The Long Week Closes: Favorites of 2016 December 31, 2016

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Regretfully unseen by me: Silence, Paterson, La La Land, 20th Century Women and a handful of others. I did a much better job of keeping up with what I wanted to see this year than I ever have before. This is partly because I’m choosing to watch fewer new movies and more old ones.

In making my list of favorites of 2016, I used what I’m calling the Filipe Furtado method: movies from the past five years (2012-2016) that I saw for the first time this year (2016).

27. Poet on a Business Trip (Ju Anqi • China • 2015)
26. Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari • Greece • 2015)
25. The Love Witch (Anna Biller • United States • 2016)
24. Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz • United States • 2016)
23. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie • United States • 2016)
22. Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo • South Korea • 2013)
21. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman • United States • 2016)
20. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes • Portugal • 2015)
19. Ne me quitte pas (Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Niels van Koevorden • Belgium • 2013)
18. Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Japan • 2016)
17. Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante • Guatemala • 2015)
16. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve • United States • 2016)
15. Tower (Keith Maitland • United States • 2016)
14. Something Between Us (Jodie Mack • United States • 2016)
13. 45 7 Broadway (Tomonari Nishikawa • United States • 2013)
12. Disorder (Alice Winocour • France • 2015)
11. 88:88 (Isiah Medina • Canada • 2015)
10. The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky • Austria • 2015)
9. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan • United States • 2016)
8. Neon Bull (Gabriel Mascaro • Brazil • 2015)
7. Kill Zone 2 (Soi Cheang • Hong Kong, China • 2015)
6. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke • China • 2015)
5. Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul • Thailand • 2015)
4. White Nights on the Pier (Paul Vecchiali • France • 2014)
3. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt • United States • 2016)
2. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson • Canada • 2015)
1. Kaili Blues (Bi Gan • China • 2015)

Next is a list of favorite films released before 2012 that I saw for the first time this year.

30. Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch • United States • 1943)
29. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven • United States • 1990)
28. Là-bas (Chantal Akerman • Belgium • 2006)
27. Everyone Else (Maren Ade • Germany • 2006)
26. La collectionneuse (Éric Rohmer • France • 1967)
25. Ulzana’s Raid (Robert Aldrich • United States • 1972)
24. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder • West Germany • 1980)
23. Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden • United States • 1983)
22. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks • United States • 1939)
21. Looking for Mushrooms (Bruce Conner • United States • 1996)
20. After Hours (Martin Scorsese • United States • 1985)
19. On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Żuławski • Poland • 1988)
18. …No Lies (Mitchell Block • United States • 1973)
17. The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade • Germany • 2003)
16. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma • United States • 1991)
15. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel & Ethan Coen • United States • 2001)
14. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey • United States • 1937)
13. A Breakdown (and) After the Mental Hospital (Anne Charlotte Robertson • United States • 1991)
12. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau • France • 1946)
11. You Take Care Now (Ann Marie Fleming • Canada • 1989)
10. Still Life (Jia Zhangke • China • 2006)
9. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer • United States • 1962)
8. In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín • France • 1972)
7. Possession (Andrzej Żuławski • France, West Germany • 1981)
6. La cabina (Antonio Mercero • Spain • 1972)
5. A New Leaf (Elaine May • United States • 1971)
4. Opening Night (John Cassavetes • United States • 1977)
3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy • France • 1964)
2. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache • France • 1964)
1. Yoyo (Pierre Étaix • France • 1965)

And lastly, the weekly rundown. Happy New Year and be safe.

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Paterson (Jarmusch)

New Releases
Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (United States)
Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women (United States)

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Singin’ in the Rain (Donen & Kelly)

Cinema of the Past
Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain (United States • 1952)
Mike Nichols’ Postcards from the Edge (United States • 1990)

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