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the movie casablanca
#1 Casablanca
Director: Michael Curtiz
Release Date: 1942
Principal Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre
Casablanca has to be (or should be) on everyones's list of favorites. Everything is right about this film, and on top of that it for me it brings a load of memories of days gone by and of cold winter nights watching movies and drinking wine.
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the movie bladerunner
#2 Blade Runner
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 1982
Principal Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer
Being a SiFi fan from way back, this film really hits my "You ain't gonna Like the future notion" right on the button; twenty five plus years later it is still hits home.
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#3 The African Queen
Director: John Huston
Release Date: 1951
Principal Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Bogart was just the best, and here coupled with Katharine Hepburn you get a dynamic that is unequaled. I must say that it does break my heart when the bottles of gin go over board.
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Delicatessen
#4 Delicatessen
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release Date: 1991
Principal Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has so much going on here, and while Delicatessen deals with a future gone wrong (a landlord/butcher that sells the meat of his tenants) the slapstick horror makes you laugh whether or not you want to.
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Dr. Strangelove
#5 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Release Date: 1964
Principal Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens
One must wonder how many times during the Cold War this scenario was played out in real life to just short of the armageddon ending. As the sequence of events unfolds you find yourself laughing in spite of best efforts not to, and as the events race to the obvious ultimate holocaust you wonder if the leaders of the Super Powers might not be as insane as those in the movie.
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La Battaglia di Algeri
#6 La Battaglia di Algeri
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Release Date: 1966
Principal Cast: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin
This tail of the bloody French repression of the Algerian bid for independence at times looks for all the world like a documentary, but it is not; it is a riveting movie. It shows how the oppressor can win the battle while at the same time loosing the war. One of the best war movies ever.
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#7 Madeinusa
Director: Claudia Llosa
Release Date: 2006
Principal Cast: Magaly Solier, Carlos J. de la Torre, Yiliana Chong, Juan Ubaldo Huamán
Madeinusa is set in a remote village high in the Andes and is about superstition, misunderstandings between cultures (e.g.,look carefully at the name of the movie which is also the name of the main character), and the blending of ancient traditions with western religion and culture. The village has a tradition that one weekend each year god is dead (the statue of Christ is taken down from behind the alter of the village church and blindfolded). The "festival" is timed by a "human digital clock"
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War of the Arrows
Director: Kim Han-min
Release Date: 2011
Principal Cast: Park Hae-il, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Moon Chae-won, Kim Mu-yeol
This non-stop, action packed epic film is set in 17th Century Korea during the second Manchu invasion of the Joseon Dynasty. It is an excellent example of the high quality movies that are being produced in South Korea.
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The English Patient
#9 The English Patient
Director: Anthony Minghella
Release Date: 1996
Principal Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas
Based on the book by Michael Ondaatje, this is a wonderful film of astounding dimensions which is bound emotionally to the time in my life when I first saw it; it is a part of one of those life events which frequently flash into my mind for reasons known only to me.
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The Usual Suspects
#10 The Usual Suspects
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: 1995
Principal Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite
Much has been made of this film for its surprise ending, but it is so much more than that. It moves on so many levels, has such depth of plot and has a tremendous cast. This movie can stand viewing time and again, and each time the viewer will come away with something new.
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