Ben Hopkins


Voted for

Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
The Ascent1976Larissa Shepitko
Synecdoche, New York2008Charlie Kaufman
Werckmeister Harmonies2000Béla Tarr
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Il Bidone1955Federico Fellini
Fanny and Alexander1982Ingmar Bergman
Trash Humpers2009Harmony Korine


Not much has changed since 2012 – I could happily have just handed in the same list as 10 years ago – but this time I felt more drawn to some films that I rejected at the last minute in 2012 (The Ascent, Pather Panchali), and then there are a couple of films that I’ve recently rewatched (Synecdoche, New York for example) that are new entries. Plus I’ve noticed that, as I get older, I’m more drawn to smaller sketches rather than grander tableaux (so Il Bidone rather than 8½, for example). Trash Humpers replaces Team America as my wild card (I need something a bit nuts to leaven the brew); I saw it again recently and it’s such a unique viewing experience that I felt I had to include it.