This was my story for years. Sigh.
Sid & Nancy
I was at the last Sex Pistols show (in San Antonio) and lived for months at the Chelsea Hotel, so this was nearly my story.
I have always loved heist movies, don’t ask me why, and this is the best.
The first movie that completely blew my mind.
A movie that still blows my mind.
The Lady Eve
Because my wife loves this movie.
Days of Heaven
The most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen.
If you watch this back-to-back with 2001, it will show you why “the space race” was a politicians’ game that demeaned the dream.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
From the glory days of sci-fi, still innocent and fun.
D. A. Pennebaker
Because I’m an old hippie.
Jon Dieringer’s Top 10
The founder of the website Screen Slate picks a selection of favorites, including an ’80s indie gem, shockers ranging from Eraserhead to Canoa, and two films that capture the “twilit feeling of childhood.”
Paul Schrader’s Top 10
It's pretty hard to go wrong selecting ten “best” or ten “favorites” from the Criterion Collection, although it might be interesting to select the ten worst Criterion releases (something that, in deference to my friends at Criterion, I will n…
James Schamus’s Top 10
James Schamus is the former CEO of Focus Features; the producer of, among other films, Ride with the Devil (1999) and Brokeback Mountain (2005); the screenwriter and producer of The Ice Storm (1997); and a professor of professional practice at Columb…
Haskell Wexler’s Top 10
For Haskell Wexler, the director of Medium Cool, and the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, writing about his ten favorite Criterion films became a trip down memory lane.