The consistent daring of director David Lynch’s visionary masterpiece shames the compromises that mar, say, Peggy Sue Got Married or Crimes of the Heart.
Hannah and Her Sisters
Sheer perfection from Woody Allen as three sisters (Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest) play lost-and-found with love.
Jim Henson’s muppetry, David Bowie and a plot reminiscent of Oz (The Wizard of) create a film worthy of a child’s imagination.
Little Shop of Horrors
Expertly transplanted from off Broadway by Oz (Frank), this is the best musical ever made about a man-eating plant.
Dietrich documents her extraordinary life with anger, wit, sentiment, subterfuge and truth in Maximilian Schell’s film portrait.
My Beautiful Laundrette
British movies roared back in ’86, most tellingly in this bold look at the racial and sexual tensions of working-class London youth.
Nothing in Common
Tom Hanks turns his wit and intelligence to a serious role, where he meets a past master of comedy-drama crossover, Jackie Gleason.
A Room With a View
This exquisite adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel of Britons abroad stands as the pride and glory of the movie year. Paging Oscar.
The uphill battle of an American jazz great in Paris is thrillingly acted and played (on sax) by the genuine article: Dexter Gordon.
Bette Midler makes it hilariously clear why her husband is glad she has been kidnapped.