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Monday, January 23, 2006

My Continually Updated Top 10 of Last Year!

My Continually Updated Top 10 of Last Year!
1. Jonathan Nossiter, Mondovino
2. Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know
3. Alex de la Iglesia, El crimen ferpecto
4. Wong Kar Wai, 2046
5. Andrew Bujalski, Funny Ha Ha
6. Arnaud Desplechin, Kings and Queen
7. Frank Ross, Quietly on By
8. Alain Resnais, Not on the Lips
9. Sumiko Haneda, Into the Picture Scroll: The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa
10. George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck

Very Honorable Mentions (In No Order):
Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle
Tetsuya Nakashima, Kamikaze Girls
Jim Jarmusch, Broken Flowers
Ke-Jia Zhang, The World
Dong-seok No, My Generation
Jean-Francois Richet, Assault on Precinct 13

Biggest Disappointment:

Richard Linklater, The Bad News Bears
Marco Tullio Giordana, Best of Youth

Best Male Leading Performance:
Guillermo Toledo, El crimen ferpecto
Tony Leung Chiu Wai, 2046
David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck

Best Female Leading Performance:

Patricia Clarkson, The Dying Gaul
Tao Zhao, The World
Emmanuelle Devos, La femme de Gilles and Kings and Queen

Best First Film: Tie between Me & You & Everyone We Know and Funny Ha Ha

Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan & Yiu-Fai Lai - 2046

Monday, January 09, 2006

Top Critics' Lists of the Year

The Village Voice gives us the complete run-down on what everybody thought about the year. Here's my favorite critics' thoughts:

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 10
1. The World
2. A History of Violence
3. Howl's Moving Castle
4. Yes
5. Capote
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Match Point
8. Saraband
9. Me & You & Everyone We Know
10. Broken Flowers

J. Hoberman's Top 10
1. A History of Violence
2. Last Days
3. Cafe Lumiere
4. Grizzly Man
5. Kings and Queen
6. The World
7. 2046
8. The Holy Girl
9. The Squid and the Whale
10. Tropical Malady

David Sterritt's Top 10
1. Saraband
2. Cache
3. A History of Violence
4. Capote
5. Good Night, and Good Luck
6. The Best of Youth
7. Syriana
8. Palindromes
9. Grizzly Man
10. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Dave Kehr's Top 10
1. Oldboy
2. The World
3. Tropical Malady
4. Kings and Queen
5. A History of Violence
6. The Ice Harvest
7. Palindromes
8. Kung Fu Hustle
9. Land of the Dead
10. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Recently Seen Movies

Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha (2003) (9/10)
Budd Boetticher's Seven Men from Now (1956) (7/10)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Kairo (Pulse) (2001) (9/10)
James Mangold's Walk the Line (2005) (6/10)
Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul (2005) (6/10)
Marco Tullio Giordana's The Best of Youth (2003) (7/10)
Samuel Fuller's Merrill's Marauders (1962) (6/10)
Fritz Lang's House by the River (1950) (7/10)
Nicholas Ray's They Live by Night (1948) (9/10)
Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase (1946) (6/10)
Robert Wise's The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (8/10)
Mikio Naruse's Street Without End (1934) (6/10)
Mikio Naruse's The Whole Family Works (1939) (7/10)
Johannes Brunner's Oktoberfest (2005) (5/10)
Mikio Naruse's A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo (1945) (6/10)
Mikio Naruse's The Song Lantern (1943) (6/10)
Mikio Naruse's Repast (1951) (8/10)
Mikio Naruse's Mother (1952) (7/10)
Arnaud Descplechin's Kings and Queen (2004) (9/10)