Ranks and Kaurismaki

(excerpt from personal email. this is me talking.)

btw. this is too awful. just too awful to even talk about – which shows, apparently, where my respect for you lies? No. Here it is: for days now, I’ve been inanely laboring over an encyclopedic list of all the relevant films I’ve seen and how they rank. So, you know – 1925 to 2010. Those lists started small and grew, Jeff.

Also, finally finally finally got around to my first Kaurismaki film last night – The Man Without a Past. Initially very excited at seeing such skill with the medium being used – but then that momentum slowed, and slowed, and slowed until I found myself really wanting that slow-as-fucking-hell film to be over. Yes, OK, the deadpan thing. I get it. I really get it! I’m sure I should’ve seen this film when it was more impactful, in 2002, but now I’ve seen its bastards and have grown a big fat callous. I may or may not watch more Kaurismaki by choice – if I do, I’m definitely going for his late 80’s/early 90’s stuff.

And I tell you one thing, Jeff. For years I stupidly disregarded the 80’s and 90’s, as if nothing of quality came from them. I now realize the gravity of that folly. And film has helped me to realize it. Very sorry to say that my birth year, 1981, is one of the most dismal years for film I’ve ever seen – if not the most dismal 😦 Special notable years include (including my top 5-10 from any given year):

Blue Velvet
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Fly
Down By Law
Withnail & I
The Mosquito Coast
Sid & Nancy

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
The Seventh Continent
Do the Right Thing
Mystery Train
The Decalogue
Santa Sangre
My Left Foot
sex, lies, and videotape
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Fabulous Baker Boys

The Double Life of Veronique
Naked Lunch
Silence of the Lambs
Night on Earth
Barton Fink
Life is Sweet
My Own Private Idaho
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Short Cuts
The Piano
The Firm
Jurassic Park
Schindler’s List
In the Name of the Father
King of the Hill

Pulp Fiction
Chungking Express
Quiz Show
Ashes of Time
The Shawshank Redemption
Vanya on 42nd. St.
Death and the Maiden

Jackie Brown
L.A. Confidential
Funny Games
The Spanish Prisoner
Lost Highway
Deconstructing Harry
Happy Together
Boogie Nights
The Ice Storm

And these only include the films I’ve yet seen. It’s painful to note how much I value Tarantino – his film from 2009 tops my list, as well. That’s 3 out of his 6 films. Yikes.

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