2007 - 2016: A Personal Cinematic Canon

This Personal Cinematic Canon encapsulates the past year I've spent thinking and writing about film. These 50 features have emerged as key works in my ever-evolving appreciation of contemporary cinema. Some of these are stone-cold masterpieces by any estimation. Some are fascinating but flawed conversation pieces. Some are amusing larks that nonetheless engender fanboy devotion. Some are esoteric, some are audacious, and some are frivolous, but they have all left a profound impression on me personally. All of these films are essential viewing in my house, and all are films I have fervently evangelized about to others. If you know me personally, these are the films you're tired of hearing about. They are not necessarily great films (though many are),…

  • The Act of Killing
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • American Honey
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Beyond the Hills
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Buried
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Cemetery of Splendour
  • Certified Copy
  • Control
  • Coraline
  • Dogtooth
  • The Edge of Heaven
  • Encounters at the End of the World
  • Enemy
  • Ex Machina
  • The Fall
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Her
  • Hunger
  • The Illusionist
  • In the Loop
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • It Follows
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  • The Master
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • Michael Clayton
  • The Neon Demon
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Nymphomaniac
  • Of Time and the City
  • Ratatouille
  • Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
  • A Serious Man
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Take Shelter
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • To the Wonder
  • The Turin Horse
  • Under the Skin
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • The White Ribbon
  • The Witch
  • The World's End
  • Zodiac
  • Zootopia