Before making bold statements about certain movies being "the best" or whether or not you have viewed them, I think it may be best to reveal my research methods. First of all, I scientifically brainstormed a list of twenty movies I really like that I've never heard anyone else talk about. I then stepped into my laboratory, where I did a quick-and-dirty IMDB search for how many users had reviewed the movies. To my surprise, people had actually watched these movies. Apparently, they just weren't talking to me about them. Those movies that had the most ratings were removed from the list to reduce the likelihood that you'd seen them. The remaining ten were arranged in ascending order based on how much I like them and their social significance. Now, I can show you the goddamn list.
10. Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Based on a novel by Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge is about a dude named Myron who goes through a sex-change operation to become the title character (played by Raquel Welch). She then moves to Hollywood with the hopes of becoming a star (or at least getting half of her uncle's estate, which is rightfully hers through inheritance.) This movie is campy as all hell and smartly-written. Mae West's performance as saucy septuagenarian acting agent is marvelous, and you may recognize one of her clients as an unmustachioed Tom Selleck.
9. The Lifestyle (1999)
8. Jubilee (1978)
7. Parents (1989)
6. Shivers (aka "They Came From Within") (1975)
recognize. Shivers is about these parasites that take over this high-rise apartment building by turning everyone into sex fiends, who in turn transmit the disease via intercourse. So, one might see it as a metaphor for the spread of AIDS. I don't know. I do know that it is nice and cheesy, as all good horror movies should be.
5. Forbidden Zone (1982)
4. Schizopolis (1996)
3. The Up Series (TV) (1964 to Present)
Okay, so this is not a movie. It is kind of a TV series, though there are seven years between each episode. Anyway, it all started in 1964 with Seven Up!, a documentary about a group of British seven-year-olds from very different backgrounds. Seven years later, director Michael Apted came out with 7 Plus Seven, detailing the same group of British children at age 14. Then, 21 followed seven years later and so on. Last year, Apted released 56 Up. You develop a relationship with these people as you see them mature before your eyes.
2. Stroszek (1977)
whom you should read about. As with Herzog's other films, you are left not knowing what to think as Stroszek walks the line between dark comedy and depressing drama.
1. Hearts and Minds (1974)
Walter's buddies died face-down in the muck in Vietnam, so you could see this movie. Forget Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now Redux, and Braddock: Missing in Action III; this documentary is the best Vietnam movie ever made. Released while the US was on its way out of 'Nam, it gives an unflinching look at the war's impact on the families of the soldiers, the soldiers in combat, and those who were leading the war. After the film is over, it is clear to the viewer that the American people were sold a bill of goods. Kind of sounds like more recent wars, eh?
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