Top 100: Shame and The Last Picture Show

95. Shame (2011)

So this has always been a bit of a weird pick and this is a movie which might diminish in luster over the years just by virtue of being drowned out by discovering new movies. Nevertheless, I actually feel like I haven't seen many movies that deal with the content this movie deals with quite as directly as this film does, and that's a good thing. Additionally Shame is unbelievably well acted and very well directed by this great partnership between Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen. It's simply one of the best films of the past ten years, and deserves to be here by virtue of the wide scope of this list.


96. The Last Picture Show (1971)

The Last Picture Show is one of the classics that stands the test of time. It's bleak and devastating Americana which is certainly the kind of material I really enjoy. But, even though this is the kind of material I like, it's also something one has to be pretty picky about. So The Last Picture Show stands above the cohort of its genre. It reaches unlikely heights with a period setting, and a perverse look at youth. It's a hard movie to shake.