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Shadow of the Vampire – 2000

This unlikely team-up of John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Eddie Izzard and Nicolas Cage (as producer) explores the myth behind the silent German classic Nosferatu, wherein maverick filmmaker F.W. Murnau hired an actual vampire as the star of his horror masterpiece. Dafoe chews scenery as the titular fiend, but the real monster on display is Malkovich. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!

Blade Runner 2049 – 2017

Our favorite film of 2017, a sequel that work both on its own and as a successor to the revolutionary original, BR2049 is less showy than that classic but arguably has more emotion, pathos and visual splendor. If you are patient with it, the rewards are innumerable.

Cabiria – 1914

If you ever have one of those days that never end and pile indignity upon failure, spare a thought to Cabiria’s protagonists. Outside of Shakespeare’s Pericles and Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, this is as far as you can push the notion of « being in the wrong place at the wrong time » is such a concentrated time frame. It is also one of the most spectacular epics of silent cinema, and its sheer scale could give many modern movies a run for their money.

For All Mankind – 1989

Composed exclusively of amazing archive shots charting the entire moon program, and using astronauts’ voices to tell the story, Al Reinert’s landmark film is less a documentary and more a visual tone-poem about humanity’s most awe-inspiring endeavor. If you’re feeling a bit down about our performance as a species lately, feast your eyes on this: it packs more wonder in every grainy frame than can be found in all of 2001 or Interstellar.

Paris, Texas – 1984

If you had to define melancholy, you’d be hard pressed to do any better than simply mention Wim Wenders’ classic. Shooting American landscapes like only a foreigner could and conducting his wonderful cast like a master, he creates a film graced with intangible poetry and profound heartache. None of this sounds like fun viewing, but the result is spellbinding stuff, all to the sound of Ry Cooder’s unforgettable score.

Elmer Gantry – 1960

Our film of the week, scandalous and Oscar-winning in its time, is Elmer Gantry, a scathing examination of Evangelism and religious charlatans that is a proud descendant of Molière’s Tartufe. Except Molière never had Burt Lancaster to unleash on the public

Titus – 1998

Imagine this: you’re a theater prodigy with a recent monster hit under your belt (the Lion King musical, a triumph of design) and a love of movies. What do you do next? It’s obvious: you take Shakespeare’s messiest – and goriest – play, Sir Anthony Hopkins and a killer supporting cast, and do the kind of time displacement that makes Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet seem tame. Yes, it’s 1998’s mad, mad, Titus. Feast your eyes and ears on it!

The Lion in Winter – 1968

Sir Anthony Hopkins fondly remembers our Christmas recommendation, his debut The Lion in Winter! One of the most dysfunctional screen families of all time and the star-studded cast is on fire: O’Toole, Hepburn, Hopkins, Dalton… none of whom ever bested their work here. This should be mandatory viewing.

Dodes’ka-den – 1970

Legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa almost ended his career (and his own life) over the initial commercial failure of his first color film: the surreal and heartbreaking Dodes’ka-den. It is an episodic exploration of slum-dwellers striving for dignity and happiness, interweaving gritty realism and poetic fantasy with such ease you will never doubt a master is at the helm.

Kwaidan – 1964

Mad Movies called our Halloween pic « the most beautiful film ever made ». It’s the episodic ghost story Kwaidan, one of the most entrancing, unforgettable experiences ever. Ace director Masaki Kobayashi weaves together four supernatural tales, making the most of spellbinding use of color, in-camera tricks and the most beautiful soundstage-bound locations outside of Ridley Scott’s Legend. See it!