Some movies and shows I recommend
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 Paris – Annie 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 Hotel – Moonrise Kingdom – Fantastic 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 Magnificent – The Unchained Goddess – Our Mr. Sun – Gateways to the Mind – About Time
Peter Bogdanovich – What's Up, Doc?
Mel Brooks – The Producers – Spaceballs – To Be or Not to Be
Richard Brooks – Blackboard Jungle
Ryszard Bugajski – Interrogation
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Coen Brothers – Fargo – The Big Lebowski – A Serious Man – Barton 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 – Amadeus – Taking Off – The Firemen's Ball – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Valmont
Haruichi Furudate – Haikyuu!!
Terry Gilliam – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Brazil – 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 Mare – The 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 Man – Coffee and Cigarettes – Mystery Train – Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – Broken Flowers – Down by Law
Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Dance of Reality – The 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 Blue – Tokyo Godfathers – Paprika – Paranoia Agent
Jackie Kong – Blood Diner
Tony Kushner – Angels in America
Emir Kusturica – Arizona Dream
René Laloux – Time Masters – Gandahar – 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 Enfants – Zazie 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 – Memories – Akira – Metropolis
Nick Park – Chicken Run – Wallace 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 & I – How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Ken Russell – Altered States – Lisztomania!
Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis – The Voices
Jan Švankmajer – Alice – Little Otik – Faust – 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 Fiction – Django 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 Trial – Citizen 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