★★★★★ USA / France. 2h26m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by David Lynch. Written by David Lynch. Cinematography by Peter Deming. Edited by Mary Sweeney. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Dan Hedaya, Angelo Badalamenti, Monty Montgomery, Lee Grant, James Karen, Chad Everett, Richard Green, Rebekah Del Rio.
The story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, who meets and befriends an amnesiac woman (Harring) recovering from a car accident. The story follows several other vignettes and characters, including a Hollywood film director (Theroux). Mulholland Drive is widely regarded as one of Lynch’s finest works and one of the greatest films of the 21st century.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h47m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Pete Dexter (screenplay) and Pete Dexter, Floyd Mutrux (story). Cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Edited by Sally Menke. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Daniel Baldwin, Kyle Chandler, William L. Petersen, Aaron Neville, Rob Lowe, Bruce Dern, Louise Fletcher.
Nolte plays the head of an elite group of four Los Angeles Police Department detectives (based on the real life ‘Hat Squad’) who are known for stopping at nothing to maintain control of their jurisdiction. Their work has the tacit approval of LA’s police chief (Bruce Dern).
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h41m. Crime / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Mycroft, Alma Reville (screenplay) and Clemence Dane, Helen Simpson (“Enter Sir John”). Cinematography by J.J. Cox. Edited by Rene Marrison, Emile de Ruelle. Music by John Reynders. Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy.
A young actress in a traveling theatre troupe, is found in a daze with blood on her clothes, standing by the murdered body of another young actress. The poker used to commit the murder was at Diana’s feet, but she has no memory of what happened during the minutes the crime was committed.
★★★★☆ UK. 2h8m. Mystery. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Paul Dehn (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Edited by Anne V. Coates. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York.
The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), is asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects are portrayed by an all-star cast. Received six nominations at the 47th Academy Awards: Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Of these nominations, Bergman was the only winner.
★★★☆☆ USA / Malta. 1h54m. Mystery. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Green (screenplay) and Agatha Christie (“Murder On The Orient Express”). Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos. Edited by Mick Audsley. Music by Patrick Doyle. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley.
The fourth screen adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1974 film, a 2001 TV film version, and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, as he investigates a murder on the luxury Orient Express train service in the 1930s.
★★★☆☆ Spain. 1h39m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Rafael Gil. Written by Rafael Gil, Eduardo Marquina. Cinematography by Alfredo Fraile. Edited by Juan Serra. Music by José Quintero. Starring Amparo Rivelles, Rafael Durán, Juan Espantaleón, Milagros Leal, Joaquin Roa, Irene Caba Alba, José Franco.
In 19th century Castile, Judge Joaquín Zarco travels in a stagecoach with a beautiful woman, Blanca. It is Carnavile. They fall in love but she disappears.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Adventure. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Ranald MacDougall, Ben Maddow, Philip Yordan (screenplay) and Carl Stephenson (“Leiningen Versus The Ants”). Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by Everett Douglas. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Starring Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong.
The story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation. It is noteworthy for its use of special effects, especially the time-lapse photography, which was a hallmark of George Pal, and is often said to have been overlooked that year in the Oscar for Special Effects. However, the film is largely an unconventional romance, while the special effects, though impressive, are confined to the final scenes of the film.
★★★★☆ Canada / UK / Japan. 1h55m. Drama. Directed by David Cronenberg. Written by David Cronenberg (screenplay) and William S. Burroughs (“Naked Lunch”). Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Edited by Ronald Sanders. Music by Howard Shore, Ornette Coleman. Starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zeiniker, Robert A. Silverman.
William Lee is an exterminator who finds that his wife Joan is stealing his supply of insecticide to use as a recreational drug. Lee is arrested by the police, and he begins hallucinating as a result of exposure to the insecticide. Lee comes to believe that he is a secret agent, and his boss, a giant talking beetle, assigns him the mission of killing Joan, who is allegedly an agent of an organization called Interzone Incorporated.
An adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ 1959 novel of the same name. A box office bomb, garnering only $2.6 million out of a $17–18 million budget due to a limited release. Has since become a cult film, acclaimed for its surrealistic visual and thematic elements.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h31m. Western / Thriller. Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom. Cinematography by William C. Mellor. Edited by George White. Music by Bronislaw Kaper. Starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell.
About a bounty hunter who tries to bring a murderer to justice, and is forced to accept the help of two strangers who are less than trustworthy. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay — a rare honor for a Western.
★★★★☆ UK. 3h8m. Biography / Historical. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Written by James Goldman (screenplay) and Robert K. Massie (“Nicholas And Alexandra”). Cinematography by Freddie Young. Edited by Ernest Walter. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Starring Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier, Tom Baker, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, Harry Andrews, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candace Glendenning, Fiona Fullerton, Irene Worth.
A partial account of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. It was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Janet Suzman), Best Cinematography, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Picture.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h36m. Horror. Directed by George A. Romero. Written by John Russo, George A. Romero. Cinematography by George A. Romero. Edited by George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Judith Ridley, Keith Wayne.
Follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is under assault by an enlarging group of cannibalistic, undead corpses. The film grossed US$12 million domestically and US$18 million internationally, earning more than 250 times its budget. Night of the Living Dead has been regarded as a cult classic by film scholars and critics, despite being heavily criticized upon its release for its explicit gore. It eventually garnered critical acclaim and was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror. Directed by Tom Savini. Written by George A. Romero (screenplay) and John Russo, George A. Romero (original screenplay). Cinematography by Frank Prinzi. Edited by Tom Dubensky. Music by Paul McCollough. Starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, William Butler, Katie Finneran, Bill Moseley, Heather Mazur, Russell Streiner.
A remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror film of the same name. Romero rewrote the screenplay he had originally co-authored. Savini was initially hired to perform the special effects, but was persuaded to direct by Romero. Savini was drawn to the remake because he was unavailable to do special effects on the original.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h16m. Comedy. Directed by Victor Hanbury, John Stafford. Written by Victor Hanbury, Frank Vosper (screenplay) and Dorothy Hope (story). Cinematography by Walter Blakeley. Edited by Edward B. Jarvis, Elmer J. McGovern. Music by Noel Gay. Starring Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier, Jill Esmond, Edmund Breon, Gibb McLaughlin, Muriel Aked.
A comedy of errors set in a divorce case. Olivier had returned to Britain after his career had faltered, following an initial move to Hollywood.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h53m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Clifford Odets. Written by Clifford Odets (screenplay) and Richard Llewellyn (“None But The Lonely Heart”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by Roland Gross. Music by Hanns Eisler. Starring Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt, George Coulouris.
Tells the story of a young Cockney drifter who returns home with no ambitions but finds that his family needs him. The title of the film is taken from Tchaikovsky’s song “None but the Lonely Heart”, which is featured in the background music.
★★★★★ USA. 2h16m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Ernest Lehman. Cinematography Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce, Leo G. Carroll.
A tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle out microfilm which contains government secrets. North by Northwest is listed among the canonical Hitchcock films of the 1950s and is often listed among the greatest films of all time.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h41m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Ben Hecht. Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff. Edited by Theron Warth. Music by Roy Webb. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin.
In April 1946, Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, is recruited by government agent T. R. Devlin to infiltrate an organization of Nazis who have moved to Brazil after World War II. Considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt — at the age of forty-six — to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.”
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h4m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Rodney Ackland (screenplay) and Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (“Number Seventeen”). Cinematography by Jack Cox, Bryan Langley. Edited by A.C. Hammond. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop, Barry Jones, Ann Casson.
A group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery hide their loot in an old house over a railway that leads to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbour who is a police officer’s daughter.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h43m. Comedy / Crime. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Cinematography by David Watkin. Music by Tom Bähler. Starring John Malkovich, Andie MacDowell, Lolita Davidovich, Rudi Davies, Joss Ackland, Bill Paterson, Ricci Harnett, Peter Riegert, Jack Shepherd, Rosemary Martin, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Jake and Tina have taken up residence in a London hotel, living way beyond their means. He is a commodities broker whose shipment of cocoa beans is tied up by a Third World country’s revolution. She is a woman with extravagant tastes who is still technically married to Larry, her first husband.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h51m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Written by Wendy Wasserstein (screenplay) and Stephen McCauley (“The Object Of My Affection”). Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Edited by Tariq Anwar. Music by George Fenton. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Allison Janney, Alan Alda, Tim Daly, Joan Copeland, Steve Zahn.
The story concerns a pregnant New York social worker who develops romantic feelings for her gay best friend and decides to raise her child with him, and the complications that ensue.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h38m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by Paul Schrader (screenplay) and Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader (story). Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Stocker Fontelieu.
About a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping-rescue attempt gone wrong. Years after the tragedy, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is the exact look-alike of his long dead wife.