Brandon’s Favorite Movies on Video, 2009

What a great movie year here at Casa Brandon. Generally good hit-to-miss ratio, skipping most of the crap (except of course during SHOCKtober). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of the 42 titles on this here top-30 list.

1. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Billy Wilder)
2. Powell/Pressburger: I Know Where I’m Going! / A Matter of Life and Death
3. My Winnipeg (2007, Guy Maddin)
4. Agn├Ęs Varda: Le Bonheur / 101 Nights of Simon Cinema
5. Orlando (1992, Sally Potter)
6. Pontypool (2008, Bruce McDonald)
7. John Ford: Judge Priest / The Sun Shines Bright
8. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992, Craig Baldwin)
9. Black Cat, White Cat (1998, Emir Kusturica)
10. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
11. The Young One (1960, Luis Bunuel)
12. The Power of Nightmares (2004, Adam Curtis)
13. Frank Borzage: Seventh Heaven / Lazybones
14. The Naked City (1948, Jules Dassin)
15. The Color of Pomegranates (1970, Sergei Parajanov)
16. Werner Herzog: Fitzcarraldo / Burden of Dreams
17. Johnny To: Mad Detective / Exiled
18. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003, Joe Dante)
19. Jacques Demy: Donkey Skin / Lola
20. Black Dynamite (2009, Scott Sanders)
21. Time (2006, Kim Ki-duk)
22. Frank Tashlin: Hollywood or Bust / Susan Slept Here / Son of Paleface
23. Mon Oncle d’Amerique (1980, Alain Resnais)
24. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
25. Raoul Ruiz: Comedy of Innocence / Zig-Zag
26. Joan the Maid (1994, Jacques Rivette)
27. Takashi Miike: Big Bang Love / Bird People in China
28. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
29. Claire Denis: Trouble Every Day / Friday Night
30. The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008, Ji-woon Kim)

Some good runners-up: Magnificent Obsession, Dance of the Seven Veils, Suspiria and three by Oshima.

This year’s Edward Burns Memorial Award, given to the movie I saw this year which I have already mostly forgotten, goes to Finye (The Wind), which Katy says she remembers just fine.

The Alien Resurrection Award, given to a movie I liked which nobody else did, is proudly presented to Takeshi Kitano for Achilles and the Tortoise, indeed for his entire career-self-destruction trilogy. Back when I saw Kitano’s Fireworks in the late 90’s I’d been hearing about what a great artist he was and I started to agree, but then acclaim mysteriously intensified after his mediocre Zatoichi remake, then it died off completely when he made this daring, exciting trilogy.

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