Life is difficult for much of us, and our stresses will alleviate if we can find some time for cinema.
My choices are completely subjective, and not in ranking order.
Silent Movie – A Mel Brooks comedy caper.
Duel – I believe this was originally aired on US television.
Obre Los Ojos – Spanish surreal intensity.
Pi – Surrealism mastery.
The Night Of The Hunter – An American classic from the 1950’s
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Probably Clint Eastwood’s best.
The Tin Drum – About a boy in Germany who stops growing.
The Colour Purple – I thought this was an incredibly impassioned film.
Shichinin No Samurai – I was moved by this as a child, and need to watch it again as an adult.
Paradise Now – Helping us have more empathy for Islamic followers in their unfortunate religion.
Amadeus – Life and times of Mozart.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – An American teenager comedy classic.
Clockwise – John Cleese is great here.
Not Without My Daughter – Why Iran needs to become a normal place someday.
Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi – A Japanese animated favourite.
Shall We Dansu? – Taking dance lessons in Japan.
The Notebook – A poignant romance.
The Doors – Mainly about Jim Morrison.
The Matrix – A sci-fi masterpiece.
Rope – One of my favourites by Sir Hitchcock.
Dr. Strangelove – Kubrick at his best.
The Omen – Fortunately, there’s no Satan.
Wall Street – A film about corporate greed.
The Usual Suspects – A crime classic great.
The James Bond movies – The ones made in the 60’s and 70’s are top-notch.
Bananas – A Woody Allen film to remember.
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – Tackling interracial marriage in the 1960’s.
Schindler’s List – Excellent film about a Nazi officer rescuing people.
Superman – I thought this was tremendous fun.
I’ve noticed some of these films have remakes, and it’s my job to stop that trend. Watch the original, regardless of where it’s made, from Latvia to Hollywood to Jakarta.