This Week in Rankings

Since the last rankings update, I’ve recorded a new episode of They Shot Pictures on John Ford, as well as a couple episodes of The George Sanders Show (Logan’s Run and WALL-E and Gun Crazy and Point Break). The Ford show should be posted any day now, while you can find the Sanders show at our website.

As part of my preparation for the Ford discussion, I wrote here about his My Darling Clementine and Sergeant Rutledge. I’m also continuing with the Summer of Sammo, but moving away from the Shaw Brothers films of the 1960s and 70s into the New Wave films of the 80s and 90s. So far I’ve written about Wong Kar-wai’s Days of Being Wild and Patrick Tam’s Nomad. I’ll need to think of a new name for this series of reviews in a few weeks, as summer is coming to an end and I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until December rolls around and it’s time for Christmas with the Shaw Brothers to rent more of these films. Any suggestions?

I’ve added and updated some lists over at letterboxd for Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, John Ford, Wong Kar-wai and George Sidney. On that same page you can also find updated lists for many other directors and actors.

These are the movies I’ve watched and re-watched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings. Links are to my short letterboxd reviews/comments, where applicable.

Straight Shooting (John Ford) – 3, 1917
Just Pals (John Ford) – 4, 1920
The Iron Horse (John Ford) – 5, 1924
Stagecoach (John Ford) – 3, 1939
My Darling Clementine (John Ford) – 8, 1946
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford) – 4, 1949

Wagon Master (John Ford) – 2, 1950
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis) – 5, 1950
Rio Grande (John Ford) – 14, 1950
Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford) – 7, 1960
Two Rode Together (John Ford) – 6, 1961
Hatari! (Howard Hawks) – 10, 1962

Logan’s Run (Michael Anderson) – 22, 1976
Raining in the Mountain (King Hu) – 9, 1979
Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (Chor Yuen) – 27, 1981
Nomad (Patrick Tam) – 2, 1982
Ishtar (Elaine May) – 6, 1987
As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-wai) – 7, 1988

Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 1990
Full Moon in New York (Stanley Kwan) – 16, 1990
Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow) – 19, 1991
Full Contact (Ringo Lam) – 20, 1992
WALL-E (Andrew Stanton) – 3, 2008
The Avengers (Joss Whedon) – 44, 2012

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