This Week in Rankings

Over the past couple of weeks, leading up to that annual celebration of movies and movie culture that is Oscar night, I handed out a bunch of Endy Awards for the years 1934 and 2007-2013. I enjoy putting those things together, probably too much. I also wrote long reviews of a number of films: 2013’s Cannes sensation Blue is the Warmest Color, Tsui Hark’s Young Detective Dee and the Rise of the Sea Dragon and Shanghai Blues (part of my on-going Running Out of Karma series), Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro (a warm-up to our epic They Shot Pictures episode on Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli) and my favorite movie of 2013, Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s La última película (part of my on-going I swear coverage of the 2013 Vancouver Film Festival). On The George Sanders Show, we talked Oscars with Best Picture winners The Great Ziegfeld and Chicago.

Over at Letterboxd I have a few lists, new and updated: Running Out of Karma Movies, Tsui Hark Movies, Best Picture Oscar Winners, Alain Resnais Movies, Studio Ghibli MoviesMovies Discussed on The George Sanders Show, Movies Where People Fall Asleep On Screen and The Best Movies of Every Year.

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

The Great Ziegfeld (Robert Z. Leonard) – 16, 1936
The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle) – 30, 1937
Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler) – 17, 1942
Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway) – 12, 1947
The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. DeMille) – 30, 1952

Tom Jones (Tony Richardson) – 11, 1963
The Castle of Cagliostro (Hayao Miyazaki) – 17, 1979
Shanghai Blues (Tsui Hark) – 8, 1984
Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata) – 11, 1988
Mystic Pizza (Donald Petrie) – 48, 1988

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki) – 6, 1989
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata) – 4, 1991
My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata) – 3, 1999
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) – 6, 2001
Chicago (Rob Marshall) – 44, 2002

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki) – 23, 2004
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Hayao Miyazaki) – 15, 2008
The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – 36, 2010
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 4, 2012
Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada) – 7, 2012

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer) – 30, 2012
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen) – 34, 2012
La última película (Raya Martin & Mark Peranson) – 1, 2013
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) – 10, 2013
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) – 20, 2013
Young Detective Dee and the Rise of the Sea Dragon (Tsui Hark) – 21, 2013

All is Lost (JC Chandor) – 23, 2013
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche) – 27, 2013
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen) – 30, 2013
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino) – 37, 2013
Pompeii (Paul WS Anderson) – 1, 2014
And the Oscar Goes To… (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) – 2, 2014

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