Writer, Editor & Filmmaker
|Erich von Stroheim
|The Third Man
|2001: A Space Odyssey
|Aguirre, Wrath of God
|Mad Max: Fury Road
The greatest lost film of them all.
Sentimental or nihilistic or both? And still so modern…
The Third Man
Is there such thing as a perfect film? This comes as close as any I know.
Is this Top 100 list self-fulfilling? This is the only movie in my own Top 10 that I actively sought out after reading an earlier Top 100…. and dammit, they’re right.
2001: A Space Odyssey
In this case, the poster still says it all: ‘The Ultimate Trip’.
Aguirre, Wrath of God
Released the year I was born, and as gloriously demented as ever a half century later.
Every list should contain at least one wild card. Arguably the most prescient film of our time.
A shimmering fever dream, starring the greatest mover in cinema, Denis Lavant.
An artist who has long transcended the medium paints his masterpiece, heralding a new century of opportunity.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sometimes you look back to look forward – a propulsive beast infused with the divine feminine that the Lumière Brothers would have totally vibed with.
"Why'd y'spill yer beans?" The only way to make sense of this impossible task is as a game: therefore I chose a personal favourite from each decade over the past hundred years that encapsulated something of the magic of the medium while suggesting what happens next – each one, in its own unique fashion, giving us pure cinema. The Top 100, or the canon it suggests, remains important. We can’t presume that these films can or will be seen as they were intended – on the biggest screen imaginable – but there is hope, there is joy, and they’ve been writing off the movies for at least half a century now. My feeling is that the medium remains young, vital and loaded with endless possibility.