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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 […]

Dec 17, 2015
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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 […]

Jan 1, 2015
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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.

Oct 10, 2012
Category: Film, Lists

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.

Jul 1, 2012
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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.

Jul 1, 2011
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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.

Dec 31, 2010
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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.

Jan 1, 2010
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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 […]

Dec 20, 2009
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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.

Jan 1, 2009
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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.

Dec 31, 2007
Category: Film, Lists