This Week in Rankings

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Since the last Rankings update, I watched all of Jia Zhangke’s movies in order, and then all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order, and then watched some more Jia Zhangke movies. I watched a bunch of other stuff too. I wrote about Jia at Mubi, and again about his use of music in his films at the VIFF blog, in the lead up to a lecture on his films I did in Vancouver. I also appeared on the Film Stage podcast to talk about Jia’s Ash is Purest White.

Also at Mubi I wrote about this year’s crop of Lunar New Year films, the rerelease of King Hu’s The Fate of Lee Khan, and Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z. At InReview Online I wrote about the documentary Father, and at Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed: Ramen ShopWar and PeaceTriple Threat, What is Democracy?FurieCaptain Marvel, Legend of the Demon CatMissbehavior, and Hotel by the River.

Awards season passed by as well. I handed out the 2018 Endy Awards and revised a bunch of older awards and added new ones for the years 1979-1987.

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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.

War and Peace (Sergey Bondarchuk) – 9, 1966
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu) – 5, 1973
Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet) – 35, 1974
Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple) – 1, 1976
Excalibur (John Boorman) – 4, 1981

The Thing (John Carpenter) – 6, 1982
Breakin’ (Joel Silberg) – 47, 1984
Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman) – 4, 1985
Platoon (Oliver Stone) – 11, 1986
Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch) – 28, 1986

Tragic Hero (Taylor Wong) – 54, 1987
Heathers (Michael Lehmann) – 13, 1988
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou & Yang Fenliang) – 31, 1990
Fight Back to School (Gordon Chan) – 23, 1991
Fist of Fury 1991 (Cho Chung-sing) – 59, 1991

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola) – 7, 1992
From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & lee Lik-chi) – 19, 1994
Love on Delivery (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 39, 1994
Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke) – 48, 1995
Scream (Wes Craven) – 18, 1996

The God of Cookery (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 20, 1996
Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke) – 4, 1997
The King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi) – 9, 1999
Office Space (Mike Judge) – 11, 1999
Platform (Jia Zhangke) – 2, 2000

In Public (Jia Zhangke) – 41, 2001
The Condition of Dogs (Jia Zhangke) – 58, 2001
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke) – 5, 2002
The World (Jia Zhangke) – 7, 2004
War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg) – 11, 2005

Still Life (Jia Zhangke) – 5, 2006
Dong (Jia Zhangke) – 29, 2006
Useless (Jia Zhangke) – 23, 2007
24 City (Jia Zhangke) – 7, 2008
Cry My a River (Jia Zhangke) – 16, 2008

Iron Man (Jon Favreau) – 39, 2008
Ip Man (Wilson Yip) – 49, 2008
The Incredible Hulk (Louis Letterier) – 56, 2008
The Clone Wars (Dave Filoni) – 59, 2008
Let the Bullets Fly (Jiang Wen) – 4, 2010

The Legend is Born: Ip Man (Herman Yau) – 21, 2010
I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke) – 22, 2010
Ip Man 2 (Wilson Yip) – 53, 2010
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau) – 67, 2010
Thor (Kenneth Branagh) – 39, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston) – 45, 2011
The Avengers (Joss Whedon) – 53, 2012
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai) – 1, 2013
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke) – 2, 2013
Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau) – 21, 2013

Iron Man 3 (Shane Black) – 43, 2013
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) – 73, 2013
Gone with the Bullets (Jiang Wen) – 18, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) – 55, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 63, 2014

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles) – 84, 2014
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke) – 4, 2015
Jupiter Ascending (Lilly & Lana Wachowski) – 22, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) – 75, 2015
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) – 92, 2015

Ip Man 3 (Wilson Yip) – 110, 2015
The Hedonists (Jia Zhangke) – 12, 2016
Mrs. K (Ho Yuhang) – 65, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 72, 2016
Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson) – 111, 2016

Thor: Ragnorak (Taika Waititi) – 40, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) – 49, 2017
Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige) – 54, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 (James Gunn) – 57, 2017
Father (Yang Li-chou) – 100, 2017

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) – 1, 2018
Blackkklansman (Spike Lee) – 4, 2018
Hidden Man (Jiang Wen) – 38, 2018
Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo) – 39, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 44, 2018
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) – 48, 2018

An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo) – 58, 2018
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping) – 72, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) – 76, 2018
What is Democracy? (Astra Taylor) – 90, 2018
Projet Gutenberg (Felix Chong) – 117, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke) – 120, 2018

The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow) – 1, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 2, 2019
Us (Jordan Peele) – 3, 2019
Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung) – 4, 2019
Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt) – 5, 2019

Pegasus (Han Han) – 6, 2019
Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson) – 7, 2019
Captain Marvel (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden) – 8, 2019
The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo) – 9, 2019
Integrity (Alan Mak) – 10, 2019
Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year (Zhang Dapeng) – 11, 2019

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This Week in Rankings

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A lot of end of the year stuff since the last update: the nominees for the 2018 Endy Awards, the Best Books I Read in 2018, my favorite Film Discoveries of the Year, and the Seattle Film Critics Society Awards. I contributed to Frame.land’s Favorite Cinematic Moments of 2018 and Underseen and Unloved Films of 2018 (on Ash is Purest White and Liz and the Blue Bird, respectively), InReview’s Top 20 Films of 2018 (on Blackkklansman) and the Mubi Notebook’s annual Fantasy Double Features collection.

Also at the Notebook I had a column on the Best Chinese Films of the year and a retrospective on the work of the late Ringo Lam. Only one review over at Seattle Screen Scene, on Mojin: The Worm Valley, where we also have a round-up of our Favorite Things of 2018.

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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.

Something Good–Negro Kiss (William Selig) – 1, 1898
Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi) – 4, 1937
Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu) – 3, 1948
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez) – 4, 1965
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Chuck Jones) – 13, 1966
Three Sad Tigers (Raúl Ruiz) – 15, 1968

Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang) – 3, 1982
Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige) – 13, 1984
The Horse Thief (Tain Zhuangzhuang) – 17, 1986
City on Fire (Ringo Lam) – 2, 1987
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou) – 5, 1987

School on Fire (Ringo Lam) – 2, 1988
Full Contact (Ringo Lam) – 11, 1992
Farewell, My Concubine (Chen Kaige) – 62, 1993
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants (David Mamet) – 29, 1996
Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam) – 53, 1996

Full Alert (Ringo Lam) – 17, 1997
X-Men (Bryan Singer) – 37, 2000
Replicant (Ringo Lam) – 39, 2001
Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang) – 21, 2002
Looking for Mr. Perfect (Ringo Lam) – 15, 2003
X2 (Bryan Singer) – 33, 2003

In Hell (Ringo Lam) – 44, 2003
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright) – 18, 2004
X-Men: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner) – 68, 2006
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) – 32, 2007
X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn) – 65, 2011

Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema (Chinlin Hsieh) – 48, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer) – 76, 2014
X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) – 121, 2016
Deadpool (Tim Miller) – 137, 2016
Paddington 2 (Paul King) – 99, 2017

Blackkklansman (Spike Lee) – 4, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) – 6, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr. & Rodney Rothman) – 16, 2018
Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 21, 2018
Us and Them (René Liu) – 41, 2018

Venom (Ruben Fleischer) – 47, 2018
Aquaman (James Wan) – 48, 2018
Animal World (Han Yan) – 54, 2018
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher) – 58, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) – 61, 2018
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) – 69, 2018

The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard) – 72, 2018
A Quiet Place (John Krasinski) – 76, 2018
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch) – 78, 2018
At Eternity’s Gate (Julian Schnabel) – 79, 2018
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) – 81, 2018

A Cool Fish (Rao Xiaozhi) – 85, 2018
Blockers (Kay Cannon) – 91, 2018
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 93, 2018
The Leakers (Herman Yau) – 98, 2018
Springsteen on Broadway (Thom Zimney) – 110, 2018

Mojin: The Worm Valley (Fei Xing) – 112, 2018
Destroyer (Karyn Kusama) – 113, 2018
Fat Buddies (Bao Beier) – 126, 2018
Green Book (Peter Farrelly) – 128, 2018
Vox Lux (Brady Corbett) – 134, 2018
Vice (Adam McKay) – 137, 2018

This Week in Rankings

Since the last rankings update I wrote about Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night over at The Chinese Cinema and Shunji Iwai’s Last Letter at Mubi. Over at Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed Frederick Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana, Naoko Yamada’s Liz and the Blue Bird, Kim Sunghoon’s Rampant, John Carpenter’s The Fog, and RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening. Over at Frame.land I contributed a review of Raymond Bernard’s Wooden Crosses

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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.

Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard) – 4, 1932
The Road to Glory (Howard Hawks) – 17, 1936
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez) – 4, 1966
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Bill Melendez & Phil Roman) – 37, 1973
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper) – 7, 1974

Halloween (John Carpenter) – 7, 1978
The Fog (John Carpenter) – 11, 1980
Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Shunji Iwai) – 27, 1993
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick) – 30, 1993

City Hunter (Wong Jing) – 56, 1993
Love Letter (Shunji Iwai) – 11, 1995
All About Lily Chou-chou (Shunji Iwai) – 10, 2001
Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai) – 6, 2004
Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (Junichi Mori) – 36, 2014

Kaili Blues (Bi Gan) – 11, 2015
Little Forest: Winter/Spring (Junichi Mori) – 41, 2015
The Rider (Chloé Zhao) – 51, 2017
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) – 75, 2017
First Reformed (Paul Schrader) – 85, 2017

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) – 97, 2017
Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) – 6, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles) – 10, 2018
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan) – 11, 2018
Last Letter (Shunji Iwai) – 12, 2018

Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman) – 15, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel & Ethan Coen) – 17, 2018
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross) – 21, 2018
Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker) – 22, 2018
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu) – 23, 2018

Shirkers (Sandi Tan) – 24, 2018
A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper) – 25, 2018
Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (Graham Carter) – 34, 2018
Burning (Lee Changdong) – 39, 2018
Destination Wedding (Victor Levin) –  50,2018

Hereditary (Ari Aster) – 51, 2018
The Gilligan Manifesto (Cekin Soling) – 53, 2018
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) – 54, 2018
Cam (Daniel Goldhaber) – 55, 2018
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Morgan Neville) – 57, 2018

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino) – 65, 2018
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Susan Johnson) – 66, 2018
The Great Buster (Peter Bogdanovich) – 67, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Hunter) – 81, 2018
Widows (Steve McQueen) – 85, 2018

Won’t You be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville) – 92, 2018
Illang: the Wolf Brigade (Kim Jiwoon) – 93, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer) – 94, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston) – 100, 2018
Rampant (Kim Sunghoon) – 104, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon Chu) – 105, 2018

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last rankings update, I’ve been to the Vancouver Film Festival, where I saw a whole lot of movies and wrote about a few of them: Mirai, Asako I & II, Diamantino, Spice It Up; and talked about a few more on The Frances Farmer Show. Also at Seattle Screen Scene I’ve written about Bisbee ’17, Golden Job, The Great Battle, In the Intense Now, Cieloand Big Brother. Here at The End I posted my annual Top 100 Films of All-Time list.

Over at The Chinese Cinema, I wrote about Hong Sangsoo’s short film List, and A City of Sadness and the Hou Hsiao-hsien series that played in Austin. At Mubi I wrote about the Shaw Brothers Horror series playing at the Metrograph. At InReview Online I’m contributing to their retrospective on the career of Hong Sangsoo, with my look at On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate up already and a couple more (on Our Sunhi and Claire’s Camera) going up in the next few days.

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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.

Attack on a China Mission (James Williamson) – 1, 1900
Black Magic (Ho Meng-hua) – 24, 1975
Black Magic II (Ho Meng-hua) – 32, 1976
The Ghost Story (Li Han-hsiang) – 31, 1979
Bewitched (Kuei Chih-hung) – 25, 1981

Human Lanterns (Sun Chung) – 33, 1982
Centipede Horror (Keith Li) – 38, 1982
The Boxer’s Omen (Kuei Chih-hung) – 14, 1983
Seeding of a Ghost (Richard Yeung Kuen) – 29, 1983
A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien) – 3, 1989

Cabin Boy (Adam Resnick) – 17, 1994
The Matrix (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 3, 1999
The Matrix Reloaded (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 14, 2003
The Matrix Revolutions (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 30, 2003
List (Hong Sangsoo) – 8, 2011
Boundless (Ferris Lin) – 35, 2013
Maybe If It Were a Nice Room (Alicia Harris) – 149, 2016

Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari) – 29, 2017
One Cut of the Dead (Shinichirou Ueda) – 46, 2017
The Running Actress (Moon Sori) – 51, 2017
In the Intense Now (João Moreira Salles) – 59, 2017
Cielo (Alison McAlpine) – 87, 2017

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) – 1, 2018
Asako I & II (Ryusūke Hamaguchi) – 2, 2018
Blackkklansman (Spike Lee) – 5, 2018
Transit (Christian Petzold) – 6, 2018
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski) – 7, 2018

The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack) – 8, 2018
Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bi Gan) – 9, 2018
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini) – 10, 2018
Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene) – 11, 2018
A Simple Favor (Paul Feig) – 13, 2018

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (Julien Faraut) – 15, 2018
Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas) – 16, 2018
Mirai (Mamoru Hosada) – 20, 2018
La cartographe (Nathan Douglas) – 21, 2018
Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo) – 22, 2018

Veslemøy’s Song (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 23, 2018
No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Derek Chiu) – 24, 2018
Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari) – 25, 2018
Where (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 26, 2018
The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins) – 27, 2018

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard) – 28, 2018
Spice It Up (Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas) – 29, 2018
Roy Thomson (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 30, 2018
Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt) – 32, 2018
Mangoshake (Terry Chiu) – 33, 2018

Shoplifters (Koreeda Hirokazu) – 34, 2018
A Land Imagined (Siew Hua Yeo) – 35, 2018
The Wolf House (Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña) – 36, 2018
Turbine (Alex Boya) – 46, 2018
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – 47, 2018

Lush Reeds (Yang Yishu) – 49, 2018
Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng) – 50, 2018
Hole (G. Goletski) – 52, 2018
A Family Tour (Ying Liang) – 53, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (David Lowery) – 55, 2018

The Great Battle (Kim Kwangsik) – 63, 2018
The Darling (Lee Seungyup) – 66, 2018
From Across the Street and Through Two Sets of Windows (Steven McCarthy) – 68, 2018
The Soft Space (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 70, 2018
Waiting for April (Olivier Godin) – 71, 2018

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) – 72, 2018
Set It Up (Claire Scanlon) – 73, 2018
Golden Job (Chin Ka-lok) – 77, 2018
Big Brother (Kam Ka-wai) – 78, 2018
7A (Zachary Russell) – 79, 2018
Seder-Masochism (Nina Paley) – 83, 2018
Paddock (Michel Kandinsky) – 84, 2018

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update I wrote about Lau Kar-leung on the occasion of his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and also about the Japan Cuts festival at the Japan Society in New York. Also at Mubi my July column was on Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee: Four Heavenly Kings, at Seattle Screen Scene I wrote about Huang Bo’s The Island, and at Frame.land I contributed a brief review of Fruit Chan’s The Longest Summer. At InReview Online, I have brief reviews as part of their coverage of Japan Cuts and the NYAFF, on Ramen Shop and Men on the Dragon, respectively. Here at The End, I posted my annual look at The Year in Film (So Far).

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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.

The Elusive Pimpernel (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) – 31, 1950
Wanda (Barbara Loden) – 1, 1970
Challenge of the Masters (Lau Kar-leung) – 16, 1976
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung) – 2, 1978
Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung) – 5, 1979
Mad Monkey Kung Fu (Lau Kar-leung) – 24, 1979

Nine to Five (Colin Higgins) – 11, 1980
Return to the 36th Chamber (Lau Kar-leung) – 28, 1980
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) – 1, 1981
My Young Auntie (Lau Kar-leung) – 12, 1981
Martial Club (Lau Kar-leung) – 15, 1981
Masked Avengers (Chang Cheh) – 29, 1981

Legendary Weapons of China (Lau Kar-leung) – 25, 1982
The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung) – 6, 1984
Abnormal Family: Older Brother’s Bride (Masayuki Suo) – 52, 1984
Clue (Jonathan Lynn) – 15, 1985

Bound for the Mountains, the Fields, and the Seacoast (Nobuhiko Obayashi) – 4, 1986
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) – 10, 1986
Martial Arts of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung) – 34, 1986
Die Hard (John McTiernan) – 6, 1988
The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan) – 8, 1998

Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa) – 17, 2004
Constantine (Francis Lawrence) – 25, 2005
The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel) – 35, 2006
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark) – 31, 2010

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Brett Whitcomb) – 78, 2012
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (Tsui Hark) – 23, 2013
Man of Steel (Zack Snyder) – 35, 2013
Batman v Super: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder) – 88, 2016

Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Masaaki Yuasa) – 12, 2017
Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi) – 13, 2017
Tremble All You Want (Akiko Ohku) – 18, 2017
Amiko (Yoko Yamanaka) – 89, 2017
Justice League (Zack Snyder) – 102, 2017

Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski) – 2, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley) – 3, 2018
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Tsui Hark) – 5, 2018
Tourism (Daisuke Miyazaki) – 7, 2018
The Island (Huang Bo) – 13, 2018

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (Peter Rida Michail & Aaron Horvath) – 15, 2018
Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle) – 16, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) – 20, 2018
Ramen Shop (Eric Khoo) – 25, 2018
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) – 30, 2018
Men on the Dragon (Sunny Chan) – 36, 2018

This Week in Rankings

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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.

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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.

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

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