This Week in Rankings

Since the last rankings update, I wrote five more entries in my Summer of Sammo series on Hong Kong genre cinema, about King Hu’s genre-defing Come Drink With Me and Dragon Gate Inn, Lau Kar-leung’s debut The Spiritual Boxer, Chang Cheh’s iconic The One-Armed Swordsman and Chor Yuen’s opulent Heroes Shed No Tears. And Episode Three of The George Sanders Show covered Stanley Donen’s Charade its remake, The Truth About Charlie, directed by Jonathan Demme. But the big hit post of the week is apparently this thing I wrote about best of the year lists.

These are the movies I’ve watched and rewatched over the last week or so, along with where they place on my year-by-year rankings. Links are to my short letterboxd reviews, where applicable.

The Idle Class (Charles Chaplin) – 9, 1921
Dial M For Murder (Alfred Hitchcock) – 19, 1954
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock) – 12, 1956
Come Drink With Me (King Hu) – 9, 1966
Dragon Gate Inn (King Hu) – 2, 1967

The One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh) – 7, 1967
Golden Swallow (Chang Cheh) – 7, 1968
A Touch of Zen (King Hu) – 1, 1971
Heroes Two (Chang Cheh) – 18, 1974
The Spiritual Boxer (Lau Kar-leung) – 11, 1975

The Magic Blade (Chor Yuen) – 14, 1976
Heroes Shed No Tears (Chor Yuen) – 16, 1980
Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung) – 2, 1984
Mr. Vampire (Ricky Lau) – 18, 1985
The Truth About Charlie (Jonathan Demme) – 29, 2002
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon) – 14, 2012

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