My Top 10:
- 7th Heaven
- The Man Who Laughs
- The Love of Jeanne Ney
- The Cat and the Canary
- Sadie Thompson
- The Lodger
- Laugh Clown Laugh
- The Scarlet Letter (more…)
29 April, 2013
My Top 10:
18 October, 2011
So, does this supersede my original list? Well, lists are always organic – they grow and evolve over time. I’ve fiddled with some of the categories and new films have come out and I’ve seen more films from some directors. So, my original list was what it was in October of 2009. This is where I am now, two years later, and one year overdue. The list will continue to evolve over time. The list never quite stops. But here’s where I put it up.
I will remind people again that if you don’t see a director and you’re wondering why, please check the Introduction first. It became clear on the original list that people didn’t read that instruction. Please don’t repeat that. And don’t ask about Godard. See the Intro.
Also, we’ll again find out who reads this part, the film in parenthesis is not necessarily their best film (hell, with Mankiewicz, it’s his worst). But it is the film I chose to write about, for whatever reason. (more…)
6 September, 2011
210 directors. That’s how many directors, over the course of the Academy Awards, have been nominated for Best Director. And I’ve gone through and ranked them all.
Now, I will do a much longer piece and go into much greater detail on each director. But, since this is the bare bones edition, I have only listed rank, name, points and what they earned Oscar nominations for (bold is for winners).
I have spent much of the past year watching as many films from these directors as possible. I have seen over 80% of all the films directed by them – which is difficult, given a lot of the films from the older directors. But all of that, as well as a detailed description of the scoring will come later this fall, as will the updated list of Top 100 Directors (it was waiting for this project to be finished). At the moment, if all you care about is my ranking, feel free to start griping. But remember – Godard was never nominated for an Oscar, so I don’t want to hear anything about him. If you want to worship him, your beef is with the Academy this time, not with me.
One caveat I should note. I have not seen Tree of Life. And because Malick has made so few films, if I find it to be truly great, it has the potential to raise him 20 spots on the list. If I hate it, which I suppose is possible, he could drop about 10. That is the range available. (more…)
17 July, 2010
The 24th annual Academy Awards for the film year 1951. The nominations were announced on February 11, 1952 and the awards were held on March 20, 1952.
Best Picture: An American in Paris
Most Surprising Omission: The African Queen
Best Eligible Film Not Nominated: Strangers on a Train
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #57 (more…)
11 July, 2010
The 33d annual Academy Awards, for the film year of 1960. The nominations were announced on February 27, 1961 and the awards ceremony was held on April 17, 1961.
Best Picture: The Apartment
Most Surprising Omission: Spartacus
Best Film Not to Be Nominated: The Virgin Spring
Best U.S. Film Not to Be Nominated: Spartacus
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #55
11 July, 2010
My Top 20:
3 July, 2010
Well, before I go into 1949, I’ll cover the decade as a whole. Bear in mind the decade awards cover films by their original release date, so you might find films that haven’t shown up in individual years yet.
1940 - 1949
Total Films I’ve Seen: 617
Films That Make the Top 5 in a Category: 42
Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in any Category: The Best Years of Our Lives
Film of the Decade: Children of Paradise
Worst Film of the Decade: King of the Zombies
Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade: All This and Heaven Too
Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director: Under Capricorn (more…)
14 June, 2010
The 18th Academy Awards, for the film year 1945. The nominations were announced on January 27, 1946 and the awards were held on March 7, 1946.
Best Picture: The Lost Weekend
Most Surprising Omission: National Velvet
Best Eligible Film Not Nominated: To Have and Have Not
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #61 (more…)
23 May, 2010
The 13th Academy Awards, for the film year 1940. The nominations were announced on February 10, 1941 and the awards were held on February 27, 1941.
Best Picture: Rebecca
Most Surprising Omission: Arise My Love
Best Film Not Nominated: His Girl Friday
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #50 (more…)
11 May, 2010
The 31st Academy Awards, for the film year 1959. The nominations were announced on February 22, 1960 and the awards were held on April 4, 1960.
Best Picture: Ben-Hur
Most Surprising Omission: Some Like It Hot
Best Film Not Nominated: Wild Strawberries
Best U.S. Film Not Nominated: Some Like It Hot
Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years: #59