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?
Tom Schnabel’s Top 10
Music director at Los Angeles’s KCRW radio station, Tom Schnabel started the daily program Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 1980s, first bringing world music to U.S. radio with such artists as Buena Vista Social Club, Ravi Shankar, and Caetano Velos…
Haskell Wexler’s Top 10
For Haskell Wexler, the director of Medium Cool, and the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, writing about his ten favorite Criterion films became a trip down memory lane.
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.
Ramin Bahrani’s Top 10
Iranian-American writer and director Ramin Bahrani’s feature films include: Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007), Goodbye Solo (2009), 99 Homes (2014), and Fahrenheit 451 (2018).