Best of Year

Best Films of 2015

Favorite Theatrical Releases Favorite films that had a one-week run in NYC during 2015. In order of preference. Carol (Todd Haynes) Horse Money (Pedro Costa) The Mend (John Magary) Phoenix (Christian Petzold) The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien) Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako) Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont) Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner) Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf) Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane […]

Best Films of 2014

Favorite Theatrical Releases Favorite films that had a one-week run in NYC during 2014. In order of preference. (The complete list can be found at Letterboxd.) The Immigrant (James Gray) The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher) Jealousy (Philippe Garrel) What Now? Remind Me (Joaquim Pinto) Norte, The End of History (Lav Diaz) Goodbye to Language […]

Favorite Films of the ’90s

Thanks to the AV Club, film nerds everywhere are declaring their favorite films of the 1990s. I spent all of five minutes on mine, which is why they’re alphabetized.

Best Films of 2012

With the latest redesign and relaunch of Long Pauses, I’ve decided to take a different approach. Rather than wait until December, I’m going to rank films as I see them. This is a work in progress.

Best Films of 2011

With the latest redesign and relaunch of Long Pauses, I’ve decided to take a different approach. Rather than wait until December, I’m going to rank films as I see them.

Best Films of 2010

This year, to determine eligibility I’ve decided to follow the “New York commercial release” rule, which means that this list has been culled from the 40 or so films I saw. Honestly, this Top 10 could be shuffled randomly and I’d probably be as satisfied with the results.

Best Films of 2009

I’ve now seen about 40 of the point-earning films from the 2009 IndieWire Critics Survey, which seems a reasonable enough number. I’ve taken the coward’s route and included eleven films because I just couldn’t decide which one to leave off.

Best Films of the Decade (2000-2009)

I’ll follow Tom Hall’s lead and call this my “Incredibly Personal, Completely Subjective List of the Best Films of The Decade.” Consider it a snapshot of my taste right now. Conspicuously absent are several filmmakers who made great films this decade but who, for whatever reasons — my age? critical backlash? the weather? — didn’t […]

Best Films of 2008

This year, for the first time, I submitted an official Top 10 list, abiding by the “one-week theatrical run in the States” rule.

Best Films of 2007

So here are ten favorites, in alphabetical order, with some honorable mentions thrown in, followed by my favorite discoveries of 2007.

Best Films of 2006

I find that I now approach the film blog-o-sphere in much the same way that I would behave if we all gathered face-to-face for a massive cocktail party. I grab my drink and find a quiet table over in the corner where I chat with the folks I’ve known the longest and the best and whose tastes are most similar to my own.

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.”

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.

Best Films of 2003

Living in Knoxville, Tennessee, with its two or three screens devoted to interesting fare, leaves me grossly ill-equipped to make sweeping generalizations about the year in film. The following, instead, is an odd mix of movies (or, more often, groups of movies) that I will probably forever associate with 2003.

Best Films of 2002

A year-end list originally published in Senses of Cinema.