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?
Michael Barker’s Top 10
Michael Barker and his copresidents at Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom, have brought out some of the best and most successful independent and international films of the last two decades, from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break…
Jonathan Caouette’s Top 10
Jonathan Caouette is the director of several feature-length documentaries: the award-winning personal diary film Tarnation (2004), produced by John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant; All Tomorrow’s Parties (2009), about the music festival; and Walk…
Robert Ben Garant and Tom Lennon’s Top 10
Comedians, writers, and producers Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant split their duties in selecting their favorite titles from the collection: the first five are from Lennon, the last are from Garant.
Caitlin Kuhwald’s Top 10
Caitlin Kuhwald designed the covers for Criterion’s editions of Heaven Can Wait, The Thief of Bagdad, and Amarcord. She lives in Oakland, teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and is a full-time freelance illu…