Lists by burneyfan88
These are all films I really like, but all films that I find personally depressing. They are ranked (roughly!!) not in the order in which I like them, but in the order of ability to depress me. They're all highly recommended, depressing or not! This list was created for the Unofficial iCheckMovies Forum's "Favourite Depressing Films" poll.
These are favorite films that appear on zero official lists on iCheckMovies.com as of 22 July 2015. The list is ranked, but rankings are subject to change depending on the day and my whims.
This is a list of favorite feature films that have fewer than 400 checks on iCheckMovies.com as of 13 September 2014. This is a "favorites" list, not a "best / most worthy of critical acclaim" list. I've chosen to include shorts separately, at the end of the list.
TV films and miniseries are included, but not full TV series.
Includes feature films, TV films, and a smattering of miniseries. This is a "favorite" list, not a "best / most worthy of critical acclaim" list. The very top films don't tend to shift rankings very far, but the lower half to two-thirds can vacillate a lot, depending on the day...
This is a "favorites" list, not a "best / most worthy of critical acclaim" list; there would be overlap between the two, but the rankings would be very different in some cases. I've limited to my top 200; some rankings would vary depending on the day.
This is a "favorites" list, not a "best / most worthy of critical acclaim" list; there would be overlap between the two, but the rankings would be very different in some cases. I've limited to my top 150; some rankings would vary depending on the day.
This is a "favorite" list, not a "best / most worthy of critical acclaim" list. I had to watch at least three films from each director (often many more) for inclusion. Many of the specific rankings vary by the day.
Directors who narrowly missed the top 100 (in no order): Kim Ki-duk, Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, Brian De Palma, Ridley Scott (for his earlier output), Jacques Becker, Kihachi Okamoto, Abbas Kiarostami, Henry King, Frank Tashlin, Stanley Donen, Jules Dassin, Louis Malle, Andre de Toth, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Christopher Guest, Michelangelo Antonioni, Nic Roeg, Stephen Frears, Wim Wenders, Jean-Pierre Melville, Claude Chabrol, Mitchell Leisen, Sergei Eisenstein, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Paul Schrader, Marcel Carné, Edward Dmytryk, Hayao Miyazaki, Clarence Brown, GW Pabst, Carlos Saura, Terence Davies, Volker Schlöndorff, and many more...
Directors who might have a serious shot at this list in future, but I've seen only 1-2 of their films to date: Ritwik Ghatak, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Abram Room, Luis García Berlanga, Jonas Mekas, Kira Muratova, Jacques Rivette, Jafar Panahi, Lukas Moodysson, Gleb Panfilov, Pal Fejos, Jerzy Skolimowski, Guru Dutt, Sergei Parajanov, Grigori Kozintsev, Marcel L'Herbier, Gillo Pontecorvo.
Special mention to Charles Laughton, who is excluded only because of my "3+ films" rule.
Examples of directors from whom I've seen NO films: Chantal Akerman, Abel Gance, Glauber Rocha, Claude Lelouch, Kaneto Shindo, Jan Nemec, Andy Warhol, Roy Andersson, Miklós Jancsó, Andrzej Munk, and many more...
I've probably forgotten at least ten that I really like, and my definition of what is / is not a musical is definitely idiosyncratic.
Some of these films are obviously Christmas movies. Others have only one key act or scene set during the season, but those scenes are memorable to me. Many of these "one-scene" films are also tied thematically to key concepts in the Christmas season -- the power of birth and children, flight and shelter of the innocent (including the Herod portion of the story), and the value of peace and fellowship. That's why I rank films like Night of the Hunter, Frozen River, and 3 Godfathers here, not just because the films have scenes that occur during the season.