This Week in Rankings

I’ve been to Vancouver and back since the last update. Here’s an index of my coverage of VIFF 2014. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been watching some Hong Kong movies, naturally enough, with reviews of Blind Detective, A Better Tomorrow III and Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (I also reviewed Accident before I left). We’ve also had three episodes of The George Sanders Show, on Wavelength and Videodrome, on How to Marry a Millionaire and Down with Love and on Gone Girl and The Vanishing.

All of my various lists are up-to-date over on letterboxd, including my Running Out of Karma list, which is now up to 157 films. I’ve also got short reviews over there for most of the films I don’t cover here.

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

Little Man, What Now? – 5, 1934
Cat People (Jacques Tourneur) – 2, 1942
The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur) – 5, 1943
I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Turner) – 7, 1943
The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise) – 25, 1945

How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco) – 25, 1953
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold) – 27, 1954
Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais) – 7, 1956
The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis) – 9, 1963
Beyond the Great Wall (Li Han-hsiang) – 21, 1964
Videodrome (David Cronenberg) – 7, 1983

The Vanishing (George Sluizer) – 33, 1988
A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon – 7, 1989
King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 9, 1999
Toutes les nuits (Eugène Green) – 24, 2001
Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov) – 7, 2002
Down with Love (Peyton Reed) – 10, 2003

Love Battlefield (Soi Cheang) – 15, 2004
Fantasia (Wai Ka-fai) – 19, 2004
The Death Curse (Soi Cheang) – 41, 2004
The Shopaholics (Wai Ka-fai) – 14, 2006
Cocktail (Herman Yau & Long Ching) – 31, 2006

High Noon (Heiward Mak) – 43, 2008
Ex (Heiward Mak) – 9, 2011
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry) – 12, 2011
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Tsui Hark) – 31, 2011
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata) – 3, 2013

Blind Detective (Johnnie To) – 4, 2013
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) – 10, 2013
Miss and the Doctors (Axelle Ropert) – 33, 2013
So Young (Zhao Wei) – 36, 2013
The Owners (Adilkhan Yerzhanov) – 53, 2013

130919: A Portrait of Marina Abramovic (Matthu Placek) – 61, 2013
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo) – 2, 2014
The Midnight After (Fruit Chan) – 3, 2014
Jauja (Lisandro Alonso) – 4, 2014
Uncertain Relationships Society (Heiward Mak) – 6, 2014

Horse Money (Pedro Costa) – 7, 2014
National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) – 8, 2014
Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard) – 10, 2014
Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry) – 11, 2014
Gone Girl (David Fincher) – 12, 2014

La Sapienza (Eugène Green) – 13, 2014
White, Heat, Lights (Takashi Nakajima) – 15, 2014
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – 18, 2014
Highway (Imtiaz Ali) – 19, 2014
Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara) – 20, 2014
The Rehearsal (Carl-Antonyn Dufault) – 21, 2014

Heaven Knows What (Ben & Joshua Sadie) – 23, 2014
Ballet 422 (Jody Lee Lipes) – 24, 2014
The Golden Era (Ann Hui) – 26, 2014
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 27, 2014
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) – 28, 2014

Ow (Yohei Suzuki) – 29, 2014
The Furthest End Awaits (Chaing Hsiu-chiung) – 34, 2014
Everything Will Be (Julia Kwan) – 35, 2014
Magnificent View (Nam Keun-hak) – 37, 2014
Exit (Chenn Hsiang) – 40, 2014
Broken Palace (Ross Munro) – 2014

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