Brie Larson’s Top 10

Brie Larson’s Top10

Brie Larson, a self-proclaimed Criterion enthusiast, is an Oscar-nominated actor and a musician. She appears in the films Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Rampart, Short Term 12, and Room.

Jul 31, 2012
  • 1

    Jean-Luc Godard

    A Woman Is a Woman

    This has always been my favorite Godard film. The first time I watched it, I was heartbroken because I thought my DVD was defective: the sound kept cutting out. In researching further I learned I was the fool—Godard was playing with sound design. It was in a way I had never heard before. His use of long camera pans with text explaining what our heroes think but would never say is absolutely brilliant. Between Anna Karina, her red tights, and the celebration of American musicals, it manages to sum up all my favorite things.

  • 2

    Luis Buñuel

    The Exterminating Angel

    It begins with elegance and, as the story unfolds, reveals the dark, desperate, and very human parts of us. I enjoy films that take place in one setting if done correctly. It allows the audience to focus on the characters that drive the plot without any fancy trickery. Such a fun, mysterious ride.

  • 3

    David Fincher

    The Game

    I saw this when it came out. I was seven. It was my favorite film. I must have watched it forty times.

  • 4

    John Cassavetes

    Opening Night

    Choosing a Cassavetes film was the hardest part of making this list. All his films have continued to inspire me—every aspect of them. He’s one of the only filmmakers where I will put on the DVD just to listen to his commentary. His ideals, his pursuit of the road less traveled—and traveled in a way that is curious, thought-provoking, and dangerous—have always excited me. I take his box set with me to every set. Each film has an incredible backstory, and leaves me thinking, How the hell did he pull that off?!

    Gena Rowlands is absolutely stunning in every way in this film. And I love watching her and John act together, especially with her drunk during an improvised play for hundreds of extras who showed up because John took an ad out in the paper.

  • 5

    Whit Stillman


    Highly quotable, incredibly hilarious, and remarkably intelligent. Had the pleasure of going to a Q&A with Stillman at the Cinefamily after a screening of this film. I was giddy the whole night. Also read on IMDb that he is an Aquarius. Not sure what that means, but cool.

  • 6

    Vilgot Sjöman

    I Am Curious—Yellow

    Lena Nyman is fearless and riveting in this film, along with its companion, I Am Curious: Blue. I feel a little silly preferring one to the other, but I do enjoy this side of the story more. Are there men in blue knocking at my door? Don’t hurt me!

  • 7

    Mike Leigh


    Quite possibly my favorite ending of any film. Perfectly summed up in one beautiful, long, hopeless shot.

  • 8

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Red Desert

    Antonioni’s first color film. I felt like I was opening my eyes for the first time. An incredible palette and commitment to tone. He actually painted trees whites and grays! I have always wanted to talk technicalities with someone about this film. The fog? How did he do the fog?!

  • 9

    Ingmar Bergman

    Scenes from a Marriage

    This was the most invested in any relationship I had ever been—including my own. Beautiful, hopeful, heartbreaking in ways that hit almost too close to home.

  • 10

    Carol Reed

    The Third Man

    One of my favorite scores, next to Days of Being Wild. An incredible use of depth and contrast and the word Lime. God, I love the way they say “Lime.”