I was setting up to post today about The Avengers, but I got derailed by the news that Adam Yauch has died at age 47 after a long battle with cancer. Rightly, much of the coverage is focusing on his career with the Beastie Boys, and a host of rappers have paid their respects on Twitter. Questlove’s tweet just seems to say it all: “Yauch is gone. Fuck.”
As a film guy, I couldn’t help but mourn the second career that Yauch had just embarked on as the co-founder of Oscilloscope Films, a company that has distributed some of the edgiest and brainiest narrative features and documentaries since it started up in 2008. To pay tribute to Adam Yauch’s other legacy, here’s my list of Top 10 movies put out by his company. He is gone too soon.
1. Exit Through the Gift Shop. I chose Banksy’s hilarious romp through the world of graffiti and high art as the best documentary of 2010. What happens when underground art is embraced by the masses? A lot of very funny things, it turns out.