Lists by Melvelet
Excluding unavailable films I've seen on festivals.
1-15: 10 stars (rather accurate ranking)
16-41: 9+ stars (not so accurate)
unranked after 42: 9 stars and a few 8+
Contemporary films only, starting from 2000.
With cult favourites from the BFI’s Flipside DVD label – and more besides - the collection offers rare films from directors who merit attention, plus little seen performances from accomplished British actors as Helen Mirren and John Hurt.
My 2015 ballot: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls074674403
Ineligible link: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?lists=ls058869139,ls075488012&sort=my_ratings&view=simple
Includes Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary
Be sure to send in your submission for future versions of the list ;)
Ranked. Films get a malus if they're only borderline horror.
IMDb search: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&release_date=1970,1979&sort=my_ratings&view=simple&lists=!ls078003074
Ineligible link: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?lists=ls058869139,ls074674403&sort=my_ratings&view=simple
rest is watchlist
Unavailable at IMDb: - Sigur Rós music videos Viðrar vel til loftárása (2001) + Glósóli (2005)
- UNKLE music video Rabbit in Your Headlights (1998)
- Chinese documentary Liulang Beijing (dir. Wu Wenguang, 1990) would be #499
Group 1: 6-15
Group 2: 16-54
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
Last update: 07.04.2015
A rather random (except Lillian Gish) selection of actors that are stuck in my mind the best.
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)
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)
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
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
Luoi troi (2003)
"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.”*"
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
New version can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075488012/
Improved the order.
Some 7/10 films are included at the bottom.
1-10 is the list
11 is mentioned on the top.
1-10 are the list
11 is mentioned in the beginnning
1-10 are the list
11+12 are mentioned in the beginning
1-10 are the list
11 is mentioned in the beginning
1-10 are the BFI list
11-18 are the users' suggestions
Source - Skyscore @ ICM: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+years+of+japanese+cinema/skyscore/
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)
Malaysia and Singapore (690-704)
Nepal (705 & 706)
The Philippines (708-732)
Sri Lanka (733-737)
Central Asia and the Middle East: Global Intersections
The Former Soviet Republics, Afghanistan, and Mongolia (785-800)
The Middle East (801–832)
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]
after that unranked
for the ICM board:
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]
- 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
Turkish/Indian mafia films removed.
All films in competition for New Currents Award, Winners of all other awards
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: http://www.rinkworks.com/checklist/list.cgi?u=crimsong&U=crimsong&p=kinemajunpotop10s
Films translated from this website: http://cinema1987.org/kinejun/
nor in "Roger Ebert's Great Movies": http://www.imdb.com/list/wDC6TJ0yowE/
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.
"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.
"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: http://theyshootpictures.com/andersonpaulthomas.htm
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
"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: http://theyshootpictures.com/recommendedviewing.htm
- 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