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The Noteworthy: Top Ten Time, Sober Von Trier, Donkeys in Cinema

Top Tens from Cahiers du Cinéma, Sight & Sound, John Waters, Edgar Wright and more.

Edited by Adam Cook

  • Where to begin? This past few days saw an influx of "Best of" lists, which will probably continue until and beyond year's end. Let's kick it off with Cahiers du Cinéma's Top Ten:

1. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)

2. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)

3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

4. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)

5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)

6. Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier)

7. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)

8. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)

9. Le Paradis (Alain Cavalier)

10. Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo)

  • Above: I expect we'll be seeing a lot of lists topped with Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Sight & Sound is one such list and also includes the following:

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

2. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)

=3. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

=3. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)

5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

7. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

8. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

=9. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)

=9. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)

See the rest here.

  • It's always a great pleasure to read John Waters' end-of-year list for Artforum. Maps to the Stars tops his ten, and I'll let you head over to find out the rest of his choices and to read his annotations for each.
  • OK, last one for now: Edgar Wright has shared his ten faves of the year with Esquire.
  • TIFF has announced their annual Canada's Top Ten for 2014, which includes Xavier Dolan's Mommy and David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, along with some lesser known films abroad. Take a look here.

  • Above: David Ehrlich counts down the year's 25 best in style for Little White Lies.
  • The New York Film Critics Circle has bestowed their annual awards. Best Picture goes to Boyhood, and Ida is its foreign counterpart. Check out all the awards here.
  • OK, no more best-ofs, let's talk about Lars Von Trier's addiction issues and self-doubt. After three years of silence, the controversial filmmaker has opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and his worry that sobriety will kill his creativity. 

  • Above: in the latest in Scout Tafoya's "The Unloved" series for RogerEbert.com, he takes a look at Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.
  • We're proud to have partnered up with the independent film magazine Fireflies that launched in the summer and we're now excited to announce they've put out the call for submissions for their 2nd issue, which will focus on Abbas Kiarostami & Béla Tarr.
  • Over at Parallel Planets, Raya Martin reveals his five favorite black & white films.

  • Above: the first trailer for Spike Lee's kickstarted joint, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
  • A pretty cool duo is set to take centre stage in Pablo Agüero’s upcoming film Evita: Gael Garcia Bernal and Denis Lavant. It's set to shoot in January.
  • Last but certainly not least, Christoph Huber kicks off a series on "Donkeys in Cinema" with a piece on donkey sightings in the films of John Ford:
“OK, no more best-ofs, let’s talk about Lars Von Trier’s addiction issues and self-doubt.” Actually, let’s go on with those top tens… :D

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