This Week in Rankings

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A lot of 2015 films in this rankings update, as I spent the last month trying to catch up at the end of the year. There’s more to come over the next six weeks or so (or really, forever, it’s not exactly impossible to actually catch up, as there are a finite number of films that were released in 2015, but it’s functionally so), leading up to the Endys/Oscars at the end of February (Endy nominations will be out this week).

Since the last update I’ve written a few reviews: Creed, Spotlight, and BrooklynMacbethSistersMojin: The Lost LegendConcussion, and Mr. Six at Seattle Screen Scene; and John Woo’s The Crossing Parts 1 & 2 here at The End. We’ve done George Sanders Shows on Alexander, Nightmare Alley and Our 2015 DiscoveriesThe Force AwakensHelp!, A Pistol for Ringo and the Best of 1965, and Noroît and The Black Pirate.

I polled a bunch of local critics and programmers for the first annual Seattle Screen Scene Seattle Film Poll, listed the Best Older Movies I Saw in 2015, handed out the Endy Awards for 1965, and posted a Top 50 Films of 2015 (More or Less).

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

Grand Display of Brock’s Fireworks at Crystal Palace (George Albert Smith) – 1, 1904
The Black Pirate (Albert Parker) – 8, 1926
Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding) – 23, 1947
Help! (Richard Lester) – 23, 1965
A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari) – 26, 1965

Duelle (Jacques Rivette) – 5, 1976
Noroît (Jacques Rivette) – 8, 1976
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) – 11, 1983
Eddie Murphy: Delirious (Bruce Gowers) – 24, 1983
The Phantom Menace (George Lucas) – 51, 1999

Attack of the Clones (George Lucas) – 27, 2002
Alexander (Oliver Stone) – 11, 2004
Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas) – 7, 2005
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) – 75, 2012
Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) – 44, 2014

Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes) – 4, 2015
Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson) – 9, 2015
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) – 10, 2015
The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) – 13, 2015
Baahubali: The Beginning (SS Rajamouli) – 14, 2015

Tangerine (Sean Baker) – 22, 2015
Cemetery of Splendour
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 24, 2015
The Hateful 8 (Quentin Tarantino) – 30, 2015
The Mend (John Magary) – 37, 2015
Experimenter (Michael Almereyda) – 49, 2015

Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler) – 52, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) – 56, 2015
Sisters (Justin Moore) – 59, 2015
Chi-Raq (Spike Lee) – 64, 2015
Macbeth (Justin Kurzel) – 67, 2015

The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu) – 71, 2015
The Crossing Part 2 (John Woo) – 72, 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) – 74, 2015
Mr. Six (Guan Hu) – 75, 2015
Amy (Asif Kapadia) – 83, 2015

Wild Card (Simon West) – 89, 2015
Concussion (Peter Landesman) – 93, 2015
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) – 96, 2015
Mojin: The Lost Legend (Wu Ershan) – 100, 2015

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