Kevin Wynter


Voted for

The Spirit of the Beehive1973Víctor Erice
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Menace II Society1993Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Kids1995Larry Clark
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
Good Will Hunting1997Gus Van Sant
Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte2009Michael Haneke
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica


The Spirit of the Beehive

1973 Spain

Few films have come as close to capturing the mysterious and delicate inner life of childhood as this film. It's like opening and peering into a rosebud before it has flowered and finding something you couldn't have anticipated and cannot unfind. Never has a film broken my heart so subtly; it haunts me.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974 USA

Not only one of the two best horror films ever made (the other being The Exorcist), but one of the great independent films in all of American cinema. The frenzied and demented images are somehow offset by the subtle and suggestive beauty of the compositions and mobile camera work. The film's final image is one of the great final images in all of cinema.

Mulholland Dr.

2001 France, USA

A genius filmmaker at the height of his powers. The full culmination of Lynch's thematic obsessions expressed in their crystalline form. A film that unironically embraces its arthouse pretenses and goes about exceeding them. Probably the best film made since the turn of the millennium.

Menace II Society

1993 USA

Alongside Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies, this is the most devastating film I have seen. The best movie ever made on the adversities of growing up Black in an American inner city where crime and drugs are the only readily available options for survival.


1995 USA

Uncompromising in every way. Looks unflinchingly at New York's 90s street skate culture with overproof courage. A film like this could never again be made and theatrically distributed in America. Perfectly shot, perfectly executed; supreme cinéma vérité.

Taxi Driver

1976 USA

The modern template for postwar disillusionment and the brittle masculinities it produced. Setting the film in New York was a masterstroke on the part of its writer (Paul Schrader) and Scorsese. Watching Travis Bickle struggle to reintegrate into a city that seems itself in moral and spiritual free fall only makes his own predicaments all the sadder. The residual heartbreak in Travis' last glance in his rearview mirror is unforgettable.

Good Will Hunting

1997 USA

A genuine three-hanky melodrama. Flawless filmmaking at every level of execution. But beyond its formal excellence, this film speaks to me in ways other films simply cannot.

Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

2009 Germany, Austria, France, Italy

Haneke is cinema's great philosopher on the question of violence. This is his masterpiece.


1958 USA

A film with a protagonist whose heartbreak and melancholy seem to transcend space and time. Hitchcock's masterwork on obsession and the ineradicable desire for lost love objects all caught in a finely spun web of crime and deceit is flawless.

Bicycle Thieves

1948 Italy

The gold standard of neorealist filmmaking, devastating in the simplicity of the story it tells and in its execution with an ending that is almost unbearably sad.

Further remarks

Looking at this list I have composed it would seem that the history of fine cinematic achievement is rather young and somewhat geographically limited. This, of course, is not the case. There are many very great films I regret excluding, such as Kubrick's Space Odyssey, Okamoto's The Sword of Doom, Sembene's Black Girl, Kurosawa's Ikiru, Grandrieux's La vie nouvelle, and many, many more. I believe the films I have selected here are not only objectively superb, but, more importantly (and what is the purpose of cinema if not this), each of these films changed me after watching them for the first time and the aftershocks of those first screenings still reverberate today.