Buffalo '66

I saw this movie for the first time in the living room of a huge, messy frat house on the edge of a gorge in Ithaca, NY. It was a misadventure in CouchSurfing during our early touring years and that's all I'll say about that, but this film always stuck with me. Vincent Gallo has an amazing eye for detail as the director and lead actor in this film (which also stars Christina Ricci and Anjelica Huston), making everything just so, aligning everything to his sensibilities and unique aesthetic. It is a darkly hilarious story of love and the possible evolution of humanity. There is also an epic scene featuring a killer King Crimson song that is one of my favourite cinematic scenes I've ever experienced. Warning: This movie is extremely quotable and it is possible that you will quote it all the time, like I do, if you watch it.

American Movie

The ultimate struggling artist film. An extremely funny and bittersweet documentary about an amateur filmmaker, Mark, from Wisconsin and his struggle to create his low-budget horror films. This movie has so many heartwarming and plaintive characters and is one of the most human films I've ever watched. Mark is the hero of every poor artist who powers through a complete lack of money, resources, time, and energy to finish his work. Warning: This movie is also extremely quotable and it is possible that you will quote it all the time, like I do, if you watch it.

Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows)

A powerful and beautiful film about a misunderstood and rebellious young boy with no support or compassion from home or school and his eventual run in with the law. It's all shot on location in Paris in the 1950s and has so many beautiful images of the city--and that made it one of the first films I saw as a teenager that made me want to travel. This movie is an attractive experience.

City Lights

What to say about City Lights? I love Charlie Chaplin. He was a genius. This film is charming and funny, as well as visually stunning. Chaplin plays the Tramp and the story follows him through his problematic life as he falls in love with a blind girl selling flowers and befriends a drunk millionaire. There is something so satisfying about this film. I always feel like a wrong has been made right by the end of this movie.

Cool Runnings

This is the ultimate movie of my childhood. I watched this movie at least once a week growing up. If you don't know this movie, its the story of a burn out Olympic bobsledder (John Candy) who puts together a Jamaican bobsledding team made up of sprinters and a push-cart derby misfit. They travel from Jamaica to Calgary for the Winter Olympics as complete underdogs and outcasts. The soundtrack is great, the humor is light and carefree, and it's just one of those feel-good, uplifting easy movies. Warning: This movie is also extremely quotable and it is possible that you will quote it all the time like I do, if you watch it.

Samantha Crain's new album, You Had Me At Goodbye, is out on March 24th. Listen to 'Antiseptic Greeting' below.