1. 21 Grams by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Iñárritu is one of the modern masters in my opinion. This movie is devastating. 21 Grams is a fractured narrative that highlights the inevitable fate of some and the failure of material wealth to bring happiness for others.
Other films by Iñárritu at the library include Amores Perros and Biutiful.
2. Zelig by Woody Allen
Loser in this week's vote for Director/Actor week, Woody Allen’s under seen film Zelig is a brilliant look at a man who is a chameleon.
Other films by Woody Allen at the library include Annie Hall, Another Woman, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Interiors, Love and Death, Manhattan, Melinda and Melinda, Midnight in Paris, The Purple Rose of Cairo, September and Stardust Memories.
3. The Messenger by Oren Moverman
A modern indie that doesn’t get nearly enough buzz is Oren Moverman’s The Messenger. This is one of my favorite war films, looking at 21st century US wars through the lens of soldiers whose job is to inform families of their loved one’s death. It’s a difficult, but worthy watch.
4. Sansho the Bailiff by Kenji Mizoguchi
When it comes to Japanese cinema, most start with Ozu or Kurosawa. Don’t miss out on the forgotten third musketeer Mizoguchi, who is a genius, feminist, master filmmaker.
Other Mizoguchi films at Snell include Life of Oharu, Osaka Elegy, Street of Shame, Ugetsu.
Kubrick’s entrancing last film is sadly underrated and under seen. The visuals and story will captivate you…it’s a lot more than the occasional orgy jokes give it credit for.
Other Stanley Kubrick films at Snell include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Paths of Glory, The Shining, and Spartacus.
6. Bamboozled by Spike Lee
Spike Lee tackles race in a whole new way. Perplexed as to why this film faded into obscurity.
Other Spike Lee films at the library include Crooklyn, Do the Right Thing, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, Passing Strange, School Daze and When the Levees Broke.
7. Millennium Actress by Satoshi Kon
Very few have explored the catalog of Satoshi Kon, and if they have, they’ve only seen Paprika. This film is better. It’s more for people familiar with modern Japanese history (20th century) and Japanese cinema.
8. Somewhere by Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere requires a lot of patience. She explores the vanity of Los Angeles and the celebrity lifestyle. The main character is an actor who we quickly see is bored by the “cool” things awarded to the rich and famous, like in this case, personal strippers. We watch him rediscover life through the mundane, finding value in playing guitar hero with his daughter and simply being involved in her life.
Other Sofia Coppola films at Snell include The Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides.
9. Antichrist by Lars Von Trier
Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is a difficult film to watch, and I can’t say I recommend it unless you’re a masochist or really love masterful visual artists. Two images in this film still horrify me and haunt me as I type this. That being said, it’s a masterful look at a woman’s guilt as her desire for sex stole her attention while her child fell out a window and died.
Other Lars Von Trier films at Snell include Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville and Manderlay.
Call numbers for all films mentioned are listed below in alphabetical order (The Hub is the collection of DVDs in the lobby where you walk in, the films with PN are on the third floor. When you enter the floor, head diagonally straight and right):
21 Grams PN1995.9.S87 A123 2004
2001: A Space Odyssey: PN1995.9.S26 A16 1999
Amores Perros PN1995.9.F67 A57 2002
Annie Hall PN1995.9.C55 A66 1998
Another Woman PN1997 .A66 2001
Antichrist PN1995.9.H6 A58 2010
Bamboozled PN1995.9.C55 B343 2001b
Barry Lyndon: PN1995.9.A3 B37 1999
Biutiful The Hub
The Bling Ring PN1997.2 .B55 2013
Breaking the Waves PN1995.9.L6 B73 1999
Crimes and Misdemeanors PN1995.9.C55 C74 2001
Crooklyn: PN1995.9.C55 C76 1994
Dancer in the Dark PN1995.9.M86 D37 2001
Do the Right Thing: PN1997 .D63 2001
Dogville PN1995.9.G3 D64 2003
Dr. Strangelove: PN1995.9.C55 D7 1999
Eyes Wide Shut: PN1995.9.S87 E947 2001
Full Metal Jacket: DS557.73 .F85 2007
Get on the Bus: PN1995.9.H5 G48 2000
Hannah and Her Sisters PN1995.9.C55 H366 2005
He Got Game: The Hub
Interiors PN1995.9.F35 I58 1984
Jungle Fever: The Hub
Life of Oharu PN1995.9.F67 S255 1983
Lolita: The Hub
Love and Death PN1995.9.C55 L673 1990
Malcolm X: PN1995.9.B55 M35 2000
Manderlay PN1995.9.M45 M36 2005
Manhattan PN1995.9.C55 M363 2000
Marie Antoinette PN1995.9.B55 M365 2007
Melinda and Melinda PN1995.9.C55 M45 2005
The Messenger The Hub
Midnight in Paris: The Hub
Millennium Actress: The Hub
Mo’ Better Blues: PN1997 .M6353 1990
Osaka Elegy PN1995.9.F67 N36 1988
Paprika: The Hub
Passing Strange: PN1995.9.M86 P37 2010
Paths of Glory: D522.23 .P38 1999
The Purple Rose of Cairo: The Hub
Sansho the Bailiff PN1995.9.F67 S364 2007
School Daze: The Hub
September PN1997 .S3232 2001
The Shining: PN1995.9.H6 S55 1999
Somewhere PN1997.2 .S669 2011
Spartacus: PN1995.9.H5 S6837 2001
Stardust Memories PN1995.9.C55 S73 1982
Street of Shame PN1995.9.F67 A396 1986
Tokyo Godfathers PN1997.5 .T65 2004
Ugetsu PN1995.9.F67 U25 2005
The Virgin Suicides The Hub
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in four acts - HV636 2005.L8 W54 2006
Zelig PN1995.9.C55 Z45 2005