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Papillion
Papillion
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release Date: 1973
Principal Cast: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman
What makes this film special for me (apart from the tremendous acting of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman and the unique story) is that for a time I lived in Suriname near the border with French Guiana where the film is set. While there I visited the ruins of the penal colony up the Marowijne River from the town of St. Laurent where the movie takes place.
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Eraserhead
Eraserhead
Director: David Lynch
Release Date: 1977
Principal Cast: Jack Nance
There is no film maker like David Lynch. There is no movie like Eraserhead. The protagonist is caught up in a hellish nightmare which exists somewhere between reality and who knows where. Eraserhead is a one of a kind masterpiece.
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La 317ème section
La 317éme section
Director: Pierre Schoendoeffer
Release Date: 1965
Principal Cast: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer
This little known film (I saw it way back when HFF rented videos by mail and it is not available on DVD that I know of) about the French army in its impossible task of trying to subdue the Viet-Minh revolutionary forces in Indochina. There are no super solders slaying hundreds with weapons that never run out of ammo, just hardened stoic foot soldiers who know that their efforts are in vain but struggle on none the less.
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The Stoning of Soraya M
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Release Date: 2009
Principal Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marnò, James Caviezel, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan, Parviz Sayyad
In a small Iranian village some time after the overthrow of the Shah, a man falsely accuses his wife of adultery so that he can marry another woman. This is perhaps the most riveting, emotion filled movie I have seen; it is also a hard lesson of just how mistreated women are in many parts of the world even today.
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Fargo
Fargo
Director:Joel Coen
Release Date: 1996
Principal Cast: William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd
Sometimes I wonder about my apparent attraction to comic violence. Then if I found myself living in North Dakota there is no telling what I might be driven to do. None the less this is the Coen brother's masterpiece. The pace of the film as the pieces fall into place, and the forces that are put into motion by desperation and stupidity play out to the grisly ending.
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The Terminator
The Terminator
Director: James Cameron
Release Date: 1984
Principal Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn
Here Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast; his acting is robotic and guess what? In The Terminator he IS a robot! Result: Excellent doomsday movie. One of the best.
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Amores Perros
Amores Perros
Director: Alejandro Gonzáles Iñarritu
Release Date: 2000
Principal Cast: Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
Three seemingly unrelated stories converge at breakneck speed. The resulting collision is both unexpected and riveting. Unfortunately in Amores Perros, like most Spanish language films, the English subtitles completely loose the feeling and emotion of the dialogue which is a pity.
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Richard III
Richard III
Director: Richard Loncraine
Release Date: 1995
Principal Cast: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening
Best ever screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. The post­modern, neo­wermacht setting is perfect for the evil characters who populate this film. Ian McKellen is of course superb.
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Children of Men
Children of Men
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Release Date: 2006
Principal Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore
Yes another terrific doomsday movie (Okay, I happen to like them; they give the writer almost unlimited possibilities for mayhem). Children of Men introduces a novel and terrifying scenario to end the human race, no more children, and then a child is born and it’s off to the races.
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aliens
Alien
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 1977
Principal Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt
Alien set the bar for scary tales of encounters with extraterrestrial life forms. Few films have come close since.
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La Cité des enfants perdus
Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Release Date: 1995
Principal Cast: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon
Who but Jean-Pierre Jeunet could write and direct a movie like this; a surrealistic nightmare of a story in which a mad scientist kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams. The set and story just knock you out. Every part is perfectly cast and carried out to perfection.
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District 9
District 9
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Release Date: 2009
Principal Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope
This astonishing film is set in Johannesburg (the writer/director is South African) and has a plot/story line that is refreshingly original and thought provoking yet has more than enough violence and guts splattering to satisfy even the most jaded movie goer. The use of the shantytowns as the set for the homes of the "refugee" aliens is, intentionally or not, a powerful metaphor, and the inclusion of Nigerian Mafia in the film brings a stinging smack reality to the film. It is the most believable alien movie I have seen in a long time. Perhaps ever.
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To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
Director: Howard Hawks
Release Date: 1944
Principal Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
Yeah, I know except for the opening scene the movie in no way resembles the book of the same title by Hemingway. None the less it is a touching if tough (especially Bacall) story with great acting and a joy to watch.
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El Espinazo de diablo
El Espinazo de diablo
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Release Date: 2001
Principal Cast: Eduardo Noriega, Fernando Tielve
A young boy is sent to a remote orphanage where he encounters a ghost, and so begins this tale of horror set in Spain at the end of the Spanish Civil War. This movie will truly creep you out.
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one, two,three
One, Two, Three
Director: Billy Wilder
Release Date: 1961
Principal Cast: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Hanns Lothar
This film is easily one of the funniest movies ever made. A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin behind the Iron Curtain with a staff of ex-SS must convert a card carrying communist youth to save his job. Viewers who don’t know their Cold War and WWII history will miss half the jokes especially since they come at you one after the other at 90 to nothing.
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