KING KONG (1933)

The original monster movie continues to thrill when it comes to its giant gorilla. The rest of the movie has not aged as well.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

A wildly popular, theoretically inspirational prison drama slash… allegory? metaphor? daydream?

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Kubrick’s Science Fiction masterpiece is more of a grand artistic statement than a movie. I love it so much.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

Perhaps the ultimate Film Noir, about two murderers who are not nearly as smart as they think they are.

THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

A violent, nihilistic revisionist Western that changed how violence was shown on-screen.

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)

A spectacular, hilarious comedy about the end of the world.

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.

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.