My Top 10 lists from 1993-1996

Note: 1994 was the first year when I compiled a Top 10 list, so the 1993 list was compiled after catching up with several films I missed then. 20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing.

1993:

1. THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies)

2. THE SECOND HEIMAT (Edgar Reitz)

3. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang)

4. NAKED (Mike Leigh)

5. VALLEY OF ABRAHAM (Manoel de Oliveira)

6. THE PUPPETMASTER (Hou Hsaio-Hsien)

7. HARD BOILED (John Woo)

8. GROUNDHOG DAY (Harold Ramis)

9. THE LAST BOLSHEVIK (Chris Marker)

10. DEAD/ALIVE (Peter Jackson)

1994:

1a. ASHES OF TIME (Wong Kar-Wai)

1b. CHUNG KING EXPRESS (Wong Kar-Wai)

2. THE DEVIL, PROBABLY (Robert Bresson)

3. HEAVENLY CREATURES (Peter Jackson)

4a. RED (Krzysztof Kieslowksi)

4b. WHITE (Krzysztof Kieslowksi)

5. THE COLOR OF LOVE (Peggy Ahwesh)

6. CALENDAR (Atom Egoyan)

7. THE GREEN SNAKE (Tsui Hark)

8. THE PHARAOH'S BELT (Lewis Klahr)

9. BITTER MOON (Roman Polanski)

10. PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino)

1995:

1. EXOTICA (Atom Egoyan)

2. SAFE (Todd Haynes)

3. LESSONS OF DARKNESS (Werner Herzog)

4. CRUMB (Terry Zwigoff)

5. I CAN'T SLEEP (Claire Denis)

6. FUN (Rafal Zelinski)

7. GEORGIA (Ulu Grosbard)

8. THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Abbas Kiarostami)

9. SE7EN (David Fincher)

10. JLG BY JLG (Jean-Luc Godard)

1996:

1. SATANTANGO (Bela Tarr)

2. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier)

3. DEAD MAN (Jim Jarmusch)

4a. MA SAISON PREFEREE (Andre Techine)

4b. LES VOLEURS (Andre Techine)

5. GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE (Hou Hsaio-Hsien)

6. IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas)

7. SALAM CINEMA (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

8. LA CEREMONIE (Claude Chabrol)

9. UP DOWN FRAGILE (Jacques Rivette)

10. MOTHER (Albert Brooks)

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The rules of the game:

For me, a film is eligible to make my Top 10 list when it first plays New York and/or when it first has a week-long (or longer) run in New York. Hence, the presence of Bresson's 1977 THE DEVIL, PROBABLY on my 1994 list. (A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING had its first theatrical run here in the last two weeks of 1995, but I saw more than enough 1995 films to make my list.)