International Programmer, Midnight Madness, Toronto International Film Festival
|A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
|My Neighbour Totoro
|High and Low
|Wong Kar Wai
|Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
Studio blockbusters were at a crossroads in 2008, the success of Iron Man and The Dark Knight cemented the road we would take, but the hyper-reality and playful formal experimentation of Speed Racer was the road we should have travelled.
The rosetta stone to perhaps the most underrated filmmaker in American independent cinema - next to Patrick Wang at least.
A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
The parade of character disappearances and final shot in Part 2 trumps all, but Wang's climactic arts council meeting in Part 1 and its cathartic, yet trepidatious resolution is an all-timer.
My Neighbour Totoro
No notes. Only love and vibes.
High and Low
So good even a BATMAN movie was like yeah let's rip this off.
The best movies either take seven years to make or are tossed off within less than a month. The latter has never been epitomized by a movie better than this one.
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
A trifle, but the most decadent and best tasting of trifles.
It's not the end of the world, it's just the end of the day.
Movies are worse for its existence, but that's a testament to its seismic impact and it would be personally disingenuous for me to pretend I didn't consider it to be one of the great movies.
I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of Mr. Bernstein's monologue about how a month hasn't gone by since that he hasn't thought of the girl in the white dress.
So my intentions can be plain, this is the beginning of 10 year plan to get a Matt Farley and/or Patrick Wang film into the Top 100.
I apologize in advance for my perceived apathy towards early cinema. Lot of great ones there, but I am sure other voters have got it covered.