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Best of 2023

10 films

My favorite movies of 2023 as watched in 2023. This will change a lot over the course of the year.…

  • Have Sword, Will Travel
  • The Heroic Ones
  • Vengeance!
  • The Anonymous Heroes
  • The Deadly Duo

Shout Factory Ti Lung / David Chiang Collection

12 films

Because I couldn’t find one and it’s nice to be able to add a whole list of movies to your…

  • Border
  • Sin Nombre
  • Flee
  • Writing with Fire
  • Network

Boofest 2024

40 films

Wherein michele_blue and I have a running Friday movie date. The rules:

1. We alternate selections (she went first this…

  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Master
  • Crash
  • Tokyo Story
  • Beau Travail

Top 100

92 films

The first ten are my top ten but it’s not in order past that.

Currently in a bit of flux;…

  • Laura
  • Body Snatchers
  • Paprika
  • No Way Out
  • Freaks

Criterion Departures

7 films

Usually derived from EL’s list of departures.

  • The Headless Woman
  • 3 Women
  • Raining in the Mountain
  • The Suspect
  • Thunder on the Hill

Missed Criterion Departures

13 films

You could think of this as a list of failures, or you could think of it as a list to…

  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • Time Without Pity
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • High and Low
  • The American Friend


9 films

Abbreviated Noirvember, since I’m taking a week off for Thanksgiving. michele_blue and I each made a list, then we distilled…

  • Mary and Max
  • Black Swan
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • The Social Network
  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story


31 films

“But what should I rennnnnt?”

This is my list of movies to rent at Scarecrow Video, to avoid staring at…

  • The Letter
  • Rebecca
  • Stranger on the Third Floor
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Shadow of a Doubt

Jess Nevins Films Noir 101

31 films

Derived from Jess Nevins' Films Noir 101 blog post of November 2023, with permission.

  • Ganja & Hess
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Let the Right One In
  • Nosferatu
  • Near Dark

Vampires I Have Known and Loved

36 films


- Western vampires only, so no Mr. Vampire - Must be about vampires, not just include them, so no…

  • All the King's Men
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • The Fifth Horseman Is Fear
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Z

On Authoritarianism

26 films

This is a working personal canon; I haven’t seen a few of these and I may have forgotten others that…

  • Crash
  • Videodrome
  • Dead Ringers
  • Crimes of the Future
  • A History of Violence

Cronenberg Ranked

16 films

No, I haven’t seen The Fly yet. Full length films only.