A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that is now based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 1024 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

1. Hellzapoppin’ (HC Potter, 1941)

2. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)

3. Duvidha (Mani Kaul, 1973)

4. Renaldo & Clara (Bob Dylan, 1978)

5. His Motorbike, Her Island (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 1986)

6. Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1990)

7. Ballet (Frederick Wiseman, 1995)

8. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003)

9. Throw Down (Johnnie To, 2004)

10. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo, 2017)

11. New York, New York (Martin Scorsese, 1977)

12. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)

13. Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)

14. Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936)

15. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)

16. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

17. Predator (John McTiernan, 1987)

18. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)

19. Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006)

20. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

21. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Eric Rohmer, 2007)

22. Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg, 1931)

23. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

24. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941)

25. My Night at Maud’s (Eric Rohmer, 1969)

26. Window Water Baby Moving (Stan Brakhage, 1959)

27. A Matter of Interpretation (Lee Kwangkuk, 2014)

28. How Green was My Valley (John Ford, 1941)

29. Bye Bye Birdie (George Sidney, 1963)

30. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, 1933)

31. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (Itō Shunya, 1972)

32. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978)

33. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)

34. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)

35. Blackhat (Michael Mann, 2015)

36. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017)

37. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)

38. Judge Priest (John Ford, 1934)

39. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)

40. PTU (Johnnie To, 2003)

41. Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915)

42. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

43. Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963)

44. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka Sadao, 1937)

45. My Young Auntie (Lau Kar-leung, 1981)

46. Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton & John G. Blystone, 1923)

47. The Thin Man (WS Van Dyke, 1934)

48. My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964)

49. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)

50. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

51. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)

52. Vengeance! (Chang Cheh, 1970)

53. The Southerner (Jean Renoir, 1945)

54. My Heart is that Eternal Rose (Patrick Tam, 1989)

55. Two Lovers (James Gray, 2008)

56. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray, 1951)

57. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)

58. The Miracle Fighters (Yuen Woo-ping, 1982)

59. Vampir-Caudecuc (Pere Portabella, 1973)

60. Rashomon (Kurosawa Akira, 1950)

61. Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994)

62. Dodsworth (William Wyler, 1936)

63. The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois, 2020)

64. Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello, 2019)

65. Crippled Avengers (Chang Cheh, 1978)

66. M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)

67. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)

68. Kamikaze Taxi (Herman Yau, 1993)

69. Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930)

70. Pride and Prejudice (Andrew Davies, 1995)

71. The ‘Burbs (Joe Dante, 1989)

72. Wife of a Spy (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2020)

73. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)

74. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, 2011)

75. Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

76. Park Row (Samuel Fuller, 1953)

77. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019)

78. Heathers (Michael Lehmann, 1988)

79. Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke, 2002)

80. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

81. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)

82. The One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1967)

83. 7 Women (John Ford, 1966)

84. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

85. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)

86. Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)

87. The Bad News Bears (MIchael Ritchie, 1976)

88. The Pirate (Vicente Minnelli, 1948)

89. Paterson (Paterson, 2016)

90. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)

91. Brigadoon (Vincente MInnelli, 1954)

92. Grass (Hong Sangsoo, 2018)

93. Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein, 1938)

94. Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)

95. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis, 2008)

96. Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008)

97. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949)

98. Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)

99. The World (Jia Zhangke, 2004)

100. Madame de… (Marcel Ophuls, 1953)

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote the liner notes essay for the upcoming Criterion Collection release of Johnnie To’s Throw Down (preorder now!). I also wrote about Christian Petzold’s Jerichow for InReview Online and the Demon Slayer movie at Seattle Screen Scene. I also handed out the 2020 Endy Awards.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

These are the movies I’ve watched or rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.


The Goat (Buster Keaton & Malcolm St. Clair) – 5, 1921
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey) – 1, 1933
Three Little Pigs (Burt Gillett) – 22, 1933
Queen of Sports (Sun Yu) – 22, 1934
The Foghorn Leghorn (Robert McKimson) – 24, 1948

Rabbit Seasoning (Chuck Jones) – 10, 1952
Feed the Kitty (Chuck Jones) – 13, 1952
One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) – 3, 1955
What’s Opera, Doc? (Chuck Jones) – 3, 1957
Hare-way to the Stars (Chuck Jones) – 17, 1958
Robin Hood Daffy (CHuck Jones) – 21, 1958

The Road to Fort Alamo (Mario Bava) – 25, 1964
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Sergio Leone) – 1, 1966
The Shooting (Monte Hellman) – 6, 1966
Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman) – 7, 1966
Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci) – 16, 1966

Festival (Murray Lerner) – 20, 1967
The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci) – 7, 1968
The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May) – 5, 1972
The Eiger Sanction (Clint Eastwood) – 15, 1975
The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie) – 6, 1976
Hard Rain (Jacques Levy) – 16, 1976

China 9, Liberty 37 (Monte Hellman) – 11, 1978
Every Which Way but Loose (James Fargo) – 26, 1978
The Butterfly Murders (Tsui Hark) – 19, 1979
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Tsui Hark) – 5, 1983
Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung) – 2, 1984
The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz) – 48, 1984

Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark) – 3, 1986
Willow (Ron Howard) – 38, 1988
Paper Marriage (Alfred Cheung) – 48, 1988
Green Snake (Tsui Hark) – 2, 1993
Dylan at Woodstock ’94 (Bruce Gowers) – 49, 1994

The Blade (Tsui Hark) – 7, 1995
Scream (Wes Craven) – 18, 1996
Independence Day (Roland Emmerich) – 56, 1996
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Jim Gillespie) – 45, 1997
Scream 2 (Wes Craven) – 55, 1997

Chicken Run (Nick Park & Peter Lord) – 30, 2000
Running Out of Time 2 (Johnnie To & Law Wing-cheong) – 14, 2001
Fat Choi Spirit (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 6, 2002
Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese) – 27, 2003

Throw Down (Johnnie To) – 2, 2004
Breaking News (Johnnie To) – 14, 2004
Yesterday Once More (Johnnie To) – 17, 2004
War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg) – 7, 2005
No Direction Home (Martin Scorsese) – 12, 2005
Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison) – 30, 2006

1966-1978: After the Crash (Chrome Dreams) – 34, 2006
The Other Side of the Mirror (Murray Lerner) – 33, 2007
Sparrow (Johnnie To) – 4, 2008
Jerichow (Christian Petzold) – 13, 2008
1978-1989: Both Ends of the Rainbow (Chrome Dreams) – 46, 2008
Coraline (Henry Selick) – 45, 2009
1990-2006: The Never-Ending Narrative (Chrome Dreams) – 58, 2011

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall) – 45, 2014
Roads Rapidly Changing (Tom O’Dell) – 63, 2015
The American Epic (Bernard MacMahon) – 61, 2017
Trouble No More (Jennifer Lebeau) – 65, 2017

Wife of a Spy (Kurosawa Kiyoshi) – 4, 2020
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (Satozaki Haruo) – 25, 2020
Mank (David Fincher) – 44, 2020
Shadow Kingdom (Alma Har’el) – 1, 2021
Black Widow (Cate Shortland) – 8, 2021

Predictions for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

These are my Oscar predictions. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to live-tweet the Endy Award winners during the ceremony again this year. Maybe.

BEST PICTURE

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST DIRECTOR

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

BEST ACTOR

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

BEST ACTRESS

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami…
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
Nomadland
One Night in Miami…
The White Tiger

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST FILM EDITING

The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
News of the World
Tenet

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Emma
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Pinocchio

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Da 5 Bloods
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest
“Io Sì (Seen),” The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
Speak Now,” One Night In Miami…

BEST SOUND

Greyhound
Mank
News of the World
Soul
Sound of Metal

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Onward
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
Time

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Another Round
Better Days
Collective
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vadis, Aida?

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers
White Eye

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Burrow
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You
Opera
Yes-People

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote about A Writer’s Odyssey, Shock Wave 2, and Crazy Samurai Musashi over at The Chinese Cinema. I also reviewed The Good Woman of Sichuan and As We Like It for InReview Online. And I corresponded about King Hu’s A Touch of Zen at Frame.land and Hong Sangsoo’s Introduction at The Notebook.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

These are the movies I’ve watched or rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

Baseball Bugs (Friz Freleng) – 10, 1946
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) – 1, 1948
Rabbit of Seville (Chuck Jones) – 8, 1950
The Gunfighter (Henry King) – 15, 1950
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (Chuck Jones) – 17, 1953
The War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin) – 23, 1953

Ulysses (Mario Camerini) – 18, 1954
Hercules (Pietro Francisci) – 24, 1958
Hercules Unchained (Pietro Francisci) – 16, 1959
Black Sunday (Mario Bava) – 14, 1960
Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis (Vittorio Cottafavi) – 8, 1961
Erik the Conquerer (Mario Bava) – 10, 1961

Ninja, A Band of Assassins (Yamamoto Satsuo) – 19, 1962
Django (Sergio Corbucci) – 15, 1966
The Cat O’Nine Tails (Dario Argento) – 13, 1971
Lady Snowblood (Fujita Toshiya) – 9, 1973
The Street Fighter (Ozama Shigehiro) – 33, 1974

Rust Never Sleeps (Neil Young) – 16, 1979
Yokohama BJ Blues (Kudo Eiichi) – 14, 1981
Conquest (Lucio Fulci) – 9, 1983
Mirage (Tsui Siu-ming) – 19, 1987

Iron Angels II (Teresa Woo) – 41, 1988
Iron Angels III (Teresa Woo) – 55, 1989
Princess Madam (Godfrey Ho) – 60, 1989
Fatal Termination (Andrew Kam) – 61, 1990
Bury Me High (Tsui Siu-ming) – 24, 1991

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson) – 21, 1995
Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao) – 6, 2001
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme) – 16, 2006
The Three Musketeers (Paul WS Anderson) – 13, 2011
The Problem with Apu (Michael Melamedoff) – 121, 2017
Knives Out (Rian Johnson) – 64, 2019

City Hall (Frederick Wiseman) – 13, 2020
Shock Wave 2 (Herman Yau) – 19, 2020
Crazy Samurai Musashi (Shimomura Yûji) – 33, 2020
MLK/FBI (Sam Pollard) – 41, 2020

Introduction (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2021
Justice League (Zack Snyder) – 2, 2021
A Writer’s Odyssey (Lu Yang) – 3, 2021
The Good Woman of Sichuan (Sabrina Zhao) – 4, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah (Shaka King) – 5, 2021
Kid 90 (Soleil Moon Frye) – 6, 2021
As We Like It (Chen Hung-i & Wei Ying-chuan) – 7, 2021
Framing Britney Spears (Samantha Stark) – 8, 2021

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update, the terrible year that was 2020 came to an end and the terrible year that is 2021 began. I listed my favorite books and film discoveries of the past year, and a bunch of other stuff with the rest of the crew at Seattle Screen Scene. Also at SSS, I reviewed Monster Hunter and Wonder Woman 1984. I contributed to the annual Double Feature feature at the Notebook, wrote about Yourself and Yours for InReview Online’s End of the Year list, and review Yang Lina’s Spring Tide at The Chinese Cinema. I also announced (and have since revised) the nominees for the 2020 Endy Awards.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

These are the movies I’ve watched or rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (Dave Fleischer & Willard Bowsky) – 18, 1936
Holiday (George Cukor) – 3, 1938
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) – 1, 1946
The Mysterious Rider (Riccardo Freda) – 16, 1948

Zipping Along (Chuck Jones) – 32, 1953
One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) – 4, 1955
Hare Brush (Friz Freleng) – 16, 1955
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock) – 1, 1963
My Fair Lady (George Cukor) – 6, 1964

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez) – 3, 1965
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Chuck Jones) – 13, 1966
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Bill Melendez & Phil Roman) – 38, 1973
Jaws (Steven Spielberg) – 3, 1975
A Christmas Story (Bob Clark) – 39, 1983

His Motorbike, Her Island (Obayashi Nobuhiko) – 5, 1986
Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik) – 45, 1989
Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven) – 17, 1990
Red Hollywood (Thom Andersen & Noël Burch) – 53, 1996
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen) – 1, 1998

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) – 4, 2000
Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita Nobuhiro) – 1, 2005
Easy A (Will Gluck) – 38, 2010
Debra Paget, For Example (Mark Rappaport) – 39, 2016
Jimi Could Have Fallen from the Sky (Terence Nance) – 90, 2017
A Simple Favor (Paul Feig) – 32, 2018

To the Ends of the Earth (Kurosawa Kiyoshi) – 5, 2019
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt) – 14, 2019
Ham on Rye (Tyler Taormina) – 19, 2019
The Vast of Night (Andrew Patterson) – 24, 2019
Subject to Review (Theo Anthony) – 30, 2019

Spring Tide (Yang Lina) – 58, 2019
Lupin III: The First (Yamazaki Takashi) – 65, 2019
Wasp Network (Olivier Assayas) – 70, 2019
Capital in the 21st Century (Justin Pemberton) – 89, 2019

The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois) – 1, 2020
Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen) – 2, 2020
Undine (Christian Petzold) – 3, 2020
Mangrove (Steve McQueen) – 5, 2020
Still Processing (Sophy Romvari) – 8, 2020

Tesla (Michael Almereyda) – 10, 2020
Her Socialist Smile (John Gianvito) – 11, 2020
Monster Hunter (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 12, 2020
Point and Line to Plane (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 13, 2020
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross) – 14, 2020

The Disciple (Chaitanya Tamhane) – 16, 2020
Hopper/Welles (Orson Welles) – 19, 2020
World of Tomorrow 3 (Don Hertzfeldt) – 21, 2020
The Cure (Ahmet Atalay) – 22, 2020
Tenet (Christopher Nolan) – 27, 2020

Nomadland (Chloe Zhao) – 28, 2020
The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell) – 29, 2020
Love Aaj Kal (Imtiaz Ali) – 30, 2020
Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg) – 31, 2020
American Utopia (Spike Lee) – 32, 2020

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung) – 33, 2020
Leap (Peter Chan) – 34, 2020
Inventing the Future (Isiah Medina) – 35, 2020
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell) – 36, 2020

October Rumbles (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 38, 2020
France Against the Robots (Jean-Marie Straub) – 41, 2020
Visit (Jia Zhangke) – 45, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Penkins) – 49, 2020

Books of 2020

This is a ranked list of the books I finished reading in 2020:

1. Middlemarch, George Eliot
2. Stoner, John Williams
3. The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
4. The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
5. Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
6. The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
7. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
8. Angels & Saints, Eliot Weinberger
9. Oranges, John McPhee
10. What Hath God Wrought, Daniel Walker Howe
11. A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman
12. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Horace McCoy
13. The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin
14. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
15. Bartleby, the Scrivener, Herman Melville
16. Jesus’s Son, Denis Johnson
17. My Life in Middlemarch, Rebessa Mead
18. Hong Kong Cinema: The Extra Dimensions, Stephen Teo
19. The Siamese Twin Mystery, Ellery Queen
20. Big Sur, Jack Kerouac
21. The Earth Dies Streaming, AS Hamrah
22. Highbrow/Lowbrow, Lawrence W. Levine
23. The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. Le Guin
24. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
25. Coming Into the Country, John McPhee
26. Thieves Like Us, Edward Anderson
27. Saga Book One, Brian K. Vaughn
28. Saga Book Two, Brian K. Vaughn
29. Saga Book Three, Brian K. Vaughn
30. The Pine Barrens, John McPhee
31. Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Ross MacDonald
32. Call for the Dead, John LeCarre
33. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, Daniel Warren Johnson
34. Kingdom Come, Mark Waid
35. Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!, Various Authors
36. The Mighty Thor, Vol 1, Walter Simonson
37. Tao Te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way, Ursula K. Le Guin
38. This Isn’t Happening, Stephen Hyden
39. All Star Superman Vol 1, Grant Morrison
40. All Star Superman Vol 2, Grant Morrison
41. Answers in the Form of Questions, Claire McNear
42. Batman Year One, Frank Miller
43. The Sprawl, Jason Diamond
44. The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman
45. We’ve Got People, Ryan Grimm
46. Death in the Air, Agatha Christie
47. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Grant Morrison
48. A Murder of Quality, John LeCarre
49. No Time to Spare, Ursula K. Le Guin
50. Superman: Red Son, Mark Millar
51. Murder in Three Acts, Agatha Christie
52. Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn
53. Steering the Craft, Usula K. Le Guin
54. We3, Grant Morrison
55. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Alan Moore
56. Slugfest, Reed Tucker
57. Montaigne: Philosopher of Life, Sarah Bakewell
58. Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
59. Secrets of the Buzzer, Fritz Holznagel
60. More Sex, Better Zen, Faster Bullets, Stefan Hammond

And here are the books I’m still working on, in order of how long I’ve been reading them:

  1. Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
  2. The Fourth World Omnibus, Jack Kirby
  3. The Path to Power, Robert Caro
  4. The Republic for Which it Stands, Richard White
  5. City of Quartz, Mike Davis
  6. Emerson: The Mind on Fire, Robert D. Richardson
  7. The History of Jazz, Ted Gioia
  8. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  9. Don Quixote, Cervantes
  10. Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth T. Jackson
  11. American Renaissance, FO Matthiessen
  12. The Ramayana: A New Retelling, Linda Egenes & Kumuda Reddy
  13. James Joyce, Richard Ellman
  14. Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography, Jimmy McDonough
  15. Before the Storm, Rick Perlstein
  16. Debt: the First 5000 Years, David Graeber
  17. Crisis on Infinite Earths (plus Crossovers), Marv Wolfman, etc
  18. The Stand, Stephen King
  19. Bach: The Learned Musician, Christoph Wolff
  20. The Dragon Waiting, John M. Ford
  21. Ghosts of My Life, Mark Fisher
  22. Libra, Don DeLillo
  23. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2020

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2019. Previous years include: 2019, 2018, 20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 275 films this year, almost a hundred of which qualified for this list. These are 75 of my favorites.

1. Mughal-e-Azam (K. Asif, 1960)
2. The Rocking Horsemen (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 1992)
3. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood, 1995)
4. Duvidha (Mani Kaul, 1973)
5. Real Life (Albert Brooks, 1979)
6. The Harder they Come (Perry Henzell, 1972)
7. Om Shanti Om (Farah Khan, 2007)
8. Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974)
9. Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957)
10. Original Cast Album: Company (DA Pennebaker, 1970)

11. Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam, 1998)
12. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Itō Shun’ya, 1972)
13. Welcome to LA (Alan Rudolph, 1976)
14. Eega (SS Rajamouli, 2012)
15. Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001)
16. Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola, 1986)
17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978)
18. Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976)
19. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (V. Shantaram, 1955)
20. Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971)

21. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (Kundan Shah, 1994)
22. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
23. Aag (Raj Kapoor, 1948)
24. Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995)
25. Cageman (Jacob Cheung, 1992)
26. In Our Time (Edward Yang, Yi Chang, Ko I-Chen and Tao Te-Chen, 1982)
27. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (Itō Shun’ya, 1972)
28. Mrs Parker & the Vicious Circle (Alan Rudoplh, 1994)
29. The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983)
30. The Crazies (George A. Romero, 1973)

31. Deewar (Yash Chopra, 1975)
32. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (Dave Fleischer, 1936)
33. Tamasha (Imtiaz Ali, 2015)
34. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
35. Amrapali (Lekh Tandon, 1966)
36. Fan (Maneesh Sharma, 2015)
37. On the Run (Alfred Cheung, 1988)
38. Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)
39. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Itō Shun’ya, 1973)
40. Deathdream (Bob Clark, 1974)

41. Main Hoon Na (Farah Khan, 2004)
42. Gangs (Lawrence Ah Mon, 1988)
43. Ram Jaane (Rajiv Mehra, 1995)
44. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 (Derek Burbidge, 2005)
45. New Blood (Soi Cheang, 2002)
46. Devdas (PC Barua, 1936)
47. Ringu (Nakata Hideo, 1998)
48. Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
49. Iron Angels (Teresa Woo, 1987)
50. Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995)

51. Enthiran (S. Shankar, 2010)
52. Wings for Wheels (Thom Zimny, 2005)
53. Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari, 2016)
54. Stray Cat Rock: Beat 71 (Fujita Toshiya, 1971)
55. Clash (Le Thanh Son, 2009)
56. Ordinary Heroes (Ann Hui, 1999)
57. Salem’s Lot (Tobe Hooper, 1979)
58. Who Killed Captain Alex? (Nabwana IGG, 2010)
59. The Delinquent (Kuei Chih-hung & Chang Cheh, 1973)
60. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Karan Johar, 1998)

61. Dream Home (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010)
62. Growing Up (Chen Kun-hou, 1983)
63. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012)
64. Our Time Our Story (Hsiao Chu-Chen, 2002)
65. A Chinese Ghost Story II (Ching Siu-tung, 1990)
66. Happy New Year (Farah Khan, 2014)
67. A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983)
68. Twilight (Robert Benton, 1998)
69. Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John Hancock, 1971)
70. Jackie Chan: My Stunts (Jackie Chan, 1999)

71. The Rebel (Charlie Nguyen, 2007)
72. The Iceman Cometh (Clarence Fok, 1989)
73. Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980)
74. Love at Large (Alan Rudolph, 1990)
75. Sex and Zen (Michael Mak, 1991)

2020 Endy Awards

These are the 2020 Endy Awards, wherein I pretend to give out maneki-neko statues to the best movies, performances, etc of that year in film. Awards for many other years can be found in the Rankings & Awards Index. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I’ve seen the movie in question. Films are presented in alphabetical order, and the winners are in bold. As always the awards and nominees are subject to change as I watch more movies. And the Endy goes to. . .

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This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote about the New Taiwanese Cinema and Hong Sangsoo’s The Woman Who Ran at The Notebook, and My Prince Edward and The Calming at InReview Online. Also, over at The Chinese Cinema, I wrote about a number of films that played at this year’s excellent San Diego Asian Film Festival.

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These are the movies I’ve watched or rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

Lady General Hua Mulan (Griffin Yueh Feng) – 33, 1964
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez) – 2, 1966
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John D. Hancock) – 18, 1971
The Exorcist (William Friedkin) – 18, 1973

Black Christmas (Bob Clark) – 10, 1974
Deathdream (Bob Clark) – 18, 1974
Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May) – 8, 1976
Carrie (Brian De Palma) – 14, 1976
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman) – 14, 1978

Real Life (Albert Brooks) – 11, 1979
Salem’s Lot (Tobe Hooper) – 25, 1979
Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham) – 37, 1980
Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang) – 3, 1982
The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg) – 15, 1983

Lost in America (Albert Brooks) – 13, 1985
Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola) – 16, 1986
The Name of the Rose (Jean-Jacques Annaud) – 34, 1986
Comic Book Confidential (Ron Mann ) – 58, 1988
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg) – 32, 1989

The Hunt for Red October (John McTiernan) – 13, 1990
Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle) – 18, 1990
The Addams Family (Barry Sonnenfeld) – 33, 1991
Babe (Chris Noonan) – 41, 1995

The Rock (Michael Bay) – 29, 1996
Ringu (Nakata Hideo) – 22, 1998
Battle Royale (Fukasaku Kinji) – 23, 2000
Scooby-Doo (Raja Gosnell) – 38, 2002
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (Raja Gosnell) – 57, 2004

Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan) – 43, 2005
Borat (Larry Charles) – 31, 2006
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan) – 60, 2008
Unstoppable (Tony Scott) – 9, 2010
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan) – 53, 2012

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder) – 94, 2016
Suicide Squad (David Ayer) – 133, 2016
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) – 145, 2017
Aquaman (James Wan) – 79, 2018

My Prince Edward (Norris Wong) – 34, 2019
Murder Mystery (Kyle Newacheck) – 58, 2019
Archiving Time (Lu Yuan-chi) – 73, 2019

The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sangsoo) – 2, 2020
Days (Tsai Ming-liang) – 4, 2020
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (Jia Zhangke) – 6, 2020

Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan) – 8, 2020
Hubie Halloween (Steven Brill) – 9, 2020
The Calming (Song Fang) – 10, 2020
Emma. (Autumn de Wilde) – 11, 2020

The Paper Tigers (Bao Tran) – 12, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Jason Wollner) – 13, 2020
Class Action Park (Seth Porges) – 17, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin) – 18, 2020

A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that is now based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 402 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, 2018 and 2019.

  1. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
  2. Mughal-e-azam (K. Asif, 1960)
  3. Yearning (Naruse Mikio, 1964)
  4. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
  5. Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)
  6. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang, 1986)
  7. Om Shanti Om (Farrah Khan, 2007)
  8. Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack, 2013)
  9. The Midnight After (Fruit Chan, 2014)
  10. Liz and the Blue Bird (Yamada Naoko, 2018)



  11. Steamboat Bill, Jr (Charles Resiner, 1928)
  12. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
  13. Miller’s Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1990)
  14. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925)
  15. Safety Last! (Sam Taylor & Fred C. Newmeyer, 1923)
  16. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
  17. Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung, 1979)
  18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
  19. The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978)
  20. The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)



  21. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
  22. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)
  23. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
  24. 7 Women (John Ford, 1966)
  25. Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008)
  26. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
  27. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)
  28. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  29. The Dawn Patrol (Howard Hawks, 1930)
  30. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)



  31. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  32. Little Women (Greta Gerwig, 2019)
  33. Wagon Master (John Ford, 1950
  34. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
  35. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent 1974)
  36. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976)
  37. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
  38. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
  39. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933)
  40. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)



  41. Histoire(s) du cinèma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
  42. Welcome to LA (Alan Rudolph, 1976)
  43. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph, 1984)
  44. Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981)
  45. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  46. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
  47. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  48. Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen, et al, 1940)
  49. The Pan-American Exposition By Night (Edwin S. Porter, 1901)
  50. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)



  51. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
  52. Sans soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
  53. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
  54. All that Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
  55. New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998)
  56. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman, 2016)
  57. Hanagatami (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 2017)
  58. Les amants du pont-neuf (Leos Carax, 1991)
  59. The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972)
  60. Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016)



  61. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)
  62. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005)
  63. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  64. La danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (Frederick Wiseman, 2009)
  65. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  66. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
  67. How Green was My Valley (John Ford, 1941)
  68. Mahjong (Edward Yang, 1996)
  69. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
  70. Kid Auto Races at Venice (Henry Lehrman, 1914)



  71. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu, 1979)
  72. Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2017)
  73. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  74. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai, 2002)
  75. Holiday (George Cukor, 1938)
  76. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1974)
  77. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  78. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971)
  79. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
  80. It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis, 2009)



  81. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004)
  82. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
  83. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)
  84. Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke, 1998)
  85. The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois, 2020)
  86. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006)
  87. The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin, 1917)
  88. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
  89. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
  90. All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)



  91. Throw Down (Johnnie To, 2004)
  92. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)
  93. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
  94. Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang, 1924)
  95. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
  96. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood, 1995)
  97. Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles, 1955)
  98. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
  99. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
  100. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)