James Weigle

Sorted alphabetically by creator/group, then in order of how much I like them, with my favorites on top. Bold means it's one of my absolute favorites.

Woody Allen – Midnight in ParisAnnie Hall – Play it Again, Sam

Lindsay Anderson – If... – O Lucky Man! Mick Travis bounces like a pinball between good and bad fortune. Highly watchable, for three hours long.

Paul Thomas Anderson – Magnolia – There Will Be Blood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest HotelMoonrise KingdomFantastic Mr. Fox – Isle of Dogs

Darren Aronofsky – mother! I watched this one with my mom, and I didn't get the allegory until the movie was over and somebody told me, but for the next couple hours, the allegory was all I could think about. – Pi – Requiem for a Dream

Richard Ayoade – The Double

The Bell Telephone Science Hour – Hemo, the MagnificentThe Unchained GoddessOur Mr. Sun – Gateways to the Mind – About Time

Peter Bogdanovich – What's Up, Doc?

Mel Brooks – The ProducersSpaceballs – To Be or Not to Be

Richard Brooks – Blackboard Jungle

Ryszard Bugajski – Interrogation

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Coen Brothers – FargoThe Big LebowskiA Serious ManBarton Fink – True Grit – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

David Cronenberg – Scanners – Videodrome

Gregory Danelia – Kin-Dza-Dza!

Robert Eggers – The Lighthouse – The VVitch

The Firesign Theater – Everything You Know Is Wrong

Fleischer Brothers – Bimbo's Initiation – Betty Boop Snow White – Swing, You Sinners! – Ha Ha Ha!

Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd the Wall

Miloš Forman – AmadeusTaking OffThe Firemen's Ball – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Valmont

Haruichi Furudate – Haikyuu!!

Terry Gilliam – Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBrazil – 12 Monkeys – The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Peter Greenaway – Drowning by Numbers

The Ghost in the Shell Franchise – Ghost in the Shell This one surprised me when it ended so early, so I watched it maybe two more times before I returned the DVD to the library. Then I checked it out again. Ghost in the Shell feels like a beautifully phrased sentence: a single idea being unfolded in precisely the right words, for precisely the right length. Watch this section—no spoilers here, because no plot. Oh my God, look at the trash in the water! Look at the street lights! – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Michael Haneke – Funny Games (1997) – Seven Fragments of a Chronology of Chance – Time of the Wolf (although it was so upsetting I might not ever watch it again) – Benny's Video – The Castle – The White Ribbon – Code Unknown – Amour

Wojciech Jerzy Has – The Hourglass Sanatorium – The Saragossa Manuscript (I‘ve only seen the first half, though!!) – The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober

Jim Henson – The Cube No, not Cube. This one is more like an hour-long series of comedy skits. But it is about somebody trapped inside a big white cube, if that's what you're here for. What if the cube is...society? What if it's consciousness? What if it's whiteness?

Mamoru Hosoda – The Boy and the Beast I think it's worth studying the way animated movies are cut together, because you can see what editing would look like if you had perfect control over what was filmed. You can see how long the takes would be if you didn't have to go through the trouble of filming real people who flub their lines and cost money. I always think of the sword training scene, from The Boy and the Beast. I don't know much editing terminology, but it seems like when the tension increases between Kyuuta and Kumatetsu, the camera gets much closer to the characters, and the cuts between takes get faster. Look at when we finally back way up and see the tree in the middle again: it signals the end of that conflict. – Summer Wars – Mirai

Marcell Janovics – Son of the White MareThe Tragedy of Man A while ago I wanted to see a film where the same story got told over and over again in varying genres and aesthetics. This is probably the closest thing to it! Brilliant animated adaptation of the play by Imre Madách, about Man (writ large) going through the history of the West (writ large), with the devil as his companion. Each section of the film has an animation style inspired by the art of that time and place.

Jim Jarmusch – Dead ManCoffee and Cigarettes – Mystery Train – Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – Broken Flowers – Down by Law

Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Dance of RealityThe Holy Mountain – El Topo

Mike Judge – Daria

Charlie Kaufman – Hope Leaves the Theater (this is a sound play, not a movie, but it works as a companion to Anomalisa) – Being John Malkovich – I'm Thinking of Ending Things – Adaptation – Anomalisa – Human Nature

Krzysztof Kieślowski – The Three Colors Trilogy (my favorite right now is White, but that might change tomorrow) – The Decalogue (especially 1, 3, and 6) – Blind Chance – The Double Life of Veronique

Harmony Korine – Gummo

Satoshi Kon – Perfect BlueTokyo Godfathers – Paprika – Paranoia Agent

Jackie Kong – Blood Diner

Tony Kushner – Angels in America

Emir Kusturica – Arizona Dream

René Laloux – Time MastersGandahar – Fantastic Planet

Fritz Lang – The Testament of Dr. Mabuse – Metropolis – M

Tom Laughlin – Billy Jack

Charles Laughton – Night of the Hunter

Flying Lotus – Kuso

Sidney Lumet – Network – 12 Angry Men

Dušan Makavejev – W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

Louis Malle – Au Revoir les EnfantsZazie dans le Metro – Murmur of the Heart – My Dinner with Andre

Yuri Mamin – Window to Paris

David Mirkin – Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Terence Nance – An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Paul Newman – The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Katsuhiro Otomo – MemoriesAkira – Metropolis

Nick Park – Chicken RunWallace and Gromit (all of them!)

Nicholas Ray – Rebel Without a Cause

Carol Reed – The Fallen Idol

Rob Reiner – The Princess Bride

Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Bruce Robinson – Withnail & IHow to Get Ahead in Advertising

Ken Russell – Altered States – Lisztomania!

Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis – The Voices

Jan Švankmajer – AliceLittle OtikFaust – Dimensions of Dialogue – Lunacy

John Schlesinger: – Billy Liar

Volker Schlöndorff – The Tin Drum – Young Törless

Henry Selick – Coraline

Makoto Shinkai – Your Name

Shurik movies – Operation Y, and Shurik's Other Adventures – Kidnapping, Caucasian Style

Ivan Stang – Let's Visit the World of the Future – Reproduction Cycle in Lower Life Forms Under the Rocks of Mars

Isau Takahata – Grave of the Fireflies

Quentin Tarantino – Pulp FictionDjango Unchained – Jackie Brown – Kill Bill (both) – Death Proof – The Hateful Eight

Andrei Tarkovsky – Andrei Rublev (in particular the last hour, with the bell maker's son) – Stalker

Jacques Tati – Playtime

Hiroshi Teshigahara: – Woman in the Dunes One of the most disturbing things to see is when somebody gets forced into a terrible life, and becomes so committed to it that they don't want to leave. This is probably the best example of the trope I've seen in film. A schoolteacher is out in the desert collecting insects. He misses the last bus, so he spends the night at a woman's house in the bottom of a big sand pit. He learns that she lives there in the house, shoveling sand every day to keep it from swallowing her house. In the morning, the rope ladder is gone, and he's stuck there, shoveling sand—this is his life now! – The Face of Another – Pitfall

Lars von Trier – Dogville

Jiří Trnka – Old Czech Legends – The Hand – A Midsummer Night's Dream

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water – Pacific Rim – Pan's Labyrinth

Tom Tykwer – Run Lola Run

John Waters – Female Trouble – Hairspray (I actually love both versions)

Orson Welles – The TrialCitizen Kane – F For Fake – Orson Welles' One-Man Band

Billy Wilder – The Apartment

Fred Wilcox – Forbidden Planet

Edgar Wright – Hot Fuzz – Baby Driver – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes

Karel Zeman – The Stolen Airship – Baron Prašil

Robert Zemeckis – Back to the Future – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Jerry Zucker, etc. – Airplane!

Terry Zwigoff – Ghost World – Crumb – Art School Confidential – Bad Santa