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  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Spoor
  • Girlhood
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin
  • Dance of the Forty One
  • On the Count of Three
  • Shiva Baby
  • Saint Maud
  • Passing

My Best of 2021 (in progress)

6 films

Not ranking everything, just the standouts.

  • First Cow
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Corpus Christi
  • Beanpole
  • David Byrne's American Utopia

My Best of 2020

20 films

With virtual festivals this year, some of the best pictures that I saw didn’t get an official U.S. release. You…

  • Land of Ashes
  • There Is No Evil
  • Minyan
  • Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker
  • Abou Leila

Festival Favorites (Quarantine edition)

10 films

Some of these would be in my 2020 or 2021 best-of lists, had they been formally released in the U.S.…

  • Moonlight
  • The Witch
  • The Handmaiden
  • 20th Century Women
  • Paterson
  • Before Sunset
  • 20th Century Women
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Y Tu Mamá También

Great Films Nominated Only for Screenplay

12 films

For the Academy Awards, actors nominate actors, directors nominate directors, and writers seem to get it right. They're the only…

  • Daisies
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • Beau Travail
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Land of Ashes
  • Holy Motors
  • A Ghost Story
  • The Master
  • Melancholia
  • Carol
  • Her Smell
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Knife+Heart
  • Monos
  • Diane

My Best of 2019

23 films

  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • The Rider
  • Paddington 2
  • Wildlife

My Top 20 of 2018

20 films

It’s been an excellent year! These are the films I most want to revisit; that it’s a round number is…

  • A Ghost Story
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
  • Raw
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)

My best of 2017 (ranked)

20 films

My highly subjective ranking of 2017’s best and most ambitious.