The Third Man
This is Welles and Cotton at their best. The scene on the Riesenrad Ferris wheel is menacing and genius. Carol Reed’s vision for the darkness of this film that illuminates the thinly veiled chaos of postwar Europe is beautiful. I can watch this film over and over.
Not everyone’s favorite Altman, and maybe not even mine, but I’ve always found it to be a celebration of life. I am alone in this interpretation.
12 Angry Men
Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb. Enough said.
I love Peckinpah, and this was a unique take for him on the whole male psyche trip. Math wins.
Five Easy Pieces
This film really put the farce of the cultured and the idea of existentialism on the map for me as an American. Nicholson is really at his best here.
Being able to watch Sterling Hayden for this long is spectacular. Kubrick learning is awesome as well.
I love this movie primarily because I like New York in it. Oh, and devil worship. Love devil worship. Oh, and Cassavetes acting is always amazing.
Brian De Palma
The Big Chill
I loved this movie when I was a kid. It made boomers cool. That didn’t really last.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Top 10
Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is the director of the Pusher Trilogy, Fear X, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive, for which he won the best director prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Bill Hader’s Top 10
In compiling his top ten Criterion editions, Hader says, “I couldn’t pick ten . . . sorry. So I programmed Criterion double features, which is what I tend to do on Sunday nights anyway.”