Movie Yearbook

A collection of my Best Films of the Year lists from 2000 until now. Listed in alphabetical order. #1 picks are highlighted in red.

2013


LEVIATHAN
  • 12 Years a Slave / Steve McQueen
  • The Act of Killing / Joshua Oppenheimer
  • At Berkeley / Frederick Wiseman
  • Before Midnight / Richard Linklater
  • Blue is the Warmest Color / Abdellatif Kechiche
  • The Grandmaster / Wong Kar-Wai
  • The Great Beauty / Paolo Sorrentino
  • Leviathan / Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
  • Like Someone In Love / Abbas Kiarostami
  • Museum Hours / Jem Cohen
  • Spring Breakers / Harmony Korine
  • To the Wonder / Terrence Malick
  • Welcome to Pine Hill / Keith Miller
  • The Wind Rises / Hayao Miyazaki
  • Upstream Color / Shane Carruth


2012


THE TURIN HORSE
  • Amour / Michael Haneke
  • Barbara / Christian Petzold
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow / Panos Cosmatos
  • The Deep Blue Sea / Terrence Davies
  • Girl Walk//All Day / Jacob Krupnick
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey / Peter Jackson
  • Holy Motors / Leos Carax
  • Lincoln / Steven Spielberg
  • The Master / Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Oslo, August 31st / Joachim Trier
  • ParaNorman / Chris Butler, Sam Fell
  • Tabu / Miguel Gomes
  • This is Not a Film / Jafar Panahi
  • The Turin Horse / Béla Tarr
  • Zero Dark Thirty / Kathryn Bigelow


2011

THE TREE OF LIFE
  • Armadillo / Janusz Metz
  • Certified Copy / Abbas Kiarostami
  • City of Life and Death / Lu Chuan
  • Drive / Nicholas Winding Refn
  • Hugo / Martin Scorsese
  • In the Family / Patrick Wang
  • Le Quattro Volte / Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Margaret / Kenneth Lonergan
  • Mysteries of Lisbon / Raul Ruiz
  • Of Gods and Men / Xavier Beauvois
  • Poetry / Lee Chang-dong
  • A Separation / Asghar Farhadi
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / Tomas Alfredson
  • The Tree of Life / Terrence Malick
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Apichatpong Weerasethakul


2010

LOURDES
  • Alamar / Pedro González-Rubio
  • Around a Small Mountain / Jacques Rivette
  • Black Swan / Darren Aronofsky
  • Carlos / Olivier Assayas
  • Dogtooth / Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl / Manoel de Oliveira
  • Letters to Father Jacob / Kläus Haro
  • Lourdes / Jessica Hausner
  • Prince of Broadway / Sean Baker
  • The Red Chapel / Mads Brugger
  • Secret Sunshine / Lee Chang-dong
  • The Strange Case of Angelica / Manoel de Oliveira
  • Toy Story 3 / Lee Unkrich
  • White Material / Claire Denis
  • Winter’s Bone / Debra Granik

Decade (2000 - 2009)

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
  1. There Will Be Blood / Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Dogville / Lars von Trier
  3. Mulholland Dr. / David Lynch
  4. "The Lord of the Rings" / Peter Jackson
  5. "The Battle of Iwo Jima" / Clint Eastwood
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Ang Lee
  7. Spirited Away / Hayao Miyazaki
  8. Silent Light / Carlos Reygadas
  9. Tropical Malady / Apichatpong Weerasethekul
  10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days / Cristian Mungiu
  11. Gosford Park / Robert Altman
  12. The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford / Andrew Dominick
  13. Children of Men / Alfonso Cuaron
  14. The New World / Terrence Malick
  15. Dancer in the Dark / Lars von Trier
  16. Yi Yi: A One and a Two.../ Edward Yang
  17. Werckmeister Harmonies / Bela Tarr
  18. Inland Empire / David Lynch
  19. Eureka / Shinji Aoyama
  20. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu / Cristi Puiu

2009

SILENT LIGHT
  • 35 Shots of Rum / Claire Denis
  • Antichrist / Lars von Trier
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox / Wes Anderson
  • Goodbye Solo / Ramin Bahrani
  • Liverpool / Lisandro Alonso
  • Mary and Max / Adam Elliot
  • Munyurangabo / Lee Isaac Chung
  • Revanche / Gotz Spielmann
  • Silent Light / Carlos Reygadas
  • Still Walking / Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Summer Hours / Olivier Assayas
  • Tokyo Sonata / Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Unmistaken Child / Nati Baratz
  • Where the Wild Things Are / Spike Jonze
  • The White Ribbon / Michael Haneke

2008

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days / Cristian Mungiu
  • The Band’s Visit / Eran Kolirin
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father / Kurt Kuenne
  • Flight of the Red Balloon / Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Gran Torino / Clint Eastwood
  • Hunger / Steve McQueen
  • In the City of Sylvia / José Luis Guerin
  • Let the Right One In / Tomas Alfredson
  • Love Songs / Christophe Honoré
  • Patti Smith: Dream of Life / Steven Sebring
  • Still Life / Jia Zhang-ke
  • Synecdoche, New York / Charlie Kaufman
  • WALL•E / Andrew Stanton
  • Waltz With Bashir / Ari Folman
  • XXY / Lucia Puenzo

2007

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
  • 12:08 East of Bucharest / Corneliu Porumboiu
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford / Andrew Dominick
  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead / Sidney Lumet
  • Control / Anton Corbijn
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Julian Schnabel 
  • Into the Wild / Sean Penn
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters / Seth Gordon
  • Michael Clayton / Tony Gilroy
  • No Country for Old Men / Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Ratatouille / Brad Bird
  • Persepolis / Vincent Paronnaud
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street / Tim Burton
  • Syndromes and a Century / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • There Will Be Blood / Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Zodiac / David Fincher

2006

CHILDREN OF MEN
  • Babel / Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan / Larry Charles
  • Brick / Rian Johnson
  • Children of Men / Alfonso Cuaron
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu / Cristi Puiu
  • The Descent / Neil Marshall
  • Flags of Our Fathers / Clint Eastwood
  • House of Sand / Andrucha Waddington
  • Inland Empire / David Lynch
  • Letters From Iwo Jima / Clint Eastwood
  • The Lives of Others / Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Marie Antoinette / Sofia Coppola
  • Pan’s Labyrinth / Guillermo Del Toro
  • A Prairie Home Companion / Robert Altman
  • Shortbus / John Cameron Mitchell

2005

TROPICAL MALADY
  • 2046 / Wong Kar-wai
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin / Judd Apatow
  • Brokeback Mountain / Ang Lee
  • Downfall / Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • A History of Violence / David Cronenberg
  • King Kong / Peter Jackson
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know / Miranda July
  • Munich / Steven Spielberg
  • The New World / Terrence Malick
  • Paradise Now / Hany Abu-Assad
  • Pride & Prejudice / Joe Wright
  • The Squid and the Whale / Noah Baumbach
  • Tropical Malady / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • The White Diamond / Werner Herzog
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill / Judy Irving

2004

DOGVILLE
  • Bad Education / Pedro Almodovar 
  • Before Sunset / Richard Linklater 
  • Cowards Bend the Knee / Guy Maddin 
  • Dogville / Lars von Trier 
  • The Door in the Floor / Tod Williams
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Michel Gondry
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn / Tsai Ming-Liang 
  • I Heart Huckabees / David O. Russell 
  • House of Flying Daggers / Zhang Yimou 
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2 / Quentin Tarantino 
  • The Motorcycle Diaries / Walter Salles
  • Sideways / Alexander Payne 
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring / Kim Ki-duk 
  • The Story of the Weeping Camel / Luigi Falorni 
  • Vera Drake / Mike Leigh

2003

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
  • The Barbarian Invasions / Denys Arcand
  • Capturing the Friedmans / Andrew Jarecki
  • Divine Intervention / Elia Suleiman
  • Finding Nemo / Andrew Stanton
  • I’m Not Scared / Gabriele Salvatores
  • In America / Jim Sheridan
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 1 / Quentin Tarantino
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / Peter Jackson
  • Lost in Translation / Sofia Coppola
  • Lilya 4-Ever / Lukas Moodysoon
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World / Peter Weir
  • Millennium Actress / Satoshi Kon
  • Millennium Mambo / Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Mystic River / Clint Eastwood
  • The Triplets of Belleville / Sylvain Chomet

2002 

SPIRITED AWAY
  • About Schmidt / Alexander Payne
  • Adaptation. / Spike Jonze
  • Blissfully Yours / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Bowling for Columbine / Michael Moore
  • Far From Heaven / Todd Haynes
  • The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) / Zacharias Kunuk
  • The Hours / Stephen Daldry
  • Late Marriage / Dover Kosashvili
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / Peter Jackson
  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate / Hong Sangsoo
  • The Pianist / Roman Polanski
  • Spirited Away / Hayao Miyazaki
  • Talk to Her / Pedro Almodovar
  • What Time is it There? / Tsai Ming-Liang
  • Y Tu Mamá También / Alfonso Cuaron

2001 

MULHOLLAND DR.
  • Amélie / Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Black Hawk Down / Ridley Scott
  • Eureka / Shinji Aoyama
  • Ghost World / Terry Zwigoff
  • Gosford Park / Robert Altman
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch / John Cameron Mitchell
  • In the Bedroom / Todd Field
  • In the Mood for Love / Wong Kar-wai
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / Peter Jackson
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There / Joel Coen
  • Memento / Christopher Nolan
  • Moulin Rouge! / Baz Luhrmann
  • Mulholland Dr. / David Lynch
  • The Royal Tenenbaums / Wes Anderson
  • Werckmeister Harmonies / Béla Tarr

2000
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
  • Almost Famous / Cameron Crowe
  • Beau Travail / Claire Denis
  • Battle Royale / Kinji Fukasaku
  • Cast Away / Robert Zemeckis
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Ang Lee
  • Dancer in the Dark / Lars von Trier
  • Gladiator / Ridley Scott
  • The Heart of the World / Guy Maddin
  • The Idiots / Lars von Trier
  • Paragraph 175 / Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Freidman
  • Requiem for a Dream / Darren Aronofsky
  • Traffic / Steven Soderbergh
  • Unbreakable / M. Night Shyamalan
  • Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors / Hong Sangsoo
  • Yi Yi: A One and a Two… / Edward Yang