THE CONNECTION (1961)

This is sort of the closest thing you’ll find a movie by and for the Beat Movement, an interesting exercise but I’m not sure it actually works as a film.

POINT BREAK (1991)

This is a very silly but somehow a very good action movie about robbing banks, surfing, skydiving, and many other things. At one point Patrick Swayze throws a dog at Keanu Reeves.

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (1985)

Madonna’s first major movie role was in this extremely 80s update of the screwball comedy.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)

A surprisingly down-to-earth and enjoyable movie about a bunch of 80s teens who have no idea what they’re doing.

LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)

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

AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

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

EVE’S BAYOU (1997)

This is a drama with an all-Black cast, set deep in Louisiana. I wanted to like it more than I actually did.