The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

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 2017 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2018, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2017 Movies of 2018, which includes those films from last year that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2017, 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 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 2018 (So Far)

1. Grass (Hong Sangsoo)
2. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye)
3. Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan)
4. The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)
5. Matangi/Maya/MIA (Steven Loveridge)
6. Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam)
7. The Monkey King 3 (Soi Cheang)
8. Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
9. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
10. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
11. La cartographe (Nathan Douglas)
12. Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming)
13. How Long Will I Love U (Su Lun)
14. Detective Chinatown 2 (Chen Sicheng)
15. The Widowed Witch (Cai Chengjie)
16. The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)

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The Best 2017 Movies of 2018 (So Far)

1. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo)
2. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
3. The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan & Galen Johnson)
4. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
5. Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)
6. The Day After (Hong Sangsoo)
7. 1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan)
8. Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
9. Western (Valeska Grisebach)
10. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
11. The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci)
12. Ismael’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin)
13. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
14. Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2017 (So Far)

1. Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
2. Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya)
3. Love and Goodbye in Hawaii (Shingo Matsumura)
4. The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun)
5. 77 Heartbreaks (Herman Yau)
6. The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (Don Hertzfeldt)
7. Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges)
8. Hit the Night (Jeong Gayoung)
9. Love Education (Sylvia Chang)
10. Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari)
11. SPL: Paradox (Wilson Yip)
12. Prototype (Blake Williams)
13. Sekigahara (Masato Harada)
14. Chang-Ok’s Letter (Shunji Iwai)
15. Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun)
16. The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-yao)
17. Wasteland No. 1: Ardent Verdant (Jodie Mack)
18. Mr. Long (Sabu)
19. From Nine to Nine (Neil Bahadur)
20. Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski)
21. Manhunt (John Woo)

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2018 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada, 1995)
2. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
3. Final Victory (Patrick Tam, 1987)
4. Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)
5. That Day, On the Beach (Edward Yang, 1983)
6. Dream Lovers (Tony Au, 1986)
7. Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan, 1986)
8. Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung, 1979)
9. Princess D (Sylvia Chang, 2002)
10. Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang, 1996)
11. Crime Story (Kirk Wong, 1993)
12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)
13. Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang, 1995)
14. Women (Stanley Kwan, 1985)
15. Passion (Sylvia Chang, 1986)
16. Hit Team (Dante Lam, 2001)
17. Clan of the White Lotus (Lo Lieh, 1980)

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This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update quite a few film festivals have come and gone. Over at Mubi I wrote about retrospectives on Sylvia Chang and Chang Cheh, as well as the New York Asian Film Festival and the Chinese film program at the Seattle International Film Festival. We also covered SIFF at Seattle Screen Scene, where I had brief reviews of Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, Matangi/Maya/MIA, People’s Republic of Desire, Girls Always Happy and The Widowed Witch, along with longer reviews of Dead Pigs and The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful and non-SIFF titles Solo, ManhuntHow Long Will I Love U, Ocean’s 8 and Lu Over the Wall. We also recorded an episode of The Frances Farmer Show, devoted to this year’s SIFF. At The Chinese Cinema I posted a bibliography of the various sources I’ve used over the years.

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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.

Charlie Brown’s All-Stars (Bill Melendez) – 28, 1966
The Water Margin (Chang Cheh, Wu Ma & Pao Hsueh-li) – 18, 1972
Shaolin Temple (Chang Cheh) – 15, 1976
The Dream of the Red Chamber (Li Han-hsiang) – 9, 1977
The Brave Archer (Chang Cheh) – 20, 1977

Crippled Avengers (Chang Cheh) – 8, 1978
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg) – 3, 1982
House of Traps (Chang Cheh) – 36, 1982
That Day, On the Beach (Edward Yang) – 5, 1983
Passion (Sylvia Chang) – 21, 1986

Sisters of the World Unite (Sylvia Chang & Maisy Tsui) – 39, 1991
Mary from Beijing (Sylvia Chang) – 42, 1992
Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee) – 21, 1994
Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada) – 10, 1995
Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang) – 33, 1995

Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang) – 20, 1996
Tempting Heart (Sylvia Chang) – 8, 1999
Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng) – 10, 2000
20 30 40 (Sylvia Chang) – 9, 2004

Beast Stalker (Dante Lam ) – 38, 2008
Run Papa Run (Sylvia Chang) – 55, 2008
Tig (Kristina Goolsby & Ashley York) – 65, 2015
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 13, 2017
Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) – 17, 2017

Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu) – 21, 2017
Hit the Night (Jeong Gayoung) – 28, 2017
1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan) – 33, 2017
Sekigahara (Masato Harada) – 37, 2017
Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun) – 42, 2017

Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa) – 57, 2017
Microhabitat (Jeon Gowoon) – 64, 2017
The Third Murder (Kore-eda Hirokazu) – 67, 2017
The Looming Storm (Dong Yue) – 87, 2017
The Brink (Jonathan Li) – 97, 2017

The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (Yang Ya-che) – 120, 2017
Little Fiorest (Yim Soonrye) – 2, 2018
Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan) – 3, 2018
Matangi/Maya/MIA (Steven Loveridge) – 5, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) – 8, 2018

La cartographe (Nathan Douglas) – 11, 2018
Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming) – 12, 2018
The Widowed Witch (Cai Chengjie) – 14, 018
Solo (Ron Howard) – 16, 2018
People’s Republic of Desire (Hao Wu) – 18, 2018

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) – 19, 2018
Game Night (John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) – 20, 2018
Freaks and Geeks: the Documentary (Brent Hodge) – 23, 2018
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) – 24, 2018
House of the Rising Sons (Antony Chan) – 25, 2018

This Week in Rankings

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It’s been quite awhile since the last update. Since then, I wrote about this year’s crop of Lunar New Year movies for my Contemporary Chinese Cinema column at Mubi, where I also wrote about Jackie Chan’s Police Story. At Seattle Screen Scene, I reviewed Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, Travis Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish, and Alex Garland’s Annihilation, and discussed Hong Sangsoo’s Grass. And here at The End, I handed out the 2017 Endy Awards.

Over at the Chinese Cinema I’ve been hard at work revising a bunch of old reviews, and I’ve completed the following director categories: The Pantheon, The Far Side of Paradise, Expressive Esoterica, Fringe Benefits, Less Than Meets the Eye, Lightly Likable, and Strained Seriousness. I also wrote new reviews for Johnnie To’s The Mission and Patrick Tam’s Final Victory, along with a preview of this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

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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.

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) – 1, 1942
Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung) – 15, 1979
Aces Go Places (Eric Tsang) – 36, 1982
Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung) – 25, 1983
Police Story (Jackie Chan) – 3, 1985

A Room with a View (James Ivory) – 11, 1985
Women (Stanley Kwan) – 19, 1985
Righting Wrongs (Corey Yuen) – 9, 1986
Dream Lovers (Tony Au) – 11, 1986
Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan) – 15, 1986

Armour of God (Jackie Chan) – 32, 1986
Final Victory (Patrick Tam) – 13, 1987
Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan) – 31, 1988
Full Moon in New York (Stanley Kwan) – 23, 1989
Armour of God II: Operation Condor (Jackie Chan) – 65, 1991

Police Story 3: Supercop (Stanley Tong) – 16, 1992
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 1994
Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong) – 24, 1995
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box (Jeffrey Lau) – 25, 1995
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau) – 29, 1995

Forbidden City Cop (Stephen Chow & Vincent Kok) – 53, 1996
Police Story 4: First Strike (Stanley Tong) – 77, 1996
The Mission (Johnnie To) – 2, 1999
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) – 4, 2000
Hit Team (Dante Lam) – 29, 2001

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir) – 8, 2003
Exiled (Johnnie To) – 4, 2006
Speed Racer (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 3, 2008
Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin) – 1, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson) – 4, 2009

Vengance (Johnnie To) – 23, 2009
Vamps (Amy Heckerling) – 37, 2012
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) – 70, 2013
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) – 126, 2015
The Last Poems Trilogy (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 15, 2016

Never Eat Alone (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 45, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 108, 2016
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo) – 6, 2017
Maison du bonheur (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 10, 2017
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin) – 15, 2017

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) – 18, 2017
Get Out (Jordan Peele) – 19, 2017
Love Education (Sylvia Chang) – 28, 2017
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 34, 2017
Zama (Lucrecia Martel) – 38, 2017

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) – 47, 2017
The Empty Hands (Chapman To) – 51, 2017
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson) – 52, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) – 56, 2017
Spider-man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) – 61, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (James Gunn) – 64, 2017
Our House (Yui Kiohara) – 70, 2017
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 88, 2017
Chasing the Dragon (Jason Kwan & Wong Jing) – 106, 2017
Grass (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2018

Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam) – 3, 2018
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) – 5, 2018
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) – 6, 2018
Detective Chinatown 2 (Chen Sicheng) – 7, 2018
Annihilation (Alex Garland) – 9, 2018

Predictions for the 90th Annual Academy Awards

These are my Oscar predictions. During the ceremony tomorrow night, as I’ve done for the past couple of years, I’ll be live-tweeting the winners of the 2017 Endy Awards, the nominees for which can be found here. Follow along on twitter @TheEndofCinema.

BEST PICTURE

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

BEST ACTOR

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

BEST ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

BEST FILM EDITING

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
The Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“This is Me,” The Greatest Showman

BEST SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Boss Baby
Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men In Aleppo
Strong Island

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
On Body and Soul
The Square

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Edith+Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
The Silent Child
All of Us
My Nephew Emmett

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Lou
Revolting Rhymes

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update I finished rewatching (almost) all of Hong Sangsoo’s films for an article about his career that I wrote for frame.land. I also wrote about most of the films as I watched them, the reviews that went up after the last update are: Woman on the Beach, Night and Day, Like You Know It All, Hahaha, The Day He Arrives, Our Sunhi, and The Day AfterThose and all my older Hong reviews (all now freshly revised), along with several new shorter reviews, are indexed at The Chinese Cinema.

Also at The Chinese Cinema I finished revising and reformatting all my reviews for Pantheon Directors along with half of the Far Side of Paradise category, along with Fellow Traveller Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I also have a new review of Johnny Mak’s Long Arm of the Law and Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 3.

The Monkey King review is also at Seattle Screen Scene, where I also wrote about Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, the documentary The Paris Opera and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s animated Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

For Mubi I reviewed the new restoration of King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain, and my February Contemporary Chinese Cinema column was on A Better Tomorrow 2018.

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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.

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) – 1, 1938
The Clan of the White Lotus (Lo Lieh) – 32, 1980
The Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak) – 14, 1984
The Killer (John Woo) – 2, 1989
Hard-Boiled (John Woo) – 4, 1992

Full Contact (Ringo Lam) – 15, 1992
Crime Story (Kirk Wong) – 32, 1993
Needing You… (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 16, 2000
Wu Yen (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 27, 2001
Fat Choi Spirit (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 11, 2002
Princess D (Sylvia Chang) – 17, 2002

Woman on the Beach (Hong Sangsoo) -24, 2006
Night and Day (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2008
Like You Know It All (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2009
Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo) – 18, 2009
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2010

Hahaha (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2010
Gallants (Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng) – 25, 2010
The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo) – 5, 2011
In Another Country (Hong Sangsoo) – 13, 2012
Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2013
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai) – 13, 2013

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sangsoo) – 17, 2013
50:50 (Hong Sangsoo) – 38, 2013
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo) – 7, 2014
The Monkey King (Soi Cheang) – 100, 2014
Detective Chinatown (Chen Sicheng) – 27, 2015

Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sangsoo) – 31, 2015
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sangsoo) – 2, 2016
The Monkey King 2 (Soi Cheang) – 55, 2016
On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sangsoo) – 4, 2017
The Day After (Hong Sangsoo) – 27, 2017

Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari) – 33, 2017
Manhunt (John Woo) – 43, 2017
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) – 65, 2017
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – 69, 2017
The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey) – 85, 2017
The Paris Opera (Jean-Stéphane Bron) – 91, 2017

The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood) – 1, 2018
The Monkey King 3 (Soi Cheang) – 2, 2018
The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra) – 3, 2018
A Better Tomorrow (Ding Sheng) – 4, 2018
Monster Hunt 2 (Raman Hui) – 5, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah) – 6, 2018

This Week in Rankings

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The end of the year came and went since the last rankings update, which meant a handful of round-up posts here at The End: Books (and Other Words), Film Discoveries, and Endy Award Nominations.

At Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed The PostThe Last JediThe Disaster ArtistPitch Perfect 3DownsizingHostiles, and Goldbuster. We also recorded a couple episodes of The Frances Farmer Show: one on The Last Jedi and one a 2017 Year-in-Review.

At Frame.land, I wrote about the films of Chang Cheh and contributed a brief review of Private Eye Blues. At Mubi, I launched a column on Contemporary Chinese Cinema. The first two are on 2017 in Chinese Film and the pair of Youth and The Thousand Faces of Dunjia.

I wrote some brief year-end stuff at other sites as well: Double Features for Mubi, Cinematic Moments (Claire’s Camera) and Underseen Movies (Our Time Will Come) for Frame.land, and about On the Beach at Night Alone for InReview Online’s Year in Review. This year we of the Seattle Film Critics Society gave out our first official awards, which named Get Out Best Picture and somehow didn’t nominate Baahubali: The Conclusion for anything at all.

Over at The Chinese Cinema, I’ve been rewatching all of Hong Sangsoo’s films in chronological order and reviewing them along the way. So far I have reviews up for The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well, The Power of Kangwon Province, Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate, Woman is the Future of Man  and Tale of Cinema. I’ve revised all of my previous writing about Hong Sangsoo and indexed it, and done the same for my writing about King Hu. I also reviewed Evan Yang’s Sun, Moon and Star and Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai’s Running on Karma. My The Chinese Cinema List at letterboxd is up-to-date with 434 titles as well. And I also made a list of Shu Qi’s movies.

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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.

Sun, Moon and Star (Evan Yang) – 19, 1961
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez) – 4, 1965
Legend of the Mountain (King Hu) – 3, 1979
Raining in the Mountain (King Hu) – 11, 1979
Dance of the Drunken Mantis (Yuen Woo-ping) – 25, 1979

The Miracle Fighters (Yuen Woo-ping) – 3, 1982
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) – 12, 1983
Drunken Tai Chi (Yuen Woo-ping) – 45, 1984
Flirting (John Duigan) – 12, 1991
In the Heat of the Sun (1994) – 4, 1994

The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (Hong Sansgoo) – 31, 1996
The Dream Factory (Fen Xiaogang) – 37, 1997
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sangsoo) – 16, 1998
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong Sansgoo) – 7, 2000
Bring It On (Peyton Reed) – 20, 2000

On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (Hong Sangsoo) – 4, 2002
Running on Karma (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 1, 2003
Woman is the Future of Man (Hong Sangsoo) – 37, 2004
Tale of Cinema (Hong Sangsoo) – 8, 2005
Assembly (Feng Xiaogang) – 28, 2007

If You are the One 2 (Feng Xiaogang) – 37, 2010
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 3, 2014
The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) – 29, 2015
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards) – 40, 2016
Kedi (Ceyda Torun) – 69, 2016
Citizen Jane (Matt Tyrnauer) – 112, 2016

Mother! (Darren Aronofsky) – 5, 2017
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) – 6, 2017
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 13, 2017
The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) – 17, 2017
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) – 21, 2017
The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (Don Hertzfeldt) – 22, 2017

Lucky (John Carroll Lynch) – 26, 2017
Youth (Feng Xiaogang) – 35, 2017
Kaatru Veliyidai (Mani Ratnam) – 45, 2017
The Work (Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous) – 55, 2017
Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie) – 63, 2017
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike) – 70, 2017

Girls Trip (Malcolm D. Lee) – 71, 2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Griffin Dunne) – 80, 2017
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater) – 90, 2017
Goldbuster (Sandra Ng) – 94, 2017
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin) – 96, 2017

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) – 97, 2017
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (Yuen Woo-ping) – 98, 2017
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) – 103, 2017
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) – 106, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray) – 107, 2017
Hostiles (Scott Cooper) – 113, 2017

2017 Endy Awards

These are the 2017 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. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. The winners are in bold. And the Endy goes to. . .

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