Andrei Liimets

culture critic

Voted for

The General1926Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
City Lights1931Charles Chaplin
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica
Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Lawrence of Arabia1962David Lean
Princess Mononoke1997Hayao Miyazaki
The Matrix1999The Wachowskis
The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring2001Peter Jackson


The General

1926 USA

The high-water mark for action movies for close to a hundred years. Keaton's innovation and fearlessness were second to none, and his screen persona still electrifies even today. See also: One Week, Sherlock Jr., Mad Max: Fury Road

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

An experiment in sculpting time, place, feeling and meaning, while also a joyride through the possibilities of early film which might never be surpassed in terms of its limitless playfulness. See also: The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Bowling for Columbine

City Lights

1931 USA

While three or four films could be argued to be Chaplin's masterpiece, this might be the most touching, ending up with probably the single best bit of acting ever recorded on screen. See also: The Kid, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, It Happened One Night

Bicycle Thieves

1948 Italy

The high point of postwar neorealism, which has set the gold standard for all human stories about inequality that have come after. See also: The Grapes of Wrath, The Battle of Algiers, Parasite

Rear Window

1954 USA

While some other Hitchcock films might have even more critical accolades, this remains the master's greatest study of perspective, subjectivity and restraint. See also: Rebecca, Psycho, Vertigo, M, 12 Angry Men

Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

The eastern to top all westerns. Kurosawa's absolute highlight and a film to be studied in terms of blending the exterior and the interior, the grand and the small, the there-and-then and the timeless. See also: Once upon a Time in the West, There Will Be Blood

Lawrence of Arabia

1962 United Kingdom

A majestic and breathtaking spectacle which entertains as well as educates while pushing forward the technical possibilities of film to reflect history and become history. Also see: Paths of Glory, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Casablanca, Schindler's List

Princess Mononoke

1997 Japan

While Spirited Away might remain his most popular work, this altogether more elegiac tale is Miyazaki's defining warning to respect the natural world around us. See also: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Up

The Matrix

1999 USA, Australia

A science-fiction action acid trip ahead of its time and our time. Still innovative and stylish beyond belief. See also: 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Stalker, La Jetée

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

2001 USA, New Zealand

Difficult to pick one third of the trilogy, as the first and the final chapters both still feel like a sort of culmination of the possibilities of film, fantasy and absolute escapism which enlivens and enlightens. See also: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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