by Craig J. Clark
During the same decade he was cast as James T. Kirk, William Shatner took some audacious (and often ill-advised) risks on the big screen, including this spaghetti Western, which casts him as mixed-race twin brothers.
Blaxploitation got its own vampire in a pair of films starring Shakespearean actor William Marshall.
Before Ang Lee was a well-known auteur, his breakthrough feature about an aging Taipei chef and his three grown daughters touched beautifully on themes that resurfaced later in The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain, and others.
The 1978 animated adaptation of Richard Adams’ bestselling rabbit fantasy is a labor of love from a first-time director with no animation experience.
Steven Spielberg’s morally ambiguous political thriller tracks Israel’s response to the killing of its athletes by a terrorist organization at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
In the chaos of the 1960s, when cultural and political revolutions were running rampant, Federico Fellini adapted Petronius’ long fictional work into a grotesque, erotic yet melancholy film that’s synonymous with word “excess.”
Three years before Easy Rider, Peter Fonda looked comfortable atop a motorcycle in Roger Corman’s fascinating and legitimately dangerous exploitation film about the Hells Angels.
Jean Renoir’s 40-minute masterpiece, based on the Guy de Maupassant short story “A Country Excursion,” still impresses with its lush imagery, sexual candor, and exquisite proportionality.
After Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky won Best Picture, making him a Hollywood legend at age 30, he decided to go big. The union epic that resulted suffered from Important Follow-Up Syndrome.
After Sleeping Beauty, feature animation was looking too time-consuming and expensive for Disney to continue, but technology came to the rescue with this charmer, leading the studio to a profitable new era.
The first English-language film from Persepolis author and co-director Marjane Satrapi is a ready-made cult film full of bright fantasies and grotesque murders.
One of Preston Sturges’ best, funniest films tries to find out what happens to marriages after “happily every after.”
Kenneth Branagh’s directorial debut heralded a tremendous acting and filmmaking talent that never fully materialized, but the film remains a stirring, beautifully acted staging of Shakespeare.
While actress Sondra Locke still had access to the first-rate crew of her then-lover Clint Eastwood, she made her directorial debut with this half fairy tale/half satire about the relationship between a journalist and a good-hearted rat creature.
Truth and tall tales collide in Guy Maddin’s whimsical reminiscence about his hometown, which mythologizes a place and a people who chose not to make a big deal about themselves.
This mild, wandering documentary offers a loose, sweet fly-on-the-wall look at Japan’s Studio Ghibli as co-founder Hayao Miyazaki works on his probable swan song, 2013’s The Wind Rises.
Before making Selma, Ava DuVernay won a directing prize at Sundance for her second feature, a perceptive drama about a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) determined to wait out her husband’s eight-year prison sentence.
On paper, Dustin Hoffman’s comedy about an actor who finds fame and love by cross-dressing looks like a wacky comedy. On the screen, it plays entirely differently.
As the New Hollywood movement started taking shape in the late 1960s, some veteran directors had trouble updating their style for the changing times. A trio of late-period Otto Preminger films are a fascinating example.