This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update the new year has come and gone along with award season. I counted down my favorite film discoveries of 2019, my favorites of the books I read in 2019, my favorite 220 movies of the 2010s, and handed out the Endy Awards for 2019. I contributed some capsule reviews to InReview Online’s Best of the Decade series (on Meek’s Cutoff, Romancing in Thin Air, Uncle Boonmee and some others), and I wrote yet another Ash is Purest White blurb for their end of the year list. For Frame.land’s Directors of the Decade feature, I wrote about Hong Sangsoo. I also participated in end of the year polls and awards by Senses of Cinema, the Murials and the Seattle Film Critics Society. And I appeared on SIFFcast’s two-part end of the year show. For the Mubi Notebook’s end of the year festivities I contributed an image for the 2010s and fantasy double features for 2019.

Also at The Notebook I wrote about Only Cloud Knows and Ip Man 4, Jia Zhangke’s I Wish I Knew, the Hong Kong series at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong. At Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed Enter the Fat Dragon, and The Rise of Skywalker. On the Film Stage Podcast I talked about the Shaun the Sheep movie Farmageddon.

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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.

King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack) – 6, 1933
Song of the South (Harve Foster & Wilfred Jackson) – 38, 1946
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (James Algar, Clyde Geronimi & Jack Kinney) – 28, 1949
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero) – 5, 1968

Columbo: Murder by the Book (Steven Spielberg) – 16, 1971
Columbo: Dead Weight (Jack Smight) – 19, 1971
Columbo: Lady in Waiting (Norman Lloyd) – 22, 1971
Columbo: Suitable for Framing (Hy Averback) – 24, 1971
Columbo: Death Lends a Hand (Bernard Kowalski) – 25, 1971

The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell) – 2, 1972
Columbo: Etude in Black (Nicholas Colasanto) – 9, 1972
Columbo: Blueprint for Murder (Peter Falk) – 18, 1972
Columbo: Short Fuse (Edward M. Abroms) – 29, 1972
The Crazies (George Romero) – 13, 1973
The Delinquent (Kuei Chih-heung & Chang Cheh) – 23, 1973

Dawn of the Dead (George Romero) – 7, 1978
Escape from New York (John Carpenter) – 17, 1981
Long Arm of the Law (Johhny Mak) – 11, 1984
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis) – 14, 1988
Gangs (Lawrence Ah Mon) – 35, 1988

Cageman (Jacob Cheung) – 11, 1992
Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan) – 4, 1997
Fight Club (David Fincher) – 10, 1999
Ordinary Heroes (Ann Hui) – 26, 1999
Iron Man (Jon Favreau) – 39, 2008

Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt) – 3, 2010
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 5, 2010
I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke) – 17, 2010
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau) – 67, 2010
Thor (Kenneth Branagh) – 40, 2011
Captain America (Joe Johnston) – 46, 2011

Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To) – 2, 2012
Eega (SS Rjamouli) – 11, 2012
The Avengers (Joss Whedon) – 54, 2012
Iron Man 3 (Shane Black) – 43, 2013
The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 63, 2014

The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) – 40, 2015
Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland) – 59, 2015
Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) – 76, 2015
Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 77, 2016
The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) – 10, 2017

Peterloo (Mike Leigh) – 15, 2018
Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry) – 46, 2018
Little Women (Greta Gerwig) – 1, 2019
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) – 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino) – 5, 2019

Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie) – 7, 2019
Chasing Dream (Johnnie To ) – 8, 2019
Ride Your Wave (Yuasa Masaaki) – 9, 2019
Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello) – 10, 2019
Parasite (Bong Joonho) – 15, 2019

Dolemite is My Name (Craig Brewer) – 16, 2019
Dark Waters (Todd Haynes) – 22, 2019
Promare (Imaishi Hiroyuki) – 24, 2019
Weathering with You (Shinkai Makoto) – 25, 2019
Atlantics (Mati Diop) – 28, 2019

Farmageddon (Will Becher & Richard Phelan) – 33, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma) – 34, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez) – 36, 2019
Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller) – 48, 2019

Richard Jewell (Clint Eastwood) – 50, 2019
The Farewell (Lulu Wang) – 59, 2019
The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams) – 70, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller) – 73, 2019

Only Cloud Knows (Feng Xiaogang) – 74, 2019
Ip Man 4 (Wilson Yip) – 75, 2019
The Good Liar (Bill Condon) – 87, 2019
Bombshell (Jay Roach) – 91, 2019
1917 (Sam Mendes) – 92, 2019

Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan) – 1, 2020
We Have Boots (Evans Chan) – 2, 2020
The Cube Phantom (Alan Lau) – 3, 2020
Enter the Fat Dragon (Wong Jing & Tanigaki Kenji) – 4, 2020

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