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Boyhood. (Richard Linklater) Inherent Vice. (Paul Thomas Anderson) Birdman. (Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu) Whiplash. John Wick. Knight of cups. (Terrence Malick) Magic in the moon light. (Woody Allen) Lucy. (Luc Besson) Exodus: gods and kings. (Ridley Scott) Maps to the stars. (David Cronenberg) Tusk. (Kevin Smith) Big eyes. (Tim Burton) The expendables 3. The hunger games: Mockingjay part 3. The fault in our stars. Dumb and dumber to. Foxcatcher. Fury. Chef. Calvary. Laggies. Maleficent. Unbroken. The equalizer. Into the woods. The interview. Before I go to sleep. The drop. Serena. Lost river. Rudderless.
Much ado about nothing. Magic Mike. Jack Reacher. The iceman. Hotel Transylvania. Trouble with the curve. Iron Sky.
Concerning the list: These are the films who rank's the highest in my mind as goes for acting, cinematography, music, editing, direction, script etc. All of that, that defines cinema - art, philosophy, entertainment- will you find at it's highest game, scrolling down this excuberant list of excellence.
One strong honorable mention goes to Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Had it not been for that terrible third act (to be fair a third act with some scenes of great power) I'd put the film at the top ten of the decade.
Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Brian De Palma, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gaspar Noé & Michael Haneke are just some of the fantastic talents who sadly gets left out due to the lack of space.
Shion Sono's Love exposure is a great masterpiece that also needs to get mentioned.
Here is how I would describe the genious of Miike: Compared to a guy like, lets say Tarantino, who is meticulously crafting a masterpiece like carving out a magnificent statue from a great mountain of gold and having a lot of time on his hands, Miike is *beep* out flawed exploitive, yet poetic, gems three times a year.
Miike's (in my opinion) finest collaborator is Daisuke Tengan (the first son of Miike's own mentor Shohei Imamura). Tengan wrote the screenplay for Audition and 13 assassins.
Then we have Masa Nakamura who wrote the screenplay for both young thugs movies (who I have yet to see) The bird people in china (a masterpiece) Dead or alive 2: Birds, -Big, bang love: Juvenile A- and Sukiyaki western Django.
Sakichi Satô (Charlie Brown from Kill Bill) Wrote Ichi The killer and Gozu.
Kikumi Yamagishi Wrote Hara-kiri and Katakuries.
Ichiro Ryu Wrote Dead or alive: Hanzaisa, Ley Lines, The city of lost souls and dead or alive: final.
Toshiyuki Morioka Wrote Fudoh and Blues harp.
Itaru Era Wrote Full Metal Yakuza and Visitor Q.
--------------------------------------------------------- Miike Cinema - from best to worst:
1. Audition. 2. The bird people in China. 3. 13 assassins. 4. Three extremes segment: "Box." 5. Ichi The killer. 6. Ley lines. 7. Gozu. 8. Dead or alive 2: Birds. 9. Visitor Q. 10. The happiness of the Katakuries. 11. Shield of straw. 12. Lesson of the evil. 13. Dead or alive: Hanzaisa. 14. Agitator. 15. Blues harp. 16. Yakuza Graveyard. 17. Fudoh: The new generation. 18. Rainy dog. 19. Sukiyaki western Django. 20. Hara-kiri: Death of a samurai. 21. City of lost souls. 22. Big bang love, Juvenile A. 23. Deadly outlaw: Rekka. 24. Full metal yakuza. 25. Izo. 26. Shinjuku triad society. 27. The great Yokai War. 28. The mole song: Undercover agent Reiji. 29. Yakuza: Like a dragon. 30. Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City. 31. Zebraman. 32. Crows Zero II. 33. Crows Zero. 34. Imprint. 35. Ace attorney. 36. For love's sake. 37. Dead or alive 3: Final. 38. Yattaman. 39. One missed call. 40. Shangri-la. 41. Detective story. -----------------------------------------------------
Miike films that I Need to see: Young thugs: Innocent blood. Young thugs: Nostalgia. Demon pond. Yakuza demon. Sabu. Bodyguard Kiba. Sun scarred. God's puzzle. The Man In White. Family. Guys From Paradise. Osaka Tough guys. The negotiator. --------------------------------------------------
"Miike is one of the greatest directors living today"
- Quentin Tarantino.
"The ultimate anarchist/artist... Miike paints... landscapes with blood... His films are always disturbing... guaranteed to push the limits..."
- Guillermo Del Toro.
"Miike films are pure punk rock. He is a true visionary and does things that few other directors would dare."
- Eli Roth.
"Many actors hope to one day participate in a Takashi Miike film. Especially guys. They want to go back to back being naughty boys and go wild. Miike lets them indulge themselfs in this fantasy freely and knows exactly how to provoke them. And once provoked, the actors bombard each other with their energy, lifting the film up and spinning it off into higher orbit. I was also one of those guys who were allowed to indulge themselfs. It was a very joyfull experience. Fierce. Nonsensical. Vulgar. Powerful. These are words that could be used to describe Takashi Miike. But without a doubt the most essential words are self-assured and clever."
- Shin'ya Tsukamoto.
Quiz show. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Once were warriors. Shallow grave. Immortal beloved. Swimming with sharks. Pompoko. Fresh. The madness of King George. Queen Margot. Nightwatch. Priest. The postman/Il postino. Death and the maiden. War of the buttons. A Chinese Odyssey - Pandoras box. Cemetery man/Dellamorte Dellamore. The sum of us. To live. Eat, drink, man, woman. Before the rain. A pure formality. Burnt by the sun. Sátántangó. An unforgettable summer. The browning version.