To Kill a Mockingbird

A lot to unpack here MAYBE Release date: December 25, 1962Director: Robert MulliganLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: High school students  When should you watch this movie: In your high school english class  The sell: This movie was monumental for a lot of reasons, especially for its time. It was also emblematic of theContinue reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”

La Jetée

Not sure how we feel about having short films on this list, but hey who’s gonna stop me MAYBE Release date: February 16, 1962Director: Chris MarkerLanguage: French Who should watch this movie: Film nerds. Fans of the avant-garde When should you watch this movie: I’m genuinely not sure what the right mood for experimental cinemaContinue reading “La Jetée”

Roma

 A friend once said that Roma was “slow” so I cut them out of my life YES Release date: November 21, 2018Director: Alfonso CuarónLanguage: Spanish, Mixtec Who should watch this movie: People who’ve read 100 years of solitude. Fans of Ozu’s movies.  When should you watch this movie: When you miss your family. When youContinue reading “Roma”

Schindler’s List

There’s nothing funny about this one MAYBE Release date: December 15, 1993Director: Steven SpielbergLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Goyim. People who have never seen it before.  When should you watch this movie: There’s not really a “good time” for this movie The sell: I am of the opinion that everyone should see Schindler’sContinue reading “Schindler’s List”

Casablanca

For the love of god say it with a long “A” sounds please I’m begging you YES Release date: November 26, 1942Director: Michael CurtizLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Everyone at least once if not twice.  When should you watch this movie: Right now folks! Right fucking now!  The sell: The fact that CasablancaContinue reading “Casablanca”

The Third Man

There are at least three men YES Release Date: September 1, 1949Director: Carol ReedLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Fans of mystery. Fans of noir films.  When should you watch this movie: Immediately following a WWII documentary. When you’re doing research for a role as “femme fatale.”  The sell: The Third Man is theContinue reading “The Third Man”

His Girl Friday

A better love story than The Notebook YES Release Date: January 18, 1940Director: Howard HawksLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Journalists. Aspiring journalists. Retired journalists.  When should you watch this movie: When you’re fighting with your partner. When you’re pissed at your boss.  The sell: Non-stop zippy dialogue for the entire picture. I’m notContinue reading “His Girl Friday”

Sansho the Bailiff / 山椒大夫

Extra sad! Down with capitalism! YES Release Date: March 31, 1954Director: Kenji MizoguchiLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People who think Kurosawa is the only Japanese director of note.   When should you watch this movie: When you have the next 48 hours to recover emotionally.  The sell: Sansho the Bailiff starts sad and getsContinue reading “Sansho the Bailiff / 山椒大夫”

Seven Samurai / 七人の侍

Toshiro Mifune’s BARE ASS YES Release Date: April 26, 1954Director: Akira KurosawaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People who mistook this movie for “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise and are better off for it. People who think they don’t like black and white movies with subtitles and are about to be proved wrong. Continue reading “Seven Samurai / 七人の侍”

The Maltese Falcon

The secretary does all the work YES Release Date: October 3, 1941Director: John HustonLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Fans of BBC crime dramas. People who plan to quit smoking this summer. People who have read Mary Astor’s diary.  When should you watch this movie: When you’re in the mood for something fun butContinue reading “The Maltese Falcon”