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Central do Brasil
#8 Central do Brasil
Director: Walter Salles
Release Date: 1998
Principal Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira
A sour woman who writes letters for illiterate people that she never mails unites with a runaway boy, and the two go on a journey across Brasil’s expansive, forbidden northeast in search of the boy’s father whom he has never seen. A cut to the bone yet touching slice of life.
the kings speech
The King's Speech
Director: Tom Hooper
Release Date: 2010
Principal Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Misters Firth and Rush and Ms. Carter, as always, give a breathtaking performance which every bit deserves a case full of Oscars.
Under the Bombs
Sous les Bombes
Director: Philippe Aractingi
Release Date: 2008
Principal Cast: Nada Abou Farhat, Georges Khabbaz, Rawia Elchab
A woman searches for her young son in the days following the 2006 Israeli invasion and indiscriminate bombardment of Lebanon. She has been living away but had sent her son to stay with her sister while she divorced her unfaithful husband. She is assisted by a Christian cab driver who dreams of leaving war torn Lebanon. This film is easily one of the most soul wrenching, heart-rending movie I have ever seen. It was filmed during the ceasefire following the destruction; the massive, wanton destruction shown in the film is real and not props or CGI.
Director: Salvador del Solar
Release Date: 2015
Principal Cast: Damián Alcázar, Magaly Solier, Bruno Odar, Federico Luppi
Magallanes is an ex-militar who ekes out a living driving an unlicensed taxi in Lima and occasionally acts as driver for his former Coronel. We soon find Magallanes is not above blackmail and that both men have a dark and terrible past which comes to the surface with horrible consequences.
Das Boot
Das Boot
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Release Date: 1981
Principal Cast: Jürgen Prochnow , Herbert Grönemeyer
If you are claustrophobic or have nightmares of drowning, choose a different film, but if you do you’ll miss the best movie about war at sea that has ever been made. There is more terror in this story of a WW II U-Boat crew than any slasher flick.
Out of Africa
Out of Africa
Director: Sydney Pollack
Release Date: 1985
Principal Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Based on the memoirs of Danish writer Karen Blixen's life as the owner of a coffee plantation in early 20th century Kenya, the movie is a beautiful tale of life in colonial Africa and of love found and lost. It is a top class tear jerker.
The Hill
The Hill
Director: Sidney Lumet
Release Date: 1965
Principal Cast: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis
Never mind James Bond; this is Sean Connery’s best movie. In a British military prison camp in North Africa during WW II, the prisoners must endure the harshness of the desert climate and the sadism of the guards. The alternatives are go mad or die.
El Abuelo
El Abuelo
Director: José Luis Garci
Release Date: 1998
Principal Cast: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Rafael Alonso, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Agustín González, Cristina Cruz, Alicia Rozas
Set in 19th Century Spanish countryside, this compelling film spins a tale of family, honor, pride, greed and most of all love. Fernando Fernán Gómez, the brilliant Peruvian actor, gives the viewer a magical performance.
Train to Busan
Train to Busan
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Release Date: 2016
Principal Cast: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an
Think zombie apocalypse in a very tight space. A high speed train racing to Busan. Once Seok-Woo and his young daughter, Soo-an, board the train the horror accelerates to match the speed of the 185km/h train. The best zombie yet... perhaps ever.
Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree
Director: Eran Riklis
Release Date: 2008
Principal Cast: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Kopty, Amos Lavi
When the new Israeli Defense Minister moves into a house situated beside a lemon grove in the West Bank, he decides it must be uprooted, but it owner, a Palestine widow, is determined to go to any length to defend her orchard.
The Wicker Man
Director: Robin Hardy
Release Date: 1973
Principal Cast: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee
A police office is sent to an island off the coast of Scotland to investigate the death of a girl whom the locals deny exist. The officer finds mystery, intrigue, and deadly pagan rites and his christianity is put to the test by the druidic rituals.
innocent blood
Innocent Blood
Director: John Landis
Release Date: 1992
Principal Cast: Anne Parillaud, David Proval, Rocco Sisto, Chazz Palminteri, Robert Loggia
Forget the more recent raft of vampire movies; they take themselves much too seriously. In Innocent Blood the vampire for sure likes and needs her fix of blood but enjoys a good time as well and best of all the story is told with a good helping of very dark humor.
Hobsons Choice
Hobson's Choice
Director: David Lean
Release Date: 1954
Principal Cast: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
Henry Hobson, a 19th century bootmaker, has no doubts as to who should wear the pants in the family, but his three daughters have their own ideas as well and thus the stage is set for this comic battle of the sexes.
Lock, stock
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Director: Guy Ritchie
Release Date: 1999
Principal Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh
Petty thieves from London get themselves in debt to the local mafia boss and must pay back the money or else. Thus begins the hilarious, twisted, screwed up attempt to get the money by any means possible. The scene where the druggie suddenly picks up the Bren machine gun and as she cuts loose the film cuts to slow motion has to be one of the funniest bits ever. You will laugh in spite of yourself.
the devil at 4
The Devil at 4 O'Clock
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Release Date: 1961
Principal Cast: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews
I first saw this film when I was a kid and it made a hugh impression on me. Yes it is something of a spiritual film but that only helps a good story better. No there is no graphic violence and no profanity, but Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra spin a spellbinding tale.

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