Top 10s

Christopher Nolan’s Top 10

Christopher Nolan’s Top 10

Christopher Nolan is the director of Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises.

  • The Hit

    1.
    The Hit

    Stephen Frears

    That Criterion has released this little-known Stephen Frears gem is a testament to the thoroughness of their search for obscure masterworks. Few films have gambled as much on a simple portrayal of the dynamics between desperate men . . .

  • 12 Angry Men

    2.
    12 Angry Men

    Sidney Lumet

    . . . except perhaps this Sidney Lumet classic.

  • The Thin Red Line

    3.
    The Thin Red Line

    Terrence Malick

    What better than Malick’s extraordinary vision of war to demonstrate the technical potential of a carefully mastered Blu-ray? Projecting this disc comes close to the original print quality, and it’s hard to imagine a superior consumer format coming along anytime soon.

  • Lang at his most wicked and entertaining. Essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain.

  • Bad Timing

    5.
    Bad Timing

    Nicolas Roeg

    Nic Roeg’s films are known for their structural innovation, but it’s great to be able to see them in a form that also shows off their photographic excellence.

  • Few films have been able to capture David Bowie’s charisma, but Oshima’s wartime drama seems tailor-made for his talents. Tom Conti has rarely been such a sympathetic guide for the audience’s emotions.

  • For All Mankind

    7.
    For All Mankind

    Al Reinert

    An incredible document of man’s greatest endeavor.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    8.
    Koyaanisqatsi

    Godfrey Reggio

    An incredible document of how man’s greatest endeavors have unsettling consequences. Art, not propaganda, emotional, not didactic; it doesn’t tell you what to think—it tells you what to think about.

  • The Complete Mr. Arkadin

    9.
    The Complete Mr. Arkadin

    Orson Welles

    No one could make much of a case for Welles’ abortive movie overall, but the heartbreaking glimpses of the great man’s genius preserved here are the most compelling argument for the value of Criterion’s dedication to cinema.

    10.
    Which brings me to Greed, von Stroheim’s lost work of absolute genius. Which is not available on Criterion. Yet. Here’s hoping.