63. American Gangster (A)
I think this is probably Ridley Scott's best film in at least the last twenty years (I haven't seen Thelma and Louise
), and it may actually be my favourite of all the ones I've seen. The gangster epic seems to be one of the favourites of auteurs -- you can say a lot about American society. This one has Denzel Washington at its centre, in one of his most compelling performances (the man is also apparently resistant to age). Russell Crowe is also good, though his character isn't nearly as dynamic (if there'd been a bit more spark to him, the film might have earned a "+"). The film makes an interesting choice in not playing the two as rivals throughout, which feels more real.
Home Video: 42 (+1)