|The Salt of the Earth
|Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
|The Battle of Algiers
|The Black Stallion
|2001: A Space Odyssey
|Once upon a Time in Anatolia
|Nuri Bilge Ceylan
|They Shall Not Grow Old
Quite possibly the most successful attempt to explore idealism vs. realism vs. individualism, all overwhelmed by love.
Never has such a grand theme been conveyed with such simplicity.
The Salt of the Earth
The best example of delving into the darkest depths that human beings can achieve, while coming out the other side and finding redemption.
The Battle of Algiers
While I realize it’s a dramatic piece of cinema, my brain still fools me into thinking that what I’m watching is real.
The Black Stallion
A rare example of cinematic perfection. The creativity and care with which each moment is rendered take my breath away.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Though I still don’t fully know what this film is saying, I will never stop trying to discover the answer.
A slow burn that haunts and haunts, until you fully comprehend what the shattering prologue fully means.
I don’t recall blinking even once in this film.
Once upon a Time in Anatolia
A film that almost touches divinity.
They Shall Not Grow Old
A gift to humanity.
While it goes without saying, I have voted for the films that have moved me in life-altering ways. So while some choices may not be commonly found on other people’s lists, the combination of emotional, intellectual, and technical reasons for choosing these respective films is more a reflection of who I am, rather than a reflection of what the market deems ‘a masterpiece.’