They are also unassailable in their perfection, and could easily fall at the top of any all-time best list arrived at by consensus.
The highly subjective task of compiling a list of the 10 best films of all time is nearly as daunting as the thought that plagues every film completist.
There are simply too many amazing films—thousands, really—that could occupy every slot on this list just as confidently as the ones that are here.
French filmmaker Eric Atlan’s black-and-white Mortem has been billed as a “metaphysical thriller” inspired by David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman.
A terrific, finely-tuned presentation of a landmark American movie, complete with flaming nipples, minus cackling audience members.
A man meets a woman, and we’re not even five minutes into the running time of Szamanka before they are having sex on the floor of her rented apartment.
Clowes is experimenting with ways to get inside his characters’ heads, to not just listen to their inner monologues, but to look at how they remember and how they fantasize.
“I’m that kind of guy. My background is documentary still photography, reportage.”
These are fundamentally directors’ films, but any discussion of them has to come back to the lead performances.
A sex-toy Pinocchio? Offenbach’s Olympia as an inflatable courtesan? If only.