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.
Jonathan Caouette’s Top 10
Jonathan Caouette is the director of several feature-length documentaries: the award-winning personal diary film Tarnation (2004), produced by John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant; All Tomorrow’s Parties (2009), about the music festival; and Walk…
Tracy Letts’s Top 10
Tracy Letts is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama for August: Osage County and a Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Monte Hellman’s Top 10
I’ve fulfilled a dream to become a part of the Criterion family. Criterion has helped to preserve not only the films I grew up with but also the ones I’m now trying to keep up with. Picking ten is worse than trying to choose between my wives, my…