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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

1998

New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara)
TOP TIER:
Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer)
The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Histoire(s) du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
Inquietude (Manoel de Oliveira)
License to Live (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara)
Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)

ESSENTIAL VIEWING:
Aberdeen (Kathy Fehl and Ian Teal)
Another Day in Paradise (Larry Clark)
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
L'Arrière Pays (Jacques Nolot)
Beloved (Jonathan Demme)
Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica)
The Book of Life (Hal Hartley)
Buffalo '66 (Vincent Gallo)
Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
A Civil Action (Steve Zaillian)
Confession (Alexandr Sokurov)
Croupier (John Hodges)
Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura)
The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca)
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
L'ennui (Cedric Kahn)
Eyes of the Spider (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The Flight of the Bee (Jamshed Usmonov and Biong Hun Min)
The General (John Boorman)
He Got Game (Spike Lee)
Honeymoon (Dan Sallitt)
The Idiots (Lars Von Trier)
I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe)
Khrustalyov, My Car! (Otar Iosseliani)
Knock Off (Tsui Hark)
The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman)
Last Night (Don McKellar)
The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan)
Mr. Zhao (Lu Yue)
The Newton Boys (Richard Linklater)
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)
Outskirts (Petr Lutsik)
Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo)Praise (John Curran)
Return to Paradise (Joseph Ruben)
Ronin (John Frankenheimer)
The School of Flesh (Benoit Jacquot)
Serpent's Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Small Soldiers (Joe Dante)
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma)
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (James Ivory)
Tango (Carlos Saura)
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Patrice Chéreau)
Three Businessmen (Alex Cox)
Vampires (John Carpenter)
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
Woman on a Tin Roof (Mario O'Hara)*
Zero Effect (Jake Kasdan)

FURTHER INVESTIGATION:
Apt Pupil (Bryan Singer)
The Boxer (Jim Sheridan)
Christmas in August (Hur Jin-ho)Divine (Arturo Ripstein)
Enemy of the State (Tony Scott)
Fiona (Amos Kollek)
The Impostors (Stanley Tucci)
Kirikou and the Sorceress (Michel Ocelot)
The Land Girls (David Leland)
Next Stop Wonderland (Brad Anderson)
Pecker (John Waters)
Radiation (Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley)
Ringu (Hideo Nakata)
Rounders (John Dahl)
Samurai Fiction (Hiroyuki Nakano)
Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins)
Soldier (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Very Bad Things (Peter Berg)

* Review located offsite; author and review not affiliated with Unexamined Essentials in any way.

Hai shang hua / Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien)




1 comment:

Noel Vera said...

This year there was a mini Golden Age--Mario O'Hara had two extraordinary films: Babae sa Bubungang Lata (Woman on a Tin Roof, which is his 'Day for Night,' and Sisa.

There's a yet unsubstantiated story that Hideo Nakata worked in some capacity early in his career in LVN Studios, and may have seen Mike De Leon's Rites of May. I think it may have influenced Ringu.