Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring/A Tale of Two Sisters
Ghost in the Shell 2/Incredibles
The Return/Mean Creek
Kill Bill 2
Last Life in the Universe
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. Gozu (n/a)
9. The Aviator (9)
8. Tale of Two Sisters (8)
7. The Incredibles (7)
6. The Return (6)
5. Last Life in the Universe (3)
4. Crimson Gold (2)
3. Birth (4)
2. Kill Bill 1 & 2 (5)
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
So Kill Bill as one film means that the one film is better than the two parts – you take away the tonal differences and… let’s say that treating the picture as one picture as originally intended makes this a five-hour masterpiece of schlock pulp, she-power. Gozu sneaks on the list as the one that got away in 2004; so transgressive and balls-out indecipherable in the most brilliant possible way. That makes two revisions for Miike who’s turning out to be a louder voice than originally suspected. That means we drop the lovely Before Sunset that leaves a golden afterglow, but has proven delible to me. Still a fan of Kim Ki-Duk, his seasons flick seems less vital somehow than his others now and though I still like Mean Creek, I wonder if I didn’t like it more because it made sense in 2004 than because it was something for eternity. Ghost in the Shell 2 is still vastly underrated; as is The Aviator – I was sad to lose one in the wash. Glad to be able to bump Birth up the list a slot; keep the terrifying/sensual A Tale of Two Sisters as still one of the scariest films of the aughties; the Incredibles as the best Marvel team-superhero film ever made (and the one most dying for a sequel); to see Crimson Gold as still a vibrant voice for Iran; all while maintaining Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the top slot as one of those movies that I never miss a chance to reference in almost every conversation about films that burn themselves into your experience. So smart, so emotionally graceful, so technically sound.
It’s enough for me to feel like should I have another daughter, she should be named Clementine.
Autism/schizoid episodes done for now – no more authorial manipulations like lumping the Bills into one film – at least until we get to 2009. But for aesthetic reasons, remaining lists will be published sequentially: the list as published first followed by the list revised.