Beak>’s Top 10

Beak>’s Top10

The acclaimed out-rock trio Beak> was formed in January 2009 by Bristol musicians Billy Fuller (Robert Plant, Fuzz Against Junk), Matt Williams, and Geoff Barrow (Portishead). The band has very strict guidelines governing their work: the music is recorded live in one room, with no overdubs or repairs. That process—along with their lineup, which now includes Will Young (Moon Gangs), replacing Williams—has evolved over the years, but the spirit and sound of Beak> is stronger than ever.

May 1, 2019
  • 1

    Smithereens

    Susan Seidelman

    I have no idea if this is anything near an accurate representation of the New York punk scene at the time, because I wasn’t there. But when I saw this as a teenager I certainly thought that it was, and that I was getting a glimpse of something really special. It also introduced me to Richard Hell, the Feelies, and ESG, and you can’t say that about many—or any—other films. —Will Young

  • 2

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    The most beautiful film ever made, and the one that taught me that sci-fi doesn’t need spaceships and robots. Some of the crew attributed the deaths of Tarkovsky and quite a few others involved with the film to its brutally toxic locations, but visually the result is as good as cinema can get. Eduard Artemyev’s score merges so well with the sound design that I would happily listen to all three hours of the audio on repeat. —WY

  • 3

    Videodrome

    David Cronenberg

    The first time I saw this was the only time I’ve ever seen someone vomit in a cinema. Listening to the Howard Shore score still makes me think about pushing videotapes into my stomach. —WY

  • 4

    Fanny and Alexander: Theatrical Version

    Ingmar Bergman

    I saw this when I was (far too) young and had no idea what it was, and it gave me horrendous nightmares for the better part of a year. Haven’t dared watch it since. —WY

  • 5

    A Taste of Honey

    Tony Richardson

    We were taught this in English class at school. Our teacher was a dick, but this film (and the play by Shelagh Delaney) opened my eyes to the fact that it wasn’t just my life that was shit! It’s about as real as a film can get, and its approach to sexuality and race was thought-provoking. —WY

  • 6

    Don’t Look Now

    Nicolas Roeg

    Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie both look amazing in this film. It’s also a brilliant document of Venice in the early ’70s. It’s a stunning-looking film.

    And interestingly, Geoff’s father-in-law was the main cameraman! The scene at the top of the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square, where Donald Sutherland’s legs are dangling—they’re Geoff’s father-in-law’s legs! I don’t think Donald fancied the climb?!! It’s also the best horror ending ever, without a doubt. —Billy Fuller

  • 7

    Time Bandits

    Terry Gilliam

    The first Terry Gilliam film I ever saw. I was ten years old, and it’s still my favorite (Brazil comes in at a close second). What ten-year-old wouldn’t want to be Kevin, pursued by a godlike figure, with a band of pirate dwarfs, while hopping from one major historical event to the next? I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen this, but it’s probably the same number of times I’ve watched The Goonies. —BF

  • 8

    Watership Down

    Martin Rosen

    Everything that is right and wrong in the world, made into an animated film about rabbits. I dare you not to cry. —Geoff Barrow

  • 9

    12 Angry Men

    Sidney Lumet

    It’s the first grown-up film I ever saw that didn’t have guns or spaceships in it. I was ten and watched it in a caravan park in Exmouth. —GB

  • 10

    The Long Good Friday

    John Mackenzie

    One of the greatest British gangster films ever made in the Thatcher era. Bob Hoskins is at his best, and there’s a small part for the actor who plays Charlie in BBC’s Casualty. —GB