Nick Roddick

Nick Roddick

Film journalist; critic
Voted in the critics poll

Voted for:

Badlands 1973 Terrence Malick
Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean
Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 Jacques Rivette
dolce vita, La 1960 Federico Fellini
Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa
Kings of the Road 1976 Wim Wenders
Long Goodbye, The 1973 Robert Altman
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973 Sam Peckinpah
Règle du jeu, La 1939 Jean Renoir
Searchers, The 1956 John Ford


The criterion: emotional. It was never going to be ‘importance to film history’ because then it would have to include The Robe. Sure, aesthetic principles play their part, as I hope the list makes clear, but if I have to chose between a film I admire (The White Ribbon, La notte) and one which knocks my emotional socks off every time – like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – I will always go for that. Cool, calm and critical I’ve never been.