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"Control Room" is one of my favorites because it takes a pretty focused view of early coverage of the war in Iraq from a Middle East perspective. Rebecca Padula, Channel Coordinator

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I know I’m in a minority but from the crop of films I have seen in the past year, a mustseefilm is No Country for Old Men by the Coen Brothers. Many people have found it “disgustingly violent”. I disagree. It is probably the most honestly anti-violent film in mainstream cinema today. Many films that purport to be anti violent end up being exploitative and whilst their script may say all the right films, it is really just an excuse to titillate the audience. No Country for Old Men does not manipulate the audience. There is no menacing music over the violent pictures, the characters are no heroes and the whole film is a beautiful understated observation.


I loved Todd Haynes' movie "Safe".

I haven't seen it in awhile but I was blown away when I saw it and still think of it often. I loved how ideas of "purity" are problematized...whether it is cleanliness, spiritual thought, or modernist form. Whiteness is probed in an interesting way, down to the white noise in the background.

i have no suggestions for you about movies. i do have many short (and now longer as in 15 min.) media literacy videos made with vermont youth. would you like to see if any are suitable 4 your show? james valastro
I think that "The life of Brian" is a movie that folks must see. It is a Monty Python comedy that is a parody of organized religeon. –Anon
I think Life and Debt (2001) is one of the more powerful documentary films I have ever seen. It does an exemplary job storytelling. It lets people understand and see how a legacy of colonialism joined with the globalized economic system and the lending practices of the International Monetary Fund is geared

towards extraction of cheap labor and resources leading to

underdevelopment. It also does a good job of breaking through the PR around tourism in Jamaica. –Andy Crawford
"The Trial" B&W,(1962) directed by Orson Welles who also play the advocate (defense lawyer), starring Anthony Perkins, who is asked to appear in court but not told of what he was charged with or given resources or a process for his defense. The state keeps tabs on him while he literally runs through a whirlwind of fear, doublespeak, and innuendo, while passive citizens refuse to get involved. Sound familiar? -Mark Montalban
LIVING THE AUTISM MAZE, the 40 minute documentary I produced on the state of the maze parents are going through to gain information, services and expertise. Go to bottom of this page for a clip of film. I want to place this on Channel 17 and RETN in the Fall to air in conjunction with Vermont Autism Walk Oct. 11. The film is a personal tribute to the families pioneering efforts in understanding and following through on their children through endless barriers and sometimes enlightening moments. ~ ANNE
Probably my favorite movie of all time (and Alicia's too) is the Big Lebowski. You just can't beat the Dude's attitude, man. Todd
I really liked "Children Underground". It's about street kids living in the subway station and having to deal with addiction, abuse, starvation, illness, & loneliness, etc. It was tragic and captivating to be able to witness the strength and despair of these children dealing with very grown-up harsh situations and conditions. Most of them sniff paint to get high and use any money they make from panhandling or working for the subway vendors to buy paint. there are times of hope and growth as some kids find their families and get off drugs and give up the street life. Others run back to their "street family" to escape a worse situation at home. As disturbing and challenging it was to watch, it left an impression on me, and I had to watch it again. I may have to watch it a third time now,

a must-see film. also heart-breaking.. hope this helps....thomas p.s. (netflix has it)

Edward Scissorhands

A really great film that places an absurd circumstance into socially acceptable society. It takes to extreme the cost of isolation, bullying and prejudice.

An irony: Anthony Michael Hall, the bullied geek that we have grown to know and love from the Brat Pack films is the pretentious popular guy that bullies our protaganist.

Hi, Meghan. Why wont you put me on tv? My must see movie right now is 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. People will say, "Another depressing movie with subtitles from Tom." I'll have to accept that criticism but to me it's the opposite of depressing. Great movies only need an eye and a story. No effects, very little accompanying music, it follows a young woman who is helping a friend get an abortion. Without any sentimentality or ideology, it is about non violent bravery and heroism and choosing the difficult path, not for recognition or acknowledgement, but because it's right. And the compromises one has to make to be a good person. Tom

I love Microcosmos for how close it helps us feel to the scale of the insect world. We get a glimpse into their worlds, which are not so different from our own. It helped me see how i certainly don't want to pollute their worlds (and ours). Imagine all the beauty we would have if our lawns were meadows. -Rebecca
How about a mustseefilm that I've never seen? Last week, I was talking with a student who is in my new movie and she was stunned at how few of the films she considers mustsees I had actually seen. She couldn't believe I'd never seen HAROLD AND MAUDE, or WAKING NED DEVINE, or DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

For me, there are certain films I've missed in theatres or have never gotten around to on video, or films that sound great but are not available in any format (like the films of Sacha Guitry). So if I made up a list of mustsee films that I must see before I die, one of the top ten would be I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! It's got romance and comedy, it's got Wendy Hiller, and it's got the Scottish Hebrides. One of these days, when a rare fog covers my hill, I'm going to watch it! Ok? John O’Brien

Sound and Fury, Josh Aronson's documentary takes an unexpected approach to the "medical miracle" film by examining the political and emotional turmoil that erupts between brothers over the cochlear implant that might allow their deaf children to hear. I found it an easy movie to watch and then talk about the ideas/approaches presented. – anon
I really loved the movie "STARDUST" starring Michelle Pfifer "a fantastic wicked witched and Robert Deniro "the in the closet gay pirate Captain" of a flying ship. This was a real feel good movie for the whole family. I very rarely watch a movie over again. I at least need to wait 2 years. However, I watched this movie over again three days in a row. Mystical, magical, laughfullable and reconfirming that dreams do come true. I bet you can not watch it just once!- Wanda H
The movie "Control Room" is a must see for me. It gave me a view on the Iraq war and Al Jazerra that was crucial to my growing understanding of what is going on in the world and a way that the staff of Al Jazerra became human beings and not "monsters" as portrayed on US media outlets.

Thanks for asking

Alison Segar
Ginny Newsom

Atomic Café - documentary made entirely of military learning films and public service announcements in the 50’s – funny – tragic…and contemporary. No Narration, but genius editing from earlier days of deconstruction video movement (and I worked on it)

The Cane Toad – An Australian science education film about the disastrous introduction of the cane toad into Australia – teaches environmental science of while being awful and hysterically funny
Peter Spitzform

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

This film brilliantly explores the intersection of the individual-in-need with the institutions supposedly there to help people. It deals with an old, ill man in Romania, but it could so easily be an American film, given what he goes through. The film looks at the health care system with cutting realism, and the dehumanization it can foster.

My runner up would be Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas), a film based on true events. On Christmas Eve during WW I, men within feet of each other in the trenches who are trying to kill each other end up putting down their arms to celebrate the holiday together. It is so powerful a film because it suggests what is possible, and how the soldiers in any war very likely have much more in common with each other than with their commanding officers or the politicians who sent them to the front.

The Corporation

Important to me because:

Reminds me to be vigilant in my community, critical of injustice, and supportive of all local efforts. -Marlo
Favorite Movie of All Time:

Across the Universe

This movie portrays the Sixties with music of the Beatles and it is a truly magnificent musical - with incredible dance and song - taking us back to a time when the youth challenged the status quo, changed American societal norms, and fought to bring an end to the Vietnam War. Incredibly beautiful movie that will touch you and move you in a most extraordinary way.

Melinda Moulton

Here are three of my favorite film scenes (these are among my YouTube favorites):

The first one, the cropduster sequence fom Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", is a 10-minute course in shot composition, from the opening crane shot to the crash at the end; it features incredibly effective editing and juxtapositions:
The second is the tight-rope scene from Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus"...a working-man in a tuxedo attempts a harrowing acrobatic act for the first time (the real walker quit). There's no net; his safety harness comes off--then he's attacked by monkeys! Of course, the Tramp pulls through o.k.--it's a fun bit of metaphor on many, many levels. ;)
Third would be the Odessa Steps sequence from Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin". No better introduction to Montage--with a psychologically faultless sense of pacing:

Hope your students (campers?) enjoy these too, and gain a better sense of visual storytelling from 3 of the very best masters.

Best regards, -Robert

Must see movies of all time? Gee, that's a tough one for someone like me with a degree in screenwriting, but here's a few random choices off the top of my head:

Citizen Kane: On all fronts — script, subject matter, cinematography — it's widely considered the greatest film ever made. My favorite line: "It's not hard to make a lot of money...If all you want to do is make a lot of money."

Dr. Strangelove: One of the most damning black satires ever, with totally brilliant performances by Peter Sellers.
Annie Hall: Woody Allen at his best: funny, cerebral, New York-centric and utterly neurotic.
Fight Club: For years I avoided this film primarily because of its name and its subject matter, or so I assumed. But once I finally succumbed, I realized it's a brilliant work of art, with outstanding performances by Brad Pitt, Ed Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. FYI, the DVD version flashes a great fake warning at the beginning that mocks the usual Interpol antipiracy notice.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. OK, so shoot me. I'm a sci-fi dork. Still, it's chock full of beautiful scenery, great special effects and epic battle scenes, despite the abundance of (presumably) unintended homoerotism.
You didn't say whether you're only looking for feature films versus documentaries, but here are three on my must-see documentary list:
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky on the state on American media. Almost 20 yrs old now, but as the recent Burlington Telecom/Al Jazeera brouhaha exemplifies, it's never been more relevant.
The Corporation: Funny, creepy, creative, thorough, well-conceived and brilliantly executed. Must-see viewing for anyone who doesn't grow their own food or sew their own clothing. On second thought, even those folks probably need to see it, too. It's hard to believe that a corporation actually tried to claim ownership over rainwater. The very definition of chutzpah...
Why We Fight: A definitive work (by a Vermonter, no less) on why this nation goes to war. Eerie but enlightening, and avoids all the usual trappings of partisan bickering over U.S foreign policy.

Far from complete, but I hope this helps,

Ken Picard, Staff Writer -Seven Days newspaper
Gotta go with "Salt of the Earth" -- almost all of the actors are

rank-and-file workers, telling their own story (the movie is about a

strike by mostly Chicano workers at a copper mine), and when the women take over running the strike from the men (and make the men do the laundry, etc. in the meantime) it's just a great vision of

working-class feminism. Jonothan

Had to go way back on my netflix list to find "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars," a documentary about musicians who get together in a refugee camp during the civil war. Cheers – Chris Brathwaite
This is too much fun not to reply to.

"Pope of Greenwich Village" ("Charlie, they took my thumb")

"Miller's Crossing" ("Whack the schmatta") ("I don't want your pity and I didn't ask for that.")

"Grosse Point Blank" ("It is I, Sidney Feldman")

Cheers-- Matt Dugan
Dr Strangelove(Stanley Kubrick 1964).

A dark but hilarious satire about the inadvertent start of WWIII. Peter Sellers is brilliant in 3 parts; the title character, a former nazi scientist now the National Security advisor [ partly inspired by Kissinger, who was no nazi]. the ineffectual President, AND the British military attache'. Slim Pickens plays a B52 pilot who rides down on the Bomb as if in a rodeo.

I'm constantly amazed by how many young slackers don't know this movie--or much else that happened before yesterday.

PS I've been on TV and it doesn't scare me.

Whatever, Dude! -Samuel Press
sweet movie expresses the politically subversive ideals that I support. > favorite movie is Sweet Movie. You can use a clip

from being john malcovitch if you cant find sweet movie. good luck Phinn

There are a few that jump immediately to mind, but The Piano is a definite contender for the amazing scenery, the glorious cinematography, and the story that just stays with you! -Robert R.
Salt of The Earth - The only blacklisted film in US is an absolute must see. – James H. Workers Center
I'm going to give you a few movies because you may get other people choosing the same movies.

The Godfather I and II: A great pair of films, either could be on your list on its own. Incredible production values - cinematography, art direction, editing - are used to chronicle the underbelly of the American Dream through several eras in American history. The films present excellent characterizations, powerful relationships and, ultimately, an indictment of a way of life that has always looked seductive to Americans but as shown here, ruins even the values the mobsters purportedly believe in.

Badlands: A lyrical and poetic film about a serial killer. What could have been another American paean to a violent character transcends that through the director's imaginative and quirky sensibility. Through passages of internal monologue, juxtaposition of music and images and charismatic performances by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, the film allows us to have empathy for the characters even as we are disturbed by their actions.
Lawrence of Arabia: One of the greatest movie epics ever produced, containing some of the most memorable shots in cinematic history. The film is prescient in its depiction of the quixotic natures of both Western and Arab politics while at the same time conveying a magnificent portrait of a complex individual.

If other people submit these films, feel free to ask me for another, as I got a million of 'em....... Andy Reichsman

The first one that comes to mind is “Babette’s Feast” which was just a gorgeous film about the beauty of food and its power to bring people together. The meal takes days to prepare and all sorts of characters are involved. Seems appropriate as so many folks these days are trying to think about where their food comes from and to be grateful for and conscious of food. – Megan P
"The Conversation" with Gene Hackman

This film is an early reminder of the lack of privacy in our "Brave New World". –carl

I don't have a single favorite. I have too many, for many different reasons. But, I just saw "Lars and the Real Girl," and was moved by it. It's about human pain, and how the human tribe responds when someone is hurting. It was a lovely, sweet film, but also intense in its look at the depth of love and pain.

(today, btw, is the 23rd, not the 24th).

and.. hi meghan! – Kari Peterson
First: Brokeback Mountain - it really captures the difficulty homosexuals have in our society. And the anxiety, frustration these folks must suffer because of intolerance and fear. Very good, and applicable to other social concepts as well. Along that same line: Philadelphia, Tom Hanks.
Second: To Kill a Mockingbird: Unveils race and provides hope for progress in the future.
Third: Jaws: Not because of it's content (which i still enjoy) but for the reaction the public had because of it. Shows the power of mass media to create a sensation in the public that is not there befor and may very well be unnecessary fear. – geoff
mustsee film: Kinky Boots, for the loving kindness it kindles in the human spirit. –Lea Terhune
Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy

I saw the trilogy as a teenager, locked away from the world by a diminished childhood and eating disorder. I saw all three at once in the Thalia Theater in NYC, known for showing non-Hollywood movies. That trilogy taught me what it means to be alive--to feel vitality and aliveness, rather than to feel deadened. At the same time the films taught me about the inevitable cycle of life and death, the fragility and poignancy of life because the people in the film were not shielded from that reality by Western culture (middle-class and up) and modern medicine.

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn
"Shoah" is an amazing portrait of genocide--in this case the holocaust. It achieves this without any images of dead bodies in concentration camps, and the prurient fascination that those images engender in viewers. Claude Lanzmann concentrates on the survivors--those who perpetrated genocide, and who experienced it through the murder of their loved ones or neighbors. – Nora Jacobson
My favorite movie of all time (so far) is 'Salaam Bombay' an early Meera Nair film with real life characters asked to act, beautiful cinematography, apparently shot in 60 days. and a continuing community story about the people acting in the film. and about an exotic place so different from my own life. there you have it. -Kate Cone
Life and Debt, Directed by Stephanie Black

Narrated by Jamaica Kincaid

Tuff Gong Pictures Production

(c) 2001

This documentary adapts the text of Jamaica Kincaid's powerful essay, A Small Place, to tell an urgent story about the impact on Caribbean nations like Jamaica of global capitalism, and particularly the trade agreements and conditions imposed by global institutions such as the world bank and IMF. It is beautiful and shocking in turn, and combines shots of Jamaica's intense beauty and poverty with a wide range of interviews with famous and ordinary people. – Helen Scott

I think "August Rush" is a must see movie because it shows the viewer the power of music, not necessarily through a realistic scenario, but more on the level that if we listen to the ordinary sounds of life everyday, there is rhythm and music everywhere around us. I wrote a song stanza after seeing the movie that goes:

There is no silence

Every star has a sound

Each droplet of dew a tear shed by the moon

Rain on a tin roof trickles down to the sea

And the waves are cymbals in a great symphony

There is no silence

There is only rhythm

Liz Curry

Best movie I have seen recently is the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So". It discusses how the bible has been cherry picked and selectively interpreted to condemn gay people. Incredibly moving piece that really puts the bible into historical/social context. -Jess W
Little Miss Sunshine because its sweet and real and quirky and really makes you laugh about families... keep it anonymous.. btw, its the 23rd.
You caught me online and I happen to have this list of ‘media related movies to rent’ that I always share with my students. Hope this helps. I’m sure you included Rob Williams on this request?

All the Presidents Men

American Beauty



Being There

Broadcast News

Control Room


The Insider

Good Night, Good Luck

Mad City

My Dog Skip


The Paper

Silver City


To Die For

The Truman Show

Under Fire

Wag the Dog

Suzie J
one of my all time faves is Casablanca!!!!! just simply amazing...That said...if there were some others...Fitzcaraldo...the spelling may be off... it is a foreign film with Clause Kinsky about building a railroad in an amazon forest like setting...that was in the 80' actually has been a really long time since I have seen that movie and I am not even sure if I am remembering it right...but, it is(was) an AMAZING movie. I also really like CRASH; it is a mind twister, puzzle like film and those kind of movies are wonderful.

More? FAME is wonderful, music, youth, courage, perseverance!!!! School of Rock...same! Freedom Writers...similiar...i pretty much like most movies where underprivileged youth find their power... hope that helps more than it hinders... ;)

Peace, K
One of my lasting favorites is the haunting "Fanny and Alexander," directed by Ingmar Bergman, shot by Sven Nykvist. It is the story of two lively and creative children who, upon the early demise of their father, move into the home of their stepfather, an austere bishop, and survive the oppression by finding secret ways to enliven their imaginations. If you ever felt that the external world was trying to make you into something you are not, then watch out, this film might push your buttons. And it's gorgeous.

Andrea Grayson
TROUBLE WITH HARRY - 1955 Hitchcock , comedy - shot partially in Vermont and one of the few films ever shot in Vermont to acknowledge that it was at least shot in the area. ( If you show it from the DVD - there is an EXCELLENT 32 min trailerette explaining the making of it and the role Vermont played.

ONCE made for $125,000 in 8 days with a DV camera - shows its not about the gear, but its all about the story. – Art Bell

Citizen Kane is a must on a film history level--screenwriting, cinematography, editing--it's all there, and an obvious choice that might be overlooked. I'm sorry that I can't spend more time thinking of another--I love this kind of stuff, but I'm on deadline for a week!

MUST SEE: Weapons of Mass Deception

This is an excellent documentary that tells the story of the Bush Administration's media relations techniques for selling the Iraq invasion to the American public. It depicts a White House that will manipulate and collude with mainstream media to prioritize favorable information and stifle facts that contradicted the President's position. The short story, as told by Danny Schechter, former executive producer of 20/20, is one of an Administration hell-bent for war, and one which would ignore data if they didn't support the rush to war.

Craig Chevrier

Network - Because Paddy Chayevfsky (sp), one of the main creators of the TV form made this movie as a dystopian vision of what could happen to the medium. He could not have been more prescient. What seemed outrageous and implausible 30 years ago is now part of the mainstream media experience. LGD
"The White Dawn," starring Timothy Bottoms, Lou Gossett and Warren Oates, may be Hollywood's best effort ever to understand a culture different from our own. The three stars are whalers, marooned among Inuit (Eskimo) people on Baffin Island. All other people in the movie are played by Inuits themselves. Slowly a tragedy unfolds, owing to culture shock and ethnocentrism that the three Westerners cannot seem to shed. A beautiful thoughtful film. -- Jim Loewen, author of LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME, emeritus professor of sociology, UVM.
You should see "The Fall" by Tarsem, playing now at The Roxy. It's a gorgeous visual experience with shoots in a dozen + countries. Stunning stuff. Longest credits I've ever seen, but worth sitting through! U can use my name if u want 2 Meghan. Cheers. Joe
Okay. Before I miss the deadline. It's a busy week so I'll pick three fun ones.

I love a lot of movies from most all genres, periods, countries, but here's a random three faves.

The Seven Samurai, 1954, by Kurosawa.

Goldfinger, 1964, by Guy Hamilton.

Dr. Zhivago, 1965, by David Lean.

Hard to say why those three. I probably like From Russia With Love more, for example, but Goldfinger seems more iconic, more mythic. Zhivago is so well done for its type of movie. And the Kurosawa transcends all categories.

Odd choices, I know. It's that kind of week. Ken Peck
It was good to meet you on Saturday and to hear about your projects and plans. Is the must see film you want us to comment on a current or recent film, or can I pick one from the past. One of my all time favorite films is The Nights of Cabiria - Le Notti di Cabiria, 1957, Frederico Fellini, starring his (then) wife Guilietta Masina. (Oscar for best foreign language film 1958)

What did I like about the film? Every single thing - every frame. But I'm not sure why it hit me so powerfully. Perhaps because despite being knocked for a loop by repeated abuse and betrayal, Cabiria always got up again and continued on her way , with the most amazing sweetness and innocence.

Don't know if this is any help, but even if it's not what you are looking for, be sure to see the movie some day, if you don't know it.

All the best, Anne Macksoud

Hmmm, given that my current film viewing consists mostly of Barney, Sesame Street, The Little Einstein’s, etc. I don’t think my comments will be very useful but Horton Hears a Who (I don’t remember the exact name in English, in Spanish they are calling it “Horton y el Mundo de los Quien”) is an amazing film about the importance of individual thinking, believing in oneself, not following the crowd and fighting censorship…I highly recommend it. I actually suggested it to a popular educator who works in the rural communities of El Salvador, though I´m not sure how well the message translates to a none-US audience. J

Abrazos, Chris

I really like that recent film from Germany that showed the life of a spy in East Berlin… It's called The LIVES OF OTHERS

It’s just an excellent movie in every way. Very satisfying.

One of my all time favorites is The Conversation. It’s a file that is cited a lot when people talk about other films. Hmmmm. These two films have something in common, something about alienated people living their lives through listening into the lives of others…

I’ll keep thinking of more. – Sharon L

hello meghan!.... thank you for thinking of me for this project.... every time someone asks me about my favorite film, or a film i think is important, many come to mind, but the first one is always a film starring lionel barrymore "On Borrowed Time" (1940's?) .... it's been years since i've seen it, but as i remember, it gives us another way to view death, not as something to be dreaded, something fearful... but as something as natural as life itself... i may be giving you my child's eye view of this film, but i was always intrigued by it... i think i'd like to see it again as an adult....

another great is a lighthearted study of human nature by jacques tati - a french director and actor who died in the 1980 (i think!).... it is called "trafic".... he made many films (mon oncle, les vacances de monsieur hulot, a.o.) in which he made incredible observations of us humans!

hope these help!... sorry i had a hard time keeping it to one film (i can still think of others! kind regards,

I really liked "The Holiday" which was the story of two women who exchanged houses. One was from England and the other was from California. They had been in relationships which were less than satisfactory and they found true love in one another's country. It was truly a "chick" flick but was quite enjoyable to slip away from all the politics and war and enjoy the fantasy world where everything turns out right.


Your friend Julie and I stumbled on the fact that we have the same

favorite movie when we went to that party she had at her farm... She's the only other person I know that's seen the movie.

Breaker Morant

I seldom enjoy fiction, so I always appreciate a movie that attempts to capture the "truth" (as much as humanly possible) behind actual events. It tells the story of an incident during the Second Boer War

(1899-1902), where two Australian officers were executed for war crimes committed during what is generally considered to be one of the first true guerilla wars. It's based on a book called "Scapegoats of the Empire," written by a third Australian who was also charged, but had his sentence commuted. The premise is that the executed officers were simply scapegoats to an official British policy and it was convenient to simply execute them to expedite a political solution and provide cover for the British officials who approved the policies.

Hmmmm... duplicitous government officials covering their tracks at all costs. At least this couldn't happen in 2008...

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What I Want My Words To Do To You

documentary about the women in a writing project Eve Ensler started in a women's prison It puts a human face on women in prison and it makes me choke up and cry - it somehow speaks directly to my heart and makes me think about so many different things in regard to our society, people and punishment – Amy Y
I love The Importance of Being Earnest. But it is not really "special" to me. It is just a fun and entertaining movie. Mary Poppins is special to me because I think it was the first big screen movie I ever saw. –Jen
Inconvenient Truth - Because everything in our culture seems to suggest that "bigger is better," fossil-fuel guzzling consumerism is all good, and disposable items are harmless and "just disappear" without impacting the environment. The film aptly draws connections between our day to day lifestyle choices and their impact on the planet. –SD Sorry is this is one reported by many, many people! It is just for me a must-see film.
I loved "the diving bell and the butterfly" by julien schnabel

I like the "slow disclosure" that draws you into the story with the blinking camera as the the main characters' point of view. The cinematography is truly hypnotizing. I also loved the humor injected into the tragedy. love, Emily Z

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

vivid range of personalities interacting with each other. It is an eye opening story that is multi-dimensional and underscores the vulnerabilities of those living in a state hospital system in the 1960's; the ones who were trapped in the system for years and the ones who fell in and may not have gotten out. It is a powerful film that is an adventure for the emotions. Be prepared to laugh, to cry and to see people you know; maybe even yourself. – Tim

I don't know if it's a must see film, and honestly I don't recommend it because I don't want to know if it isn't that good, but for a long time I considered Trust by Hal Hartley to be my favorite film. It's funny, awkard, honest and unusual. The actors play every scene straight and flat no matter how absurd, while lines of dialogue are sometimes repeated. No one uses the term "deconstruct" anymore, but it's a useful term here, and I like the way the dialogue is completely "deconstructed" in this film. All the characters seem so desperate to relate to each other, but they just can't find the words.

I don't watch this movie anymore, perhaps because I think it was a movie for me to watch in my twenties, but mostly because Adrienne Shelly, the actress who plays the main character, was murdered a few years ago and I can't get that out of my head when I think of this movie. Still, I think of Trust as my favorite film.

Gary Causer
Good Morning Meghan,

I suspect that a large percentage of people have already watched the Matrix trilogy, but I rate it as one of the top must see movies of all time because the Wachowski brothers are brilliant in that they use an entertaining format to reach the masses in order to impart a lot of deep philosophical and scientific information. If you buy the boxed set of all the movies plus Animatrix, you get an extra called the Matrix Experience. This includes the Roots of the Matrix which has interviews with philosophers who are discussing the deep ideas behind the movie that will stretch your mind.

Miss Firecracker - a wonderfully funny and love-filled film - offering a critique of beauty contests, family memories, and the uniquely bright and shining beauty of some extra-ordinary characters

And Tree of the Wooden Clogs - a beautiful depiction of the lives of three peasant families in Italy around the turn of the century - shows the beauty, depth and injustices of the peasant life-style in that period 1900 - a Bertolucci film - another Italian epic set in the early 1900's following individuals and families born into differing stations - portraying issues of class struggle, the rise and fall of fascism and the grand and degrading human passions engendered by it all – Robin C

A Thousand Clowns, 1965, Starring Jason Robards

This is a great movie set in NYC about a non-conformist (Robards) and the dilemma he faces when the custody of his nephew is challenged. I love this movie. My dad took me to it when I was 12, about the same age as the kid in the film. Robards performance is amazing - and watching him make commercials during the 70's and 80's was sad.

Deliverance, 1972

The book was not great art, but the movie is. I've watched this about 100 times.

Regards, Richard Donnelly
Hey, Sam. Just one?!? I'd go with The End of Suburbia, just because

it's so timely and critical an issue, covers so much ground, and ties so many things -- from war to environment to media -- together. Wish I was there, sounds like you're having fun. KWC KWC

Peyton Donatelli

a film that influenced my lifestyle: PuraVida......because these guys lived for the moment.Trevor Peterson was/is my role model because he went out there and lived a life he loved. No regrets.

not very political choice but an early ski film that set the precident for what is now a thriving industry.
Jen Berger

the cradle will rock

shows the pros and cons of the WPA theatre program during the depression era and the power of the people to tell their story through art.

Carrissa Saindon

one film that sticks in my mind is "Tough Guise" 'cause I think that it's good for us to look deeper at what it really means to be a man in this world, and how damaging many of the attributes are that we are teaching our young men to emulate.
Ruth Erickson

The Fall
Unlike any film I have ever seen, The Fall by Tarsem Singh combines two distinctly different genres with immaculate cinematography and a touching, if dark, story. An injured stuntman in a hospital befriends a little girl and begins to tell her a story about five mythical heroes. The film intercuts between these narratives, blurring the needs, hopes, and bodies of the real and the fantastic. Gorgeous transitions and intense emotions. Very inventive.

Adam beach

Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel, I would say, is the best film of the last decade. That is, best mass marketed film. Babel is Iñárritu's third film. The film follows 4 plotlines: A married couple vacationing in Morroco, a traditional pastoral Morrocan family, a Japanese business man and his deaf daughter, the vacationing couple's children living in California and then traveling to Mexico for the wedding of their Nanny's son. Like Iñárritu's two preceeding films--Amores Perros and 21 Grams--Babel is an intertwined narrative parable about the human condition that weaves seemingly disparate narratives into one overarching story. Where Amores Perros flashed a mirror back at the human phenomenon of love (the film's title roughly translates as: "Love's a Bitch") and 21 Grams explores questions of life and death; Babel--sharing its namesake with the Biblical myth of a unitary race of humans attempting to build a tower to heaven to be like the gods--asks the question of ethnicity, culture, human nature, language and locality in an age of rapid cultural change and globilization. Babel affirms the plural locality of human nature, asserting that it is in our difference--the locality of langauge and culture--and in the maintenance of that difference that humanity has life. Without the distinction of languge and culture, without the confusion, the Babel, of culutural, linguistic difference the human creature would drive itself to extinction. Unlike other creatures in the animal world the human animal survives for its ability to adapt to particular environments using the particular tools of language and culture: Babel at once celebrates this reality and warns of its impending doom if the forces of Western culutural imperialism, American consumerism, and socio-economic globilization are not confused; are not Babeled into necessary diversity.

Linda Ayer

To Kill a Mockingbird is still the most powerful film that i've ever seen, and Atticus Finch is the quintessential example of a person of great integrity and a most remarkable parent. Lines and scenes from the film still echo in my mind.

Krieger und die Kaiserin, (Princess and the warrior)- German movie with

Franka Potente, This woman is saved by a criminal and then she saves him

from himself. I loved this movie because it wasn't the cliche love story,

more about finding oneself and helping loved ones in the process. Somewhat

strange in some parts but makes it all the more endearing. - Avery

Just saw Take Out at the Quad in West Village where it opened recently. Feature film about an illegal immigrant from China, a day in his life as bicycle delivery guy in Manhattan. Important to me because it was made for $3000 they say, all digital of course and projected in Manhattan digitally. Got good reviews in Times and quite good in New Yorker and I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the shooting and the editing. Met one of the writers-producers-directors in lobby just as I got my ticket as she was standing there applying show time stickers to the movie's publicity postcard. – Jill Vickers

  1. Control Room

  2. No Country for Old Men

  3. Safe

  4. Media Lit Star Wars Tobacco

  5. The life of Brian

  6. Life and Debt

  7. The Trial


  9. Big Lebowski

  10. Children Underground

  11. Edward Scissorhands

  12. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

  13. Microcosmos


  2. Sound and Fury – Josh Aronson


  4. Atomic Café

  5. The Cane Toad

  6. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

  7. Joyeux Noel WWII

  8. The Corporation

  9. Across The Universe

  10. North by Northwest

  11. The Circus

  12. Battleship Potemkin

  13. Citizen Kane

  14. Dr. Strangelove

  15. Annie Hall

  16. Fight Club

  17. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

  18. Manufacturing Consent

  19. Why We Fight

  20. Salt of The Earth

  21. Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars

  22. Pope of Greenwich Vilage

  23. Miller’s Crossing

  24. Grosse Point Blank

  25. Sweet Movie

  26. Being John Malcovitch

  27. The Piano

  28. Godfather I and II

  29. Badlands

  30. Lawrence of Arabia

  31. Babette’s Feast

  32. The Conversation

  33. Lars and the Real Girl

  34. Brokeback Mountain

  35. To Kill a Mockingbird

  36. Jaws

  37. Kinky Boots

  38. Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy

  39. Shoah

  40. Salaam Bombay

  41. August Rush

For the Bible Tells Me So -Jess W

  1. Little Miss Sunshine

  2. Casablanca

  3. Fitzcaraldo

  4. Crash

  5. Fame

  6. School of Rock

  7. Freedom Writers

  8. Fanny and Alexander

  9. Trouble with Harry

  10. Weapons of Mass Destruction

  11. Network

  12. The White Dawn

  13. The Fall

  14. The Seven Samurai

  15. Goldfinger

  16. Dr. Zhivago

  17. The Nights of Cabiria

  18. Horton Hears a Who


  20. On Borrowed Time

  21. Traffic

  22. The Holiday

  23. Breaker Morant

  24. What I want my Words To Do To You

  25. The Importance of Being Earnest

  26. Inconvenient Truth

  27. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

  28. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

  29. Trust

  30. The Matrix

  31. Miss Firecracker

  32. Tree of Wooden Clogs

  33. The Thousand Clowns

  34. Deliverance

  35. The End of Suburbia

  36. Pura Vida

  37. The Cradle Will Rock

  38. The Fall

  39. Babel

  40. Krieger und die Kaiserin, (Princess and the warrior)-

  41. Take Out

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