Best Movies on HBO (Aug 2020) - Featured

Though best known for producing many of the best television shows of all time, HBO is also home to many excellent films. HBO caught on quick that streaming was the way of the future, and got into the only media game early. We’ll be taking a look at what movies are on HBO right now. HBO-Go is home to not just every great HBO original series, but also hundreds of films ranging from all-time classics to new releases. Joining us in counting down the top 50 HBO movies available right now.

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50. An American Pickle (2020) 

An American Pickle  •  Trailer

An American Pickle is a brand new release debuting on August 6th. The film is part of the first wave of HBO Max originals, a distinct label separate from HBO originals. This Seth Rogen vehicle about a man accidentally being pickled for 100 years has a decidedly off-beat premise to say the least.

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An American Pickle has an interesting hook. On August 6th we’ll be able to judge for ourselves the level of quality.

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49. Altered States (1980)

Altered States  •  Trailer

Altered States is a horror/thriller from director Ken Russell and writer Paddy Chayefsky, writer of Network, sometimes considered the single greatest screenplay ever written. Altered States is an extremely strange film, which is perfectly fitting given that it’s a film about experimentations on hallucinogens.

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Altered States is a trippy, intense watch that will leave you either impressed or confused. Maybe a combination of both.

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48. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Insights into the casting of Leo Dio

Catch Me If You Can tells the wild, true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., the young con-man mastermind who led the FBI on a crazy cat and mouse chase. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks both turn in great performances and Christopher Walken has an excellent supporting role that nabbed him a best supporting actor nomination.

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This Steven Spielberg film is a easy watch that should fit nicely into any family movie night.

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47. All the President't Men (1976)

Looking back on All the President’s Men 40 years later

All the President’s Men is frequently hailed one of the best ‘journalism’ films ever made. In a day and age where good journalism sometimes finds itself against against the ropes, All the President’s Men is a great reminder of the positive power that strong investigative journalism can hold.

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All the President’s Men uses the exceptionally talents of Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford to take an incisive look at the work that went into uncovering the controversy that would bring down the Nixon Presidency.

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46. Doctor Sleep (2019)

See how the Overlook Hotel was recreated for Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s much anticipated followup to The Shining. Though King famously hated Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, Doctor Sleep manages to both adapt King’s novel and pay loving tribute to the iconic Kubrick film.

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Director Mike Flanagan continues to impress horror audiences with Doctor Sleep, the latest in his strong run of creepy big and small screen efforts.

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45. Winter’s Bone (2010)

John Hawkes disappears into character as Teardrop

Debra Granik’s 2010 thriller, Winter’s Bone, is far more setting and character driven than much of the genre’s output. Winter’s Bone was the film that launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career, and just might contain what is still her best performance to date. The entire supporting cast is comprised of veteran character actors who turn in scene-stealing performances. John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee, and Dale Dicky all shine.

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Winter’s Bone is a dark thriller that thrives on a rich, textural setting and a compelling supporting cast.

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44. Joker (2019)

Go behind the scenes of The Joker

Wrapped is controversy and acclaim in equal measure, 2019’s Joker is worth watching for the curiosity factor alone if nothing else. Luckily, curiosity alone isn’t all the film has going for it, as it also has a fantastic performance from Joaquin Phoenix making the iconic role his own. Who do you think played Gotham’s most iconic evil clown the best? We put together our own ranking of the best Jokers right here at StudioBinder.

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The extrinsic controversy and media coverage comes close to overshadowing Joker, but with HBO Max you can give the film a watch a decide for yourself.

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43. Ford V. Ferrari (2019)

Go behind the scenes with this making-of

Ford V. Ferrari is one of the most recent films available on HBO Go. This fast-paced bio-drama took away two Oscars at the most recent Academy Awards and was a nominee for ‘Best Picture’.

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If you missed Ford V. Ferrari in the theaters, you’ll be able to check it out on HBO Go as of June 20th

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42. Unbreakable (2000)

Go behind the scenes of Unbreakable

Unbreakable is easily one of M. Night Shyamalan's best films; arguably his best. It’s a superhero film in disguise, a subversive take on the superman origin story. “What if superman didn’t know he was superman.” It’s an all around solid film, with the only weak spot being some awkward plotting in the third act and a couple extremely minor plot holes.

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Unbreakable is an original take on the superhero origin story. One of M. Night’s best, long before the Eastrail 177 trilogy took form with the follow-ups Split and Glass.

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41. The Fugitive (1993)

A behind the scenes look at The fugitive

The Fugitive is a classic thriller starring the iconic pairing of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. This story of a surgeon wrongly accused of his wife’s murder is considered a classic for a good reason. It’s an easy watch with a tight screenplay delivering a bevy of memorable moments.

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The oft-aped and referenced The Fugitive remains a worthy rainy-day thriller

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40. Cast Away (2000)

Wilsooooooon!

The now classic story of a Fedex worker who gets stranded on a deserted island. Tom Hanks gives a compelling one man show with little more than a volleyball to play off of. Robert Zemeckis’ last great film before becoming obsessed with uncanny-valley CG people.

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Cast Away takes a simple premise and executes it just about as well as you possibly could.

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39. Half Nelson (2006)

Video essay exploring theme and character in Half Nelson

Half Nelson is the crown jewel of the inner-city-school-teacher subgenre. It’s a heavy drama headlined by a showstopping Ryan Gosling. With audiences used to his heartthrob side in the likes of The Notebook, Gosling took on the challenging protagonist of Half Nelson, a strung-out crack addict barely holding his life together. It’s a great character and a great performance.

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Half Nelson stands out from its contemporaries with an interesting protagonist played to perfection by Ryan Gosling.

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38. The Dark Knight (2008)

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The middle film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is near-universally regarded as the best of the series and considered by many to be the best Batman film out of the many alternate adaptations of the original source comics. The Dark Knight plays out like a gritty crime, thriller with a strong script, good action, and a fantastic villain found in the Joker as played to perfection by Heath Ledger.

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The Dark Knight is a top-tier superhero film. Odds are, you’ve already seen The Dark Knight but maybe now is the right time to revisit.

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37. The Fountain (2006)

See how the creative team approached difficult production hurdles

Darren Aronofsky followed up Requiem for a Dream with the extremely ambitious The Fountain. Sometimes unfairly derided, The Fountain tells a singular story through three different time periods and three different genres, each building upon the others in unique fashion. The story is thematically rich and rewards repeat viewing.

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The Fountain is a grand film full of layered symbolism and rich subtext. This is an easy film to recommend even without taking into account the incredible soundtrack from composer Clint Mansell.

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36. Raising Arizona (1987)

Son, you got a panty on your head

Raising Arizona was the second feature film to come from the inimitable Coen Brothers. It is their goofiest romp by far as it follows a Nic Cage X Holly Hunter couple who take advantage of a rich family with more children than they need. Look for the over-the-top motorcycle riding, dynamite throwing villain, the dog-filled chase scene, and a great supporting role from John Goodman.

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Raising Arizona is a wacky southern caper as only the Coen Brothers could pull off.

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35. Unforgiven (1992) (Leaves August 31st)

Fandor takes a look at Unforgiven

Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven was the western icon’s return to the genre after a seven year hiatus from cowboy pictures. Unforgiven carries a sense of realism and consequences that are often left out of films of this nature, which makes it feel like a breath of fresh air despite how familiar it is in many regards. Unforgiven is considered an early film in the neo-western movement. For more insights into the neo-western genre, be sure to watch our video exploring both the concept of the neo-western and how Logan fits into that model.

Unforgiven is available on HBO Max until the end of August. Get it while the getting’s good.

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Unforgiven scored Oscars in the editing, supporting actor, director, and best picture categories.

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34. The Departed (2006)

Take a look behind the scenes of The Departed

The Departed is a modern gangster film from the master of gangster films, Martin Scorsese. The film pulls its tense and thrilling story from the excellent Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and brings in a star studded cast to bring it to life. DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson, and Wahlberg all shine.

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The Departed cleaned up at the 2007 Academy Awards, taking home best adapted screenplay, best editing, best director, and best picture. If you’ve never seen The Departed, now is the perfect time to remedy that.

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33. La La Land (2016)

Behind the scenes featurette

Damien Chazelle’s follow up to Whiplash was just as music-centric, but traded a heavy tone for light, and traded a compelling villain, for a stirring romance. Capable of joy and sadness in equal measure, La La Land is a well-made musical throwback with a pair of world-class leading actors.

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La La Land flies high on the charisma of its two leads and is sure to leave at least one song stuck in your head.

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32. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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Taika Waititi’s latest film is the academy award winning Jojo Rabbit. This anti-hate satire labasts Hitler and the Nazi party party from the perspective of an impressionable member of the Hitler Youth. This is a hilarious film that also offers a heaping helping of heart. If you’ve already seen Jojo Rabbit, we have a video essay about the film’s most impactful scene.

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Jojo Rabbit timely dramedy that uses a period setting to critique a modern-day culture of hate and intolerance.

PSH brings down the house

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead was the final film from legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet, and what a capstone to his impressive filmography. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawk both give astoundly good performances, and that’s not even mentioning that incredible supporting performances from Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, and Michael Shannon. The unorthodox visual style might not be to everyone’s liking, but this dark thriller is sure to impress in the acting and script departments.

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a crushingly bleak crime thriller with two magnificent lead performances.

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30. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Nerdwriter examines how Spielberg constructs a battle sequence

Saving Private Ryan is considered by many to be the gold standard of WWII films. The grand scope, strong performances, and jaw-dropping battle sequences made this war epic a classic immediately upon release.

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HBO’s WWII miniseries Band of Brothers makes for an excellent companion piece to Saving Private Ryan, the film that served as its progenitor. Check them both out.

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29. Pi (1998)

See what it was like on set of Pi

Darren Aronofsky’s first film, Pi, remains one of his most compelling. Combining an extremely striking visual style with inventive camera work and an unforgettable soundtrack, Pi surpasses its small budget with flair. The main character is complex and intriguing, and Aronofsky utilizes the cinematic form to ground you as an audience member thoroughly in this distrubed character’s point of view. The end effect is a dizzying whirlwind of psychological confusion and distortion.

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Pi’s stark black and white aesthetic is reason enough to give his low-budget first feature your full attention.

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28. A Woman Under the Influence

Gena Rowlands goes full throttle

A Woman Under the Influence is one of many collaborations between actress Gena Rowlands and her writer-director husband John Cassavetes. The first act’s pacing is a bit harsh, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most intense and emotionally raw performances ever committed to film from a fully unmasked Gena Rowlands. Peter Falk makes for an excellent foil to his troubled wife.

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A Woman Under the Influence is a heavy watch guided by a deft hand behind the camera. Gena Rowlands is revelatory.

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27. The Nice Guys (2016)

Crowe and Gosling discuss the film at Cannes

The Nice Guys is another buddy cop comedy from Shane black, the man who practically invented the subgenre with Lethal Weapon, except this time around they aren’t actually cops, and they actually hate each other. The Nice Guys is absolutely hilarious and makes excellent use of a Russell Crowe X Ryan Gosling duo.

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Don’t let The Nice Guys pass you by. If you loved Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you’re sure to enjoy The Nice Guys.

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26. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Kevin Kline accepts the best supporting actor Oscar

A Fish Called Wanda is a film called one of the funniest ever made. John Cleese penned the script and stars alongside fellow python Michael Palin as well as Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. The Americans hold their own against the British comedy legends, with Kevin Kline possibly even managing to steal the show. It might be rather drab visually, but the script and characters remain blisteringly funny from start to finish.

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A Fish Called Wanda is a timeless comedy that is sure to have you laughing constantly throughout.

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25. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum 

I know dog fu

The third chapter in the stellar John Wick series delivers on the top-tier action the franchise is known for. This time around, the plot isn’t quite as tight as the previous entries, and though Keanu Reeves still fully delivers on the physicality of the role, his character’s motivations get a little muddled in the second and third acts. Mixing up the gunplay with sword fights, hand to hand, and animal combat keeps the action fresh and inventive. A must watch for fans of action cinema.

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John Wick Chapter 3 continues the top notch action series with another fast-paced, hard hitting entry.

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24. Biutiful (2010)

Javier Bardem reflects on shooting Biutiful

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s last film before Birdman was Biutiful, the story of Uxbal, a man embarking on a personal journey as death looms large over his head. The supernatural component of the story is perhaps a bit jarring and could be integrated into the rest of the narrative more smoothly, but the drama at play is rich. Biutiful is an emotional story that is as capable of being uplifting as it is bleak and disheartening.

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Biutiful is a complex drama helmed by an outstanding performance from Javier Bardem.

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23. The Last Emperor (1998)

The Last Emperor’s score beat an Ennio Morricone and two John Williams scores

This epic bio-drama chronicles the life of China’s final emperor. Bernardo Bertolucci helmed this immaculately crafted film that raked in a staggering nine Academy Award wins, including all the major craft categories. Each individual aspect of this film excels; worth watching to hear the stunning score alone with impressive work from David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.

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The Last Emperor is a stunning historical drama that covers the gamut of human emotion.

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22. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Don’t f**k with the mattress man

Paul Thomas Anderson’s romantic drama Punch-Drunk Love grabs you from the intriguing opening frame and never lets go. It’s the director’s shortest film, but it packs a lot into its brisk runtime. Adam Sandler gives an excellent dramatic performance and his romance with Emily Watson is undeniably sweet and heartfelt. It’s a different kind of romance film, one with an angry edge and spontaneous bursts of humor.

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Punch-Drunk Love is another great entry in PT Anderson’s remarkable filmography. Excellent work across the board.

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21. Before Sunrise + Before Sunset (1995 - 2004)

Learn about the writing process in this Criterion featurette

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset both joined the HBO Max platform this month. The Before trilogy is one of a handful of crowning achievements in writer/director Richard Linklater’s career. HBO Max is not currently offering Before Midnight so you may need to seek the conclusion to the trilogy elsewhere. The Before stand easily alongside cinema’s greatest on-screen romances. The wall-to-wall dialogue is captivating and supremely natural. Warning, you may cry during one or all three of these films.

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Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are both incredible films that utilize the real-world passage of time in a similar way to Linklater’s own Boyhood.

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20. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Go behind the scenes of Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s second feature film is a genuine masterpiece of the thriller genre. Nocturnal Animals presents an excellent script in the perfect light. This dark, twisty thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with great acting across the board and a real artist’s touch behind the camera. We can't wait for what Ford directs next.

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Nocturnal Animals is not to be missed by fans of the thriller genre. A slickly presented revenge tale with a cynical edge.

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19. The Exorcist (1973)

Hour long making-of documentary

William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece The Exorcist was the first horror film ever nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards; and really the only true horror film to date to receive this honor as the other five contenders are more snugly situated in the thriller genre than in horror. The Exorcist was incredibly influential upon its release and leaves a lasting footprint on the history of horror cinema.

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The Exorcist shocked audiences in the 70s upon release and it remains a staple of horror cinema.

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18. Prisoners (2013)

Hugh Jackman at the top of his game

Denis Villeneuve rocketed into Hollywood consciousness with his first American-made film, Prisoners. A bleak mystery-thriller with morally grey protagonists and eerily-honest antagonists. A never-better Hugh Jackman leads a strong cast through this excellent script.

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Prisoners is an immaculately constructed thriller from the expert hands of Denis Villeneuve.

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17. Amelie (2001)

Fandor breaks down the cinematography of Amelie

Amelie is just about as whimsical as a film can get, even giving Wes Anderson a run for his money. The production design and cinematography of Amelie are exquisite, and the titular heroine is sure to wheedle her way into your heart.

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Let the delightful Amelie into your life and your day will get a little brighter.

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16. In Bruges (2008)

Ralph Fiennes beats up a telephone

In Bruges was the feature film debut of Martin McDonagh. The script scored him his first Best Original Screenplay nomination, with his second arriving nine years later with 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In Bruges is a pitch black comedy about a pair of hitmen who go forced-sightseeing in Bruges, Belgium. The film is packed with memorable lines and deep, belly laughs, and Colin Farrell has never been better.

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In Bruges is a hilarious black comedy with a strong dramatic core. It’s endlessly quotable and rewatchable.

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15. Misery (1990)

Scream Factory’s re-release trailer

Of the dozens of film adaptations of Stephen King’s work, Misery remains one of the most memorable even 30 after its initial release. It is a smaller, more contained story than most King stories but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t leave a huge impact. Largely confined to just two characters in a single location, Misery is a masterclass in building tension and in crafting bottle-stories.

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Misery is a top notch thriller and earned Kathy Bates a much deserved Oscar for her performance as Annie Wilkes.

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14. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Criterion Collection Observations on Film Art

From director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a surprisingly understated yet nuanced story of the human spirit. From the outside it appears to be incredibly simple film; few characters, few locations, simple, restrained cinematography… but the simplistic appearance hides a great depth of emotional resonance and character-driven thematic exploration.

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a touching and unorthodox story that moves in a slow but engrossing rhythm.

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13. Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

Producer gives a tour of the set

Robbed of its theatrical release due to a dispute with the studio, S. Craig Zahler’s third feature film is a towering testament to his talents as an auteur. The 2-hour-39-minute runtime is entirely justified as Dragged Across Concrete becomes one of the most tense cinematic experiences you will likely ever have throughout the entirety of the third act.

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Dragged Across Concrete is a masterclass in tension and catharsis. Don’t sleep on this one, it deserves all the attention it can get.

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12. Kill Bill (2003)

Making-of mini-doc

Both volumes of Quentin Tarantino’s badass revenge double-bill are landing on HBO, so go ahead and treat yourself to a double feature. Tarantino’s writing is as sharp as ever, the cast is firing on all cylinders, and the action is to die for.

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Even if you’re already seen Kill Bill, maybe it’s time to revisit. Kill Bill never gets old.

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11. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

The iconic titular scene

Meryl Streep turns in a career defining performance in this devastating drama. The only misstep is focusing too much on the less interesting Stingo as the protagonist, though his perspective does make for a compelling, gradual reveal of information about our titular heroin. Kevin Kline also turns in a layered performance as a deeply complicated character that keeps the present day storyline engrossing alongside the heartbreaking flashbacks.

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Sophie’s Choice is a heavy, but rewarding experience. Don’t expect a feel-good experience going into this one.

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10. Blood Simple (1984)

A look at the storyboards of Blood Simple

The Coen Brothers came out swinging for the fences with this their debut feature. Blood Simple is a tense thriller with a hard-hitting, noir edged script and a carefully constructed climactic cat and mouse chase that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Blood Simple made it clear that the Coen Brothers were a force to be reckoned with from their very first outing.

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9. Apocalypse Now (1979)

I love the smell of napalm in the morning

Francis Ford Coppola followed up The Godfather Part II with this Vietnam war epic. Apocalypse Now was adapted from Heart of Darkness, and takes enough liberties with the source material to turn the descent into madness into a harrowing war film for the ages.

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Apocalypse Now is one of the best Vietnam war films, if not the very best. Coppola’s notoriously disastrous shoot resulted in an uncompromised example of 70s filmmaking in its prime.

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8. Aliens (1986)

Feature-length retrospective documentary

James Cameron’s follow up to the 1979 sci-fi classic is rightly hailed as one of the best sequels ever made. Aliens trades some of the focus on horror of the first film for a larger emphasis on action, while keeping things tense and claustrophobic. This is a sequel that ups the scale and spectacle on all fronts.

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Aliens is a sci-fi classic and a staple of the entire genre. Forget the subsequent sequels and revisit this gem.

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7. Die Hard (1988)

Now I have a machine gun

One of the best action films ever made, hands down, and in contention for the top spot of all time. Also it just so happens to be one of the best Christmas films ever made, and that’s a fact. Die Hard excels with a lovable every-man protagonist, a villain for the ages, and hard-hitting, inventive action scenes.

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Die Hard is a staple of the action genre that never gets old. A timeless classic of tense gunplay.

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6. Jaws (1975)

Got to love a good push-pull

Jaws is arguably Steven Spielberg’s best film. A pioneer of the summer blockbuster and remarkable exercise in tension. It’s the interplay between the human characters that makes this shark film work so well. The growing chemistry of the leads showcases excellent character work across the board.

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Jaws’ spot in cinematic history is uncontestable. If you’ve never seen this innovative classic, it’s time to rectify that.

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5. Fight Club (1999)

Building Fight Club’s CGI

Few films infect the zeitgeist as immediately and fully as David Fincher’s Fight Club. Though the message of the film is often misunderstood, Fight Club’s thought provoking themes still resonate as well in 2020 as they did when the original novel was first written. Fight Club is a stylishly assembled flick that also happens to contain one of cinema’s greatest twists; oft parroted, rarely matched.

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Fight Club ravenously infected the public consciousness upon release and remains just as entertaining and subversive to this day.

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4. Doubt (2008)

Doubt  •  Trailer

John Patrick Shanley wrote and directed this adaptation of his own play. Doubt is a heavy drama that takes aim at abuse within the catholic church through complex character and an objective, limited point of view. This is an incredible film full of astounding performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and a scene-stealing Viola Davis.

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Doubt is an essential drama with sharp writing and world-class acting.

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3. Alien (1979)

Detailed look at the artwork of H.R. Giger, Xenomorph designer

Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film is a masterpiece of both the sci-fi and horror genres. Even the smallest details of this late-70s classic have been infused into the cinematic zeitgeist. Ripley, Dallas, the Xenomorph, the facehugger, the chest burster, the eggs, the android, the space jockey, Jonesy, Mother, even the simple matter of the set design and sound design have achieved legendary status.

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Alien is a shining example of all that the sci-fi and horror genres can be, blended together and balanced to perfection.

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2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 

Remarkably inventive use of POV

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly tells the real-life story of Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who found himself struck by Locked-in Syndrome, an affliction that left his entire body paralyzed except for one of his eyes. It’s a captivating tale that speaks to the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a fascinating real-life story told through wildly inventive means.

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1. Requiem For a Dream (2000)

Go behind the scenes of Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream is the crown jewel of Darren Aronofsky’s career. One of the best films ever produced, a harrowing tale of addiction desperation. Requiem For a Dream is a bleak and upsetting watch that showcases the raw power of cinema.

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Requiem For a Dream might be depressing, but it’s also just about as perfect as a film can get.

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