Top 10s

Patton Oswalt’s Top 10

Patton Oswalt’s Top 10

Patton Oswalt is a stand-up comic, the instigator of the Comedians of Comedy tour, and voice star of Pixar’s Ratatouille. He wrote an appreciation of Allen Baron’s film Blast of Silence in Sean Phillips’s comic book Criminal (Phillips did the artwork for the Criterion edition).

  • Hard Boiled

    1.
    Hard Boiled

    John Woo

    Out of print, but I’ve got it! Wheeee! Terrific commentary and eleven Woo trailers!

  • George Washington

    2.
    George Washington

    David Gordon Green

    David Gordon Green!

  • Amarcord

    3.
    Amarcord

    Federico Fellini

    God, I love huge breasts, and this one’s got two of the hugest-est. Also, it’s a coming-of-age teen sex comedy, but with fascism! Also, the boobs.

  • The Baron of Arizona

    4.
    The Baron of Arizona

    Samuel Fuller

    There are three terrific movies in the Eclipse set The First Films of Samuel Fuller, and the fact that they’re collected in this nifty package is a huge bonus. The Baron of Arizona plays like an old West episode of Blackadder—and features one of Vincent Price’s best performances.

  • Blast of Silence

    5.
    Blast of Silence

    Allen Baron

    I’ve already written extensively about this lean, nasty little masterpiece. It’s on the list cuz you need to buy it. (To read an interview with artist Sean Phillips about the design of Blast of Silence and for a link to Patton’s writing about the film, click here.)

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    6.
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    One of the better, funnier DVD menus I’ve ever seen—is it weird to recommend a DVD just for the menu? Plus, great commentary by Stephen Fry, plus background on the Colonel Blimp cartoon strip and creator, which shows you how miraculous this movie adaptation is. Imagine a big-screen version of Family Circus that manages to be a searing indictment of the American family. Wow!

  • Gimme Shelter

    7.
    Gimme Shelter

    David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

    One of the best horror movies ever made. The whole movie is shot inside the belly of a quivering, invisible demon—the 1960s, rotting in the sunshine of idealism and about to burst with flies.

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    8.
    The Honeymoon Killers

    Leonard Kastle

    Okay this DVD’s got the coolest menu Criterion’s ever devised. Crinkly, tabloid newspapers that you leaf through to get to the meat of the murder. Tawdry and beautiful.

  • Slacker

    9.
    Slacker

    Richard Linklater

    Packaged like a lost, beloved novel, and full of groovy extras, which stand like a sketchbook of doodlings that eventually jelled into the full movie.

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    10.
    The Spirit of the Beehive

    Víctor Erice

    Another beautiful movie beautifully packaged—seemingly a box of wonders fashioned by the two little girls from the movie.