Samuel L. Jackson in “Unbreakable”

My 100 Favorite Films: 100–91

This is an ongoing piece where I rank my 100 favorite films of all time.

100. Il Posto (1961)

This Italian Neo-realism film tackles issues many post-college graduates experience in today’s world: finding the balance between stability and enjoying what life offers.

99. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Yes, silent films count. Carl Theodor Dreyer is a master filmmaker. Noted for silent films, his best (and my favorite) is a re-telling of Joan of Arc’s, the French heroine, trial and execution. The film seems like a chore to sit through, but the power behind its images and performances are incredible, easily uplifting this movie to its classic status.

Everything about “Passion” is incredible

98. Pitch Perfect (2012)

The guilty-ess of pleasures, if you’re one to believe guilty pleasures exist.

The musical moment of the decade: the try-outs.

97. Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable is the super-hero film that is not really a super-hero film, yet is still considered a super-hero film.

“Unbreakable” is incredibly meta in every best possible way

96. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

One of the first DVDs I owned, The Day After Tomorrow is my high point when it comes to disaster movies. Nothing tops it. Stacked with acting talent — Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum and Sela Ward — the film depicts the changing of weather patterns, bringing on an almost end-of-the-world scenario.

A giant wall of water is rushing toward you… what do you do?

95. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

With musicals, the film lives or dies by the music. In terms of plot and characters, Fiddler on the Roof is a slow-burner. It is the music, along with the memorable lead performances, that help carry the film onto this list. Based on the Broadway show, the film centers around a Jewish community in Russia, as change is in the air. The characters battle between their changing world and Russia’s growth as a world player — and what that means for the Jewish communities in Russia.

One example of Fiddler’s great music

94. The Big Short (2014)

I still do not fully understand what goes on in The Big Short, but I know the film is entertaining as hell. I saw this film in theaters with zero expectations and left knowing this was my favorite film of the year. Directed by Adam McKay, The Big Short boasts an incredible cast (see a theme): Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, plus cameos from Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez. WOW!

These cameos are fun, but did you learn anything?

93. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

La La Land fans, listen up!

The opening of Umbrellas and one sees the similarities with La La Land

92. Claire’s Knee (1970)

Part of the Six Moral Tales from the mind of Eric Rohmer, Claire’s Knee caught me by surprise. The story takes place in one month on a beautiful lake side property in France. Jerome (played by Jean-Claude Brialy) is on vacation and meets an old personal friend. Through the connection, Jerome meets Laura, a teenage girl (played by Beatrice Romand) who develops a crush on him. When Laura’s sister visits — Claire (played by Laurence de Monaghan) — a internal battle of desire is played out.

Jerome and Laura discuss life in this thought provoking scene

91. The Lady Eve (1941)

A screwball comedy featuring two Hollywood legends? Sign me up!

Stanwyck is sensational in The Lady Eve



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