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The Yearly Best:

by Karl J. Kipling
Favorites from each year, starting the first year I can pick a favorite, going by the IMDb, which is at times different from dates here. Because often these years put me in an awful bind – how does one pick between Andrei Rublev or Au Hasard Balthasar, or between The Searchers and A Man Escaped? – I’ve just gone ahead and chosen two per year. Then there are other years, especially at the beginning and end, where I have trouble finding even one I’m really enthusiastic about (I’m thinking of you, 2012!). As it gets closer to the present it gets harder because a) I don’t watch many recent movies and b) the ones I watch I don’t like. So I’ll end… Read more

Favorites from each year, starting the first year I can pick a favorite, going by the IMDb, which is at times different from dates here.

Because often these years put me in an awful bind – how does one pick between Andrei Rublev or Au Hasard Balthasar, or between The Searchers and A Man Escaped? – I’ve just gone ahead and chosen two per year. Then there are other years, especially at the beginning and end, where I have trouble finding even one I’m really enthusiastic about (I’m thinking of you, 2012!).

As it gets closer to the present it gets harder because a) I don’t watch many recent movies and b) the ones I watch I don’t like. So I’ll end at 2013 with the most recent really good movie I’ve seen. It’s only happy coincidence that it’s a pleasing echo of the earliest.

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