List of Azed's Fav 50: No Canon, 'cept Canonball Run 2.

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1.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ As good as Vertigo or Rear Window. YES,IT IS! ” - azed-311-984339
 
2.
Chameleon Street (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money... (94 mins.)
“ A flawed but fascinating lo-fi film from Wndell B.Harris.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xv28RYil0w&feature=related ” - azed-311-984339
 
3.
Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling... (92 mins.)
 
4.
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him... (106 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
 
5.
The Lady Eve (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
6.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
7.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
8.
Hello Cinema (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up... (75 mins.)
“ See it. ” - azed-311-984339
 
9.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
10.
Bitter Moon (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman... (139 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ So many people hate this movie, shrug.
Very dark, twisted look at relationships as eventually destructive and imprisoning. ” - azed-311-984339
 
11.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
12.
Repo Man (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. (92 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ If there is a punk cinema this is it's Citizen Kane. ” - azed-311-984339
 
13.
Eraserhead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
14.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
 
15.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. (110 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
“ Another dark, twisted relationship movie. Still shocking. ” - azed-311-984339
 
16.
Hud (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Almost like John Ford meets Nicholas Ray. Newman doing a great James Dean thing but on the ranch. ” - azed-311-984339
 
17.
A New Leaf (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her. (102 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
“ I am obsessed with Elaine May cos she's a genius. Her take on the "male character" hits something dark and profoundly truthful. Mathau is not A god, he is the actual god. ” - azed-311-984339
 
18.
Love and Death (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ I want to be this incarnation of Woody Allen. During this period he is silly, erudite, absurd and poilitical. Usual nods to Bergman, Dosteyevski, etc work well in this intellectual Hope/Crosby film.
Note:Diane keaton is my dream woman, gorgeous and hilarious! She is underrated as a comedian. ” - azed-311-984339
 
19.
The Blue Angel (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (106 mins.)
 
20.
Duck Amuck (1953 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
“ Self-reflexive cinema pre-New Wave. ” - azed-311-984339
 
21.
Rabbit Seasoning (1952 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Daffy Duck tricks Elmer Fudd into believing it's rabbit season; but Bugs Bunny uses a female disguise and faulty pronouns to fight back. (7 mins.)
 
22.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
23.
It's Alive (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
“ Involving reinterpretation of the Frankenstien story hidden in a lo-rent, grimey horror flick. By cult director Larry Cohen. ” - azed-311-984339
 
24.
Rumble Fish (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on. (94 mins.)
“ Hypnotizing, gorgeous photography...almost stream of consciousness stylistically. Jaw dropping visuals, great soundtrack and brooding Mickey Rourke. ” - azed-311-984339
 
25.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
26.
Keane (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York... (100 mins.)
Director: Lodge Kerrigan
“ Extremely underrated film from Lodge Kerrigan (Clean Shaven). Difficult but ultimately profoundly beautiful. ” - azed-311-984339
 
27.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context. (150 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
“ Zizek is an academic rock star for good reason. Excellent film by Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph) ” - azed-311-984339
 
28.
The Nasty Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her. (94 mins.)
 
29.
The Celebration (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
30.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall. (87 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
31.
Masculin Féminin (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life... (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
32.
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ okay couldn't keep it completely canon free. ” - azed-311-984339
 
33.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
34.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/11 X  
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
35.
Undergångens arkitektur (1989 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create... (119 mins.)
Director: Peter Cohen
 
36.
Femme Fatale (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Kitschy to the extreme but actually complex metaphor about cinema. Truly a unique film watching experience. ” - azed-311-984339
 
37.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... (110 mins.)
“ Ahead of its time. I saw this when I was a teen and it has stayed with me. ” - azed-311-984339
 
38.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Just watched this recently. I am into silent films these days and Murnau is the master. ” - azed-311-984339
 
39.
Scarlet Street (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses. (102 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
40.
One, Two, Three (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
41.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
42.
Close-Up (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
 
43.
After Hours (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
44.
New York Stories (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales. (124 mins.)
“ Omit Coppola's awful Life with Zoe, and you've got the brilliant Life Lesson's by Scorsese and the pretty good Oedipus Wrecks by Woody Allen. ” - azed-311-984339
 
45.
Anything Can Happen (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An energetic six-year-old boy talks to elderly strangers relaxing in the park. He confronts his childish knowledge of the world with their life-long experience. (39 mins.)
Director: Marcel Lozinski
“ Brilliant doc. I happened to catch years ago. The boy is unforgettable. ” - azed-311-984339
 
46.
Monkey Business (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth. (97 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
47.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
48.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
49.
Lost in America (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. (91 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
50.
Melvin and Howard (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ The cinematic equivelent of eating ice cream. ” - azed-311-984339