For the last few years, I’ve found that Letterboxd is a really cool site for keeping track of what I have seen. I think it’s more functional than IMDB and doesn’t look like it was designed in 2006 haha. So here’s my letterboxd page, with things i’ve rated highest at the top, and i’m just gonna talk a little bit about the first couple I see here that really interest me. https://letterboxd.com/alicoffee/films/ratings/by/entry-rating/
Clue (1985) (dir. Jonathan Lynn):
Just an astonishingly funny movie. It’s just 90 minutes of really great actors delivering wordplay on wordplay on wordplay, doing verbal gymnastics – and for Tim Curry, physical gymnastics – that are hilarious even after I’ve seen it 4 or 5 times.
M (1931) (dir. Fritz Lang):
When recommending a lot of older movies, I feel the need to tell people “well adjust your expectations, the style was very different back then.” While I think that’s true for M, even the first time I watched it, I was astonished at how ahead of its time it feels. If’s Lang’s first sound film, and it’s just stunning. Lang’s visual talents were well established in the decade prior, but he moves into this new mode and uses it deliver such a powerful story. It’s a thriller about how fear can control a society and about mob justice and justice in a broader sense. Certain themes in M really resonate today when you think about the fact that Lang had to flee Germany – where this was produced – just a few years later.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) (dir. Elia Kazan):
For all his personal shortcomings, Kazan was really fucking good at what he did. Tennessee Williams’ script is phenomenal and Kazan brings it from the stage to the screen with remarkable electricity. The movie takes place on hot summer days, and everything about just makes you really feel that sweltering heat. There’s almost a haze in the air through the whole thing. The actors are all putting in top notch performances too and tying that heat in with a thick sexual tension that is remarkable for its era.
Do The Right Thing (1989) (dir. Spike Lee):
Upsettingly, Do The Right Thing is more relevant now than it was then. Or at least equally relevant. One day on one block in Brooklyn, you see so many different conflicts among the people there: white v. black, african-american v. immigrant, young v. old, and many others, but it culminates in black man v. cop and you can imagine how that goes. Knowing the ending doesn’t spoil you on anything though. The point of the film is just to see what life is like on this block, and see how vibrant all these lives are.