Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Year-End 2013 (Film)



Best Theatrically Released Films:
01. Leviathan / Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
02. Post Tenebras Lux / Carlos Reygadas
03. The Last Time I Saw Macao / João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
04. Like Someone In Love / Abbas Kiarostami
05. A Touch of Sin / Jia Zhangke
06. Bastards / Claire Denis
07. Beyond the Hills / Cristian Mungiu
08. Drug War / Johnnie To
09. Night Across the Street / Raoúl Ruiz
10. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet / Alain Resnais

Best Undistributed Films:
01. Story of My Death / Albert Serra
02. Stray Dogs / Tsai Ming-liang
03. Closed Curtain / Jafar Panahi
04. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness / Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
05. ‘Til Madness Do Us Part / Wang Bing
06. Three Interpretation Exercises / Cristi Puiu
07. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear / Denis Côté
08. What Now? Remind Me / Joaquim Pinto
09. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon / Hong Sangsoo
10. The Strange Little Cat / Ramon Zürcher

Best Avant-Garde Films [Read the entire feature at Fandor]:
01. Let Your Light Shine / Jodie Mack
02. Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper / David Rimmer
03. Redemption / Miguel Gomes
04. The Realist / Scott Stark
05. Les troi desatres / Jean-Luc Godard
06. Three Landscapes / Peter Hutton
07. Mount Song / Shambhavi Kaul
08. Spring / Nathaniel Dorsky
09. Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project / Jodie Mack
10. Un conte de Michel de Montagne / Jean-Marie Straub

Best Blu-ray Releases:
01. 3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Roberto Rossellini, 1950 – 1954) Criterion, R1
02. Pierre Etaix (Pierre Etaix, 1963 – 1971) Criterion, R1
03. Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, 1961) Criterion, R1
04. La pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette, 1981) Masters of Cinema, R2
05. Marketa Lazarová (František Vlácil, 1967) Criterion, R1
06. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) Criterion, R1
07. Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (Various, 1936 – 1981) Criterion, R1
08. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) Criterion, R1
09. Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, 1977) BFI, R2
10. Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat, 1991) Masters of Cinema, R2

Best DVDs Releases:
01. Out 1: Noli me tangere / Out 1: Spectre (Jacques Rivette, 1971 / 1974) absolut MEDIEN, R2
02. The Complete (Existing) Films of Sadao Yamanaka (Sadao Yamanaka, 1935 – 1937) Masters of Cinema, R2
03. Early Fassbinder (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969 – 1971) Criterion/Eclipse, R1
04. John Ford: The Columbia Films Collection (John Ford, 1935 – 1961) TCM, R1
05. Pere Portabella: Complete Works (Pere Portabella, 1967 – 2009) Intermedio, R0
06. Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Masaki Kobayashi, 1953 – 1967) Criterion/Eclipse, R1
07. Polish Cinema Classics Vol. II (Wojciech Marczewski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, 1973 – 1990) Second Run, R2
08. Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive (Various, 1914 – 1928) Image Entertainment, R1
09. Études sur Paris (Andre Sauvage, 1928) Carlotta, R2
10. French Masterworks: Russian Émigrés in Paris (Various, 1923 – 1929) Flicker Alley/Films Albatros, R1

Best Repertory Cinema*:
01. Sleep / Imitation of Christ / Andy Warhol (1963 / 1967) [Human Resources / Hammer Musuem]
02. The Art of Vision / Stan Brakhage (1967) [Redcat]
03. Unfinished Business / Gregory La Cava (1941) [Hammer Museum]
04. Terminus for You / Les soviets plus l’électricité / autrement, la Molussia / Nicolas Rey (1996 / 2001 / 2012) [Echo Park Film Center / Velaslavasay Panorama / Redcat]
05. Voluptuous Sleep / Betzy Bromberg (2011) [USC School of Cinematic Arts]
06. Manila in the Claws of Light / Lino Brocka (1975) [TIFF Bell Lightbox]
07. Sacrificed Youth / Zhang Nuanxin (1985) [Hammer Museum]
08. Moi, un noir / Jean Rouch (1958) [Hammer Museum]
09. Nightfall / James Benning (2011) [LA Film Forum]
10. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer / Thom Andersen (1975) [Hammer Museum]

*These selections are not meant to represent the year in restorations, just my personal experiences on the repertory circuit. Most of these screenings, therefore, took place in Los Angeles, as that is where I am currently based. 

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