DIRECTED BY: Danny Boyle
FEATURING: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
PLOT: After torture fails, gangsters hire a hypnotherapist to help their amnesiac comrade remember where he hid a stolen painting, but can they trust her not to play with the subject’s mind?
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s watchable and a little . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: TRANCE (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Chan-wook Park
FEATURING: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman
PLOT: A girl’s father dies on her 18th birthday; the uncle she never knew she had shows up soon thereafter and installs himself in the isolated house she lives in with her lonely mother.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s not weird . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: STOKER (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Russell Mulcahy
FEATURING: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Michael Ironside, Virginia Madsen
PLOT: Opposed by a ruthless corporation, an Immortal investigates whether it’s time to remove the ozone shield blanketing the Earth, while he’s being hunted by another Immortal.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Highlander II is just crazy enough that it . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: HIGHLANDER II: RENEGADE VERSION (1991)
DIRECTOR: John Guillermin
FEATURING: Peter Elliot, George Antoni, Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton
PLOT: As the title explains, Kong didn’t die at the end of the previous film, and this time round he gets a girlfriend—one his own size for a change. Do they live happily ever after? No, of course not. Mean-spirited people attack them . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: KING KONG LIVES (1986)
“A veritable insanity, one unheard of in the annals of furore!”-Heinrich Heine on “Lisztomania” (1844)
DIRECTED BY: Ken Russell
FEATURING: Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas, Veronica Quilligan, Sara Kestelman, Fiona Lewis, Ringo Starr
PLOT: Composer/pianist Franz Liszt hosts concerts before screaming throngs of 19th century women, and enjoys as many groupies and mistresses as he can . . . → Read More: 134. LISZTOMANIA (1975)
DIRECTED BY: John Ford
FEATURING: Anne Bancroft, Margaret Leighton, Betty Field, Sue Lyon, Mildred Dunnock, Flora Robson, Anna Lee, Eddie Albert, Woody Strode, Mike Mazurki
PLOT: In 1935 China, a group of American female missionaries are startled by the arrival of straight-talking, atheistic Dr. Cartwright (Bancroft). Later, a fearsome Mongolian warlord (Mazurki) invades the mission, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: 7 WOMEN (1966)
DIRECTED BY: Gus van Sant
FEATURING: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase
PLOT: A moody boy with the ghost of a kamikaze pilot for a best friend and a hobby of attending funerals falls in love with a girl who’s dying of cancer.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Remaking Harold and Maude as . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: RESTLESS (2011)
DIRECTED BY: Gore Verbinski
FEATURING: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman
PLOT: An urban legend says that seven days after watching a mysterious videotape, you will die; a journalist investigating the phenomenon has a week to figure out the secret behind the tape.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: The Ring conjures up the . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE RING (2002)
Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953) is the first and only classic film noir directed by a woman. Lupino began her career as an actress in notable films such as They Drive By Night (1940), High Sierra (1941) (both costarring Humphrey Bogart), and The Hard Way (1943). She earned a reputation as a “hard luck dame” and . . . → Read More: IDA LUPINO’S THE HITCH-HIKER (1953)
DIRECTED BY: Terry Gilliam
FEATURING: John Neville, Sarah Polley, Uma Thurman, Eric Idle, Oliver Reed, Valentina Cortese, Jonathan Pryce, Robin Williams, Sting
PLOT: As a medieval European city prepares for invasion from a mysterious Sultan, a local
theater troupe stages a play about the legendary fabulist Baron Munchausen. Midway into the show, an . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988)