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21 out of 100.

by atarirec

Created 07/12/12

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Over the years, I've received the emails from Criterion which included a celebrity, artist, actor, director, or so... who had a "Top Ten" of sorts. Upon skimming and thoroughly reading each individual's list and comments, I've found my film palate to be a bit similar to the artists, or more so, the illustrators and doodlers.

However, there was one exception. This particular actor has been a favorite of mine since the early nineties.... eight of his top ten, I already own, and the other two... I've been wanting for years (one being long out of print). His taste in film is almost a dead ringer to mine. That actor is Steve Buscemi...

In regards to having a "Top Ten" of anything, let alone a Criterion "Top Ten"... that to me would be like being asked "Which of those darling children of yours is your favorite?" or "Who's your favorite band?" I could never come up with a straightforward answer...

I never bothered to count or catalog my Criterion films, which have been acquired and purchased throughout the years. The very first Criterion I've ever owned was "This is Spinal Tap", purchased for roughly $25 in the late nineties when I bought my first DVD player, which I thought was costly at the time but absolutely had to have it. It has since been sold... After adding all my films to the website recently, I found that it added up to exactly 100. The 100th addition being one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, even got emotional the moment I found it was to have a proper Criterion release... that film is none other than Harold and Maude.

So, with having 100 films now... rather than having the traditional "Top Ten", I decided on listing 21 (a memorable age of mine and when I purchased "This is Spinal Tap") Criterion films of my lifetime, those who are currently in my possession, have bit the dust, borrowed and never returned, etc... no particular order of importance, but those that have made some significance and have held a dear place in my heart.

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