55: Sunset Boulevard (8/22/2016)

Hollywood loves a self-portrait, as long as it’s a flattering one. And that’s the problem — and the genius of “Sunset Blvd.” The 1950 classic isn’t a glowing valentine to the movie industry; it’s a bitter, nasty picture of how Hollywood chews up and spits out the people who make its existence possible: struggling screenwriters, good-hearted studio employees and, most of all, forgotten stars of the silent era.


54: The Maltese Falcon (8/15/2016)

“The Maltese Falcon” was a movie of important firsts. It was the first film directed by John Huston, meaning it was Step One of a legendary career behind the camera that stretched from the early 1940s to the late 1980s. It was also the first movie to apply what’s become the standard private eye template to a Hollywood film — cynical hero, femme fatale, plenty of plot twists, dark ending — a formula that continues today. It was the film debut of beloved character actor Syndey Greenstreet, who was more than 60 years old but just making the jump from stage to screen. And, most famously, it was the first movie to really treat Humphrey Bogart like a star, launching him into one of the most icon careers in Hollywood history.


29: Blade Runner (11/2/2015)

We are a mere two months away from the creation of the first NEXUS-6 replicant and only four years away from the events documented in Blade Runner. As you know, we’ve all been living peacefully with NEXUS models 1-5. But it is January 2016 when Tyrell Corp. will secretly introduce NEXUS-6 replicant models to off-Earth colonies. The extremely advanced NEXUS-6 model has a four-year lifespan because its creators fear the android may develop emotions and be resistant, even dangerous to mankind.


13: Road to Perdition (7/20/2015)

A brilliant cast and exquisite cinematography bring Max Allan Collins’ graphic novel Road to Perdition to life in the 2002 movie by the same name. Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, a mob enforcer with conscience working for an Irish crime family in 1931. His surrogate father John Rooney (Paul Newman in his final live-action role) is the boss. Tyler Hoechlin plays 12-year-old Michael Jr., whose curiosity about his father’s career leads him to witness a hit executed by John’s son Connor (Daniel Craig), pitting Sullivan against his former crime family and setting the plot in motion.