Every ten years me and a friend discuss and rage about the Sight & Sound top ten of all time. Or at least we have for the last two. This one, and the last one. I didn’t know him in 92, and I didn’t buy the magazine then.
Anyway, today’s discussion started when I got his email with his ten. I walked Bailey, thinking of mine, replied, and we’ve been discussing via text since Vertigo was announced at number one. I wish he still lived closer.
Here’s his list:
Performance - roeg san
Touch of Evil - orson san
Branded to Kill - suzuki san
Stalker - tarkovskii san
The Passenger - anotonioni san
Werkmeister Harmonies - tarr san
Los Olivdados - bunuel san
The Wild Bunch - Sam san
Blue Velvet - David san
Uzak - nuri san
So I walked, and thought of the ten I would write today. Not necessarily my favourite films of all time, though several would occupy that list too, but the best, the time capsule films, the alien welcome pack, the ones I’d save from the end of days bonfire for whatever comes next.
Touch of Evil - Welles san
Peeping Tom - Powell san
Ran - Kurosawa san
The Conformist - Bertolucci san
There Will Be Blood - Anderson san
The Exterminating Angel - Bunuel san
The Apartment - billy san
Days of Heaven - Malick san
Dr Strangelove - Stanley san
Le Cercle Rouge - Melville san
- Mine aren’t in order, I doubt his are either. Close today, but not quite making it were Point Blank, Network, The Misfits, Nil By Mouth, Night of the Hunter and Paris, Texas. On another day they may have sneaked in.
I know it’s just adding noise out there, but we like consecrating these moments in time. So we do.