(Yasujirō Ozu, 1959) · Ostensibly a remake of his 1932 silent "I Was Born, But...", Good Morning, which follows two brothers' vow of silence against all adults (launched in pursuit of a new TV) amidst the daily intrigues of their cramped Tokyo suburb, is something of an outlier in director Ozu's oeuvre. Though the film is in some ways a closely-observed domestic drama like all his films, here he also trades the elegiac for the comic, as fart jokes and physical humor abound.
runtime: 94 min format: 35mm
(Sidney Gilliat, 1946) · Lady Vanishes screenwriter Gilliat takes the director's chair for this little-known gem, a superb mystery set in a British hospital amidst the air raids of World War II. When a murder occurs shortly after a suspicious death on the operating table, self-confident Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sim) takes the case and seems to have the situation well under control. But, as events move towards a tragic conclusion, surprises are in store even for him.
runtime: 91 min format: 35mm
(Akira Kurosawa, 1954) · Kurosawa's classic story of seven ronin who band together to protect a small farm community was the first of his samurai films. While its influence is most obvious in The Magnificent Seven, its story of an unlikely group of heroes banding together is one that has been repeated countless times in action cinema. Mifune was recruited to the film after Kurosawa realized that "six sober samurai were a bore—they needed a character that was more off-the-wall."
runtime: 207 min format: 35mm
(Errol Morris, 2003) · Morris' no-frills examination of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is downright chilling. Utilizing a seamless blend of archival footage and interview snippets, McNamara lists his eleven tenets to live by. In doing so, he reveals not only his personal glories and failures, but also shows us those of America throughout the 20th century. A timely release at the onset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq helped propel Morris to his first Oscar win.
runtime: 107 min
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(Tony Scott, 1983) · It could have been a punk rock concert or a heroin-chic fashion shoot. Arousal and violence are closely linked. When the music shifts to classical, Scott hints that while civilization has changed over the centuries, the vampires haven't. For some, vampirism becomes a degenerative disease, and a medical researcher points her lab at the problem. Something terrible is transmitted by blood. The Hunger was made a year after the world learned of AIDS.
runtime: 97 min format: 35mm
(John Hughes, 1985) · "Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete and a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club"
runtime: 97 min format: 35mm
(Dean DeBlois, 2014) · His second in the trilogy, Dean DeBlois breathes fire into the Dragons franchise. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a fiercely emotional, visually stunning film that evades sequel-itis with all the grace of a Nightfury. While exploring, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves within the grasp of a trapper who works for the deadly Drago Bludvist. Will the town of Berk find help in the form of an unknown dragon-rider? Or will they be crushed by Drago?
runtime: 105 min format: 35mm
(Joseph Seiden, 1939) · Chaim Tauber, "the Pagliacci of Yiddish Poetry", stars as Motl, an industrious employee in a New York sweatshop. He soon observes the irony of his labor: the harder he works, the richer his boss becomes, yet his wages remain the same. He joins the picket lines with his fellow workers and forfeits his wages for his values. What could easily be dismissed as a weepy melodrama fully encompasses the class conflict and sacrifice of the immigrant experience.
runtime: 88 min format: 35mm