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Monday, October 04, 2010


Today, the Online Film Critics Society posted the results of a members poll. We voted for the 100 Best First Films. You can read the full list here, including extra blurbs on the top 20 (I wrote the paragraph for Being John Malkovich).

Each writer was asked to contribute their top 25. If you're curious how I voted, here is my list. Linked titles go to my reviews of the films in question--I've written about a surprisingly low number!

1. The Maltese Falcon (director: John Huston)
2. Breathless [review 1] [review 2] (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
4. Badlands (Terrence Malick)
5. The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
6. Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
7. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
8. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
9. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
10. Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)
11. On the Town (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
12. Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
13. Sixteen Candles (John Hughes)
14. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird)
15. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
16. The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
17. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
18. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsey)
19. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
20. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
21. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney)
22. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
23. 40-Year-Old Virgin, The (Judd Apatow)
24. Brick (Rian Johnson)
25. Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau)

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