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.
James Schamus’s Top 10
James Schamus is the former CEO of Focus Features; the producer of, among other films, Ride with the Devil (1999) and Brokeback Mountain (2005); the screenwriter and producer of The Ice Storm (1997); and a professor of professional practice at Columb…