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.
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.
John Lurie’s Top 10
John Lurie, whose band, the Lounge Lizards, was one of the most acclaimed jazz groups of the eighties and nineties, has recorded twenty-two albums and has acted in several films, including Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, and The Last Temptation…
John Bailey’s Top 10
About selecting his favorites from the collection, world-class cinematographer John Bailey (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters) says, “One of the greatest challenges in trying to compile a list like this is to separate the objectively ‘great’ fil…
Clea DuVall’s Top 10
Clea DuVall is an acclaimed actor whose credits over the past twenty years include the cult favorites But I’m a Cheerleader and The Faculty, Rodrigo Garcia’s Passengers, David Fincher’s Zodiac, and Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo.
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…