153m or 203m
The most brilliant, difinitive, deeply metaphysical examination of the horrors of the Vietnam War. A gut-wrenchingly difficult viewing experience, but unquestionably one of the greatest war movies ever. Don't be fooled by the buzz for that 2001 "Redux." The original '79 version is better.
Francis Ford Coppola (D)
Austin Powers in Goldmember
The cameo-driven, "M:I-2"-spoofing title sequence is the funniest 5m ever in this spy comedy franchise. Then M.Myers shows up & ruins everything. Still trapped in a skit-comedy frame of mind, his short attention span makes "Goldmember" 98 percent setup & 2 percent punch line.
Jay Roach (D)
BOURNE IDENTITY, THE
M.Damon gives a sharply focused performance as a highly-trained CIA assassin w/ amnesia, who survives on his lethal instincts while on the run from his own people in Europe. This character-driven spy thriller is packed w/ action but driven by tension, suspense & intelligence.
Doug Liman (D)
CINEMA PARADISO - The New Version (2002)
52m & a melancholy modern epilogue have been added to this version of the international smash-hit from 1989. But it retains the sentimental movie magic that made this story of a boy's youth in a Sicilian movie house so memorable in the first place. (Subtitled)
Giuseppe Tornatore (D)
E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
(20th Anniversary release)
CGI enhancements only help what is still unabashedly delightful fantasy about a little boy helping an adorable lost alien "phone home." Sometimes over-the-top, but stands the tests of time & cynicism thanks to young H.Thomas, whose performance, more than anything else, makes us believe E.T. is alive.
Steven Spielberg (D)
How someone could make a genuinely boring slasher flick about "Friday the 13th's" Jason Voorhees cutting up casting couch bimbos in outer space is beyond me. Stupid, sure. Badly acted? Natch. Not scary? Well, duh. But boring? Shouldn't it at least be funny?
James Isaac (D)
Cruelly over-taxed Indian peasants challenge British colonial oppressors to a winner-takes-all cricket match for a tax break in this fabulous, whimsical, epic Bollywood musical extravaganza. Ambitious, romantic, cinematic, melodious, enchanting & infectiously spirited, it may sound silly, but this is one of the best musicals of all time. (Subtitled)
Ashutosh Gowariker (D)
REAR WINDOW (1954)
Laid-up Jimmy Stewart thinks he's witnessed a murder from his apartment window & tries to prove it w/ fantastically suspenseful results. Hitchcock's best & most brilliant thriller in every way. Plus Grace Kelly at her most gorgeous.
Alfred Hitchcock (D)