A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that is now based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 402 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, 2018 and 2019.

  1. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
  2. Mughal-e-azam (K. Asif, 1960)
  3. Yearning (Naruse Mikio, 1964)
  4. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
  5. Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)
  6. The Terrorizers (Edward Yang, 1986)
  7. Om Shanti Om (Farrah Khan, 2007)
  8. Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack, 2013)
  9. The Midnight After (Fruit Chan, 2014)
  10. Liz and the Blue Bird (Yamada Naoko, 2018)



  11. Steamboat Bill, Jr (Charles Resiner, 1928)
  12. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
  13. Miller’s Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1990)
  14. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925)
  15. Safety Last! (Sam Taylor & Fred C. Newmeyer, 1923)
  16. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
  17. Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung, 1979)
  18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
  19. The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978)
  20. The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)



  21. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
  22. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)
  23. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
  24. 7 Women (John Ford, 1966)
  25. Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008)
  26. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
  27. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)
  28. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  29. The Dawn Patrol (Howard Hawks, 1930)
  30. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)



  31. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  32. Little Women (Greta Gerwig, 2019)
  33. Wagon Master (John Ford, 1950
  34. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
  35. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent 1974)
  36. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976)
  37. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
  38. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
  39. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933)
  40. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)



  41. Histoire(s) du cinèma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
  42. Welcome to LA (Alan Rudolph, 1976)
  43. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph, 1984)
  44. Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981)
  45. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  46. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
  47. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  48. Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen, et al, 1940)
  49. The Pan-American Exposition By Night (Edwin S. Porter, 1901)
  50. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)



  51. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
  52. Sans soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
  53. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
  54. All that Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
  55. New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998)
  56. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman, 2016)
  57. Hanagatami (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 2017)
  58. Les amants du pont-neuf (Leos Carax, 1991)
  59. The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972)
  60. Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016)



  61. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)
  62. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005)
  63. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  64. La danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (Frederick Wiseman, 2009)
  65. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  66. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
  67. How Green was My Valley (John Ford, 1941)
  68. Mahjong (Edward Yang, 1996)
  69. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
  70. Kid Auto Races at Venice (Henry Lehrman, 1914)



  71. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu, 1979)
  72. Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2017)
  73. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  74. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai, 2002)
  75. Holiday (George Cukor, 1938)
  76. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1974)
  77. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  78. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971)
  79. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
  80. It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis, 2009)



  81. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004)
  82. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
  83. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)
  84. Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke, 1998)
  85. The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois, 2020)
  86. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006)
  87. The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin, 1917)
  88. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
  89. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
  90. All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)



  91. Throw Down (Johnnie To, 2004)
  92. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)
  93. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
  94. Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang, 1924)
  95. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
  96. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood, 1995)
  97. Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles, 1955)
  98. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
  99. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
  100. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)

The Best Movies of 2020 (So Far)

 

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We are now halfway through the year and as has become an annual tradition here at The End, it’s time to look back at the best movies of the year so far. As I discussed in the 2013 halfway post, the consensus movie-dating system is nonsensical and posits New York as the center of the universe. Far more logical (and much easier to use) is a system reliant on imdb’s dating system, which locates a film in whatever year it first played for an audience. That’s what we use here for all Rankings & Awards as it’s the most fair to all eras and areas. (A dating system reliant on playing in a certain locality I think can be valuable for a publication that is geographically specific, like a local newspaper or website. But here at The End, we have a global reach.)

A by-product of the system is that a number of films that first go into wide-release in any given year actually had their premiere in the year before. A number of the films on many critics’ halfway-point lists will include these films, films that find their proper home here on my 2019 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2020, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2019 Movies of 2020, which includes those films from last year (and a couple from years before that) that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. On this list I’m including anything that didn’t get a theatrical release but was made available on VOD and is therefore eligible for this year’s Seattle Film Critics Awards. For obvious reasons, the New York theatrical release standard is even more nonsensical this year. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2019, of last year’s films that have yet to see a New York release and therefore don’t (yet) exist by the standards of most critics. And there’s a fourth list, a halfway version of my annual Best Older Movies list, counting the top movies I saw for the first time this year that are more than a few years old.

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The Best Movies of 2020 (So Far)

1. The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sangsoo)
2. The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois)
3. Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee)
4. We Have Boots (Evans Chan)
5. Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan)
6. New York New York (Spike Lee)
7. Be Water (Bao Nguyen)
8. The Cube Phantom (Alan Lau)
9. Enter the Fat Dragon (Wong Jing & Tanigaki Kenji)
10. Long Gone Summer (AJ Schnack)

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The Best 2019 Movies of 2020 (So Far)

1. Yourself and Yours (Hong Sangsoo)
2. Fourteen (Dan Sallitt)
3. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan)
4. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
5. Ride Your Wave (Masaaki Yuasa)
6. The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)
7. Jallikattu (Lijo Jose Pellissery)
8. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo)
9. I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke)
10. Woman on the Beach (Hong Sangsoo)
11. MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell)
12. The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan)
13. Weathering With You (Makoto Shinkai)
14. The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu)
15. Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
16. Disappearance at Clifton Hill (Albert Shin)
17. House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2019 (So Far)

1. Labyrinth of Cinema (Obayashi Nobuhiko)
2. Chasing Dream (Johnnie To)
3. Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello)
4. Jeux de plage (Aimi Natsuto)
5. A Voluntary Year (Henner Winckler & Ulrich Köhler)
6. Heart (Jeong Gayoung)
7. Demolition Girl (Matsugami Genta)
8. The Bob Emergency (Jon Bois)
9. To Live To Sing (Johnny Ma)
10. Wet Season (Anthony Chen)

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2020 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Mughal-e-Azam (K. Asif, 1960)
2. The Rocking Horsemen (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 1992)
3. Om Shanti Om (Farah Khan, 2007)
4. Duvidha (Mani Kaul, 1973)
5. Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957)
6. Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001)
7. The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972)
8. Original Cast Album: Company (DA Pennebaker, 1970)
9. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (V. Shantaram, 1955)
10. Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam, 1998)
11. Welcome to LA (Alan Rudolph, 1976)
12. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (Kundan Shah, 1994)
13. Eega (SS Rajamouli, 2012)
14. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Itō Shunya, 1972)
15. Deewar (Yash Chopra, 1975)
16. Tamasha (Imtiaz Ali, 2015)
17. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (Itō Shunya, 1972)
18. The Crazies (George Romero, 1973)
19. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
20. Cageman (Jacob Cheung, 1992)
21. Aag (Raj Kapoor, 1948)
22. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995)
23. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
24. Devdas (PC Barua, 1936)
25. Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Hasebe Yasuharu, 1970)
26. Main Hoon Na (Farah Khan, 2004)
27. Ordinary Heroes (Ann Hui, 1999)
28. Ram Jaane (Rajiv Mehra, 1995)
29. Amrapali (Lekh Tandon, 1966)
30. Fan ((Maneesh Sharma, 2016)
31. Gangs (Lawrence Ah Mon, 1988)
32. emale Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Itō Shunya, 1973)
33. Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995)
34. Enthiran (S. Shankar, 2010)
35. The Delinquent (Chang Cheh & Kuei Chih-hung, 1973)

Movies of the 2010s

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1. Oki’s Movie (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)
2. The Midnight After (Fruit Chan, 2014)
3. Baahubali (SS Rajamouli, 2015/2017)
4. Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke, 2018)
5. Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada, 2018)
6. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
7. Yourself & Yours (Hong Sangsoo, 2016)
8. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
9. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
10. The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, 2013)
11. The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)
12. Amanda (Mikhaël Hers, 2018)
13. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
14. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Stephen Chow & Derek Kwok, 2013)
15. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010)
16. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013)
17. Blackhat (Michael Mann, 2015)
18. Blind Detective (Johnnie To, 2013)
19. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo, 2017)
20. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019)

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21. Blackkklansman (Spike Lee, 2018)
22. A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada, 2016)
23. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)
24. The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack, 2018)
25. Asako I & II (Ryūsuke Hasmaguchi, 2018)
26. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Johnnie To, 2014)
27. Let the Bullets Fly (Jiang Wen, 2010)
28. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
29. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
30. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul WS Anderson, 2016)
31. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
32. Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016)
33. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada, 2012)
34. Grass (Hong Sangsoo, 2018)
35. A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013)
36. Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya, 2017)
37. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski, 2018)
38. Little Women (Greta Gerwig, 2019
39. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)
40. Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno, 2016)

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41. Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack, 2013)
42. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017)
43. La última película (Raya Martin & Mark Peranson, 2013)
44. Fourteen (Dan Sallitt, 2019)
45. 120 Beats per Minute (Robin Campillo, 2017)
46. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
47. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
48. Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)
49. SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (Soi Cheang, 2015)
50. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
51. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
52. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)
53. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
54. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
55. Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010)
56. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
57. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang, 2014)
58. The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)
59. Drug War (Johnnie To, 2012)
60. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012)

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61. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
62. Happy Hour (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
63. Our Time Will Come (Ann Hui, 2017)
64. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
65. First Love (Takashi Miike, 2019)
66. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
67. Girl Walk//All Day (Jacob Krupnick, 2011)
68. Lynch: A History (David Shields, 2019)
69. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan, 2018)
70. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
71. Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)
72. The Royal Road (Jenni Olson, 2015)
73. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
74. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman, 2016)
75. A Home with a View (Herman Yau, 2019)
76. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, 2011)
77. Hypernormalization (Adam Curtis, 2016)
78. On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sangsoo, 2017)
79. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019)
80. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)

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81. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
82. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach, 2015)
83. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013)
84. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
85. Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul WS Anderson, 2012)
86. List (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)
87. K-On! The Movie (Naoko Yamada, 2011)
88. Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018)
89. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To, 2011)
90. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)
91. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, 2011)
92. Crosscurrent (Yang Chao, 2016)
93. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
94. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014)
95. Kaili Blues (Bi Gan, 2015)
96. Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2017)
97. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2019)
98. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
99. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
100. Ace Attorney (Takashi Miike, 2012)

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101. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2016)
102. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017)
103. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, 2016)
104. Mekong Hotel (Apichatpoing Weerasethakul, 2012)
105. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson, 2015)
106. Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore, 2012)
107. Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo, 2013)
108. The Crossing Part One (John Woo, 2014)
109. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Love, 2016)
110. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman, 2018)
111. Rogue One (Gareth Edwards, 2016)
112. By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2016)
113. A Matter of Interpretation (Lee Kwangkuk, 2014)
114. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye, 2018)
115. Silence (Martin Scorsese, 2016)
116. Cold War (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018)
117. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019)
118. A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)
119. Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen—MUST WATCH END!! (Mia Munselle, 2014)
120. No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Derek Chiu, 2018)

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121. Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige, 2017)
122. Three (Johnnie To, 2016)
123. The Hedonists (Jia Zhangke, 2016)
124. The Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2015)
125. Pompeii (Paul WS Anderson, 2014)
126. Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)
127. The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch, 2019)
128. Wuxia (Peter Chan, 2011)
129. Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman, 2017)
130. Murmur of the Hearts (Sylvia Chang, 2015)
131. In Another Country (Hong Sangsoo, 2012)
132. The Three Musketeers (Paul WS Anderson, 2011)
133. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sangsoo, 2013)
134. Hit 2 Pass (Kurt Walker, 2014)
135. In this Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi, 2016)
136. The Age of Shadows (Kim Jiwon, 2016)
137. Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu, 2017)
138. 77 Heartbreaks (Herman Yau, 2017)
139. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (Julien Faraut, 2018)
140. Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas, 2018)

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141. Night Across the Street (Raúl Ruiz, 2012)
142. Unstoppable (Tony Scott, 2010)
143. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
144. Highway (Imtiaz Ali, 2014)
145. Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie, 2019)
146. MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell, 2019)
147. Shirkers (Sandi Tan, 2018)
148. Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene, 2018)
149. Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari, 2017)
150. Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017)
151. Train to Busan (Yeon Sangho, 2016)
152. Hit the Night (Jeong Ga-young, 2017)
153. Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018)
154. Soulmate (Derek Tsang, 2016)
155. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
156. The Coffin in the Mountain (Xin Yukun, 2014)
157. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz, 2010)
158. Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charle Brown (Frank Molieri & Andy Beall, 2011)
159. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)
160. Thomas Mao (Zhu Web, 2010)

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161. Parasite (Bong Joonho, 2019)
162. The Last Poems Trilogy (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2016)
163. I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016)
164. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Shunji Iwai, 2016)
165. Bad Black (Nabwanna IGG, 2016)
166. Chasing Dream (Johnnie To, 2019)
167. 1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan, 2017)
168. Tremble All You Want (Akiko Ohku, 2017)
169. The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun, 2017)
170. Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese, 2019)
171. Jupiter Ascending (Lana & Lilly Wachowski, 2015)
172. The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow, 2019)
173. Yellowing (Chan Tze-woon, 2016)
174. 607 (Liu Jiayin, 2010)
175. The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016)
176. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick, 2012)
177. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini, 2018)
178. Dolemite is My Name (Craig Brewer, 2019)
179. Everybody Wants Some!!! (Richard Linklater, 2016)
180. Port of Call (Philip Yung, 2015)

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181. Go Away Mr. Tumor (Han Yan, 2015)
182. Office (Johnnie To, 2015)
183. Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre, 2014)
184. When Night Falls (Ying Liang, 2012)
185. Viola (Matias Piñeiro, 2012)
186. Noah (Darren Aronfosky, 2014)
187. Life without Principle (Johnnie To, 2011)
188. Hard To Say (Lee Kwangkuk, 2013)
189. Sully (Clint Eastwood, 2016)
190. Let Your Heart Be Light (Sophy Romvari, 2016)
191. Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello)
192. Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR, 2017)
193. The Wasted Times (Er Cheng, 2016)
194. Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (Shingo Matsumura, 2017)
195. Last Letter (Shunji Iwai, 2018)
196. The Crossing (Bai Xue, 2018)
197. Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014)
198. Love Education (Sylvia Chang, 2017)
199. Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro, 2016)
200. Hahaha (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)

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201. The Mermaid (Stephen Chow, 2016)
202. Ex (Heiward Mak, 2011)
203. In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015)
204. Jeux de plage (Aimi Natsuto, 2019)
205. 88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015)
206. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt, 2012)
207. Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (Chai Chunya, 2013)
208. Deadwood: the Movie (Daniel Minahan, 2019)
209. At Berkeley (Frederick Wiseman, 2013)
210. The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)
211. Memories Look at Me (Song Fang 2012)
212. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
213. Gallants (Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng, 2010)
214. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
215. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick, 2015)
216. Weathering with You (Makoto Shinkai, 2019)
217. Gone with the Bullets (Jiang Wen, 2014)
218. Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono, 2014)
219. Sixty Six (Lewis Klahr, 2015)
220. Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2017)

Books of 2019

Here is a ranked list of the books which I finished reading in 2019:

1. The Power Broker, Robert Caro
2. An Elemental Thing, Eliot Weinberger
3. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Otessa Moshfegh
4. Lust, Caution, Eileen Chang
5. Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
6. Dubliners, James Joyce
7. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, Eliot Weinberger
8. Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book Two, Alan Moore
9. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
11. The Far Side of the World, Patrick O’Brian
12. Pieces of the Frame, John McPhee
13. Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie
14. Marvels, Kurt Busiek
15. Karmic Traces, Eliot Weinberger
16. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
17. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
18. Astro City, Vol 1, Kurt Busiek
19. Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein
20. Peril at End House, Agatha Christie
21. Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino
22. The Abundance, Annie Dillard
23. Twilight of the Gods, Stephen Hyden
24. The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
25. Oranges & Peanuts for Sale, Eliot Weinberger
26. Fables Vol 1, Bill Willingham
27. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Sean Howe
28. Dreyer’s English, Benjamin Dreyer
29. Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
30. A World to Win: the Life and Work of Karl Marx, Sven-Eric Liedman
31. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore
32. How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell
33. Treason’s Harbour, Patrick O’Brian
34. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, John McWhorter
35. Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book One, Alan Moore
36. Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, Stephen Hyden
37. The Ionian Mission, Patrick O’Brian
38. Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield
39. Working, Robert Caro
40. The Revolution was Televised, Alan Sepinwall
41. Fables, Vol 2, Bill Willingham
42. A Billion Voices, David Moser
43. The Reverse of the Medal, Patrick O’Brian
44. Lord Edgware Dies, Agatha Christie
45. Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield
46. The Letter of Marque, Patrick O’Brian
47. Reinventing Comics, Scott McCloud
48. Murder at Hazelmoor, Agatha Christie
49. Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie
50. The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman
51. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
52. Poirot Investigates, Agatha Christie
53. The Wicked + The Divine: Year One, Kieron Gillen
54. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, Agatha Christie
55. The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie

And these are the books I am currently in the middle of reading, ranked by how long I’ve been reading them:

1.  Middlemarch, George Eliot
2. Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
3. Fourth World Omnibus, Jack Kirby
4. Coming into the Country, John McPhee
5. The Path to Power, Robert Caro
6. A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman
7. Ducks, Newburyport, Lucy Ellman
8. My Life in Middlemarch, Rebecca Mead
9. Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn

The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2019

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2019. Previous years include: 2018, 20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 300 films this year, 76 of which qualified for this list, and these are 50 of my favorites.

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1. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982)

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2. A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada, 2016)

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3. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)

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4. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)

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5. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)

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6. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)

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7. Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack, 2013)

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8. From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau, 2001)

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9. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)

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10. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)

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11. Durian Durian (Fruit Chan, 2000)

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12. From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi, 1994)

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13. My Name Ain’t Suzie (Angie Chen, 1985)

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14. K-On! The Movie (Naoko Yamada, 2011)

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15. Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau, 1993)

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16. The Secret (Ann Hui, 1979)

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17. The Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2015)

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18. Memories of Murder (Bong Joonho, 2003)

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19. The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982)

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20. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)

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21. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)

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22. Cry Me a River (Jia Zhangke, 2008)

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23. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)

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24. Little Cheung (Fruit Chan, 1999)

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25. Between the Lines (Joan Micklin Silver, 1977)

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26. Romance of Book and Sword/Princess Fragrance (Ann Hui, 1987)

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27. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)

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28. Buddha’s Palm (Taylor Wong, 1982)

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29. The Illegal Immigrant (Mabel Cheung, 1985)

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30. Starry is the Night (Ann Hui, 1988)

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31. Bullet Ballet (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998)

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32. The Untold Story III (Herman Yau, 1999)

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33. The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Macoto Tezuka, 1985)

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34. Useless (Jia Zhangke, 2007)

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35. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)

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36. The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui, 1980)

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37. The Twin Bracelets (Huang Yu-shan, 1991)

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38. Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock, 1987)

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39. Public Toilet (Fruit Chan, 2002)

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40. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)

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41. Long Live the Missus! (Sang Hu, 1947)

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42. Woman Demon Human (Hunag Shuqin, 1987)

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43. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)

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44. Shaolin vs. Lama (Tso Nam-lee, 1983)

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45. Puppy Love (So Jing-man, 1985)

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46. Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau, 1998)

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47. Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006)

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48. Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam, 1996)

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49. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2014)

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50. Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)

 

A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that will now be based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 734 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, and 2018.

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1. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
2. The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
3. Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953)
4. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980)
5. Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)
6. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
7. Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
8. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003)
9. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
10. Baahubali (SS Rajamouli, 2015/2017)

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11. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
12. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
13. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
14. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
15. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
16. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)
17. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
18. High School (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)
19. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
20. The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)

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21. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
22. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
23. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
24. The TAMI Show (Steve Binder, 1964)
25. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
26. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
27. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000)
28. Yi yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
29. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)
30. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

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31. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)
32. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. One Week (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1920)
35. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, 2015)
36. Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1970)
37. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
38. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
39. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
40. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

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41. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
42. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
43. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996)
44. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
45. Flowing (Mikio Naruse, 1956)
46. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
47. Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
48. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990)
49. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
50. Broken Blossoms (DW Griffith, 1919)

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51. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
52. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
53. The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984)
54. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994)
55. Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984)
56. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
57. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
58. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
59. Oxhide (Liu Jiayin, 2005)
60. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)

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61. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
62. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
63. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
64. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
65. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)
66. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957)
67. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
68. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)
69. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948)
70. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

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71. Intolerance (DW Griffith, 1915)
72. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
73. Isn’t Life Wonderful (DW Griffith, 1924)
74. Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)
75. Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Hong Sangsoo, 2000)
76. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
77. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
78. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
79. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934)
80. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)

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81. Ivan the Terrible Part II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958)
82. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
83. All About Lily Chou-chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001)
84. Happy Hour (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
85. Gone in 60 Seconds (HB Halicki, 1974)
86. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
87. Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994)
88. A Home with a View (Herman Yau, 2019)
89. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
90. Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford, 1960)

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91. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
92. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
93. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
94. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)
95. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
96. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
97. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)
98. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
99. My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999)
100. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)

Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

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We are now halfway through the year and as has become an annual tradition here at The End, it’s time to look back at the best movies of the year so far. As I discussed in the 2013 halfway post, the consensus movie-dating system is nonsensical and posits New York as the center of the universe. Far more logical (and much easier to use) is a system reliant on imdb’s dating system, which locates a film in whatever year it first played for an audience. That’s what we use here for all Rankings & Awards as it’s the most fair to all eras and areas. (A dating system reliant on playing in a certain locality I think can be valuable for a publication that is geographically specific, like a local newspaper or website. But here at The End, we have a global reach.)

A by-product of the system is that a number of films that first go into wide-release in any given year actually had their premiere in the year before. A number of the films on many critics’ halfway-point lists will include these films, films that find their proper home here on my 2018 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2019, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2018 Movies of 2019, which includes those films from last year (and one from 45 years ago) that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2018, of last year’s films that have yet to see a New York release and therefore don’t (yet) exist by the standards of most critics. And there’s a fourth list, a halfway version of my annual Best Older Movies list, counting the top movies I saw for the first time this year that are more than a few years old.

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The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. A Home with a View (Herman Yau)
2. Lynch: A History (David Shields)
3. The Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese)
4. Deadwood: The Movie (Daniel Minahan)
5. The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Herman Yau)
6. The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt)
8. Avengers: Endgame (Anthony & Joe Russo)
9. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
10. Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping)
11. White Snake (Amp Wong & Ji Zhao)
12. Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung)*
13. Pegasus (Han Han)
14. The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo)
15. Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson)
16. Us (Jordan Peele)

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The Best 2018 Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
2. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamguchi)
3. Grass (Hong Sangsoo)
4. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)
5. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)
6. Transit (Christian Petzold)
7. Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
8. The Crossing (Bai Xue)
9. Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige, 2017)*
10. Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng)
11. The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins)
12. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)
13. An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)
14. Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo)
15. Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt)
16. Shadow (Zhang Yimou)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2018 (So Far)

1. The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)
2. Hidden Man (Jiang Wen)
3. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye)
4. Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
5. No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Derek Chiu)
6. Chinese Portrait (Wang Xiaoshuai)
7. Tourism (Daisuke Miyazaki)
8. La cartographe (Nathan Douglas)
9. Veslemøy’s Song (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
10. Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari)
11. Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (Graham Carter)
12. Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan)
13. A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua)
14. Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming)
15. House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora)
16. Song Lang (Leon Le)

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2019 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982)
2. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)
3. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
4. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)
5. Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau, 1993)
6. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)
7. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)
8. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)
9. From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi, 1994)
10. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)
11. Cry Me a River (Jia Zhangke, 2008)
12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)
13. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)
14. Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka, 1985)
15. Useless (Jia Zhangke, 2007)
16. Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau, 1998)
17. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz, 2003)
18. Captain America: Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2014)
19. Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke, 1995)
20. Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)
21. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou, 1990)
22. Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam, 1996)
23. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)
24. Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
25. Three Sad Tigers (Raúl Ruiz, 1968)
26. Breakin’ (Joel Silberg, 1984)

 

*According to Mike D’Angelo’s list, neither Missbehavior nor Legend of the Demon Cat played in New York in 2019, but they did play in other North American cities, including Seattle, and so I’m considering them to exist.

Books of 2018

Here is a ranked list of the books which I finished reading in 2018:

  1. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark
  2. Master and Commander, Patrick O’Brien
  3. Moons of Jupiter, Alice Munro
  4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
  5. Outside Stories, Eliot Weinberger
  6. Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman #1), Neil Gaiman
  7. Works on Paper, Eliot Weinberger
  8. Post Captain, Patrick O’Brien
  9. Empires of the Word, Nicholas Oster
  10. At the Existentialist Café, Sarah Bakewell
  11. HMS Surprise, Patrick O’Brien
  12. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest hemingway
  13. Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher
  14. Fixed Ideas, Joan Didion
  15. The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
  16. Fables, Vol. 1, Bill Willingham
  17. The Mauritius Command, Patrick O’Brien
  18. The Reactionary Mind, Corey Robin
  19. Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore
  20. Desolation Island, Patrick O’Brien
  21. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
  22. The Surgeon’s Mate, Patrick O’Brien
  23. The Chapo Guide to Revolution
  24. The Doll’s House (Sandman #2), Neil Gaiman
  25. The Fortune of War, Patrick O’Brien
  26. The Art of Smart Football, Chris Brown
  27. The Essential Smart Football, Chris Brown
  28. Big Game, Mark Leibovich
  29. The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie
  30. The Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
  31. The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie
  32. It Crawled from the South, Marcus Gray
  33. The Big Four, Agatha Christie
  34. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff

Currently reading, ranked in order of how close I am to finishing:

  1. The Ionian Mission, Patrick O’Brien
  2. The Power Broker, Robert Moses
  3. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  4. A World to Win: The Life and Work of Karl Marx, Sven-Eric Liedman
  5. Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
  6. The Fourth World Omnibus, Jack Kirby

The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2018

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2018. Previous years include: 20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 350 films this year, about 60 of which qualified for this list, and these are 31 of my favorites.

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Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)

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Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada, 1995)

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Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)

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Bound for the Fields, the Mountains and the Seacoast (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1986)

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Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)

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The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan, 1998)

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Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard, 1932)

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Final Victory (Patrick Tam, 1987)

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Dream Lovers (Tony Au, 1986)

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Love Letter (Shunji Iwai, 1995)

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That Day, on the Beach (Edward Yang, 1983)

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Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan, 1986)

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List (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)

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The Boxer’s Omen (Kuei Chih-hung, 1983)

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Crime Story (Kirk Wong, 1993)

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Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang, 1996)

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Detective Chinatown (Chen Sicheng, 2015)

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Something Good – Negro Kiss (William Selig, 1898)

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Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung, 1979)

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Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang, 1995)

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Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)

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Princess D (Sylvia Chang, 2002)

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Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)

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Nine to Five (Colin Higgins, 1980)

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Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004)

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Little Forest: Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn (Junichi Mori, 2014-15)

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Bewitched (Kuei Chih-hung, 1981)

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Women (Stanley Kwan, 1985)

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Man of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013)

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Seeding of a Ghost (Chuan Yang, 1983)

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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Shunji Iwai, 1993)