This Week in Rankings

The end of the year came and went since my last rankings update. I posted a list of the Best Older Movies I Saw Last Year and a Best of 2013, More or Less. (That second one is already outdated and inaccurate, as I’ve since seen a few more 2013 films and learned that one of the films I thought had been distributed (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) had not and one of the films I thought hadn’t been distributed (The Missing Picture) may have been, but only in a tiny, unpublicized run solely for the purposes of Oscar qualification, which due to the inane system that governs list-making at large, probably means it won’t be eligible for most critics’ 2014 Best Of lists.)

I’ll have a real Best of 2013 list up right around Oscar Time, along with a 2013 Endy Awards post. For our end of the year episode of The George Sanders Show, we picked our favorites of 1933, and I handed out Endys for that year as well. We’re putting out George Sanders every other week for the time being, and our first episode of 2014 is up, on The Wolf of Wall Street and L’Argent.

I’ve only written a pair of actual reviews lately, on Peter Chan’s Comrades, Almost a Love Story and Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen. I’ve also made and updated some lists on letterboxd, for Fritz Lang, Run Run Shaw, Andy Lau, Stephen Chow, and Martin Scorsese, along with my ongoing tracking of Running Out of Karma.

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

The Golem: How He Came Into the World (Paul Wegener & Carl Boese) – 3, 1920
The Haunted Castle (FW Murnau) – 14, 1921
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (FW Murnau) – 1, 1922
Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang) – 2, 1924
L’argent (Marcel L’Herbier) – 11, 1928

Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu) – 2, 1933
Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu) – 22, 1933
I’m No Angel (Wesley Ruggles) – 33, 1933
House of Mystery (William Nigh) – 24, 1934
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez) – 3, 1965

Two for the Road (Stanley Donen) – 6, 1967
Games Gamblers Play (Michael Hui) – 28, 1974
Ninja in the Dragon’s Den (Corey Yuen) – 13, 1982
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (WD Richter) – 22, 1984
The Magic Crystal (Wong Jing) – 37, 1986

No Retreat, No Surrender (Corey Yuen) – 43, 1986
Rich and Famous (Taylor Wong) – 42, 1987
The Romancing Star (Wong Jing) – 48, 1987
Painted Faces (Alex Law) – 9, 1988
Tiger Cage (Yuen Woo-ping) – 21, 1988

The Eighth Happiness (Johnnie To) – 37, 1988
God of Gamblers (Wong Jing) – 18, 1989
Casino Raiders (Wong Jing & Jimmy Heung) – 22, 1989
All for the Winner (Corey Yuen & Jeffrey Lau) – 23, 1990
Tricky Brains (Wong Jing) – 21, 1991

God of Gamblers II (Wong Jing) – 25, 1991
Boys are Easy (Wong Jing) – 20, 1993
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell) – 21, 1994
Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan) – 1, 1996
Love Actually (Richard Curtis) – 43, 2003

Ninja (Isaac Florentine) – 58, 2009
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (Gerald Peary) – 61, 2009
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) – 5, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis (The Coen Brothers) – 11, 2013
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (Isaac Florentine) – 19, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness (JJ Abrams) – 28, 2013
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (Molly Bernstein) – 33, 2013

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