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THE LAST 10 FILMS I'VE SEEN

Films seen in 2014

June music picks

2013 film top 10 list

2013 music top 10 list


Watch my short film SQUAWK


Top lists for the 1940s
 

Top lists for the 1950s

Top 10 lists for the 1960s  
Top 10 lists for the 1970s SPRING added to 1970 runners-up


RABINDRANATH TAGORE: THE POET OF ETERNITY

LOUDER THAN WORDS

MOOD INDIGO

CLOSED CURTAIN

BOYHOOD

Paul Eenhoorn interview

SNOWPIERCER

2014 New York Asian film festival

THE DANCE OF REALITY

MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

WE ARE THE BEST!

Lukas Moodyssson interview

PALO ALTO

James Gray interview

A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY

THE DOUBLE

IDA

YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL

ALL  THE LIGHT IN THE SKY

Waleed Zuaiter interview

"ART OF THE REAL"

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

THE KING OF ESCAPE

ENEMY

PARTICLE FEVER

FATAL ASSISTANCE

OMAR

CHILD'S POSE

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

Isaac Florentine interview

Denis Coté interview

"Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project" article

CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Alain Guiraudie interview

A TOUCH OF SIN

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

THE ROCKET

THE PAST

HER

BEATOCELLO'S UMBRELLA

2013 documentary top 10 list

NARCO CULTURA

S#X ACTS

OLDBOY (Spike Lee)

COUSIN JULES

UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE

THE GREAT BEAUTY

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

AT BERKELEY

GOLDEN SLUMBERS

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

MONDAYS WITH WILLIAM

LOST FOR WORDS

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

2013 New York Film Festival article

AFTER TILLER

SHORT TERM  12

THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO

OUR NIXON

"Early Fassbinder" article

THE GRANDMASTER

Joe Swanberg interview

Fresh Blood: Three Great Directors of Direct-To-Video Action

"Focus on South Korea" article

CRYSTAL FAIRY

Joshua Oppenheimer interview

COMPUTER CHESS

THE ACT OF KILLING

DRUG WAR

Pedro Almodovar article

THE ATTACK

A HIJACKING

JOURNEY TO ITALY

FAME HIGH

THE RAMBLER

FRANCES HA

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

THREE SISTERS

SIGHTSEERS

Sarah Polley interview

POST TENEBRAS LUX

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BROOKLYN

AT ANY PRICE

Francois Ozon interview

TO THE WONDER

UPSTREAM COLOR

WELCOME TO THE PUNCH

ROOM 237

MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

BADLANDS article

REALITY

YOSSI

BEYOND THE HILLS

Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Véréna Paravel interview

Jean Rouch article

INESCAPABLE

NO

CAESAR MUST DIE

SIDE EFFECTS

Cate Shortland interview

ONCE EVERY DAY

THE GATEKEEPERS

HORS SATAN

NEIGHBORING SOUNDS

56 UP

2012 year-end commentary/top 10 list

TABU

BARBARA

ZERO DARK THIRTY

2012 top 10 list

2012 top 10 political documentaries list

THE COMEDY

TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS

Sarah Burns & David McMahon interview

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz interview

James Bond essay

IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

THE BAY

THE LONELIEST PLANET

FEAR AND DESIRE

Julia Loktev interview

Leos Carax article

SISTER

2012 New York Film Festival article

SNOWMAN'S LAND

ARBITRAGE

THE MASTER

David France interview

DETROPIA

David Cronenberg interview

ROBOT & FRANK

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

Marjane Satrapi interview

COMPLIANCE

FOUR

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN

2012 New York Asian Film Festival article

INVISIBLE

THE INVISIBLE WAR

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

HEADHUNTERS

FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS

MOONRISE KINGDOM

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Alex Ross Perry article

BERNIE

PAYBACK

PEARLS OF THE CZECH NEW WAVE article

GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

WE HAVE A POPE

THE HUNGER GAMES

BATTLE ROYALE

FOOTNOTE

ATTENBERG

THIS IS NOT A FILM

CRAZY HORSE

WORLD ON A WIRE DVD review

RETURN

Frederick Wiseman interview

THREE POPULAR FILMS BY JEAN-PIERRE GORIN review

Lynne Ramsay interview

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Werner Herzog article

THE HUNTER

2011 year-end commentary

A SEPARATION

WAR HORSE

2011 top 10 list

CARNAGE

CAITLIN PLAYS HERSELF

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A DANGEROUS METHOD


THE ARTIST

Article on KEEP THE LIGHTS ON blog

 THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Lars von Trier article

LGBT films top 10 list

J. EDGAR

LE HAVRE

2011 New York Film Festival article

COWARDS BEND THE KNEE

DRIVE

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975

THE DEBT

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

Maryam Keshavarz article

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

THE BEACHES OF AGNES for Fandor

MYSTERIES OF LISBON

2011 NewFest article

DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

TABLOID

James Marsh interview

BEGINNERS

Marketing and Exhibiting Asian Films in America

TERRI

AURORA

THE UPSETTER

ROAD TO NOWHERE

THE TRIP

TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS

THE TREE OF LIFE

HAPPY TOGETHER

POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

CATERPILLAR & UNITED RED ARMY

OCTUBRE

INCENDIES

Bertrand Tavernier article

SUCKER PUNCH

TO DIE LIKE A MAN

INSIDIOUS

Juliette Binoche interview

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

CERTIFIED COPY

THE HOUSEMAID

Artsploitation top 10 list

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

2011 "FILM COMMENT selects" article

OF GODS AND MEN

POETRY

COLD WEATHER

Gregg Araki interview

Basil Dearden DVD set review

THE TIME THAT REMAINS

2010 top 10 list

THE RED CHAPEL

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

ANOTHER YEAR

BLACK SWAN

2010 Olivier Assayas interview

WHITE MATERIAL

Claire Denis/Isabelle Huppert interview

TINY FURNITURE

THE KIDS GROW UP

INSPECTOR BELLAMY

BOXING GYM

BURIED

2010 New York Film Festival article

Gaspar Noé interview

HIDEAWAY

LAST TRAIN HOME

A FILM UNFINISHED

BROTHERHOOD

SPRING FEVER

WINNEBAGO MAN

LIFE DURING WARTIME

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

ALAMAR

AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN

WILD GRASS

2010 New York Asian Film Festival

8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION

THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN

TWO IN THE WAVE

LOOKING FOR ERIC

Thomas Balmes interview

2010 Tribeca Film Festival article

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS

BLUEBEARD

GREENBERG

MID-AUGUST LUNCH

NORTH FACE

THE VANISHED EMPIRE DVD review

2010 "FILM COMMENT selects" article

Andrea Arnold interview

VIDEOCRACY

Chantal Akerman DVD review

A SINGLE MAN

Terry Gilliam interview

SWEETGRASS

2009 top 10 list

POLICE, ADJECTIVE

SINCERELY YOURS

2009 indieWIRE poll ballot

UP IN THE AIR

LUDWIG & KARL MAY DVD review

THE ROAD

Wes Anderson interview

MY DEAR ENEMY

THE SUN

FANTASTIC MR. FOX

I CAN SEE YOU DVD review

ANTICHRIST

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD

2009 Toronto Film Festival article

2009 New York Film Festival article

AMERICAN CASINO

Ang Lee interview

Hirokazu Kore-eda article

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

BEESWAX

IN THE LOOP

BRUNO

THE BEACHES OF AGNES

TONY MANERO

2009 New York Asian Film Festival article

Duncan Jones interview

24 CITY

THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

SUMMER HOURS

JERICHOW

BIG MAN JAPAN

Jean Painlevé DVD review

LEMON TREE

2009 Tribeca Film Festival article

Alex Rivera interview

YELLA DVD review

TULPAN

HUNGER

2009 Kiyoshi Kurosawa interview

TOKYO SONATA

FRONTIER OF DAWN

2009 "FILM COMMENT selects" article

James Gray interview

GOMORRAH

CORALINE

SERBIS

OF TIME AND THE CITY

GAY CITY NEWS 2008 top 10 list

THE WRESTLER

THE CLASS

Ari Folman interview

2008 top 10 list

EUROPA DVD review

AUSTRALIA

MILK

A CHRISTMAS TALE

Amos Gitai article

NEWS FROM HOME/NEWS FROM HOUSE

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

2008 New York Film Festival article

MOVING MIDWAY

BAGHEAD

I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO

Lindsay Anderson article

WHAT WE DO IS SECRET

David Gordon Green interview

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

MAD DETECTIVE

BEFORE I FORGET

FULL BATTLE RATTLE

WAR. INC.

THE FREE WILL DVD review

2008 New York Asian Film Festival article

MY WINNIPEG

Guy Maddin interview

Nina Davenport interview

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN

THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS

MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD

XXY

2008 Tribeca Film Festival article

Errol Morris interview


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?


INSIDE


FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON


LA FRANCE


Olivier Assayas interview (2008)


BOARDING GATE


FROWNLAND


Dead Meadow's OLD GROWTH CD review


THE UNFORESEEN


Laura Dunn interview


CITY OF MEN


Michel Gondry interview


THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS


PIERROT LE FOU DVD review


2008 "FILM COMMENT selects" article


YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH


STILL LIFE

EL CUSTODIO


THE ORPHANAGE


2007 top 10 list


PERSEPOLIS


 2007 reviews
2006 top 10 list


THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT


2006 indieWIRE poll ballot


 2006 reviews

   
2005 top 10 list


2004 music top 10 list

150 desert island films


2004 top 10 list


VILLAGE VOICE ballot and comments

Preliminary Top 10 list and assorted comments (look down the page) for VILLAGE VOICE Take Four poll

1997 REVIEWS

1998 Reviews

1999 Reviews

 2000 reviews

2001 reviews

2002 Reviews

2003 Reviews  


2004 Reviews  

 2005 reviews

M anohla Dargis interview
 

Articles from 1998, 1999 and 2000

Articles from 2001 and early 2002

1997 Top 10 List

1998 Top 10 List

Published work from 1997-2000

Published work from 2000


Published work from 2002

Published work from 2003

1999 Top 10 List

Review of Jonathan Rosenbaum's book MOVIE WARS

My ballot and (two-sentence commentary ) for VILLAGE VOICE 2000 year-end survey.

  2000 Top 10 list

  Victor Erice article

  Agnes Varda article

Christopher Wilcha article

2001 Top 10 list

2002 Top 10 list
2003 top 10 list


TOP 10 LISTS: 1993-1996

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 1997

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 1998

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 1999

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 2000

 FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 2001

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 2002

FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 2003
Films seen 2004

FILMS SEEN IN 2005
FILMS SEEN IN 2006 
FILMS SEEN IN 2007

FILMS SEEN IN 2008  
FILMS SEEN IN 2009

FILMS SEEN IN 2010

Films seen in 2011

Films seen in 2012

Films seen in 2013


Although widely considered the best living French film critic at the time of his death in 1992, Serge Daney remains pretty much unknown in the English-speaking world. An editor of CAHIERS DU CINEMA from 1974 to 1981, critic for the daily LIBERATION from 1981 until his death, and founder of TRAFIC, Daney published four books during his lifetime. An additional three (a collection of journal entries, L'EXERCISE A ETE PROFITABLE, MONSIEUR; a book-length interview, PERSEVERANCE; an anthology of sportswriting, L'AMATEUR DE TENNIS) have come out posthumously.Yet no publisher has found it worth their while to put out an English-language Daney collection .

Thanks to the graciousness of editor Paul Willemen, I've finally managed to get a copy of the manuscript for Daney's CINEMA IN TRANSIT, an unpublished English-language anthology acquired by the British Film Institute in 1994. I've written to them to inquire about the possibility of posting it on this site but have yet to receive a response and doubt I ever will. If anyone out there would like a copy, please contact me.

In other Daney news, the French publisher POL has just released a collection of his work from 1964 through 1981, the period when he wrote for CAHIERS DU CINEMA. The best source for ordering Daney's French books in North America appears to be  Gallimard, Montreal's French-language bookstore. They carry TRAFIC, as well.

Early in 2007, Berg Publishers will be releasing POSTCARDS FROM THE CINEMA, an English-language translation of PERSEVERANCE. This book is what became of Daney's project to write an autobiography - it combines his essay "the tracking shot in KAPO" (see below) with a lengthy interview with former CAHEIRS DU CINEMA editor Serge Toubiana. My review has appeared in CINEASTE's fall 2007 issue. I'm not sure if it will become available on-line - as of early September, the magazine website hasn't been updated with the current issue's contents. 

For your one-stop Daney needs, you can take a look at the Serge Daney in English blog.


Introduction

Early CAHIERS reviews

ON "SALADOR"

THE TINKERERS (By Bill Krohn)

GODARDIAN PEDAGOGY

1977 Interview

CEDDO review

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

STALKER Review

COUP DE TORCHON

THE THREAD (An obituary of Jean Eustache)

TOO EARLY/TOO LATE review

ONE FROM THE HEART review

THE FORBIDDEN ZOOM

  FROM THE LARGE TO THE SMALL SCREEN

  TELEVISION AND ITS SHADOW

  BACK TO THE FUTURE

  WAITING FOR THE SNOW

Obituary (by Adrian Martin)

BEFORE AND AFTER THE IMAGE

THE LOVER

L'ENFANT SECRET

  Jonathan Rosenbaum on Serge Daney  

THE TRACKING SHOT IN KAPO  

THE GODARD PARADOX

THE AQUARIUM (on Robert Kramer and John Douglas' MILESTONES)

THE SCREEN OF FANTASY (Bazin and animals)  

DERSU UZALA  

MONTAGE OBLIGATORY (the war, the Gulf and the small screen) 

THE ELEPHANT MAN  

IN STUBBORN PRAISE OF INFORMATION  


THE SERPENT'S EGG  


THE ORGAN AND THE VACUUM CLEANER (on Bresson's THE DEVIL, PROBABLY)
 


BABY SEEKING BATHWATER
 

John Ford Forever

FOR A CINE-DEMOGRAPHY

THE DOG AND THE ROPE


THE CRITICAL FUNCTION

ICI ET AILLEURS

THE NEW WAVE - A GENEALOGICAL APPROACH

THE SMASH OF RAGE

OUT OF AFRICA


A index of worthwhile film criticism (including on-line critics, magazines & newspapers) on the WWW


2013 music picks

2012 music top 10 list

2012 music picks

2011 music top 10 list

2011 music picks

2010 music top 10 list

2010 music picks

2009 music picks

2009 music top 10 lists

2008 music picks

2008 music top 10 list


2007 music picks

2007 music top 10 list


2006 music picks

2006 music top 10 list


2005 music top 10 lists

2005 music picks

2004 music picks

2003 music picks

2002 music Top 10 list

2002 music favorites

2001 music Top 10 list

2001 music favorites

Music I like (2000 edition)

 Music Top 10 lists for 2000

Music I like (1999)

My favorite music of 1999

Music links

Desert Island Discs


A much-expanded list of film societies and rep theaters


I am not the novelist Steve Erickson, nor do I write for LOS ANGELES magazine. I do not
know how to get in touch with him.

Thanks to Laurent Kretzschmar Paul Willemen, Adrian Martin, Michael Sicinski, Joe McElhaney and Frank Matcha for their assistance with the Daney section.

The mailroom is waiting .

 

Launched July 27th, 1997