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I just want to point out that these are more in the style of "favorites," and not what I think the "best" of the collection is. But these are the films I rematch, think, and talk about the most.
This is my favorite film of all time. I don't care how unoriginal or boring that makes me. C'est la vie.
I'm including the entire set because frankly, it's my favorite DVD set I own. I had never seen a single film from the set before purchasing, and Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show both became instant favorites after one viewing.
These three films tie in 3rd place, because if Rushmore was the film that introduced me to the collection, then these three films are the ones that got me interested in the collection as a whole. I sought these out because they were American films that I had never heard of, but after watching them and being blown away by their signature styles, humor, and pathos, I made a conscious decision that I needed to broaden my horizons within The Criterion Collection, which leads me to number four...
My favorite foreign film in the collection. A wonderful hybrid of documentary meets fictional narratives. It really begs the question: when we put something in front of the camera, is it automatically a lie?
I had only just watched the film since it was released in June, but it is such a masterpiece that it found its way into my number five slot with no hesitation. It's hilarious and touching in all the right ways.
Some of the best writing The Criterion Collection has to offer. The theological debates that occur are wonderfully written and acted. The dialogue feels so natural coming from the characters that you get lost in the film.
I was not expecting much from this film, but was blown away by the direction. Olivier Assayas has crafted one of the best "rise and fall" stories of this generation, and with a real-life antihero at its center, it makes it even more breathtaking.
Two films that speaks to your emotions, rather than to your intelligence. I can't describe the way I feel when I watch these films, but I can say no other movies makes me feel the same way these two do.
A film I have watched an endless amount of times. It truly is the best film on high school ever made. It captures the nothingness like no other piece of storytelling had until this movie came along.
I think this truly is an example of a perfect film. Across the board, everything is perfect. Or at least it seems that way, which is quite a con in and of itself.