For archival purposes, I file everything by the year it had its world premiere. Many of these films will have been commercially released in the U.S. a year or two later, so my lists won’t always match up with other folks’ lists.
Films I haven’t yet rated on that scale are marked with if I currently think they belong in my top ten. These films are subject to being shifted around or yanked altogether at any moment, after I revisit them and they get a numeral. (Lists from prior to about 1988 are especially suspect, as I compiled them long ago from memories that were in many cases already pretty dusty.) If a film isn’t currently in my top ten, and I haven’t yet rated it, you’ll find it under Notable Omissions below or you won’t find it at all. There are a whole lot of the latter — if you’re wondering whether or not I’ve seen the masterpiece you can’t believe I omitted, check my master list.
Notable Omissions:Alien3 (Fincher); The Best Intentions (August); Bitter Moon
(Polanski); Céline (Brisseau); Deep Cover (Duke); Dream of Light (Erice); The Living End (Araki); Lorenzo's Oil (Miller);
Man Bites Dog (Belvaux & Bonzel & Poelvoorde); Of Mice and
Men (Sinise); Once Upon a Time in China II (Tsui); Red Rock
West (Dahl); Savage Nights (Collard); Simple Men
(Hartley); Single White Female (Schroeder); Singles
(Crowe); The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang); Supercop (Tong); A
Tale of Winter (Rohmer); Visions of Light (Glassman & McCarthy
As yet unseen:Actress (Kwan); Dragon Inn (Lee); The Last Bolshevik (Marker); The Second Heimat (Reitz); Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (Baldwin)