J. Hoberman


(Village Voice)
01. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
02. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles)
03. The Decay of Fiction (Pat O'Neill)
04. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
05. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)
06. Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
07. L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
08. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acrts (Spike Lee)
09. Inland Empire (David Lynch)
10. Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas)

Lists that aren't alphabetical are preferential; compiled by Mike D'Angelo.

Previous Years: - - - - - - - 1977 1978 1979 -
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 80's
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 90's
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 00's


(Village Voice)
01. Katzelmacher (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
02. Numero Deux (Jean-Luc Godard)
03. 11 X 14 (James Benning)
04. Sincerity (Stan Brakhage)
05. Pause! (Peter Kubelka)
06. Providence (Alain Resnais)
07. The Devil Probably (Robert Bresson)
08. The New Babylon (Grigori Kozintsev/Leonid Trauberg)
09. Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
10. Washington Behind Closed Doors [TV] (Fred Silverman)


(Village Voice)

01. Unreachable Homeless (Klaus Wyborny)
02. The Red Tapes (Vito Acconci)
03. Mindfall parts 1 and 7 (Hollis Frampton)
04. Valse Triste (Bruce Conner)
05. Charmed Particles (Andrew Noren)
06. Hart of London (Jack Chambers)
07. Four Shadows (Larry Gottheim)
08. Foregrounds (Pat O'Neill)
09. Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Mismatches(Manuel de Landa)
10. We Imitate; We Break-Up (Ericka Beckmann)


01. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
02. The Confrontation (Miklos Jancso)
03. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
04. Symphony For a Sinner (George Kuchar)
05. American Hot Wax (Floyd Mutrux)
06. Perceval (Eric Rohmer)
07. Violette (Claude Chabrol)
08. The Fury (Brian De Palma)
09. Who'll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz)
10. Halloween (John Carpenter)


(Village Voice)
01. The Age of the Medici (Roberto Rossellini)
02. Eureka (Ernie Gehr)
03. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
04. Les Rendez-Vous d'Anna (Chantal Akerman)
05. She Had Her Gun All Ready (Vivienne Dick)
06. By Night with Torch and Spear (Joseph Cornell)
07. Declarative Mode (Paul Sharits)
08. In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
09. Tally Brown, N.Y. (Rosa von Praunheim)
10. Spying (Joe Gibbons)


(Village Voice)
01. Sayat Nova (The Color of Pomegranates)(Sergei Paradjanov)
02. Hitler, a film from Germany(Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
03. Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
05. The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (Larry Cohen)
06. Angi Vera (Pal Gabor)
07. Mon Oncle d'Amerique (Alain Resnais)
08. Lucifer Rising (Kenneth Anger)
09. The Perfumed Nightmare (Kidlat Tahimik)
10. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma)


(Village Voice)
01. India Song (Marguerite Duras)
02a. Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda)
02b. Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda)
03. Murder Psalm (Stan Brakhage)
04. Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer)
05. Doomed Love (Manoel de Oliveira)
06. Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed (Manuel de Landa)
07. Invisible Adversaries (Valie Export)
08. Pixote (Hector Babenco)
09. Reds (Warren Beatty)
10. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Connie Field)


(Village Voice)
01. Woman of Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu)
02. From the Cloud to the Resistance(Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet)
03. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
04. So Is This (Michael Snow)
05. Untitled 1982 (Ernie Gehr)
06. Time Stands Still (Peter Gothar)
07. Fucking City (Lothar Lambert)
08. Yol (Yilmaz Guney/Serif Goran)
09. The Atomic Cafe (Kevin Rafferty/Jayne Loader/Pierce Rafferty)
10. Forbidden Zone (Richard Elfman)
11. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)


(Village Voice)
01. Parsifal (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
02. Night and Fog in Japan (Nagisa Oshima)
03. The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
04. Wuthering Heights (Luis Bunuel)
05. L'argent (Robert Bresson)
06. The Golden 80's (Chantal Akerman)
07. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
08. Danton (Andrzej Wajda)
09. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
10. Huie's Sermon (Werner Herzog)


(Village Voice)
01. Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira)
02. Diary for My Children (Marta Meszaros)
03. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
04. Der Riese (Michael Klier)
05. The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz (Peter Cohen)
06. Tightrope (Richard Tuggle)
07. Girls Just Want to Have Fun [music video]
08. Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky)
09. Kamilla (Vibeke Lokkeberg)
10. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)


(Village Voice)
01. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
02. Standard Gauge (Morgan Fisher)
03. Allonsanfan (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
04. The Ballad of Social Dependency (Nan Goldin)
05. Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
06. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
07. Patakin (Manuel Octavio Gomez)
08. Tosca's Kiss (Daniel Schmid)
09. Chambre 666 (Wim Wenders)
10. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)


(Village Voice)
01. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
02. France/Tour/Detour/Deux/Enfants (Jean-Luc Godard/Anne-Marie Mieville)
03. Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland)
04. A Girl, She Is 100% (Naoto Yamakawa)
05. Game Six, 1986 World Series [TV]
06a. Salvador (Oliver Stone)
06b. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
07. Sherman's March (Ross McElwee)
08. The Man Who Envied Women (Yvonne Rainer)
09. Transes--Rider on a Dead Horse (Clemens Klopfenstein)
10. Caravaggio (Derek Jarman)
11. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme)


(Village Voice)
01. The Rose King (Werner Schroeter)
02. Loom (Stan Brakhage)
03. Orson Welles' Filming Othello (Orson Welles)
04. The Legend of Suram Fortress(Dodo Abashidze/Sergei Paradjanov)
05. Working Girls (Lizzie Borden)
06. A Woman Alone (Agnieszka Holland)
07. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Alexei Gherman)
08. Singing on the Treadmill (Gyula Gazdag)
09. From the Pole to the Equator(Yervant Gianikian/Angela Ricci Lucchi)
10. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
11. Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (Stephen Frears)
12. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang)


(Village Voice)
01. Beauty #2 (Andy Warhol)
02. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
03. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg)
04. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris)
05. The Last of England (Derek Jarman)
06. Candy Mountain (Robert Frank/Rudy Wurlizter)
07. Talk Radio (Oliver Stone)
08. Life Is a Dream (Raul Ruiz)
09. Commissar (Alexander Askoldov)
10. A Hungarian Fairy Tale (Gyula Gazdag)
11. Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark)
12. Cannibal Tours (Dennis O'Rourke)


(Village Voice)
01. The Documentator (Istvan Darday/Gyorgy Szalai)
02. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah)
03. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
04. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant)
05. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
06. Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch)
07. Roger & Me (Michael Moore)
08. Let's Get Lost (Bruce Weber)
09. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
10. The Killer (John Woo)

Best Films of the 1980s

(from Premiere)

contributed by Jeff Anderson

01. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
02. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
03. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
04. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
05. The 80's (Chantal Akerman)
06. From the Pole to the Equator(Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi)
07. Danton (Andrzej Wajda)
08. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
09. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
10. Diary for My Children (Marta Meszaros)


(Village Voice)
01. Ariel (Aki Kaurismaki)
02. The Carl Stalling Project [sound recording]
03. Damnation (Bela Tarr)
04. The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
05. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese)
06. Nouvelle Vague (Jean-Luc Godard)
07. Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
08. Queen of Temple Street (Lawrence Ah Mon)
09. Siddheshwari (Mani Kaul)
10. White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood)
11. Without You I'm Nothing (John Boskovich)


(Village Voice)
01. White Dog (Samuel Fuller)
02. Drowning by Numbers (Peter Greenaway)
03. Tribulation 99 (Craig Baldwin)
04. Europa, Europa (Agnieszka Holland)
05. The Architecture of Doom (Peter Cohen)
06. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
07. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
08. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)
09. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
10. Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
11. Larks on a String (Jiri Menzel)


(Village Voice)
01. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
02. Side/Walk/Shuttle (Ernie Gehr)
03. Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki)
05. Night and Day (Chantal Akerman)
06. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)
07. Raising Cain (Brian De Palma)
08. Window Shopping (Chantal Akerman)
09. Zentropa (Lars von Trier)
10. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto)


(Village Voice)
01. The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
02. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
03. A Child's Garden and the Serious Sea (Stan Brakhage)
04. Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Mark Rappaport)
05. The Oak (Lucian Pintilie)
06. Naked (Mike Leigh)
07. A Brighter Summer Day(Edward Yang)
08. Garden of Scorpions (Oleg Kovalov)
09. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
10. Jacquot (Agnes Varda)


(Village Voice)
01. The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
02. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
03. Faust (Jan Svankmajer)
04. Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)
05. Helas Pour Moi (Jean-Luc Godard)
06. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
07. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
08. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)
09. Three Colors (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
10. An Unforgettable Summer (Lucian Pintilie)


(Village Voice)
01. Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)
02. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
03. A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
04. Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
05. Boiling Point (Takeshi Kitano)
06. The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira)
07. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
08. The Kingdom (Lars von Trier)
09. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara)
10. Nadja (Michael Almereyda)


(Village Voice)
01. Satantango (Bela Tarr)
02. The Georgetown Loop (Ken Jacobs)
03. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
04. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
05. Aventurera (Alberto Gout)
06. Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion)
07. La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
08. A Single Girl (Benoit Jacquot)
09. Mother (Albert Brooks)
10. The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller)


(Village Voice)
01. Conspirators of Pleasure (Jan Svankmajer)
02. Crash (David Cronenberg)
03. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
04. Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville)
05. Nenette et Boni (Claire Denis)
06. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
07. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai)
08. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
09. Akerman by Akerman (Chantal Akerman)
10. Underground (Emir Kusturica)


(Village Voice)
01. Mother and Son (Alexander Sokurov)
02. Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai)
03. Outer and Inner Space (Andy Warhol)
04. Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano)
05. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
06. Affliction (Paul Schrader)

07-10. (no particular order)

There's Something About Mary (Bobby Farrelly/Peter Farrelly)
The Disenchanted (Benoit Jacquot)
Buffalo '66 (Vincent Gallo)
Bulworth (Warren Beatty)


(Village Voice)
01. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
02. Khrustaliov, My Car! (Alexei Gherman)
03. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
04. Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
05. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
06. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
07. Holy Smoke (Jane Campion)
08. Divine (Arturo Ripstein)
09. The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
10. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)

Best Films of the 1990s

(from Artforum)
Conspirators of Pleasure (Jan Svankmajer)
Crash (David Cronenberg)
D'est (Chantal Akerman)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai)
Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)
The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsaio-hsien)
Satantango (Béla Tarr)
Side/Walk/Shuttle (Ernie Gehr)
Tribulation 99 (Craig Baldwin)


(Village Voice)
01. Fragments * Jerusalem (Ron Havilio)
02. Time Regained (Raul Ruiz)
03. The House of Mirth (Terence Davies)
04. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
05. Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
06. Taboo (Nagisa Oshima)
07. Shadow of the Vampire (E. Elias Merhige)
08. Suzhou River (Lou Ye)
09. Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano)
10. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambety)


(Village Voice)
01. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
02. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr)
03. The Captive (Chantal Akerman)
04. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-wai)
05. Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat)
06. Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (Claude Lanzmann)
07. The Heart Of The World (Guy Maddin)
08. Platform (Jia Zhang-ke)
09. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
10. Little Otik (Jan Svankmajer)


(Village Voice)
01. Paris Commune, 1871 (Peter Watkins)
02. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (Zacharias Kunuk)
03. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov)
04. *Corpus Callosum (Michael Snow)
05. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
06. The Lady and the Duke (Eric Rohmer)
07. Solaris (Steven Soderbergh)
08. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
09. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
10. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili)


(Village Voice)
01. Spider (David Cronenberg)
02. Unknown Pleasures (Jia ZhangKe)
03. Decasia (Bill Morrison)
04. The Fog of War (Errol Morris)
05. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (Guy Maddin)
06. Angels in America (Mike Nichols)
07. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
08. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami)
09. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
10. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)


(Village Voice)
01. Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs)
02. Dogville (Lars bon Trier)
03. Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard)
04. Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin)
05. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
06. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
07. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
08. Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
09. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii)
10. Anatomy of Hell (Catherine Breillat)


(Village Voice)
01. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
02. Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
03. Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
04. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
05. Kings and Queens (Arnaud Desplechin)
06. The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
07. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
08. The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel)
09. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
10. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)