THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

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

GANJA & HESS (1973)

An “experimental” horror movie that’s about vampires, sort of, and… other things? What things you ask? I’m not sure.

APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

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

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.

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 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?