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:Comrades, Almost a Love
Story (Chan); Drifting Clouds (Kaurismäki);
Freeway (Bright); The Funeral (Ferrara); Goodbye South,
Goodbye (Hou); Kansas City (Altman); Kids Return
(Kitano); Microcosmos (Nuridsany & Pérennou);
Ponette (Doillon); Scream (Craven); Secrets & Lies
(Leigh); A Summer's Tale (Rohmer); Thieves (Les Voleurs)
(Téchiné); Tin Cup (Shelton); When We Were
Kings (Gast); William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
As yet unseen:God's
Comedy (Monteiro); Nightjohn (Burnett); Perfect Love