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Many of the films I most treasure - Psycho, Apocalypse Now, Manhattan, Raging Bull, Magnolia, and The Wild Bunch to name a few - haven't yet received the Criterion treatment but I am hopeful that some, if not all, will eventually make the cut. On the other hand, many of my favorites have made it into the collection and for that I am eternally tickled.
The films on this list are ones I have watched many times over the years and I fully expect to revisit as many as possible before this life is over. Perhaps a few will sing to you the way they do to me.
This list is arranged alphabetically for the sake of simplicity.
Gilliam's visionary masterpiece is a pitch black comic nightmare both Orwellian and Kafkaesque.
Roeg's mosaic style has never been more coherent or more effective. A deeply unsettling experience.
The Citizen Kane of comedy. Kubrick. Southern. Sellers. Scott. Sellers. Hayden. And Sellers. Need I say more?
One of the most startlingly original debuts in all of cinema. Funny, disturbing and beautiful. A genuine work of art.
Python's most focused and brilliantly sustained piece of comic genius.
130 of Mike Leigh's bleakest moments thanks to a mesmerizing tour de force performance by David Thewlis. A bitter pill to swallow but the rewards are plentiful.
Kurosawa's Shakespearean epic is one of cinema's true towering achievements. A masterpiece in every sense.
By blending understated supernatural elements with tangible fears of childbirth and the uncertainties of motherhood, Polanski created a landmark in the evolution of contemporary horror.
Peckinpah's slow burn builds to a climactic siege that becomes a master class in the art of montage.
The definitive Cronenberg film.