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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.”
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.