Top 10s

Al Reinert’s Top 10

Al Reinert’s Top 10

Writes Al Reinert, director of For All Mankind: “Having your film in the Criterion Collection is like marrying your daughter into an old distinguished family that intimidates and humbles you. She might feel at home there, but I am inclined to stand in a corner and drink steadily. There were some friendly faces that brought back happy memories, though.”

  • Slacker

    1.
    Slacker

    Richard Linklater

    1. This was my story for years. Sigh.

  • Sid & Nancy

    2.
    Sid & Nancy

    Alex Cox

    2. I was at the last Sex Pistols show (in San Antonio) and lived for months at the Chelsea Hotel, so this was nearly my story.

  • Rififi

    3.
    Rififi

    Jules Dassin

    3. I have always loved heist movies, don’t ask me why, and this is the best.

  • Black Orpheus

    4.
    Black Orpheus

    Marcel Camus

    4. The first movie that completely blew my mind.

  • Brazil

    5.
    Brazil

    Terry Gilliam

    5. A movie that still blows my mind.

  • The Lady Eve

    6.
    The Lady Eve

    Preston Sturges

    6. Because my wife loves this movie.

  • Days of Heaven

    7.
    Days of Heaven

    Terrence Malick

    7. The most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen.

  • Solaris

    8.
    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    8. If you watch this back-to-back with 2001, it will show you why “the space race” was a politicians’ game that demeaned the dream.

  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    9.
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Byron Haskin

    9. From the glory days of sci-fi, still innocent and fun.

  • Monterey Pop

    10.
    Monterey Pop

    D. A. Pennebaker

    10. Because I’m an old hippie.