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Movie List

Movie List

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 USA UK) directed by Stanley Kubrick
starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain
“It can only be attributable to human error.” Hal

8½ | Otto e Mezzo (1963/Italy) directed by Federico Fellini
starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée
“The beauty of the film lies in its confusion.” Corriere della Sera

61* (2001/USA) directed by Billy Crystal
starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall
“You’d think I was trying to replace Jesus Christ or something.” Roger Maris

About Love (2005/Japan) directed by Ten Shimoyama, Chih-yen Yee
starring Bo-lin Chen, Mavis Fan, Yui Ichikawa
“How unexpectedly we find love, and how easy it is to lose.” Desi

About Time (2013/UK) directed by Richard Curtis
starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan
“There’s a song by Baz Luhrmann called Sunscreen. He says worrying about the future is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life will always be things that never crossed your worried mind. ” Tim

An Affair to Remember (1957 USA) directed by Leo McCarey
starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories…” Terry McKay

After the Wedding | Efter brylluppet (2006 Denmark) directed by Susanne Bier
starring Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen
“Is it because the houses are far apart that the people are far apart?” Pramod

Ahiru to kamo no koinrokkâ (2007 Japan) directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
starring Gaku Hamada, Kei Tamura, Megumi Seki, Eita, Nene Ohtsuka
“You’ve come into a story that’s not your own.” Reiko

Amadeus (1984 USA) directed by Miloš Forman
starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice
“The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse, bassoons and basset horns, like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly; high above it, an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! ” Antonio Salieri

American Hustle (2013/USA) directed by David O. Russell
starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
“The art of survival is a story that never ends.” Irving Rosenfeld

Annie Hall (1977/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
“Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love.” Alvy Singer

Anonymous (2011/USA) directed by Roland Emmerich
starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Sebastian Armesto
“All artists have something to say…” Earl of Oxford

Another Happy Day (2011/USA) directed by Sam Levinson
starring Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Demi Moore
Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting Award

Argo (2012/USA) directed by Ben Affleck
starring Ben Affleck, Allen Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber
“You’re worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA.” Lester Siegel

The Artist (2011/France) directed by Michel Hazanavicius
starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo
“Farewell Norma, I never loved you.” George Valentin

As Good As It Gets (1997/USA) directed by James L. Brooks
starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
“I’m drowning here, and you’re describing the water!” Melvin Udall

As It Is In Heaven (2004/Sweden) directed by Kay Pollak
starring Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm
“It is now that my life is mine.” Gabriella

Australia (2008/Australia UK) directed by Baz Luhrmann
starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Ngoombujarra, Brandon Walters, David Gulpilil, David Wenham, Bryan Brown
“Most people like to own things. You know, land, luggage, other people. Makes them feel secure. But all that can be taken away. And in the end, the only thing you really own is your story. Just tryin’ to live a good one. ” Drover

Back to the Future (1985/USA) directed by Robert Zemeckis
starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
“Jesus, George, it was a wonder I was even born.” Marty McFly

Bagdad Cafe (1987/Germany) directed by Percy Adlon
starring Marianne Sägebrecht, C. C. H. Pounder, Jack Palance
“How come she act so funny like she was gonna stay here forever?” Brenda

The Ballet Boys (2014/Norway) directed by Kenneth Elvebakk
starring Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Syvert Lorenz Garcia, Torgeir Lund
“It’s a bit stupid if you come here only to meet girls. But since we’re already here it’s a pretty cool bonus.” Syvert

Barry (2016/USA) directed by Vikram Gandhi
starring Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Linus Roache
“You know, every time I open my mouth in class, it’s like I’m supposed to speak on behalf of all Black people. Meanwhile, I quit going to Black Student Union meetings because I didn’t feel like I belong there either.” Barry

Begin Again (2013/USA) directed by John Carney
starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
“Are you really an A & R man? You look more like a homeless man.” Gretta

Beginners (2010/USA) directed by Mike Mills
starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer
“Where have you been all my life?” Christopher Plummer

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011/UK) directed by John Madden
starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson
“Would it help if I apologize again?” Douglas Ainslie

Big Hero 6 (2014/USA) directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell
“You have sustained no injuries. However, your hormone and neurotransmitter levels indicate that you are experiencing mood swings, common in adolescence. Diagnosis: puberty. ” Baymax

Big Night (1996/USA) directed by Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
starring Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver
“I am a businessman. I am anything I need to be at any time.” Pascal

Blue in the Face (1995/USA) directed by Wayne Wang, Paul Auster
starring Harvey Keitel, Lou Reed, Jim Jarmusch, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino
“I don’t know anyone in New York who doesn’t say ‘I’m leaving’. I’ve been thinking of leaving New York for… uh… thirty-five years now.” Man with Strange Glasses

Boy (2010/NZ) directed by Taika Waititi
starring James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore
“Hey, Chardonnay! Wanna see some Michael Jackson dance moves?” Boy

The Boys From Brazil (1978/UK USA) directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
starring Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason
“He betrayed me, he betrayed you, he betrayed the Aryan race!”Josef Mengele

Bridget Jones Diary (2001/UK) directed by Sharon Maguire
starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
“I’ve got to leave my job because I shagged my boss.” Bridget

Casablanca (1942/USA) directed by Michael Curtiz
starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
“Sam, I thought I told you never to play…” Rick

Casino Royale (2006/UK USA Czech Republic Germany) directed by Martin Campbell
starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
“Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?” James Bond

Chaos Theory (2008/USA) directed by Marcos Siega
starring Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Sarah Chalke
“Those who fail to control whim are destined to be controlled by it.” Frank Allen

Chef (2014/USA) directed by Jon Favreau
starring Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, John Leguizamo, Sofía Vergara
“How’s the beer? Tastes like piss, huh.” Martin

Cherry Blossoms (2008/Germany) directed by Doris Dörrie
starring Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner
“Strikes to the heart of the matter.” DB Guidinger

Chinatown (1974/USA) directed by Roman Polanski
starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Roman Polanski
“Fine… long as you don’t serve the chicken that way.” Jake Gittes

City of God (2002/Brazil) directed by Fernando Meirelles
starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen
“You need more than guts to be a good gangster. You need ideas.” Buscapé

The Clay Bird (Matir Moina) (2002/Bangladesh) directed by Tareque Masud
starring Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay
“Father, please come with us!” Anu

Crackers (1984/USA) directed by Louis Malle
starring Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn, Wallace Shawn, Gary Guidinger
“The Watergate break-in ran smoother than the operation executed in this flick.” Charles Watson

Creed (2015/USA) directed by Ryan Coogler
starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad
“That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face.” Rocky Balboa

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Alan Alda
“God is a luxury I can’t afford.” Judah Rosenthal

Dances with Wolves (1990/USA) directed by Kevin Costner
starring Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
“Can you see that you will always be my friend?” Wind In His Hair

Das Boot (1981/Germany) directed by Wolfgang Petersen
starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
“Wissen Sie was? Sie sind jetzt im Casino und sie feiern unsere Versenkung.” u Bootskapitän

Day for Night | La Nuit Américaine (1973/France) directed by François Truffaut
starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut
“Tell him I speak English, but I don’t understand it.” Ferrand

Dead Man (1995/USA) directed by Jim Jarmusch
starring Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop
“What name were you given at birth, stupid white man?” Nobody

Dead Poets Society (1989/USA) directed by Peter Weir
starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” John Keating

The Decoy Bride (2011/UK) directed by Sheree Folkson
starring Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve
“First in a series of blockbuster films made in Scotland.” The Herald

Déjà Vu (2006/USA) directed by Tony Scott
starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg
“Satan reasons like a man but God thinks of eternity.” Doug Carlin

Departures | Okuribito (2008/Japan) directed by Yôjirô Takita
starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
“Anyway, fate brought you here. Give it a try.” Ikuei Sasaki

The Descendants (2011/USA) directed by Alexander Payne
starring Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, George Clooney
“I’m the backup parent. The understudy.” Matt King

The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (2007/France) director Julian Schnabel
starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze
“Two things aren’t paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.” Jean Do

Doctor Zhivago (1965/UK USA) directed by David Lean
starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger
“Wouldn’t it have been lovely if we’d met before?” Lara

Dodes’ka-den (1970/Japan) directed by Akira Kurosawa
starring Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura
“A heady mixture of scandal, sentiment and spiritual uplift.” NY Times

Downton Abbey (2010/UK) created by Julian Fellowes
starring Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith
“No family is what it seems from the outside.” Dowager Countess

Everyone Says I love You (1996/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Alan Alda
“My knowledge of art is limited to Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh.” Joe

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010/UK USA) directed by Banksy
starring Thierry Guetta, Space Invader, Banksy
“Someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.” Banksy

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011/USA) directed by Stephen Daldry
starring Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks
“If things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding.” Thomas Schell

Fahrenheit 911 (2004/USA) directed by Michael Moore
starring Michael Moore, Al Gore, George W. Bush
“Some people call you the elite, I call you my base.” George W. Bush

Fahrenheit 451 (1966/UK, USA, France) directed by François Truffaut
starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack
“To learn how to find, one must first learn how to hide.” Guy Montag

Fever Pitch (1997/UK) directed by David Evans
starring Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Mark Strong, Holly Aird
“Would you please, please, please, please fucking fuck off!” Paul

Finding Graceland (1998/USA) directed by David Winkler
starring Harvey Keitel, Johnathon Schaech, Bridget Fonda
“It’s never too late for a comeback.” Elvis

Finding Neverland (2004/USA) directed by Marc Forster
starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman
“A film that celebrates the imagination.” Movie Metropolis

Fish Story (2009/Japan) directed by Nakamura Yoshihiro
starring Vincent Giry, Hamada Gaku, Itô Atsushi, Tabe Mikako, Moriyama Mirai
“A cool, surreal film, and not a little fishy.” The Times (UK)

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965/USA) directed by Robert Aldrich
starring James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch
“He’s crazy Lou, he builds toy airplanes.” Frank Towns

Forrest Gump (1994/USA) directed by Robert Zemeckis
starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Gary Sinise
“And that’s all I have to say about that.” Forrest

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981/UK) directed by Karel Reisz
starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Lynsey Baxter
“Now that I know there was truly a day upon which you loved me, I can bear anything.” Miss Woodruff

From Prada to Nada (2011/USA) directed by Angel Gracia
starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Adriana Barraza
“Good-natured and warm-hearted charms.” Movies.com

The Front (1976/USA) directed by Martin Ritt
starring Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi
“Recreates the awful noise of ignorance.” NY Times

Funny Girl (1968/USA) directed by William Wyler
starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Walter Pidgeon
“Oh my man I love him so.” Fanny Brice

Gandhi (1982/UK India) directed by Richard Attenborough
starring Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
“Take the 7th step, that we may ever live as friends.” Mahatma Gandhi

The Girl in the Café (2005/UK) directed by David Yates
starring Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Ken Stott, Meneka Das
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.” Nelson Mandela

Girl on the Train / La fille du RER (2009/France) directed by André Téchiné
starring Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc
“The police? No way, she’s my daughter!” Louise

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009/Sweden) directed by Niels Arden Oplev
starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling
Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award

Goal! (2005/UK USA) directed by Danny Cannon
starring Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Marcel Iureş, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel
“The ball can travel faster than you!” Coach

The Godfather (1972/USA) directed by Francis Ford Coppola
starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall
“Well, my friend, are you ready to do me this service?” Don Corleone

Gone With The Wind (1939/USA) directed by Victor Fleming
starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard
“All we have is cotton and slaves and arrogance.” Rhett Butler

The Graduate (1967/USA) directed by Mike Nichols
starring Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Anne Bancroft
“This conversation is getting a little strange.” Benjamin

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014/USA) directed by Wes Anderson
starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
“Did he just throw my cat out of the window?” Deputy Kovacs

Grand Canyon (1991/USA) directed by Lawrence Kasdan
starring Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell
“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” Davis

Gravity (2013/USA UK) directed by Alfonso Cuarón
starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
“Clear skies with a chance of satellite debris.” Ryan Stone

Gridlock’d (1997/USA) directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton, Howard Hesseman
“You ever feel like your luck’s running out man?” Spoon

Hanamizuki (2010/Japan) directed by Nobuhiro Doi
starring Yui Aragaki, Tôma Ikuta, Arata
“Sit back enjoy & watch this well done gem.” tumblr.

The Hangover (2009/USA) directed by Todd Phillips
starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms
“Yeah, listen. Uh… We fucked up.” Phil

The Hangover Part II (2011/USA) directed by Todd Phillips
starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Paul Giamatti
“Oh my God! We kidnapped a monk!” Stu

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest
“I always like an underconfident person.” Mickey

Harold and Maude (1971/USA) directed by Hal Ashby
starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Eric Christmas
“But tell me, where do the children play?” Cat Stevens

He Got Game (1998/USA) directed by Spike Lee
starring Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson
“I hate my name. What kind of name is Jesus anyway?” Jesus Shuttlesworth

Hei no Naka no Chuugakou (2010/Japan) directed by Makoto Kiyohiro
starring Ken Watanabe, Joe Odagiri, Shota Sometani
“Heart touching – I advise you to watch it.” D-Addicts

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005/UK USA) directed by Garth Jennings
starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell
“It may disturb you. It scares the willies out of me. ” Slartibartfast

Hollywood Ending (2002/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, Mark Rydell, Treat Williams, Mark Webber
“For God sakes, this is a woman I was married to for 10 years. We made love. I’d hold her head over the toilet bowl when she threw up.” Val

Howards End (1992/UK) directed by James Ivory
starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter
“The poor are the poor, and one’s sorry for them.” Henry Wilcox

How to Train Your Dragon (2011/USA) directed by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
starring Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera
“You son of a half-troll, rat-eating, sludge bucket!” Astrid

Hugo (2011/USA) directed by Martin Scorsese
starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
“I’d imagine the world was one big machine.” Hugo Cabret

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014/USA) directed by Lasse Hallström
starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
“I will turn the music down, but I will turn the heat up.” Papa

The Hunger Games (2012/USA) directed by Gary Ross
starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci
“What if they did? Just one year. What if everyone just stopped watching?” Gale Hawthorne

Ides of March (2011/USA) directed by George Clooney
starring George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling
“Intelligent filmmaking.” San Jose Mercury News

The Infidel (2010/UK) directed by Josh Appignanesi
starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi, Yigal Naor
“Look, Rabbi, I haven’t even told my wife and family about this!” Mahmud

Innocent Steps (2005/Korea) directed by Park Young-hoon
starring Moon Geun-young, Park Geon-hyeong, Yoon Chan
“Now that I’ve seen you, I can go.” Jang Chae-ryn

The Insatiable Moon (2010/New Zealand) directed by Rosemary Riddell
starring Rawiri Paratene, Sara Wiseman, Ian Mune, Bruce Phillips
“Real and rewarding.” Empire Magazine

Inside Out (2015/USA) directed by Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias
“Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now YOU!” Anger

Interiors (1978/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Mary Beth Hurt, Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton
“What happens to those of us who can’t create?” Joey

Iron Man (2008/USA) directed by Jon Favreau
starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard
“Give me a scotch. I’m starving.” Tony Stark

I Wish (2011/Japan) directed by Koreeda Hirokazu
starring Maeda Koki, Maeda Ohshirô, Uchida Kyara
“It goes ba-boom and then rumble-rumble.” Koichi

Janie Jones (2010/USA) directed by David M. Rosenthal
starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue
“What the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is really like.” Av Club

The Japanese Wife (2010/India) directed by Aparna Sen
starring Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Moushumi Chatterjee, Chigusa Takaku
“I have always been very curious about India.” Miyage

Jerry Maguire (1996/USA) directed by Cameron Crowe
starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston
“I don’t like black people? I am Mister black people.” Jerry Maguire

JFK (1991/USA) directed by Oliver Stone
starring Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones
“One may smile and smile and be a villain.” Jim Garrison

Kabei (2008/Japan) directed by Yôji Yamada
starring Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tadanobu Asano, Mirai Shida, Mitsugoro Bando
“Shigeru-sama, Ogenki desuka?” Kabei

Kamome Shokudō (2006/Japan) directed by Naoko Ogigami
starring Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi
“Itadakimasu!” Sachie, Midori, Masako

Kaze Tachinu (2013/Japan) directed by Miyazaki Hayao
starring Anno Hideaki, Kunimura Jun, Shida Mirai
“An engrossing, real world epic love story.” CraveOnline

Killing Fields (1984/UK) directed by Roland Joffé
starring Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands
“The enemy is inside us. No one can be trusted.” Dith Pran

Kōhī Jikō | Café Lumière (2003/Japan Taiwan) directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou
starring Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara, Kimiko Yo
“Witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another.” NY Times

Kokuriko-zaka Kara | From Up on Poppy Hill (2011/Japan) directed by Miyazaki
starring Nagasawa Masami, Okada Junichi, Takeshita Keiko, Ishida Yuriko
“Fair girl, why do you send your thoughts to the sky?” Shun-san

KONY 2012 (2012/USA) directed by Jason Russell
starring Joseph Kony, Jason Russell
“Shine a light on it.” George Clooney

The Lady (2011/France UK) directed by Luc Besson
starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett
“Please use your liberty to promote ours.” Aung San Suu Kyi

L. A. Without a Map (1998/Finland) directed by Mika Kaurismäki
starring Vincent Gallo, David Tennant, Vinessa Shaw
“L. A. Without a Map is a lovely and delightful cult-movie.” Claudio Carvalho

Last Life in the Universe (2003/Japan) directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
starring Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak
“It was beautiful from the very start until the end.” Gigabyte_1907

Last Night (1998/Canada) directed by Don McKellar
starring Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, David Cronenberg
“How do we spend our last night on earth?” offoffoff.com

The Last Starfighter (1984/USA) directed by Nick Castle
starring Lance Guest, Dan O’Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Preston
“Listen, Centauri, I’m not any of those guys. I’m a kid from a trailer park.” Alex

L’avventura (1960/Italy) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
starring Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari
“Why have I fallen in love with you so?” Claudia

Lawrence of Arabia (1962 UK USA) directed by David Lean
starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
“All right! I’m extraordinary! What of it?” Lawrence

Life of Pi (2012 USA) directed by Ang Lee
starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Shravanthi Sainath, Ayush Tandon
“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it…” Yann Martel

Like Crazy (2011/USA) directed by Drake Doremus
starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence
“A refreshing take on an age-old dilemma.” Empire Magazine

Like Someone in Love (2012/France Japan) directed by Abbas Kiarostami
starring Takanashi Rin, Okuno Tadashi, Kase Ryō
“An enchanting game of misfired passions.” The Hollywood Reporter

Lincoln (2012/USA) directed by Steven Spielberg
starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
“Shall we stop this bleeding?” Abraham Lincoln

Lisbon Story (1994/Germany Portugal France Spain) directed by Wim Wenders
starring Rüdiger Vogler, Teresa Salgueiro, Patrick Bauchau
“Turn around, and trust your eyes again. No, they are not on your back. Trust that old camera. It can still turn out moving pictures. Why waste your life on disposable junk images Fritz when you can make indispensable ones with your heart on magic celluloid.” Winter

Little Big Man (1970/USA) directed by Arthur Penn
starring Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George
“Do you hate them? Do you hate the White man now?” Jack Crabb

Living in the Material World (2011/UK) directed by Martin Scorsese
starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
“Such sweet memories have I.” George Harrison

Lost in Translation (2003/USA) directed by Sofia Coppola
starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
“For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.” Bob

Love | Ai (2012/Taiwan) directed by Doze Niu
starring Zhao Wei, Shu Qi, Amber Kuo, Mark Chao, Ching-Tien Juan, Eddie Peng
“Why can’t you date some normal girls?” Zoe Fang

Love Actually (2003/UK) directed by Richard Curtis
starring Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson
“Oh dear, it’s the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the other line.” Prime Minister

Mad Bastards (2010/Australia) directed by Brendan Fletcher
starring Dean Daley-Jones, Ngaire Pigram, Lucas Yeeda
“An insightful glimpse filled with revelations and fascination.” Urban Cinefile

A Man Who Was Superman (2008/Korea) directed by Yoon-Chul Jeong
starring Jeong-min Hwang, Gianna Jun
“A battle of grass root moral codes.” twitch

Management (2008/USA) directed by Stephen Belber
starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson
“Mike, oh Mike, my man keeps showing up like UPS Sue, you’re such a bitch. ” Sue

Manhattan (1979/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway, Diane Keaton
“People should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics.” Isaac Davis

Margin Call (2011/USA) directed by J.C. Chandor
starring Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci
“A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller.” Variety

The Martian (2015/USA) directed by Ridley Scott
starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels
“I admit it’s fatally dangerous, but I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.” Mark Watney

Mask (1985/USA) directed by Peter Bogdanovich
starring Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, Laura Dern
“I look weird, but otherwise I’m real normal.” Rocky Dennis

The Mask (1994/USA) directed by Chuck Russell
starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Green
“Tell Auntie Em to let Old Yeller out.” The Mask

The Master (2012/USA) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Amy Ferguson
“Leave your worries for a while. They’ll be there when you get back.” Lancaster Dodd

Match Point (2005/UK) directed by Woody Allen
starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer
“It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control.” Chris

Megane | Glasses (2007/Japan) directed by Ogigami Naoko
starring Kobayashi Satomi, Ichikawa Mikako, Motai Masako
“Iie kekko desu.” Taeko

Melinda and Melinda (2004/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Radha Mitchell, Chloë Sevigny, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Will Ferrell
“No, I’m allergic to coffee, but do you have any vodka?” Melinda

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009/USA) directed by Grant Heslov
starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey
“It’s ok we’re Americans, we’re here to help you!” Lyn Cassady

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983/Japan) directed by Nagisa Ôshima
starring David Bowie, Sakamoto Ryûichi, Kitano Takeshi
“Today, I am Father Christmas.” Sergeant Hara

Midnight Cowboy (1969/USA) directed by John Schlesinger
starring Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver
“I only get carsick on boats.” Joe Buck

Midnight in Paris (2011/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller
“I’m jealous and I’m trusting. It’s cognitive dissonance.” Gil

Mighty Aphrodite (1995/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Helena Bonham Carter, Olympia Dukakis
“Achilles only had an Achilles heel, I have an entire Achilles body.” Lenny

Million Dollar Arm (2014/USA) directed by Craig Gillespie
starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Pitobash
“It will be done, don’t worry, it will be done.” India…

Moneyball (2011/USA) directed by Bennett Miller
starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright
“Like we’re looking for Fabio. We got to think differently.” Billy Beane

Monsters University (2013/USA) directed by Dan Scanlon
starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
“I act scary, Mike. But most of the time, I’m terrified.” Sully

The Most Distant Course (2007/Taiwan) directed by Jing-Jie Lin
starring Kwai Lun Mei, Wen Sheng Hao, Jia Xiao Guo, Mo Zi Yi
“Taiwan has never sounded lovelier.” Love HK Film

Mozart’s Sister (2010/France) directed by René Féret
starring Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Clovis Fouin, David Moreau
“They say you’re a genius Wolfie, but you’re an idiot!” Nannerl

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014/USA) directed by Alex Gibney
starring James Brown, Christian McBride, Bobby Byrd, Louis Jordan, Mick Jagger
“Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.” James Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (2011/China) directed by Vincent Kok
starring Louis Koo, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue, Chapman To
“Delivers the crowd-pleasing goods in its own eccentric way.” sbs.com.au

Mr. Nobody (2009/Canada) directed by Jaco Van Dormael
starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans
“Why am I me and not somebody else?” Nemo

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993/USA) directed by Chris Columbus
starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Robert Prosky
“We’ve come to this planet looking for intelligent life. Oops, we made a mistake.” Daniel

My Dinner With Andre (1981/USA) directed by Louis Malle
starring Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn
“We can’t be direct, so we end up saying the weirdest things.” Andre

My Fair Lady (1964/USA) directed by George Cukor
starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway
“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Professor Higgins

My Last Day Without You (2011/USA Germany) directed by Stefan Schaefer
starring Ken Duken, Nicole Beharie, Reg E. Cathey, Marlene Forte, Laith Nakli
“A refreshing spin on love, attraction, and chance.” Brooklyn Film Festival Review

My Sassy Girl (2001/Korea) directed by Jae-young Kwak
starring Tae-hyun Cha, Gianna Jun
“Highest grossing Korean comedy of all time.” koreanfilm.org

My Week with Marilyn (2011/UK) directed by Simon Curtis
starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench
“A shimmering, memorable, magnificent movie.” Urban Cinefile

My Worst Nightmare (2011/France) directed by Anne Fontaine
starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André Dussollier
“I’m nothing but a pathetic tosser. I’m toxic.” Patrick

The Natural (1984/USA) directed by Barry Levinson
starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger
“My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.” Roy Hobbs

Night Train to Lisbon (2013/Germany Switzerland Portugal) directed by Bille August
starring Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Mélanie Laurent, Charlotte Rampling, August Diehl, Marco D’Almeida
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” Amadeu

Notting Hill (1999/UK) directed by Roger Mitchell
starring Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, James Dreyfus
“You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been. ” William

North by Northwest (1959/USA) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
“The moment I meet an attractive woman, I have to start pretending I have no desire to make love to her.” Roger Thornhill

Oba: The Last Samurai (2011/Japan) directed by Hideyuki Hirayama
starring Yutaka Takenouchi, Sean McGowan, Mao Inoue, Toshiaki Karasawa
“Well, It’s ah… it’s a matter of pride. It’s a way of thinking. They’ve been nurturing in their heads for centuries.” Captain Lewis

Offside (2006/Iran) directed by Jafar Panahi
starring Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Safdar Samandar
“A revelation of the legal oppression of women in Iran.” Movie Retrospect

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975/USA) director Milos Forman
starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Will Sampson
“D’you nuts wanna play cards or do ya wanna fuckin’ jerk off?” Mac

One Last Dance (2003/USA) director Lisa Niemi
starring Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, George De La Pena, Matthew Walker
“Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze, and George de la Peña are superb dancers.” bridececily

Only You (1994/USA) directed by Norman Jewison
starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt, Joaquim de Almeida
“I married a liar. Why? Because I married a man.” Kate

Open Range (2003/USA) directed by Kevin Costner
starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Diego Luna
“Man’s got a right to protect his property and his life, and we ain’t lettin’ no rancher or his lawman take either.” Boss Spearman

Open Road (2012/Brazil USA) directed by Marcio Garcia
starring Camilla Belle, Andy Garcia, Colin Egglesfield, Juliette Lewis
“Now I come and go as I please. The whole world is my home.” Angie

Ordinary People (1980/USA) directed by Robert Redford
starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton
“Don’t admire people too much, they might disappoint you.” Cal

The Other Son (2012/France) directed by Lorraine Lévy
starring Emmanuelle Devos, Areen Omari, Mehdi Dehbi, Jules Sitruk
“Am I still Jewish?” Joseph

Our Idiot Brother (2011/USA) directed by Jesse Peretz
starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel
“Charming and at times very funny.” At the Movies

Page Eight (2011/UK) directed by David Hare
starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis
“You trust me because I lied?” Nancy Pierpan

The Painted Veil (2006/China USA) directed by John Curran
starring Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg
“As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.” Kitty Fane

Paradise Kiss (2011/Japan) directed by Takehiko Shinjo
starring Keiko Kitagawa, Osamu Mukai, Yusuke Yamamoto, Shunji Igarashi
“Coming-of-age entertainment that is easy to watch.” A Koala’s Playground

Paris, Texas (1984/West Germany, France, UK, USA) directed by Wim Wenders
starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
“He thought if she never got jealous of him that she didn’t really care about him. Jealousy was a sign of her love for him, and then one night, one night she told him that she was pregnant, she was about three or four months pregnant and he didn’t even know and then suddenly everything changed, he stopped drinking, he got a steady job, he was convinced that she loved him now that she was carrying his child and he was going to dedicate himself to making a home for her.” Travis

Perfect Girl (2014/Singapore) directed by Jason Chan
starring Jason Chan, Khaleila Hisham, Christian Lee
“One beautiful April morning, in search of a cup of coffee to start the day, the boy was walking from west to east, while the girl, intending to send a special-delivery letter, was walking from east to west, but along the same narrow street …” Haruki Murakami

The Philadelphia Story (1940/USA) directed by George Cukor
starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey
“Oh Dexter, I’ll be yar now, I promise to be yar.” Tracy Lord

Ping Pong (2002/Japan) directed by Sori Fumihiko
starring Kubozuka Yôsuke, Arata, Nakamura Shidô, Takenaka Naoto
“Enter… The Hero!” Peco

Platoon (1986/USA) directed by Oliver Stone
starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Keith David
“Somewhere out there is the beast and he’s hungry tonight.” King

Proof (2005/USA) directed by John Madden
starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis
“It is forty pages long. I didn’t memorize it. It is not a muffin recipe!” Catherine

Purple Rose of Cairo (1985/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello
“What, there’s hay in the bedroom?” Tom Baxter

Pushing Tin (1999/USA) directed by Mike Newell
starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie
“That wasn’t a metaphor. That was a simile. ‘Laying pipe’ is a metaphor.” Know-It-All Schoolboy

Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959/France) directed by François Truffaut
starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy
“Timeless and true – Truffault’s masterpiece.” Apollo Guide

Rango (2011/USA) directed by Gore Verbinski
starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Maile Flanagan
“No man can walk out of his own story.” Spirit of the West

Rashōmon (1950/Japan) directed by Akira Kurosawa
starring Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
“We all want to forget something, so we tell stories.” Commoner

Red Dog (2011/Australia) directed by Kriv Stenders
starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Keisha Castle-Hughes
“Woof.” Red Dog

The Remains of the Day (1993/UK USA) directed by James Ivory
starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox
“I am placing my mind elsewhere while you chatter away.” Stevens

Rent-a-Cat | Rentaneko (2012/Japan) directed by Ogigami Naoko
starring Ichikawa Mikako, Kusamura Reiko, Mitsuishi Ken
“Rent a neko… neko, neko.” Sayoko

Reversal of Fortune (1990/USA) directed by Barbet Schroeder
starring Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver
“I checked. God is unavailable.” Claus von Bülow

The River Why (2010/USA) directed by Matthew Leutwyler
starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt, Kathleen Quinlan
“More than just a fish story.” The Seattle Times

A Room with a View (1985/UK) directed by James Ivory
starring Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands
“I mean, something’s happened to me… and to you.” George Emerson

A Royal Night Out (2015/UK) directed by Julian Jarrold
starring Sarah Gadon, Jack Reynor, Bel Powley, Emily Watson
“Tonight, nobody gave a damn who I was.” Elizabeth

Running on Empty (1988/USA) directed by Sidney Lumet
starring River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, Martha Plimpton
“So, now that we’ve determined that I belong here, let’s talk about you.” Lorna

The Runway (2010/Ireland) directed by Ian Power
starring Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon, James Cosmo
“Light-hearted entertainment at it’s finest.” The Movie Bit

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011/UK) directed by Lasse Hallström
starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas
“When things get tricky in my life, I talk to my fish.” Dr. Jones

The Sapphires (2012/Australia) directed by Wayne Blair
starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens
“In soul music they are struggling to get it back, they haven’t given up.” Dave

Saving Mr. Banks (2013/USA) directed by John Lee Hancock
starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti
“Disappointments are to the soul what the thunderstorm is to the sky.” P.L. Travers

Sayonara (1957/USA) directed by Joshua Logan
starring Marlon Brando, Taka Miiko, Red Buttons, Umeki Miyoshi
“I will love you if that is your desire.” Hana Ogisan

The Scent of Green Papaya (1993/Vietnam France) directed by Anh Hung Tran
starring Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong
“A magical feeling that’s more important than narrative.” Paste Magazine

Searching for Sugar Man (2012/UK) directed by Malik Bendjelloul
starring Stephen Segerman, Eva Rodriguez, Sixto Rodriguez
“He’s my most memorable artist.” Steve Rowland

Secondhand Lions (2003/USA) directed by Tim McCanlies
starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Haley Joel Osment
“Succeeds in winning us over.” Movie Metropolis

Seven Beauties (1975/Italy) directed by Lina Wertmüller
starring Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler
“The ones who vote white in order not to get dirty.” Narrator

Seven Days in Utopia (2011/USA) directed by Matt Russell
starring Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo
“Golf is a metaphor for Buddhism.” FilmsInReview.com

Seven Samurai (1954/Japan) directed by Akira Kurosawa
starring Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura
“Danger strikes when everything seems fine.” Kambei Shimada

Shakespeare in Love (1998/UK USA) directed by John Madden
starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck
“You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.” William Shakespeare

Shall We Dance (1996/Japan) directed by Masayuki Suo
starring Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka
“A weak first step transmits nothing.” Mai Kishikawa

Shawshank Redemption (1994/USA) directed by Frank Darabont
starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, James Whitmore, Bob Gunton
“Hope can drive a man insane.” Red

Shine (1996/Australia) directed by Scott Hicks
starring Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Alex Rafalowicz
“Am I mad enough, professor? Am I?” David Helfgott

Silver Linings Playbook (2012/USA) directed by David O. Russell
starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver
“I ordered raisin bran because I didn’t want there to be any mistaking it for a date.” Pat

Sirens (1993/Australia UK) directed by John Duigan
starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson
“A congenial film about art and sex.” Spirituality and Practice

Sleepless in Seattle (1993/USA) directed by Nora Ephron
starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner
Fatal Attraction scared the shit out of every man in America!” Sam

Sleepwalk with Me (2012/USA) directed by Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane
“They really cut to the chase in the urologist’s examination room…” Matt

Smoke (1995/USA) directed by Wayne Wang, Paul Auster
starring Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker
“You have to know how to push all the right buttons.” Paul Benjamin

Snatch (2000/UK) directed by Guy Ritchie
starring Jason Statham, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt
“The dog. The dog must have ate it.” Vinny

A Soldier’s Story (1984/USA) directed by Norman Jewison
starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, Art Evans
“The Black race can’t afford you no more.” Sergeant Waters

Somewhere (2010/USA) directed by Sofia Coppola
starring Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius
“Why are you taking a bath next door?” Cleo

Sound of Music (1965/USA) directed by Robert Wise
starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
“Oh, how clumsy of me – I meant to accuse you.” Captain von Trapp

So weit die Füße tragen (2001/Germany) directed by Hardy Martins
starring Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov
“Daddy, would you promise to send a postcard?” Lieschen Forell

Spectre (2015/UK USA) directed by Sam Mendes
starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
“He was an assassin. He wouldn’t have taken it personally.” James Bond

Stage Beauty (2004/UK USA Germany) directed by Richard Eyre
starring Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett
“Crudup delivers a mesmerizing performance.” Now Playing Magazine

Stanley & Iris (1989/USA) directed by Martin Ritt
starring Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro
“A simple story featuring two great actors making it look easy.” D. B. Guidinger

Stardust Memories (1980/USA) directed by Woody Allen
starring Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Tony Roberts
“You can’t control life. It doesn’t wind up perfectly.” Sandy Bates

Star Wars (1977/USA) directed by George Lucas
starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
“Learn about the Force, Luke.” Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi

Stealing Beauty (1996/Italy/France/UK) directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
starring Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack, Ignazio Oliva
“Why are you crying?” Lucy “Because I want to kiss you.” Osvaldo

Still Walking / Aruitemo Aruitemo (2008/Japan) directed by Koreeda Hirokazu
starring Abe Hiroshi, Natsukawa Yui, You, Tanaka Shohei
“When I grow up, I want to be a piano tuner just like you Dad.” Atsushi

St. Vincent (2014/USA) directed by Theodore Melfi
starring Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd
” ‘It is what it is’? Everyone’s saying that now. You know what it means? You’re screwed, and you shall remain screwed.” Vincent

Sugar (2008/US) directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
starring Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas
“You’ve got to be like a racehorse, focused on your final goal.” KC Coach

Summer Coda (2010/Australia) directed by Richard Gray
starring Rachael Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Isabella Woodlock
“Bucolic rhythms of life in the orange grove.” Sydney Morning Herald

Sunny (2008/Korea) directed by Lee Jun-Ik
starring Soo Ae, Jung Jin Young, Uhm Tae Woong
“Soo Ae will steal your heart …” DB Guidinger

Sunshine (1999/Canada Hungary) directed by István Szabó
starring Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Ehle, William Hurt
“Politics has made a mess of our lives.” Valerie

Surviving Picasso (1996/USA) directed by James Ivory
starring Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore
“I make a lot of mistakes, but so does God.” Pablo Picasso

Sway (2006/Japan) directed by Miwa Nishikawa
starring Jô Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masatô Ibu
“Questioning, investigating, challenging, perceptive…” Midnight Eye

Swept Away (1974/Italy) directed by Lina Wertmüller
starring Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino
“One bitch up there, and another down here…” Gennarino Carunchio

Swimming to Cambodia (1987/USA) directed by Jonathan Demme
starring Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
“Farewell to those beautiful smiling people.” Spalding Gray

Swing Girls (2004/Japan) directed by Shinobu Yaguchi
starring Juri Ueno, Yûta Hiraoka
“Equal combinations of fluff, inspiration, and general affability.” Beyond Hollywood

Taipei Exchanges (2010/Taiwan) directed by Ya-chuan Hsiao
starring Kwai Lun Mei, Kosuke Atari, Zhang Han, Lin Chen Xi
“Well-crafted, and its fairy-tale feel is charming.” Taipei Times

Tangled (2010/USA) directed by Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Roy Conli
“Assume for the moment that everyone in here doesn’t like me!” Flynn Rider

Taste of Cherry (1968 USA UK) directed by Abbas Kiarostami
starring Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari
“I don’t want to give you a gun to kill me. I’m giving you a spade, a spade.” Mr. Badii

Tengoku Kara no Yell (2011/Japan) directed by Kumazawa Chikato
starring Abe Hiroshi, Sakuraba Nanami, Mimura, Yano Masato
“People used to help each other.” Oshiro Hikaru

Terms of Endearment (1983/USA) directed by James L. Brooks
starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger
“Impatient boys sometimes miss dessert!” Aurora Greenway

The Thin Red Line (1998/USA) directed by Terrence Malick
starring Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Ben Chaplin
“They want you dead, or in their lie.” 1st Sgt Welsh

This Must Be The Place (2011/Italy France Ireland) directed by Paolo Sorrentino
starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch
“I’m not entirely sure how to articulate why I enjoyed it so much.” Mike D’Angelo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011/UK France) directed by Tomas Alfredson
starring Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke
“I’m feeling seriously under-fucked!” Connie Sachs

Titanic (1997/USA) directed by James Cameron
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart
“I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” Jack Dawson

Tootsie (1982/USA) directed by Sydney Pollack
starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Charles Durning
“What y’all really want is some gross, caricature of a woman.” Dorothy

Touching Home (2008/USA) directed by Logan Miller, Noah Miller
starring Ed Harris, Brad Dourif, Logan Miller, Noah Miller
“Can’t argue with success.” Charlie Winston

The Tourist (2010/USA) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany
“The scenery is spectacular and the supporting cast is a hoot.” Richard Roeper

Toy Story (1995/USA) directed by John Lasseter
starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
“This isn’t flying, this is falling with style!” Buzz

Trainspotting (1996/UK) directed by Danny Boyle
starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
“Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?” Rent-boy

The Treatment (2006/USA) directed by Oren Rudavsky
starring Chris Eigeman, Famke Janssen, Ian Holm
“If its so boring and stupid, why do you cry in fear beforehand?” Dr. Morales

Trouble with the Curve (2012/USA) directed by Robert Lorenz
starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman
“What are you fella’s starin’ at? I’m not a pole dancer.” Gus Lobel

Turnout (2011/UK) directed by Lee Sales
starring George Russo, Ophelia Lovibond, Francis Pope, Neil Maskell
“A lot of talent both in front of and behind the camera.” Shadows on the Wall

Under the Greenwood Tree (2005/USA) directed by Nick Laughland
starring Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Terry Mortimer
“I knew you felt the same, Fancy, I knew it. I tasted it on your lips the first time I kissed you.” Dick Dewy

Up Close & Personal (1996/USA) directed by Jon Avnet
starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Redford, Stockard Channing, Kate Nelligan
“I’m Sally, and I’m going to be a star.” Tally Atwater

The Upside of Anger (2005/USA) directed by Mike Binder
starring Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt, Evan Rachel Wood
“Yeah, it does. It heals. It just heals funny. You know, you more or less walk … with a limp.” Denny

The Usual Suspects (1995/USA) directed by Bryan Singer
starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak
“How do you shoot the Devil in the back?” Verbal

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008/USA Spain) directed by Woody Allen
starring Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall
“I’ll go to your room, but you’ll have to seduce me.” Cristina

Waiting for Forever (2010/USA) directed by James Keach
starring Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner
“A refreshingly pure, honest and original love story.” Boxoffice Magazine

War Horse (2011/USA) directed by Steven Spielberg
starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan
“Guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat.” Newsday

The Way Way Back (2013/USA) directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
starring Liam James, Sam Rockwell, AnnaSophia Robb, River Alexander
“You’re having way to much fun. It’s making everyone uncomfortable.” Owen

A Wedding for Bella (2001/USA) directed by Melissa Martin
starring Scott Baio, Rosemary Prinz, John Seitz, Kristin Minter
“Maybe she never marry. Maybe that break my heart a little.” Bella

When Harry Met Sally (1989/USA) directed by Rob Reiner
starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
“You’re high maintenance, but you think you’re low maintenance. ” Harry

Where the Road Meets the Sun (2011/USA) directed by Mun Chee Yong
starring Will Yun Lee, Eric Mabius, Fernando Noriega, Luke Brandon Field
“The cinematic equivalent of a blind date.” NY Times

Whiplash (2014/USA) directed by Damien Chazelle
starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
“If you want the fucking part, earn it!” Terence Fletcher

Woman in Gold (2015/UK) directed by Simon Curtis
starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
“They’ll never admit to what they did, because if they admit to one thing, they’ll have to admit to it all.” Maria Altmann

The World’s End (2013/UK) directed by Edgar Wright
starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine
“What the fuck does WTF mean?” Gary King

You Instead (2011/UK) directed by David Mackenzie
starring Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena
“Captures all the magic and mud of the perfect festival experience.” Digital Spy

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011/USA) directed by Peter Joseph
starring Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate
“Today, the main threat to human survival is culture.” James Gilligan

Zero Dark Thirty (2012/USA) directed by Kathryn Bigelow
starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Reda Kateb
“Bin Laden is there. And you’re going to kill him for me.” Maya

MGM

World Baseball

World Baseball

Since the day they were born I’ve been telling my sons stories of baseball …

Sometimes the stories featured me; like the one about my last Little League game. We’d battled the other team on two previous occasions and we’d each won one. Now it was the final game of the season and the winner would be the league champion. When I stepped into the batter’s box for my last at bat, the score stood 1-0 them with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the sixth, the last inning. I remember the crowd was big and noisy. I can still see and hear my mother who never missed a game. She was standing as I walked to the plate and her voice rose above the others, “You can do it Dave.”

I remember everything.

I take the first pitch down the middle. The second one comes in high and fast and I swing from my heels. I want to blast it out of the park and tie the game up. But, I come up with only air and the momentum from my swing throws me to the ground. I climb to my feet, dust my self off, take a couple of cuts, and step back in. The pitcher winds and fires. This time I connect, sending a liner into the gap in right-center. I’m rounding first as the ball rolls to the fence. I stroll into second. The fans cheer wildly and my teammates go crazy in the dugout. I tell myself nothing will keep me from scoring if only our next batter can just get a hit. The pitcher glances my way then goes to the plate. Our batter gets just enough to send a looping pop fly to shallow right and I’m on my way. I hear the crowd roar as I round third. I know the ball has fallen for a hit.

I’m heading home.

About half way to the plate the pain hits and I remember the dog. In those days I was not only a baseball player, I was also a newspaper boy. Two days before the game, as I walked from my bicycle to the front door of a customer’s house to collect for the paper, a large grey dog with fiery yellow eyes charged and bit me on the rear. Fortunately, the dog’s master was not far away and was able to call the vicious animal off. Otherwise, I would have died then and there.

Maybe that would have been better.

“Slide!” I scream to myself as I close in on home. But it hurts so much I can’t. I come in standing up and I’m tagged out. The game ends and we lose. I walk slowly to the dugout. Our coach’s head is down and my teammates are crying. I burst into tears. Maybe if I slid we would have won. Today, all these years later, the question still lingers in my mind. But I didn’t and we lost. Lousy, no good, dog.

Fast forward to March 15, 2006…

I’m visiting my brother, Hollywood’s most esteemed theatrical producer, and man-about-town, Gary Guidinger, and his wife, Linda Toliver, at their place in Frogtown near Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It’s a blue sky, Southern California morning. We’re in the living room drinking coffee, eating oatmeal, and reading the LA Times. I’ve got the sports section and I’m checking out World Baseball.

“Huh, today’s Japan-Mexico game is on ESPN Deportes. What’s this Deportes stuff?” I pick up and scan the satellite guide on top the TV. “Hey, your satellite doesn’t get it. We’re gonna miss the game!”

Gary looks up from his paper. Linda also stops reading and looks at me above her glasses. Neither says anything so I go on. “Maybe we oughta just go to the game. Anaheim’s not that far. Could be very cool.”

They both keep staring.

Four hours later, the three of us head out. We hop on the 5 north for a brief moment before taking the 2 to the 134 to the 210. Our route will take us east of LA, all the way to the 57, before heading south to Anaheim Stadium where Japan and Mexico get it on at 4. It’s around 2:30 and, as any Angeleno knows, traffic is about to set in, thus the circuitous route.

Gary’s in command of the black A8 L Audi.

Coming into Pasadena I point out Suicide Bridge to my right. “Maybe they should call it something different,” comments Linda. She’s from New York. Gary and I both grew up in LA, so we don’t say anything.

A bit later we see Mt. Elinor off to the left. Linda, now pointing in that direction, says, “That’s where we first kissed.”

“No it’s not,” my brother corrects her. “We did that on Mt. Wilson.” As if emphasizing the point he slips the German cruiser into the car pool lane and guns it. In a microsecond, we’re flying …

LA style!

I’m always saying that knowing LA is an advantage in life. I mean, can you imagine coming to such a place and trying to make your way around in some ridiculous looking rental car? LA’s got cool; it’s big and mean to a newcomer. It takes years to figure out. We were born here. Gary still lives here. That’s an advantage.

When Bob Dylan’s Masters of War finishes up I switch from CD to radio mode and scroll to 1150 AM, home to Air America in LA. Air America Radio is where Americans still in possession of a brain spend time and get riled up over Bush and his cronies and the unbelievable trip they’ve laid on the United States and the rest of the world. Randi Rhodes, the Air America host, is going on about the Al Qaeda-linked Moussaoui trial and how the judge is tossing out testimony on airplanes due to witness tampering by an overzealous prosecutor. Moussaoui’s been found guilty of not doing anything to stop the 9/11 attacks and now they’re in the death penalty stage. Moussaoui sounds to be an emotionless zombie who perhaps deserves to be stuck away forever; however, I’m one of an apparent minority of Americans who’s against the death penalty. I believe we, as a sophisticated society, need to set a better example than an eye for an eye. Let ‘em rot, throw away the key, but don’t stoop to their level.

Here’s a thought…

If Moussaoui’s guilty because he knew 9/11 was gonna happen and he did nothing to stop it, then how come Bush, Cheney, Rice, and all the others who knew Al Qaeda was coming after our planes, our buildings, and our people, and did nothing to stop it, are not also on trial?

What am I missing?

On cue, Anaheim Stadium rises on the horizon and returns our reality. At my urging we grab a parking spot way out. My theory is if you don’t mind walking, parking ceases to be a problem. My brother whines before the excitement of the game takes over and we’re striding to the ticket booth. Gary forks out $27.00 a piece for three tickets and just like that we’re in. No matter what the future has in store, we are forever linked with the first-real World Series.

My hand cradles a steaming hot dog covered in mustard as I make my way behind the Japan Team dugout. Right off I’m impressed by the uguisu-jo. For those of you who have no idea what an uguisu-jo is, she’s a female stadium announcer speaking Japanese. Yakyu, what Japanese call their baseball, and an uguisu-jo. Hot dog & mustard. I’m where I want to be.

My eyes find Sadaharu Oh. The man is a legend in baseball minds throughout the planet and this is my first chance to see him in person. In 2003, in North Carolina, I spent 10 days watching my son and his Wake Forest Demon Deacons go through their fall workouts. While there I read Oh-san’s biography. I picked it up thinking I’d learn something about the Tokyo Giants’ player with 868 career home runs and I finished in the comfort of having read a great book. Sure it’s baseball and all that. But, it’s a lot more. Oh-san liked his good fortune at the plate and his good times around town.

In another time, Shigeo Nagashima would be coaching Japan Team and Oh would be at home with his Hawks in Fukuoka. Kyojin, aka Tokyo Giants, as in Kyojin, Taiho, Tamago Yaki, the rallying cry of the Seventies that would propel Japan to economic preeminence in the Eighties, is Nagashima and Oh. But, unlike Oh, Nagashima never left the Kyojin, something that’s heart and blood stuff to a Kyojin fan. Still, I take Oh-san. World Baseball is beyond borders and no Japanese player, and I mean no disrespect to Nagashima-san, has the international renown of Sadaharu Oh. When I was riding my own baseball crest in and around Southern California’s orange groves, Oh and his home runs were the sound of baseball from faraway Japan. If a photo did surface, it was of Oh and his flamingo style at the plate. Oh was the face of Japanese baseball to the world.

“Wow, this is way up there,” I think to myself. So I do what men throughout the planet do when they feel their best, I phone my wife. I’m sure she’s glued to a TV set in Japan, where she and my youngest son are visiting her parents.

“You’re at the game!” she excitedly exclaims, her accent flashing me to her beauty. “Sonatori,” I respond in Japanese. We talk for a bit then, suddenly, she yells into the phone, “I can see you. You’re eating a hot dog!”

Damn. I’ve been found out.

Bottom of the 4th when a foul ball scatters the sportscasters and writers in the booths behind home plate. The ball nearly hits the head of a gorgeous Japanese girl. She laughs but looks lost. Japan comes to America with dyed hair, titanium necklaces, babes, players who hit on the run…

Japan_Style

Japan style!

Daisuke Matsuzaka, the young fireballer from the Seibu Lions, is at his best. The scoreboard shows him with 69 pitches – 25 balls and 44 strikes. He’s throwing a masterpiece. I’ve watched Matsuzaka since he played in Koshien, the national high school tournament held every August in Osaka. The top teams from Japan’s 47 prefectures are represented and the single elimination games are all shown on national television. Koshien gets its name because the games are held in Koshien Stadium, the home to the Tokyo Giants’ arch rival, the Osaka Tigers. It is such an honor for a Japanese high school baseball player to play in Koshien that the losing team, immediately following the game, can be seen on their knees, scooping infield dirt into a small cloth bag. For the rest of their lives each player’s bag of dirt from Koshien will be displayed in a place of honor in their family’s home. Ichiro’s family has his bag.

So does Matsui’s.

Hey, speaking of him, where is Japan’s most loved yakyu senshu? Where is Godzilla? Where is Matsui?

Last year, during Sakura, my wife, our young son, and I cruised Kanazawa. What a time we had. Old town Kanazawa’s has one of my favorite izakaiyas. It’s in the main plaza, near the old shops. It’s small, just the way I like it. And the food is second to none. The family that runs it really has their act together. We spent a few nights there laughing, chowing down, and tossing back several Asahis.

Not far from Kanazawa is Matsui’s furusato, his hometown, Komatsu. He along with Ichiro, Derek Jeter, and Omar Visquel, are my favorite major leaguers so I’m unable to resist the urge to pay the town a visit. I snap a shot of Matsui’s bigger than life photo in the eki, the train station. He’s Japan’s most loved player, the former star of the Tokyo Giants, the left fielder for the New York Yankees, and a no show in World Baseball.

Come on Hideki, think. The world is a bigger show. Get it right in 2009!

In the top of the 6th Oh-san applauds, signals to the home plate umpire that he’s ready, then studies Mexico’s new pitcher, Ortega. What a treat to watch Oh-san up close and personal. He’s baseball all the way and doesn’t miss a beat. He watches everything while standing at the end of the dugout closest to home plate. He regularly laughs and talks to the guy next to him. All the while his eyes are focused on the batter and wherever the ball goes.

Eye on the Ball

Oh-san is a class act.

“Excuse me,” an accented voice shoots out of nowhere to my left. I look up. There’s a Japanese guy in a long-blue coat with a ticket in one hand and a beer in the other, gesturing that I’m in his seat. I look around at the many empty seats. He shows me his ticket. I smile, apologize, and grab another. I’m reminded of the many times I’m on an empty Narita Express, exhausted after the eleven hour flight from San Francisco, when suddenly standing next to me is a suit holding a ticket. “Man, the train’s empty. Think it through.”

But they never do.

Ichiro steps in, locks his bat samurai style, and waits. It’s his field, his team, and his game. World Baseball and playing for Japan is Ichiro’s chance to again play yakyu, and he’s loving it. Ichiro is Hall of Fame in Japan, Hall of Fame in America, and Hall of Fame in the world. If there’s ever baseball on Mars, he’ll be Hall of Fame on Mars. When my oldest son was a small boy the offensive game I taught him was to find a way to get on base, steal, and score. You think I don’t love Ichiro?

The game ends with Japan grabbing a 6 to 1 victory. Mexico showed and even had some moments, but Matsuzaka shut ‘em down.

Considering America was to play Mexico the next day, and what goes down, Japan’s victory, in retrospect, seems prescient. What’s the deal with America? Nishioka did not leave early but Japan still lost the run, the inning, and perhaps the game due to an American umpire’s overrule. And it wasn’t close. Sadaharu Oh said it right, “I cannot understand how this could happen in America, the home of baseball.” Then, against Mexico, the same umpire let the Americans off the hook again by changing a Mexican player’s home run, a ball that clearly ricocheted off the right-field pole, to a ground-rule double. While watching America lose that game, my brother comments the American flag, on the right sleeve of the USA team, is on backwards. Sure enough, it is. We read left to right but they got it right to left. Since Bush showed, America can’t seem to get anything right.

I could have made Japan-Korea the next night in Anaheim. It would have been great. My brother and I, however, went east, below Mt. Baldy, and played golf. I may have loved watching World Baseball live but playing golf, well, that’s different. I get the chance, I play. We watched Japan-Korea later on tape. Overall the Koreans were the best team in the tournament. Six wins. No errors. A staff ERA under 2. You love baseball, you love Korea Team.

The ending to World Baseball 2006 couldn’t have been better scripted or more bizarre. Japan is out of the tournament before America gives the Nishioka game back by losing to Mexico, 2-1. In the semi-final game, a revived Japan plays the undefeated Korea team for the third time. Behind the pitching of Kouji Uehara, whose wife gives birth to their first child during the game, the Japanese finally win. In the other semi-final game, Cuba, the controversial team that America’s right-wing tried to keep out of the tournament, rolls over a Dominican Republic team heavily laden with major leaguers. In the final, Cuba is favored but Japan jumps out early and Matsuzaka again pitches a gem. Japan is crowned champion of the world. Unbelievable! My lasting memory is of a beaming Oh-san shaking hands with a long line of respectful Cuban players. It’s a big moment for the famous Sadaharu Oh.

It’s a big moment for baseball.

Two days after Japan rocked the world I’m on board an ANA jet heading to Narita and a reunion with my wife and youngest son. For me, World Baseball started with Jimmy Lefevbre’s China Team in the sands of Arizona and ended with Sadaharu Oh’s Japan Team winning over the world. Other than some of the umpiring and the bogus attempt to keep Cuba out of the tournament, World Baseball was a refreshing reminder of what baseball is, and always will be … People sharing a love of playing ball. Throw in childhood memories, moms, and dogs, and you tap the raw emotion stuff. World Baseball was long overdue.

I’m just happy it showed on my watch.

D. B. Guidinger © All Rights Reserved 2006

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