10ish movies

by Domenic Padulo

Created 04/30/17

Edit List

I love the Criterion Collection. Who doesn't? At this point, the Collection is a part of me and I am a part of the Collection

  • Picking this as number one almost feels like cheating, but what the hell? It's beautiful, mysterious, haunting and a whole lot of other things. I saw it for the first time when I was 17, but I really started to love it when I was in my mid-twenties. I would watch it once every few years or so, and it never really left my mind. I was always annoyed that it wasn't on blu-ray, but then Criterion blessed us with the best possible version. That was when I really started to understand it. It's not a movie you get... just one you understand. Sort of.

  • Like David Lynch, Brian De Palma is one of my heroes in this world. It's hard to think of a director who has made more good-to great movies. Blow Out is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite of his. He made it during a run of four masterpieces (Dressed to Kill, Scarface and Body Double being the other three) from 1980-1984 that I'm pretty sure is unrivalled by any other director. By the end of the opening credits, where he uses a split-screen and then just a composition that looks like a split screen, you have absolutely no doubt that he is just an absolute master. I can't think of a single director who seems to know I'll the "tricks" of making movies and, more imortantly, knows how to use them to actually say something. No one can manipulate the medium like De Palma.

  • It's funny. It's cool. It's quotable as all hell. Robby Mueller's cinematography is amazing. I can't think of a movie that better captures that ridiculous time in your life between childhood and adulthood where you feel like there's just no place for you in the world and everything is bullshit. You can change the channel, but the only to escape that dreadful period of "emerging adulthood" people like to write thinkpieces about is to just, like, sort of grow up, dude. I could watch this one every day. Please excuse me while I fold my pants.

    I was lucky enough to see this as a (depressingly sparsely attended) midnight movie at The Music Box in Chicago the weekend of my 26th birthday. The acquaintance I saw it with was NOT into. That was when I started to realize something was a bit off about him...

  • Another one I just don't get sick of, for a lot of the same reasons as Repo Man. You'll get bored if I get into this one too much, so just read the above part twice and watcht them together. You'll have a great double feature. You're welcome.

  • My favorite horror movie. I love how you never feel like you quite have a grasp on the reality of the film. Rick Baker's gruesome practical effects are justly praised to the high heavens, but that not quite reality is where the real horror comes from for me. You could replace the technology and it would feel like it was from RIGHT NOW. One of the many Cronenberg movies that truly feel ahead of their time.

  • There is no cooler crime movie. Every shot has this tremendous sense of meaning that I've never quite been able to shake. Melville is one of those directors who really seemed to write with the camera. Elegant, literary and absolutely engrossing. See this and Le Samourai at the right age, and you'll want to be Alain Delon when you grow up. You won't, but it's still an admirable goal.

  • You'll also want to be Jean-Paul Belmondo when you grow up, and that's not gonna happen, either.