An obvious one and done not too difficult to compile, though I suspect I'll soon be horrified at what I've left out. Obvious directorial must haves: Cohen Brothers, Woody Allen, Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola, Hitchcock. So Lebowski beats Fargo, Zelig beats Love and Death (only just), Ed Wood beats Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice, Godfather beats its sequel and Apocalypse (again only just), and Rear Window beats North By Northwest.
Most of the others I consider brilliant pieces of writing over and above any other film making craft.
The most recent entry is WALL-E, although, thanks to my four-year-old, is probably the one I have seen most frequently of all of them. Despite this, the story never gets old or rusty. I don't use the word masterpiece lightly, but it pops up regularly when I think of that film. Not one single frame is out of place.
I've seen a lot of Peter Greenaway's short films (they used to play them a lot on Eat Carpet, remember that show?) and a few of his features. Most of them are deathly dull, laboured, and kind of pointlessly esoteric. You might say the same for The Cook, but I won't have a word of it. Sex in toilets, bakeries, libraries, Tim Roth vomiting at the dinner table, cannibalism. What doesn't it have? Michael Nyman's awesome score helps too.
- The Big Lebowski
- The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
- The Godfather
- Being John Malkovich
- Ed Wood
- Fight Club
- The Rear Window
- Joyeux Noël
A good list? I wouldn't mind seeing every one of them in a DVD film festival. Actually that would be kind of cool.
No, no distractions. Must write.