This Week in Rankings

I’m still lost in the never-ending saga that is the Seattle International Film Festival. We’ve been covering it in detail over at Seattle Screen Scene, and as of right now I’ve seen 25 movies or so, with another week to go before the thing is finally, blessedly over. I have a couple posts here started but not finished, on Jackie Chan’s Project A movies, which are pretty good, and Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, which is a crime against history, but festival stuff has slowed the momentum on them enough that I doubt I’ll ever actually finish them. Everything else I’ve written recently has been at SSS, obviously given that the last post here was also a This Week in Rankings. In addition to all the festival coverage over there, I also have reviews of The Triplets of Belleville, Clouds of Sils Maria, Kung Fu Jungle, and Tales of Hoffman.

Recent episodes of The George Sanders Show include discussions of Linda Linda Linda and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Clouds of Sils Maria and Centre Stage, Jauja and Three Crowns of the Sailor, and Days of Thunder and Redline 7000. It’s been a really long time since I’ve done an actual episode of They Shot Pictures, hopefully I’ll be able to put something together this summer, after this festival is over and before the Vancouver Film Festival rolls around in September.

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

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (Don Weis) – 15, 1953
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray) – 3, 1955
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray) – 6, 1955
Aparajito (Satyajit Ray) – 8, 1956
The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray) – 8, 1959

The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov) – 10, 1968
Gimme Shelter (Albert and David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin) – 1, 1970
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Miller) – 23, 1985
Centre Stage (Stanley Kwan) – 5, 1991
Ballistic Kiss (Donnie Yen) – 63, 1998

The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet) – 11, 2003
Camp (Todd Graff) – 29, 2003
King Arthur (Antoine Fuqua) – 68, 2004
Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita) – 2, 2005
Himalaya Singh (Wai Ka-fai) – 15, 2005

Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke) – 73, 2008
Overheard (Alan Mak & Felix Chong) – 50, 2009
Let the Bullets Fly (Jiang Wen) – 6, 2010
Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk) – 8, 2011
Overheard 2 (Alan Mak & Felix Chong) – 65, 2011

Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore) – 17, 2012
Crossfire Hurricane (Brett Morgen) – 63, 2012
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Stephen Chow & Derek Kwok) – 10, 2013
Phoenix (Christian Petzold) – 8, 2014
A Matter of Interpretation (Lee Kwangkuk) – 11, 2014

The Coffin in the Mountain (Xin Yukun) – 25, 2014
Noah (Darren Aronofsky) – 27, 2014
Dearest (Peter Chan) – 32, 2014
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) – 36, 2014
Beyond Zero 1914-1918 (Bill Morrison) – 38, 2014

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) – 39, 2014
When Marnie was There – (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – 43, 2014
Temporary Family (Cheuk Wan-chi) – 50, 2014
Natural History (James Benning) – 58, 2014
A Hard Day (Kim Seonghoon) – 61, 2014

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner) – 67, 2014
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) – 72, 2014
Kung Fu Jungle (Teddy Chan) – 74, 2014
Back to the Soil (Bill Morrison) – 75, 2014
Virtuosity (Christopher Wilkinson) – 83, 2014

Snow on the Blades (Setsurô Wakamatsu) – 86, 2014
Haemoo (Shim Sungbo) – 88, 2014
Overheard 3 (Alan Mak & Felix Chong) – 93, 2014
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) – 2, 2015
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) – 3, 2015
World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt) – 4, 2015

The Royal Road (Jenni Olson) – 5, 2015
Results (Andrew Bujalski) – 6, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) – 9, 2015
Unexpected (Kris Swanberg) – 12, 2015
Dreams Rewired (Manu Luksch, Thomas Tode & Martin Reinhart) – 13, 2015
Chatty Catties (Pablo Valencia) – 14, 2015

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