Top Tens, etc

Published on: December 27th, 2015

Spotlight

2016 Top Ten
1. Spotlight [8/10] {22/28} McCarthy 2015*
2. Aferim! [8] {22} Jude 2015*
3. Creed [8] {21} Coogler 2015*
4. The Club [8] {21} Larraín 2015*
5. Knight of Cups [8] {21} Malick 2015*
6. measuring change [8] {21} Benning 2016 [61m]
7. Tempestad [7+] {20+} Huezo 2016
8. Radio Dreams [7] {20} Jalali 2016
9. Anomalisa [7] {20} Johnson/Kaufman 2015*
10. Court [7] {19} Tamhane 2014*
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world premieres and new UK releases (*), 50m+
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[7] {19}
Depth Two (2016); Goodnight Mommy*, Hardcore Henry*, Mustang*, The Revenant*, Where I Grow Old (2016)
[7?] {19?}
Batman v Superman (2016)*
[7] {18}
Love & Friendship (2016)*, Son of Saul*, WINWIN (2016), Bone Tomahawk*, Shops Around the Corner (2016), Queen of Earth*, The Swirl (2016); Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2015-6)

The French Road

shorts
(49m or less; seen for first time in 2016 and premiering 2016/15)
1 Autumn (Rauchenstein 2016 3m) [9/10] {25/28} seen: Graz
2 The French Road (Summereder 2016 6m) [9] {25} Graz
3 Engram of Returning (Saïto 2015 19m) [8] {23} Edinburgh
4 Mercury (Klahr 2015 3m) [8] {22} Rotterdam
5 Shiny (Campos & Susser 2016 4m) [8] {22} Grimstad
6 Tears; The Eyes Crescendo (Wigren 2015 12m) [8] {21} Tromsø
7 Gorse and Flowers (Toxos e flores) (Vilela 2016 4m) [8] {21} A Coruña
8 Capital Cuba (Lurf 2015 12m) [8] {21} Edinburgh
9 In, Over & Out (Brameshuber 2015 10m) [8] {21} Graz
10 Procedere (Quack 2015 44m) [7] {20} online

[7/10] {20/28}
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
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 (‘Ratboy’s Dad’ 2016 7s] online
[7+] {19+}
Josef: My Father’s Criminal Record (Zwirchmayr 2015 19m) Graz
[7/10] {19/28}
Atlantic35 (Schwaba 2016 14s) Graz
Bacon and God’s Wrath (Friedman 2015 9m) Grimstad
Concerning the Bodyguard (Farahani 2015; 10m) Grimstad
Historia Cerebro (Rodríguez 2015 5m) A Coruña
Huge Fire at The Address Downtown Dubai Luxury Hotel timelapse (Mallari/Neiezhmakov 2016 2m) online
NAVIGATOR (Kammerer 2015 7m) Graz
Speaking Is Difficult (Schnack 2015 12m)  Ambulante (Oaxaca)
Tracks (Bergdahl 2015 14m) Grimstad
Tuesday (Demirel 2015 12m) Istanbul (!f)
Uncanny Valley (Wenninger 2015 13m) Graz
Vintage Print (Fruhauf 2015 13m) Edinburgh

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 {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
11. The Academy of Muses (Guerín 2015)
(UK new releases [*] and 2015 world-premieres, 50m+)

next
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) mid-length (64min)
The Tribe
(Slaboshpytskiy 2014)*

7/10
{20/28}
Anomalisa (Johnson & Kaufman 2015)^
The Boy and the Beast (Hosoda 2015)
Business Club (Mahieu & Pinell 2015) mid-length (58min)
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) mid-length (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}
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 (mid-length) (Tsai 2014) 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}

8/10 {21/28}
The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh (Bender & Moss) 8/10 {21}

7/10 {20/28}
Christmas, Again (Poekel 2014)
Crepuscule (mid-length) (Vasyanovych 2014)
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) mid-length

includes 2014 world premieres and UK new-releases [*]

Psychic Driving

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

Gerdy, the Wicked Witch

archival shorts
(49m or less; previously unseen)
*****
/5
Gerdy, the Wicked Witch (Šimunić 1976) 13/13
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
(Herzog 1974)
Low (R.E.M.) (Herbert 1990)

The Button (Sahakyants 1989) 12/13
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 2008

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].
2008 : The Wrestler [27]; René [24]; Revolutionary Road [24]; Wall-E [24]; Stella [23], Import Export [23].
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