1) Good Will Hunting – Casey Affleck in this scene. Fun movie that gets Boston right.
2) Inglourious Basterds – Silly movie with some good scenes including this one with Eli Roth as The Bear Jew.
3) No Country for Old Men – Josh Brolin here as Llewelyn. Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem (of course) make it great.
4) Gallipoli – Mel Gibson (when we thought he was sane). Haven’t seen it in a long time.
5) Koyannisqatsi, Life Out Of Balance. Spellbinding.
6) Double Indemnity. Fred MacMurray and the always-perfect Barbara Stanwyck. But you knew that.
7) La Dlolce Vita – Anita Ekberg romping in Trevi Fountain. What more do you need?
8) Repulsion – Catherine Deneuve disintegrates.
9) Something Wild – Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels are doing just fine carrying this one and holding our interest, but Ray Liotta shows up at the one hour mark and takes it over completely with his scary, violent, criminal energy. Brilliant performance.
10) The Pope of Greenwich Village – Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke.
11) The Fighter – Mark Wahlberg and the amazing Christian Bale. Melissa Leo is great as well, and her litter of daughters are hilarious.
12) Murmur of the Heart (Le Souffle au Coeur) – haven’t seen it in 45 years, but remember it fondly, According to IMDB, “There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies”.
13) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada – Tommy Lee Jones (also directed). Saw this more than once in the theater when it came out in 2005. Recommended.
14) The Band’s Visit – small Israeli movie. Worth a look.
15) Amores Perros (Love is a Bitch) – Mexican movie from 2000. Three interconnected stories. Violent but definitely holds your interest.
16) Y Tu Mama Tambien – Also Mexican from 2001. Two teenage boys and an older woman on a road trip.
17) Katyn – if you don’t care about WWII history, you probably ignored this one. Tells you a lot about an important incident in the war, though.
18) Volver – Penelope Cruz. Spain, 2006. Looking for a strong female role? Got you covered.
19) La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty). Italy, 2013. Makes you want to visit Rome.
20) Police, Adjective – Romanian police procedural from 2009. Got a lot of critical love