Jason Anderson

Critic, the Grid, Cinema Scope

Canada

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Aliens

1986

James Cameron

All About Eve

1950

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Brighter Summer Day, A

1991

Edward Yang

Dr. Strangelove

1963

Stanley Kubrick

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Mulholland Dr

2001

David Lynch

Nostalghia

1983

Andrei Tarkovsky

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Comments

Such a shameful list! And for so many reasons! No silents, no docs, no experimental films, nothing before the 1930s, whole continents unrepresented, nothing from my homeland (James Cameron doesn’t count), only one movie by someone other than a white dude (and no non-dudes at all). I couldn’t decide on a single title by Hitchcock, Buñuel, Ford, Sturges, Ozu, Visconti, Godard, Varda, Scorsese, Malick, Denis, Apichatpong etc. I’ve chosen possibly the most imperfect Tarkovsky, but it’s the one I love best. Mulholland Dr., Children of Paradise and A Brighter Summer Day are all longer than they ought to be, but can I really bedgrudge them? In all of these cases, ‘greatest’ meant the movies that overwhelmed me on my first viewing and continue to remind me what cinema can and should be. No more apologies from me, then.

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