The opening scene, with the horses, is one of the best ever. It always mesmerizes me.
High and Low
It has a great setup, great characters, and a great theme. Kurosawa’s vision raised the film to another level.
Sam Peckinpah and Dustin Hoffman at their best. The rape scene is horrific and haunting.
The first view of the sword sent chills through my spine.
This film gave birth to the cool hit man archetype.
Le cercle rouge
It contains a Buddhist concept that is echoed in some of my own works. Here we see three heroes caught in a unique situation where their friendship matters more than anything else.
Wong Kar Wai
In the Mood for Love
It’s a film with great flavors. I wish it would just play on and on.
An abstract and strange world. A view of what we all may become one day.
The Last Emperor
It’s almost surreal to see Chinese costume drama performed with English dialogue!
A film that combines the sitcom and the samurai film.
Dennis Lehane’s Top 10
Dennis Lehane is best known for his novel Mystic River, made into the acclaimed film by Clint Eastwood. When we discovered his love for Criterion, we asked him to write for us, and he did, contributing a terrific essay to our rerelease of The Wages o…
Troy Miller’s Top 10
Troy Miller is a director and producer whose credits include the hit television comedies Mr. Show, Arrested Development, The Office, Flight of the Conchords, and Parks and Recreation.
Paul Schrader’s Top 10
It's pretty hard to go wrong selecting ten “best” or ten “favorites” from the Criterion Collection, although it might be interesting to select the ten worst Criterion releases (something that, in deference to my friends at Criterion, I will n…
Richard Hell’s Top 10
Richard Hell was a founding member of the early CBGB bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. His Voidoids album Blank Generation (Sire, 1977) is generally acknowledged as seminal to “punk.”