Amanda Kramer

Voted for

The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover1989Peter Greenaway
Without You I'm Nothing1990John Boskovich
Stardust Memories1980Woody Allen
All That Jazz1979Bob Fosse
Fear Eats the Soul1974Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cruising1980William Friedkin
[Safe]1994Todd Haynes
The Player1992Robert Altman
Basic Instinct1992Paul Verhoeven
Hidden2004Michael Haneke


The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover

1989 United Kingdom, France

Greenaway creates the most enviable frames in the art form. He is cinema’s master painter, the only Rembrandt we’ve known. With iconic costumes by Gaultier and the most lush/deranged production design by Ben Van Os and Jan Roelfs, plus a forever epic score by Michael Nyman, this film is absolute transcendence.

Without You I'm Nothing

1990 USA

The single greatest performance film of all time. Nothing is funnier, stranger, wilder, more charming and alluring than what Sandra has created here. The final number is doubtlessly one of the best endings any filmmaker could conjure.

Stardust Memories

1980 USA

A peek inside the life of a true filmmaking genius, loved for his earlier funnier work. Complex, personal, surreal, and deeply misunderstood in its own time. An ode to the artist that strays away from bullshit wonder and awe, and gets at something more honest - compulsion and casual obsession.

All That Jazz

1979 USA

The greatest ever dance film, not only because of the choreography - which is breathtaking and worthy of a jumping ovation, but because it’s shot and edited with the spirit of a dancer. Demented, tragic, spiritual, sexy, gutting. The width of this film, all that it encompasses visually and emotionally, is stunning.

Fear Eats the Soul

1974 Federal Republic of Germany

Touching and lonely, romantic and estranged. I think often about the casting in this film, how deeply un-Hollywood the story is in every way, and how special it feels to portray any kind of love affair that every kind of exec would cringe at. When fassbinder sees himself as a heartbroken, aching woman, he’s at his best.


1980 Federal Republic of Germany, USA

There is no chic’er moment for Al Pacino than this performance - he’s virile, intense, sickening, and so magnetic that it’s often impossible to look at his reaction shots for fear of fainting. The leather bar scenes are jaw-dropping art, and his placement within them - as thee Great Pacino - is pure iconography.


1994 USA, United Kingdom

An unrivalled 'hysterical woman' performance by Julianne Moore, who holds this tremendously upsetting film together with the grace and fragility of an angel. If every film had a final shot even as remotely as affecting as Safe, we’d have a better art form, period.

The Player

1992 USA

Hollywood satire is dead and The Player is its marble tombstone. Nothing since has touched the humour and dread and absolute ding-dong dumbness of a major American industry. The death scene outside the Rialto is one both creatives and execs have relived over and over in their minds - the screenwriter who gets to obliterate the suit for being tasteless and crass, and the producer who gets to murder the artist for saying so.

Basic Instinct

1992 USA, France

Verhoeven is the sex-camp maestro, and this is his unrivalled masterpiece of lust, schlock, sensationalism. Two brilliant performances - endlessly watchable in both their vulnerability and manipulation. There’s movies with sex scenes and then there’s Basic Instinct, the epitome of softcore cool. Every film should trade in its tired, boring firearm for something as sensual and evocative as Verhoeven's ice-pick.


2004 France, Austria, Germany, Italy

Giving you just enough, holding you so close, yet leaving you confounded and curious - that should be a screenwriter’s ultimate desire, especially in the landscape of the thriller, where we tend to be hit over the head until we’re brain damaged. Haneke has created his own kind of European steeliness, the cruelty of a bourgeois class that’s so banal you can only feel complicit. Plus a perfect middle finger to everyone who wants an easy wrap-up.