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Jon Hillman's Top Ten

by Jon H.

Created 07/31/12

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The first Criterion I ever bought was Man Bites Dog when I was about 16 years old. This was 7 years ago. From that moment, I knew this was going to become a way of life.

  • I have yet to see the theatrical version, but the Television version is so beautiful that I can't imagine a single scene being removed, let alone two full hours.

  • A guilty pleasure of mine, it's like that horrific car crash you see on the interstate, with body parts lying all over the place and women screaming, and while you feel horrible, you just can't look away.

  • My two favorite characters in any story are the funny sarcastic character and the wise voice of reason. Henry Fonda plays the latter like has rarely been seen, without being too full of himself.

  • Honestly not sure why I love this, it's just amazing. Lang has yet to fail me.

  • One of the lesser known titles in the collection, Fanfan la Tulipe is considered one of the greatest French films by the French themselves, but failed to receive as much acclaim in the west. Luckily the great people at Criterion were kind enough to give this swashbuckler the treatment it deserves.

  • You just have to have no soul to not love The Tramp.

  • Making his last appearance, The Tramp gives us a final farewell with a murky sense of what the future may hold, but assuring us that we can get through it together.

  • So glad to finally see this in the collection. Chaplin's best talkie by far.

  • I have never been so nervous watching a film in my life. The last few scenes are just beautiful.

  • Considered by Ingmar Bergman to be the film that inspired him to become a filmmaker, and the influence can definitely be seen.

  • One of the best action films I have ever seen. Definitely needs to make a return to the collection.

  • Considered by many religious groups to be highly blasphemous, I found it to actually be one of the greatest representations of what Christ was most likely like, instead of a mindless robot programmed to do God's will. That is what makes the sacrifice so great.

  • Revanche, in German, literally translates to "revenge", but can also be used to mean "second chance". The film is not so much about the characters or the story, but the word itself. Borderline Greek epic.

1 comment

  • By shaunthebrown
    July 31, 2012
    06:10 PM

    Nice to see some love for Revanche. I'm looking forward to what Gotz has in store for us in the future. Preferably, the near future.
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