The Essentials


After Hours Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s ‘After Hours’ is Essential and Worthy of Your Director Rankings


‘After Hours’ is a comedy, but it’s also a drama. And a horror film. And an essential masterpiece in Scorsese’s filmography.

To Live And Die In L A

The Essential ’80s Thrills of ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’


‘To Live and Die in L.A.’ is one of the last films to carry over the dark cynicism of ’70s cops/robbers cinema.

The Happiness Of The Katakuris

‘The Happiness of the Katakuris’ Reveals Takashi Miike’s Softer Side


‘The Happiness of the Katakuris’ is a revelation for most people only familiar with his darker, far more cynical, and gruesome side.

Time After Time H G Wells Jack The Ripper

‘Time After Time’ Pits H.G. Wells Against Jack the Ripper and it’s Genius.


‘Time After Time’ is a fun, thrilling, and sweetly romantic ride that works beautifully as cross-genre entertainment.

Nine To Five Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is an Essential Funny Woman in ‘Nine to Five’


‘Nine to Five’ is about letting go of prejudices and preconceived notions and opening your mind to new ideas.

Jonathan Mostow Breakdown

The Essential Thrills of Jonathan Mostow’s ‘Breakdown’


Jonathan Mostow’s ‘Breakdown’ is a lean, muscular machine that hits the pavement in high gear and rarely lets up until the end.

Jean Pierre Jeunet Amélie

The Essential Charm of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amélie’


Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amélie’ is a romantic comedy that is also an expression of creativity and an appreciation of human contact.

David Seltzer Lucas

Why David Seltzer’s ‘Lucas’ Is Essential for Any Movie Lover


“If you’re so depressed how come you’re eating pizza?”

Jackie Chan Police Story

Why Jackie Chan’s ‘Police Story’ is Essential for Any Moviegoer