Matt Zoller Seitz


Voted for

All That Jazz1979Bob Fosse
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
Days of Heaven1978Terrence Malick
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
GoodFellas1990Martin Scorsese
American Dream1990Barbara Kopple
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Salesman1968Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
A Bread Factory, Parts 1 and 22018Patrick Wang


All That Jazz

1979 USA

Blending Broadway and filmmaking razzle-dazzle with American New Wave grit, and incorporating nonlinear editing techniques that had begun in early 20th century experimental cinema and blossomed in mid-century art house classics like Hiroshima, Mon Amour, this is one of the most aesthetically sophisticated, morally complex, and sheerly pleasurable films ever made.


1989 Iran

Everything one can say about cinema, and everything that cinema can say about us, is contained in this film.

A Bread Factory, Parts 1 and 2


A monumental yet intimate work that manages to fold nearly every mode of art and expression into four densely packed hours of character- and community-based storytelling.

Further remarks

The films on this list were selected on the basis of how much the writer has learned about cinema and life by watching them, as well as how often he has thought about them in the last ten years.