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Al Reinert’s Top10

Writes Al Reinert, director of For All Mankind: “Having your film in the Criterion Collection is like marrying your daughter into an old distinguished family that intimidates and humbles you. She might feel at home there, but I am inclined to stand in a corner and drink steadily. There were some friendly faces that brought back happy memories, though.”

Jul 10, 2009
  • 1

    Slacker

    Richard Linklater

    This was my story for years. Sigh.

  • 2

    Sid & Nancy

    Alex Cox

    I was at the last Sex Pistols show (in San Antonio) and lived for months at the Chelsea Hotel, so this was nearly my story.

  • 3

    Rififi

    Jules Dassin

    I have always loved heist movies, don’t ask me why, and this is the best.

  • 4

    Black Orpheus

    Marcel Camus

    The first movie that completely blew my mind.

  • 5

    Brazil

    Terry Gilliam

    A movie that still blows my mind.

  • 6

    The Lady Eve

    Preston Sturges

    Because my wife loves this movie.

  • 7

    Days of Heaven

    Terrence Malick

    The most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen.

  • 8

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    If you watch this back-to-back with 2001, it will show you why “the space race” was a politicians’ game that demeaned the dream.

  • 9

    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Byron Haskin

    From the glory days of sci-fi, still innocent and fun.

  • 10

    Monterey Pop

    D. A. Pennebaker

    Because I’m an old hippie.