1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Dir. Jonathan Demme) - I love this movie for its creepiness, for its stellar acting, and for its memorable screenplay. Any film that can show an at-home instant gender change is fine by me. I also love how there is a constant struggle that Clarice endures in trying to prove herself as a woman in a field dominated by men, but it's not always put in to the forefront in a "woe is me" kind of way.
3. Fargo (1996, Dir. Joel Coen) - The Coens provide a well written, well executed tall tale with unforgettable characters in Fargo. I especially like to compare Marge Gunderson to Clarice Starling, who may even be friends in the faraway land of cross-genres. The dark humor in Fargo is absolutely addictive, and I picked this film because it was my first Coen experience, and since then, I have been hooked. These brothers have double-handedly made the Midwest interesting.
6. The Breakfast Club (1985, John Hughes) - One of my highest interests in film is the portrayal of adolescence. It's a difficult age where we battle with holding on to the wonder of childhood while trying to establish ourselves as responsible adults. Films that successfully capture this feeling are favorites of mine, and The Breakfast Club may do it better than any other. These years are pivotal, and they are the first years we start to seek inward and try to discover ourselves and in doing so, try to set our paths for the future. That warm feeling I get when thinking about being young, optimistic, nostalgic, melodramatic, and carefree yet deeply pensive will forever be incapsulated in this movie. What a gem.
9. A Raisin in the Sun (1961, Daniel Petrie) - There is nothing in this film that is not excellent. A man dares to dream in a society that tells him to settle for complacency. A family tries to hold on to what is right while living in times that diminish their quality of living because of race and economic status. The cast is so talented, they elevate emotional involvement to the point where the viewer's eyes are glued to the screen. Don't watch the P. Diddy version.
And there you have it. I hope this list helps you get a better sense of how I cinematically roll. Till next time.