Khadaji, if you liked The Illusionist, check out The Prestige. Similar subject matter, came out at the same time, has David freakin’ Bowie in it.
As for me, my last few rentals include (this is off the top of my head): Buffalo 66 - Loved it. I suspect I’ll be watching it again and again over the years. It took a while for me to warm up to it, but I think the way that director Vincent Gallo’s own character develops in spite of himself and without letting us know until the very end, is incredible. The whole time, you think that he’s actually not growing or changing at all–and then at the moment of truth, you realize that
Altered States - Also awesome. Definitely something all psychonauts and most scientists can dig, I think. You know how An American Werewolf in London was cool when it actually got down to the action, but all the exposition was repetitive and boring? Altered States took a similar format and actually made the exposition fascinating. The protagonist is the archetypical psychonaut and the archetypical scientist, willing to throw everything away for the sake of empiricism. He actually reminded me quite a bit of a friend from my first semester of college, who I’m rather fond of and miss dearly. The ending was orgasmically climactic.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance - I was disappointed. It was a gorgeous film and technically well-done in a lot of ways, but stuffed to the brim with cliche, especially when we found out the protagonist’s motive. Granted, there was a certain catharsis in the final revenge scenes, but the exposition was just too drawn-out.
Aguirre: The Wrath of God - Seven different kinds of awesome. I don’t think anyone can make you feel the crushing superiority of nature over man the way Werner Herzog could. And I’ve also never seen anyone play crazy as well as Klaus Kinski.
Oh man, this thread is getting me all excited about my movies again! I’m going to have to go pop in Street Mobster. (Or maybe Blacula?)
Sampiro, I love The War too. I got the whole box set. I haven’t been watching it lately since I started my month of unlimited rentals down at Citizen Video. Oh, shit, that reminds me, it’s up tomorrow! I better watch my movies and go pick up some more!
yellowval, I’ve been waiting to hear some recommendations for This is England. I’m gonna have to go check it out.