October 16, 2012

Top 10 Films of All-Time

1) In the Mood for Love ¹ (2000, dir. Wong Kar-Wai)
2) Mulholland Dr. (2001, dir. David Lynch)
3) Dazed and Confused (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)
4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, dir. Michel Gondry)
5) Dr. Strangelove (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
6) Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
7) Ghost World (2001, dir. Terry Zwigoff)
8) The Graduate (1967, dir. Mike Nichols)
9) Reservoir Dogs (1992, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
10) Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, dir. Woody Allen)

This is a personal list of the top ten films I've ever seen. It leans heavily toward the independent film movement from the 1990s to the early 2000s and the post Hays Codes studio era of the 1960s before the New Hollywood movement. For some reason, I'm particularly drawn to these eras of filmmaking before and after the new wave of European influence.

I love filmmaking and the art of cinema. If you know me, you know I'm obsessive in my knowledge of the film industry and modern production post-1967. Most of these films were somehow instrumental in my film education and introduction into cinema culture, mostly seen from my late teens and on.

¹ Elvis Mitchell: "Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year [In the Mood for Love], dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever." – New York Times

I saw In the Mood for Love in a introductory film studies class during first year of university. I fell in love with its beauty, romantic 1960s Hong Kong setting, and breathtaking cinematography. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung play neighbours whose spouses are having an affair with each other in a subtle yet heartbreaking love story. Wong Kar-Wai's visual storytelling, flourishing musical queues, and unconventional narrative are a wonder of thematically rich art and design.

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