|Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark
|Francis Ford Coppola
|It Happened One Night
|Do the Right Thing
|My Neighbour Totoro
Chaplin's film embodies all the magic and power of cinema. This charming, sweet romcom is both awe-inducing and "aww"-inducing in nature, impacting the head and the heart in equal measure. The emotional drive of the narrative and the creative construction of its slapstick is pioneering work that continues to inspire today's filmmakers.
A terrifying film on multiple levels that continues to find contemporary parallels. Spielberg made us afraid to go in the water, and crafted a water-tight picture, but he also worked against adversity, creatively engineering a way to work around technical issues with his behemoth star that's since set a standard modern filmmakers follow.
An otherworldly adventure that perfectly puts into practice Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Thrilling and fulfilling, it's a timeless story that endures in our hearts and minds.
One of the most beautiful animated films ever made from Disney. Eyvind Earle's backgrounds are a highlight in a picture teeming with them. Charles Perrault's adapted story combined with the music adapted from Tchaikovsky's ballet pleases our eyes and ears. Houses many indelible sequences and an all-timer of a villain. Actors and Animators outdid themselves on this Technirama/ Technicolor masterpiece.
The second you hear the score, even before any images appear, you know you're in for a tremendous time. Equal parts bleak and brilliant, it's a film for the ages that stands the test of time.
It Happened One Night
A perfect romantic comedy filled with incandescent, effervescent performances from Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. Capra turns in sparkling, shrewd work, not just in terms of the genre, but filmmaking in general.
Do the Right Thing
Never has cinema felt more like a powder keg before than in filmmaker Spike Lee's hands here. A powerful, prescient picture. It opened up my world as a teen, first seeing this when it was released and my relationship with it has blossomed further in time. It's a visually and emotional arresting piece of cinema.
Playful, romantic, hilarious and heartrending, Jeunet's signature aesthetic is bursting with vibrant energy and electricity. Audrey Tautou's painfully shy heroine, who loves a good prank as much as she loves an altruistic good deed, is beautiful and instantly loveable. Yann Tiersen's inspired score and Bruno Delbonnel's gorgeous cinematography earn top marks as well.
Acts as a shot of adrenaline through the heart that fittingly contains a scene where a character gets just that. Infinitely quotable and absolutely rewatchable, Tarantino set a standard many try to imitate, but rarely can duplicate. A sprawling cast and soundtrack that's, top to bottom, perfect. This is a pop culture moment.
My Neighbour Totoro
A tremendous, magnificent, lovely animated feature that's perfect for all ages. Watching it is like getting a warm hug from your best friend. New layers and depths are found over the years on revisits.
It's incredibly difficult to distil cinema's wealth of titles and rich history into just 10 films. However, it certainly was fun. Hopefully this will inspire others to think about what films are significant to them (and the culture at large) and search out more films to expand their worldviews and capabilities for empathy.