This Week in Rankings

Since the last update, my essay for the Criterion Collection edition of Johnnie To’s Throw Down was published, along with the disc itself. I reviewed Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho, James Wan’s Malignant, and David Lowery’s The Green Knight at Seattle Screen Scene, and Benny Chan’s Raging Fire at The Chinese Cinema. I talked about Tsui Hark, specifically The Butterfly Murders, Green Snake, Peking Opera Blues, and The Blade, on the Optimism Vaccine podcast. Over at InReview Online I wrote about some festival films: at the New York Asian Film Festival (Keep Rolling, Hold Me Back, My Missing Valentine, and Hand-Rolled Cigarette); at Fantasia Fest (Pompo: The Cinephile and The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8); and at the Toronto Film Festival (The Falls and One Second).

Also at Seattle Screen Scene, Mike and I completed our ten-year long Top Films of All-Time Project, while I published the 2021 version of my Top 100 Films list here at The End.

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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 Maltese Falcon (John Huston) – 5, 1941
Hair-Raising Hare (Chuck Jones) – 28, 1946
The Fair Haired Hare (Friz Freleng) – 34, 1951
The Super Snooper (Robert McKimson) – 35, 1952
Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney) – 1, 1953

Stupor Duck (Robert McKimson) – 37, 1956
Deduce, You Say (Chuck Jones) – 38, 1956
Bedevilled Rabbit (Robert McKimson) – 61, 1957
Knighty Knight Bugs (Friz Freleng) – 31, 1958
The Sword in the Stone (Wolfgang Reitherman) – 33, 1963

The Mystery of Chess Boxing (Joseph Kuo) – 34, 1979
Victory (John Huston) – 39, 1981
Young Sherlock Holmes (Barry Levinson) – 47, 1985
Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton) – 18, 1990
The Rocketeer (Joe Johnston) – 46, 1991

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Danny Cannon) – 58, 1998
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin) – 8, 2000
Scream 3 (Wes Craven) – 30, 2000
Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic) – 46, 2001
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Brad Silberling) – 49, 2004
Walk the Line (James Mangold) – 48, 2005

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone (Anno Hideaki, et al) – 34, 2007
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg) – 35, 2008
Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance (Anno Hideaki, et al) – 37, 2009
Scream 4 (Wes Craven) – 30, 2011
Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo (Anno Hideaki, et al) – 28, 2012

Hold Me Back (Ohku Akiko) – 10, 2020
Keep Rolling (Lim Chung Man) – 17, 2020
My Missing Valentine (Chen Yu-hsun) – 25, 2020
One Second (Zhang Yimou) – 29, 2020
Hand Rolled Cigarette (Chan Kin-long) – 31, 2020
12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 (Iwai Shunji) – 34, 2020

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time (Anno Hideaki, et al) – 3, 2021
The History of the Atlanta Falcons (Jon Bois) – 4, 2021
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (Kier-La Janisse) – 5, 2021
Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Adam Curtis) – 6, 2021
The Green Knight (David Lowery) – 7, 2021

The Falls (Chung Mong-hong) – 10, 2021
Old (M. Night Shyamalan) – 13, 2021
Cry Macho (Clint Eastwood) – 14, 2021
Malignant (James Wan) – 15, 2021
Pompo: the Cinephile (Hirao Takayuki) – 16, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Destin Daniel Cretton) – 17, 2021
The Suicide Squad (James Gunn) – 18, 2021
Raging Fire (Benny Chan) – 21, 2021
Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage (Garret Price) – 24, 2021

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote the liner notes essay for the upcoming Criterion Collection release of Johnnie To’s Throw Down (preorder now!). I also wrote about Christian Petzold’s Jerichow for InReview Online and the Demon Slayer movie at Seattle Screen Scene. I also handed out the 2020 Endy 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.


The Goat (Buster Keaton & Malcolm St. Clair) – 5, 1921
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey) – 1, 1933
Three Little Pigs (Burt Gillett) – 22, 1933
Queen of Sports (Sun Yu) – 22, 1934
The Foghorn Leghorn (Robert McKimson) – 24, 1948

Rabbit Seasoning (Chuck Jones) – 10, 1952
Feed the Kitty (Chuck Jones) – 13, 1952
One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) – 3, 1955
What’s Opera, Doc? (Chuck Jones) – 3, 1957
Hare-way to the Stars (Chuck Jones) – 17, 1958
Robin Hood Daffy (CHuck Jones) – 21, 1958

The Road to Fort Alamo (Mario Bava) – 25, 1964
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Sergio Leone) – 1, 1966
The Shooting (Monte Hellman) – 6, 1966
Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman) – 7, 1966
Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci) – 16, 1966

Festival (Murray Lerner) – 20, 1967
The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci) – 7, 1968
The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May) – 5, 1972
The Eiger Sanction (Clint Eastwood) – 15, 1975
The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie) – 6, 1976
Hard Rain (Jacques Levy) – 16, 1976

China 9, Liberty 37 (Monte Hellman) – 11, 1978
Every Which Way but Loose (James Fargo) – 26, 1978
The Butterfly Murders (Tsui Hark) – 19, 1979
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Tsui Hark) – 5, 1983
Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung) – 2, 1984
The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz) – 48, 1984

Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark) – 3, 1986
Willow (Ron Howard) – 38, 1988
Paper Marriage (Alfred Cheung) – 48, 1988
Green Snake (Tsui Hark) – 2, 1993
Dylan at Woodstock ’94 (Bruce Gowers) – 49, 1994

The Blade (Tsui Hark) – 7, 1995
Scream (Wes Craven) – 18, 1996
Independence Day (Roland Emmerich) – 56, 1996
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Jim Gillespie) – 45, 1997
Scream 2 (Wes Craven) – 55, 1997

Chicken Run (Nick Park & Peter Lord) – 30, 2000
Running Out of Time 2 (Johnnie To & Law Wing-cheong) – 14, 2001
Fat Choi Spirit (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 6, 2002
Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese) – 27, 2003

Throw Down (Johnnie To) – 2, 2004
Breaking News (Johnnie To) – 14, 2004
Yesterday Once More (Johnnie To) – 17, 2004
War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg) – 7, 2005
No Direction Home (Martin Scorsese) – 12, 2005
Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison) – 30, 2006

1966-1978: After the Crash (Chrome Dreams) – 34, 2006
The Other Side of the Mirror (Murray Lerner) – 33, 2007
Sparrow (Johnnie To) – 4, 2008
Jerichow (Christian Petzold) – 13, 2008
1978-1989: Both Ends of the Rainbow (Chrome Dreams) – 46, 2008
Coraline (Henry Selick) – 45, 2009
1990-2006: The Never-Ending Narrative (Chrome Dreams) – 58, 2011

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall) – 45, 2014
Roads Rapidly Changing (Tom O’Dell) – 63, 2015
The American Epic (Bernard MacMahon) – 61, 2017
Trouble No More (Jennifer Lebeau) – 65, 2017

Wife of a Spy (Kurosawa Kiyoshi) – 4, 2020
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (Satozaki Haruo) – 25, 2020
Mank (David Fincher) – 44, 2020
Shadow Kingdom (Alma Har’el) – 1, 2021
Black Widow (Cate Shortland) – 8, 2021

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote about A Writer’s Odyssey, Shock Wave 2, and Crazy Samurai Musashi over at The Chinese Cinema. I also reviewed The Good Woman of Sichuan and As We Like It for InReview Online. And I corresponded about King Hu’s A Touch of Zen at Frame.land and Hong Sangsoo’s Introduction at The Notebook.

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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.

Baseball Bugs (Friz Freleng) – 10, 1946
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) – 1, 1948
Rabbit of Seville (Chuck Jones) – 8, 1950
The Gunfighter (Henry King) – 15, 1950
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (Chuck Jones) – 17, 1953
The War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin) – 23, 1953

Ulysses (Mario Camerini) – 18, 1954
Hercules (Pietro Francisci) – 24, 1958
Hercules Unchained (Pietro Francisci) – 16, 1959
Black Sunday (Mario Bava) – 14, 1960
Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis (Vittorio Cottafavi) – 8, 1961
Erik the Conquerer (Mario Bava) – 10, 1961

Ninja, A Band of Assassins (Yamamoto Satsuo) – 19, 1962
Django (Sergio Corbucci) – 15, 1966
The Cat O’Nine Tails (Dario Argento) – 13, 1971
Lady Snowblood (Fujita Toshiya) – 9, 1973
The Street Fighter (Ozama Shigehiro) – 33, 1974

Rust Never Sleeps (Neil Young) – 16, 1979
Yokohama BJ Blues (Kudo Eiichi) – 14, 1981
Conquest (Lucio Fulci) – 9, 1983
Mirage (Tsui Siu-ming) – 19, 1987

Iron Angels II (Teresa Woo) – 41, 1988
Iron Angels III (Teresa Woo) – 55, 1989
Princess Madam (Godfrey Ho) – 60, 1989
Fatal Termination (Andrew Kam) – 61, 1990
Bury Me High (Tsui Siu-ming) – 24, 1991

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson) – 21, 1995
Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao) – 6, 2001
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme) – 16, 2006
The Three Musketeers (Paul WS Anderson) – 13, 2011
The Problem with Apu (Michael Melamedoff) – 121, 2017
Knives Out (Rian Johnson) – 64, 2019

City Hall (Frederick Wiseman) – 13, 2020
Shock Wave 2 (Herman Yau) – 19, 2020
Crazy Samurai Musashi (Shimomura Yûji) – 33, 2020
MLK/FBI (Sam Pollard) – 41, 2020

Introduction (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2021
Justice League (Zack Snyder) – 2, 2021
A Writer’s Odyssey (Lu Yang) – 3, 2021
The Good Woman of Sichuan (Sabrina Zhao) – 4, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah (Shaka King) – 5, 2021
Kid 90 (Soleil Moon Frye) – 6, 2021
As We Like It (Chen Hung-i & Wei Ying-chuan) – 7, 2021
Framing Britney Spears (Samantha Stark) – 8, 2021

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update, the terrible year that was 2020 came to an end and the terrible year that is 2021 began. I listed my favorite books and film discoveries of the past year, and a bunch of other stuff with the rest of the crew at Seattle Screen Scene. Also at SSS, I reviewed Monster Hunter and Wonder Woman 1984. I contributed to the annual Double Feature feature at the Notebook, wrote about Yourself and Yours for InReview Online’s End of the Year list, and review Yang Lina’s Spring Tide at The Chinese Cinema. I also announced (and have since revised) the nominees for the 2020 Endy 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.

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (Dave Fleischer & Willard Bowsky) – 18, 1936
Holiday (George Cukor) – 3, 1938
It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) – 1, 1946
The Mysterious Rider (Riccardo Freda) – 16, 1948

Zipping Along (Chuck Jones) – 32, 1953
One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) – 4, 1955
Hare Brush (Friz Freleng) – 16, 1955
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock) – 1, 1963
My Fair Lady (George Cukor) – 6, 1964

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bill Melendez) – 3, 1965
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Chuck Jones) – 13, 1966
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Bill Melendez & Phil Roman) – 38, 1973
Jaws (Steven Spielberg) – 3, 1975
A Christmas Story (Bob Clark) – 39, 1983

His Motorbike, Her Island (Obayashi Nobuhiko) – 5, 1986
Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik) – 45, 1989
Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven) – 17, 1990
Red Hollywood (Thom Andersen & Noël Burch) – 53, 1996
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen) – 1, 1998

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) – 4, 2000
Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita Nobuhiro) – 1, 2005
Easy A (Will Gluck) – 38, 2010
Debra Paget, For Example (Mark Rappaport) – 39, 2016
Jimi Could Have Fallen from the Sky (Terence Nance) – 90, 2017
A Simple Favor (Paul Feig) – 32, 2018

To the Ends of the Earth (Kurosawa Kiyoshi) – 5, 2019
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt) – 14, 2019
Ham on Rye (Tyler Taormina) – 19, 2019
The Vast of Night (Andrew Patterson) – 24, 2019
Subject to Review (Theo Anthony) – 30, 2019

Spring Tide (Yang Lina) – 58, 2019
Lupin III: The First (Yamazaki Takashi) – 65, 2019
Wasp Network (Olivier Assayas) – 70, 2019
Capital in the 21st Century (Justin Pemberton) – 89, 2019

The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois) – 1, 2020
Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen) – 2, 2020
Undine (Christian Petzold) – 3, 2020
Mangrove (Steve McQueen) – 5, 2020
Still Processing (Sophy Romvari) – 8, 2020

Tesla (Michael Almereyda) – 10, 2020
Her Socialist Smile (John Gianvito) – 11, 2020
Monster Hunter (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 12, 2020
Point and Line to Plane (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 13, 2020
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross) – 14, 2020

The Disciple (Chaitanya Tamhane) – 16, 2020
Hopper/Welles (Orson Welles) – 19, 2020
World of Tomorrow 3 (Don Hertzfeldt) – 21, 2020
The Cure (Ahmet Atalay) – 22, 2020
Tenet (Christopher Nolan) – 27, 2020

Nomadland (Chloe Zhao) – 28, 2020
The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell) – 29, 2020
Love Aaj Kal (Imtiaz Ali) – 30, 2020
Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg) – 31, 2020
American Utopia (Spike Lee) – 32, 2020

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung) – 33, 2020
Leap (Peter Chan) – 34, 2020
Inventing the Future (Isiah Medina) – 35, 2020
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell) – 36, 2020

October Rumbles (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 38, 2020
France Against the Robots (Jean-Marie Straub) – 41, 2020
Visit (Jia Zhangke) – 45, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Penkins) – 49, 2020

This Week in Rankings

Since the last update I wrote about the New Taiwanese Cinema and Hong Sangsoo’s The Woman Who Ran at The Notebook, and My Prince Edward and The Calming at InReview Online. Also, over at The Chinese Cinema, I wrote about a number of films that played at this year’s excellent San Diego Asian Film Festival.

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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.

Lady General Hua Mulan (Griffin Yueh Feng) – 33, 1964
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez) – 2, 1966
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John D. Hancock) – 18, 1971
The Exorcist (William Friedkin) – 18, 1973

Black Christmas (Bob Clark) – 10, 1974
Deathdream (Bob Clark) – 18, 1974
Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May) – 8, 1976
Carrie (Brian De Palma) – 14, 1976
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman) – 14, 1978

Real Life (Albert Brooks) – 11, 1979
Salem’s Lot (Tobe Hooper) – 25, 1979
Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham) – 37, 1980
Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang) – 3, 1982
The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg) – 15, 1983

Lost in America (Albert Brooks) – 13, 1985
Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola) – 16, 1986
The Name of the Rose (Jean-Jacques Annaud) – 34, 1986
Comic Book Confidential (Ron Mann ) – 58, 1988
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg) – 32, 1989

The Hunt for Red October (John McTiernan) – 13, 1990
Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle) – 18, 1990
The Addams Family (Barry Sonnenfeld) – 33, 1991
Babe (Chris Noonan) – 41, 1995

The Rock (Michael Bay) – 29, 1996
Ringu (Nakata Hideo) – 22, 1998
Battle Royale (Fukasaku Kinji) – 23, 2000
Scooby-Doo (Raja Gosnell) – 38, 2002
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (Raja Gosnell) – 57, 2004

Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan) – 43, 2005
Borat (Larry Charles) – 31, 2006
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan) – 60, 2008
Unstoppable (Tony Scott) – 9, 2010
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan) – 53, 2012

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder) – 94, 2016
Suicide Squad (David Ayer) – 133, 2016
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) – 145, 2017
Aquaman (James Wan) – 79, 2018

My Prince Edward (Norris Wong) – 34, 2019
Murder Mystery (Kyle Newacheck) – 58, 2019
Archiving Time (Lu Yuan-chi) – 73, 2019

The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sangsoo) – 2, 2020
Days (Tsai Ming-liang) – 4, 2020
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (Jia Zhangke) – 6, 2020

Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan) – 8, 2020
Hubie Halloween (Steven Brill) – 9, 2020
The Calming (Song Fang) – 10, 2020
Emma. (Autumn de Wilde) – 11, 2020

The Paper Tigers (Bao Tran) – 12, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Jason Wollner) – 13, 2020
Class Action Park (Seth Porges) – 17, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin) – 18, 2020

This Week in Rankings

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Over the last couple of months I haven’t done much of anything. Mostly I’ve just been trying to enjoy watching movies without having to write about them. I did my annual best of the year so far lists, and I also reviewed Special Actors for InReview as part of their Japan Cuts coverage, but otherwise, I haven’t had anything published yet. Expect to see something in the next few days though.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe 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.

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston) – 5, 1941
Klute (Alan J. Pakula) – 8, 1971
Night Moves (Arthur Penn) – 11, 1975
Superman (Richard Donner) – 12, 1978
Game of Death (Robert Clouse) – 18, 1978
Superman II (Richard Lester) – 36, 1980

In Our Time (Tao Te-chen, Edward Yang, Ko I-chen, & Chang Yi) – 18, 1982
Growing Up (Chen Kunhou) – 24, 1983
The Sandwich Man (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Zeng Zhuangxiang, & Wan Jen) – 29, 1983
Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung) – 2, 1984
The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien) – 2, 1985
Taipei Story (Edward Yang) – 5, 1985

The Terrorizers (Edward Yang) – 2, 1986
Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien) – 17, 1986
Where’s Officer Tuba? (Philip Chan & Ricky Lau) – 62, 1986
A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-tung) – 14, 1987
Iron Angels (Teresa Woo) – 49, 1987
The Haunted Cop Shop (Jeffrey Lau) – 64, 1987

On the Run (Alfred Cheung) – 20, 1988
I Love Maria (David Chung) – 68, 1988
The Iceman Cometh (Clarence Fok) – 43, 1989
The Blonde Fury (Mang Hoi) – 54, 1989
Presumed Innocent (Alan J. Pakula) – 19, 1990

A Chinese Ghost Story II (Ching Siu-tung) – 49, 1990
Sex and Zen (Michael Mak) – 62, 1991
A Chinese Ghost Story III (Ching Siu-tung) – 73, 1991
The Player (Robert Altman) – 19, 1992
My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn) – 38, 1992

The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood) – 9, 1995
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (John McTiernan) – 29, 1995
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma) – 17, 1998
Twilight (Robert Benton) – 43, 1998
Jackie Chan: My Stunts (Jackie Chan) – 57, 1999

Our Time, Our Story (Hsiao Chu-chen) – 21, 2002
New Blood (Soi Cheang) – 26, 2002
Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 (Derek Burbidge) – 15, 2005
Wings for Wheels (Thom Zimny) – 20, 2005
Dream Home (Pang Ho-cheung) – 19, 2010
The Promise (Thom Zimny) – 59, 2010

World of Ursula K. Le Guin (Arwen Curry) – 119, 2018
Special Actors (Ueda Shinichirou) – 93, 2019
Greyhound (Aaron Schneider) – 5, 2020
Hamilton (Thomas Kail) – 9, 2020
Palm Springs (Max Barbakow) – 10, 2020


This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update I’ve been a bit more productive, reviewing Johnnie To’s Chasing Dream at Mubi, Tsai Ming-liang’s Journey to the West at InReview Online, and Obayashi Nobuhiko’s Labyrinth of Cinema and Nabwana IGG’s Crazy World at Frame.land. But we’re still locked up in quarantine and I’ve spent most of my movie-watching time catching up on things I’ve not had time for over the last few years, like a bunch of Indian movies, Pirates and Batman movies, and a whole lot of Kaji Maiko and Alan Rudolph.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe 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.

College Hounds (Zion Myers & Jules White) – 18, 1929
Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) – 1, 1954
East of Eden (Elia Kazan) – 30, 1955
Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger) – 2, 1959
Amrapali (Lekh Tandon) – 15, 1966

Original Cast Album: Company (DA Pennebaker) – 7, 1970
Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Hasebe Yasuharu) – 10, 1970
Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Hasebe Yasuharu) – 12, 1970
Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Hasebe Yasuharu) – 13, 1970
Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (Fujita Toshiya) – 16, 1970

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart) – 18, 1971
Stray Cat Rock: Beat ’71 (Fujita Toshiya) – 20, 1971
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Itō Shunya) – 11, 1972
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (Itō Shunya) – 13, 1972
The Greenhouse Jungle (Boris Sagal) – 24, 1972

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Itō Shunya) – 17, 1973
Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song (Hasebe Yasuharu) – 22, 1973
Welcome to LA (Alan Rudolph) – 6, 1976
Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan) – 28, 1981
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis) – 13, 1985

The Moderns (Alan Rudolph) – 8, 1988
Batman (Tim Burton) – 19, 1989
Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) – 20, 1990
Love at Large (Alan Rudolph) – 44, 1990
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (Jim Abrahams) – 50, 1990

The Rocking Horsemen (Obayashi Nobuhiko) – 6, 1992
Batman Returns (Tim Burton) – 15, 1992
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (Kundan Shah) – 20, 1994
Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle (Alan Rudolph) – 24, 1994
Ram Jaane (Rajiv Mehra) – 34, 1995

Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher) – 37, 1995
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: The Complex Sessions (Jonathan Demme) – 48, 1995
Batman & Robin (Joel Schumacher) – 67, 1997
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Karan Johar) – 20, 1998
Love on a Diet (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 21, 2001

Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham (Karan Johar) – 33, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Chris Columbus) – 37, 2001
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski) – 13, 2003
Love for All Seasons (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) – 36, 2003
Throw Down (Johnnie To) – 2, 2004

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski) – 6, 2006
Zodiac (David Fincher) – 7, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Gore Verbinski) – 13, 2007
The Rebel (Charlie Nguyen) – 32, 2007
Clash (Le Thanh Son) – 36, 2009

Enthiran (S. Shankar) – 37, 2010
Who Killed Captain Alex? (Nabwana IGG) – 42, 2010
Tees Maar Khan (Farah Khan) – 69, 2010
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Rob Marshall) – 70, 2011
Chennai Express (Rohit Shetty) – 48, 2013

Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang) – 5, 2014
Crazy World (Nabwana IGG) – 79, 2014
Tamasha (Imtiaz Ali) – 17, 2015
Piku (Shoojit Sircar) – 55, 2015
Fan (Maneesh Sharma) – 28, 2016

Bad Black (Nabwana IGG) – 30, 2016
Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari) – 53, 2016
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) – 80, 2016
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) – 160, 2017

Labyrinth of Cinema (Obayashi Nobuhiko) – 3, 2019
Chasing Dream (Johnnie To) – 8, 2019
Jallikattu (Lijo Jose Pellissery) – 11, 2019
Heart (Jeong Gayoung) – 26, 2019
The Bob Emergency (Jon Bois) – 40, 2019
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater) – 51, 2019

The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sangsoo) – 1, 2020
The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois) – 2, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee) – 3, 2020
New York New York (Spike Lee) – 6, 2020
Be Water (Bao Nguyen) – 7, 2020
Long Gone Summer (AJ Schnack) – 10, 2020

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update I haven’t done much of anything. It was on March 14th, school was shut down the day before and I’ve been trapped here with my kids ever since then, and will be for the foreseeable future. So while I have watched some movies, the only review I’ve published in the last several weeks was on Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day. Otherwise I’ve just been making my kids watch classic Hollywood movies while I watch a bunch of classic Bollywood movies I really should have seen by now (so far I’ve almost doubled the number of Indian movies I’ve seen in my life, I’ve got a running list of them at letterboxd of course.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe 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.

Safety Last! (Sam Taylor & Fred C. Newmeyer) – 2, 1923
Metropolis (Fritz Lang) – 2, 1927
Devdas (PC Barua) – 4, 1936
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) – 1, 1942
Kismet (Gyan Mukherjee) – 18, 1943

Aag (Raj Kapoor) – 6, 1948
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford) – 4, 1949
A Star is Born (George Cukor) – 11, 1954
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (V. Shantaram) – 7, 1955
Mother India (Mehboob Khan) – 6, 1957

North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock) – 2, 1959
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder) – 13, 1959
Mughal-e-azam (K. Asif) – 2, 1960
A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester) – 14, 1964

Duvidha (Mani Kaul) – 7, 1973
Deewar (Yash Chopra) – 8, 1975
Day of the Dead (George Romero) – 13, 1985
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner) – 3, 1987

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg) – 23, 1993
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra) – 27, 1995
Dil Se.. (Mani Ratnam) – 13, 1998
The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson) – 3, 2001
Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker) – 5, 2001

The Two Towers (Peter Jackson) – 8, 2002
The Return of the King (Peter Jackson) – 11, 2003
Madness in the Desert (Satyajit Bhatkal) – 32, 2003
Main Hoon Na (Farah Khan) – 19, 2004

Miami Vice (Michael Mann) – 1, 2006
Om Shanti Om (Farah Khan) – 3, 2007
Happy New Year (Farah Khan) – 48, 2014
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Ishihara Tatsuya) – 45, 2019
The Sky is Clear and Blue Today (Ricky D’Ambrose) – 79, 2019

This Week in Rankings

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

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

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update, I reviewed Derek Tsang’s Better Days and wrote an overview of Fruit Chan’s career at the Notebook. At Seattle Screen Scene I reviewed Andrew Lau’s The Captain and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and also recorded a VIFF Recap episode of The Frances Farmer Show. At The Chinese Cinema I wrote about a Women in Chinese Cinema series in Washington, DC and published the notes I sent to the Filmspotting podcast regarding their Contemporary Chinese Cinema marathon, which I helped curate.

If you like what I do here or at Seattle Screen SceneThe 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.

Long Live the Missus! (Sang Hu) – 12, 1947
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez) – 3, 1966
Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man (Richard Irving) – 17, 1971
Star Wars (George Lucas) – 3, 1977
The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) – 1, 1980

Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal) – 35, 1981
The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones) – 15, 1982
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace) – 21, 1982
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) – 13, 1983
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik) – 32, 1983

Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock) – 29, 1987
Woman Demon Human (Huang Shuqin) – 46, 1987
Finale in Blood (Fruit Chan) – 41, 1993
Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan) – 8, 1997
Little Cheung (Fruit Chan) – 11, 1999

Durian Durian (Fruit Chan) – 6, 2000
Hollywood Hong Kong (Fruit Chan) – 20, 2001
Public Toilet (Fruit Chan) – 27, 2002
Dumplings (Fruit Chan) – 43, 2004
Lust, Caution (Ang Lee) – 34, 2007

The Midnight After (Fruit Chan) – 1, 2014
A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada) – 6, 2016
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards) – 23, 2016
Kill Time (Fruit Chan) – 77, 2016
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti & Rodney Rothman) – 14, 2018
Three Husbands (Fruit Chan) – 129, 2018

The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) – 1, 2019
Little Women (Greta Gerwig) – 2, 2019
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach) – 9, 2019
Knives Out (Rian Johnson) – 22, 2019
Better Days (Derek Tsang) – 26, 2019

Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo) – 35, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold) – 38, 2019
Mister America (Eric Notarnicola) – 40, 2019
Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria) – 44, 2019
The Captain (Andrew Lau) – 46, 2019

The Invincible Dragon (Fruit Chan) – 49, 2019
Midsommar (Ari Aster) – 54, 2019
Joker (Todd Phillips) – 57, 2019
JoJo Rabbit (Taika Waititi) – 59, 2019
Captain Marvel (Anna Bolden & Ryan Fleck) – 64, 2019
Hail Satan? (Penny Lane) – 69, 2019