19 March 2004
Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.
This is one of Jim Carrey’s best films. He pulls back his manic energy to reveal a fragile soul, broken by an ill-fated love. Kate Winslet is fantastic as a free spirit who simultaneously excites and torments her boyfriend. If you’ve ever had a broken heart, this movie will speak to you on several different levels.
The supporting cast is also great, with Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson.
This incredible movie is a must-see for anyone who’s had their heart broken. It’s brilliant and touching and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
30 November 1993
The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Perhaps the most devastating movie ever made. Steven Spielberg created an immortal piece of art with this sobering Holocaust story. It rightly swept the 1994 Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Spielberg), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes were nominated for their excellent acting work. It’s difficult to watch, but you must see this at least once.
22 November 1995
In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he’s a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro, his ex-hustler wife Ginger, her con-artist ex Lester Diamond and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger.
6 September 2007
In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma”, a train that will take the killer to trial.
We cannot recommend this one highly enough. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are first-rate as an outlaw and the disabled rancher determined to bring him to justice. The stakes are even higher as Bale’s son witnesses the action unfold, and the boy finds himself torn between his good (if weak) father and the seemingly strong outlaw.
22 September 2006
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
30 June 1995
The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.
17 March 2000
A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins — with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts investigating and soon exposes a monumental cover-up.
9 March 1978
A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos — not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend — and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.
This amazing drama won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1979. Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep were nominated for their acting roles, and Christopher Walken won for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won Oscars for Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Sound, and Best Film Editing. It also stars the immortal John Cazale. It’s a movie that will leave you forever changed.
11 June 1982
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
It may be a family film, but it’s also extremely well done. If you’ve never seen this classic, now is the time to see vintage Spielberg in action.
2 November 2007
Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Partly based on a true story.
11 March 1948
Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.
If you need a Hitchcock fix, here’s Peacock’s contribution.
15 February 1985
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. The disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently — and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.
18 November 1999
New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. Locals believe the culprit to be none other than the legendary Headless Horseman.
15 November 1991
Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady’s rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.
14 September 2007
A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
This ultra-violent story features a bloody battle that will leave your jaw on the floor. Viggo Mortensen earned an Oscar nomination for this role, and he’s great in virtually everything he does.
20 December 1989
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
A potent combination of Oliver Stone and Tom Cruise makes this a must-see movie. Stone won the Oscar for Best Director for the story of real-life veteran Ron Kovic.
15 October 2008
For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harboured doubts about their boss’s ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.
23 March 2000
An exploration of the United States of America’s war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their comfortable suburban home. In Mexico, a flawed, but noble policeman agrees to testify against a powerful general in league with a cartel, and in San Diego, a drug kingpin’s sheltered trophy wife must learn her husband’s ruthless business after he is arrested, endangering her luxurious lifestyle.
This brilliant film won four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Director (Steven Soderbergh), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The cast is top-notch beyond Del Toro, including Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzmán, Miguel Ferrer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Brolin, Albert Finney, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis, John Slattery, and Benjamin Bratt.