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.

THE GODFATHER PART III (1990)

Francis Ford Coppola recently released a re-edited version of the least-acclaimed film of his famous mafia trilogy, but how much of a difference does it make?

STAR WARS (1977)

Somewhere beneath everything that’s been piled on top of it is one of the greatest movies ever made.

LA REGLE DE JEU (1939)

A French masterpiece about upper-class romantic games, played blithely as the world teeters on disaster.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

My favorite Christmas movie, bar none, featuring Michael Caine as Scrooge and Gonzo the Great as Charles Dickens.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.