Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Guest Columnist: Gianna's top 100 Movies any Film Buff Should See, Pt. 2

Here is the next 10 films on Gianna's list of films recommended for tru film buffs. I've only seen 4 of these 10, but you know - the deck is sort of stacked in Gianna's favor here.

(1991, Dir: Alan Parker, Wr: Dick Clement) The Commitments is just one of those perfect little films. From the writing, to casting, to directing everything just clicks. Say it with me now- ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud!’

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989, Dir: Peter Greenway, Wr: Peter Greenway) Highly stylized, but compelling from beginning to end. It’s not a pleasant film to watch by any means, but the ending pays off in a big way.

Crumb (1994 Dir: Terry Zwigoff)-A great documentary about the life and career of comic artist Robert Crumb. Zwigoff examines not just Crumb’s amazing career, but his fully bizarre family as well. It’s fascinating and compelling and stays with you long after you see it.

Dark Crystal (1982, Dir: Jim Henson & Frank Oz, Wr: Jim Henson & David Odell) A thoroughly unappreciated film in its day and even now. The sheer artistry that this film demands is amazing. Though the screenplay is not especially strong, the artistic achievement of the film far out weighs it.

The Devil’s Backbone (2001, Dir: Guillermo del Toro, Wr: Guillermo del Toro)-A great creepy, atmospheric, ghost story. In an age where most Americans equate horror with torture porn, this wonderful gem is superior to anything Eli Roth is vomiting out.

Existenz (1999, Dir: David Cronenberg, Wr: David Cronenberg)-If there’s such a thing as an intellectual popcorn movie, Existenz falls into that category. Essentially written off as an imitator to The Matrix, Existenz delivers a far more satisfying ride. (Jami's note: That's not too hard in my book!)

Eyes Without a Face (1960, Dir: Georges Franju, Wr: Jean Redon, Pierre Boileau)-A completely disturbing horror picture. Considered a precursor to Psycho, Eyes Without a Face has one of the most haunting final scenes I’ve seen put to film.

Fantastic Planet (1960, Dir: Rene Laloux, Wr: Roland Topor)-This French animated Sci-Fi adventure is beautifully animated and completely trippy. One of the early films to make the case that animation is not just for children.

Forbidden Games (1952, Dir: Rene Clement, Wr: Jean Aurenche) An amazing little film about the effects of war and death from a child’s point of view. The film touchingly examines the way children deal with the realities of death and its religious rituals.

Girl Crazy (1943, Dir: Busby Berkley, Wr: Guy Boltan & Jack McGowan) There’s a reason Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musicals were so damn popular-They’re FREAKIN' ADORABLE! Just about any of their films are fine to watch-I picked this one, because it was the only one that didn’t feature a minstrel show.


  1. Dark Crystal, yay! Although I would put it in my 100 top for young adults, I don't know if it would have made my list. It's not that some YA can't appeal to a wider audience (some Japanese Manga certainly does) but this particular piece...I agree, the screenplay is not quite strong enough. But then, I also love Willow, and that flopped, too.

  2. "Do y'not think, uh - we're a little white for that sort of thing?"

    I LOVE the Commitments!!!