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Top Ten Films of 2021

10 films

It was with great joy that I got my shots and returned to watching movies in the theater this past…

  • Martin Eden
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Vitalina Varela
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • City Hall

2020 Top 10 new films

10 films

In the face of the grindingly glum year that just passed I hold up these 10 inspired newish films which…

  • Reds
  • Vitalina Varela
  • Cockfighter
  • The Silent Partner
  • Regeneration

Top 10 Shelter-in-Place 2020

10 films

The other day I passed my 50th film watched since March 17th, when the SIP decree went into effect in…

  • The Nightingale
  • Ad Astra
  • Parasite
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Uncut Gems

Top 10 Theatrical 2019

10 films

My much ruminated-over top 10 favorite newish movies seen theatrically in 2019, with commentary. These are the ones that made…

  • Good Manners
  • Mandy
  • First Reformed
  • Roma
  • Zama

Top 10 Theatrical, 2018

10 films

While the year is not over and there are still films I haven't seen (like The Favourite) that I'm sure…

  • The Shape of Water
  • Rat Film
  • Detroit
  • Good Time
  • Nocturama

Top 10 Theatrical 2017

10 films

My list of top 10 favorite films from 2017.

To be considered for this list, a movie had to be:…

  • Out 1
  • Knightriders
  • The Lusty Men
  • Losing Ground
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Top 10 2016: Favorite rep screenings

11 films

The following is a list of my fave rep or revival screenings, many of which I was fortunate enough to…

  • Li'l Quinquin
  • Juggernaut
  • Vera Cruz
  • Repo Man
  • My Beautiful Laundrette

Favorite 10 movies from the Library in 2016

10 films

The San Francisco Public Library's DVD collection always surprises and delights with it's variety and curatorial richness. Whenever I feel…

  • The Assassin
  • Inherent Vice
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Jauja
  • Tangerine

Favorite 10 theatrical 2015

10 films

My favorite films from 2015. These are the ones that moved me, surprised me, left me in awe, occasionally made…

  • Stagecoach
  • Cape Fear
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Scarface

Don't call it a reboot: Remakes of sometimes classic films that I like

11 films

It's a cherished pastime of amatuer and professional cinephiles to moan about the creative bankruptcy inherent in remaking another film,…