DVDs: Film School Or Criterion? You Decide

April 21, 2015 7:45 AM

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Every once in a while, a great director or screenwriter will offer up a list of their favorite films. Martin Scorsese just did it, sort of. (Actually, he gave an interview and talked at length or briefly or just referenced 89 films, which was immediately turned into The 89 Films Martin Scorsese Says Every Filmmaker Needs To See!) It's fun. You see the list, you check off the ones you've seen, make a note of the ones you haven't and scoff at a few you wouldn't include yourself. (Though of course Marty surely has some insightful reason for every film on the list -- like maybe an innovative production design or great camerawork as opposed to, you know, the movie as a movie.)

So people display the lists, name the directors like Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino and countless others who never went to film school or quit and basically educated themselves on VHS or laser disc or DVD by watching the movies referenced by their favorite directors. As they say, you cou...

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