Dave Kehr


Bubble (Steven Soderbergh)
L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (Albert Brooks)
Manderlay (Lars von Trier)
Monster House (Gil Kenan)
Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
Le Petit Lieutenant (Xavier Beauvois)
Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman)

Previous Years: - - - - 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 -
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 80's
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 90's
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 00's


(Chicago Reader)
01. Le Petit Theatre de Jean Renoir (Jean Renoir)
02. Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
03. The Tamarind Seed (Blake Edwards)
04. Wedding in Blood (Claude Chabrol)
05. The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester)
06. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
07. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel)
08. Lacombe, Lucien (Louis Malle)
09. The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Juggernaut (Richard Lester)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson)
02. The Middle of the World (Alain Tanner)
03. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)
04. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)
05. La Rupture (Claude Chabrol)
06. Love Among the Ruins (George Cukor)
07. Fist-Right of Freedom (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
08. The Romantic Englishwoman (Joseph Losey)
09. Hard Times (Walter Hill)
10. Supervixens (Russ Meyer)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock)
02. The Age of Medici and Blaise Pascal (Roberto Rossellini)
03. Robin and Marian (Richard Lester)
04. Jonah---Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Alain Tanner)
05. The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)
06. The Shootist (Don Siegel)
07. Just Before Nightfall (Claude Chabrol)
08. Mother Kuster's Trip to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
09. French Provincial (Andre Techine)
10. Allegro Non Troppo (Bruno Bozzetto)


(Chicago Reader)
01. F for Fake (Orson Welles)
02. The Memory of Justice (Marcel Ophuls)
03. The Marquise of O (Eric Rohmer)
04. A Piece of Pleasure (Claude Chabrol)
05. Numero Deux (Jean-Luc Godard)
06. Moses and Aaron (Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet)
07. Islands in the Stream (Franklin Schaffner)
08. The Gauntlet (Clint Eastwood)
09. Padre, Padrone (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
10. The Rescuers (Wolfgang Reitherman/John Lounsbery/Art Stevens)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
02. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel)
03. The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
04. Meetings with Anna (Chantal Akerman)
05. The Messiah (Roberto Rossellini)
06. The Driver (Walter Hill)
07. Halloween (John Carpenter)
08. Big Wednesday (John Milius)
09. Blue Collar (Paul Schrader)
10. Filming Othello (Orson Welles)


(Chicago Reader)
01. 10 (Blake Edwards)
02. The Left Handed Woman (Peter Handke)
03. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero)
04. Perceval (Eric Rohmer)
05. The Warriors (Walter Hill)
06. Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci)
07. Escape from Alcatraz (Don Siegel)
08. In a Year With Thirteen Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
09. Fedora (Billy Wilder)
10. Angi, Vera (Pal Gabor)


(Chicago Reader)
01. The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson)
02. The Human Factor (Otto Preminger)
03. Contract (Krzysztof Zanussi)
04. The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)
05. Used Cars (Robert Zemeckis)
06. Quadrophenia (Franc Roddam)
07. The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard)
08. Gloria (John Cassavetes)
09. Mad Max (George Miller)
10. The Long Riders (Walter Hill)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme)
02. Loulou (Maurice Pialat)
03. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Fred Schepisi)
04. Ici et ailleurs (Jean-Luc Godard)
05. Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard)
06. Confidence (Istvan Szabo)
07. From the Clouds to Resistance (Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet)
08. Modern Romance (Albert Brooks)
09. Atlantic City (Louis Malle)
10. Reds (Warren Beatty)


(Chicago Reader)
The Aviator's Wife (Eric Rohmer)
Barbarosa (Fred Schepisi)
Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier)
Eijanaika (Shohei Imamura)
Mes petites amoureuses (Jean Eustache)
Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski)
Le pont du nord (Jacques Rivette)
Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson)
Too Early, Too Late (Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet)
Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira)
02. A Room in Town (Jacques Demy)
03. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
04. Ana (Antonio Reis/Margarida Cordeiro)
05. The Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman)
06. The State of Things (Wim Wenders)
07. Exposed (James Toback)
08. Risky Business (Paul Brickman)
09. Sudden Impact (Clint Eastwood)
10. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)


(Chicago Reader)
01. L'argent (Robert Bresson)
02. Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
03. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
04. Passion (Jean-Luc Godard)
05. A Sunday in the Country (Bertrand Tavernier)
06. The Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raul Ruiz)
07. A nos amours (Maurice Pialat)
08. In the White City (Alain Tanner)
09. Boy Meets Girl (Leos Carax)
10. My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burnett)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
02. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
03. Mikey and Micky (Elaine May)
04. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
05. Les enfants (Marguerite Duras)
06. Day of the Dead (George A. Romero)
07. Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
08. City of Pirates (Raul Ruiz)
09. Maria's Lovers (Andrei Konchalovsky)
10. The Legend of Tianyun Mountain (Xie Jin)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
02. The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky)
03. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)
04. Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
05. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
06. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
07. Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
08. Heartbreak Ridge (Clint Eastwood)
09. Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola)
10. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Hope and Glory (John Boorman)
02. The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben)
03. Swimming to Cambodia (Jonathan Demme)
04. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
05. Therese (Alain Cavalier)
06. Street Smart (Jerry Schatzberg)
07. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)
08. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
09. House of Games (David Mamet)
10. Roxanne (Fred Schepisi)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Melo (Alain Resnais)
02. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
03. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
04. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
05. Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky)
06. Monkey Shines (George A. Romero)
07. The Land Before Time (Don Bluth)
08. A World Apart (Chris Menges)
09. The Naked Gun
10. Bird (Clint Eastwood)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies)
02. Say Anything (Cameron Crowe)
03. Pink Cadillac (Buddy Van Horn)
04. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
05. High Hopes (Mike Leigh)
06. Always (Steven Spielberg)
07. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton)
08. Queen of Hearts (Jon Amiel)
09. The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves)
10. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Eric Rohmer)

Best Films of the 1980s

(Chicago Tribune)
L'argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
Decalogue (1989, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Francisca (1981, Manoel de Oliveira)
Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)
Melo (1986, Alain Resnais)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984, Sergio Leone)
Passion (1982, Jean-Luc Godard)
Three Crowns of the Sailor (1982, Raul Ruiz)
A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Wings of Desire (1987, Wim Wenders)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett)
02. Where the Heart Is (John Boorman)
03. Sweetie (Jane Campion)
04. Men Don't Leave (Paul Brickman)
05. Story of Women (Claude Chabrol)
06. White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood)
07. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
08. The Freshman (Andrew Bergman)
09. Miami Blues (George Armitage)
10. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
02. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
03. Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks)
04. The Killer (John Woo)
05. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)
06. My Own Priavte Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
07. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow)
08. My 20th Century (Ildiko Enyedi)
09. Archangel (Guy Maddin)
10. Hangin' With the Homeboys (Joseph P. Vasquez)


(Chicago Tribune)
01. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
02. La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
03. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
04. The Hairdresser's Husband (Patrice Leconte)
05. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
06. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
07. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse)
08. Edward II (Derek Jarman)
09. Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
10. One False Move (Carl Franklin)


(from Dave Kehr personally)
01. A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood)
02. Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)
03. M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)
04. The Piano (Jane Campion)
05. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
06. La Vie de Boheme (Aki Kaurismaki)
07. Naked (Mike Leigh)
08. Dave (Ivan Reitman)
09. Matinee (Joe Dante)
10. Hard Boiled (John Woo)


(Film Comment)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Calendar (Atom Egoyan)
Caro Diario (Nanni Moretti)
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
Mrs. Parker and the Viscious Circle (Alan Rudolph)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Unforgettable Summer (Lucian Pintilie)


(New York Daily News)
01. Through The Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
02. The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira)
03. Beyond Rangoon (John Boorman)
04. The Bridges Of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
05. Georgia (Ulu Grosbard)
06. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
07. Wild Bill (Walter Hill)
08. Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow)
09. Clean, Shaven (Lodge H. Kerrigan)
10. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
(Film Comment) 01. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
02. Underground (Emir Kusturica)
03. Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
04. The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira)
05. Beyond Rangoon (John Boorman)
06. L'Appat (Bertrand Tavernier)
07. La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
08. The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
09. Georgia (Ulu Grosbard)
10. Ulysses' Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos)


(New York Daily News)
01. Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier)
02. Mother (Albert Brooks)
03. La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
04. Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)
05. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (Claude Sautet)
06. Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe)
07. The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi)
08. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
09. Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)
10. Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)


(New York Daily News)
01. Titanic (James Cameron)
02. Crash (David Cronenberg)
03. Ulee's Gold (Victor Nunez)
04. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
05. Underground (Emir Kusturica)
06. In & Out (Frank Oz)
07. Capitaine Conan (Bertrand Tavernier)
08. Absolute Power (Clint Eastwood)
09. My Sex Life...or How I Got Into an Argument(Arnaud Desplechin)
10. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)


(New York Daily News)
01. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
02. Affliction (Paul Schrader)
03. Hana-bi (Takeshi Kitano)
04. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
05. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
06. Happiness (Todd Solondz)
07. There's Something About Mary (Bobby Farrelly/Peter Farrelly)
08. The Saltmen of Tibet (Ulrike Koch)
09. Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon)
10. The Eel (Shohei Imamura)


(from Film Comment)

contributed by Adam Harrison-Friday

01. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar)
02. Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer)
03. Holy Smoke! (Jane Campion)
04. Election (Alexander Payne)
05. julien donkey-boy (Harmony Korine)
06. Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
07. Dogma (Kevin Smith)
08. The Limey (Steven Soderbergh)
09. Rosetta (Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
10. The 13th Warrior (John McTiernan)


contributed by Jeff Anderson
01. Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis)
02. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
03. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
04. Human Resources (Laurent Cantet)
05. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
06. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
07. Croupier (Mike Hodges)
08. Pola X (Leos Carax)
09. Nurse Betty (Neil LaBute)
10. Spectres of the Spectrum (Craig Baldwin)


(New York Times)

contributed by Jeff Anderson

01. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
02. The Tailor of Panama (John Boorman)
03. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
04. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
05. The Circle (Jafar Pahani)
06. À ma soeur (Fat Girl) (Catharine Breillat)
07. Shrek (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson)
08. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
09. A Chronicle of Corpses (Andrew Repasky McElhinney)
10. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama)


(New York Times)
01. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
02. About Schmidt (Alexander Payne)
03. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar)
04. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
05. Time Out (Laurent Cantet)
06. In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard)
07. I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira)
08. Mahagonny (Harry Smith)
09. Windtalkers (John Woo)
10. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura)


(New York Times)
01. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
02. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki)
03. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)
04. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
05. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
06. To Be and to Have (Nicolas Philibert)
07. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Joe Dante)
08. Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhang-ke)
09. Big Fish (Tim Burton)
10. The Hunted (William Friedkin)


(from Village Voice Take 6 poll)
01. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
02. Dogville (Lars von Trier)
03. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
04. The Polar Express (Robert Zemeckis)
05. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
06. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
07. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
08. The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
09. The Five Obstructions (Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier)
10. Undertow (David Gordon Green)


(New York Times)
01. Oldboy (Park Chanwook)
02. The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
03. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
04. Kings and Queens (Arnaud Desplechin)
05. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
06. The Ice Harvest (Harold Ramis)
07. Palindromes (Todd Solondz)
08. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)
09. Land of the Dead (George A. Romero)
10. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Tim Burton & Mike Johnson)