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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Recommending 2001: A Space Odyssey is always problematic. It’s a difficult film to watch, and not one which should be a casual weeknight choice. Criticisms (often ignored by critics and academics) commonly made against it are accurate: the movie is long, strange, and can be boring to many viewers. The first twenty-five minutes or so

How to Steal a Million (1966)

This movie is just so damn charming. It’s one of those you watch, keep watching, and are not exactly sure why. The film is neither Audrey Hepburn’s best nor Peter O’Toole’s by a long shot, but it has such a simple charisma and cuteness that it lures you in and makes for a nice evening’s

Bedazzled (1967)

This one’s for fans of witty, dry, British humor. Bedazzled was co-written and co-stars Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, two of the comedians responsible for the wave of British satire in the 1960s. They made the film after their famous run in Beyond the Fringe, but before each had risen to major international stardom. Without

The Odd Couple (1968)

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are the reason to watch The Odd Couple; their onscreen chemistry is so strong that it carried the duo through nine movies. They effortlessly slip into their respective parts of the slovenly Oscar and fastidious Felix; while Lemmon has more to do with his role as the funny man, Matthau’s

The Graduate (1967)

After almost fifty years of accolades and praise it’s hard to imagine some folks out there still haven’t seen The Graduate. If you have yet to enjoy this classic of American cinema, now’s the time. Even for those who have seen it before, the movie is an immersive experience that deserves a second (or third)

The Doors (1991)

The Doors is one of those movies critics love to hate. They probably expected and/or wanted too much because of Oliver Stone’s previous heavy-hitters (Salvador, Platoon, and Wall Street). What they got was the ultimate rock fan film. Stone loves the band and it shows; his admiration for their artistry is articulated with scenes of