1. Citizen Kane
Orson Wells wrote, directed and stared in the absolute classic Citizen Kane, and in case you don’t know who he is here is a video of him drunk. This classic is about attempting to recapture youth. We all have that moment where you remember your childhood but cant’ seem to recapture it. Think of it as The Great Gatsby but Daisy is Kane’s childhood.
2. The Godfather
‘I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse…” Everyone is on the joke so why not watch the film already and see what everyone is talking about? This film can be interpreted on many levels, from power to greed, from corruption to death. But at its core it’s about family. The story boils down to a king and the transition of power from father to son along with a couple bumps in the process.
‘Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday…”[you should watch this film] okay, the movie quotes are getting old, but seriously if there’s one film everyone should experience it’s Casablanca. The tale is about the classic badboy, Rick, that must deal with the love of his life, Elsa, returning into his life with another man, and a plan that does not involve Rick. What would you do?
4. Raging Bull
If Rocky is a feel good boxing film, than Raging Bull is the giddy version unseen side of boxing in a post-modern world. Robert De Niro had to gain 60 pounds to showcase the full extent of obsession, from being the best to thinking he is the best long after his day is over. You know how the saying goes; every dog has its day.
5. Singin’ in the Rain
Talk about musicals before musicals. This meta-fiction film is about making film, and long before the hailed, Oscar winning film The Artist, Singin’ in the Rain is about the transition from silent films to talkies. It also raises questions about authenticity among artist, and there is always room for someone else to take the spotlight.
6. Gone with The Wind
‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’ This was profanity back in the day when the film Gone with the Wind first aired in 1939. Also little known fact was that at its premiere in Atlanta a ‘slave farm recreation’ was set up to honor the film, and guess who one of the children playing the slave was? Martin Luther King Jr.; imagine that.
7. Lawrence of Arabia
Talk about scope, and epic. This film released in 1962 and shown in 70mm takes a new take on majestic and grand. The film depicts Lawrence and internal struggle with war, and includes absolutely outstanding visuals that will make you feel like The Avengers is playing on a toy battlefield. (Not really, but hey it’s over fifty years old)
8. Schindler’s List
Humanity is meant to be saved from its own destructive patterns. Mistakes are made so we can learn from them, and such is Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Spielberg originally shopped the film to other directors, doubting his ability as a filmmaker, but eventually made after hearing about Holocaust deniers.
Ever felt the sensation of dizziness from a lack of perception, in short, are you afraid of heights? If you are you should check out the film Vertigo. Though a classic now when the film was first released the studio feared that people wouldn’t know what vertigo meant so Hitchcock created the classic opening that creates a sense of vertigo (it’s a bit hard to watch) so viewers understand without being told. Talk about, show don’t tell.
10. The Wizard of Oz
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