Great Job, Internet!: Guillermo Del Toro cheats when picking his 10 favorite Criterion movies

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The appeal and the folly of any broad top 10 list—favorite movies, favorite bands, favorite foods— is the misguided belief that you can derive a clear-cut top 10 out of so much disparate material. This is especially true for buffs of any artistic medium, who, when forced to make top 10 lists, find themselves strung between genres, having to cherry pick one from many. Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro was having none of it. When the Criterion Collection asked him to put together a top 10 list of his favorite Criterion movies, he chose to tweak the format.

“Del Toro humorously bemoaned the ’unfair, arbitrary, and sadistic top ten practice,’” Criterion writes, “so instead he decided on ties or rather, ‘thematic/authorial pairings.’”

Honestly, it’s a better approach. It’s rare that the filmmakers who influence us most can be boiled down to a …