Top 10s

Jaime Hernandez’s Top 10

Jaime Hernandez’s Top 10

Artist Jaime Hernandez’s diabolically clever illustrations for our release of Divorce Italian Style (now available as a signed art print at the Criterion store) made for one of our most popular DVD covers. And this month, Hernandez has sent us his top ten favorite Criterion Collection titles. “I put these in alphabetical order,” he said, “so I wouldn’t drive myself mad trying to pick my most favorite.” Hernandez is the coauthor—along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario—of the seminal comic Love and Rockets. His most recent books, all available from Fantagraphics Books, include Ghost of Hoppers, The Education of Hopey Glass, and Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories.

  • Bicycle Thieves

    1.
    Bicycle Thieves

    Vittorio De Sica

    Watching Bruno watch his dad sink into the pits of despair and live to tell about it is a journey to share.

  • Black Orpheus

    2.
    Black Orpheus

    Marcel Camus

    I don’t know what to say about this one other than that it’s always belonged high on my list.

  • Equinox

    3.
    Equinox

    Jack Woods

    The low budget and the amateur quality only help to create the unnerving creepiness of it.

  • My Life as a Dog

    4.
    My Life as a Dog

    Lasse Hallström

    Fun fun fun. Life life life.

  • Nights of Cabiria

    5.
    Nights of Cabiria

    Federico Fellini

    One of my favorite female characters in the movies. Only to be topped by . . .

  • Pickup on South Street

    6.
    Pickup on South Street

    Samuel Fuller

    Jean Peters as Candy is my favorite female character in any movie.

  • Seven Samurai

    7.
    Seven Samurai

    Akira Kurosawa

    I just had to have Kurosawa in here, and this one won the coin toss.

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    8.
    Stranger Than Paradise

    Jim Jarmusch

    Saw this right at the time as I was getting serious with my own work. Yes, serious.

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    9.
    The Thief of Bagdad

    Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan

    It makes me want to be a sailor, sailing out to sea.

  • The Wages of Fear

    10.
    The Wages of Fear

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    How could I not have this one on here?