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  1. Byrge & Miller’s “The Screwball Comedy Films”'s icon

    Byrge & Miller’s “The Screwball Comedy Films”

    Favs/dislikes: 28:0. "This list is based off the book The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 by Duane Byrge and Robert Milton Miller. From the introduction: 'A screwball comedy was at heart a love story. It’s central romance was frequently instigated by an aggressive, even eccentric woman whose efforts to prod her more stodgy and conventional beau along the rocky road to the altar primed the comic mechanisms for a great deal of humor-by-embarassment. Improbable events, mistaken identities, and ominously misleading circumstantial evidence quickly compounded upon each other, albeit by seemingly logical progression, until a frantic conclusion in which even the impending marriage gives only faint promise of providing some whit of order as antidote to the previous narrative chaos. This book is intended as an historical menu for the feast, as well as a guide to sorting out and identifying the certifiably screwball from the much larger parade of vintage cinema comedy which surrounds it in the program schedules and on the cassette racks. Each of the following freature films described in the second section of this book has been found by the authors to qualify as sufficiently "screwy," by the standards of the era, to merit inclusion in our annotated filmography.' The films are listed chronologically."
  2. RokP's favourite films's icon

    RokP's favourite films

    Favs/dislikes: 22:0.
  3. BBC Culture's 100 greatest foreign-language films's icon

    BBC Culture's 100 greatest foreign-language films

    Favs/dislikes: 20:0. [quote]Three years ago, BBC Culture ran its first major critics’ poll, to find the 100 greatest American films. Two further polls looked for the best films of the 21st Century and the greatest comedies ever made – and those also ended up with films from the US in the top spot. This year, we felt it was time to direct the spotlight away from Hollywood and celebrate the best cinema from around the world. We asked critics to vote for their favourite movies made primarily in a language other than English. The result is BBC Culture’s 100 greatest foreign-language films. (...) The 209 critics who took part are from 43 different countries and speak a total of 41 languages – a range that sets our poll apart from any other. The result: 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. (...)[/quote]
  4. Susan Sontag's 50 Favourite Films's icon

    Susan Sontag's 50 Favourite Films

    Favs/dislikes: 20:0. The 50 films famous criticist Susan Sontag considered the best, as published in 1977. See also [url=]this article[/url].
  5. La nouvelle vague: portrait d'une jeunesse's icon

    La nouvelle vague: portrait d'une jeunesse

    Favs/dislikes: 16:0. These are the films listed in Antoine de Baecque's introduction to the French New Wave, []La nouvelle vague: portrait d'une jeunesse[/url]. The book contains a short selection of 20 films that defined the genre: "Here is, from 1958 to 1962, a selection of 20 films which have made the New Wave. This is the core of about 150 films, from young directors, during few years, most of which are forgotten today." These films are the first 20 films on the list, ranked chronologically. The book also mentions a lot of films that were made during 1958 to 1962, before, and after, which can be considered New Wave. These films make up the rest of the list, ranked chronologically as well.
  6. 50 Greatest Pinoy Films of All Time's icon

    50 Greatest Pinoy Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 14:0. The 50 greatest Filipino films of all time, according to a 2013 poll by Pinoy Rebyu. There are 51 films on this list. That's caused by two films with the same amount of votes/points, being at #50. [quote]In 1989, film scholar Joel David and his UP film criticism class conducted a poll among leading filmmakers and film critics for the best Filipino films of all time. Twenty-eight respondents (including Ishmael Bernal, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Laurice Guillen, Eddie Romero, Bienvenido Lumbera, Nicanor Tiongson, and Mario Hernando) submitted their ballots and the results were published in the now-defunct National Midweek. The computation had Bernal’s seminal Manila by Night as the number one film. Twenty four years later, we at Pinoy Rebyu have decided to conduct a similar poll to find out what the current crop of filmmakers and film experts regard as their favorite films. We sent out invitations to around 200 film directors, screenwriters, critics, scholars, programmers, and archivists, and received eighty one responses. We’re happy to note that three of the respondents to the 1989 poll (film critics Lumbera, Tiongson, and Mario Hernando) submitted ballots to our poll. We also re-computed the 1989 poll using a simpler point system (10 points for number 1, 9 points for number 2, and so on) and we came up with a different top 10 than the one originally published by David.[/quote]
  7. Midnight Only's 100 Essential Films of the Fantastic's icon

    Midnight Only's 100 Essential Films of the Fantastic

    Favs/dislikes: 14:0. "An entirely subjective list of 100 essential fantasy films", as compiled by Jeff Kuykendall, editor of "First off, this list is entirely personal. You will have 100 of your own. The intention is to draw a broad outline of fantasy films since the start of cinema in hopes that the reader might find some helpful recommendations. It’s an admittedly ludicrous endeavor to define 100 of the most essential of anything, which is why this is just “100 Essential Films of the Fantastic,” not the most essential. To pare this last down to 100, I found myself discarding many acknowledged classics, and holding tight to others for the sake of variety or my own passion for them."
  8. FIFF - History of Iranian Cinema by its Creators's icon

    FIFF - History of Iranian Cinema by its Creators

    Favs/dislikes: 10:0. In 2014, the organization of the 28th Fribourg International Film Festival asked 14 Iranian directors to name the best Iranian films. The results are the 27 films on this list. The participants were [url=]Mania Akbari[/url], [url=]Kaveh Bakh-tiari[/url], [url=]Bahram Beizai[/url], [url=]Asghar Farhadi[/url], [url=]Sepideh Farsi[/url], [url=]Mahmoud Ghaffari[/url], [url=]Bahman Ghobadi[/url], [url=]Mohsen Makhmalbaf[/url], [url=]Shahram Mokri[/url], [url=]Amir Naderi[/url], [url=]Jafar Panahi[/url], [url=]Shirin Neshat[/url], [url=]Rafi Pitts[/url] and [url=]Mohammad Rasoulof[/url]. #1: 5 votes #2-4: 4 votes #5-7: 3 votes #8-9: 2 votes #10-27: 1 vote
  9. Gary Gerani's Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies's icon

    Gary Gerani's Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 10:0. The 100 best sci-fi movies according to Gary Gerani in his book [url=]Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies[/url]
  10. The Rough Guide to Gangster Movies's icon

    The Rough Guide to Gangster Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 10:0. This list is taken from the book with the same name, which was written by Lloyd Hughes and first published in 2005. The films appear in the second half of the book, in alphabetical order.
  11. Dennis Hopper acting filmography's icon

    Dennis Hopper acting filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 9:0. All feature films in which Dennis Hopper has acted. Only theatre releases. Miss anything? Send me a message!
  12. Magic Realism Cinema in East Central Europe's icon

    Magic Realism Cinema in East Central Europe

    Favs/dislikes: 8:0. Films that are mentioned in the "Select Filmography" section of the book with the same name.
  13. Cannes Film Festival 2015: Competition's icon

    Cannes Film Festival 2015: Competition

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. The films that will be in competition during the 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Festival
  14. Maariv's Best Israeli Films of All Time's icon

    Maariv's Best Israeli Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. In 2013 the Hebrew language newspaper Maariv asked 20 critics and filmmakers which Israeli films they thought the best, the result of which is this list of 40 films.
  15. Favourite shorts's icon

    Favourite shorts

    Favs/dislikes: 6:1. To keep my list of favourites a little smaller, I've grouped my favourite shorts on this list.
  16. Film Comment's Best Films of 2014's icon

    Film Comment's Best Films of 2014

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. According to the source: "A note on the poll’s workings: over 100 North American colleagues ranked their favorites in two categories: 1) those that received theatrical runs and 2) those viewed this year but currently with no announced plans for U.S. theatrical distribution. For each ballot, a first-place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on." These are the films in the first category. For the films in the second category, look [url=]here[/url]
  17. Film Comment's Best Films of 2015's icon

    Film Comment's Best Films of 2015

    Favs/dislikes: 6:1. According to the source: "A note on the poll’s workings: over 100 North American colleagues ranked their favorites in two categories: 1) those that received theatrical runs and 2) those viewed this year but currently with no announced plans for U.S. theatrical distribution. For each ballot, a first-place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on." These are the films in the first category. For the films in the second category, [url=]look here[/url]. The list contains 22 entries instead of 20 because Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights is a triptych.
  18. Filmwell's "Religion in Film"'s icon

    Filmwell's "Religion in Film"

    Favs/dislikes: 6:1. From the source: [quote=M. Leary][b][url=]Religion in Film[/url] – A List of Films for the Religious Studies Classroom[/b] When teaching courses on basic concepts in religious studies and comparative religion, I often find myself wondering what resources the history of cinema has to offer the classroom. Simply talking about rites of passage, religious language, or variations in Buddhist dogma while scribbling lecture aids on the chalkboard works well enough. But I often wish I could step back and integrate more cinema into the learning experience. There are a lot of lists out there for people interested generally in “religion and film” or “spirituality and film,” but many of these lists are too general to be of much use in helping people experience the finer points of different religious traditions. Day of Wrath and Winter Light, for example, are great films about faith and existence, but they aren’t necessarily films about the observable phenomena of religion. And while films like Youth Without Youth, The Last Wave, or 2001 usher us very generally into the gravity of sacred time, apocalypse, and myth, they aren’t that interested in comparative religion. Something like The Mission is certainly a religious film, but is it really a film about religion? So, that being said, what are the great films out there about the specifics of religious practice? The first impulse is to list relevant documentaries, of which there are many. And episodes of shows like Big Love, West Wing, and Caprica certainly belong in the religious studies classroom. How great are Jed Bartlett’s prayers as discussion starters about American civil religion? But I am curious about films that we leave with a greater sense of why and how people practice the nuts of bolts of religion, which are talked about in the classroom in terms of rites of passage, ritual, doctrine, sacred time and space, etc… So here is a starter list of films that in some way show us religion in action. Please feel free to suggest more in the comments.[/quote]
  19. Indie Outlook's 180 Essential Films by Female Directors's icon

    Indie Outlook's 180 Essential Films by Female Directors

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. Film critic Matt Fagerholm, assistant editor at, decided to compensate for the extreme lack of female directors being nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards by curating a list of 180 essential films directed by women.
  20. Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality's icon

    Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. All movies from the Films Cited section in the book [url=]Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality[/url], written by Christine Cornea. "From E.T. the Extraterrestrial and Back to the Future to Blade Runner and Alien, science fiction films have been achieving blockbuster status for decades. Moreover, some major studio releases, such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as many low-budget films have become etched in film history as international cult classics. Offering a broad historical and theoretical reassessment of this popular genre, Christine Cornea explores the development of science fiction in cinema from its very beginnings to the present day. Each chapter offers analyses of particular films, situating them within a wider historical/cultural context while also highlighting a specific key thematic issue. Cornea provides vital and unique perspectives on the genre, including discussions of the relevance of psychedelic imagery, race, the "new woman of science," generic performance, and the prevalence of "techno-orientalism" in recent films. Enriching the book are new interviews with some of the main practitioners in the field, such as Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Ken Russell, Stan Winston, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Joe Morton, Dean Norris, and Billy Gray. While American films are Cornea's main focus, she also engages with a range of pertinent examples from other countries and explains why science fiction lends itself well to transnational reception."
  21. Alex van Warmerdam filmography's icon

    Alex van Warmerdam filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0.
  22. Czech Lion Award's icon

    Czech Lion Award

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. The Czech Lion (Český lev) is an annual film award in the Czech Republic, comparable to the Césars in France or the Goyas in Spain.
  23. Gary Gerani's Top 100 Horror Movies's icon

    Gary Gerani's Top 100 Horror Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. The 100 best horror movies according to Gary Gerani in his book [url=]Top 100 Horror Movies[/url]
  24. Ingmar Bergman's Favourite Swedish Films's icon

    Ingmar Bergman's Favourite Swedish Films

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. The 35 best Swedish films, as chosen by Ingmar Bergman for the Göteborg International Film Festival.
  25. LaCinetek: Olivier Assayas' ideal film collection's icon

    LaCinetek: Olivier Assayas' ideal film collection

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. This is one of the lists put together by acclaimed directors for the French auteur film VoD platform LaCinetek. According to LaCinetek's rules: [quote]Each director who accepts to join LaCinetek (known as the “affiliated director”) must compose a list of around fifty films, based on his or her “ideal film collection” (favourite films, the works that have helped shape them or that have had a particularly major impact on their own work). These films must originate from global film production from the early days of cinema up to and including the year 2000 (short or feature films, fiction, animation, documentary, experimental films and so on). However, affiliated directors cannot chose a film that they themselves have directed, although their films can of course be selected by others.[/quote] Introduction by Assayas: [quote]Most of my favorite movies ended up not being on this list as I thought other directors would have selected them already. I also think most of them are already so well-renowned that nobody needed my help in having access to those movies. Thus, I proceeded a little differently by choosing lesser-known movies instead, or neglected films in the works of great filmmakers, and by forcing myself to only pick one movie by director. Finally I crossed out thirty movies on my list - in an unfair and random manner - to reach the number of fifty. Titles are sorted in the alphabetical order of the directors' names.[/quote] More about LaCinetek and the conditions they apply to lists can be found [url=]here[/url].
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