90. Ed Wood (1994) Tim Burton’s greatest film, in my opinion, from a terrific screenplay and a lot of love for the bad-movie genre. Depp is great, Martin Landau is incredible and the whole movie maintains its odd, quirky-in-a-good-way tone throughout.
89. Youth of the Beast (1963) Seijun Suzuki made crazy, stylish pictures about gangsters in a kind of fantasy world. This one is probably my favorite because there are several places where you can see where Tarantino stole stuff from, and because of Jo Shushido’s terrific performance. Bright colors, edgy violence, and a couple of dry quips – it’s got an energy to it that’s infectious.
88. The China Syndrome (1979) During the Seventies, it seems like Hollywood was able to knock out adult dramas at will for a while; of course we all know what changed that. One of the most intense films I’ve ever seen; it will leave you thinking for some time after you see it. Also interesting in that there is no score, which adds to the realistic tone. (As William Goldman pointed out, Michael Douglas is a hell of a producer; check out his credits, which include this picture).
87. Solaris (1972) Decidedly not the insipid Steven Soderbergh remake, but Andrei Tarkovsky’s original; if you haven’t seen any Tarkovsky, it’s worth the effort to catch as many as you can. A slow, surreal, fascinating journey, culminating in a final shot that is justly famous. Dreamlike and thought-provoking.
82. Seven Days in May (1964) One of JFK’s favorite books. Kirk Douglas happened to be at a dinner party in D.C. and told Kennedy he wanted to make a film out of the book. Kennedy proceeded to tell Douglas just how important he thought the story was; given the content, it’s easy to see what he meant. Unfortunately, he never got to see it.
81. Le Cercle Rouge (1970) Alain Delon, this time sporting a mustache, and the great Yves Montand, in a heist film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. What more do you want?
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