Sunday, December 26, 2004

Favorite Films 2004

Of the films I saw this year, either in theaters or at film festivals, my two absolute favorites were Lars von Trier's Dogville and Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Café Lumière.

They are vastly different--Dogville is epic, ambitious, and endlessly thought-provoking; and Café Lumière is quiet and modest but profoundly affecting, a film that teaches the valuable lesson of life's inevitabilities.

The rest I've divided into two categories: foreign-language, and English-language.

Foreign-language films

  • Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
  • The Intruder (Claire Denis, France)
  • Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
  • Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)
  • The Five Obstructions (Lars von Trier & Jorgen Leth, Denmark)
  • The Holy Girl (Lucretia Martel, Argentina)
  • Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
  • Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  • Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, Austria)
  • Father And Son (Alexandr Sokurov, Russia)
  • Ghost In The Shell II: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii, Japan)

English-language films

  • Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
  • Sideways (Alexander Payne)
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  • Cowards Bend The Knee/The Saddest Music In The World (Guy Maddin, Canada)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
  • Clean (Olivier Assayas, France)
  • I ♥ Huckabees (David O. Russell)