TG10 Guest List: Quinn Armstrong (Survival Skills)

Welcome to TG10s. This year, echoing another publication, we are posting our top 10s, and taking votes from you. Keep reading The Twin Geeks for lists from our regular writers, as well as some extra special selection of lists from some amazing guests.

Quinn Armstrong is a Seattle-based director of indie films, including 2020’s Survival Skills. Listen to our interview with Armstrong.

Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter. Dir. David Lean.

The closest thing I have to a favorite movie. Incredibly restrained, and deeply heartbreaking.

Outer Space

Outer Space. Dir. Peter Tscherkassky.

An 11-minute short made on an optical printer. The scariest thing I’ve ever seen.

F for Fake

F For Fake. Dir. Orson Welles.

Orson Welles’ best movie. Might as well be an essay about modern politics in America.

Night of the Hunter

Night of the Hunter. Dir. Charles Laughton.

Comedy and horror are separated by a hair’s breadth.

The Apartment

The Apartment. Dir. Billy Wilder.

If I had to make a case for an objective “best” director it might be Wilder.

Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain. Dir. Ken Ichikawa.

Harrowing, adjective: acutely distressing or painful.

Taste of Cherry

Taste of Cherry. Dir. Abbas Kiarostami.

Kiarostami was the closest thing the movies have had to Anton Chekhov.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin. Dir. Jonathan Glazer.

Glazer uses familiar tools to construct a truly alien perspective.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein. Dir. James Whale.

The concept of monstrosity is always linked to queerness, but never more boldly or beautifully than here.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Kung Fu Panda Holiday. Dir. Tim Johnson.

Just trust me.

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