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by cezdino | created - 11 Sep 2011 | updated - 11 Sep 2011 | Public

Schenker, A. "Terminal Cinema." In Senses of Cinema, issue 47. Melbourne, 2008. http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/08/47/terminal-cinema.html

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1. Weekend (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Karl Marx

Votes: 10,926

2. Alfred Leslie: Cool Man in a Golden Age (2009 Video)

158 min

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Alfred Leslie is a pivotal American artist-painter-filmmaker whose work spans the past fifty years. A celebrated contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists and a key figure in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Richard O. Moore

3. Film socialisme (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

5.8
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64 Metascore

A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe.... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Marc Stehlé, Agatha Couture, Mathias Domahidy, Quentin Grosset

Votes: 2,145 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Límites: 1ª persona (2009)

8 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

7.5
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About someone who once loved a woman in a desert with a camera.

Director: León Siminiani

Votes: 16

5. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

5.7
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One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd

Votes: 1,751

6. Mother and Son (1997)

73 min | Drama

7.6
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer

Votes: 3,152

7. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.4
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81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 204,534 | Gross: $140.54M

8. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 46,126 | Gross: $0.75M

9. Last Days (2005)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.8
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67 Metascore

A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent to those of Kurt Cobain.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Patrick Green

Votes: 19,790 | Gross: $0.45M

10. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.3
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 9,287

11. Los Muertos (2004)

78 min | Drama

6.8
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81 Metascore

Vargas, a 54 year old man, gets out of jail in the prvince of Corrientes, Argentina. Once released, he wants to find his now adult daughter, who lives in a swampy and remote area. To get ... See full summary »

Director: Lisandro Alonso | Stars: Argentino Vargas, Francisco Dornez, Yolanda Galarza, Víctor Varela

Votes: 911

12. Begotten (1990)

Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry, James Gandia

Votes: 8,212

13. Essential Killing (2010)

R | 83 min | Thriller, War

6.1
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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Iftach Ophir

Votes: 6,745

14. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

R | 153 min | Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Doru Ana, Monica Barladeanu, Alina Berzunteanu, Dorian Boguta

Votes: 11,329 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 45,261 | Gross: $3.17M

16. Crash (1996)

NC-17 | 100 min | Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 45,092 | Gross: $2.04M

17. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 116,870 | Gross: $1.53M

18. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 288,355 | Gross: $45.88M

19. Hurlements en faveur de Sade (1952)

64 min

6.8
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Director: Guy Debord | Stars: Guy Debord, Serge Berna, Isidore Isou, Barbara Rosenthal

Votes: 125

20. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 22,150 | Gross: $0.09M

21. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 172,770 | Gross: $8.82M

22. Ayneh (1997)

95 min | Drama

7.6
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When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni

Votes: 1,996 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Safe (1995)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

An affluent and unexceptional homemaker in the suburbs develops multiple chemical sensitivity.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris, Julie Burgess

Votes: 9,603 | Gross: $0.51M

24. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.1
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 88,034 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 1,943 | Gross: $0.24M

26. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 58,420 | Gross: $2.22M

27. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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64 Metascore

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 4,608

28. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 30,527

29. Big Man Japan (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
62 Metascore

An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Votes: 2,899 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Double Take (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

6.2
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66 Metascore

Director Johan Grimonprez casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. Subverting a meticulous array of TV footage ... See full summary »

Director: Johan Grimonprez | Stars: Ron Burrage, Mark Perry, Delfine Bafort, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 574 | Gross: $0.02M

31. L'hypothèse du tableau volé (1978)

66 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Jean Rougeul, Chantal Paley, Jean Raynaud, Daniel Grimm

Votes: 757

32. The Party's Over (1965)

94 min | Drama

7.5
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An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Oliver Reed, Clifford David, Ann Lynn, Katherine Woodville

Votes: 427

33. Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)

123 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Take a walk into the dreamlike world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisting ride. Four strangely symmetrical stories unfold involving love, lust, crime, and time.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Galiena, Marisa Paredes, Melvil Poupaud

Votes: 982

34. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 46,109

35. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 27,671 | Gross: $0.76M

36. Opening Night (1977)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama

8.1
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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell

Votes: 6,728

37. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 75,267 | Gross: $5.10M

38. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 16,189

39. Haepi-endeu (1999)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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When a wife becomes the breadwinner of her family after her husband loses his job, adultery becomes part of her life.

Director: Ji-woo Jung | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Do-yeon Jeon, Jin-mo Ju, Mi-seon Hwang

Votes: 1,111

40. Blackest Heart (1990)

Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror

5.1
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In "German Chainsaw Massacre" people meet up with a household of butchers. They detect low cost meat in the East Germans moving over the old boundary into the West and start turning them ... See full summary »

Director: Christoph Schlingensief | Stars: Karina Fallenstein, Susanne Bredehöft, Artur Albrecht, Volker Spengler

Votes: 597

41. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A troupe of young women on post-apocalyptic earth are lead around by a mistress born before the war, eventually stumbling into the company of a lonely old man.

Director: Jan Schmidt | Stars: Vladimír Hlavatý, Jitka Horejsi, Ondrej Jariabek, Vanda Kalinová

Votes: 436

42. The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore

Votes: 1,612

43. Beppie (1965)

37 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Director: Johan van der Keuken | Stars: Ed Van Der Elsken, Gerda van der Elsken

Votes: 70

I'm referring to the unlisted film about Ed v d Elsken's terminal prostate cancer 'Death in the Port Jackson Hotel'

44. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 481,568 | Gross: $56.95M