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  • Léon: The Professional
  • Aliens
  • Paper Moon
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Logan
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Troll 2
  • Blue Velvet
  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

World-class scenery chewing

14 films

Over the-top? Unrealistic? Indulgent? Say what you like, but there's nothing quite like a film in which the scenery gets…

  • Columbus
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Miracle Mile
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

Away team

10 films

Movies with Star Trek regulars in them

  • The Graduate
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Election
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Royal Tenenbaums

Humanist comedy

13 films

Funny movies that empathize with their characters instead of abusing them for laughs. Often this includes moments of drama and…

  • Eyes Wide Open
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Big Fish
  • Little Fish
  • Song of the Sea
  • Certain Women
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Vagabond
  • Old Joy
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Paris, Texas
  • The Florida Project
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Cronos

Films with really beautiful visuals

19 films

Arresting visuals, exquisite photography, unique art styles... films that remind you of the power of visual media. In no particular…

  • Magnolia
  • Columbus
  • The Incredibles
  • Mulholland Drive

Movies in which characters say “this is like (or not like) a movie”

4 films

Screenwriters, please stop doing this. It’s distracting.

  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Brazil
  • Cronos

Christmas movies

3 films

Ho ho ho! It's Christmastime in movieland, but the movie doesn't really seem to care.

  • The Holy Mountain
  • Eraserhead
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Lobster
  • Paprika

"That's the weirdest movie I've ever seen"

20 films

Films that have made me say that. Also known as "the best kind." Rated from weirdest to still pretty weird…

  • Eraserhead
  • Cronos
  • THX 1138
  • Being John Malkovich
  • River of Grass

Opus One: directors’ first features (that I’ve seen)

21 films

Not in any particular order, although a vague sort of best-to-worst may be detectable. Commentary to come.