2006: Ten Favorite New Films
Still Life and Dong (Jia Zhang-ke, China).
Syndromes And A Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand).
Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal).
Coeurs a.k.a. Private Fears In Public Places (Alain Resnais, France).
Woman On The Beach (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea).
Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey).
The Host (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea).
A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater, USA).
A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman, USA).
Finally, an empty place for all the films I wanted to see but either missed or didn't get the chance to see: Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy; David Lynch's Inland Empire; Pat O'Neill's The Decay Of Fiction; Nathaniel Dorsky's Song And Solitude; Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson; Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appeciation; Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep, etc.
If you'd like, please feel free to share, link to or comment on any of your favorite new films this year....
Let me also collect some year-end lists here: Acquarello; Mubarak Ali; Jim Emerson; Steve Erickson; Chris Fujiwara; Ed Gonzalez; Andrew Grant; Aaron Hillis; J. Hoberman; Dave Kehr; Dennis Lim; Mark Peranson; Andrea Picard; James Quandt; Berenice Reynaud; Jonathan Rosenbaum; Matt Zoller Seitz; Michael Sicinski; Amy Taubin; and Chuck Tryon.
And now, I'd like to ask you for some advice. Cinematheque Ontario is doing a typically thorough Jacques Rivette retrospective in a few weeks. I know I'll be able to make no more than two (or max, three) trips up to Canada, since both school and snowy winter will be in full swing. Perhaps you might suggest a couple of unmissable Rivettes I should catch....? Excepting his first film, Paris Nous Appartient, I've seen only late Rivette (post-La Belle Noiseuse). I have Celine And Julie Go Boating on DVD, soon to be watched. And alas, I can't make it up for the Out One marathon, because I have a conflict that weekend.
Also, they're simultaneously doing Shohei Imamura, whose films I love (at least the ones I've seen). Like with Rivette, I've seen almost all of late Imamura (post-Vengeance Is Mine) and one fantastic earlier film, Intentions Of Murder (1964). So, if you have any strong Imamura recommendations, I'd love to hear them too.
Thank you, and wish you all a great 2007.