December 17, 2013

Top tens


1 The Master

2 Gravity

3 The Act of Killing

4 Only Lovers Left Alive

5 Beyond the Hills

6 The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

7 Cosmopolis

8 Rust and Bone

9 Before Midnight

10 A Field in England

(more on these, with attempts at explanations, at Werewolf)

SECOND TEN: Behind the Candelabra, Camille Claudel 1915,  Frances Ha, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Mud, Pacific Rim, The Past, Silence in the House of God, Stranger by the Lake, Upstream Color.


Partie de campagne (Jean Renoir, 1936)

Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)

Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956)

Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)

North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)

Accident (Joseph Losey, 1967)

Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967)

Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)

Theorem (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968)

Bird on a Wire (Tony Palmer, 1974)

Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, 1974)

The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)

Radio On (Christopher Petit, 1979)

Wise Blood (John Huston, 1979)

Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981)

Utu Redux (Geoff Murphy, 1983/2013)

Starman (John Carpenter, 1984)

No End (Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski, 1985)

Illustrious Energy (Leon Narbey, 1988)

Ulysses’ Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos, 1995)

The Promise (Jean-Luc Dardenne and Pierre Dardenne, 1996)

The Life of Jesus (Bruno Dumont, 1997)

Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)

Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos, 1998)

Moloch (Alexander Sokurov, 1999)

Read My Lips (Jacques Audiard, 2001)

London Orbital (Christopher Petit and Iain Sinclair, 2002)

Into Great Silence (Philip Groning, 2005)

Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 2006)

The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (Sophie Fiennes, 2006)

Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)

Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008)

Adventureland (Greg Mottola, 2009)

Down Terrace (Ben Wheatley, 2009)

Enter the Void (Gaspar Noe, 2009)

Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009)

Thirst (Chan-wook Park, 2009)

Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010)

The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, 2011)

Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011)

Weekend (Andrew Haigh, 2011)

Compliance (Craig Zobel, 2012)

Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012)

Marley (Kevin Macdonald, 2012)

No (Pablo Larrain, 2012)

TELEVISION: Breaking Bad, seasons 1 to 5. Mad Men, season 6. House of Cards, season 1. Rectify, season 1. Enlightened, seasons 1 and 2. Girls, season 2. 



1 Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest

2 Fuck Buttons, Slow Focus

3 The Dead C, Armed Courage

4 Wooden Wand, Blood Oaths of the New Blues

5 The Haxan Cloak, Excavation

6 Autechre, Exai

7 Tim Hecker, Virgins

8 Bardo Pond, Peace on Venus

9 Zoviet France, The Tables Are Turning

10 Forest Swords, Engravings

Also: Merzbow, live in Christchurch, November 21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, live in Auckland, February 8. Leonard Cohen, live in Christchurch, December 14. Laurel Halo, Behind the Green Door EP (and live in Christchurch, September 12). Follakzoid, II. Ontal, Output EP. Miles, Unsecured EP. Carter Tutti, Coolicon. Prurient, Through the Window. Atoms for Peace, Amok. Ensemble Pearl. The Black Dog. Gate. Skeptics. Wooden Wand and the World War IV. William Basinski, Nocturnes. Hawkwind, Space Ritual. The Clean, Vehicle/In-A-Live. Death Grips, Government Plates. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II. Black Boned Angel, The End.