A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935)

The Marx Brothers reinvented comedy for the sound era, but had to tone down their sheer anarchy (a little) to score their biggest hit.

APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

A movie that looks deep into its own soul and finds only horror.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)

Your reader poll winner is a high-flying martial arts extravaganza that I think was the first subtitled movie I (and lots of other people) saw in a theater.

GLADIATOR (2000)

A big old sword and sandals epic that revived the genre and became a personal favorite of mine.

LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)

A very different kind of sports movie, or maybe a very different kind of romance.

BEST IN SHOW (2000)

An extremely droll documentary that features many of my favorite comedy folks and also some dogs.

AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

A very weird movie about a guy who desperately wants to fit in, while also periodically axe murdering people.

ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)

This comedy/drama about a teenage Rolling Stone writer hanging out with a 1970s rock band is probably the 2000 movie I’ve watched the greatest number of times.

THE GENERAL (1926)

In which Buster Keaton almost dies over and over in the name of comedy, and also drops an actual train off an actual bridge.