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  • Incendies
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Enter the Void

essential world films

222 films

Essential world films; whatever your beliefs, politics, color of your skin, background, sex, nature, . . .

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Assassin
  • The Matrix
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • Valhalla Rising

The Art of the Fist

15 films

The best martial arts films.

  • Where to Invade Next
  • Lincoln
  • Il Divo
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Loro

potent politics

10 films

Rousseau would be delighted. Essential political film watchlist from around the world.

  • Princess Mononoke
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Red Turtle
  • The Wind Rises
  • Castle in the Sky

obligatory anime

20 films

Essential hand-drawn and computer animation films from Japan (or in association with Japan).

  • Enter the Void
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Lust, Caution
  • Black Swan
  • Melancholia

erotic elite

18 films

Erotic films are not merely about bodies. The following have heart, passion and wisdom to share, and are the best…

  • In the Crosswind
  • The Pearl Button
  • A Woman in Berlin
  • The Wind Rises
  • Nostalgia for the Light

resilience & beauty despite cruelty

16 films

Essential documentaries that opened my eyes to real human resilience and beauty in the face of cruelty, from around the…

  • The Damned United
  • The Wrestler
  • Slap Shot
  • Shaolin Soccer
  • Heleno

essential sports films

21 films

A watchlist of the best sports films throughout the world.

  • The Big Lebowski
  • Wild Tales
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Mental
  • Men & Chicken

essential world comedy

21 films

Essential comedy films from around the world.

Laughter is medicine for an ailing planet.

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Matrix
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil

science fiction & fantasy watchlist

31 films

Essential science fiction and fantasy films from around the world.