Lists by Melvelet

a list of 188 titles,1969&sort=my_ratings&view=simple&lists=!ls076291676

1-4: 10 stars (1-3 are my 3 of my 4 favourite movies actually)
5-10: 9+ stars
11-43: 9 stars (order gets messy from here on)
44-69 (or so): 8+ stars
70-158: 8 stars
159-188: 7+ stars
a list of 197 titles
Ineligible link:,ls075488012&sort=my_ratings&view=simple

a list of 27 people
Directors that I care for with at least 7 movies seen.

Last update: 07.04.2015
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for ICM Forum's Favorite Movies (2015 Edition)

1-15: 10 stars (rather accurate ranking)
16-40: 9+ stars (not so accurate)
41-177: 9 stars (unranked)
178-189: 8+ (unranked)

a list of 1,392 titles
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First 32 are approximately ranked.

For the ICM Board poll:
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For the iCM Board poll:

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For the iCM Board poll:

A rather random (except Lillian Gish) selection of actors that are stuck in my mind the best.
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my watchlist -> doesn't include films I've already seen.
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my watchlist -> doesn't include films I've already seen.
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Missing from IMDb:
- Lucky 7 (2008) by Sun Koh, K. Rajagopal, Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Chew Tze Chuan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Tania Sng (#56)
- Women Who Love Women: Conversations in Singapore (2007) by Lim Mayling (#105)
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a list of 171 titles
As found here:

Please contact me if you have any additional information on the catalogue!

143 distributed films (11 non-German film removed) + 44 produced films - overlaps (16 films)
a list of 134 titles
All movies that got a "Like" rating at (as opposed to "Indifferent" and "Dislike"). Ordered by the review date.

Reviews linked (except the first 15, I'll add them later). Some early review are rather minimalistic but most reviews are quite extensive. Go check them out (both the site and the movies)!

Also liked (Pre-Code Retro):
– Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Last update: 14.12.2014
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Subs only when needed.
Incomplete for shorts & animation shorts.

Processed up to 1991.

Karel Plicka - Jaro na Podkarpatské Rusi aka Spring in Subcarpathian Ruthenia (1929)
Cenek Zahradnícek & Vladimir Smejkal - Pribeh vojaka AKA Soldier's Story (1934)
E.F. Burian & Cenek Zahradnícek - Procitnutí jara AKA Spring's Awaking (1936)
Elmar Klos - Ctyri lide - jedna rec AKA Four People - One Language (1939)
Karel Vachek - Malir Kamil Lhotak aka Painter Kamil Lhotak (1960)
Elo Havetta - 34 Dnu Absolutniho Klidu aka 34 Days of Absolute Calm (1965)
Jan Spata - Okamzik radosti aka Moment Of Joy (1965)
Vlado Kubenko, Peter Mihalik, Dusan Trancik - Tryzna aka The Wake (1969)
Ladislav Kudelka, Milan Cernak, Stefan Kamenicky, Ctibor Kovac - Cierne dni aka Black Days (1968)
Otakar Krivánek - Den nás kazdodenný aka Our Daily Day (1969)
Jan Spáta - Jdi za stestím AKA Go In Search of Happiness (1970)
Eva Sadková - Romanetto (1970)
Jirí Barta - Labyrinth of Darkness
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Based on the IMDb tag (minus those I don't accept as horror).

Ranked. Films get a malus if they're only borderline horror.
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Thanks to Kenji @mubi:

Luoi troi (2003)
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Entries up to 1949
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By: © <',))( Astro-T​ofuprax​ographe​r (@mubi)

"Ooooh, a list. Totally subjective choices, of course, and some of them I haven’t seen, I just know they’re contemplative by reputation. The List is still a work in progress, I’ll add more when they come to mind, and of course, suggestions would be welcome.

I’m just going to steal the description from the Unspoken Cinema blog
“the kind that rejects conventional narration to develop almost essentially through minimalistic visual language and atmosphere alone, without the help of music, dialogue, melodrama, action-montage, and the star system.”

Harry Tuttle also added: “…it could be confusing to mix in certain films that feature a general “minimalistic” narrative, but still use dialogue as an important narrative drive. My Dinner With André doesn’t exist without its dialogue. Most of the film content is articulated through this conversation. But I agree its mise en scène is minimalist in its own way.
Same problem with the major voiceover/dialogue in The Inner Scar, The Sacrifice, L’Eclisse, Broken Flowers, Two-Lane Blacktop, 24 City, Chronicle of a Chinese Woman… and a couple others are arguable.
If the film provides narrative signposts, clues, walkthrough with words, it doesn’t let the spectator figure all out by contemplating at the images alone. Minimal dialogue doesn’t distract as far as it doesn’t spell out character’s motives, personality, intentions to cue a following scene. Especially mundane conversations that have nothing to do with the film’s principal narrative; it just gives a natural slice of life for these characters without constructing an artificial narrative drive.”*"

Further reading:

Missing from IMDb:
- Untitled (2009) by Lisandro Alonso #140
- Ex Isto (2010) by Cao Guimarães #163
- 607 (2010) by Liu Jiayin #172
- Ponce de León (2012) by Ben Russell & Jim Drain #183
- Train of Thought (2008) by Jim Jennings #190
- Nocturne (2002) by Emily Richardson #202
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for the ICM Board list:
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My final ballot for the 2014 ICM Forum's 500<400 poll.
New version can be found here:

Improved the order.

Some 7/10 films are included at the bottom.
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1-10 is the list
11 is mentioned on the top.
a list of 11 titles

1-10 are the list
11 is mentioned in the beginnning
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1-10 are the list
11+12 are mentioned in the beginning
a list of 11 titles

1-10 are the list
11 is mentioned in the beginning
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1-10 are the BFI list
11-18 are the users' suggestions
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List of movies that were mentioned in the BFI documentary project.

Source - Skyscore @ ICM:
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Favorite Films with less than 400 checks.
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Source: Kevin Aditya @ mubi (


Asian Cinema is a book by Tom Vick, published in 2007, that chronicles the history of cinema in various regions in Asia throughout the years. This is an (arguably) complete list of the films mentioned in the book for easy identification purposes.

Part One: The Old Guard
China: Tradition and Resistance (#1-76)
Japan: Cinema of Extremes (77-266)
India: All That and then Some (267-355)

Part Two: Postwar Booms
Hong Kong: The Fine Art of Popular Cinema (356-459)
Korea: Rising from the Ashes of History (460-573)

Part Three: Recent Arrivals
Iran: A Continuing Conversation (574-632)
Taiwan: The Little Island that Could (633-675)

Part Four: New Players
South and Southeast Asia: Coming Into Focus
Bangladesh (676 & 677)
Bhutan (678 & 679)
Cambodia (680-682)
Indonesia (683-689)
Malaysia and Singapore (690-704)
Nepal (705 & 706)
Pakistan (707)
The Philippines (708-732)
Sri Lanka (733-737)
Thailand (738-766)
Tibet (767-772)
Vietnam (773-784)
Central Asia and the Middle East: Global Intersections
The Former Soviet Republics, Afghanistan, and Mongolia (785-800)
The Middle East (801–832)
Turkey (833-843)

Part Five: Where to Go from Here
(List of websites and books)

Missing from IMDb:
- South Korea: Chunhyangjeon – Lee Myeong-woo (1935)
Habitual Sadness – Byun Young-joo (1997)
- Taiwan: Watching the Spring Wind Blowing (1938)
Heartbroken Night on May 13 – Lin Bochiou (1965)
Dangerous Youth – Xin Qi (1969)
Bride from Hell – Xin Qi (1965)
- Thailand: Dr. Karn – Chatreechalerm Yukol (1973) [Khao Chue Karn]
- The Middle East: The Thirsty – Muhammad Shukri Jamil (1972) [al-Zama'un]
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(approximately) Ranked: first 26
after that unranked

for the ICM board:
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Movies below 90 minutes that I potentially want to see (from the lists that I care for).
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Films co-produced & distributed by ATG: 1-75
Japanese films distributed by ATG: 76-105

Missing from IMDb (both ATG distributed-only):
1967: Kawa – Ano Uragiri Ga Omoku / La Rivière Poème de Colère [Mori Kota]
1978: Our Song And All Of You [Tatsumura Jin]
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Films from Mainland China/Hong Kong/Taiwan on the following lists (Martial Arts/Triad films are excluded):
- Asia Weekly Magazine's 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century
- Hong Kong Film Award's Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
- Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
- Golden Horse's Greatest Chinese Language Films (4-9 votes)
- Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies
- dGenerate Films' Best Chinese-Language Films of the 2000s
- Best Films of Golden Horse Award
- Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film
- Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
- They Shoot Pictures 21st Century Top 250 Films
- Doubling the Canon
- additional choices
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Vote Minimum: 5000

Turkish/Indian mafia films removed.
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for the ICM Board list:
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All films in competition for New Currents Award, Winners of all other awards
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Each year, Kinema Junpo magazine publishes a list of the top 10/top 30 Japanese films of the year (sometimes more due to ties).
From 1926 to 1942: 10 films (1930: 3 modern and 3 period films)
From 1943 to 1945: cancelled due to war (1946 shortened to 8)
From 1946 to 1954: varying between 19 and 32 films
Starting from 1955: Top 30 for each year (up to 3 more due to ties)
For 2013 I currently have the Top 10 only...

This is not the complete list because some of the films are missing from IMDb. You can see a longer list and rankings for each year at the list source:

Films translated from this website:
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For the iCM Board:
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Only includes films neither included in "Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007":

nor in "Roger Ebert's Great Movies":
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Retrospective. October and November 2013.


Momente des Wandels, der Umbrüche und Krisen in der Filmgeschichte stehen im Mittelpunkt der Magical History Tour in den Monaten Oktober und November. Wir präsentieren Filme, die sich um soziale oder politische Zäsuren gruppieren, sie vorwegzunehmen scheinen oder unmittelbar auf sie reagieren, aber auch Arbeiten, die technische Veränderungen in neue ästhetische Impulse umwandeln. Die Filmgeschichte an Schnittstellen und Epochenschwellen zu betrachten, lädt dazu ein, die Geschichte des Films nicht in einer kontinuierlichen, einem vermeintlichen "Fortschrittsgedanken" verpflichteten Entwicklung zu sehen, sondern als Netz von Diskontinuitäten und Verwerfungen.


Im November setzen wir die Magical History Tour mit Filmen fort, die auf Momente des technischen Wandels, politischer Umbrüche oder ästhetischer Krisen reagieren. SHE DONE HIM WRONG (Lowell Sherman, USA 1933, 1. & 6.11.) Um der staatlichen Zensur zu entgehen, stellten die Hollywood-Studios in den späten 20er Jahren für die eigenen Produktionen strikte Regeln auf: no sex, no crime, no drugs. Viele amerikanische Filme der Jahre 1930–34 umgingen die Selbstzensur jedoch: Die Zeit gilt als eine der wildesten Epochen im amerikanischen Kino überhaupt. Star dieser Ära war Mae West, die neben Cary Grant in SHE DONE HIM WRONG als Bar-Sängerin den Unterweltsumpf auf ihre eigene Weise trockenlegt.
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Retrospectve. September 2013. Die Einführung des Farbfilms Mitte der 30er Jahre und die folgenden Entwicklungen auf diesem Gebiet gehören zu den bedeutendsten ästhetischen Innovationen der Kinematografie. Die Farbe im Film ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Bildorganisation sowie der filmischen Dramaturgie und darüber hinaus ein grundlegendes Element der Filmwahrnehmung. Mit sieben Filmen, darunter Beispiele viragierter Stummfilme sowie auf unterschiedlichem Farbmaterial (von Technicolor bis Eastmancolor) gedrehte Farbfilme, geben wir einen kleinen Einblick in die große Bandbreite des filmischen Umgangs und der Verwendung von Farbe im Film zwischen narrativer Bindung und Farb-Autonomie.
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Retrospective. December 2013.

Farbgestaltung, Lichtsetzung, Kompositionen, Themen: Die Malerei war und ist immer wieder inspirativer Bezugspunkt für Filmemacher, Kameraleute und Production Designer. Die Inbewegungsetzung der starren Bildkunst durch den Film verleiht den ursprünglichen Bilderwelten neue Kontexte und eröffnet Bedeutungs- und Wahrnehmungsverschiebungen. Die Magical History Tour zeigt Beispiele der produktiven Beziehung zwischen Malerei und Film aus sieben Jahrzehnten.
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Retrospective. January 2014.

Seit Beginn der Kinematografie geht ein wichtiger Teil der Faszination bewegter Bilder von der Körperdarstellung der agierenden Personen auf der Leinwand aus: Die ersten Filmaufnahmen zeigen nicht von ungefähr gut gelaunte Arbeiter, turnende Männer oder übermütige Kinder. Es dauerte nicht lange, bis Méliès diesen kurzen dokumentarischen Aufnahmen filmische (Körper-)Experimente der fantastischen, aber auch der drastischen Art zur Seite stellte: Bilder von eleganten Tänzerinnen, die von Zauberhand verschwinden, aber auch von kopflos wandelnden Skeletten oder von Luftballon-gleich aufgeblasenen und zerplatzenden Köpfen. Ausgehend von diesen gegensätzlichen Polen hat sich die Inszenierung von Körper(teile)n im Film zu einem elementaren Kunstmittel des Kinos entwickelt, dessen verschiedenartige Ausformungen in den letzten Jahrzehnten wesentlich das Nachdenken über die menschliche Physis beeinflusst haben. Die Magical History Tour präsentiert signifikante Körperbilder aus 80 Jahren Filmgeschichte und zeigt Sehnsuchtsträger, Fremdkörper, Projektionsflächen, Kollektivkörper, Wiedergänger in ihrer besonderen physischen Präsenz.
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Before his epic new HBO series Boardwalk Empire premieres, director Martin Scorsese revisits the gangster films most influential on his career.

"Here are 15 gangster pictures that had a profound effect on me and the way I thought about crime and how to portray it on film. They excited me, provoked me, and in one way or another, they had the ring of truth.

I stopped before the ‘70s because we’re talking about influence here, and I was looking at movies in a different way after I started making my own pictures. There are many gangster films I’ve admired in the last 40 years— Performance, the Godfather saga, Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, The Long Good Friday, Sexy Beast, John Woo’s Hong Kong films.

The films below I saw when I was young, open, impressionable."

Scorsese's comments included.
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"Just in time for Halloween and exclusively for The Daily Beast, Martin Scorsese—the man who brought you Taxi Driver and The Departed—shares his favorite horror movies of all time."

Includes Scorsese's comments.
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List taken from the book by David Desser.
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Note: Some films are listed as one on TSPDT but have more than one IMdB entry (for example Brakhage's Arabic Numeral Series is listed here in no less than 20 parts).
"This section consolidates all of TSPDT's film recommendations, most of which you can also view via our director pages, found here and here. These are - in essence - our favourite 2,500-plus films, and we encourage you to seek as many of them out as possible. Our recommended viewing section contains many acclaimed classics (that you'd expect to see on many all-time-best lists, and do), but it also contains plenty of neglected films (including Delmer Dave's public domain-crucified The Red House, George Archainbaud's The Lost Squadron, and Frank Perry's The Diary of a Mad Housewife). Films that we passionately believe deserve their 'day in the sun.'

All films listed in this section have either been seen by the makers of this website or chosen by contributors to TSPDT whose opinions we value and trust. We are not critics, just buffs, and it's fair to say that this list - due to the fact that there are still many remarkable films (by reputation) that we haven't seen - will continue to grow steadily. All up, between us, we have seen over 8,000 films to date."

"HR = Highly Recommended (Masterpiece/Near-Masterpiece); R = Recommended (Strong cinematic effort/Better than good)"

I have marked "Highly Recommended" films with "hr".

Update 22.04.2013: Added The Master (2012) according to P.T. Anderson's director page:
Update 25.04.2013: Twin Peaks [TV Series] added (HR)
Update 04.05.2013: Skammen changed to HR, Code Unknown and Amour added (both HR)
Update 07.05.2013: The Turin Horse added (HR)
Update 09.05.2013: Four Nights of a Dreamer changes to HR
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Includes only the movies that are "Highly Recommended" by They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

"We classify 'highly recommended' films as being superb cinematic achievements. These films are either flawless or near-flawless entertainments and/or artistic triumphs that occupy a special place in our lives. This is our pantheon, it is our canon, call it what you like. These films shouldn't be missed."

Introduction can be read here:

- Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl is listed as 1 on the website but as 2 on IMdB
- Solaris is listed as Highly Recommended on the "Recommended Viewing" list but as Recommended on Tarkovsky's director's page

Every year starting from 1922 has a HR movie - except 2006

Updates through new Director's pages: Twin Peaks [TV Series], Skammen, Code Unknown, Amour, The Turin Horse, Four Nights of a Dreamer, Dodesukaden, The Bad Sleep Well
a list of 22 titles A list by German newspaper "Die Zeit". Every director can only have one movie on the lists. No TV shows.
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Movies listed in this (German) guide to Film Noir, published by Reclam