Top Tens, etc

Published on: January 4th, 2017

ARABY
2017
1. Araby (Dumans & Uchoa 96m) [10/10] {28/28}
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“Eclipse first and the rest nowhere.”
Dennis O’Kelly
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Herbst

2016 world premieres (any length)
1. Autumn [Herbst] (Meinhard Rauchensteiner 3m) [9/10] {25/28}
2. The French Road [aka The French Road, Detroit MI] (Arthur Summereder 6m)
3. No’i (Aline Magrez 22m) [9/10] {24/28}
4. One Hundred and Fifty Years Of Life (Liu Yu 93m) [8] {23}
5. A Brief History of Princess X (Gabriel Abrantes 7m) [8] {22}
6. Miss Kiet’s Children (Lataster & Lataster-Czisch 114m) [8] {22}
7. Gorse and Flowers [Toxos e flores] (Lucía Vilela 4m)
8. Circular Inscription (Lukas Marxt 7m)
9. Shiny (Campos & Susser 4m)
10. measuring change (James Benning 61m) [8] {21}
then ([8] {21})
Pete’s Dragon (David Lowery 103m)
Before the Flight (Laurence Bonvin 20m)
Uzu (Gaspard Kuentz 16m)
Not Even Nothing Can Be Free of Ghosts (Rainer Kohlberger 11m)
then ([7+] {20+})
Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo 105m) [7+] {20+}
I Don’t Think I Can See An Island (Becks & Lefrant 4m)
then ([7] {20})
Radio Dreams (Babak Jalali 94m)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven 130m)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade 162m)
Personne (Girardet & Müller 16m)
Fresh Air (James Benning 46m)
The Accountant (Gavin O’Connor 128m)
When someone starts playing Wonderwall on a night out (‘Prior’ aka ‘Ratboy’s Dad’ 7s)
Operation Avalanche (Matt Johnson 94m)
Depth Two [Dubina dva] (Ognjen Glavonić 80m)
Trailer 2016 — 20. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Lorenz Merz 45s)
Three Enchantments (Jon Lazam 12m)
Ten Meter Tower (Danielson & Van Aertryck 17m)
Primal (Vicky Smith 10m)
Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi 120m)
wild-card
The Mummy IMAX® Trailer (weird audio) [??? 2.5m]

2016: December special 

150 YOL

2016 Top Ten
[world premieres and new UK releases (*), 50m+]

1. One Hundred and Fifty Years of Life [8/10] {23/28} Liu 2016
2. Spotlight [8] {22} McCarthy 2015*
3. Miss Kiet’s Children [8] {22} Lataster & Lataster-Czisch 2016
4. Aferim! [8] {22} Jude 2015*
5. Creed [8] {21} Coogler 2015*
6. The Club [8] {21} Larraín 2015*
7. Knight of Cups [8] {21} Malick 2015*
8. measuring change [8] {21} Benning 2016 [61m]
9. Pete’s Dragon [8] {21} Lowery 2016*
10. Tempestad [7+] {20+} Huezo 2016
then ([7] {20})
Radio Dreams — Jalali 2016
Toni Erdmann — Ade 2016 (UK 2017)
The Accountant — O’Connor 2016*
Elle — Verhoeven 2016 (UK 2017)
Shin Godzilla — Anno & Higuchi 2016
Operation Avalanche — Johnson 2016
Depth Two — Glavonić 2016
Anomalisa — Johnson/Kaufman 2015*
then ([7] {19})
Allied (2016)*, Aquarius (2016), Austerlitz (2016), Court (2014)*, The Entrance Exam (2016); The Future Perfect (2016; 65m), Goodnight Mommy (2014)*, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016), Hardcore Henry (2015)*, Hell or High Water (2016)*, Machines (2016), Mustang (2015)*, The Revenant (2015)*, Where I Grow Old (2016), White Sun (2016)
then ([7?] {19?})
Batman v Superman (2016)*
then ([7] {18})
American Honey (2016)*, Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2015-6), Bone Tomahawk (2015)*, The Eremites (2016), In loco parentis (2016),  Love & Friendship (2016)*, Queen of Earth (2015)*, Shops Around the Corner (2016), Son of Saul (2015)*, The Swirl (2016), Still Tomorrow (2016), WINWIN (2016).

inshallah

shorts
(49m or less; seen for the first time in 2016 and premiering 2015/6)
1. We’ll Go To Neuilly, Inshallah (Ahoudig & Salzberg 2015 20m)
….. [9/10] {25/28} seen at Filmkoop Wien
2. Autumn (Rauchensteiner 2016 3m) [9/10] {25/28} Graz
3. The French Road (Summereder 2016 6m) [9] {25} Graz
4. No’i (Magrez 2016 22m) [9] {24} Winterthur
5. Engram of Returning (Saïto 2015 19m) [8] {23} Edinburgh
6. Mercury (Klahr 2015 3m) [8] {22} Rotterdam
7. A Brief History of Princess X (Abrantes 2016 7m) Winterthur
8. Gorse and Flowers (Toxos e flores) (Vilela 2016 4m) A Coruña
9. Circular Inscription (Marxt 2016 7m) [8] {22} Viennale
10. Shiny (Campos & Susser 2016 4m) [8] {22} Grimstad
next
Antonio, Dashing Antonio (Gomes 2015 42m)  [8] {22} Vila do Conde
then ([8/10 {21/28})
Tears; The Eyes Crescendo (Wigren 2015 12m) Tromsø
Before the Flight (Bonvin 2016 20m) Winterthur
Capital Cuba (Lurf 2015 12m) Edinburgh
Uzu (Kuentz 2016 16m) Winterthur
Not Even Nothing Can Be Free of Ghosts (Kohlberger 2016 11m) Graz
In, Over & Out (Brameshuber 2015 10m) Graz
then ([7/10] {20/28})
Cathode Garden (Geiser 2015 8m) Vila do Conde
Un double moment de poche saturé (Berger 2015 5m) Edinburgh
Fresh Air (Benning 2016 46m)
personne (Girardet & Müller 2016 16m) Grimstad
Primal (Smith 2016 10m) Edinburgh
Procedere (Quack 2015 44m) online
The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere (Duzyj 2015 18m) Grimstad
Ten Meter Tower (Danielson & Van Aertryck 2016 17m) Grimstad
When someone starts playing Wonderwall on a night out (‘Prior’ aka ‘Ratboy’s Dad’ 2016 7s) online
then ([7+] {19+})
Josef: My Father’s Criminal Record (Zwirchmayr 2015 19m) Graz
wild-card
The Mummy IMAX® Trailer (weird audio) [??? 2.5m]

Stray Dogs

2015 Top Ten
1. Stray Dogs (Tsai 2013*) 10/10 {28/28}
2. Toponymy (Perel 2015) 10/10 {27/28}
3. Chappie (Blomkamp 2015*) 9/10 {26/28}
~~. [True Detective season 2; Lin, Metz, Podeswa, Crowley, Sapochnik, Attias 2015 TV] 9/10 {24/28}
4. It Follows (Mitchell 2014*) 8/10 {23/28}
5. Lost and Beautiful (Marcello 2015)
6. Hard To Be A God (German 2013*)
7. Li’l Quinquin (Dumont 2014* TV)
8. The Duke of Burgundy (Strickland 2014*)
9. Spotlight (McCarthy 2015^) {22/28}
10. Aferim! (Jude 2015^)
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then
The Academy of Muses (Guerín 2015)
then (8/10 {21/28})
Carol (Haynes 2015)^
The Club
(Larraín 2015)^
Creed
(Coogler 2015)^
Enemy (Villeneuve 2013)*
45 Years (Haigh 2015)*
Knight of Cups (Malick 2015)^
Paula
(Canevari 2015; 64min)
The Tribe
(Slaboshpytskiy 2014)*
then (7/10 {20/28})
Anomalisa (Johnson & Kaufman 2015)^
The Boy and the Beast (Hosoda 2015)
Business Club (Mahieu & Pinell 2015; 58m)
The Dorkels aka Eat Your Bones (Hue 2014)*
Inside Out (del Carmen & Docter 2015)*
In Transit (Maysles et al 2015)
The Royal Road (Olson 2015; 65min)
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
(Abrams 2015)*
Thy Father’s Chair (Lora & Tibaldi 2015)
Wake (Subic) (Gianvito 2015)
We Are Your Friends
(Joseph 2015)*

{19/28} Amour Fou*; A Crackup at the Race Riots [56m]; Dog Lady; The Eye of the Cyclops [50m]; Family Film; Fragment 53; Hand Gestures*; Hardcore Henry^; Hector*; John Wick*; Magic Mike XXL*; Maidan*, Mustang^, The Neverending Factory of the Duomo; of the North; Mississippi Grind; Phoenix*; The Revenant^; Rio Corgo; The Road; Schneider vs. Bax; Sicario*; Steve Jobs*; Summers DownstairsWestern; Where The Chocolate Mountains [55m]
{18/28} Alice Cares; All That Is Solid Melts Into Data; America Recycled; Amy*; Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2015-6); B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin; Bitter Lake; Bone Tomahawk^; Catch Me Daddy*; Ex Machina*Flotel Europa; A German Youth; Helmut Berger, Actor; Kingsman: The Secret Service*; Machine Gun Or Typewriter; Meru; Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation*; Queen of Earth^; Sam Klemke’s Time MachineThe Siren of Faso Fani; Slow West*; Son of Saul^; Sunú; These Are the Rules; Ukrainian Sheriffs

^ = 2016 UK release

Isabella Morra

shorts (seen 2015; world-premiering 2015 or 2014)
1. Isabella Morra / Pagliai 2015 / 22m [10/10] {13/13}
2. brouillard – passage #14 / Larose 2014 / 10m [9/10] {13/13}
——— upgraded to 10/10 on 2016 viewing
3. sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars / Nishikawa 2014 / 2m [9/10] {12/13}
4. The Exquisite Corpus / Tscherkassky 2015 / 19m [9/10] {12/13}
5. Veruda: A Film about Bojan / Bezinović 2015 / 33m [9/10] {12/13}
6. The Reflection of Power / Grécu 2015 / 9m [9/10] {12/13}
7. Embargo / Lurf 2014 / 10m [9/10] {12/13}
8. Pure Virtual Function / Lichter 2015 / 3m [9/10] {12/13}
9. Kierkegaard / Bezinović 2014 / 4m [9/10] {12/13}
10. The Circle of Life / Zulic 2015 / 5m [9/10] {12/13}
11. Brâme: The primitive life living in shadows / Vacher 2015 / 12m [9/10] {12/13}
12. Vous voulez une histoire? / Peretjatko 2014 / 10m [9/10] {12/13}
– – – – – – – – – –
11/13
Abdul & Hamza / Grba Singh 2015 / 49m
Alternating Current / Kreuzinger 2015 / 13m
Black Rain White Scars / Marxt 2014 / 9m
The Guests / Danielsen 2015 / 11m
The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul / Green 2015 / 7m
Mars Garden / Klahr 2014 / 5m [seen 2016]
Mercury / Klahr 2015 / 3m
9.8m/s  / Marc 2015 / 4m
The Pride of Strathmoor / Baldvin 2014 / 9m
Shabu-Shabu Spirit / Saito 2015 / 11m
Shadowboxer / Lenz 2015 / 18m
Shift / Gerbaulet 2015 / 29m
Tehran-Geles / Nassiri 2014 / 18m

THAT moment in It Follows

2014 Top Ten
1. It Follows (Mitchell 2014) 8/10 {23/28}
2. Li’l Quinquin (TV) (Dumont 2014) 8/10 {23}
3. The Duke of Burgundy (Strickland 2014) 8/10 {23}
4. Mr Turner (Leigh 2014*) 8/10 {22}
5. The Tribe (Slaboshpytskiy 2014) 8/10 {22}
6. Journey to the West (Tsai 2014; 71m) 8/10 {22}
7. Blue Ruin (Saulnier 2013*) 8/10 {22}
8. FAROCKI (Benning 2014) 8/10 {22}
9. Chrieg (Jaquemet 2014) 8/10 {22}
10. Wrinkles (Ferreras 2011*) 8/10 {22}
then (8/10 {21/28})
The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh (Bender & Moss) 8/10 {21}
then (7/10 {20/28})
Christmas, Again (Poekel 2014)
Crepuscule (Vasyanovych 2014; 61m)
Eat Your Bones (Hue 2014) aka The Dorkels
Goodnight Mommy
(Fiala & Franz 2014)
Industrial Revolution (Hespanha & Lobo 2014)
The Iron Ministry (Sniadecki 2014)
Maps to the Stars (Cronenberg 2014*)
La Sapienza (Green 2014)
Neighborhooders (Królikiewicz 2014)
Sivas (Müjdeci 2014)
’71 (Demange 2014*)
Tom at the Farm (Dolan 2013*)
We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! (Horn 2014)
Živan Makes a Punk Festival (Glavonić 2014′ 63m)

includes 2014 world premieres and UK new-releases, 50m+ [*]

Psychic Driving

shorts (seen 2014 and premiering in 2013/4)
13/13 (*****/5)
Psychic Driving (Jones 2014)
Sun Stop (Brehm 2014)
12/13 (*****/5)
Buffalo Death Mask (Hoolboom 2013)
Colterrain (Frank 2014)
The Claustrum (Rosenblatt 2014)
Ginza Strip (Tuohy 2014)
The Queen (Abramovich 2013)
Seven Boats (Pálmason 2014)
Seventh Submarine (Brown 2014)
V~ (Knapp 2014)
11/13 (****/5)
Deorbit (Takashi & Telcosystems 2014)
Balazher: The Corrections of Reality (Kordonets 2013)
Fallen Leaves (Kondakova 2014)
Karpotrotter (Ivanišin 2013 49/50m)
Pepper’s Ghost (Broomer 2013)
Smile, and the World Will Smile Back (al-Haddad family, Gross & Tarabieh 2014)
Turtle Island (‘O.N.L.S.D.’, i.e. Calice & Treml 2014)
Water and Worms (‘O.N.L.S.D.’, i.e. Calice & Treml 2014)

Gerdy, the Wicked Witch

archival shorts
(49m or less; previously unseen)
13/13 {*****/5}
Gerdy, the Wicked Witch (Šimunić 1976)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
(Herzog 1974)
Low (R.E.M.) (Herbert 1990)
12/13 {*****/5}
The Button (Sahakyants 1989)
Factory (Loznitsa 2004)
Fellow Citizens! (Heynowski & Scheumann 1974)
Paura in città (1181 dni pozneje ali vonj po podganah)  (Marc 1984)
Games of Reflection and of Speed (Chomette 1926)
Schmeerguntz (Nelson & Wiley 1966)
Sparrows (Abdyjaparov 1995)

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The Wolf's Mouth

23+/28 since 2005

2017:  Araby [28]
2016:  One Hundred and Fifty Years of Life [23]

2015:  Toponymy [27]; Chappie [26]; Lost and Beautiful [23]
2014 : The Duke of Burgundy [23]; It Follows [23]; Li’l Quinquin {TV} [23]
2013 : Stray Dogs [28]; On the Edge of the World [24]; Hard To Be A God [23]; The Joycean Society [23; mid]
2012 : Frances Ha [27]; Me Too [25]; The Act of Killing [25].
2011 : Innocent Saturday [25]; Elena [25]; Rango [23]; Sawdust City [23]; small roads [23].
2010 : Archipelago [25]; The Christening [23]; Finisterrae [23]; The Lord’s Ride [23].

2009 : Symbol [26]; District 9 [24]; The Wolf’s Mouth [23], Green Waters [23], A Serious Man [23].
2008 : The Wrestler [27]; René [24]; Revolutionary Road [24]; Wall-E [24]; Stella [23], Import Export [23].
2007 : casting a glance [28]; The Call of the Wild [25]; With a Girl of Black Soil [24]; Cargo 200 [24]; Blind Mountain [24]; Control [24]; Go Go Tales [23]; Zodiac [23].
2006: United 93 [27]; Fantasma [24]; Volver [24]; Children of Men [23]; The Other Half [23]; How Is Your Fish Today? [23]; Bellavista [23]; Pan’s Labyrinth [23]; Yella [23]
2005: A History of Violence [27]; Who is Bozo Texino? [26]; King Kong [24]; Taking Father Home [23].