2006 Film Diary

A day-by-day viewing log of my filmwatching habits in 2006, beginning with Alfonso Cuarón’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and ending with Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Tout Va Bien (1972).

Jan 1, 2006
Category: Film, Lists

Best Films of 2005

Of the ten best new films I saw this year, eight were festival screenings, and, of those, only two have a reasonable chance of making it to a theater here in Knoxville. I mention that in passing as a reminder of how these year-end best lists are shaped by distribution and by the brand of popular American film criticism that still ghettoizes the vast majority of world cinema into a single, convenient category, “Foreign Language Film.”

Dec 13, 2005
Category: Film, Lists

Five Spiritually Significant Films

The fine folks at the Arts and Faith discussion forum have cast their votes, crunched the numbers, and released their second annual list of the Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films. In honor of their fine work, I offer my own obvious and predictable Top 5 list.

Nov 25, 2005
Category: Film, Lists

Fifteen for Fifteen

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the IMDb has invited its editorial staff to submit their Top 15 Lists: 1990-2005. Never one to pass up an opportunity to obsess for a few days over such a challenge, I’ve put together a list of my own — a list joyfully free of editorial imposition, meaning that I can stretch and/or ignore even the most basic criteria/rules.

Oct 24, 2005
Category: Film, Lists

Movies, They’re Everywhere, Man. EVERYWHERE!

Last Thursday, Girish introduced me to a friend of his, a Toronto native who had just returned from Montreal, where he had seen 54 films at that festival. He had another 45 tickets in hand for TIFF. I don’t get it. I just left my 31st film (I think), and I’m exhausted. Completely.

Sep 16, 2005
Category: Film, Film Responses, Lists

2005 Film Diary

A day-by-day viewing log of my filmwatching habits in 2005, beginning with Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Sizzou (2004) and ending with Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale (2005).

Jan 2, 2005
Category: Film, Lists

Best Films of 2004

I’m paralyzed by the process of ranking films, but Café Lumière was an easy choice for favorite of the year. A transcendent film about transcendence, Hou’s homage to Ozu is a beautifully human piece, full of silence and grace and, most of all, curiosity.

Dec 20, 2004
Category: Film, Lists

They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?

The fine folks at They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? have done some more tweaking to their list of The 1,000 Greatest Films. You’ve got to admire their initiative. It’s like the movie fanatic’s Holy Grail.

Nov 18, 2004
Category: Film, Lists

DVD Beaver Listserv Top 20

I’ve participated in the DVDBeaver listserv since its inception. Gary Tooze created the list when several of us who posted frequently in the Movies section of the Home Heater Forum decided that we needed a place to talk privately about foreign and art films. Here is a compiled list of our favorite films.

May 18, 2004
Category: Film, Lists

2004 Film Diary

A day-by-day viewing log of my filmwatching habits in 2004, beginning with Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail (1972) and ending with Brad Silberling’s Lemony Snicket (2003).

Jan 2, 2004
Category: Lists