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Scavenger Monk's Top 10

by Scavenger Monk

Created 07/03/12

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I suppose this is more of a list of my favorite films that happen to be part of the Criterion Collection in the order that I love them, and not so much a judgement of the quality of the transfer or of the special features. But, man, how insanely good is the transfer of The Thin Red Line, right?

  • "In this world a man, himself, is nothing. And there ain't no world but this one."
    "You're wrong there, Top. I seen another world."

  • Saying Seven Samurai is your favorite Kurosawa film, or your favorite samurai film, or your favorite Japanese film is like saying Hamlet is your favorite Shakespeare play. You feel bad that it's so obvious an answer, but it really is the best for a reason.

  • I know this is not most people's favorite Wes Anderson movie, and I just don't get it. Every frame of this film is flawless to me. It's my favorite film from my favorite living filmmaker.

  • The Thin Red Line is my favorite Terrence Malick movie, but I've probably watched this one more times. Perfect.

  • It's hard not to love this film that was shot near where I live. It perfectly captures the oddity and poetry of childhood. The movie is secretly really funny, but it doesn't want you to know that right away.

  • Pure joy from beginning to end. A movie tailor-made to make me smile.

    "Bob is gone! He stole his car!"

  • This is probably the best movie about art and artists that I've ever seen. I've inducted Alec Guiness' Gulley Jimson into my personal pantheon of greatest fictional characters ever.

  • Sweet, sad, and hilarious. This is a great film to share with others. Now that I type that, I realize that I don't think I ever have. Perhaps I should follow my own advice.

  • Wow. I suppose this was the first Criterion edition that I ever owned. It was one of the first DVDs I ever owned, and my desire to see it, solely based on a preview that I had watched online, was one of the reasons I bought a DVD player in the first place. Sophomore year in college. 2002. Crazy. There's not much more that can be said about how good this movie is.

    "I'm not talking about dance lessons. I'm talking about putting a brick through the other guy's windshield. I'm talking about takin' it out and choppin' it up."

  • Thanks for giving me access to this one, Criterion! A perfect combination of humor and social commentary.

  • I bought this, sight-unseen, because of the director and the cast, and because I have an obsession with films about professional killers that borders on the unseemly. The unparalleled acting talent on display and the brutal examination of mortality immediatly rocketed this one onto my all-time list.

  • Is a three-way tie just a cheat to fit twelve films on a Top 10 list? Sure. But I'd feel bad if I didn't recognize Olivier's brilliant adaptation. The film begins by recreating a the atmosphere of a period production of the play at the Globe, and then opens onto actual settings just as those watching the play are transported in their minds. A genius idea, connecting perfectly to the Chorus' comments about the abilities of "this unworthy scaffold" to "bring forth so great an object."

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