Films with a permanent place in my memory, in no particular order:



PERSEPOLIS

dir. Marjane Satrapi, 2007.

A young girl comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.






"Fear lulls our minds to sleep."



"Shut up you bitches! YES I'M IRANIAN, AND I'M PROUD OF IT!"









CHINATOWN

dir. Roman Polanksi, 1974.

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.


"Are you alone?"
"Isn't everybody?"


"I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it. And I still think you're hiding something."







FRITZ THE CAT

dir. Ralph Bakshi, 1972.

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of New York City in the 1960s.



"Bastards... you'd think the goddamn exams was the be-all end-all of existence... the cosmic life-force or somethin'. Can't even say a few decent words to a guy... th' bastards... What a bore... take some bennies an' stay up all night with your face stuck in a bunch of books an' your thumbs up your ass... Yes... yes... I remember the time when it was all very inspiring and enlightening... all this history and literature and sociology shit... You think learning is a really big thing an' you become this big fuckin' intellectual and sit around tryin' ta out-intellectual all the other big fuckin' intellectuals... you spend years and years with your nose buried in these goddamn tomes while out there the world is passin' you by."






ELEPHANT

dir. Alan Clarke, 1989.

Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. It's extremely powerful. I don't want to give anything else away.

Watch it here.






more to come.