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My Top Ten

by Ben W.

Created 09/13/17

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  • The first Criterion I bought, and after my second watch it became my favorite film of all time, beating Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey". Tarkovsky not only set a new standard for science fiction, but a new standard for film itself.

  • Like how Tarkovsky set a standard for science fiction/post-apocalyptic, Lynch's 1977 debut set a new standard for horror, one that has not been meet. Lynch truly understands Freudian horror and the psychology of dreamsand how to apply them to the art of cinema.

  • Guilermo del Toro's takes the childlike wonder of the works of C.S.Lewis and combines them with the real world horrors of the real world of Franco's Spain. Not only the designs of the inhabitants of del Toro's world feel both realistic and highly stylized, but also the technology in bringing them to life rivals the most advanced of modern computer effects.

  • I've always compared the work of Masaki Kobayashi to that of early Kubrick. Kwaidan's atmosphere is reminiscent of Kubrick's "2001", an atmosphere of beings invisible to human beings, observing them and recreating their world in bizarre, alien forms.

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