Daniel Goldhaber


Voted for

Casino1995Martin Scorsese
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Eraserhead1976David Lynch
F for Fake1973Orson Welles
Ishtar1987Elaine May
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Morvern Callar2001Lynne Ramsay
Princess Mononoke1997Hayao Miyazaki
Werckmeister Harmonies2000Béla Tarr
WELT AM DRAHT1973Rainer Werner Fassbinder



1995 USA, France

Truly pushes the boundaries of genre style and narrative. Schematic and human in equal parts – a genuine critique of capitalism that understands why people get sucked into the machine. Sometimes the characters feel like they are spinning around and around a roulette wheel. Bombastic, opulent, hilarious, shocking cinema.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

A north star for populist political American filmmaking. I adore the way this movie uses colour, the way it blends expressionism, realism and theatricality to create a form and identity all its own. Sometimes, doing the right thing means starting a riot.


1976 USA

Proof that, sometimes, to redefine the form you have to start a filmmaking collective with your friends. I love this movie, and I love the way this movie was made. It understands the magical potential of the cinema. The nightmarish images are seared into my subconscious. I can still hear the sounds of factories and howling wind in my dreams.

F for Fake


The ultimate documentary that understands the manipulative tendencies and powers of non-fiction filmmaking. Everything true is a lie and everything that's a lie is all that's real. One of the best-edited movies of all time. I easily also could have put The Act of Killing here instead. But I'm going back to the source.


1987 USA

Justice for Elaine May! Justice for Showgirls! Justice for Southland Tales and Monsieur Verdoux and Heaven's Gate and Popeye and Speed Racer and every other noble failure that was generations ahead of its time. I love what this movie does with star power. I love what this movie says about Hollywood.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

Seeing this in 35mm was one of the most powerful, spiritual moments I've had in a theater. Akerman has full command of the cinematic form – and knows exactly what to do with it.

Morvern Callar

2001 United Kingdom, Canada

Long live sensual cinema.

Princess Mononoke

1997 Japan

Every time I see this, I remain staggered by its craftsmanship, its epic scale and the sheer complexity of the story. It delivers narratively just as much as it does thematically. This is how nature looks when it's dying. This is why we killed it.

Werckmeister Harmonies

2000 Hungary, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy

My favorite fairy tale. The collective “film by” credit on this movie changed my understanding of how movies are made. When Béla Tarr says “As a filmmaker, you have to believe in the people – in their power,” he means it.


1973 Federal Republic of Germany

This is everything I want in a film. It's sci-fi. It's genre. It's queer. It's deadly serious. It's hilarious. It's strange. It's fantastical. It's real. It nailed the psychosis of digital reality before digital reality even existed. Is this television? I've only ever seen it projected in a movie theater. On the other hand – who cares?

Further remarks

These films are listed in alphabetical order. I've only named one film per director in my list or in my notes – any more would have become quickly unsustainable. All of the films on my list were also made after 1970 – perhaps a desire to recognize the applications and evolutions of cinema. I've otherwise chosen films that I adore, that I constantly return to, and that stand as pillars of what is most important to me in cinematic expression. I wish I had been able to include Interstellar, A Man Escaped, My First Film, Scorpio Rising and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. If I had more guts, I would've voted for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Maybe in 2032.