatened by...Technology. George Clooney brings emotion and humanity to his character more than I've ever seen him do before. The movie looks fantastic and is one of the most incredible satires of all time. ” - jacob lamson
Vera Drake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. (125 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ Vera Drake takes the heavy subject of abortion and looks at it from every angle. Positive, negative, neutral and everywhere in between. Mike Leigh doesn't take a side on the issue, instead he shows people using it out of necessity and despair, and also, people using it as a form of birth control, thinking not about the consequences or substance of the decision. Imelda Staunton and the rest of the crew give spellbinding and hefty performances to match the weight of the subject matter. It gets disturbing, but the sense of comfort and family eases the tension and makes the film frequently uplifting. ” - jacob lamson
The Wackness (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ The Wackness has a bad reputation. I almost feel guilty for putting it on my list, but really, I think it is a spectacular film. Sure, it doesn't always make logical sense, and some of the lines aren't perfect, but what it does manage to do is depict the existence of an awkward teenager perfectly. Luke Shapiro is a well developed character, the soundtrack is brilliant, and the story while having been done before, is very well executed. ” - jacob lamson
Watership Down (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ The first of the two dark and contemplative animations by the amazing director/author combination of Rosen and Adams. This one is built more around a mythology and society than the Plague Dogs. It is not as dark, and although it is still violent, it is meant more for a children audience. It shows the rabbits' misfortune as a society, trying to find a place to relocate. The introduction anecdote sets the tone perfectly for this splendid animated feature. ” - jacob lamson
You Can Count on Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town. (111 mins.)
“ An honest portrayal of a semi-functional family with a broken history. It's not filled with Hollywood moments, and it is not tied together by a Hollywood ending. It's just real emotion and real situations. The acting, for the most part, is phenomenal. The only complaint I have is with Matthew Broderick who seemed as though he was always in a different film than the other actors. ” - jacob lamson
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ This foreign film happened to be easily one of the best of 2011. It was a well paced and intriguing piece of art that required an intellectual investment from it's audience. A Separation created suspense because it made the viewers care about the outcome of it's characters. ” - jacob lamson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was a slow moving and bleak thriller, but the acting and intrigue alone carried it's plot. It didn't need to go too fast, because the audience wanted to understand as much as any of the characters did. The acting was excellent from all involved especially Oldman and Firth. ” - jacob lamson
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ The Artist is an ingenious look at film making in a time very different from today. It has a fun spirit that resonates through the picture even when the themes become dark. The Artist is filmed beautifully and the choreographed dance sequences add to the thrill as well as the feeling that we are in the time period. The facial expressions and physical gestures work just as well as a storytelling method as dialogue. ” - jacob lamson
Clerks (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. (92 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ Clerks is the work of a passionate director. A movie filmed on an insanely small budget by a first time film maker. Kevin Smith shows hints of his future projects in the writing of Clerks, but at it's heart this is a more quiet comedy than mostly all of his future films. The ridiculous and off the wall comedies are wonderfully written and the whole film feels like something that the viewer could make themselves, which makes it inspiring from a film making perspective. ” - jacob lamson
Chasing Amy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ Chasing Amy was Kevin Smith's first film to deal with serious topics and it did so with grace. The (at the time) new director asks big and thought provoking questions about sexuality, sexual promiscuity, sexual confidence and trust in relationships. There is plenty of comedy to leaven the heavier stuff and this is the first picture where the View Askewniverse starts to connect and become an intriguing and intertwined place. ” - jacob lamson
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Terence Malick made one of the most emotionally affecting pictures of all time in 2011. This was a largely wordless sensory overload that aimed straight for the heart. Malick uses abstraction to target the most specific memories in a person's mind. He uses unexplained imagery to make one think about things in their life that relate to that image and it works very well. The cinematography, score, and acting are all breathtaking in this film. ” - jacob lamson
The Damned United (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ I'm not a fan of sports movies. I never have been. This is why I was so surprised to find myself loving every second of the Damned United. This story of pride and greed is compellingly filmed. The audience feels just as competitive as the characters and feels for everyone in it. It's just amazing. I can't do much more to justify it, because it's hard to explain how great it is. ” - jacob lamson
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat