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IONCINEPHILE of the Month: Matt Sobel’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

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IONCINEPHILE of the Month: Matt Sobel’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly IONCINEPHILE profile, we ask the filmmaker (in this case, American indie filmmaker Matt Sobel) to identify their all time top ten favorite films. Sobel’s Take Me to the River receives its theatrical release on March 18th via the Film Movement folks. In no particular order, here is his top ten as of March 2016.

2001: A Space Odyssey– Stanley Kubrick (1968)
Ubiquitous I know, but deservedly so. Watching it is far more than a passive movie going experience.

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American Movie – Chris Smith (1999)
“This film is so much more than hilarious. Mark Borchart is inspiring. His relationship with uncle Bill is one of the most touching I’ve ever seen. Their spontaneous musings are often more poetic than carefully scripted dialogue.”

Badlands  – Terrence Malick (1973)
“Its mixture of murder and fairytale adventure is so beguiling it somehow makes a killing spree light fun”

Breaking the Waves – Lars Von Trier (1996)
“Currently my favorite film, though it changes every few months. Emily Watson is shockingly committed. The film is a bodily experience while you watch it, and then a polemic argument when you pick it apart afterward.”

Fitzcarraldo – Werner Herzog (1982)
“I can’t decide what is more audacious, Fitzcarraldo pulling a ship over a mountain or Herzog making this film. In the end they are the same thing, and that’s why this film is brilliant.”

Murmur of the Heart – Louis Malle (1971)
“I don’t think a more specific and sensitively observed portrait of a 14-year-old boy exists. Not to mention a mother/son relationship that truly defies description.”

Safe  – Todd Haynes (1995)
“Such and incredible feeling of dread, and one of my favorite ambiguous endings.”

Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)
“I can’t really describe what this film did to me, but it was singular, visceral, and unforgettable.”

The Son  – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (2002)
“The best example of an elephant in the room imaginable, so simple and yet infinitely gripping.”

The White Ribbon – Michael Haneke (2009)
“It hit me about 30 seconds after the credits rolled that every audience member was a character in this film. I was a townsperson, and my fears played just as large a role as any of the on screen characters. It was a sort of mirror.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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