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.
Jesse Malin’s Top 10
After playing in hard-core and glam bands throughout the 1980s and ’90s, Queens-born singer-songwriter Jesse Malin released his first solo album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, in 2002.
Dick Cavett’s Top 10
One of the United States’ most beloved talk-show hosts of all time, Dick Cavett has been a presence on television since his first interview program, This Morning, debuted in 1968.
Whit Stillman’s Top 10
“In trying to come up with a ten best list from the Criterion Collection I thought first of Trouble in Paradise and decided to go online to find the rest. But after only seven pages of Criterion’s online list I already had more than enough for te…