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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Director: Michael Cimino
Cimino's bold, powerful 'Nam epic goes from blue-collar macho rituals to a fiery, South?East Asian hell and back to a ragged singalong of America The Beautiful. De Niro holds it together, but Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and John Savage are unforgettable. Read Review

Snatch (2000)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Surprising that this should make the 500 when Lock, Stock hasn't. Still, this is the more proficient film, and particularly laudable for having both Brad Pitt and Frank Butcher from EastEnders on the same cast list. Read Review

12 Monkeys (1995)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Here's a crazy theory for you - maverick genius Terry Gilliam, untameable and outspoken, a thorn in Hollywood's precious derrière since the last days of Python - is a director who works best beneath studio colours. Take 12 Monkeys, with its weird-fangled, time-tripping script from David 'Blade Runner' Peoples. Here, with a strong producer, big stars (Bruce Willis and a potty Brad Pitt) and a medium budget, was a film delivered on time, on budget, and which became a sizeable hit. Yet, it lost none of its necessary Gilliamness - its dystopian Philadelphia underworld glistens with his classic Hieronymus Bosch-meets-Heath Robinson fabulation. It's worth thinking about just picking up those studio offers once in a while, Terry... Read Review

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
Director: Stanley Donen
A rip-roarin' CinemaScope Western musical, which needs its widescreen to encompass all 14 leads. The dubious storyline is redeemed by Michael Kidd's astounding choreography. Read Review

Juno (2007)
Director: Jason Reitman
This year's pleasant Oscar-nom surprise, with the nods well deserved, especially due to writer Diablo Cody and star Ellen Page's efforts to depict the modern teen with keen veracity. Read Review

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