2009 in Review

Looking back on this year, I actually saw quite a few films I’d now count among my very favourites. It is strange looking back, because I didn’t even realize I had seen some of these so recently… time really flies. Unfortunately, my list making probably will not be as complete as last year, as I still haven’t gotten the files off of my old laptop which included my viewings for most of the year. I’m working mostly from my top 5 of the month lists and my record of viewings since about mid-July. I’m also omitting all 2009 releases, because that’ll be another list for another day.

Last year I posted a few film goals, and mostly, I failed at them completely. To break it down;

Zulawski- 2 Films

Budd Boetticher- 0 films

French Cinema- innumerable

John Cassavetes- 2 films

John Ford- 3 films

Luis Bunuel- 1 Film

Rainer Werner Fassbinder- 0 films

Taiwanese New Wave – 0 films (Ithink)

The Films of Jane Fonda- 0 Films

Yasujiro Ozu- 1 film

Best Films I saw for the first time in 2009

20. Claire’s Knee (Rohmer, 1970)

19. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Argento, 1970)

18. The Champ (Vidor, 1931)

17. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (Kieslowski, 1993)

16. Faust (Murnau, 1926)

15. Heroes for Sale (Wellman, 1931)

14. Last Summer (Perry, 1969)

13. Orlando (Potter, 1992)

12. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)

11. Mother Joan of the Angels (Kawalerowicz, 1961)

10. Other Men’s Women (Wellman, 1931)

9. Dead Man (Jarmusch, 1995)

8. Les Bons Debarras (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)

7. Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! (Meyer, 1965)

6. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine, 2008)

5. Two-Lane Black Top (Hellman, 1971)

4. Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984)

3. The Servant (Losey, 1963)

2. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Lynch, 1992)

1. Make Way for Tomorrow (McCarey, 1937)

10 filmmakers I want to explore/discover in 2010

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (seen 1)

Gilles Carle (seen 1)

Arnaud Desplechin (seen 1)

Alain Resnais (seen 1 feature)

Alain Robbe Grillet (seen 0)

Raoul Ruiz (seen 0)

Carl Theodor Dreyer (seen 2)

Jerry Lewis (seen 0)

Monte Hellman (seen 1)

Robert Bresson (seen 0)


More tidbits!

First Film I saw in 2010

Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo, 1973)


Five Best Films I saw in December

Le Confessional (LePage, 1995)

The Devils (Russell, 1971)

Flight of the Red Balloon (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 2007)

Marked Woman (Lloyd Bacon, 1937)

The Time of the Wolf (Haneke, 2003)


More end of 2009 lists!


Tongue-Tied Lightning

The Yellow Brick Road

Mango Mango Mango Mango

11 responses to “2009 in Review

  1. A fantastic set of ‘screencaps’– you have such a very fine eye for capturing evocative still images!

    I’m sorry Claire’s Knee only came in 20 but very gratified that Twin Peaks:FWwM scored very high. As for McCarey, the late Robin Wood (died Dec 18th) would be warmly gratified, as he admitted only Hawks as his rival in Hollywood comedy.

  2. “Flight of the Red Balloon” is by a Taiwanese filmmaker, so you sort of made your goal. Let me recommend another a “discovery” for me, Zero Chou. I’ve seen three films by her this past year.

  3. I just discovered this blog, and I’m very happy to see someone with similar tastes and movie-watching practices. Fassbinder is a definite yes; I can’t tell what movie that screen shot is from, but Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, the BRD Trilogy, and once you’re hooked, go for Berlin Alexanderplatz. You can’t miss.

  4. I’ve been sick Ian! I’ll try and work on my list. I’ll add yours as well!!!

    Screencaps are my only gift when I have no words :/

    It’s from The Marriage of Maria Braun, which I saw just a few days ago and loved. I’ve also seen Lola which I am terribly fond of, just not quite so much. I’ll see Veronica Voss sometime this week. I’m not sure where I’ll get Berlin Alexanderplatz, but I’ll get to it eventually.

    I wish I were curating an arthouse!

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