Rodney Ascher


Voted for

Demon Lover Diary1980Joel DeMott
The Limey1999Steven Soderbergh
Psycho1998Gus Van Sant
The Atomic Cafe1982Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
Starship Troopers1997Paul Verhoeven
Fantastic Mr. Fox2009Wes Anderson
Premonitions Following an Evil Deed1995David Lynch
Brazil1985Terry Gilliam
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story1988Todd Haynes
A Movie1958Bruce Conner


Demon Lover Diary

1980 USA

If Hearts of Darkness tells a similar story to Apocalypse Now, Demon Lover Diary is as much a horror film as Demon Lover, the forgotten midwestern Satanic thriller whose catastrophic making it documents. It’s also a very funny, sometimes poignant portrait of an America that no longer exists.

The Limey

1999 USA

An anti-revenge story that becomes a kaleidoscopic memory piece as we flash between images of Los Angeles at the end of the century, home movies of a family vacation, the dream of the '60s, and scenes from an entirely different film. As fluidly as they intercut, each of those times and places prove to be as lost to one another as this father and daughter.


1998 USA

Simultaneously a worshipful tribute to an iconic classic, a moustache on the Mona Lisa, and a heroically doomed attempt to bring appropriation art to the multiplex.

The Atomic Cafe

1982 USA

This film (along with The Thin Blue Line and Koyaanisqatsi) demolished any preconceived notions in my mind of what a non-fiction film could look like or accomplish.

Starship Troopers

1997 USA

A pre-emptive satire of the 21st century that would be terrifying if it wasn’t so funny (or is it the other way around?).

Fantastic Mr. Fox

2009 USA

A witty, raucous and romantic portrait of family life hidden in a gargantuan, hand-crafted dollhouse diorama.

Premonitions Following an Evil Deed


In a single minute, on an ancient camera with no synch sound, Lynch creates a perfectly incomplete murder-mystery / Freudian sci-fi dreamscape / emotional time-bomb / jigsaw puzzle. Edited in camera, it includes the largest conceptual leaps between shots this side of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


1985 USA, United Kingdom

My first viewing had me in goosebumps at the shock of seeing what could only be my own half-remembered dreams projected 30 feet high.

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story


A chilling and moving collision of style and substance. Endlessly influential.

A Movie

1958 USA

aka The Big Bang.