Monday, 5 March 2012

101 FILMS: A JOURNEY FROM 1991-2011

[Been quiet the past couple of weeks, due to dealing with a busy transitional phase in life, shifting vocational focus. I aim to get back on board with some regular posting this week, with the desire to get another experimental cinema post up and running in the next couple of days]

This is my 101st post. Obviously I’ve just realised this recently, as I would have been celebrating a 100th post as opposed to the 101st, but hey a post is a post is a post, as Gertrude Stein would never have said if she had been a blogger.

I can probably mark my first truly earnest year of cinema-passion as 1991, because that was the first year I recall heading off to the local international film festival by myself, poring through the festival booklet and trying to see as much as I could. So, seeing how the years 1991 to 2011 present a tidyish twenty year stretch, I've decided to celebrate my 101st post by presenting a list of 101 films that represent a journey of little epiphanies – moments that mark some kind of
development in my understanding and appreciation of cinema.

Let's get this clear. It's not a 'best of' list. And these are not necessarily my favourite films of each director represented in the list (only one film per director, by the way - no reason why, we just need rules sometimes).

It's simply a journey, charting little boundary-pushing explosions of surprise.

It maps first encounters with directors I grew to love. It reflects films that allowed me to finally obtain a clearer understanding of a director’s work, made me think "ahh, now I get it", giving me the werewithal to re-appraise previous work. It charts films that lit me up, that had my head buzzing after leaving the cinema. It highlights films that sparked a whole new line of enquiry, a new understanding of the language of cinema, a new path of cinematic discovery.

Right, enough preamble. Here’s the list.

1.      LA BELLE NOISEUSE (Jacques Rivette; France; 1991)
2.      RAISE THE RED LANTERN (Zhang Yimou; Hong Kong; 1991) 
3.      VAN GOGH (Maurice Pialat; France; 1991)
4.      THE QUINCE TREE SUN (Victor Erice; Spain; 1991) 
5.      NIGHT ON EARTH (Jim Jarmusch; USA; 1991)
6.      NAKED LUNCH (David Cronenberg; USA; 1991) 
7.      THE LEADER, HIS DRIVER, AND HIS DRIVER’S WIFE (Nick Broomfield; UK; 1991)
8.      CAREFUL (Guy Maddin; Canada; 1992) 
9.      THE PLAYER (Robert Altman; USA; 1992)
10.   GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (James Foley; USA; 1992)
11.   RESERVOIR DOGS (Quentin Tarantino; USA; 1992)
12.   TIME INDEFINITE (Ross McElwee; USA; 1993) 
13.   CALENDAR (Atom Egoyan; Canada/ Germany/ Armenia; 1993)
14.   SONATINE (Takeshi Kitano; Japan; 1993) 
15.   NAKED (Mike Leigh; UK; 1993)
16.   THREE COLOURS; BLUE, WHITE, RED (France/ Poland/ Switzerland; 1993-1994) 
17.   SATANTANGO (Bela Tarr; Hungary-Germany-Switzerland; 1994)
18.   THE KINGDOM (Lars von Trier; Denmark; 1994) 
19.   CARO DIARIO (Nanni Moretti; Italy/ France; 1994)
20.   LONDON (Patrick Keiller; UK; 1994) 
21.   HOOP DREAMS (Steve James; USA; 1994)
22.   BEFORE THE RAIN (Milcho Manchevski; UK/ France/ Macedonia; 1994) 
23.   LA HAINE (Mathieu Kassovitz; France; 1995)
24.   FARGO (Joel and Ethan Coen; USA; 1995) 
25.   HEAT (Michael Mann; USA; 1995)
26.   A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE (Mohsen Makhmalbaf; Iran/ France/ Switzerland; 1995) 
27.   UNDERGROUND (Emir Kusturica; France/ Germany/ Hungary; 1995)
28.   LONE STAR (John Sayles; USA; 1995) 
29.   CRUMB (Terry Zwigoff; USA; 1995)
30.   IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas; France; 1996) 
31.   DRIFTING CLOUDS (Aki Kaurismaki; Finland; 1996)
32.   WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (William Gazecki; USA; 1997) 
33.   FAST, CHEAP, AND OUT OF CONTROL (Errol Morris; USA; 1997)
34.   PUBLIC HOUSING (Frederick Wiseman; USA; 1997) 
35.   BOOGIE NIGHTS (Paul Thomas Anderson; USA; 1997)
36.   FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke; Austria; 1997) 
37.   A TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami; Iran; 1997)
38.   MOTHER AND SON (Aleksandr Sokurov; Russia/ Germany; 1997) 
39.   THE INTERVIEW (Harun Farocki; Germany; 1997)
40.   HAPPINESS (Todd Solondz; USA; 1998) 
41.   42 UP (Michael Apted; UK; 1998)
42.   THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick; USA; 1998) 
43.   FESTEN (Thomas Vinterberg; Denmark; 1998)
44.   BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis; France; 1998) 
45.   I STAND ALONE (Gaspar Noe; France; 1998)
46.   RING (Hideo Nakata; Japan; 1998) 
47.   AFTER LIFE (Hirokazu Kore-eda; Japan; 1998)
48.   HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA (Jean-Luc Godard; France; 1998) 
49.   ETERNITY AND A DAY (Theo Angelopoulos; Greece/ France/ Italy/ Germany; 1998)
50.   ALONE, LIFE WASTES ANDY HARDY (Martin Arnold; Austria; 1998) 
51.   PONY GLASS (Lewis Klahr; USA; 1998)
52.   FILM IST. (1-12) (Gustav Deutsch; Austria; 1998/2002) 
53.   ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (Pedro Almodovar; Spain; 1999)
54.   ROSETTA (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Belgium/ France; 1999) 
55.   RATCATCHER (Lynne Ramsay; UK/ France; 1999)
56.   L’HUMANITE (Bruno Dumont; France; 1999) 
57.   OUTER SPACE (Peter Tscherkassky; Austria; 1999)
58.   SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (Roy Andersson; Sweden/ France/ Denmark/ Norway/ Germany; 2000) 
59.   EUREKA (Shinji Aoyama; Japan; 2000)
60.   THE CIRCLE (Jafar Panahi; Iran; 2000) 
61.   IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-Wai; Hong Kong/ France; 2000)
62.   YI YI (Edward Yang; Taiwan/ Japan; 2000)  
63.   THE GLEANERS AND I (Agnes Varda; France; 2000)
64.   NINE QUEENS (Fabian Bielinsky; Argentina; 2000) 
65.   PLATFORM (Jia Zhangke; Hong Kong/ Japan/ France/ Netherlands/ Switzerland; 2000)
66.   MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch; USA; 2001) 
67.   BLOODY SUNDAY (Paul Greengrass; UK/ Ireland; 2001)
68.   TIME OUT (Laurent Cantet; France; 2001) 
69.   PULSE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Japan; 2001)
70.   A MA SOEUR! (Catherine Breillat; France/ Italy; 2001) 
71.   THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson; USA; 2001)
72.   FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma; France; 2002) 
73.   THE CENTURY OF THE SELF (Adam Curtis; UK; 2002)
74.   DISTANT (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Turkey/ Netherlands; 2002) 
75.   TO BE AND TO HAVE (Nicolas Philibert; France; 2002)
76.   DECASIA (Bill Morrison; USA; 2002)  
77.   BUS 174 (Felipe Larceda & Jose Padilha; Brazil; 2002)
78.   GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang; Taiwan; 2003) 
79.   ELEPHANT (Gus van Sant; USA; 2003)
80.   THE BEST OF YOUTH (Marco Tullio Giordana; Italy; 2003) 
81.   MEMORIES OF MURDER (Bong Joon-ho; South Korea; 2003)
82.   KINGS AND QUEEN (Arnaud Desplechin; France; 2004) 
83.   OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook; South Korea; 2004)
84.   LOS MUERTOS (Lisandro Alonso; Argentina/ France/ Netherlands/ Switzerland; 2004) 
85.   THE HOLY GIRL (Lucrecia Martel; Argentina/ Spain/ Netherlands/ Italy/ Switzerland; 2004)
86.   GRIZZLY MAN (Werner Herzog; USA; 2005) 
87.   WORKINGMAN’S DEATH (Michael Glawogger; Austria/ Germany; 2005)
88.   SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Thailand/ France/ Netherlands/ Austria; 2006) 
89.   12.08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (Corneliu Porumboiu; Romania/ France; 2006)
90.   COLOSSAL YOUTH (Pedro Costa; Portugal/ France/ Switzerland; 2006) 
91.   SILENT LIGHT (Carlos Reygadas; Mexico/ France/ Netherlands; 2007)
92.   AT SEA (Peter Hutton; USA; 2007) 
93.   IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (Jose Luis Guerin; Spain/ France; 2007)
94.   MODERN LIFE (Raymond Depardon; France; 2008) 
95.   MAN ON WIRE (James Marsh; UK; 2008)
96.   LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Tomas Alfredson; Sweden/ Norway; 2008) 
97.   DOGTOOTH (Giorgos Lanthimos; Greece; 2009)
98.   DISORDER (Weikai Huang; China; 2009) 
99.   EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (Banksy; UK; 2010)
100.  NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (Patricio Guzman; Chile/ France/ Germany; 2010) 
101.  LE QUATTRO VOLTE (Michelangelo Frammartino; Italy/ France/ Switzerland; 2010)

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