Gary Tarn

Director / Composer

Voted for

Singin' in the Rain1951Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
La Jetée1962Chris Marker
Stalker1979Andrei Tarkovsky
Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance1983Godfrey Reggio
Spirited Away2001Hayao Miyazaki
The Tree of Life2010Terrence Malick
12 Years a Slave2013Steve McQueen
Arrival2016Denis Villeneuve
Roma2018Alfonso Cuarón
Nomadland2020Chloé Zhao


Ask any cinephile to choose ten films from the canon and they'll tell you it's a thankless and hopeless task. Like everyone invited to submit their choices for this poll, I could have easily submitted a dozen different versions, so this selection is a personal choice, based on films that I have learned from or that I simply enjoy for embodying the essence of true cinema. I've deliberately added a number of more recent films; the art of telling stories is constantly evolving and I applaud my peers for their stellar contributions.