This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update, I reviewed Derek Tsang’s Better Days and wrote an overview of Fruit Chan’s career at the Notebook. At Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed Andrew Lau’s The Captain and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and also recorded a VIFF Recap episode of The Frances Farmer Show. At The Chinese Cinema I wrote about a Women in Chinese Cinema series in Washington, DC and published the notes I sent to the Filmspotting podcast regarding their Contemporary Chinese Cinema marathon, which I helped curate.

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.

Long Live the Missus! (Sang Hu) – 12, 1947
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez) – 3, 1966
Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man (Richard Irving) – 17, 1971
Star Wars (George Lucas) – 3, 1977
The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) – 1, 1980

Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal) – 35, 1981
The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones) – 15, 1982
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace) – 21, 1982
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) – 13, 1983
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik) – 32, 1983

Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock) – 29, 1987
Woman Demon Human (Huang Shuqin) – 46, 1987
Finale in Blood (Fruit Chan) – 41, 1993
Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan) – 8, 1997
Little Cheung (Fruit Chan) – 11, 1999

Durian Durian (Fruit Chan) – 6, 2000
Hollywood Hong Kong (Fruit Chan) – 20, 2001
Public Toilet (Fruit Chan) – 27, 2002
Dumplings (Fruit Chan) – 43, 2004
Lust, Caution (Ang Lee) – 34, 2007

The Midnight After (Fruit Chan) – 1, 2014
A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada) – 6, 2016
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards) – 23, 2016
Kill Time (Fruit Chan) – 77, 2016
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti & Rodney Rothman) – 14, 2018
Three Husbands (Fruit Chan) – 129, 2018

The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) – 1, 2019
Little Women (Greta Gerwig) – 2, 2019
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach) – 9, 2019
Knives Out (Rian Johnson) – 22, 2019
Better Days (Derek Tsang) – 26, 2019

Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 35, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold) – 38, 2019
Mister America (Eric Notarnicola) – 40, 2019
Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria) – 44, 2019
The Captain (Andrew Lau) – 46, 2019

The Invincible Dragon (Fruit Chan) – 49, 2019
Midsommar (Ari Aster) – 54, 2019
Joker (Todd Phillips) – 57, 2019
JoJo Rabbit (Taika Waititi) – 59, 2019
Captain Marvel (Anna Bolden & Ryan Fleck) – 64, 2019
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) – 69, 2019

 

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update, I posted my annual Top 100 Films of All-Time along with the latest entry in our decade-long Seattle Screen Scene Top 100 Films of All-Time Project. I went to the Vancouver Film Festival once again, where I wrote about The Wild Goose Lake, The Lighthouse, The Shadow Play, and White Lie (at InReview Online). At Seattle Screen Scene I wrote about Takashi Miike’s First Love, Tony Leung Ka-fai’s Midnight Diner, and Shunji Iwai’s The Case of Hana and Alice. And over at the Mubi Notebook, I wrote about Heiward Mak’s Fagara.

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.

Shaolin vs. Lama (Lee Tso Nam) – 28, 1983
Manhunter (Michael Mann) – 8, 1986
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) – 8, 1991
Casino (Martin Scorsese) – 12, 1995
Drop Dead Gorgeous (Michael Patrick Jann) – 55, 1999

Memories of Murder (Bong Joonho) – 7, 2003
Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita) – 1, 2005
The Host (Bong Joonho) – 13, 2006
Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack) – 10, 2013
The Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai) – 23, 2015

Amanda (Mikhaël Hers) – 7, 2018
Every Day a Good Day (Tatsushi Omori) – 59, 2018
Vanishing Days (Zhu Xin) – 90, 2018
The Shadow Play (Lou Ye) – 119, 2018

First Love (Takashi Miike) -1,  2019
Fourteen (Dan Sallitt) – 3, 2019
MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell) – 6, 2019
Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 7, 2019
The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers) – 8, 2019

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick) – 10, 2019
A Voluntary Year (Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler) – 15, 2019
The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan) – 16, 2019
Parasite (Bong Joonho) – 17, 2019
Fagara (Heiward Mak) – 19, 2019

Synonyms (Nadav Lapid) – 20, 2019
Varda by Agnès (Agnès Varda) – 24, 2019
To Live to Sing (Johnny Ma) – 25, 2019
Anne at 13,000 Ft. (Kazik Radwanski) – 26, 2019
Wet Season (Anthony Chen) – 27, 2019

Clifton Hill (Albert Shin) – 33, 2019
The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu) – 34, 2019
Who You Think I Am (Safy Nebbou) – 38, 2019
Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 39, 2019
The Twentieth Century (Matthew Rankin) – 40, 2019
Aquí y Allá (Lina Rodriguez) – 42, 2019

White Lie (Lev Lewis & Calvin Thomas) – 44, 2019
Ridge (John Skoog) – 48, 2019
Killer Queen (Ramin Fahrenheit) – 49, 2019
Midnight Diner (Tony Leung Ka-fai) – 51, 2019
Send Me to the Clouds (Teng Congcong) – 52, 2019
Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 58, 2019

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 will now be 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 734 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, and 2018.

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1. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
2. The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
3. Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953)
4. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980)
5. Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)
6. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
7. Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
8. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003)
9. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
10. Baahubali (SS Rajamouli, 2015/2017)

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11. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
12. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
13. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
14. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
15. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
16. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)
17. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
18. High School (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)
19. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
20. The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)

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21. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
22. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
23. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
24. The TAMI Show (Steve Binder, 1964)
25. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
26. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
27. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000)
28. Yi yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
29. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)
30. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

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31. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)
32. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. One Week (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1920)
35. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, 2015)
36. Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1970)
37. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
38. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
39. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
40. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

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41. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
42. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
43. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996)
44. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
45. Flowing (Mikio Naruse, 1956)
46. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
47. Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
48. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990)
49. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
50. Broken Blossoms (DW Griffith, 1919)

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51. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
52. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
53. The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984)
54. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994)
55. Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984)
56. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
57. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
58. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
59. Oxhide (Liu Jiayin, 2005)
60. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)

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61. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
62. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
63. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
64. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
65. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)
66. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957)
67. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
68. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)
69. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948)
70. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

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71. Intolerance (DW Griffith, 1915)
72. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
73. Isn’t Life Wonderful (DW Griffith, 1924)
74. Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)
75. Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Hong Sangsoo, 2000)
76. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
77. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
78. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
79. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934)
80. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)

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81. Ivan the Terrible Part II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958)
82. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
83. All About Lily Chou-chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001)
84. Happy Hour (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
85. Gone in 60 Seconds (HB Halicki, 1974)
86. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
87. Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994)
88. A Home with a View (Herman Yau, 2019)
89. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
90. Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford, 1960)

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91. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
92. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
93. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
94. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)
95. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
96. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
97. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)
98. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
99. My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999)
100. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update we passed the midpoint of the year and so I listed the Best Movies of 2019 (So Far), including my favorite discoveries of 2019. I also made a list of the Top 113 Chinese Language Movies of the 2010s.

At the Mubi Notebook I wrote about The Metrograph’s Shaw Sisters series, Jeffrey Lau and Stephen Chow’s A Chinese Odyssey, Herman Yau’s The White Storm 2: Drug Lords, Zhang Yimou’s Shadow, and New King of Comedy & Hidden Man, by Stephen Chow and Jiang Wen, respectively. I also wrote about the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts.

At InReview Online I contributed a review of Suzhou River to their look at Lou Ye, and at Frame.land I revised my old timeline of Shaolin related movies into The Shaolin Cinematic Universe. At Seattle Screen Scene, I reviewed Once Upon a Time in HollywoodChasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch, Savageand Suburban Birds. And as part of our coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival, I wrote about Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Storm in My Heart, and Lynch: A History. We also discussed a number of other SIFF movies on an episode of The Frances Farmer Show.

At The Chinese Cinema, I wrote about a few films from the Austin Asian American Film Festival (Girls Always Happy, Chinese Portrait, House of Hummingbird and The Third Wife). And I also finally finished re-editing and reformatting all my old writings on Chinese film. The Index is now up to date, and I can get to work filling in all the massive blind spots I still have, after years and years and hundreds of movies watched.

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 months, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

City Lights (Charles Chaplin) – 1, 1931
Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy) – 5, 1933
To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch) – 8, 1942
Between the Lines (Joan Micklin Silver) – 10, 1977
All that Jazz (Bob Fosse) – 1, 1979
The Secret (Ann Hui) – 14, 1979

The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui) – 25, 1980
The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui) – 9, 1981
Buddha’s Palm (Taylor Wong) – 22, 1982
Love in a Fallen City (Ann Hui) – 16, 1984
The Siamese Twins (Angela Mak) – 38, 1984

My Name Ain’t Suzie (Angie Chen) – 12, 1985
The Illegal Immigrant (Mabel Cheung) – 23, 1985
Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka) – 28, 1985
Puppy Love (So Jing-man) – 42, 1985
Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck) – 49, 1986
An Autumn’s Tale (Mabel Cheung) – 18, 1987
The Romance of Book and Sword/Princess Fragrance (Ann Hui) – 20, 1987

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki) – 1, 1988
Starry is the Night (Ann Hui) – 27, 1988
The Twin Bracelets (Huang Yu-shan) – 28, 1991
Don’t Fool Me (Herman Yau) – 61, 1991
Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-ping) – 5, 1993
Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau) – 22, 1993
The Untold Story (Herman Yau) – 30, 1993
The Eagle-Shooting Heroes (Jeffrey Lau) – 54, 1993

A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora’s Box/Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau) – 13, 1995
Bullet Ballet (Shinya Tsukamoto) – 20, 1998
Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau) – 23, 1998
The Untold Story III (Herman Yau) – 22, 1999
Suzhou River (Lou Ye) – 13, 2000

From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau) – 14, 2001
Spider-Man (Sam Raimi) – 33, 2002
Face to Face (Casey Chan) – 40, 2002
The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz) – 34, 2003
Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi) – 31, 2004
Mean Girls (Mark Waters) – 34, 2004

Spider-Man 3 (Sam Raimi) – 24, 2007
Speed Racer (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 2, 2008
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Andrew Beall & Frank Molieri) – 14, 2011
K-On! the Movie (Naoko Yamada) – 18, 2011
The White Storm (Benny Chan) – 71, 2013
See You Tomorrow (Zhang Jiajia) – 90, 2016

Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) – 4, 2018
The Crossing (Bai Xue) – 26, 2018
Classical Period (Ted Fendt) – 32, 2018
Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng) – 40, 2018
Chinese Portrait (Wang Xiaoshuai) – 43, 2018
The Kamagasaki Cauldron War (Leo Sato) – 46, 2018
A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper) – 49, 2018

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) – 64, 2018
And Your Bird Can Sing (Sho Miyake) – 77, 2018
Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto) – 82, 2018
The Third Wife (Ash Mayfair) – 85, 2018
House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora) – 86, 2018
Storm in My Heart (Mark Cousins) – 92, 2018

Song Lang (Leon Le) – 100, 2018
Jam (Sabu) – 114, 2018
Savage (Cui Siwei) – 124, 2018
Hard-Core (Nobuhiro Yamashita) – 130, 2018
Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (Chuck Smith) – 135, 2018
Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03) (Norbert Pfaffenbichler) – 155, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino) -1,  2019
A Home with a View (Herman Yau) – 2, 2019
Lynch: A History (David Shields) – 3, 2019
The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch) – 4, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese) – 5, 2019

Deadwood: The Movie (Daniel Minahan) – 6, 2019
Jeux de plage (Aimi Natsuto) – 8, 2019
The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (Herman Yau) – 11, 2019
White Snake (Amp Wong & Zhao Ji) – 15, 2019
Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) – 16, 2019

Demolition Girl (Genta Matsugami) – 17,2019
Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley) – 19, 2019
John Wick 3: Parabellum (Chad Stahelski) – 20, 2019
Spider-Man: Far from Home (Jon Watts) – 21, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Stanley Nelson, Jr) – 23, 2019

Blue Hour (Yuko Hakota) – 25, 2019
Always By My Maybe (Nahnatchka Khan) – 26, 2019
Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch (Wong Jing & Jason Kwan) – 28, 2019
The Journalist (Michihito Fujii) – 2019
Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg) – 2019

Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

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We are now halfway through the year and as has become an annual tradition here at The End, it’s time to look back at the best movies of the year so far. As I discussed in the 2013 halfway post, the consensus movie-dating system is nonsensical and posits New York as the center of the universe. Far more logical (and much easier to use) is a system reliant on imdb’s dating system, which locates a film in whatever year it first played for an audience. That’s what we use here for all Rankings & Awards as it’s the most fair to all eras and areas. (A dating system reliant on playing in a certain locality I think can be valuable for a publication that is geographically specific, like a local newspaper or website. But here at The End, we have a global reach.)

A by-product of the system is that a number of films that first go into wide-release in any given year actually had their premiere in the year before. A number of the films on many critics’ halfway-point lists will include these films, films that find their proper home here on my 2018 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2019, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2018 Movies of 2019, which includes those films from last year (and one from 45 years ago) that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2018, of last year’s films that have yet to see a New York release and therefore don’t (yet) exist by the standards of most critics. And there’s a fourth list, a halfway version of my annual Best Older Movies list, counting the top movies I saw for the first time this year that are more than a few years old.

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The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. A Home with a View (Herman Yau)
2. Lynch: A History (David Shields)
3. The Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese)
4. Deadwood: The Movie (Daniel Minahan)
5. The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Herman Yau)
6. The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt)
8. Avengers: Endgame (Anthony & Joe Russo)
9. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
10. Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping)
11. White Snake (Amp Wong & Ji Zhao)
12. Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung)*
13. Pegasus (Han Han)
14. The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo)
15. Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson)
16. Us (Jordan Peele)

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The Best 2018 Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
2. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamguchi)
3. Grass (Hong Sangsoo)
4. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)
5. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)
6. Transit (Christian Petzold)
7. Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
8. The Crossing (Bai Xue)
9. Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige, 2017)*
10. Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng)
11. The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins)
12. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)
13. An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)
14. Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo)
15. Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt)
16. Shadow (Zhang Yimou)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2018 (So Far)

1. The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)
2. Hidden Man (Jiang Wen)
3. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye)
4. Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
5. No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Derek Chiu)
6. Chinese Portrait (Wang Xiaoshuai)
7. Tourism (Daisuke Miyazaki)
8. La cartographe (Nathan Douglas)
9. Veslemøy’s Song (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
10. Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari)
11. Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (Graham Carter)
12. Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan)
13. A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua)
14. Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming)
15. House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora)
16. Song Lang (Leon Le)

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2019 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982)
2. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)
3. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
4. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)
5. Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau, 1993)
6. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)
7. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)
8. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)
9. From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi, 1994)
10. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)
11. Cry Me a River (Jia Zhangke, 2008)
12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)
13. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)
14. Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka, 1985)
15. Useless (Jia Zhangke, 2007)
16. Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau, 1998)
17. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz, 2003)
18. Captain America: Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2014)
19. Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke, 1995)
20. Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)
21. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou, 1990)
22. Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam, 1996)
23. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)
24. Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
25. Three Sad Tigers (Raúl Ruiz, 1968)
26. Breakin’ (Joel Silberg, 1984)

 

*According to Mike D’Angelo’s list, neither Missbehavior nor Legend of the Demon Cat played in New York in 2019, but they did play in other North American cities, including Seattle, and so I’m considering them to exist.

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last Rankings update, I watched all of Jia Zhangke’s movies in order, and then all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order, and then watched some more Jia Zhangke movies. I watched a bunch of other stuff too. I wrote about Jia at Mubi, and again about his use of music in his films at the VIFF blog, in the lead up to a lecture on his films I did in Vancouver. I also appeared on the Film Stage podcast to talk about Jia’s Ash is Purest White.

Also at Mubi I wrote about this year’s crop of Lunar New Year films, the rerelease of King Hu’s The Fate of Lee Khan, and Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z. At InReview Online I wrote about the documentary Father, and at Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed: Ramen ShopWar and PeaceTriple Threat, What is Democracy?FurieCaptain Marvel, Legend of the Demon CatMissbehavior, and Hotel by the River.

Awards season passed by as well. I handed out the 2018 Endy Awards and revised a bunch of older awards and added new ones for the years 1979-1987.

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.

War and Peace (Sergey Bondarchuk) – 9, 1966
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu) – 5, 1973
Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet) – 35, 1974
Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple) – 1, 1976
Excalibur (John Boorman) – 4, 1981

The Thing (John Carpenter) – 6, 1982
Breakin’ (Joel Silberg) – 47, 1984
Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman) – 4, 1985
Platoon (Oliver Stone) – 11, 1986
Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch) – 28, 1986

Tragic Hero (Taylor Wong) – 54, 1987
Heathers (Michael Lehmann) – 13, 1988
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou & Yang Fenliang) – 31, 1990
Fight Back to School (Gordon Chan) – 23, 1991
Fist of Fury 1991 (Cho Chung-sing) – 59, 1991

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola) – 7, 1992
From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & lee Lik-chi) – 19, 1994
Love on Delivery (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 39, 1994
Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke) – 48, 1995
Scream (Wes Craven) – 18, 1996

The God of Cookery (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 20, 1996
Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke) – 4, 1997
The King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 9, 1999
Office Space (Mike Judge) – 11, 1999
Platform (Jia Zhangke) – 2, 2000

In Public (Jia Zhangke) – 41, 2001
The Condition of Dogs (Jia Zhangke) – 58, 2001
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke) – 5, 2002
The World (Jia Zhangke) – 7, 2004
War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg) – 11, 2005

Still Life (Jia Zhangke) – 5, 2006
Dong (Jia Zhangke) – 29, 2006
Useless (Jia Zhangke) – 23, 2007
24 City (Jia Zhangke) – 7, 2008
Cry My a River (Jia Zhangke) – 16, 2008

Iron Man (Jon Favreau) – 39, 2008
Ip Man (Wilson Yip) – 49, 2008
The Incredible Hulk (Louis Letterier) – 56, 2008
The Clone Wars (Dave Filoni) – 59, 2008
Let the Bullets Fly (Jiang Wen) – 4, 2010

The Legend is Born: Ip Man (Herman Yau) – 21, 2010
I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke) – 22, 2010
Ip Man 2 (Wilson Yip) – 53, 2010
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau) – 67, 2010
Thor (Kenneth Branagh) – 39, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston) – 45, 2011
The Avengers (Joss Whedon) – 53, 2012
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 2013
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke) – 2, 2013
Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau) – 21, 2013

Iron Man 3 (Shane Black) – 43, 2013
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) – 73, 2013
Gone with the Bullets (Jiang Wen) – 18, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) – 55, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 63, 2014

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles) – 84, 2014
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke) – 4, 2015
Jupiter Ascending (Lilly & Lana Wachowski) – 22, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) – 75, 2015
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) – 92, 2015

Ip Man 3 (Wilson Yip) – 110, 2015
The Hedonists (Jia Zhangke) – 12, 2016
Mrs. K (Ho Yuhang) – 65, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 72, 2016
Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson) – 111, 2016

Thor: Ragnorak (Taika Waititi) – 40, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) – 49, 2017
Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige) – 54, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 (James Gunn) – 57, 2017
Father (Yang Li-chou) – 100, 2017

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) – 1, 2018
Blackkklansman (Spike Lee) – 4, 2018
Hidden Man (Jiang Wen) – 38, 2018
Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo) – 39, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 44, 2018
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) – 48, 2018

An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo) – 58, 2018
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping) – 72, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) – 76, 2018
What is Democracy? (Astra Taylor) – 90, 2018
Projet Gutenberg (Felix Chong) – 117, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke) – 120, 2018

The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow) – 1, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 2, 2019
Us (Jordan Peele) – 3, 2019
Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung) – 4, 2019
Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt) – 5, 2019

Pegasus (Han Han) – 6, 2019
Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson) – 7, 2019
Captain Marvel (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden) – 8, 2019
The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo) – 9, 2019
Integrity (Alan Mak) – 10, 2019
Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year (Zhang Dapeng) – 11, 2019

Predictions for the 91st Annual Academy Awards

These are my Oscar predictions. During the ceremony Sunday night, as I’ve done for the past couple of years, I’ll be live-tweeting the winners of the 2018 Endy Awards, the nominees for which can be found here. Follow along on twitter @TheEndofCinema.

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther
Blackkklansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

BEST DIRECTOR

Spike Lee, Blackkklansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina De Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST FILM EDITING

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“All The Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BEST SOUND EDITING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

BEST SOUND MIXING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Capernaum
Cold War
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends