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. 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:The City of Lost
Children (Jeunet & Caro); Clockers (S. Lee); Dead Man
(Jarmusch); Devil in a Blue Dress (Franklin); Forgotten
Silver (Jackson); Good Men, Good Women (Hou); Kids
(Clark); La Cérémonie (Chabrol);
Le Garçu (Pialat); A Little Princess
(Cuarón); Maborosi (Kore-eda); Nixon (Stone);
Persuasion (Michell); Sense and Sensibility (A. Lee);
Shanghai Triad (Zhang); A Single Girl (Jacquot); Strange
Days (Bigelow); Up/Down/Fragile (Rivette); Underground
(Kusturica); Underneath (Soderbergh)
As yet unseen:Deseret (Benning);
Salaam Cinema (Makhmalbaf); Tokyo Fist (Tsukamoto)