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100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 1
by Brian Yandle

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I ran across a rather interesting article recently on Yahoo that just begs to ripped to shreds. Ok, that's rather harsh but suffice to say everyone has a list of their own which could mirror this identical editorial so I'm throwing out my variation to a very worn theme & here's hoping that we can all have a little fun with it. Who knows? Maybe we might learn something or find a film here which needs to be added to our ever-growing Netflix queue.

Although I am a bit alarmed on how much I agreed with a good portion of the original list I'd seen on Yahoo, I was also saddened by how many wonderful films are overlooked unnecessarily. Then again, that's just to be expected I suppose with any marginally mainstream list.

It's getting increasingly difficult to construct a list of must see films. Where do we even begin & just exactly how far back must we travel to find quality entertainment that every living soul should experience before they expire? There are no right or wrong answers I suppose but making such lists is a form of expression much like the way we dress, food we eat, or the kind of car we drive. The movies we love to watch are, indeed, a reflection of who we are & where we are in our lives. As Ani DiFranco once wrote, you don't have to like me for who I am but we'll see what you're made of by what you make of me.


1. THE COOK THE THIEF HIS WIFE & HER LOVER-Perhaps one of the most elegant stories of debauchery, gluttony, & even cannibalism to ever grace the screen. A
must see! Out of print last time I checked however.*
2. LIMELIGHT
3. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
4. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
5. SALO
6. THIRST-If you must skip the majority of foreign films in your life, here is one Korean film which I insist you view immediately. You don't really feel like you've lived until you experience Chan-wook Park's Bakjwi. Check out my review of THIRST should time permit. Thirst won't waste your time & easily the best film of 2009. In fact, it has made my top five for favorite films in the past 10 years.*
7. PULP FICTION
8. BLACK SABBATH
9. FANNY & ALEXANDER-Once believed to be Ingmar Bergman's final work of art, he went to write several screenplays & a directed a number of TV specials. By far, this is perhaps one of his finest achievements in my honest opinion as it's not quite the heavyhanded work we'd come to expect from cinema's most cherished director.*
10. EL TOPO
11. JULIEN DONKEY-BOY-Not a lighthearted film by any means naturally but since when did Harmony Korine cater to what the mainstream craves? Easily one of the best films that comes to mind when I think of dysfunctional families & extreme schizophrenia.*
12. OTTO; OR UP WITH THE DEAD PEOPLE
13. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
14. PAUL MORRISSEY'S TRASH
15. DON'T LOOK NOW
16. TOMMY
17. EUROPA EUROPA
18. CHASING AMY
19. HELLRAISER
20. BEYOND THE VALLEY
OF THE DOLLS
-When you combine the talents of Russ Meyer & Roger Ebert, things are bound to be intriguing to say the least. Perhaps the easiest film to located on DVD currently from Russ Meyer although here's hoping we will one day get a completely restored copy of FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL. I'm sorry but the releases thus far have been way too expensive & are crap.*
21. MULHOLLAND DRIVE
22. PINK FLAMINGOS
23. DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE
24. FLESH GORDON
25. NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
26. SWEETIE-Austrailian director Jane Campion created this one several moons prior to bequeathing her masterpiece THE PIANO although this may still be my all-time fav or hers. Unlike her other endeavors, this one actually has a quirky vibe which I loved. Too bad the DVD is just so damned expensive.*
27. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
28. EL NORTE-One of the most honored & respected indie films ever made which deserves every last accolade it received as well as all the praise that was lavished upon the initial release. Don't just stand there. Go out & see this one immediately.*
29. RE-ANIMATOR
30. WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
31. LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
32. THE HOLY MOUNTAIN-While Jodorowsky's calling card is still El Topo, it would be almost criminal to skip The Holy Mountain as it's every bit as philosophical & visually impressive. Not to mention this film still inspires great talent in the world of entertainment more
than 30 years after it was first shown in theatres.*
33. SHORTBUS
34. CEMETERY MAN
35. DEEP RED-I would probably tell you to start off with SUSPIRIA if you aren't familiar with or accustomed to Dario Argento's style but PROFUNDO ROSSO is also an absolute favorite of mine. I don't think anyone could've pulled off the lead character any better than David Hemmings & I love the Goblin composed soundtrack. My suggestion? Rent them both if you haven't already.*
36. RASHOMON
37. MONTY PYTHON & THE LIFE OF BRIAN
38. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
39. LAST TANGO IN PARIS
40. SID & NANCY-Ron & Nancy may have lived in the white house but Sid & Nancy rule! Although this film may not be the completely accurate nor definitive tale of punk rock's Romeo & Juliet, it's still an impressive effort nonetheless.*
41. COMPANY OF WOLVES
42. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
43. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
44. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
45. PURPLE RAIN
46. SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT
47. DELIVERANCE
48. AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL
49.CAFE FLESH-Ok, it's a porno. Yeah, well sue me for it! This is one of the most astonishing works ever made coming from the adult film industry. Other than saying that Cafe Flesh must be seen to be believed, I think every American needs to watch this one atleast once before their time is up on planet earth.*
50. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

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Other columns by Brian Yandle:

Interview With Lucifer Valentine

Interview with Filmmaker Toby Ross

Zombies Will Eat Us

100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 2

The Oscars Are Over! Thank God!!

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Brian Yandle
If Pan met Apollo down with the sin, I would be amongst the angels who descended to Earth with great mission to seek newfound meaning & to explore great sinema. Brian was born in 1974 ofcourse on the NC/VA border & has been watching movies for as far back as he can remember. One should never forget a great movie nor pass up the chance to spread the word on a bad one.


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