This Week in Rankings

Between buying one house, moving into it and selling another house, updates have been spotty around here lately. I made it to a few films at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, with written reviews here of The Midnight After, Night Moves and Unforgiven, and the rest covered on our Festival Episode of The George Sanders Show. I also did an episode of They Shot Pictures on Lau Kar-leung (here’s a review of his Martial Club, and here’s a general Lau Index). I also wrote a bit about the Terminator movies and The Bride with White Hair and put together a whole bunch of lists of War Movies.

These are the movies I’ve watched at rewatched over the last several weeks and where they place on my year-by-year rankings. Short reviews for almost all of them, along with various lists and stuff, can be found over at letterboxd.

Symphonie diagonale (Viking Eggling) – 11, 1924
Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock) – 21, 1940
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid) – 5, 1943
Hatari! (Howard Hawks) – 7, 1962
The Love Eterne (Li Han-hsiang) – 7, 1963

Dead End (Chang Cheh) – 4, 1969
The Singing Thief (Chang Cheh) – 16, 1969
The Sword (Jimmy Wang Yu) – 29, 1971
The Spiritual Boxer (Lau Kar-leung) – 11, 1975
Challenge of the Masters (Lau Kar-leung) – 14, 1976

Dream of the Red Chamber (Li Han-hsiang) – 8, 1977
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung) – 2, 1978
Heroes of the East (Lau Kar-leung) – 9, 1978
Shaolin Mantis (Lau Kar-leung) – 14, 1978
Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung) – 3, 1979

The Shadow Boxing (Lau Kar-leung) – 21, 1979
My Young Auntie (Lau Kar-leung) – 7, 1981
Martial Club (Lau Kar-leung) – 10, 1981
One from the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola) – 6, 1982
Legendary Weapons of China (Lau Kar-leung) – 12, 1982

Legend of a Fighter (Yuen Wo-ping) – 19, 1982
Cat vs. Rat (Lau Kar-leung) – 36, 1982
The Lady is the Boss (Lau Kar-leung) – 18, 1983
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung) – 3, 1984
The Terminator (James Cameron) – 11, 1984

Beverly Hills Cop (Martin Brest) – 32, 1984
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) – 14, 1986
Three Amigos (John Landis) – 31, 1986
Martial Arts of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung) – 41, 1986
White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood) – 12, 1990

Tiger on the Beat 2 (Lau Kar-leung) – 47, 1990
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron) – 37, 1991
Last Action Hero (John McTiernan) – 15, 1993
The Bride with White Hair (Ronny Yu) – 16, 1993
Drunken Master III (Lau Kar-leung) – 63, 1994

Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong Sangsoo) – 7, 2000
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Andrew Lau) – 14, 2010
Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore) – 15, 2012
The Immigrant (James Gray) – 7, 2013
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt) – 42, 2013

Unforgiven (Lee Sang-il) – 54, 2013
The Midnight After (Fruit Chan) – 2, 2014
Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan) – 6, 2014
Transformers: The Premake (Kevin B. Lee) – 7, 2014
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (Wong Ching-po) – 8, 2014

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