Top 10s

Stella Mozgawa’s Top 10

Stella Mozgawa’s Top 10

Stella Mozgawa is the drummer for the critically acclaimed Los Angeles band Warpaint, whose albums include 2010’s The Fool and 2014’s Warpaint. She says, “Here’s a list of the movies that have disassembled every notion I have of cinema.”

  • Brazil

    1.
    Brazil

    Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam’s pièce de résistance, in my humble opinion. Such an assured aesthetic, with a perfect dystopian message. I highly recommend looking for the cut of the song “Brazil” with Kate Bush on vocals. It’s a masterpiece rivaled only by this astounding film.

  • Europa

    2.
    Europa

    Lars von Trier

    In a bit of a stylistic departure from the Dogme films, which are bound by their namesake, Lars von Trier plays with rear projection and melodrama so beautifully. The color-treated scenes are just jaw-dropping; it’s a perfect marriage of style and substance. Not to mention Jean-Marc Barr is a total dreamboat here.

  • PlayTime

    3.
    PlayTime

    Jacques Tati

    My heart explodes every time I watch this film. I love how Hulot interacts with all the frivolous things that collide with him, like an ape in Space Odyssey. Tati’s weird parody of modern technology ends up romanticizing every little object with the slightest touch of his style. Childish, dense, and extremely watchable.

  • Solaris

    4.
    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Really meditative and challenging, like being sentenced to a philosophical nightmare. I used to pray for the ability to reanimate my childhood pet dog till I saw this film. Eerie stuff.

  • Cul-de-sac

    5.
    Cul-de-sac

    Roman Polanski

    I feel a strong sense of Polish pride when I watch any Polanski film. This one is the perfect blend of absurdity and levity. Like Waiting for Godot for the theatrically challenged.

  • 8½

    6.

    Federico Fellini

    The perfect film for any self-obsessed artist out there.

  • Grey Gardens

    7.
    Grey Gardens

    Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde…

  • The Beales of Grey Gardens

    (tie)
    The Beales of Grey Gardens

    Albert Maysles and David Maysles

    Tragic and hysterical in one breath. I challenge anyone to dislike these films. The Edies are two of my favorite film stars of all time.

  • I bought this film on a whim, mostly thanks to its eye-catching cover and my love of Yukio Mishima’s books. Turns out to be a classic, a real grade-A stubborn-man-on-a-mission tale told in a truly ambitious fashion. (Spoiler alert) the seppuku scene at the end is really poetic and tasteful, and Philip Glass is such a perfect match stylistically.

  • Wings of Desire

    9.
    Wings of Desire

    Wim Wenders

    An amazing shot-by-shot remake of City of Angels. Juuust kidding. Berlin looks as ominous and beautiful as ever. Lots of emotive long shots, perfectly composed. Any movie that stars both Columbo and Nick Cave is bound to be groundbreaking.

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    10.
    The Double Life of Véronique

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Hard to choose a favorite Kieslowski. This one is so wonderfully evocative and rich. We’ve all felt that quantum split, even for a second, and this is a film that illustrates that feeling perfectly. Zbigniew Preisner scored most, if not all, of Kieslowski’s features, and their creative sympathy is really evident in The Double Life.