This story of a young girl’s tenacity and determination to ride a bike in her hometown, is a story about the morals that divide women in how they see themselves within their society. It’s perhaps simplistic, but it tells an important story from an important perspective—the child, the girl, who’s burgeoning understanding of the world she lives in is informed by the women around her.
14. Nebraska (2013)
Sweetly funny film about Woody Grant, an old man who believes he’s won a million dollars—but with or without the money, can’t say no to helping everyone with all of his heart, even if his kindness hides underneath a stoic, old man, exterior. Nebraska has the same sense of familiarity and family values of The Descendants.
15. Rio Bravo (1959)
Although I missed half an hour of the beginning (I’m terribly tired all the time and the dim lights of my cinema class don’t exactly help), this lengthy Western had some comedic highlights in its latter three quarters. We can observe the conventions of the Western that are built and also subverted in this film, but that kind of critical reading still left me mostly unamused. I suppose the Western satisfies a niche audience.
16. North by Northwest (1959)
Again, I missed the first half an hour of the film, but North by Northwest maintains as a classic spy and chase film by Hitchcock that remains entertaining in the 21st century. Hitchcock’s aesthetic is still iconic and inimitable—the extreme aerial shots, Saul Bass’s illustrious graphic titles, and his mastery of suspense.