This Week in Rankings

A new year has come since the last rankings update, which of course means I made some year-end lists, one of My Favorite Discoveries of 2014 and another of the Best Films of the Year (More or Less). I’ve also written several long reviews, on Pang Ho-Cheung’s Aberdeen, Robert Greene’s Actress, Tsui Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Wu Peng’s The True Story of Wong Fei-hung: Whiplash Snuffs the Candle Flame and, continuing my chronological look at the films of Johnnie To, his 1988 The Big Heat.  I also handed out some fake movie awards for 1999 and 1984.

On They Shot Pictures, we had our big two-part Year in Review Spectacular and should have our third John Ford episode up in the next few weeks. On The George Sanders Show we talked about Our Favorite Discoveries of 2014, the Best in Film from 1984 and the greatness of James Stewart.

These are the movies I’ve watched and rewatched over the last few weeks, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings. Capsule reviews or brief comments can be found for them on my letterboxd page.

The Shopworn Angel (HC Potter) – 8, 1938
Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen) – 12, 1940
The True Story of Wong Fei-hung: Whiplash Snuffs the Candle Flame (Wu Peng) – 24, 1949
The Cheyenne Social Club (Gene Kelly) – 16, 1970
What’s Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich) – 19, 1972

Coffy (Jack Hill) – 19, 1973
They All Laughed (Peter Bogdanovich) – 9, 1981
Conan the Barbarian (John Milius) – 15, 1982
Choose Me (Alan Rudolph) – 4, 1984
Streets of Fire (Walter Hill) – 14, 1984

The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola) – 15, 1984
Sixteen Candles (John Hughes) – 16, 1984
Furious (Tim Everitt & Tom Sartori) – 22, 1984
Love Streams (John Cassavetes) – 24, 1984
Dune (David Lynch) – 28, 1984

Conan the Destroyer (Richard Fleischer) – 47, 1984
Revenge of the Nerds (Jeff Kanew) – 49, 1984
Sunday in the Park with George (Terry Hughes) – 15, 1986
The Big Heat (Johnnie To) – 23, 1988
The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson) – 37, 1992

Golden Chicken (Samson Chiu) – 4, 2002
The Raid (Gareth Evans) – 22, 2011
Company (Lonny Price) – 25, 2011
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt) – 10, 2012
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Mami Sunada) – 29, 2013

Six by Sondheim (James Lapine) – 41, 2013
Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee) – 48, 2013
Anchorman 2 (Adam McKay) – 69, 2013
Actress (Robert Greene) – 8, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) – 9, 2014

Hit 2 Pass (Kurt Walker) – 10, 2014
The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui Hark) – 11, 2014
Uncertain Relationships Society (Heiward Mak) – 12, 2014
Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood) – 32, 2014

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall) – 34, 2014
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) – 37, 2014
Aberdeen (Pang Ho-cheung) – 38, 2014
The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans) – 39, 2014

The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) – 43, 2014
Golden Chickensss (Matt Chow) – 44, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman) – 50, 2014
The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum) – 59, 2014

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