This sweeping story of a huge Texas cattle ranch over several decades lives up to its name, but I think falls short of its clear ambition to be “Gone With the Wind, but as a Western.”
A heavily influential Soviet sci-fi epic that takes a lot of patience from the viewer to get to its basic message: no matter how far we go, we’ll never be able to escape our own humanity.
It’s the very first blockbuster, but unfortunately I can’t emphasize enough how racist it is. However racist you think it is, it is way more racist than that.
An extremely personal story of one young man’s journey from rural Turkey to America.
A descent into madness with conquistadors searching fruitlessly for El Dorado, that Werner Herzog dragged a full movie crew down the Amazon to shoot.
A movie that looks deep into its own soul and finds only horror.
The biggest hit of its day has a supreme technical achievement slung over a story that feels to me like middling Bible fanfic.
Akira Kurosawa invented many of the tropes of the modern action movie in this great Japanese epic.
John Wayne drags a handsome guy around the American West because he is so racist. It’s kind of like the Odyssey.
This epic basically invented modern Scottish nationalism despite a total lack of both subtlety and interest in actual history.