Trouble in Paradise
Witty, wonderful, wacky Lubitsch at his best. His daughter worked at KCRW!
I always cry at the end, then go out for pasta and cheap red wine.
Children of Paradise
You can hear J.-L. Barrault cry “Garance!” from the other side of the world.
The Wages of Fear
The suspense is mesmerizing, even paralyzing.
Woman in the Dunes
It’s as much an impressionist painting as it is a film.
This great film was made back when Olympic athletes were regular folk.
You’ll never watch a conductor the same way after seeing this great Preston Sturges film.
And God Created Woman
I saw this movie as an adolescent in the late fifties, at the Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, and it made me feel strange things I’d never felt before . . . I also thought that Brigitte Bardot was the number-one sex kitten on earth.
John Lurie’s Top 10
John Lurie, whose band, the Lounge Lizards, was one of the most acclaimed jazz groups of the eighties and nineties, has recorded twenty-two albums and has acted in several films, including Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, and The Last Temptation…
Hossein Amini’s Top 10
The Iranian-British Hossein Amini received an Academy Award nomination for his 1997 screenplay adaptation of Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove and wrote the screenplays for Jude (1995), The Four Feathers (2002), and Drive (2011).
Keith Gordon’s Top 10
Filmmaker Keith Gordon has directed the features The Chocolate War (1988), A Midnight Clear (1992), Mother Night (1996), Waking the Dead (2000), and The Singing Detective (2003).