Bill over at They Shoot Pictures Don't They? has been gathering more top ten lists from passionate film lovers throughout this year and applying them to the master list. He informs me that a new December 2008 update to the 1000 Greatest Films is due any day. Upon seeing last December's updated list, I made an open complaint about how little representation of experimental and third world cinema there was, as well as films directed by women. One of my goals for the year was to seek and collect more lists that represented these perspectives. I wasn't quite able to fulfill this aim, but I did get a few good ones, which I have forwarded to Bill. If I have a moment I will post them here as well.
Bill also invited me to submit my own updated list. I haven't put one together in a while, and I'm not really one to do this sort of thing anymore - I've just seen too many movies at this point to know better than to attempt a list of bests or favorites. However it's only fair that I do what I've asked several respected colleagues to do. So here's a list that I think best represents the films I most cherish at this particular moment, with their directors in parentheses:
Awaara (Raj Kapoor) Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako) Breakaway (Bruce Conner) City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao Hsien) Close-up (Abbas Kiarostami) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko) The House is Black (Forough Farrokhzad) I Was Born, But (Yasujiro Ozu) Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk) Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett) L'Argent (Robert Bresson) L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni) L'Intrus (Claire Denis) Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade) Love and Duty (Bu Wangcang) Love Streams (John Cassavetes) The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (John Gianvito) Menilmontant (Dmitri Kirsanoff) Moolaade (Ousmane Sembene) Ordet (Carl Dreyer) Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky) Platform (Jia Zhangke) Playtime (Jacques Tati) Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell) Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg) Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) The Third Man (Carol Reed) A Touch of Zen (King Hu)