1. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead- As the final work of Sidney Lumet, one of the true masters of cinema, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a solid thriller with great acting performances from Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei.
2. Chinatown- Coming in at #21 on AFI’s Top 100 movies list, Chinatown is another movie that was directed by another one of the true masters of cinema, Roman Polanski. Chinatown also stars two of my absolute favorite performers of all time in Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. This film is definitely one of the absolute best from the 70’s and one of the best noir films of all-time as well.
3. Into the Abyss- Guess what, another film by one of the greats! This one comes from the great documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog. This film does a great job of dealing with the topic of capital punishment in a very thoughtful and humane way. As Herzog describes it truly is “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Capital punishment is one of the few political topics that I actually have an opinion on and I found this a great portrayal of the issue.
4. Metropolitan- This one doesn’t really fit the mold but I watched it a couple days ago and couldn’t wait to plug it. This is one of the better screenplays I’ve seen in action in a while now as it provides a solid biting satire of a young generation of New York bourgeoisie.
5. Stan Lee’s Superhumans- This one comes in honor of The Avengers being released. This show was easily the most entertaining reality-type show I’ve ever seen.
6. Winnebago Man- Ok I thought I’d throw a bonus suggestion in this week…Winnebago Man is one of my favorite documentaries of all time. It is both really entertaining and thought provoking. It’s also very funny.
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