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top 25 of the New Century

by Dale Wittig
I’ve noticed that two of the film critics whose writings have given me the most pleasure over the last thirty years have recently and somewhat reluctantly gotten around to compiling lists on this subject and who am I not to follow suit? I’ll only list one film per filmmaker, though in all honesty I could easily name at least two for each. Of course I do so because I want there to be room for all artists of worth at this new big table. Should I look over the roll again and find something essential missing I will likely add and subtract as needed. Immediately I note the absence of Notre Musique by Jean-Luc Godard, Holy Motors by Léos Carax… Read more

I’ve noticed that two of the film critics whose writings have given me the most pleasure over the last thirty years have recently and somewhat reluctantly gotten around to compiling lists on this subject and who am I not to follow suit? I’ll only list one film per filmmaker, though in all honesty I could easily name at least two for each. Of course I do so because I want there to be room for all artists of worth at this new big table. Should I look over the roll again and find something essential missing I will likely add and subtract as needed. Immediately I note the absence of Notre Musique by Jean-Luc Godard, Holy Motors by Léos Carax and Computer Chess by Andrew Bujalski and wish it were possible to add titles further down the list without having to first remove everything above, but I’m afraid MUBI likes to make things difficult for indecisive compilers like myself.

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