F for Fake
It’s truly astounding to consider that Orson Welles invented the postmodern-appropriationist-essay film, along with so much else.
Kurosawa’s secret Dickensian masterpiece: sprawling, sentimental, and encompassingly humane.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
I Know Where I’m Going!
Powell and Pressburger’s most enchanted and fresh film, storm-tossed and full of gothic romance.
An absolutely riveting prison-breakout story. Becker is the bridge between Renoir and the new wave.
Still Cronenberg’s most nerve-racking, efficient, and, ah, penetrating realization of his vision.
A comic-surrealist fugue from the social satirist—one that deepens with each viewing.
If this dry, hilarious, spooky existential vision had been subtitled in, let’s say, Iranian, would it have been better recognized for the masterpiece it is? Linklate’s sensibility is not so far from Kiarostami’s.
The Sword of Doom
I’m still recovering from the out-of-kilter intensity of this film, which feels like some interior journey into darkness rendered as a samurai allegory.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
In Walter Tevis’s novel Roeg found material absolutely suited to his hallucinatory, prophetic style. Mutilated on first release, eternally underrated, this is one of the great films of the seventies.
Mike Portnoy’s Top 10
Mike Portnoy is one of the founding members of Dream Theater. He is currently the drummer in the Winery Dogs, Twister Sister, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, the Neal Morse Band, and Metal Allegiance.
Mike Allred’s Top 10
Comic-book rock star Mike Allred is best known as the creator of _Madman, Red Rocket 7,_ and _The Atomics._ He may also be familiar to Criterion viewers from his illustrations for Seduced and Abandoned and Chasing Amy.
Sonic Youth’s Top 10
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, and Steve Shelley ganged up for this Criterion top ten—or twelve, as it turned out. The New York–based no wavers have been making music together since 1981. Their albums include Daydream Na…
Leanne Shapton’s Top 10
An artist, art director, illustrator, and publisher based in New York City, Leanne Shapton designed the covers of the Criterion releases Kicking and Screaming and Cría cuervos . . . , and is the author of Was She Pretty?
Haskell Wexler’s Top 10
For Haskell Wexler, the director of Medium Cool, and the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, writing about his ten favorite Criterion films became a trip down memory lane.