Peter Kuplowsky

International Programmer, Midnight Madness, Toronto International Film Festival

Voted for

Speed Racer2008The Wachowskis
Local Legends2013Matt Farley
A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold2018Patrick Wang
My Neighbour Totoro1988Hayao Miyazaki
High and Low1963Akira Kurosawa
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort1967Jacques Demy
Pontypool2008Bruce Mcdonald
Star Wars1977George Lucas
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles


Speed Racer


Studio blockbusters were at a crossroads in 2008, the success of Iron Man and The Dark Knight cemented the road we would take, but the hyper-reality and playful formal experimentation of Speed Racer was the road we should have travelled.

Local Legends


The rosetta stone to perhaps the most underrated filmmaker in American independent cinema - next to Patrick Wang at least.

A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold


The parade of character disappearances and final shot in Part 2 trumps all, but Wang's climactic arts council meeting in Part 1 and its cathartic, yet trepidatious resolution is an all-timer.

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 Japan

No notes. Only love and vibes.

High and Low

1963 Japan

So good even a BATMAN movie was like yeah let's rip this off.


1994 Hong Kong

The best movies either take seven years to make or are tossed off within less than a month. The latter has never been epitomized by a movie better than this one.

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

1967 France

A trifle, but the most decadent and best tasting of trifles.


2008 Canada

It's not the end of the world, it's just the end of the day.

Star Wars

1977 USA

Movies are worse for its existence, but that's a testament to its seismic impact and it would be personally disingenuous for me to pretend I didn't consider it to be one of the great movies.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of Mr. Bernstein's monologue about how a month hasn't gone by since that he hasn't thought of the girl in the white dress.

Further remarks

So my intentions can be plain, this is the beginning of 10 year plan to get a Matt Farley and/or Patrick Wang film into the Top 100.

I apologize in advance for my perceived apathy towards early cinema. Lot of great ones there, but I am sure other voters have got it covered.