Guillermo del Toro
1993 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • Mexico
Spine: #551 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious, audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.
1995 • 120 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #533 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Terry Zwigoff’s landmark 1995 film is an intimate documentary portrait of the underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter have made him a household name in popular American art.
1966 • 112 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #577 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Roman Polanski orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period.
2008 • 165 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #476 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Brad Pitt is a man who is born in his eighties and ages backward and Cate Blanchett is the woman he is destined to love forever in David Fincher’s monumental, Academy Award–winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a powerful testament to life and death, love and loss.
2007 • 91 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #540 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In director Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father.
In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noël Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema’s greatest writer-director collaborations.
1978 • 94 minutes • 1.77:1 • United States
Spine: #409 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
A timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor, Terrence Malick’s glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven features Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros.
1993 • 102 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #336 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen.
1933 • 91 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #592 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agreement” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Guillermo del Toro
2001 • 108 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #666 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets.
1955 • 117 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #35 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique, a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse.
1991 • 97 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #359 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.
1986 • 107 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #166 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape
1953 • 100 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #445 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance.
1982 • 83 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #625 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, Eating Raoul marked the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack.
2008 • 131 minutes • 1.85:1 • Sweden
Spine: #520 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Swedish master Jan Troell, director of the beloved classics The Emigrants and The New Land, returns triumphantly with Everlasting Moments, a vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated through art at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Spine: #261 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality.
2001 • 86 minutes • 1.85:1 • France
Spine: #259 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Fat Girl is not only a portrayal of female adolescent sexuality and the complicated bond between siblings but also a shocking assertion by the always controversial Catherine Breillat that violent oppression exists at the core of male-female relations.
1998 • 119 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #175 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.
2009 • 122 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #553 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the intense and invigorating Fish Tank, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the housing projects of Essex.
1999 • 70 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #638 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, 16 mm black-and-white neonoir with comparable precision and cunning.
1989 • 79 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #54 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Al Reinert’s visually dazzling documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon—told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences.
2011 • 109 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #628 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In The Forgiveness of Blood, American director Joshua Marston turns his camera on another corner of the world: contemporary northern Albania, a place still troubled by the ancient custom of interfamilial blood feuds.
1939 • 115 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #583 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This Technicolor spectacular, directed by Zoltán Korda, is considered the finest of the many adaptations of A. E. W. Mason’s classic 1902 adventure novel about the British empire’s exploits in Africa, and a crowning achievement of Alexander Korda’s legendary production company, London Films.
1997 • 128 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #627 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
This multilayered, noirish descent into one man’s personal hell is also a surreal, metacinematic journey that, two years after the phenomenon Se7en, further demonstrated that director David Fincher was one of Hollywood’s true contemporary visionaries.