Thursday, December 31, 2009

50 greatest films & videos of the 2000's

frame enlargements from Robert Breer's What Goes Up

Here is my favorite 50 films made between 2000-2010.

One film per film-maker. In a very arbitrary order of preference:

  1. What Goes Up (2003) - Robert Breer
  2. Three Times (2005) - Hou Hsiao-hsien
  3. The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him (2000) - Stan Brakhage
  4. Un Lac (2009) - Philippe Grandrieux
  5. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000) - Jonas Mekas
  6. Poetry and Truth (2003) - Peter Kubelka
  7. Glider (2001) - Ernie Gehr
  8. Corpus Callosum (2002) - Michael Snow
  9. Miami Vice (2006) - Michael Mann
  10. Worldly Desires (2005) - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  11. 'R Xmas (2001) - Abel Ferrara
  12. Yi Yi (2000) - Edward Yang
  13. Chats perchés (2004) - Chris Marker
  14. Ten Videos: 3 (2006) - Kyle Canterbury
  15. Le silence de Lorna (2008) - Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  16. Va savoir (2001) - Jacques Rivette
  17. The Decay of Fiction (2002) - Pat O'Neill
  18. The Legend of Nile (2009) - Eytan Ipeker
  19. L'arrotino (2001) - Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub
  20. Two Lovers (2008) - James Gray
  21. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) - Claude Lanzmann
  22. Kedma (2002) - Amos Gitai
  23. A Talking Picture (2003) - Manoel de Oliveira
  24. Süt (2008) - Semih Kaplanoğlu
  25. İklimler (2006) - Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  26. Le Temps Qui Reste (2005) - François Ozon
  27. Still Life (2006) - Jia Zhang Ke
  28. Zodiac (2007) - David Fincher
  29. 30 Days of Night (2007) - David Slade
  30. Grizzly Man (2005) - Werner Herzog
  31. Ohio Postcard (2009) - Ekrem Serdar
  32. The Host (2006) - Bong Joon-ho
  33. Lachrymae (2000) - Brian Frye
  34. Eureka (2000) - Shinji Aoyama
  35. Breaking News (2004) - Johnnie To
  36. Vicdan (2008) - Erden Kıral
  37. Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (2001) - Pedro Costa
  38. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) - Roy Andersson
  39. EVO (2002) - Oliver Hockenhull
  40. La fille coupée en deux (2007) - Claude Chabrol
  41. Ten (2002) - Abbas Kiarostami
  42. The New World (2005) - Terrence Malick
  43. The Edge of Love (2008) - John Maybury
  44. Engulfment (3) (2009) - Adam Rokhsar
  45. Russian Ark (2002) - Alexander Sokurov
  46. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006) - Tsai Ming-liang
  47. La frontière de l'aube (2008) - Philippe Garrel
  48. Tatil Kitabı (2008) - Seyfi Teoman
  49. Buffalo Postcard (for Ekrem) (2009) - Can Eskinazi
  50. Orchard (2004) - Julie Murray

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 50 Greatest Films

Iain Stott of The One-Line Review kindly asked me to participate in a poll for The 50 Greatest Films of all times. After giving it some thought, and working on the list for a while, this is what I came up with, together with my introductory note:





This is an arbitrary selection of my fifty favorite movies... As a result of not limiting myself to one film per filmmaker, other great artists such as Harry Smith, Jonas Mekas, King Vidor, Vincente Minnelli, Robert Aldrich, Carl Dreyer, Jacques Rivette, Chris Marker, Bruce Baillie, Ernie Gehr, Christopher Maclaine, Louis Lumière, Buster Keaton, Jean Epstein, Raoul Walsh, Josef von Sternberg, Jack Chambers, etc. were left out. This is more or less where things stand for me as of June 30th 2009:

  1. Il messia (1975) - Roberto Rossellini
  2. India: Matri Bhumi (1959) - Roberto Rossellini
  3. What goes up (2003) - Robert Breer
  4. Socrate (1971) - Roberto Rossellini
  5. Cartesius (1974) - Roberto Rossellini
  6. Viva l'Italia! (1961) - Roberto Rossellini
  7. Bang! (1986) - Robert Breer
  8. LMNO (1979) - Robert Breer
  9. Viaggio in Italia (1954) - Roberto Rossellini
  10. Faust (1926) - F.W. Murnau
  11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  12. Au hasard Balthazar (1966) - Robert Bresson
  13. La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) - Roberto Rossellini
  14. Intolerance (1916) - D.W. Griffith
  15. Sophie's Place (1986) - Larry Jordan
  16. The Art of Vision (1965) - Stan Brakhage
  17. Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980) - Robert Breer
  18. El Dorado (1966) - Howard Hawks
  19. Life of Oharu (1952) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  20. L'argent (1983) - Robert Bresson
  21. Rio Bravo (1959) - Howard Hawks
  22. Donovan's Reef (1963) - John Ford
  23. Beaubourg, centre d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (1977) - Roberto Rossellini
  24. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) - Roberto Rossellini
  25. I... (1995) - Stan Brakhage
  26. Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) - Stan Brakhage
  27. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - John Ford
  28. Agostino d'Ippona (1972) - Roberto Rossellini
  29. The Tarnished Angels (1958) - Douglas Sirk
  30. Miss Oyu (1951) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  31. Gulls and Buoys (1972) - Robert Breer
  32. Three Times (2005) - Hou Hsiao Hsien
  33. Mr. Frenhofer and the Minotaur (1949) - Sidney Peterson
  34. Chimes at Midnight (1965) - Orson Welles
  35. The Petrified Dog (1948) - Sidney Peterson
  36. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969) - Larry Jordan
  37. 69 (1968) - Robert Breer
  38. ...Reel Three (1998) - Stan Brakhage
  39. Blow Job (1963) - Andy Warhol
  40. In Harm's Way (1965) - Otto Preminger
  41. The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him (2000) - Stan Brakhage
  42. The Lion and the Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels (1999) - Stan Brakhage
  43. The Loom (1986) - Stan Brakhage
  44. Arnulf Rainer (1960) - Peter Kubelka
  45. Millennium Mambo (2001) - Hou Hsiao Hsien
  46. Fantômas (1913) - Louis Feuillade
  47. The Last Laugh (1924) - F.W. Murnau
  48. The Potted Psalm (1946) - Sidney Peterson
  49. The Horse Soldiers (1959) - John Ford
  50. Zorns Lemma (1970) - Hollis Frampton


There are four lists I find inspiring: Edo Choi, Jack Angstreich, Mike Grost, Dan Sallitt

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