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Top Ten: 1995

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

God's Comedy[João César Monteiro, 1995]:

Casino [Martin Scorsese, 1995]:

The Flower of My Secret [Pedro Almodóvar, 1995]:

The Neon Bible [Terence Davies, 1995]:

Nixon[Oliver Stone, 1995]:

Ulysses' Gaze [Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1995]:

Salaam Cinema [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995]:

Whisper of the Heart [Yoshifumi Kondô, 1995]:

The White Balloon [Jafar Panahi, 1995]:

A Close Shave [Nick Park, 1995]:

C'est Le Vent, Betty

Thoughts on a film: Betty Blue (37.2°C in the Morning) (1986)

I'd been struggling to find the words for this film, which seems impossible to define or to explicate in any rational or meaningful way beyond the meagre confession that I saw myself in its moving reflection; a past-life remembrance glimpsed in the fragments of a wayward courtship between a young bum who dreams of being a writer, but who hides from life and its various difficulties and concerns, and the beautiful brunette with the bee stung lips and the wide eyes that seem to burn with the passion and intensity of a protective lioness.
In this couple who find paradise in the arms one another - in the skin against skin embrace that becomes a suit of armour that protects them from the slings and arrows of a difficult world - I saw the ghost of something stirring.A long lost relationship that was as haunting, magnificent and unpredictable as the film itself.It's possible that without these bare emotions to draw …

Top Ten: 1996

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

A Moment of Innocence [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996]:

A Summer's Tale [Éric Rohmer, 1996]:

Irma Vep [Olivier Assayas, 1996]:

Brigands-Chapter VII [Otar Iosseliani, 1996]:

Drifting Clouds [Aki Kaurismäki, 1996]:

Mission: Impossible [Brian De Palma, 1996]:

Don't Look Up (aka Ghost Actress) [Hideo Nakata, 1996]:

Karaoke / Cold Lazarus [Renny Rye, 1996]:

For Ever Mozart [Jean-Luc Godard, 1996]:

Top Ten: 1997

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

The Butcher Boy [Neil Jordan, 1997]:

Tren de sombras (Train of Shadows) [José Luis Guerín, 1997]:

Robinson in Space [Patrick Keiller, 1997]:

The Tango Lesson [Sally Potter, 1997]:

Hana-bi (Fireworks)[Takeshi Kitano, 1997]:

Happy Together [Wong Kar-Wai, 1997]:

Labyrinth of Dreams [Gakuryu Ishii (formerly Sogo Ishii), 1997]:

A Casa (The House) [Sharunas Bartas, 1997]:

The Hips of J.W. [João César Monteiro, 1997]:

Top Ten: 1998

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Lovers of the Arctic Circle [Julio Medem, 1998]:

The Truman Show [Peter Weir, 1998]:

The Idiots[Lars von Trier, 1998]:

Buffalo '66[Vincent Gallo, 1998]:

Festen (The Celebration) [Thomas Vinterberg, 1998]:

Secret Defense [Jacques Rivette, 1998]:

Bullet Ballet[Shin'ya Tsukamoto, 1998]:

The Apple [Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998]:

Sombre[Philippe Grandrieux, 1998]:

Ring [Hideo Nakata, 1998]: