I spend way more hours in cinemas and watching DVDs than
I do in front of live television. While I definitely feel more enriched by
arthouse and foreign film, I give credit when it's due to more mainstream
productions. This list spans both.
Love and Other Catastrophes (1997)—A most enjoyable film
with quite a good account of uni student life. This film inspired this
Children of the Revolution (1996)—How can a film that
starts out so silly end up being so dramatic?
Dogma (1999)—Other favourite Kevin Smith films: Clerks,
Jersey Girl, Chasing Amy
Kinsey (2004)—The life story of a man whose attitudes to
sexuality were quite ahead of his time.
V for Vendetta (2005)—Brilliant British sci-fi political
High Fidelity (2000)—Explore's a music buff's history of
Blues Brothers (1980)—Great music, lots of fun, and
includes the most expensive car chase scene of its time!
Milk (2008)—Tells what's probably the most important story
in my San Francisco neighbourhood.
Malcom (1986)—I love Melbourne, and I love gadgets, so I
love this film.
The Paper (1994)—Charming American film that reflects a
lot of my feelings about mass media.
Go (1999)—Kinda like a watered down Pulp
Fiction, except I could relate to the characters a lot more, and
nobody gets killed!
Antonia's Line (1995)—A Dutch 'feminist fairy tale' about
a number of generations in a family of independent women.
Sneakers (1992)—Fun geek thriller set in the Bay Area. A
little cheesy but most enjoyable.
Best in Show (2000)—Hilarious film about somewhat fucked
up people and their dogs.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)—A twisted
British comedy thriller.
Sirens (1994)—Tells the story of one of my girlfriend's
heros, with gratuitous beautiful naked curvy women and even more
gratuitous nature footage.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)—A story set around what's
possibly the most shameful part of Australian history.
Kiss or Kill (1997)—Since it's a road movie and the
backdrop is South Australia's deserts, I've never enjoyed a thriller as
much as I enjoyed this.
Pi: Faith in Chaos (1998)—Cult geek classic. Left me
saying 'WTF', but running out to buy the soundtrack.
The Sum of Us (1995)—A rather dated but still powerful
LGBT comedy, which said much of I wanted to say to the world while I was
coming out of the closet.