Simran Hans

Film Critic and Freelance Writer

Voted for

Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli1960Luchino Visconti
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One1967William Greaves
Wanda1970Barbara Loden
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Handsworth Songs1986John Akomfrah
Broadcast News1987James L. Brooks
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
QIANXI MANBO2001Hou Hsiao-Hsien
The Social Network2010David Fincher
Time2020Garrett Bradley


The more time I spend with them, the more I am convinced that “Best” and “of all time” are profoundly stupid ways to categorise artworks. It seems an arbitrary exercise to compare and quantify the quality of films that are attempting to do wildly different things in completely different contexts. And anyway: how should I know if new movies can stand up to the weight of history—the world’s but especially my own. I hate lists, hate the graceless act of nailing my limited knowledge and changing taste to the wall. Unfortunately that is all I can do—offer 10 films that have marked me and lodged their images in my brain,10 great films that I recommend without reservation, 10 films that tell you something about the specific things I personally find interesting and/or important today.