Linda Marric

Film Critic

Voted for

Mean Streets1973Martin Scorsese
Singin' in the Rain1951Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
Un prophète2009Jacques Audiard
First Man2018Damien Chazelle
Rio Bravo1958Howard Hawks
Imitation of Life1959Douglas Sirk
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Brazil1985Terry Gilliam
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"1988Pedro Almodóvar


Mean Streets

1973 USA

The beginning of Martin Scorsese's decades long collaboration with Robert De Niro is a ballsy and genuinely thrilling New York fable. It is cinema verité in its purest and sincere form. An essential watch alongside Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.

Singin' in the Rain

1951 USA

Unquestionably the single most influential musical films of all time. Its brilliant depiction of early Hollywood is as timeless as it is brilliantly self-aware. Kelly et al don't miss a single beat in this fast-paced, funny and genuinely engaging story.

The Battle of Algiers

1966 Italy, Algeria

The Algerian civil war gets the Italian neorealist treatment in this era defining account from Pontecorvo. Shot in documentary style, the film went on to effluence everyone from Chris Nolan to Quentin Tarantino with Ennio Morricone's ominous score is just the cherry on top.

Un prophète

2009 France, Italy

Tahar Rahim is a revelation.

First Man

2018 USA

Ryan Gosling's understated delivery coupled with Chazelle's brilliant attention to detail make this into one of the best films about the space race. Its unfussy approach is what makes it a cut above the rest.

Imitation of Life

1959 USA

Nobody does Melodrama like Sirk does. It's all in the subtext.

The Apartment

1960 USA

A clever, touching and robustly acted comedy of errors form Wilder. Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon are simply sublime.

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"

1988 Spain

Almodóvar's mixes melodrama with black comedy in this exuberant feminist tale.