October 2011

Johnny Depp as the irrepressible Ed Wood

My Top 20:

  1. Ed Wood
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  5. Heavenly Creatures
  6. Quiz Show
  7. Bullets over Broadway
  8. Three Colors: Red
  9. Grave of the Fireflies
  10. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  11. Clerks
  12. Death and the Maiden
  13. Three Colors: White
  14. Eat Drink Man Woman
  15. The Scent of Green Papaya
  16. Nobody’s Fool
  17. The Crow
  18. The Lion King
  19. Queen Margot
  20. The Madness of King George


The Modern Library version of Richard Wright's Native Son

Native Son

  • Author:  Richard Wright
  • Rank:  #30
  • Published:  1940
  • Publisher:  Harper & Brothers
  • Pages:  394
  • First Line:  “Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng!
  • Last Line:  “He heard the ring of steel against steel as a far door clanged shut.”
  • Acclaim:  Modern Library Top 100 English Language Novels of the Twentieth Century #20; All-TIME List
  • ML Edition:  #221  (1945)
  • Film:  1951,  1986  (***)
  • First Read:  Fall, 1998 (more…)

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg present a special Oscar to their hero: Akira Kurosawa

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…)

The Virgin Suicides (2000) - Sofia Coppola's fantastic directorial debut

Sofia Coppola

  • Born:  1971
  • Rank:  #57
  • Score:  580.00
  • Awards:  NYFC, BSFC
  • Nominations:  Oscar, DGA, BAFTA, BFCA, Golden Globe
  • Feature Films:  4
  • Best:  Lost in Translation
  • Worst:  Marie Antoinette

Films  (in ranked order):

  1. Lost in Translation
  2. The Virgin Suicides
  3. Somewhere
  4. Marie Antoinette

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 2000  –  5th  –  The Virgin Suicides
  • 2003  –  3rd  –  Lost in Translation (more…)

Aronofsky's brilliant The Fountain (2006)

Darren Aronofsky

  • Born:  1969
  • Rank:  #83
  • Score:  525.40
  • Nominations:  Oscar, DGA, BAFTA, BFCA, Golden Globe
  • Feature Films:  5
  • Best:  The Fountain
  • Worst:  Requiem for a Dream

Feature Films  (ranked):

  1. The Fountain
  2. Black Swan
  3. The Wrestler
  4. Pi
  5. Requiem for a Dream

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 2006  –  3rd  –  The Fountain
  • 2010  –  6th  –  Black Swan (more…)

Thomas and Daddy after picking some apples

the result of Veronica's hard work

Well, in between horrible nights of sleep thanks to neighbors who can’t grasp the concept of being quiet, we got out yesterday morning and did some apple picking.

Thanks to a quirk of fate, Veronica captured a very short video of Thomas picking an apple (here).  When we got home, she decided to get ambitious and reduced much of the results into applesauce.  She then headed out and got some mason jars and actually canned the results.  So, we have 10 jars of homemade apple sauce (which came out very nice and made the apartment smell like apples all afternoon), an apple crisp that already has almost nothing left to it and still some apples left over.  So, a nice day all around.

Now if we could just get some sleep.

amores perros - the amazing 2000 debut film from Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu

  • Born:  1963
  • Rank:  #84
  • Score:  525.00
  • Nominations:  Oscar  /  DGA  /  BAFTA  /  Golden Globe
  • Feature Films:  4
  • Best:  Amores Perros
  • Worst:  Babel

Feature Films (ranked):

  1. Amores Perros
  2. Biutiful
  3. 21 Grams
  4. Babel

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 2010  –  10th  –  Biutiful


“the list is life”

The 66th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1993.  The nominations were announced on February 9, 1994 and the awards were held on March 21, 1994.

Best Picture:  Schindler’s List

  • In the Name of the Father
  • The Remains of the Day
  • The Piano
  • The Fugitive

Most Surprising Omission:  The Age of Innocence

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Age of Innocence

Rank (out of 83) Among Best Picture Years:  #12 (more…)