This Week in Rankings

Since my last rankings update, I went on a fake-movie-award-giving binge, handing out new Endy Awards and revising old ones for the last 14 years. Johnnie To, naturally enough, is the big winner of the century thus far. I’m going to attempt to update these every time I do one of these rankings posts as well, but we’ll see how that goes. I also wrote about a pair of Frederick Wiseman films (Ballet and Crazy Horse) and revisited Tsui Hark’s Shanghai Blues. And, as Labor Day passed, I put together a new Top 100 Films of All-Time list (and a special George Sanders Show Top Ten Episode as well). As always, I continue to make lists and write short reviews and comments over at letterboxd.

Looking ahead, next weekend I make my way north once again to the Vancouver International Film Festival. I’ve got a potential schedule posted already, and am looking to get some preview reviews up sometime soon.

These are the movies I’ve watched and rewatched over the last several weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

Strike (Sergei Eisenstein) – 6, 1925
Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg) – 5, 1931
Viva Las Vegas – (George Sidney) – 21, 1964
Come Drink with Me (King Hu) – 9, 1966
Wavelength (Michael Snow) – 9, 1967

High School (Frederick Wiseman) – 9, 1968
No Way to Treat a Lady (Jack Smight) – 26, 1968
The Valiant Ones (King Hu) – 12, 1975
Piranha (Joe Dante) – 20, 1978

Raining in the Mountain (King Hu) – 10, 1979
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (Allan Arkush) – 13, 1979
Mad Max (George Miller) – 22, 1979
Shanghai Blues (Tsui Hark) – 3, 1984
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme) – 6, 1984

Matewan (John Sayles) – 24, 1987
Orlando (Sally Potter) – 9, 1992
Ballet (Frederick Wiseman) – 5, 1995
Casa de Lava (Pedro Costa) – 10, 1995
La Comédie-Française (Frederick Wiseman) – 19, 1996

Tempting Heart (Sylvia Chang) – 25, 1999
Belfast, Maine (Frederick Wiseman) – 29, 1999
Mission to Mars (Brian DePalma) – 21, 2000
Ghosts of Mars (John Carpenter) – 16, 2001
Jade Goddess of Mercy (Ann Hui) – 22, 2003

Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow) – 5, 2004
Le Pont des Arts (Eugène Green) – 10, 2004
20 30 40 (Sylvia Chang) – 15, 2004
The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (Ann Hui) – 22, 2006
Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso) – 31, 2008

Accident (Soi Cheang) – 7, 2009
Love Aaj Kal (Imtiaz Ali) – 16, 2009
Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman) – 21, 2011
Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore) – 15, 2012
Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman) – 83, 2012

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