Editorial Board Member, Cineaste Magazine
|2001: A Space Odyssey
|Come and See
|Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
|Night of the Living Dead
|George A. Romero
|The Battle of Algiers
|Majo no takkyubin
|Hayao Miyazaki, Jack Fletcher
|Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
2001: A Space Odyssey
That this "old movie" spoke so strongly to my kids when we watched it recently was qualification enough. Its greatness has broken through the time barrier and generation gaps.
Come and See
Once seen never forgotten. And it staggers you anew when you revisit it.
Domestic life as dominoes--one piece topples, the rest follow. Shattering.
Surreal, primitive, brutal, erotic, a fever dream that spawned a thousand fantasies, none better.
The glove is velvet; the punch, hard.
Night of the Living Dead
The night that never ends, the terror that finds us wherever we live. Coming on sixty years it's still a potent virus.
The Battle of Algiers
Still the outstanding revolutionary film.
Majo no takkyubin
Ours is very much a Studio Ghibli house and this is the film we treasure the most. Truly enchanting, which is very much a part of greatness.
I'd like to give another Kurosawa a turn but I can't. This will always floor me.
Laughter is universal, and no one was funnier than Keaton in his prime.
2012: "In wrestling with the notion of greatness I focused on the ten films that have had the biggest impact on my own view of cinema – the ten movies that most affected me, that galvanised me, that left me shaken or tearful or unreasonably happy (often all at once). They’re all ‘good’ movies, but they have an extra, almost indefinable quality, almost an aura, that for me separates them from the rest."
2022: Still true… but I did know how to quit one title and a few others, and brought in some new ones for a different group show. In the 'great' hall of cinema you never run out of films to exhibit.