Top 11 Criterions

by Joseph Burris

Created 07/05/12

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Since I'm not famous enough to have my own 10 ten list officially I'll just make this one. In no particular order.

  • Desperately deserving of the bluray treatment, this movie gets better and better each time I see it. Gilliam's absolute best and one of my top 10 all time favorite movies period.

  • One of my absolute favorite movies of all time. This also deeply needs a new Criterion bluray release. This is unfortunately probably their weakest transfer and supplements.

  • So wonderfully surreal. Its like the opening scene of Suspiria if it had a flipper baby with Scooby Doo and Takashi Miike.

  • Toshiro Mifune's performance and the extreme character development of this movie makes every scene a gem. The action choreography is actually better than most movies out now sadly.

  • Samurai telling of Macbeth is enough for me to love this movie.

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    2. (tie)

    Akira Kurosawa

    Kurosawa is the man.
    Last Kurosawa on this list and easily my favorite. The cinematography is absolutely astounding. There's nothing negative I could say about this movie. Exactly what a historical epic should be.

  • Speaking of Historical Epics, this is one of my absolute favorites. What an amazing cast. Kubrick probably created the best sword and sandal epic out there. Just wonderful.

  • Man I love genre movies. You can't go wrong with a giant monster movie. A really beautiful transfer on Criterion's part too.

  • An excellent choice for Criterion to pick up with some great features. Probably the strongest addiction movie I've seen. Just beautiful. Now all they need to do is release "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth" and we'll be set.

  • I idolize David Cronenberg. This dude has managed to make me afraid of my own body time and time again. This is one of the ultimate surreal masterpieces out there.

  • This is how I like to believe James Woods lives his life everyday.

  • Mixing images of German Expressionism with Robert Mitchum's best performance, this movie is one of a kind and partially (along with Cape Fear as the obvious reference) inspired one of my favorite Simpson's episodes.

  • Without question the most realistic depiction of gay relationships ever put to film. I bought this Criterion the day it came out. I adore it.

  • Gus Van Sant's opus. One of the best LGBT movies ever made. Also the only time you'll ever see Keanu Reeves act.

  • One of the rare comedies that proves to be incredibly powerful. Monty Python's "Last Temptation of Christ"

  • Could possibly be the funniest movie ever made. Rob Reiner back when he made good movies

  • Charlie Chaplin plays Hitler. I can't not smile while watching this.

  • Peckinpah needs more Criterion releases. Michael Bay has 2. This is unacceptable.

  • I'm a sucker for technicolor. I'm a sucker for 60s sci-fi. I'm a sucker for Adam West. I'm a sucker for Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

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    11. (tie)

    Jack Woods

    Low Budget at its best. Equinox is a joy.


  • By BRAD
    September 07, 2012
    04:05 PM

    Nice list! I like how you 'tie' films together.
    • By Joseph Burris
      September 10, 2012
      03:37 AM

      Many thanks. It'd be impossible to make a list that only consisted of 10 (or 11) movies so I try to roll with similar themes/genres/directors.