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  • Paris, Texas
  • The Thief Who Came to Dinner
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Last Night at the Alamo

Canonical Houstonical

19 films

the short, soggy palimpsest of a quiet metropolis

  • A Touch of Zen
  • Wake in Fright
  • The Long Day Closes
  • The Intruder
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • A Day in the Country
  • Tropical Malady
  • Late Spring
  • Teorema

BBC Non-English Poll pretend ballot

10 films

just for fun

--was aiming for breadth

--didn't consider silents but I guess they should count, this whole "breadth" alibi…

  • The Intruder
  • The New World
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Regular Lovers
  • Caché

2005 faves

10 films

Still haven't seen: Into Great Silence, The Sun, Three Times, The Wayward Cloud

  • The Headless Woman
  • Summer Hours
  • My Winnipeg
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Our Beloved Month of August

Best of 2008

20 films

Honorable mentions: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Wall-E, Waltz with Bashir

Still haven't seen: 24 City, Birdsong, Che, Julia, Just Anybody

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Neon Bull
  • The Runaways
  • The Final Girls

The Other F-Word

31 films

I seem to keep seeing movies with the word "fag" or "faggot" in them. Not that I think the word…

  • The Quatermass Xperiment
  • Planet of the Vampires
  • The Thing from Another World
  • Predator
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Termite Sci-Fi?

26 films

Asked on Twitter for some termite sci-fi--Farber, not Them!--because so much sci-fi nowadays is so luxuriously airy and pinned in…

  • Tropical Malady
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Triple Agent
  • Kings and Queen
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Best of 2004

10 films

Honorable mentions: Friday Night Lights, Mean Girls

Still haven't seen: Bad Education, Clean, Nobody Knows, Notre musique, The World

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Pulse
  • Mysterious Object at Noon

Best of 2001

10 films

Honorable mentions: I'm Going Home, Josie and the Pussycats, La libertad, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jauja
  • The Strange Little Cat
  • Inherent Vice
  • Phoenix

Top 10 of 2014

9 films

Strange list this year. It's just nine, because number one is actually Looking's "Looking for the Future." Not big on…

  • Poison
  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Floating Clouds
  • Youth of the Beast
  • Throne of Blood

My Top 20 Discoveries of 2016

20 films

With pretty pictures and word soup starting here:

  • I'm Not There.
  • There Will Be Blood
  • No Country for Old Men
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • Zodiac

Best of 2007

10 films

Commentary to come.

Honorable mentions: 3:10 to Yuma, Boarding Gate, Brand Upon the Brain!, The Duchess of Langeais, Rescue Dawn,…