November 19, 2005

Content and an announcement

First, the announcement. Things have been a bit slow here lately. That's because I'm getting married in two weeks so my life has been all abuzz and aflitter. Her name's Rachel, and as Roger Livesey said in one of the Powell and Pressburger films, "she's a grand girl." If I were to do her virtues complete justice here, I would be typing all night, so I'll just leave it at that.

And now the content. It's a list after the IMDB of the top 15 films of the last 15 years, as some film bloggers have been doing. For those who don't know me, maybe this will give you an idea of where I'm coming from.

1. Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994)
2. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003)
4. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
5. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1998)
6. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, 2004)
7. Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders, 1991)
8. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
10. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
11. Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)
12. Frankenstein Unbound (Roger Corman, 1990)
13. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
14. Kundun (Martin Scorsese, 1997)
15. Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai, 1995)

Honorable Mention: The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993), The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000), Heat (Michael Mann, 1995), News from the Good Lord (Didier Le Pecheur, 1996), Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki, 2001), 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)

A lot from the early 90s, which to my mind was one of the top 3 periods in film history.

1. 1919 to 1934 (Broken Blossoms to The Black Cat)
2. 1959 to 1971 (North by Northwest to Solaris)
3. 1989 to 1994 (My 20th Century to Heavenly Creatures)


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