Morvern Callar 10. Ripley’s Game (n/a)
Wendigo 9. The Bourne Identity (5)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 8. Wendigo (9)
Solaris 7. Solaris (7)
Punch-Drunk Love 6. Morvern Callar (10)
The Bourne Identity 5. Punch-Drunk Love (6)
Spirited Away 4. 25th Hour (n/a)
About Schmidt 3. The Cremaster Cycle (n/a)
adaptation. 2. adaptation. (2)
Trouble Every Day 1. Trouble Every Day (1)
I don’t think Miyazaki holds up all that great – though I’d be interested to watch Spirited Away in sequence with Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In, and The Host – something about all the whining has gotten to me through the pair of public screenings of it I hosted. But there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t think about Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle. I saw Princess Mononoke recently in the theaters and was astonished by its power even still; here’s a vote for that one to be the Miyazaki of real, enduring note. Barney, on the other hand, has produced as Byzantine a piece on the myth of the American West as any Cormac McCarthy or Faulkner. Brilliant. I was flat wrong about Spike Lee’s 25th Hour and wonder if it isn’t his best film now in the rearview; Alexander Payne’s films don’t seem to have any relevance past the first viewing – not even Election; and the screenplay for Confessions… remains incomparably sharp naturally, but I’ve cooled on Clooney’s direction of it. I’m pleased to bump Punch-Drunk Love up one slot as a film that gains in consideration: ditto Wendigo and its clarity of youth. It’s Fessenden’s best picture – only rivaled this year by one he produced: Ti West’s House of the Devil. Ramsay’s awe-inspiring Morvern Callar deserves a little bump, Doug Liman’s Bourne Identity suffers a little for it – and Liliana Cavani’s Ripley’s Game, badly mishandled by New Line, is just frickin’ amazing upon repeated viewings. I’m pleased in 2002 to have been right about the two films that retain their relevance to me 8 years on: adaptation. even better now than then, and Claire Denis, as her body of work grows and deepens, maintains her power over me in her little fable of sex cannibals working through the little details of the day-to-day.
Think Romero married to Ozu – and delight at the offspring.