This Week in Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Predictions for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards

These are my Oscar predictions. During the ceremony Sunday night, as I’ve done for the past couple of years, I’ll be live-tweeting the winners of the 2019 Endy Awards, the nominees for which can be found here. Follow along on twitter @TheEndofCinema.

BEST PICTURE

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Parasite

BEST DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

BEST ACTOR

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

BEST ACTRESS

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
1917, Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
1917, Roger Deakins
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood, Robert Richardson

BEST FILM EDITING

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Parasite

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
1917, Thomas Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4, Randy Newman
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman, Elton John & Bernie Taupin
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough, Diane Warren
“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
“Stand Up” from Harriet, Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo

BEST SOUND EDITING

Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST SOUND MIXING

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Corpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Misérables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

In The Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

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)

 

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

 

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update, I posted my annual Top 100 Films of All-Time along with the latest entry in our decade-long Seattle Screen Scene Top 100 Films of All-Time Project. I went to the Vancouver Film Festival once again, where I wrote about The Wild Goose Lake, The Lighthouse, The Shadow Play, and White Lie (at InReview Online). At Seattle Screen Scene I wrote about Takashi Miike’s First Love, Tony Leung Ka-fai’s Midnight Diner, and Shunji Iwai’s The Case of Hana and Alice. And over at the Mubi Notebook, I wrote about Heiward Mak’s Fagara.

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.

Shaolin vs. Lama (Lee Tso Nam) – 28, 1983
Manhunter (Michael Mann) – 8, 1986
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) – 8, 1991
Casino (Martin Scorsese) – 12, 1995
Drop Dead Gorgeous (Michael Patrick Jann) – 55, 1999

Memories of Murder (Bong Joonho) – 7, 2003
Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita) – 1, 2005
The Host (Bong Joonho) – 13, 2006
Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack) – 10, 2013
The Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai) – 23, 2015

Amanda (Mikhaël Hers) – 7, 2018
Every Day a Good Day (Tatsushi Omori) – 59, 2018
Vanishing Days (Zhu Xin) – 90, 2018
The Shadow Play (Lou Ye) – 119, 2018

First Love (Takashi Miike) -1,  2019
Fourteen (Dan Sallitt) – 3, 2019
MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell) – 6, 2019
Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 7, 2019
The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers) – 8, 2019

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick) – 10, 2019
A Voluntary Year (Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler) – 15, 2019
The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan) – 16, 2019
Parasite (Bong Joonho) – 17, 2019
Fagara (Heiward Mak) – 19, 2019

Synonyms (Nadav Lapid) – 20, 2019
Varda by Agnès (Agnès Varda) – 24, 2019
To Live to Sing (Johnny Ma) – 25, 2019
Anne at 13,000 Ft. (Kazik Radwanski) – 26, 2019
Wet Season (Anthony Chen) – 27, 2019

Clifton Hill (Albert Shin) – 33, 2019
The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu) – 34, 2019
Who You Think I Am (Safy Nebbou) – 38, 2019
Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 39, 2019
The Twentieth Century (Matthew Rankin) – 40, 2019
Aquí y Allá (Lina Rodriguez) – 42, 2019

White Lie (Lev Lewis & Calvin Thomas) – 44, 2019
Ridge (John Skoog) – 48, 2019
Killer Queen (Ramin Fahrenheit) – 49, 2019
Midnight Diner (Tony Leung Ka-fai) – 51, 2019
Send Me to the Clouds (Teng Congcong) – 52, 2019
Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 58, 2019

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)

This Week in Rankings

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Since the last update we passed the midpoint of the year and so I listed the Best Movies of 2019 (So Far), including my favorite discoveries of 2019. I also made a list of the Top 113 Chinese Language Movies of the 2010s.

At the Mubi Notebook I wrote about The Metrograph’s Shaw Sisters series, Jeffrey Lau and Stephen Chow’s A Chinese Odyssey, Herman Yau’s The White Storm 2: Drug Lords, Zhang Yimou’s Shadow, and New King of Comedy & Hidden Man, by Stephen Chow and Jiang Wen, respectively. I also wrote about the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts.

At InReview Online I contributed a review of Suzhou River to their look at Lou Ye, and at Frame.land I revised my old timeline of Shaolin related movies into The Shaolin Cinematic Universe. At Seattle Screen Scene, I reviewed Once Upon a Time in HollywoodChasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch, Savageand Suburban Birds. And as part of our coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival, I wrote about Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Storm in My Heart, and Lynch: A History. We also discussed a number of other SIFF movies on an episode of The Frances Farmer Show.

At The Chinese Cinema, I wrote about a few films from the Austin Asian American Film Festival (Girls Always Happy, Chinese Portrait, House of Hummingbird and The Third Wife). And I also finally finished re-editing and reformatting all my old writings on Chinese film. The Index is now up to date, and I can get to work filling in all the massive blind spots I still have, after years and years and hundreds of movies watched.

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 months, and where they place on my year-by-year rankings.

City Lights (Charles Chaplin) – 1, 1931
Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy) – 5, 1933
To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch) – 8, 1942
Between the Lines (Joan Micklin Silver) – 10, 1977
All that Jazz (Bob Fosse) – 1, 1979
The Secret (Ann Hui) – 14, 1979

The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui) – 25, 1980
The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui) – 9, 1981
Buddha’s Palm (Taylor Wong) – 22, 1982
Love in a Fallen City (Ann Hui) – 16, 1984
The Siamese Twins (Angela Mak) – 38, 1984

My Name Ain’t Suzie (Angie Chen) – 12, 1985
The Illegal Immigrant (Mabel Cheung) – 23, 1985
Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka) – 28, 1985
Puppy Love (So Jing-man) – 42, 1985
Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck) – 49, 1986
An Autumn’s Tale (Mabel Cheung) – 18, 1987
The Romance of Book and Sword/Princess Fragrance (Ann Hui) – 20, 1987

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki) – 1, 1988
Starry is the Night (Ann Hui) – 27, 1988
The Twin Bracelets (Huang Yu-shan) – 28, 1991
Don’t Fool Me (Herman Yau) – 61, 1991
Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-ping) – 5, 1993
Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau) – 22, 1993
The Untold Story (Herman Yau) – 30, 1993
The Eagle-Shooting Heroes (Jeffrey Lau) – 54, 1993

A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora’s Box/Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau) – 13, 1995
Bullet Ballet (Shinya Tsukamoto) – 20, 1998
Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau) – 23, 1998
The Untold Story III (Herman Yau) – 22, 1999
Suzhou River (Lou Ye) – 13, 2000

From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau) – 14, 2001
Spider-Man (Sam Raimi) – 33, 2002
Face to Face (Casey Chan) – 40, 2002
The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz) – 34, 2003
Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi) – 31, 2004
Mean Girls (Mark Waters) – 34, 2004

Spider-Man 3 (Sam Raimi) – 24, 2007
Speed Racer (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) – 2, 2008
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Andrew Beall & Frank Molieri) – 14, 2011
K-On! the Movie (Naoko Yamada) – 18, 2011
The White Storm (Benny Chan) – 71, 2013
See You Tomorrow (Zhang Jiajia) – 90, 2016

Liz and the Blue Bird (Naoko Yamada) – 4, 2018
The Crossing (Bai Xue) – 26, 2018
Classical Period (Ted Fendt) – 32, 2018
Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng) – 40, 2018
Chinese Portrait (Wang Xiaoshuai) – 43, 2018
The Kamagasaki Cauldron War (Leo Sato) – 46, 2018
A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper) – 49, 2018

Shadow (Zhang Yimou) – 64, 2018
And Your Bird Can Sing (Sho Miyake) – 77, 2018
Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto) – 82, 2018
The Third Wife (Ash Mayfair) – 85, 2018
House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora) – 86, 2018
Storm in My Heart (Mark Cousins) – 92, 2018

Song Lang (Leon Le) – 100, 2018
Jam (Sabu) – 114, 2018
Savage (Cui Siwei) – 124, 2018
Hard-Core (Nobuhiro Yamashita) – 130, 2018
Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (Chuck Smith) – 135, 2018
Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03) (Norbert Pfaffenbichler) – 155, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino) -1,  2019
A Home with a View (Herman Yau) – 2, 2019
Lynch: A History (David Shields) – 3, 2019
The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch) – 4, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese) – 5, 2019

Deadwood: The Movie (Daniel Minahan) – 6, 2019
Jeux de plage (Aimi Natsuto) – 8, 2019
The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (Herman Yau) – 11, 2019
White Snake (Amp Wong & Zhao Ji) – 15, 2019
Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) – 16, 2019

Demolition Girl (Genta Matsugami) – 17,2019
Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley) – 19, 2019
John Wick 3: Parabellum (Chad Stahelski) – 20, 2019
Spider-Man: Far from Home (Jon Watts) – 21, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Stanley Nelson, Jr) – 23, 2019

Blue Hour (Yuko Hakota) – 25, 2019
Always By My Maybe (Nahnatchka Khan) – 26, 2019
Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch (Wong Jing & Jason Kwan) – 28, 2019
The Journalist (Michihito Fujii) – 2019
Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg) – 2019