Vittorio De Sica
Watching Bruno watch his dad sink into the pits of despair and live to tell about it is a journey to share.
I don’t know what to say about this one other than that it’s always belonged high on my list.
The low budget and the amateur quality only help to create the unnerving creepiness of it.
My Life as a Dog
Fun fun fun. Life life life.
Nights of Cabiria
One of my favorite female characters in the movies. Only to be topped by . . .
Pickup on South Street
Jean Peters as Candy is my favorite female character in any movie.
I just had to have Kurosawa in here, and this one won the coin toss.
Stranger Than Paradise
Saw this right at the time as I was getting serious with my own work. Yes, serious.
Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan
The Thief of Bagdad
It makes me want to be a sailor, sailing out to sea.
The Wages of Fear
How could I not have this one on here?
John Bailey’s Top 10
About selecting his favorites from the collection, world-class cinematographer John Bailey (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters) says, “One of the greatest challenges in trying to compile a list like this is to separate the objectively ‘great’ fil…
Bret Easton Ellis’s Top 10
Bret Easton Ellis sent us his ten favorite Criterion films in alphabetical order, with the caveat that his list “could have been different last week and it might be different next week.”
Richard Ayoade’s Top 10
The British comedian, actor, writer, and director Richard Ayoade is best known for his starring role on the UK television series The IT Crowd and his successful directorial debut Submarine, which was released in the U.S. in 2011.
Michael Imperioli’s Top 10
The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on The Sopranos, shares his list of Criterion favorites, lavishing special attention on three masterpieces by John Cassavetes.