33. Hard to be a God
Released on: November 13, 2013
Directed by: Aleksei German
Written by: Aleksei German and Svetlana Karmalita
Starring: Leonid Yarmolnik
Maybe it’s completely inappropriate to list a film from Russia here, given the current political climate. However, a good film is a good film, and it translates across every cultural and political boundary, so here it is, and here it shall stay. Based on the novel of the same name by the Strugatsky brothers, the premise of this film is that, chronologically, Earth is in the “middle ages,” so a scientist sets off for some far-away planets to discover what makes them so technologically advanced. Of course, the answers surprise everyone, and there are action and adventure to be had as they careen across the galaxy.