Ok, maybe not all of you were film majors in college and it's possible you don't process your thoughts through art like I tend to. But I was recently amazed at how many folks I run into these days aren't hip to some mighty amazing, socially conscious, thought provoking and genuinely entertaining films.
What follows is a little recommended viewing list from me. I'm not going to cloud your experience by telling you why they were important or meaningful to me. I'm sure I've left out quite a few biggies as well, but these are what popped into my mind almost immediately.
Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd”
Orson Well’s “Citizen Kane”
“Patton,” screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola
Norman Jewison’s “Rollerball” (1975)
Carol Reed’s, “The Third Man”
Sidney Lumet’s “Network”
Arthur Penn’s “Little Big Man”
John Carptenter's "They Live"
Spike Lee’s "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts"
For the Bible Tells Me So
Fassbinder’s “Fear Eats the Soul” (Angst essen Seele auf)
Kurosawa’s, “The Bad Sleep Well” (悪い奴ほどよく眠る)
Kusturica’s “Time of the Gypsies” and “Underground”
Maybe you could load up your Netflix and check 'em out at your leisure. I'd be curious to see what resonated in these stories for you.