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Marat Grinberg - Professor of Russian and some really cool film courses
The Trial - PT2621.A26 T75 2002 DVD
Directed by Orson Welles (1962) – possibly the greatest movie ever made. Welles also thought of it as his best film. Produced on a low budget and shot in Paris and Zagreb, it is not only a cinematic gem, but a great commentary to Kafka’s unfinished masterpiece. The film also alludes to the Holocaust in very interesting and subtle ways.
Army of Shadows - PN1995.9.F7 A759 2007 DVD
Directed by Jean Pierre Melville (1969) – competing with The Trial for the title of best film ever. A story of French Resistance during World War II, it has elements of both film noir and Greek tragedy. Featuring the incomparable Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret, it is perhaps Melville’s most personal, beautiful, and complex work.
Commissar - PN1997 .K66 2004 DVD
Directed by Aleksandr Askoldov (1967, released 1987) – it is a miracle that this film survived. Produced in the Soviet Union in 1967, it was destroyed by the censors who were terrified by its explicit Jewish characters and critical take on the revolution and Civil War. If you want to know more about this remarkable film, read my book about it published in 2016.
Barry Lyndon - PN1995.9.I74 B377 2001 DVD
Directed by Stanley Kubrick (1975) – this is the most unusual of Kubrick’s films and yet most quintessentially Kubrickian in its painterly aesthetic. Watch it and tell me if there’s anything more perfect than its ending?
Rififi - PN1995.9.F7 R5454 2001 DVD
Directed by Jules Dassin (1955) – the greatest of late noir films, it is perfect from the beginning to the end and a combination of Dassin’s New York Jewish sensibility and French existentialist angst. Shot in Paris, where Dassin went into exile to escape McCarthy’s witch-hunt, it is the tragic heist thriller par excellence.
Jim Holmes - ruler of the land beneath the library lobby, which includes the film collection
Harvey - PN1995.9.C55 H379 2000 DVD
Jimmy Stewart plays an amiable alcoholic whose best friend is an invisible 6' rabbit. His sister tries to have him committed unleashing a comedy of errors - hilarity ensues. Based on a play by Mary Chase that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Netflix is the latest to attempt a remake of the classic 1950 film.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - PN1995.9.M86 H439 2001 DVD
The best rock and roll musical ever. Long story short... botched sex change operation makes for great musical inspiration. The film will always be better than the stage version for the simple fact that Bob Mould played guitar on the recording sessions. The Origin of Love may be the greatest ballad of all time.
Drunken Angel - PN1995.9.J36 K80 D78 2009 DVD
One of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s lesser known films. A ruthless gangster and a cynical doctor strike up an unlikely friendship that’s played out in a film noir version of post-war Tokyo. While the Allied censorship board prohibited any criticism of the occupation, Kurosawa makes several thinly veiled attacks on Western decadence and corruption.
Drugstore Cowboy - PN1995.9.C75 D78 1999 DVD
Portland's most famous director, Gus Van Sant, directs Portland's most infamous movie about a group of drug hustlers in the early 70s. Starring Matt Dillon, Kelley Lynch, and a young Heather Graham, and an old William Burroughs. Check out the pictures of Portland then and now.
Boogie Nights - PN1997 .B659 2000 DVD
A relatively unknown director, Paul Thomas Anderson - age 26, put together one of the greatest ensemble casts in recent history. The film follows the epic rise and fall from grace of one Dirk Diggler, whose god-given talents put him at the epicenter of cultural excess. Anderson originally wanted Leonardo Dicaprio for the lead role but the actor turned it down, opting instead for some obscure movie about a sinking ship.
The Ice Storm - PN1997 .I34 2000 DVD
Ang Lee directed this devestating adaptation of Rick Moody's 1994 novel. As the radical 60s give way to the social ennui of the 70s, baby boomers try to adapt to surburban bliss. Free love gives way to key parties. Progressive parenting leads to latchkey kids. Love and family and adolescence are rudderless and desparate. An ice storm serves as literal metaphor and catalyst, setting the slippery slopes of morality and fate into motion. The outstanding cast of adults (Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen) are equally matched by their children (Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire).
Ted Davee former head of AV, resident filmmaker, and occasional Reed videographer
Kind Hearts and Coronets - PN1995.9.C55 K563 2006 DVD
Incredibly dry, dark comedy. The best of the Ealing Studios releases. Alec Guiness plays 8 different characters.
Stalker - PG3476.S78835 P552 2000 DVD
A sci-fi movie that's not really sci-fi. My favorite Tarkovsky. Great, mesmerizing, and dream-like use of sounds and visuals.
Grand Illusion - PN1997 .G74 1999 DVD
Erich von Stroheim is brilliant as the over the top officer from a bygone era of gentlemen soldiers and officers. Great prison escape film.
Ikiru - PN1997 I38 2006 DVD
Very touching story about a man that finds out he has stomach cancer and realizes that his life has been a waste and that he has already been dead for years.
It's a Gift - PN1997.A1 W145 2013 DVD
Another comedy highlighting W.C. Fields disdain of family life. I don't care what anyone says. I think it's one of the funniest movies ever.
Bruce Van Buskirk - Reserves guru and renaissance man (musically speaking)
Trouble in Paradise - PN1995.9.C6 T7682 2003 DVD
Ernst Lubitsch comedy about a couple of elegant and debonair scam artists. Wonderful Art-Deco set design, terrific dialogue.
Mon Oncle - PN1995.9.F67 .M65 2001 DVD
Almost a silent comedy by Jacques Tati (Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), contrasts the life of the uncle Hulot with that of his sister and her husband and son in their sterile suburban house. Filled with hilarious sight gags and situations. The short film that's included, School for Postmen, is worth seeing--it shows the inspiration for one of the facets of the animated film, The Triplets of Belleville. Ah heck, while you're at it check out The Triplets of Belleville!
Night of the Hunter - PN1997 .N5458 2000 DVD
A great film noir, directed by Charles Laughton (screenplay by James Agee) and starring Robert Mitchum as a serial killer/preacher, Shelley Winter as his wife (it's a treat to see her in the full bloom of her beauty; I had mostly known her work as a washed-up actress in The Poseidon Adventure, etc.), and Lillian Gish. The black and white cinematography is spectacular, as are many of the images, and the final scene with the preacher and the farm woman trading old-time hymns is almost breath-taking.
The Wire - PN1992.77.W57 W574 2008 DVD
I know, it's a TV series--sue me. It's so much better than The Sopranos, for all its acclaim. The characters are so well constructed and authentic, that many of the most reprehensible criminals in the series turned out to be the ones I felt bad about when things went wrong for them (and things go wrong for just about everybody in the series, at some point or another).
It Happened One Night - PN1995.9.C6 I8 2006 DVD
(Academy Award for Best Picture, rare for a comedy). Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in the classic romantic comedy. A great road film, too. Clark Gable's fast-talking while munching on carrots was an inspiration for Bugs Bunny's character.
Brian Kelley - Reed's resident sci-fi expert
The one movie to rule them all;
The Lord of the Rings - PN1997.2 .L673 2002 DVD
How to make the best movie ever; Step 1) Take eight years. Step 2) Rent New Zealand. Step 3) Hire every young, creative, tireless person you can find. Step 4) Look past the small visions of others as to what a movie can be.
Most epic setting;
Star Wars - PN1995.9.S695 T756 2008 DVD
The galactic republic has over 50,000 inhabited worlds. Every political system, every economic system, every philosophy, and every religion has room to grow, flourish and ultimately to come into conflict with each other.
Avatar - PN1997.2 .A83 2010 DVD
The plot is nothing new. If you can get past that, this film is simply beautiful. The luminescent jungle looks amazing at every scale. The aerial combat is the best I've seen. Even the head up displays make me want to live in that world.
Best movie to never get a sequel or prequel;
Blade Runner - PN1995.9.S26 B5334 2007 DVD
The Earth has been mostly used up. All the beautiful people living their big lives have left for the off-world colonies. What is left behind is a world of flawed people trying to understand what it means to be human.
Best use of Keanu Reeves;
The Matrix - PN1997 .M38759 2007 DVD
It is not clear whether Keanu Reeves is any good at acting or not. What is clear is that this film makes great use of him. Neo is a seeker who can’t articulate the secrets of the universe he alone can perceive.
Lea Shaprio - Reed's resident opera and musical aficionado. "Musicals have the power to fill your brain with sticky melodies. These 5 movies are classics, where every scene is a gem."
Mary Poppins - PN1995.9.M98 M379 2009 DVD
Dick van Dyke was criticized for his phony cockney accent, but is it really so bad?
The Sound of Music - PN1997.S685 S685 2005
This movie has almost nothing in common with the real von Trapp family and their circumstances, but does that matter?
The King and I - PN1997.K564 K564 2006 DVD
Chock full of beautiful songs.
My Fair Lady - PN1995.9.M86 M9 1998 DVD
"Barad yarad bidrom sfarad haerev". Yes, that is "The Rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" in Hebrew.
Wizard of Oz - PN1995.9.M86 W5937 2005 DVD
This would have been a totally different movie if they had gone with their first choice as Dorothy, Shirley Temple.
Tom Willingham - Everyone's favorite nighttime library supervisor and expert Rock Band player.
The Corporation - PN1995.9.C6 C676 2005 DVD
In the mid-1800s the corporation emerged as a legal “person.” Imbued with a “personality” of pure self-interest, the next 100 years saw the corporation’s rise to dominance. The corporation created unprecedented wealth but at what cost? The remorseless rationale of “externalities” (as Milton Friedman explains, the unintended consequences of a transaction between two parties on a third) is responsible for countless cases of illness, death, poverty, pollution, exploitation and lies.
“THE CORPORATION is just brilliant-visually, intellectually, and morally. This film has redefined the documentary genre.” Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of Nickel and Dimed.
I Heart Huckabees - PN1995.9.C55 I5437 2005 DVD
Recommended for any philosophy major :) I like how the film maker shopped the film in Hollywood. “Here’s how I described it to the people who financed the movie. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin are existential detectives who you could hire to investigate the meaning of your life. They are formal, they wear suits, they are Paris-trained and their clients include Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Jason Schwartzman and Mark Wahlberg. Their nemesis is Isabelle Huppert. Hilarity ensues.” You can judge for yourself what philosophical French power couple Hoffman and Tomlin represent, as well as their nemesis Huppert. I have my own ideas.
Brazil - PN1995.9.S85 B73955 2006 DVD
Terry Gilliam’s modern masterpiece. I’m somewhat horrified by this movie, but I can’t look away. This is Gilliam’s concept of a book he never read, Orwell’s 1984. In fact it developed under the title 1984 ½. This movie is also the second part of his “imagination trilogy.” Time bandits representing childhood, Brazil the late 30’s and Baron Munchasen through the eyes of an elderly man.
Pi - PN1995.9.S35 P5 1998 DVD
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature and the stock market. Done all in black in white, this thriller connects math and Judaism and the line between academic brilliance and madness. Plus trepanning!
Swimming with Sharks - PN1995.9.C55 S95 1998 DVD
Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey), a big time movie producer on the rise, hires young Guy (Frank Whaley) to be his assistant. Guy thinks he’s finally hit the big time. But Buddy has other ideas. He torments Guy with petty requests and daily reamings for bringing him Equal instead of Sweet-N-Low. Guy decides that he is fed up with Buddy’s torture and goes to Buddy’s house and ties him up and begins on his revenge. Guy’s lover, a script writer who has “screwed” her way to the top, is dragged into this. Guy tortures Buddy and then his lover arrives and the big ending occurs. This is THE movie on Hollywood and the glamor culture. The ending will blow your mind!
Angie Beiriger, Library - your Humanities and Digital Scholarship librarian
Blue - PN1995.9.F7 B584 1993 DVD
Part of the “Three Colors” trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Blue features Juliette Binoche in a devastating performance as a woman consumed by grief after a tragic loss. She abandons her former life to begin a new, isolated existence but can’t escape the questions that haunt. The music in the movie is a character in itself and will break your heart at the most unexpected times.
Cabaret - PN1995.9.M86 C323 2003 DVD
My favorite musical of all time. Liza Minnelli gives an amazing performance as singer Sally Bowles, headliner of the Kit Kat Club in pre-war Berlin. While Cabaret has some of the best choreography and music ever featured in a film, it also comments on the looming Nazi threat and the consequences of a carefree lifestyle. You’ll want to paint your fingernails green and sing “Mein Herr” at your next karaoke outing.
The Saddest Music in the World - PN1997 .S1353 2004 DVD
Guy Maddin’s surreal movie about a legless bar mistress who stages a contest to find the saddest music in the world in Depression-Era Winnipeg. As bands from around the world compete for the prize, Isabella Rossellini struts around on glass legs filled with beer while a father and son vie for her attention. Gorgeous, bizarre, and yes, very sad.
Starship Troopers - PN1995.9.S26 S796 2002 DVD
Part futuristic fascist blood bath, part campy teen-angst melodrama, Paul Verhoeven’s satire on propaganda, warfare, and vengeance follows idealistic new army recruits battling intergalactic giant bugs. Yes it’s violent but it features the beloved Neil Patrick Harris as a brainiac bug-whisperer and some truly classic social commentary.
The Warriors - PS3575.U7 W32 2000 DVD
1979 cult classic follows a gang that just wants to get home after being framed for a murder. The Warriors’ epic journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn features run-ins with the police and rival gangs – most notoriously the Furies who rumble in full KISS makeup and baseball uniforms. “Warriors, come out to plaayeeaay.”
LaVonna Sydow - Library computer wiz
Black Mirror - PN1992.77 .B57246 2012 DVD
A modern day Twilight Zone series. Many episodes explore the potential consequences of our use of technology taken to the extreme and/or challenge our sense of right and wrong.
Hero - PN1995.9.H3 H47 2009 DVD
Set in ancient China, the story of assassins determined to murder king Qin is told from multiple perspectives, each in a different color scheme, and each as surprising as the next - but not as surprising as the end.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - PN1997.2.S43 2013 DVD
Don’t let the name Ben Stiller steer you from this movie. Daydreamy Walter gets to go on a real-life adventure to retrieve the perfect photo for a magazine in stunning settings like Iceland.
Das Boot - PN1995.9.G47 B668 2004 DVD
A WWII story about a German U-boat crew. After days of boredom, the crew must fight for their lives against storms and attacks with sheer ingenuity and determination.
Pride and Prejudice @1995 - PN1995.9.L6 P7 1995 DVD
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Need I say more, ladies?
Ella Mead ('19) - library reference assistant and economics major
The Crow - PN1997 .C883 2012 DVD
Based on a comic book, this dark cult movie is about a man coming back from the dead on the one year anniversary of his death, to avenge his and his fiancé's murder. It stars Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), and his stunt actor, as Brandon died partway through filming, after getting hurt in a stunt accident while filming the movie. With only a few scenes left in the movie, they continued filming with a replacement. The movie is dedicated to him and his wife. They explore some dark themes, like death and sexual assault, so trigger warning.
He Never Died - PN1997.2 .H4 2016 DVD
An odd, dark, and occasionally comedic movie about an immortal cannibal. Wiki describes it as a movie about "A social outcast, battling depression and severe anti-social behaviour, embarks on a bloody quest to save his long-lost daughter from a crime syndicate," yet that doesn't seem to completely encapsulate what's going on in this film.
Hot Fuzz - PN1995.9.C55 H68 2007 DVD
Edgar Wright's comedy films are always hilarious, and Hot Fuzz is one my favorite. It follows a London Constable (police officer) as he's transferred to a – seemingly – sleepy town in the countryside. However, a series of murders, he and his new partner find that there's more going on in this little town than the townspeople would like you to believe.
Shaun of the Dead - PN1995.9.C55 S43 2004 DVD
My other favorite Edgar Write film. This comedy is about the zombie apocalypse, and two friends trying to survive it. There are a lot of films and TV shows in this zombie-humor style, but Shawn of the Dead is a by far the best one of the genre.
Kill Bill - PN1995.9.A3 K55 2004 DVD
A characteristic Tarantino film: dark tones, epic fight scenes and mystery. This follows The Bride as she seeks revenge on those that attempted to kill her on her wedding day. I personally feel that this has a very anime style plot: training montage, then and a series of battle's working up the final boss.
Elise Woodard ('15) - spends more time taking notes on films than watching them
Werckmeister Harmonies - PN1995.9.S87 W47356 2006 DVD
In a frostbitten, fogbound provincial town lives a young postman, Janos Valushka. One day a traveling circus comes to town, displaying the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world in a corrugated metal trailer. Their arrival in the midst of a terminal frost prompts bizarre rumors which quickly run rife, alluding to a shadowy figure, dubbed the Prince, who supposedly accompanies the circus. Within a short time, the gathering tensions ignite, and an apocalyptic unrest is unleashed, the madness sweeping across the frigid, foggy community, and forever changing Janos' life. Bela Tarr, a Hungarian director more talked about than viewed, twists reality into impressionism in this adaptation from Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai's novel, while regarding the characters with great intensity through long, uninterrupted takes.
Bicycle Thieves - PN1997.V58 S513 1968 DVD
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for his work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.
Human Condition - PN1995.9.J36 H853 2009 DVD
Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.
Salò, the 120 days of Sodom - PQ2063.S3 A2822 2008 DVD
The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . It’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.
That Obscure Object of Desire - PN1995.9.F7 T538 2001 DVD
Luis Buñuel’s final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead—Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s brilliant surrealistic beginnings.
Bryson Uhrig-Fox ('10) - "For those who enjoy reading while watching movies."
Belle de jour - PN1995.9.F7 B455 2002 DVD
The story of a high class french housewife who longs for more passion in her life. Instead of turning to her husband, she becomes entangled in the world of high class prostitutes. Presented by Martin Scorsese, this movie is considered the erotic masterpiece of Luis Bunuel, one of the greatest Spanish filmakers of all time.
The Passion of Joan of Arc - PN1995.9.F7 P388 1999 DVD
The back of the movie says it all: "Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art." Made in 1928, this movie is one of those gems that make reading while watching a movie worth it. Completely silent, the film is set to a musical piece for chorus and orchestra titled Voices of Light. Absolutely mesmerizing.
Kolya - PN1995.9.C9 K6593 2002 DVD
A heart warming tale of a Czech bachelor who marries a Russian woman to help her emigrate from the USSR. But after she disappears he is forced to take care of her son or else face the legal consequences of a fake marriage. A story about true human connection.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - PN1995.9.F7 D58564 2008 DVD
A story about human achievement and perseverance in the face of crushing disaster. If you don't believe you can do anything after watching this movie, I don't know what will set you free. Incredible cinematography.
Pan's Labyrinth - PN1995.9.F36 P367 2007 DVD
A heartbreaking story of the innocence of children. Set in Spain during the Spanish civil war, a young girl does all that she can to try and save her mother and unborn brother while trying to appease her stepfather, a member of the Spanish Facist Party.
Jenn Bautista ('11) - Reed's former faithful early morning IMC worker
Cinema Paradiso - PN1995.9.S8 N869 2003 DVD
A beautiful, nostalgic Italian film that follows the life of Salvatore, a mischievous six-year-old who develops a lifelong friendship with the neighborhood projectionist, and, through experiences with his two loves, film and Elena, becomes a big-time film director.
Fanny and Alexander - PN1995.9.S9 F36 2004 DVD
A five-hour Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman about two well-to-do children, Fanny and Alexander Ekdahl. After their father?s sudden death, they follow their mother to live with her new husband, a cruel, ascetic bishop and became prisoners in his house until finally escaping.
Annie Hall - PN1995.9.C55 A553 2000 DVD
Possibly my favorite American romantic comedy and definitely Woody Allen's best film. The movie records the relationship between neurotic New Yorker Alvy Singer and (relatively) carefree Annie Hall.
Lust, Caution - PN1995.9.S87 L878 2008 DVD
Ang Lee's sexy Chinese thriller that takes place in Hong Kong and Shanghai during the war and Japanese occupation. It follows a group of Chinese university students who plan to assassinate a high-ranking government official, which involves using the main character Chia Chi to seduce him into a trap.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears - PN1995.9.R8 M677 2004 DVD
Russian film that focuses on a 30-year-span of three provincial women who move to Moscow. They start off as friends working in the factory and living in dormitories, with dreams of finding love in the big city.
Adam Reese ('11) - Check out his cool DJ sets on KXLU
The Brood - PN1995.9.H6 B266 2003 DVD
David Cronenberg's The Brood explores a different kind of connection between mind and body. What would happen if the mind had greater power over the body than the other way around? What if the mind had power over other bodies?
Man Bites Dog - PN1995.9.F7 M34 2002 DVD
This French mocumentary is a dark comedy that focuses on a serial killer and the documentary crew that follows him. It presents a jaded perspective on violence and the moral system of a killer. Despite this, it is pure comedy form start to finish.
Repo Man - PN1997 .R476 2003 DVD
This movie has one of the greatest soundtracks of all times, featuring the Plugz, Black Flag, Iggy Pop, The Circle Jerks and others. Emilio Estevez must navigate his way through a social landscape marked by unemployment, employment, generic foods, and paranormal activity. Repo Man is an indisputable classic that sums up an era in an hour and a half.
Space Is the Place - PN1995.9.S26 S634 2003 DVD
This movie is both an incredible document of the music and philosophy of Sun Ra and a great piece of entertainment in its own right. Ra is something of a cosmic rebel, traveling the universe in a music-powered spaceship trying to bring enlightenment to the planet earth (also though music.) Will his plans for a mass exodus to another planet succeed?
Zardoz - PN1995.9.W37 Z3746 2000 DVD
This movie features Sean Connery in one of his most bizarre roles. A member of a caste of killers in a post-apocalyptic world, he sneaks into an Edenic world where people are immortal. But for all their psychic powers and centuries of life experience, they have never before seen the likes of Connery.
Rebecca Ok ('09) – Her top 5 includes exactly 9 or 10 films.
1. Cowboy Bebop - PN1995.9.J3 C69 2002 DVD
I don’t like anime, but I like Cowboy Bebop. Soundtrack is good. If I could be an anime character, I’d be Spike, for sure.
2. The Blue Hour - PN1995.9.G47 B5384 2001 DVD
Only randomly-picked-out German film I’ve ever really liked. The callboy is cute. The chick could do with a makeover or a replacement, but over all, good movie.
3. Strictly Ballroom - PN1997 .S8753 2002 DVD
Gaudy, Australian romance with ballroom dancing. Simply ridiculous and brilliant.
4. The Pianist - PN1997.2 .P53 2003 DVD
I’ve only seen this film once. Super good, but super depressing. I felt guilty eating for a week after viewing it. Occasionally I think about watching it again, but talk myself out of it due to aforementioned resulting guilt.
5. Mostly Martha - PN1995.9.C55 M683 2003 DVD
Drama about a German French chef. Generally good movie. The German sounds beautiful. Every time I watch this I wonder how it is she stays so goddamned skinny being around food all the time. Hollywood made an American version of this with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Don’t watch that shit.
5.1 In the Mood for Love - PN1995.9.C5 H83 2002 DVD
This was recommended by a date. I never finished it, but it led to good things. I’m sure it ends well.
5.2 Best of Youth - PN1995.9.H5 B478 2006 DVD
The longest film I’ve ever sat through. Good though. Diebold (or Wally, I don’t remember which) would recommend it as well.
5.3 Planet Earth - QB631.2 P536 2007 DVD
This is the only documentary on here for a reason, and I don’t watch documentaries. Good for some before-bed not-reading activity. Watch the diaries at the end. They’ll make you feel weak and super-unhardcore.
5.4 Billy Elliot - PN1995.9.D26 B56 2000 video
It’s about a little boy who just wants to dance. Super cute. It goes into the social implications of dancing as well and why his family tends to be unsupportive. It plays with the issues of gender norms and self-determination in a small mining town. The strike scene is intense. However, we only have it on VHS, which is a bummer.
5.5 Harold and Maude - PN1995.9.C55 H3765 2000 DVD
For those with an odd sense of humor.
Brittany Taylor ('09) – “Judge away. These babies are solid gold”
1. Weekend - PN1995.9.F7 W445 2005 DVD
The longest traffic jam ever, cannibals, French people, the end of bourgeois society, all on a lovely drive through the countryside!
2. Planet Earth - B 631.2 .P536 2007 DVD
Best nature footage ever, sadly no Attenborough.
3. Jamon, Jamon - PN1995.9.S63 J35 2002 DVD
Everyone screws everyone and then there is a fight to the death using ham hocks as weapons.
4. 9 to 5 - PN1995.9.C55 A122 2001 DVD
Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin
Barely gettin by
Its all takin
And no givin
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that i
Would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead
But the boss wont seem to let me in
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me
5. Lucía y el sexo - Lucy and sex. - PN1995.9.S8 S49 2003 DVD
Violet Ketskarova ('08) – destined to be Bulgaria’s next great filmmaker
1. Escaflowne - PN1995.9.J38 A54 2000 DVD
Anime series 26 ep. An ordinary high-school girl is suddenly transported to the planet Gaea, where she gets herself involved in a series of adventures, trying to help save a few kingdoms. Second best anime fantasy series after 12th Kingdom I've ever seen. A little bit of everything - battles, blood, princes, fantasy creatures, love, complicated relationships (more than you'd expect from a regular anime). Highly recommend it if you're into fantasy anime.
2. Dangerous Beauty - PN1995.9.H5 D36 1998 DVD
The true story of the woman, a poet and courtesan, who used looks, wit and seduction to defy the conventions of 16th century Venice. The film is entertaining, acting is good, production design is in the time-period. If you feel like an emotional 'love-vs.-reality' Saturday night, that's a good pick. A bit of a tear-jerker, but it's well done.
3. Please Save My Earth - PN1995.9.J38 P5 1994 DVD
Anime. 6 ep. story of a bunch of scientists on a Moon base who die and are reborn on Earth, only to remember that they predicted something terrible is about to happen to Earth. This is one of these anime series -- the more you watch it, the more you discover in it. Intellectually challenging, but worth the effort. And it's beautiful.
4. Mel Brooks' History of the World - PN1995.9.C6 H589 1999 DVD
History of the world by Mel Brooks - it's actual history. with a twist. Better than any Monty Python. Much better than almost any other parody. Purely funny.
5. Night Watch - PN1995.9.H6 N5448 2006 DVD
Russian modern fantasy. Pretty good. The powers of Light and Dark in opposition, as always, but the film is very artistic and it still makes sense. It's also very modern-Russian. For anyone interested in Sci Fi, or Russian culture.