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?
Jonathan Lethem’s Top 10
Winner of a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program genius grant, Jonathan Lethem is one of America's premier contemporary writers. His works include the novels The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn.
Dick Cavett’s Top 10
One of the United States’ most beloved talk-show hosts of all time, Dick Cavett has been a presence on television since his first interview program, This Morning, debuted in 1968.