Jonathan Rosenbaum


(Chicago Reader)
01a. Cafe Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
01b. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
02a. Army of Shadows (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)
02b. Statues Also Die (1953, Alain Resnais/Chris Marker/Ghislain Cloquet)
03a. The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton)
03b. Irag in Fragments (James Longley)
04a. Cuadecuc-Vampir (1970, Pere Portabelle)
04b. Warsaw Bridge (1990, Pere Portabella)
05a. Find Me Guilty (Sidney Lumet)
05b. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
06a. Citadel (Atom Egoyan)
06b. The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis)
07a. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones)
07b. The Illusionist (Neil Burger)
08a. Ask the Dust (Robert Towne)
08b. Hollywoodland (Allen Coulter)
09a. Moments Choisis des Histoire(s) du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
09b. My Dad Is 100 Years Old (Guy Maddin)
10a. Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater)
10b. Bobby (Emilio Estevez)

Previous Years: - - - - 1974 1975 1976 - - - -
- 1981 - - - - - 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


(Film Comment)


Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
Amarcord (Federico Fellini)
Cockfighter (Monte Hellman)
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (Laura Mulvey/Peter Wollen)
Le Petit Theatre de Jean Renoir (Jean Renoir)
Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman)
Toni (Jean Renoir)
What? (Roman Polanski)


(Film Comment)

order may or may not be preferential

The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson)
Nashville (Robert Altman)
Stavisky (Alain Resnais)
Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow)
Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu)
California Split (Robert Altman)
Badlands (Terrence Malick)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah)
Occasional Work of a Female Slave (Alexander Kluge)


(Film Comment)

order may or may not be preferential

Shin Heike Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Five Women Around Utamaro (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Number Two (Jean-Luc Godard)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock)
F for Fake (Orson Welles)
Coilin and Platonida (James Scott)
Breaking With Old Ideas (Peking Film Studio)
Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (Thom Andersen)


(Film Comment)


contributed by Theo Panayides

Amor de Perdicao (Manoel de Oliveira)
Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer)
Gal Young 'Un (Victor Nunez)
Hardly Working (Jerry Lewis)
India Song (Marguerite Duras)
Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry)
Numero Deux (Jean-Luc Godard)
Reds (Warren Beatty)
Shock Treatment (Jim Sharman)
Taxi Zum Klo (Frank Ripploh)


(Chicago Reader)
01. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
02. Mammame (Raul Ruiz)
03. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
04. Melo (Alain Resnais)
05. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)
06. Ishtar (Elaine May)
07. Landscape Suicide (James Benning)
08. Tough Guys Don't Dance (Norman Mailer)
09. From the Pole to the Equator(Yervant Gianikian/Angela Ricci Lucchi)
10. Black Widow (Bob Rafelson)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Mix-Up (Francoise Romand)
02. Brightness (Souleymane Cisse)
03. Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)
04. Repentance (Tengiz Abuladze)
05. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
06. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis)
07. King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard)
08. Talking to Strangers (Rob Tregenza)
09. Uncommon Senses: Plain Talk & Common Sense (Jon Jost)
10. Hairspray (John Waters)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Distant Voices/Still Lives (Terence Davies)
02. A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
03. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam)
04. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
05. High Hopes (Mike Leigh)
06. Golub (Jerry Blumenthal/Gordon Quinn)
07. Rembrandt Laughing (Jon Jost)
08. sex, lies, and videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
09. Forevermore: Biography of Leach Lord (Eric Saks)
10. Say Anything... (Cameron Crowe)

15 BEST OF THE 1980s

(Chicago Reader)

chronological order

Out of the Blue (1980, Dennis Hopper)
Sans soleil (1981, Chris Marker)
Blade Runner (1981, Ridley Scott)
Passion (1982, Jean-Luc Godard)
The King of Comedy (1983, Martin Scorsese)
Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)
Manuel on the Island of Wonders (1984, Raul Ruiz)
Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
The Horse Thief (1985, Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Mix-Up (1985, Francoise Romand)
Melo (1986, Alain Resnais)
Brightness (1987, Souleymane Cisse)
Housekeeping (1987, Bill Forsyth)
A Story of the Wind (1988, Joris Ivens/Marceline Loridan)
Distant Voices/Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Sweetie (Jane Campion)
02. City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
03. To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett)
04. White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood)
05. The Icicle Thief (Maurizio Nichetti)
06. Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
07. The Plot Against Harry (Michael Roemer)
08. Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich)
09. Mr. Hoover and I (Emile De Antonio)
10a. The Freshman (Andrew Bergman)
10b. Miami Blues (George Armitage)


(Chicago Reader)
01. L'Atalante (restoration)(Jean Vigo)
02. An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)
03. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
04. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)
05. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
06. Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris, Jr.)
07. Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland)
08. Camp Thiaroye (Ousmane Sembene)
09. Hangin' With the Homeboys (Joseph P. Vasquez)
10. For the Boys (Mark Rydell)


(Chicago Reader)
01. A Tale of the Wind (Joris Ivens)
02. Actress (Stanley Kwan)
03. Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)
04a. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
04b. And Life Goes On (Abbas Kiarostami)
05. The Famine Within (Katherine Gilday)
06. Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Mark Rappaport)
07. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
08. Close My Eyes (Stephen Poliakoff)
09a. Grown-Ups (Mike Leigh)
09b. As You See (Harun Farocki)
10. La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Nouvelle Vague (Jean-Luc Godard)
02. The Puppet Master (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
03a. Night and Day (Chantal Akerman)
03b. From the East (Chantal Akerman)
04. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
05. Bitter Moon (Roman Polanski)
06. The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou)
07a. The Passing (Bill Viola)
07b. Histoire(s)du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
08a. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar/Peter Wintonick)
08b. It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles (R. Wilson/M. Meisel/B. Krohn)
09. Silverlake Life: The View From Here (Peter Friedman/Tom Joslin)
10a. Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige)
10b. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Satantango (Bela Tarr)
02. The Second Heimat (Edgar Reitz)
03. That's Entertainment! III (Bud Friedgen/Michael J. Sheridan)
04. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
05. Fly High Run Far (Kwon-taek Im)
06. Little Women (Gillian Armstrong)
07. Calendar (Atom Egoyan)
08. Highway Patrolman (Alex Cox)
09. The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker)
10a. Bad Blood (Leos Carax)
10b. Being Human (Bill Forsyth)
10c. Caro Diario (Nanni Moretti)
10d. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
10e. Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
10f. Go Fish (Rose Troche)
10g. Guelwaar (Ousmane Sembene)
10h. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
10i. I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin)
10j. In the Land of the Deaf (Nicolas Philibert)
10k. Jamon Jamon (J.J. Bigas Luna)
10l. The Little Girl of Hanoi (Hai Ninh)
10m. Oleanna (David Mamet)
10n. On the Bridge (Frank Perry)
10o. Only Cinema (Histoire(s)du Cinema)(Jean-Luc Godard)
10p. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
10q. Raining Stones (Ken Loach)
10r. Savage Nights (Cyril Collard)
10s. The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung)
10t. The Thing Called Love (Peter Bogdanovich)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif)
02. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
03a. A Great Day in Harlem (Jean Bach)
03b. When It Rains (Charles Burnett)
04. Lamerica (Gianni Amelio)
05. Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
06. Safe (Todd Haynes)
07. Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
08. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
09. Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambety)
10. Up Down Fragile (Jacques Rivette)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
02a. The Asthenic Syndrome (Mira Kuratova)
02b. The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
03a. Nightjohn (Charles Burnett)
03b. The Neon Bible (Terence Davies)
04a. Regularly or Irregularly (Abbas Kiarostami)
04b. From the Jounals of Jean Seberg (Mark Rappaport)
05a. Thieves (Andre Techine)
05b. My Favorite Season (Andre Techine)
06a. The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi)
06b. Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsaio-hsien)
07a. Blush (Li Shaohong)
07b. Red Hollywood (Thom Anderson & Noel Burch)
08a. Flirt (Hal Hartley)
08b. Deseret (James Benning)
09a. Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton)
09b. Joan the Maid (Jacques Rivette)
10a. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
10b. Basquiat (Julian Schnabel)
11a. Get on the Bus (Spike Lee)
11b. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
12a. Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton)
12b. The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller)
13a. When Pigs Fly (Sara Driver)
13b. Desolation Angels (Tim McCann)
14a. Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci)
14b. My Life and Times With Antonin Artaud (Gerard Mordillat)
15a. Ectasy (Mariano Barroso)
15b. Vive l'Amour (Tsai Ming-liang)
16a. Cyclo (Tran Anh Hung)
16b. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
17a. 2 X 50 Years of French Cinema (Anne-Marie Mieville & Jean-Luc Godard)
17b. The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner)
18a. A Family Thing (Richard Pearce)
18b. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (Claude Sautet)
19a. Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (Stanley Kwan)
19b. Red Lotus Society (Stan Lai)
20a. Foxfire (Annette Haywood-Carter)
20b. Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)
20c. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)


(Chicago Reader)
01. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
02. The House Is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad)
03. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
04. The Ceremony (Claude Chabrol)
05a. 4 Little Girls (Spike Lee)
05b. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris)
06. La promesse (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
07. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute)
08. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
09. As Good As It Gets (James L. Brooks)
10. Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Inquietude (Manoel de Oliveira)
02. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
03. The Apostle (Robert Duvall)
04. Small Soldiers (Joe Dante)
05. Jour de fete (Jacques Tati)
06a. Public Housing (Frederick Wiseman)
06b. Vietnam: Long Time Coming (Jerry Blumenthal/Peter Gilbert/Gordon Quinn)
07a. Kundun (Martin Scorsese)
07b. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsaio-hsien)
08a. The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
08b. Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
09. The Newton Boys (Richard Linklater)
10a. Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
10b. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (James Ivory)


(Chicago Reader)
01. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
02. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
03. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
04a. Divorce Iranian Style (Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini)
04b. Narita: Heta Village (Shinsuke Ogawa)
05. I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe)
06. The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax)
07a. Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
07b. The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
08a. The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Julio Medem)
08b. Circle's Short Circuit (Caspar Stracke)
09a. Doctor Akagi (Shohei Imamura)
09b. Mr. Zhao (Lu Yue)
10a. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
10b. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
10c. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
10d. Three Kings (David O. Russell)

Best Films of the 1990s

(Chicago Reader)
Actress (aka Center Stage; aka Ruan Ling Yu)(Stanley Kwan, 1991)
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
From the East (aka D'est)(Chantal Akerman, 1993)
Inquietude (aka Anxiety)(Manoel de Oliveira, 1998)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993)
Satantango (Bela Tarr, 1994)
When It Rains (Charles Burnett, 1995)
The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)


(Chicago Reader)
01. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
02. Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
03. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
04. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)
05. The River (Tsai Ming-liang)
06. The House of Mirth (Terence Davies)
07a. The Smell of Camphor, the Scent of Jasmine (Bahman Farmanara)
07b. The Child and the Soldier (Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi)
08. Khroustaliov, My Car! (Alexei Guerman)
09. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
10. Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano)


(Chicago Reader)
01. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
02. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
03. The Circle (Jafar Panahi)
04. ABC Africa (Abbas Kiarostami)
05. The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (John Gianvito)
06a. Gohatto (Taboo)(Nagisa Oshima)
06b. Chunhyang (Im Kwon-Taek)
07a. Yi Yi (A One And A Two...)(Edward Yang)
07b. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-wai)
08. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
09a. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
09b. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
10. Boesman & Lena (John Berry)


(Chicago Reader)
01. *Corpus Callosum (Michael Snow)
02. Platform (Jia Zhiang-ke)
03. Y tu mama tambien (Alfonso Cuaron)
04. I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira)
05. Ellipses, Reels 1-4 (Stan Brakhage)
06. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov)
07. The Cat's Meow (Peter Bogdanovich)
08. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
09. Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
10. 8 Mile (Curtis Hanson)


(Chicago Reader)
01a. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
01b. Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi)
02. Down With Love (Peyton Reed)
03. In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Marta Kudlacek)
04. Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki)
05. The School of Rock (Richard Linklater)
06a. The Same River Twice (Robb Moss)
06b. My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn)
07. Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella)
08a. Masked and Anonymous (Larry Charles)
08b. The Shape of Things (Neil LaBute)
09a. Oporto of My Childhood (Manoel de Oliveira)
09b. Joy of Madness (Hana Makhmalbaf)
10a. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
10b. Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach)


(Chicago Reader)
01. The Big Red One: The Reconstruction (Samuel Fuller)
02. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
03. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
04. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
05. The Exiles (Kent Mackenzie)
06. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin)
07. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
08. Young Adam (David Mackenzie)
09. Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch)
10. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)


(Chicago Reader)
01. The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
02. Not on the Lips (Alain Resnais)
03. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
04. Ten Skies (James Benning)
05. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
06a. Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
06b. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton)
07a. Yes (Sally Potter)
07b. Capote (Bennett Miller)
08a. Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Michelangelo Antonioni)
08b. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
09a. Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)
09b. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
10a. The Girl from Monday (Hal Hartley)
10b. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)