For a class. No particular order
  1. Drive
    The use of quadrants. Nicolas Winding Refn tells a beautiful story.
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    Set in a time period that not many people know about with a genre that not many people know about. Greenwich Village, New York in the early 1960's folk scene. Pre-Dylan. A Coen Brothers classic with a fun cast and talented musicians.
  3. O Brother Where Art Thou
    Speaks for itself.
  4. The Departed
    Scorsese Classic. The use of silence, flip phones, and not knowing what's coming next. Great performances from Leo, Matt, and Jack as well. A Shakespearian tale about the human condition.
  5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Fun to watch. Wes Anderson's attention to detail is astonishing and his characters are supremely unique and authentic.
  6. Knocked Up
    Judd Apatow is the comic genius you've never heard of. I love his comedy and his undertones of reality that make this movie serious at times.
  7. Goodfellas
    Plot twist after plot twist after even bigger plot twist. Best ending to a movie I've ever seen maybe.
  8. The Darjeeling Limited
  9. School of Rock
    Nothing like it.
  10. Children of Men
    Similar to Birdman but not in the same way. Interesting story.