Decade Top Tens

Films, Features, Mid-Lengths, Shorts

Ten Favorite Moving-Image Works

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  4. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  5. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  7. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  8. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  9. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  10. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)

2020s

  1. DRIVE MY CAR (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  2. MEMORIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  3. WALK UP (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (Adam Curtis)
  5. PACIFICTION (Albert Serra)
  6. THE NOVELIST’S FILM (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. DAYS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. THE WORKS AND DAYS (OF TAYOKO SHIOJIRI IN THE SHIOTANI BASIN) (C.W. Winter & Anders Edström)
  9. WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (Alexandre Koberidze)
  10. EO (Jerzy Skolimowski)

2010s

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. YOURSELF AND YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch)
  5. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  6. MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz)
  7. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. ASAKO I & II (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  9. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

2000s

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke)
  6. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  7. OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin)
  8. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  9. SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki Hayao)
  10. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

1990s

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  4. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: “TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.” (Anno Hideaki)
  6. COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY (Peter Chan)
  7. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  8. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  9. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  10. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)

1980s

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. L’ARGENT (Robert Bresson)
  3. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  4. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  5. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  6. BEIJING WATERMELON (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  7. PEKING OPERA BLUES (Tsui Hark)
  8. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  9. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  10. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)

1970s

  1. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  2. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  3. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (Jacques Rivette)
  4. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)
  5. PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Éric Rohmer)
  6. FEMMES FEMMES (Paul Vecchiali)
  7. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  8. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  9. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  10. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)

1960s

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
  3. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  4. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  5. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  6. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  7. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  8. HIGH AND LOW (Kurosawa Akira)
  9. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  10. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)

1950s

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. SEVEN SAMURAI (Kurosawa Akira)
  4. DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones)
  5. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Howard Hawks)
  6. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  7. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  8. A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
  9. TOKYO STORY (Ozu Yasujirō)
  10. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)

1940s

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. LATE SPRING (Ozu Yasujirō)
  4. LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (Max Ophuls)
  5. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  6. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  7. THE HEIRESS (William Wyler)
  8. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN (Fei Mu)
  10. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)

1930s

  1. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  4. RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Leo McCarey)
  5. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
  6. M (Fritz Lang)
  7. SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  9. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)
  10. FURY (Fritz Lang)

1920s

  1. SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (F.W. Murnau)
  2. NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance)
  3. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  5. THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton)
  6. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  7. THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  9. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  10. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)

Pre-1920s

  1. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  2. WORKERS LEAVING THE LUMIÈRE FACTORY IN LYON (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  3. TIH-MINH (Louis Feuillade)
  4. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)
  5. THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY (D.W. Griffith)
  6. THE ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN AT LA CIOTAT STATION (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  7. THE SPRINKLER SPRINKLED (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  8. TUNNELING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL (Georges Méliès)
  9. THE BLACK IMP (Georges Méliès)
  10. A TRIP TO THE MOON (Georges Méliès)

Films Only

Ten Favorite Films

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  4. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  5. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  7. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  8. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  9. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  10. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)

2020s

  1. DRIVE MY CAR (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  2. MEMORIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  3. WALK UP (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (Adam Curtis)
  5. PACIFICTION (Albert Serra)
  6. THE NOVELIST’S FILM (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. DAYS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. THE WORKS AND DAYS (OF TAYOKO SHIOJIRI IN THE SHIOTANI BASIN) (C.W. Winter & Anders Edström)
  9. WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (Alexandre Koberidze)
  10. EO (Jerzy Skolimowski)

2010s

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. YOURSELF AND YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch)
  5. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  6. MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz)
  7. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. ASAKO I & II (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  9. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

2000s

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke)
  6. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  7. OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin)
  8. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  9. SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki Hayao)
  10. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

1990s

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  4. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY (Peter Chan)
  6. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  7. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  8. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  9. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  10. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)

1980s

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. L’ARGENT (Robert Bresson)
  3. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  4. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  5. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  6. BEIJING WATERMELON (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  7. PEKING OPERA BLUES (Tsui Hark)
  8. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  9. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  10. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)

1970s

  1. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  2. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  3. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (Jacques Rivette)
  4. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)
  5. PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Éric Rohmer)
  6. FEMMES FEMMES (Paul Vecchiali)
  7. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  8. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  9. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  10. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)

1960s

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
  3. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  4. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  5. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  6. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  7. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  8. HIGH AND LOW (Kurosawa Akira)
  9. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  10. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)

1950s

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. SEVEN SAMURAI (Kurosawa Akira)
  4. DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones)
  5. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Howard Hawks)
  6. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  7. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  8. A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
  9. TOKYO STORY (Ozu Yasujirō)
  10. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)

1940s

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. LATE SPRING (Ozu Yasujirō)
  4. LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (Max Ophuls)
  5. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  6. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  7. THE HEIRESS (William Wyler)
  8. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN (Fei Mu)
  10. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)

1930s

  1. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  4. RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Leo McCarey)
  5. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
  6. M (Fritz Lang)
  7. SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  9. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)
  10. FURY (Fritz Lang)

1920s

  1. SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (F.W. Murnau)
  2. NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance)
  3. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  5. THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton)
  6. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  7. THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  9. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  10. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)

Pre-1920s

  1. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  2. WORKERS LEAVING THE LUMIÈRE FACTORY IN LYON (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  3. TIH-MINH (Louis Feuillade)
  4. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)
  5. THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY (D.W. Griffith)
  6. THE ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN AT LA CIOTAT STATION (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  7. THE SPRINKLER SPRINKLED (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  8. TUNNELING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL (Georges Méliès)
  9. THE BLACK IMP (Georges Méliès)
  10. A TRIP TO THE MOON (Georges Méliès)

Features Only

Ten Favorite Feature Films

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  4. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  5. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  7. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  8. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  9. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  10. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)

2020s

  1. DRIVE MY CAR (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  2. MEMORIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  3. WALK UP (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (Adam Curtis)
  5. PACIFICTION (Albert Serra)
  6. THE NOVELIST’S FILM (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. DAYS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. THE WORKS AND DAYS (OF TAYOKO SHIOJIRI IN THE SHIOTANI BASIN) (C.W. Winter & Anders Edström)
  9. WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (Alexandre Koberidze)
  10. EO (Jerzy Skolimowski)

2010s

  1. LA FLOR (Mariano Llinás)
  2. YOURSELF AND YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang)
  4. TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch)
  5. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke)
  6. MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Raúl Ruiz)
  7. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. ASAKO I & II (Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
  9. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

2000s

  1. YI YI (Edward Yang)
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch)
  3. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
  4. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke)
  6. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee)
  7. OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin)
  8. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg)
  9. SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki Hayao)
  10. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

1990s

  1. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)
  2. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. HEAT (Michael Mann)
  4. THE HOLE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY (Peter Chan)
  6. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch)
  7. TRUST (Hal Hartley)
  8. MAHJONG (Edward Yang)
  9. CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami)
  10. DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai)

1980s

  1. SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker)
  2. L’ARGENT (Robert Bresson)
  3. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
  4. THE KILLER (John Woo)
  5. A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  6. BEIJING WATERMELON (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
  7. PEKING OPERA BLUES (Tsui Hark)
  8. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
  9. MANHUNTER (Michael Mann)
  10. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)

1970s

  1. A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)
  2. CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  3. OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE (Jacques Rivette)
  4. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache)
  5. PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS (Éric Rohmer)
  6. FEMMES FEMMES (Paul Vecchiali)
  7. INDIA SONG (Marguerite Duras)
  8. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch)
  9. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman)
  10. DIRTY HO (Lau Kar-leung)

1960s

  1. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy)
  2. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais)
  3. DRAGON INN (King Hu)
  4. MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN (Alain Resnais)
  5. GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  6. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  7. HIGH AND LOW (Kurosawa Akira)
  8. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy)
  9. PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. THE LOVE ETERNE (Li Han-hsiang)

1950s

  1. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton)
  2. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. SEVEN SAMURAI (Kurosawa Akira)
  4. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Howard Hawks)
  5. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi Kenji)
  6. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
  7. TOKYO STORY (Ozu Yasujirō)
  8. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)
  10. PYAASA (Guru Dutt)

1940s

  1. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles)
  2. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli)
  3. LATE SPRING (Ozu Yasujirō)
  4. LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (Max Ophuls)
  5. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
  6. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks)
  7. THE HEIRESS (William Wyler)
  8. NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN (Fei Mu)
  10. THE BIG SLEEP (Howard Hawks)

1930s

  1. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
  2. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
  3. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
  4. RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Leo McCarey)
  5. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
  6. M (Fritz Lang)
  7. SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  9. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)
  10. FURY (Fritz Lang)

1920s

  1. SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (F.W. Murnau)
  2. NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance)
  3. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. SPIONE (Fritz Lang)
  5. THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton)
  6. GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
  7. THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (Josef von Sternberg)
  8. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Fritz Lang)
  9. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  10. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)

Pre-1920s

  1. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  2. TIH-MINH (Louis Feuillade)
  3. FANTÔMAS (Louis Feuillade)
  4. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith)

Mid-Lengths Only

Ten Favorite Mid-Length Films

  1. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  2. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  3. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  4. ZORNS LEMMA (Michael Snow)
  5. GRASS (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
  7. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  8. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  9. HILL OF FREEDOM (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)

2020s

  1. SECTION 1 (Jon Bois)
  2. EARTHEARTHEARTH (Saïto Daïchi)
  3. INTRODUCTION (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. EVENTIDE (Sharon Lockhart)
  5. THERE ARE NOT THIRTY-SIX WAYS OF SHOWING A MAN GETTING ON A HORSE. (Nicolás Zukerfeld)
  6. EDUCATION (Steve McQueen)
  7. FIRST TIME [THE TIME FOR ALL BUT SUNSET – VIOLET] (Nicolaas Schmidt)
  8. RAMPART (Marko Grba Singh)
  9. WILL-O’-THE-WISP (João Pedro Rodrigues)
  10. ALEX WHEATLE (Steve McQueen)

2010s

  1. GRASS (Hong Sang-soo)
  2. HILL OF FREEDOM (Hong Sang-soo)
  3. THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matías Piñeiro)
  4. NO NO SLEEP (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. ARAGANE (Oda Kaori)
  6. CLAIRE’S CAMERA (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. THE GRAND BIZARRE (Jodie Mack)
  8. JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Tsai Ming-liang)
  9. A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN (Guillaume Brac)
  10. CLASSICAL PERIOD (Ted Fendt)

2000s

  1. IT FELT LIKE A KISS (Adam Curtis)
  2. THE HAND (Wong Kar-wai)
  3. DISORDER (Huang Weikai)
  4. THROUGH THE FOREST (Jean-Paul Civeyrac)
  5. L’IDIOT (Pierre Léon)
  6. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)
  8. LOOKING FOR TSAI (Patrik Eriksson & Erik Hemmendorff)
  9. PETITE CONVERSATION FAMILIALE (Hélène Lapiower)
  10. DONG (Jia Zhangke)

1990s

  1. SURVIVING DESIRE (Hal Hartley)
  2. U.S. GO HOME (Claire Denis)
  3. LA VIE DES MORTS (Arnaud Desplechin)
  4. THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA (Stan Brakhage)
  5. NITRATE KISSES (Barbara Hammer)
  6. XIAO SHAN GOING HOME (Jia Zhangke)

1980s

  1. STANDARD GAUGE (Morgan Fisher)
  2. CONTACT (Alan Clarke)
  3. LES SIÈGES DE L’ALCAZAR (Luc Moullet)
  4. AMERICAN DREAMS (LOST AND FOUND) (James Benning)

1970s

  1. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  2. ZORNS LEMMA (Hollis Frampton)
  3. THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (Raúl Ruiz)
  4. THE BENCH OF DESOLATION (Claude Chabrol)
  5. POETIC JUSTICE (Hollis Frampton)
  6. BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (Joan Micklin Silver)
  7. ITALIANAMERICAN (Martin Scorsese)
  8. FROM THESE ROOTS (William Greaves)
  9. LIZA WITH A Z (Bob Fosse)
  10. THE INNER SCAR (Philippe Garrel)

1960s

  1. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
  2. THE IMMORTAL STORY (Orson Welles)
  3. NOT RECONCILED (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  4. BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène)
  5. THE WAR GAME (Peter Watkins)
  6. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel)
  7. THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker)
  8. THE BRIG (Jonas Mekas)
  9. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson)
  10. PASAZERKA (Andrzej Munk)

1950s

  1. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  2. STATUES ALSO DIE (Alain Resnais & Chris Marker & Ghislain Cloquet)
  3. UNE SIMPLE HISTOIRE (Marcel Hanoun)

1940s

  1. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Jacques Tourneur)
  2. DETOUR (Edgar G. Ulmer)
  3. THE LEOPARD MAN (Jacques Tourneur)

1930s

  1. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Jean Renoir)
  2. THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (Charles Brabin)

1920s

  1. SEVEN CHANCES (Buster Keaton)
  2. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  3. SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton)
  4. THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (Germaine Dulac)
  5. MÉNILMONTANT (Dimitri Kirshoff)

Shorts Only

Ten Favorite Short Films

  1. LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
  2. DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones)
  3. WORKERS LEAVING THE LUMIÈRE FACTORY IN LYON (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  4. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  5. ALL MY LIFE (Bruce Baillie)
  6. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  7. OUTER SPACE (Peter Tscherkassky)
  8. THE HOUSE IS BLACK (Forough Farrokhzad)
  9. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid)
  10. THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY (D.W. Griffith)

2010s

  1. NO NO SLEEP (Tsai Ming-liang)
  2. ENGRAM OF RETURNING (Saïto Daïchi)
  3. ARBORETUM CYCLE (Nathaniel Dorsky)
  4. TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (Kevin B. Lee)
  5. LIST (Hong Sang-soo)
  6. SHAKTI (Martín Rejtman)
  7. THE HEDONISTS (Jia Zhangke)
  8. REDEMPTION (Miguel Gomes)
  9. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (Jodie Mack)
  10. NIGHT WITHOUT DISTANCE (Lois Patiño)

2000s

  1. THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Guy Maddin)
  2. TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS (Saïto Daïchi)
  3. ORIGINS OF THE 21ST CENTURY (Jean-Luc Godard)
  4. THE FOLLOW (Wong Kar-wai)
  5. THE SKYWALK IS GONE (Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. ( ) (Morgan Fisher)
  8. CRY ME A RIVER (Jia Zhangke)
  9. TEXTISM (Hirabayashi Isamu)
  10. GREEN FUSE (Saïto Daïchi)

1990s

  1. OUTER SPACE (Peter Tscherkassky)
  2. JE VOUS SALUE, SARAJEVO (Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. PREMONITIONS FOLLOWING AN EVIL DEED (David Lynch)
  4. WHEN IT RAINS (Charles Burnett)
  5. AMBITION (Hal Hartley)
  6. BLACK ICE (Stan Brakhage)
  7. AM MEER (Ute Aurand)
  8. THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA (Stan Brakhage)
  9. THEORY OF ACHIEVEMENT (Hal Hartley)
  10. JOY STREET (Suzan Pitt)

1980s

  1. STANDARD GAUGE (Morgan Fisher)
  2. NIGHT MUSIC (Stan Brakhage)
  3. EXPECTATIONS (Edward Yang)
  4. ORDERLY OR DISORDERLY (Abbas Kiarostami)
  5. CAT LISTENING TO MUSIC (Chris Marker)
  6. EIN BILD (Harun Farocki)
  7. THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS (Stan Brakhage)
  8. THE BIRTH OF MAGELLAN I: CADENZA I (Hollis Frampton)
  9. EN RACHÂCHANT (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  10. NEW YORK STORY (Jackie Raynal)

1970s

  1. (NOSTALGIA) (Hollis Frampton)
  2. SERENE VELOCITY (Ernie Gehr)
  3. POETIC JUSTICE (Hollis Frampton)
  4. ASPARAGUS (Suzan Pitt)
  5. CRITICAL MASS (Hollis Frampton)
  6. ASSOCIATIONS (John Smith)
  7. INTRODUCTION TO ARNOLD SCHOENBERG’S “ACCOMPANIMENT TO A CINEMATOGRAPHIC SCENE” (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
  8. PROJECTION INSTRUCTIONS (Morgan Fisher)
  9. LA SOUFRIÈRE (Werner Herzog)
  10. WONG SINSAANG (Eddie Wong)

1960s

  1. LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
  2. ALL MY LIFE (Bruce Baillie)
  3. THE HOUSE IS BLACK (Forough Farrokhzad)
  4. MOTHLIGHT (Stan Brakhage)
  5. ALLURES (Jordan Belson)
  6. DOG STAR MAN (Stan Brakhage)
  7. ARNULF RAINER (Peter Kubelka)
  8. COSMIC RAY (Bruce Conner)
  9. THE NAIL CLIPPERS (Jean-Claude Carriére)
  10. CASTRO STREET (Bruce Baillie)

1950s

  1. DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones)
  2. NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
  3. LE CHANT DU STYRÈNE (Alain Resnais)
  4. DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24½TH CENTURY (Chuck Jones)
  5. RABBIT SEASONING (Chuck Jones)
  6. A MOVIE (Bruce Conner)
  7. RABBIT OF SEVILLE (Chuck Jones)
  8. PESCHERECCI (Vittorio De Seta)
  9. SURFARARA (Vittorio De Seta)
  10. OPERATION: RABBIT (Chuck Jones)

1940s

  1. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid)
  2. FIREWORKS (Kenneth Anger)
  3. RADIO DYNAMICS (Oskar Fischinger)

1930s

  1. ROSE HOBART (Joseph Cornell)

1920s

  1. UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Luis Buñuel)
  2. RAIN (Joris Ivens & Mannus Franken)
  3. MÉNILMONTANT (Dimitri Kirshoff)
  4. BALLET MÉCHANIQUE (Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy)
  5. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 9413, A HOLLYWOOD EXTRA (Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich)
  6. LIBERTY (Leo McCarey)
  7. RECORD 957 (Germaine Dulac)
  8. BRUMES D’AUTOMNE (Dimitri Kirshoff)
  9. TOKYO MARCH (Kenji Mizoguchi)

Pre-1920s

  1. WORKERS LEAVING THE LUMIÈRE FACTORY IN LYON (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  2. THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY (D.W. Griffith)
  3. THE ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN AT LA CIOTAT STATION (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  4. THE SPRINKLER SPRINKLED (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  5. TUNNELING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL (Georges Méliès)
  6. THE BLACK IMP (Georges Méliès)
  7. A TRIP TO THE MOON (Georges Méliès)
  8. THE BABY’S MEAL (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  9. BOAT LEAVING THE PORT (Louis & Auguste Lumière)
  10. THE UNCHANGING SEA (D.W. Griffith)

Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave finds Park Chan-wook burrowing into, if not entirely new territory for South Korea’s preeminent crime filmmaker, then the foundations of his strongest aspects. The bifurcated telling of a detective’s (Park Hae-il) continuously shifting relationship with the wife (Tang Wei) of his latest investigation’s decedent, it operates almost polyrhythmically, letting the dead ends and often humorous tangents inherent to a bewildering murder case play out while remaining intently precise in its dealings with the beats from shot to shot. The visual schema constantly dazzles, employing bold diagonals, distorted and unexpected POVs, and superimpositions of digital information that playfully carries the film along its deliberately mirroring halves. But the true heart of the film rests in its potent riff on Vertigo, where identity is shaped along more ambiguous lines, and, above all, Tang’s performance, surely among the greatest by an actor not primarily speaking in their native language. Her capacity for simultaneous seeming total transparency and opacity molds the emotional tenors of the film, rendering it a tentative romance where the words — spoken in Korean or Mandarin — take on so many other unintended resonances. The entirely appropriate ending rings with such force because of the care and confidence placed in the proceedings, an exquisitely enigmatic dance which must end in the only way possible.

Triangle of Sadness

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning The Square epitomizes a certain contradiction: he is a director who I wish I didn’t like as much as I do. In its tripartite narrative, which follows the disintegration of a relationship over the course of increasingly absurd circumstances, Triangle of Sadness does, all things considered, have little else on its mind aside from the skewering of the nouveau riche as their environments get turned upside down by machinery, unwelcome workers, and eventually the natural world itself. But while Östlund’s aims are fairly pat, aside from a late-breaking development which productively deepens the complexities of otherwise steadily declining relationships, his skill lies in the actual orchestration of his scenes, and in the touches of comedy that arise from carefully placed running gags. As might be expected from such a scattershot approach, the good and the bad (and the ugly) intermix freely throughout, often in the same scene. Östlund’s spare aesthetic, mostly conveyed in long shot, and his facility with actors as anchoring presences — in The Square Claes Bang; here, Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean, with Dolly de Leon coming to the fore in the last, crucially distended third — helps unite many of these sequences. And on some level, I find such devices as a woman who can only speak one German phrase, the elevation of aerosolized water to a necessary part of survival, and the sight of Woody Harrelson (as the Communist captain of the yacht which serves as the setting of the second act) and a Russian manure baron totally soused, reading Marx quotes back at each other over the intercom as the boat is battered by ocean waves irresistibly funny; your mileage will certainly vary.

Three Thousand Years of Longing

George Miller’s return to feature filmmaking after his career’s apotheosis Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) trades that film’s tactility and near-relentless narrative drive for something much more fantastical and circular, with largely mixed results. While Three Thousand Years of Longing takes as its jumping-off point the extended encounter between a narratologist (Tilda Swinton) and the djinn she unwittingly unleashes (Idris Elba), the film moves with uncertainty between their present-day hotel room and the simulacra of ancient times that the genie has experienced. Each of the three stories he tells revolves around the circumstances in which he was imprisoned, feeling free to meander through the massive, beautiful, and uncanny digital structures and the somewhat weaker stories, which vary between the joy of learning and the delight in grotesquerie. It truly is unfortunate that Miller’s worthy but limited effort — by his gleefully maximalist sensibilities that overwhelm the delicate tête-à-tête; by first too little, then too much footage of the present day; by a romance that, while affecting generally and carried out well by the two actors, feels schematic — came out just a year after Memoria. The fear and trembling in the face of the supernatural/extraterrestrial that Swinton conveyed so potently there reappears here in attenuated form; there is even a scene where the djinn acts as a radio receiver for all the noises of the modern world. Three Thousand Years of Longing and Miller himself are best in the moment, in little tricks and teleological progressions, which only inconsistently come to the surface here.