Katie Rife

Freelance writer

Voted for

Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
À bout de souffle1960Jean-Luc Godard
Un chien andalou1928Luis Buñuel
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Once upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
My Neighbour Totoro1988Hayao Miyazaki
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
Wanda1970Barbara Loden


Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

Kurosawa's filmmaking is immortal, the kind of direction that will never lose its power to absorb, thrill, and entertain.

À bout de souffle

1960 France

The moment when cinema and cinephilia first consummated their marriage. Two becoming one. Amen.

Un chien andalou

1928 France

Buñuel and Dali open the door to the cinematic subconscious.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Sometimes a film is a revered classic for a reason.

In the Mood for Love

2000 Hong Kong, France

A stunning achievement in color, sound, composition, heartbreak, romance, and wallpaper.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

If there was justice in the world, humanity would have understood Do The Right Thing in 1989 and acted accordingly. Alas, we did not, and thus it remains searingly relevant.

Once upon a Time in the West

1968 Italy, USA

Pure cinema.

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 Japan

The most benevolent of all of Miyazaki's gifts to humanity.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974 USA

As seismic of an event as Kane or Breathless. The old world dies, and a grotesque new one is born.


1970 USA

Rust Belt poetry. A love song for all the beautiful, broken people and things in this world.