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Rango (2011)

A family's pet chameleon suddenly finds himself thrown out of his safe aquarium and left to fend for himself in the Western desert. He goes from living in his own private fantasy world (as a movie star and director) to playing a starring role as a swashbuckling hero who rescues the drought-ridden town of Dirt from evil bandits.

Trollhunter (2011)

Filmed in a style similar to The Blair Witch Project, this movie claims to be the found footage of several student filmmakers who had set out to make a movie about bear hunters and ended up making a movie about a secret their country has been keeping from the public. Troll hunter Hans is bitter about the lack of recognition he gets for putting himself in such danger and allows the students to follow him.

Stagecoach (1939)

Any fan of Western movies knows that "Stagecoach" is a must watch.  One of the first movies to introduce the adult Western, a complex story with complex characters and beautifully shot by director John Ford.   Each character has his/her own story to tell, intertwined with concepts of class differences and prejudice.  Be sure not to miss the commentary by Scott Eyman.  The special features offer a lot of insight to the Ford/Wayne relationship.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)

Sometimes Hollywood strikes gold without meaning to.  If "True Grit" and "The African Queen" married and had a baby, this film would be it.  Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed marshall from "True Grit" is back and protecting the prim minister's daughter, Eula Goodnight (played by Katherine Hepburn).  The Studio, no doubt, thought only about pairing two money-making stars.  What the audience got was a great adventure story with award-winning performances!  Don't miss Strother Martin as McCoy..."Seen Everythin', Done Everythin'...That's how come I know people are SO mise

Spirited Away (2003)

Probably Miyazaki's best film!  Spirited Away is the story of young Chihiro and her quest to save her parents from the spirit world.  A classic hero story, Chihiro (or Sen as she is called in the spirit world) braves her way through many adventures to set her parents free and prove herself as an independent soul in this story of adversity and strength.

King Kong (1933)

A mysterious voyage, an island surrounded by mist, a high wall built by ancients which is maintained to this day by fearful natives...if that isn't enough to get you to check out this classic film, how about dinosaurs and a great big, angry ape!!!  This film was revolutionary in its time.  Who could have imagined a romance involving a beauty and a beast...oh wait.  In any case, you'll root for the beast in this film.

Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)

Samurai Champloo is one of the most entertaining adventures in the samurai genre. Three unwilling companions set out on a journey across Edo period Japan.  A young woman looking for a possibly nonexistent samurai that smells like sunflowers,  a wild swordsman looking to challenge absolutely anyone who irritates him, and a taciturn ronin with a hidden past forge an unlikely bond. Though set in the 17th century,  Samurai Champloo has a hip-hop sensibility, with many modern references and themes.  The dialogue is extremely witty and the characters endearing.

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