Citizen Kane (1941)

The Greatest Film Of All-Time, OW’s new-age opera, political-drama, black comedy, mystery-noir, satirization, romance, & biography/psychological-pièta evolved ciné: complex, plot-eclectc, avant-garde metaphor of power, love, money, tragedy. 10/10.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A prismatic journey through the stars and events of galaxy history w. bold, complex, Da Vincian questions on the nature & mystery of mankind, God, machines, space, & civilization, Kubrick’s ’01: pure IQ & science-fiction. The #2 Film Of All-Time. 10/10.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1967)

The definitive Spaghetti Western, Leone’s G/B/U satirizes classical western heroes & clear good vs. evil boundary lines; A blazing, whistle-tuned, stylishly-gunsmoked, hyperviolent, darwinian, egoistic, morality-dichotomized masterwork of film. 10/10.

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King Kong (1932)

The first-ever blockbuster movie groundbreaking a new cinematic age with avant-garde VFX/stopmotion techniques, epic NYC-action, colonialsm, beauty-and-beast romance, & Greek-tragic mortalization redefining what’s possible at movies. 10/10.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The first-ever horror movie jolting the postwar masses & revolutionizing cinema by founding Germany’s Expressionist movement, RW’s nightmarish, metaphoric, silent psychological dreamscape is one of the most groundbreaking films of 1900s. 9.5/10.

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

A wildly-idiosyncratic/stylized hybrid of neo-noir, black comedy, hallucinogenic pulp, divine redemption, crime, punchy dialogue blending peppery funk & lyricism, & post-modern zeitgeist fetishizing nostalgia; changed the rules of cinema. 10/10.

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Breathless (1960)

A beautiful, sweeping example of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard’s indie masterpiece rewrote every rule of narrative construction & revitalized a medium, paradigmatically and stylishly-liberating the once-caged artform of cinema. 10/10.

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Seven Samurai (1956)

A bravura piece of filmmaking & the crown jewel of Akira Kurosawa’s filmography, 7S changed cinema’s landscape with action movies – boasting complexity, camera kineticism, legendary chambara, revolutionized narrative style, pure culture. 10/10.

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