This Week in Rankings

R720x0.q80

Since the last update quite a few film festivals have come and gone. Over at Mubi I wrote about retrospectives on Sylvia Chang and Chang Cheh, as well as the New York Asian Film Festival and the Chinese film program at the Seattle International Film Festival. We also covered SIFF at Seattle Screen Scene, where I had brief reviews of Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, Matangi/Maya/MIA, People’s Republic of Desire, Girls Always Happy and The Widowed Witch, along with longer reviews of Dead Pigs and The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful and non-SIFF titles Solo, ManhuntHow Long Will I Love U, Ocean’s 8 and Lu Over the Wall. We also recorded an episode of The Frances Farmer Show, devoted to this year’s SIFF. At The Chinese Cinema I posted a bibliography of the various sources I’ve used over the years.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen Scene, The Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

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

Charlie Brown’s All-Stars (Bill Melendez) – 28, 1966
The Water Margin (Chang Cheh, Wu Ma & Pao Hsueh-li) – 18, 1972
Shaolin Temple (Chang Cheh) – 15, 1976
The Dream of the Red Chamber (Li Han-hsiang) – 9, 1977
The Brave Archer (Chang Cheh) – 20, 1977

Crippled Avengers (Chang Cheh) – 8, 1978
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg) – 3, 1982
House of Traps (Chang Cheh) – 36, 1982
That Day, On the Beach (Edward Yang) – 5, 1983
Passion (Sylvia Chang) – 21, 1986

Sisters of the World Unite (Sylvia Chang & Maisy Tsui) – 39, 1991
Mary from Beijing (Sylvia Chang) – 42, 1992
Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee) – 21, 1994
Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada) – 10, 1995
Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang) – 33, 1995

Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang) – 20, 1996
Tempting Heart (Sylvia Chang) – 8, 1999
Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng) – 10, 2000
20 30 40 (Sylvia Chang) – 9, 2004

Beast Stalker (Dante Lam ) – 38, 2008
Run Papa Run (Sylvia Chang) – 55, 2008
Tig (Kristina Goolsby & Ashley York) – 65, 2015
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 13, 2017
Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) – 17, 2017

Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu) – 21, 2017
Hit the Night (Jeong Gayoung) – 28, 2017
1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan) – 33, 2017
Sekigahara (Masato Harada) – 37, 2017
Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun) – 42, 2017

Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa) – 57, 2017
Microhabitat (Jeon Gowoon) – 64, 2017
The Third Murder (Kore-eda Hirokazu) – 67, 2017
The Looming Storm (Dong Yue) – 87, 2017
The Brink (Jonathan Li) – 97, 2017

The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (Yang Ya-che) – 120, 2017
Little Fiorest (Yim Soonrye) – 2, 2018
Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan) – 3, 2018
Matangi/Maya/MIA (Steven Loveridge) – 5, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) – 8, 2018

La cartographe (Nathan Douglas) – 11, 2018
Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming) – 12, 2018
The Widowed Witch (Cai Chengjie) – 14, 018
Solo (Ron Howard) – 16, 2018
People’s Republic of Desire (Hao Wu) – 18, 2018

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) – 19, 2018
Game Night (John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) – 20, 2018
Freaks and Geeks: the Documentary (Brent Hodge) – 23, 2018
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) – 24, 2018
House of the Rising Sons (Antony Chan) – 25, 2018

Advertisements

This Week in Rankings

image-w856

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.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen Scene, The Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

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

This Week in Rankings

thedayafter_finecut-h_2017

Since the last update I finished rewatching (almost) all of Hong Sangsoo’s films for an article about his career that I wrote for frame.land. I also wrote about most of the films as I watched them, the reviews that went up after the last update are: Woman on the Beach, Night and Day, Like You Know It All, Hahaha, The Day He Arrives, Our Sunhi, and The Day AfterThose and all my older Hong reviews (all now freshly revised), along with several new shorter reviews, are indexed at The Chinese Cinema.

Also at The Chinese Cinema I finished revising and reformatting all my reviews for Pantheon Directors along with half of the Far Side of Paradise category, along with Fellow Traveller Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I also have a new review of Johnny Mak’s Long Arm of the Law and Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 3.

The Monkey King review is also at Seattle Screen Scene, where I also wrote about Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, the documentary The Paris Opera and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s animated Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

For Mubi I reviewed the new restoration of King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain, and my February Contemporary Chinese Cinema column was on A Better Tomorrow 2018.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen Scene, The Chinese Cinema, or anywhere else, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

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

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) – 1, 1938
The Clan of the White Lotus (Lo Lieh) – 32, 1980
The Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak) – 14, 1984
The Killer (John Woo) – 2, 1989
Hard-Boiled (John Woo) – 4, 1992

Full Contact (Ringo Lam) – 15, 1992
Crime Story (Kirk Wong) – 32, 1993
Needing You… (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 16, 2000
Wu Yen (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 27, 2001
Fat Choi Spirit (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 11, 2002
Princess D (Sylvia Chang) – 17, 2002

Woman on the Beach (Hong Sangsoo) -24, 2006
Night and Day (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2008
Like You Know It All (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2009
Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo) – 18, 2009
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2010

Hahaha (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2010
Gallants (Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng) – 25, 2010
The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo) – 5, 2011
In Another Country (Hong Sangsoo) – 13, 2012
Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo) – 12, 2013
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai) – 13, 2013

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sangsoo) – 17, 2013
50:50 (Hong Sangsoo) – 38, 2013
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo) – 7, 2014
The Monkey King (Soi Cheang) – 100, 2014
Detective Chinatown (Chen Sicheng) – 27, 2015

Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sangsoo) – 31, 2015
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sangsoo) – 2, 2016
The Monkey King 2 (Soi Cheang) – 55, 2016
On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sangsoo) – 4, 2017
The Day After (Hong Sangsoo) – 27, 2017

Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari) – 33, 2017
Manhunt (John Woo) – 43, 2017
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) – 65, 2017
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – 69, 2017
The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey) – 85, 2017
The Paris Opera (Jean-Stéphane Bron) – 91, 2017

The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood) – 1, 2018
The Monkey King 3 (Soi Cheang) – 2, 2018
The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra) – 3, 2018
A Better Tomorrow (Ding Sheng) – 4, 2018
Monster Hunt 2 (Raman Hui) – 5, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah) – 6, 2018

This Week in Rankings

Since the last rankings update I’ve been at work over at The Chinese Cinema, editing a whole lot of old reviews and standardizing their formats and such. So far I have complete indices of all my writing on Pantheon directors Chang Cheh, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark and Edward Yang, along with Zhang Yimou (Less Than Meets the Eye). I also have a review there for Chang’s The New One-Armed Swordsman. Over at Seattle Screen Scene, I have reviews up for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Daguerrotype, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive, Pere Portabella’s Vampir-Cuadecuc, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, along with a conversation about Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen Scene and The Chinese Cinema, please consider donating at my kofi page. Every little bit helps.

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

The Chase (Arthur Ripley) – 13, 1946
The Magnificent Trio (Chang Cheh) – 28, 1966
The Trail of the Broken Blade (Chang Cheh) – 34, 1967
Count Dracula (Jesús Franco) – 26, 1970
Vampir-Cuadecuc (Pere Portabella) – 7, 1971

The New One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh) – 14, 1971
Shaolin Martial Arts (Chang Cheh) – 27, 1974
The Private Eye Blues (Eddie Fong) – 34, 1994
Dead or Alive (Takashi Miike) – 10, 1999
Behemoth (Zhao Liang) – 50, 2015

A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) – 10, 2016
Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 84, 2016
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) – 116, 2016
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 6, 2017
77 Heartbreaks (Herman Yau) – 18, 2017

Wasteland No. 1: Ardent Verdant (Jodie Mack) – 27, 2017
The Sleep Curse (Herman Yau) – 28, 2017
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) – 34, 2017
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright) – 39, 2017
Wherever You Go, There We Are (Jesse McLean) – 52, 2017
Guardians of Martial Arts (Wen Zhang) – 66, 2017

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) – 68, 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach) – 69, 2017
My Little Pony: The Movie (Jayson Thiessen) – 77, 2017
Wu Kong (Derek Kwok) – 83, 2017
The Sinking City: Capsule Odyssey (Nero Ng & Stephen Ng) – 84, 2017
Kung Fu Yoga (Stanley Tong) – 89, 2017

This Week in Rankings

BTS20061

Since the last rankings update, I launched a new website, which will be the home of all my Chinese Cinema-related writings, called The Chinese Cinema. I think it looks nicer and is easier to read than WordPress, but there’s a lot of work to be done with it. I also set up a ko-fi.com page as a fund-raiser. If you’d like to help support my writing about movies on the internet, I’d very much appreciate it.

The Vancouver International Film Festival has just come to an end and we at Seattle Screen Scene were there in force. There’s an index of all our coverage here. In addition to several festival reviews, since the last update I also wrote about Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryGood TimeThe Legend of the Naga PearlsIngrid Goes WestLeap!In this Corner of the WorldThe AdventurersOnce Upon a Timeand Shock Wave. And Melissa and I dusted off The Frances Farmer Show for an episode on the book and film adaptations of True Grit. Finally, I wrote an ode to the greatness of Sammo Hung over at Frame.land.

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

The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis) – 4, 1960
Time Out for Trouble (David S. Glidden) – 22, 1961
Essays (Peter Nestler) – 25, 1963
Mülheim/Ruhr (Peter Nestler) – 33, 1964
Rhine River (Peter Nestler) – 18, 1966

True Grit (Henry Hathaway) – 9, 1969
A New Leaf (Elaine May) – 3, 1971
The Great Muppet Caper (Jim Henson) – 18, 1981
To Be Number One (Poon Man-kit) – 60, 1991
The Living Dead (Adam Curtis) – 62, 1995

If You are the One (Feng Xiaogang) – 27, 2008
True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen) – 19, 2010
Baahubali: The Beginning (SS Rajamouli) – 10, 2015
In this Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi) – 27, 2016
Still Night, Still Light (Sophie Goyette) – 87, 2016
Leap! (Eric Summer & Éric Warin) – 98, 2016

Baahubali: The Conclusion (SS Rajamouli) – 1, 2017
Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) – 2, 2017
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo) – 4, 2017
120 Beats per Minute (Robin Campillo) – 5, 2017
Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 7, 2017

Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya) – 9, 2017
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) – 10, 2017
Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) – 11, 2017
24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami) – 15, 2017
Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges) – 16, 2017

SPL: Paradox (Wilson Yip) – 17, 2017
Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 18, 2017
Prototype (Blake Williams) – 19, 2017
The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-Yao) – 24, 2017
Ismael’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin) – 25, 2017

I’ve Got the Blues (Angie Chen) – 28, 2017
The Hidden Sword (Xu Haofeng) – 35, 2017
Shock Wave (Herman Yau) – 37, 2017
AlphaGo (Greg Kohs) – 38, 2017
Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski) – 39, 2017

A Beautiful Star (Daihachi Yoshida) – 41, 2017
Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie) – 45, 2017
Forest Movie (Matthew Taylor Blais) – 46, 2017
Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry) – 47, 2017
Once Upon a Time (Zhao Xiaoding) – 51, 2017

Black Cop (Cory Bowles) – 52, 2017
The Adventurers (Stephen Fung) – 61, 2017
Idizwadidiz (Isiah Medina) – 64, 2017
Maineland (Miao Wang) – 65, 2017
Logan (James Mangold) – 66, 2017

Meditation Park (Mina Shum) – 68, 2017
Whitney: Can I Be Me (Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal) – 71, 2017
The Legend of the Naga Pearls (Yang Lei) – 72, 2017
Shepherd’s Purse (Dong Hao) – 73, 2017
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 75, 2017
Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel) – 78, 2017

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I’ve been covering some film programs outside of the Seattle area, writing short reviews of a handful of films playing at the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts for InReview Online. I also made an index which includes some old and new longer reviews here for the NYAFF. There was a very cool Johnnie To series in SanFrancisco I made an index of older reviews for, and I proposed some alternate titles for Seattle’s too short but welcome nonetheless Hong Kong miniseries. And I have an index ready for the Old School Kung Fu Film Fest coming to New York in a couple of weeks.

Mid-year also passed since the last update, and as is tradition I listed a bunch of my favorite films of the year so far. Over at Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2, Louis Koo’s giant alien cat movie Meow, Ann Hui’s Our Time Will Come, DA Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop, Stevefat’s Weeds on Fire, and Wong Chun’s Mad World. Also over at Frame.land, I wrote about Samuel Fuller’s Merrill’s Marauders.

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

Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker) – 17, 1954
Le trou (Jacques Becker) – 7, 1960
Merrill’s Marauders (Samuel Fuller) – 11, 1962
The TAMI Show (Steve Binder) – 12, 1964
Hong Kong Nocturne (Inoue Umetsugu) – 24, 1967

Monterey Pop (DA Pennebaker) – 12, 1968
Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg) – 4, 1970
The Beguiled (Don Siegel) – 14, 1971
The Black Tavern (Teddy Yip) – 18, 1972
Lady Whirlwind (Huang Feng) – 26, 1972

When Taekwando Strikes (Huang Feng) – 31, 1973
The Skyhawk (Walter Chung Chang-Hwa) – 39, 1974
Jumping Ash (Josephine Siao & Leong Po-Chih) – 18, 1976
A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker) – 5, 1977
Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (Karl Maka) – 33, 1978

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Allan Arkush) – 8, 1979
The Odd Couple (Lau Kar-wing) – 11, 1979
The Muppet Movie (James Frawley) – 14, 1979
The Young Master (Jackie Chan) – 9, 1980
The Victim (Sammo Hung) – 11, 1980

The Prodigal Son (Sammo Hung) – 8, 1981
Carry On Pickpocket (Sammo Hung) – 19, 1982
Jimi Plays Monterey (DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus) – 21, 1986
Millionaire’s Express (Sammo Hung) – 30, 1986
Broadcast News (James L. Brooks) – 1, 1987

Eastern Condors (Sammo Hung) – 10, 1987
Pedicab Driver (Sammo Hung) – 6, 1989
Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon (Lau Kar-wing) – 60, 1990
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise) – 46, 1991
Pandora’s Box (Adam Curtis) – 11, 1992
Moon Warriors (Sammo Hung) – 30, 1992

Blade of Fury (Sammo Hung) – 61, 1993
Don’t Give a Damn (Sammo Hung) – 57, 1995
The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye) – 16, 1996
Mr. Nice Guy (Sammo Hung) – 41, 1997
Beast Cops (Gordon Chan & Dante Lam) – 12, 1998

Something’s Gotta Give (Nancy Meyers) – 19, 2003
Infernal Affairs II (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak) – 23, 2003
Cinema Hong Kong (Ian Taylor) – 31, 2003
The Wrecking Crew! (Danny Tedesco) – 65, 2008
Hear My Train A-Comin’ (Bob Smeaton) – 71, 2013

Wolf Warriors (Wu Jing) – 111, 2015
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig) – 32, 2016
Wet Woman in the Wind (Akihiko Shiota) – 66, 2016
Over the Fence (Nobuhrio Yamashita) – 90, 2016
Mad World (Wong Chun) – 100, 2016

Blood of Youth (Yang Shu-peng) – 128, 2016
Someone to Talk To (Liu Yulin) – 138, 2016
Our Time Will Come (Ann Hui) – 4, 2017
Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (Shingo Matsumura) – 8, 2017
The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun) – 10, 2017

Long Strange Trip (Amir Bar-Lev) – 21, 2017
Oh Hello: On Broadway (Michael John Warren & Alex Timbers) – 24, 2017
Duckweed (Han Han) – 25, 2017
Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer) – 26, 2017
The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (Yuya Ishii) – 27, 2017

Meow (Benny Chan) – 30, 2017
Hengyoro (Gō Takemine) – 31, 2017
The Incredible Jessica James (James Strouse) – 32, 2017
Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing) – 35, 2017

The Gangster’s Daughter (Chen Mei-juin) – 37, 2017
Extraordinary Mission (Alan Mak & Anthony Pun) – 40, 2017
Descendants 2 (Kenny Ortega) – 43, 2017
Despicable Me 3 (Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda) – 44, 2017

This Week in Rankings

The 2017 Seattle International Film Festival came to an end earlier this week, and that’s where most of my writing has been since the last update. Here’s an Index of all I wrote about the festival. Here at The End, I wrote about Michael Hui’s The Contract and Tsui Hark and Sammo Hung’s Once Upon a Time in China and America. At Seattle Screen Scene I wrote about Pang Ho-cheung’s Love Off the Cuff, Derek Hui’s This is Not What I Expected, and discussed Hong Sangsoo’s Claire’s Camera and The Day After. I also put together a list of The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century, because I guess that’s what we’re all doing this week.

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

Love and Duty (Bu Wancang) – 8, 1931
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu) – 1, 1962
At Long Last Love (Peter Bogdanovich) – 4, 1975
The Contract (Michael Hui) – 5, 1978
Drunken Master (Yuen Woo-ping) – 11, 1978

The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) – 1, 1980
The Dead and the Deadly (Wu Ma) – 27, 1982
Brainstorm (Douglas Trumbell) – 29, 1983
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 1994
Heat (Michael Mann) – 4, 1995

Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai) – 6, 1995
Once Upon a Time in China and America (Sammo Hung) – 32, 1997
Frozen (Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck) – 52, 2013
January (Jhon Hernandez) – 85, 2014
Blackhat (Michael Mann) – 6, 2015

Baahubali: The Beginning (SS Rajamouli) – 10, 2015
Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt) – 93, 2015
The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino) – 96, 2015
The Beautiful Kokonor Lake (Shen Xinghao) – 138, 2015
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sangsoo) – 4, 2016

Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison) – 13, 2016
By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 20, 2016
Bad Black (Nabwana IGG) – 36, 2016
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello) – 72, 2016
Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong) – 76, 2016
My Journey through French Cinema (Bertrand Tavernier) – 80, 2016

The Girl Without Hands (Sébastien Laudenbach) – 89, 2016
Soul on a String (Zhang Yang) – 100, 2016
A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi) – 106, 2016
Baahubali: The Conclusion (SS Rajamouli) – 1, 2017
Columbus (Kogonada) – 4, 2017

Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo) – 5, 2017
Landline (Gillian Robespierre) – 8, 2017
A Ghost Story (David Lowery) – 10, 2017
The Day After (Hong Sangsoo) – 11, 2017
This is Not What I Expected (Derek Hui) – 12, 2017
Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa) – 13, 2017

Love Off the Cuff (Pang Ho-cheung) – 14, 2017
Mr. Long (Sabu) – 15, 2017
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) – 16, 2017
Have a Nice Day (Liu Jian) – 17, 2017
Napping Princess (Kenji Kamiyama) – 18, 2017

God of War (Gordon Chan) – 20, 2017
Vampire Cleanup Department (Chiou Sin-hang & Yan Pak-wing) – 21, 2017
Pendular (Júlia Murat) – 22, 2017
The Reagan Show (Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez) – 23, 2017
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) – 25, 2017
Cook Up a Storm (Raymond Yip) – 27, 2017