La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rails) – Rene Clement’s salute to the French resistance workers who helped sabotage the Germans during the lead-up to the Normandy invasion. Shot with non-actors, the film feels utterly authentic, and it’s a great snapshot of the works of the French underground. Recommended.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – This Sam Peckinpah number from 1974 inspires more widely divergent opinions that almost anything else I can think of. Ya either love it or hate it. Me, I love it. Peckinpah liked stories about men who felt obligated to follow a personal code, no matter how nonsensical and destructive. This one, with Warren Oates delivering a severed head to a Mexican gangster, is Peckinpah distilled down to his grimy best.