Max (Menno Meyjes, 2002)

One of those people who finds a slight in any compliment

Max has an interesting thesis: Adolf Hitler wasn’t a failed artist, he was a brilliant artist. Except his medium wasn’t the pedestrian paintings he made in his homeless years, it was politics. The Third Reich was his ultimate exhibit.

The History Boys (Nicholas Hytner, 2006)

History is five centuries of masculine ineptitude

A small class of British boys in the 1980s attempts to enroll into Oxford. Three teachers and one headmaster do their utmost to inspire them to greatness. They all have different ideas on how to achieve that goal, and between them linger feelings that dare not speak their name. Rather than an unsavory tale of pederast professors and demure disciples, The History Boys is a more uplifting and kindhearted story.

La Marche de L’Empereur (‘March of the Penguins’, Luc Jacquet, 2005)

But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more

There is a profound cruelty to nature. Even humans, though we might bethink ourselves free and independent, are slaves to certain instincts. As usual, animals have it much worse. Take for instance the emperor penguin, who is driven yearly to undertake a grueling march over ice-capped Antarctica to spawn new life.