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Richard Brody of The New Yorker on Movies
Excerpt: Many of the best movies I've seen recently haven't yet had an official theatrical release. That's why, this year, my list includes movies that haven't been released -- ones that I saw in festivals in 2018 and 2019 (though not including ones from the 2019 New York Film Festival, many of which are still snaking their way through the distribution pipeline). I've put these undistributed films on the list, in the place that they'd hold there if they were in fact considered official releases, and I've italicized them to emphasize both their difference and the cinematic ecosystem's failure on behalf of some of its foremost works and artists. The Best Movies of 2019: thirty-five released, eleven unreleased.
  • 1: The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
  • 2: The Dead Don't Die (Jim Jarmusch)
  • 3: An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)
  • 4: Us (Jordan Peele)
  • 5: Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Bruno Dumont)
  • 6: Uncut Gems (Josh and Benny Safdie)
  • 7: My First Film (Zia Anger)
  • 8: A Family Tour (Ying Liang)
  • 9: One Child Nation (Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang)
  • 10: Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry)
  • 11: The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman (Rosine Mbakam)
  • 12: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller)
  • 13: Frankie (Ira Sachs)
  • 14: Before Summer Ends (Maryam Goormaghtigh)
  • 15: August at Akiko's (Christopher Makoto Yogi)
  • 16: Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra)
  • 17: Atlantics (Mati Diop)
  • 18: Richard Jewell (Clint Eastwood)
  • 19: Hotel by the River (Hong Sang-soo)
  • 20: Chaos (Sara Fattahi)
  • 21: The Competition (Claire Simon)
  • 22: Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
  • 23: Pig (Mani Haghighi)
  • 24: Burning Cane (Phillip Youmans)
  • 25: Napalm (Claude Lanzmann)
  • 26: Varda by Agnés (Agnés Varda)
  • 27: Chez Jolie Coiffure (Rosine Mbakam))
  • 28: Tux and Fanny (Albert Birney)
  • 29: Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)
  • 30: Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
  • 31: Ad Astra (James Gray)
  • 32: Sword of Trust (Lynn Shelton)
  • 33: Return to Bolléne (Saïd Hamich)
  • 34: High Flying Bird (Steven Soderbergh)
  • 35: Black Mother (Khalik Allah)
  • 36: Cassandro, the Exotico! (Marie Losier)
  • 37: Chained for Life (Aaron Schimberg)
  • 38: The Laundromat (Steven Soderbergh)
  • 39: American Factory (Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar)
  • 40: Waiting for the Barbarians (Eugène Green)
  • 41: The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • 42: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma)
  • 43: The Burial of Kojo (Blitz Bazawule)
  • 44: Two Plains & a Fancy (Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn)
  • 45: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (Matt Wolf)
  • 46: Ghosts of Sugar Land (Bassam Tariq)
First 35 of Best of 2018 List:
  • 1: Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
  • 2: Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
  • 3: Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
  • 4: Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
  • 5: Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)
  • 6: BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
  • 7: Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie)
  • 8: Mrs. Hyde (Serge Bozon)
  • 9: The Old Man & the Gun (David Lowery)
  • 10: Shirkers (Sandi Tan)
  • 11: Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  • 12: Claire’s Camera(Hong Sang-soo)
  • 13: Infinite Football (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • 14: Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)
  • 15: Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  • 16: Sollers Point (Matthew Porterfield)
  • 17: Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
  • 18: Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry)
  • 19: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller)
  • 20: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  • 21: I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni)
  • 22: A Bread Factory (Patrick Wang)
  • 23: The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)
  • 24: The Rest I Make Up (Michelle Morgan)
  • 25: If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  • 26: Bisbee '17 (Robert Greene)
  • 27: First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  • 28: Gavagai (Rob Tregenza)
  • 29: Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
  • 30: Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
  • 31: Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
  • 32: Notes on an Appearance(Ricky D'Ambrose)
  • 33: The Other Side of Everything (Mila Turajlic)
  • 34: The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel)
  • 35: Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude)
Best of 2016 List:
  • 1: Little Sister (Zach Clark)
  • 2: Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  • 3: Sully (Clint Eastwood)
  • 4: Viktoria (Maya Vitkova)
  • 5: Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
  • 6: Men Go to Battle (Zachary Treitz)
  • 7: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz)
  • 8: Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
  • 9: Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  • 10: Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
  • 11: Hail, Caesar! (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
  • 12: Everybody Wants Some!!(Richard Linklater)
  • 13: The Love Witch (Anna Biller)
  • 14: Krisha (Trey Edward Shults)
  • 15: Pete’s Dragon (David Lowery)
  • 16: Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke)
  • 17: For the Plasma (Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan)
  • 18: 13th (Ava DuVernay)
  • 19: Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • 20: No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
  • 21: The Witness (James Solomon)
  • 22: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  • 23: Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
  • 24: Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader)
  • 25: The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • 26: Tower (Keith Maitland)
  • 27: Nuts! (Penny Lane)
  • 28: Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti)
  • 29: Southside with You (Richard Tanne)
  • 30: Michael Moore in TrumpLand (Michael Moore)
  • 31: The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker)
  • 32: Right Now, Wrong Then(Hong Sang-soo)
  • 33: Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
  • 34: Silence (Martin Scorsese)
  • 35: Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
  • Best Undistributed Films:
    1: Coma (Sara Fattahi)
    2: Hermia and Helena (Matías Piñeiro)
    3: Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo)
    4: Univitellin (Terence Nance)
Excerpt: No one can see everything, and I hope to be able to add to the list when catching up with good things I’ve missed. This year, I didn’t predetermine the number of names in a given category but followed my pleasures to fill up to ten slots. One twist: this is the year of paired performances that are both equal and inseparable, both among leads and supporting roles, and the list reflects that experience.

The Best Movies of 2015 List (with director):
  • 1: Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)
  • 2: Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  • 3: Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
  • 4: Heaven Knows What (Ben and Joshua Safdie)
  • 5: Taxi (Jafar Panahi)
  • 6: Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  • 7: In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman)
  • 8: Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
  • 9: Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver)
  • 10: Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)
  • 11: Carol (Todd Haynes)
  • 12: Trainwreck (Judd Apatow)
  • 13: Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg)
  • 14: Wild Canaries (Lawrence Michael Levine)
  • 15: Results (Andrew Bujalski)
  • 16: Creed (Ryan Coogler)
  • 17: The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro)
  • 18: Field Niggas (Khalik Allah)
  • 19: Iris (Albert Maysles)
  • 20: Irrational Man (Woody Allen)
Best of 2014 List:
  • 1: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  • 2: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Josephine Decker)
  • 3 tied with 4: Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • 3 tied with 4: The Last of the Unjust (Claude Lanzmann)
  • 5: The Immigrant (James Gray)
  • 6: American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
  • 7: Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry)
  • 8: Actress (Robert Greene)
  • 9: Memphis (Tim Sutton)
  • 10: Butter on the Latch (Josephine Decker)
  • 11 to 20 in alphabetical order:
    Evolution of a Criminal
    Gone Girl
    Happy Christmas
    It Felt Like Love
    Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
    Life of Riley
    Magic in the Moonlight
    Soft in the Head
    Story of My Death
    Stranger by the Lake
Reluctant 2013 List:
  • 1/2 tie: The Wolf of Wall Street, To the Wonder
  • 3: Like Someone in Love
  • 4/5 tie: Computer Chess, Upstream Color
  • 6: Night Across the Street
  • 7: A Touch of Sin
  • 8: Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • 9: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
  • 10/11/12 tie: Inside Llewyn Davis, Sun Don't Shine, Ain't Them Bodies Saints
  • 13-24 tie: All the Light in the Sky, At Berkeley, The Bling Ring, The Canyons, Centro Historico, Les Coquillettes, Drinking Buddies, I Used to Be Darker, Lenny Cooke, Oldboys, These Birds Walk, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  • 25-29 tie: 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Nebraska, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner
STILL AT THE MOVIES and TOSSING IN SERIES
Adaptation ~ 2002Opens with character ID internally; life is a dialog between alter and ego interrupted by many an intriguing externality. To want passionately is the prize which means reducing this to a manageable size. Spike Jonze directs Meryl and Nic. The movie is slick!
Alice in Wonderland ~ 1951 or
Alice in Wonderland ~ 2010
Ed Wynn or Johnny Depp: How much does or should the hatter matter?
The Artist ~ 2011Uphill. If I want to watch Gene Kelly, I will.
Appointment with Death ~ 1988 ~ BWINC
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