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Frank Kozik’s Top10

Credited with single-handedly reviving the lost art of the concert poster, Frank Kozik credits his career to his enthusiasm for Austin, Texas’s growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Find out more, at frankkozik.net and fkozik.com. In addition to the poster included with Dazed and Confused, Kozik also designed Criterion's cover art for Gimme Shelter.

Nov 20, 2008
  • 1

    General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

    Barbet Schroeder

    Possibly the most surreal documentary ever filmed. The restored print propels this into a realm of “reality” that’s nearly hallucinogenic. What a snappy dresser! A must for any accordion enthusiast.

  • 2

    The Last Wave

    Peter Weir

    Death, bones, secret underground caverns . . . apocalypse. What more could anyone possibly want?

  • 3

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Wes Anderson

    A masterpiece of art direction and set design. No other film in history has ever quite captured the essential dry rot of the 1970s’ fourth-rate Mediterranean beach world. Having spent sixteen summers in areas near, but not quite in, low-rent Med tourist towns, it was a thrill ride straight back to childhood.

  • 4

    The Naked Kiss

    Samuel Fuller

    Fuller at his atavistic best. No way out. No redemption. Possibly the best opening sequence in film history.

  • 5

    Oliver Twist

    David Lean

    This contains some of the most luminescent black-and-white cinematography ever seen. Fagin, as portrayed by Alec Guinness, will have you squirming with repulsion, yet unable to take your eyes off his balding pate.

  • 6

    Time Bandits

    Terry Gilliam

    Best film Napoléon ever—courtesy of Bilbo Baggins, no less. Connery as Agamemnon isn’t bad either.

  • 7

    Walkabout

    Nicolas Roeg

    I saw this when I was maybe twelve years old. The father’s suicide, the dead guy in the tree—images that bothered me for decades. Chop that meat.

  • 8

    Brazil

    Terry Gilliam

    Ian Holm seems to get into all the good movies (even, like, Alien). What’s with that? Never has dystopia looked so appealing. Count me in.

  • 9

    Burden of Dreams

    Les Blank

    All the goofy nature footage is worth sitting through for the ten seconds of pure hate that is Kinski’s freakout.

  • 10

    Lord of the Flies

    Peter Brook

    Something’s to be said for the Bicameral Mind. Kill the Pig and the Gods will commune through the head on the pole. I think I’m getting Lasik—just in case the veneer shatters.