This Week in Rankings

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It’s been quite awhile since the last update. Since then, I wrote about this year’s crop of Lunar New Year movies for my Contemporary Chinese Cinema column at Mubi, where I also wrote about Jackie Chan’s Police Story. At Seattle Screen Scene, I reviewed Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, Travis Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish, and Alex Garland’s Annihilation, and discussed Hong Sangsoo’s Grass. And here at The End, I handed out the 2017 Endy Awards.

Over at the Chinese Cinema I’ve been hard at work revising a bunch of old reviews, and I’ve completed the following director categories: The Pantheon, The Far Side of Paradise, Expressive Esoterica, Fringe Benefits, Less Than Meets the Eye, Lightly Likable, and Strained Seriousness. I also wrote new reviews for Johnnie To’s The Mission and Patrick Tam’s Final Victory, along with a preview of this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

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

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) – 1, 1942
Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung) – 15, 1979
Aces Go Places (Eric Tsang) – 36, 1982
Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung) – 25, 1983
Police Story (Jackie Chan) – 3, 1985

A Room with a View (James Ivory) – 11, 1985
Women (Stanley Kwan) – 19, 1985
Righting Wrongs (Corey Yuen) – 9, 1986
Dream Lovers (Tony Au) – 11, 1986
Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan) – 15, 1986

Armour of God (Jackie Chan) – 32, 1986
Final Victory (Patrick Tam) – 13, 1987
Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan) – 31, 1988
Full Moon in New York (Stanley Kwan) – 23, 1989
Armour of God II: Operation Condor (Jackie Chan) – 65, 1991

Police Story 3: Supercop (Stanley Tong) – 16, 1992
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 1994
Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong) – 24, 1995
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box (Jeffrey Lau) – 25, 1995
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau) – 29, 1995

Forbidden City Cop (Stephen Chow & Vincent Kok) – 53, 1996
Police Story 4: First Strike (Stanley Tong) – 77, 1996
The Mission (Johnnie To) – 2, 1999
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) – 4, 2000
Hit Team (Dante Lam) – 29, 2001

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir) – 8, 2003
Exiled (Johnnie To) – 4, 2006
Speed Racer (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 3, 2008
Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin) – 1, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson) – 4, 2009

Vengance (Johnnie To) – 23, 2009
Vamps (Amy Heckerling) – 37, 2012
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) – 70, 2013
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) – 126, 2015
The Last Poems Trilogy (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 15, 2016

Never Eat Alone (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 45, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 108, 2016
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo) – 6, 2017
Maison du bonheur (Sophia Bohdanowicz) – 10, 2017
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin) – 15, 2017

The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) – 18, 2017
Get Out (Jordan Peele) – 19, 2017
Love Education (Sylvia Chang) – 28, 2017
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 34, 2017
Zama (Lucrecia Martel) – 38, 2017

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) – 47, 2017
The Empty Hands (Chapman To) – 51, 2017
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson) – 52, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) – 56, 2017
Spider-man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) – 61, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (James Gunn) – 64, 2017
Our House (Yui Kiohara) – 70, 2017
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 88, 2017
Chasing the Dragon (Jason Kwan & Wong Jing) – 106, 2017
Grass (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2018

Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam) – 3, 2018
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) – 5, 2018
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) – 6, 2018
Detective Chinatown 2 (Chen Sicheng) – 7, 2018
Annihilation (Alex Garland) – 9, 2018

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