by James Montenegro

Created 11/18/17

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Every once in a while, you get a film, and it's a film. It makes you laugh, or it makes you cry. It gives you goosebumps on your arms and you begin to wonder just what it's all about. Without trying to come off as some snot-nosed arbiter of taste, I'd like to submit what I believe are those films. You watch them and you know something else is going on. Whether it be an actor giving the performance of a lifetime, or the film itself is berserk beyond belief, these films will do it to you every time. Some films are magical.

Honorable Mentions (not included in the Criterion Collection):
The Dirty Dozen -Robert Aldrich
Suspiria -Dario Argento
Performance -Donald Cammell
Hitch-Hike -Pasquale Festa Campanile
The Thing -John Carpenter
Mr. Sardonicus -William Castle
The Boxer's Omen -Kuei Chih-Hung
Even Dwarfs Started Small -Werner Herzog
Dead Man -Jim Jarmusch
El Topo -Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Big Heat -Fritz Lang
Blood Feast -Herschell Gordon Lewis
Maniac -William Lustig
Blue Velvet -David Lynch
Porcile -Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Wild Bunch -Sam Peckinpah
Bring Me the head of Alfredo Garcia -Sam Peckinpah
Only God Forgives -Nicolas Winding Refn
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension -W.D. Richter
I Walked with a Zombie -Jacques Tourneur
The Curious Dr. Humpp -Emilio Vieyra
Polyester -John Waters

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