This Week in Rankings

Over the last few weeks, as I’ve been preparing for an upcoming episode (or two) of They Shot Pictures on Vincente Minnelli, I’ve been watching a lot of musicals. I wrote about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Oklahoma!, along with a couple more Tsui Hark movies for Running Out of Karma (which at this point has more about Tsui’s movies than Johnnie To’s but whatever), Seven Swords and The Blade. I also wrote about a couple of excellent 2014 films: Tsai Ming-liang’s Journey to the West and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

In podcast news, we’ve had two episodes of The George Sanders Show since the last update, on Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and the Ray Harreyhausen Jason and the Argonauts and a baseball episode on Pride of the Yankees and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings. Also there’s our super-sized They Shot Pictures episode covering Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli. And I handed out the Endy Awards for 2006.

These are the movies I’ve watched and rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings. You can find short reviews of most of them on my letterboxd page.

You Were Never Lovelier (William A. Seiter) – 22, 1942
The Pride of the Yankees (Sam Wood) – 27, 1942
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) – 3, 1943
Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli) – 9, 1943
Thousands Cheer (George Sidney) – 21, 1943

Cover Girl (Charles Vidor) – 18, 1944
The Clock (Vincente Minnelli) – 9, 1945
Ziegfeld Follies (Vincente Minnelli) – 30, 1945
Easter Parade (Charles Walters) – 15, 1948
Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Busby Berkeley) – 30, 1949

Lovely to Look At (Mervyn LeRoy) – 28, 1952
A Star is Born (George Cukor) – 8, 1954
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen) – 16, 1954
Oklahoma! (Fred Zinnemann) – 48, 1955
Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey) – 15, 1963

The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison) – 18, 1968
The Sugarland Express (Steven Spielberg) – 29, 1974
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (John Badham) – 6, 1976
Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker) – 31, 1976
Sorcerer (William Friedkin) – 7, 1977

Caddyshack (Harold Ramis) – 10, 1980
Boy Meets Girl (Leos Carax) – 11, 1984
They Live (John Carpenter) – 4, 1988
The Blade (Tsui Hark) – 6, 1995
Seven Swords (Tsui Hark) – 16, 2005

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller) – 34, 2008
The Three Musketeers (Paul WS Anderson) – 17, 2011
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) – 1, 2014
Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang) – 2, 2014
Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas) – 4, 2014

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