Monday, December 10, 2018

NYFF Selection Committees

1st (1963):

  • Richard Roud (program director)
  • Amos Vogel (festival director)

2nd (1964):

  • Richard Roud
  • Amos Vogel

3rd (1965):

  • Richard Roud
  • Amos Vogel

4th (1966):

  • Richard Roud
  • Amos Vogel
  • Arthur Knight
  • Andrew Sarris

5th (1965):

  • Richard Roud
  • Amos Vogel
  • Arthur Knight
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag

6th (1966):

  • Richard Roud
  • Amos Vogel
  • Arthur Knight
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag

7th (1967):

  • Richard Roud
  • Penelope Huston
  • Arthur Knight
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois (retrospective consultant)

8th (1970):

  • Richard Roud
  • Arthur Knight
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

9th (1971):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

10th (1972):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • John Russell Taylor
  • Henri Langlois

11th (1973):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

12th (1974):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Andrew Sarris
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

13th (1975):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Roger Greenspun
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Charles Michener
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

14th (1976):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Roger Greenspun
  • Arthur Knight
  • Arthur L. Mayer
  • Charles Michener
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

15th (1977):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Roger Greenspun
  • Arthur Knight
  • Charles Michener
  • Susan Sontag
  • Henri Langlois

16th (1978):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Roger Greenspun
  • Molly Haskell
  • Tom Luddy
  • Charles Michener
  • Mary Meerson (retrospective consultant)

17th (1979):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Molly Haskell
  • Tom Luddy
  • Charles Michener
  • Mary Meerson

18th (1980):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Molly Haskell
  • Tom Luddy
  • Susan Sontag
  • Marry Meerson

19th (1981):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Jack Kroll
  • Tom Luddy
  • Susan Sontag
  • Mary Meerson
  • Mark N. Weiss (American independent film consultant)

20th (1982):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • J. Hoberman
  • Jack Kroll
  • Tom Luddy
  • Susan Sontag
  • Mary Meerson
  • Mark N. Weiss

21st (1983):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • J. Hoberman
  • Jack Kroll
  • Tom Luddy
  • David Thomson
  • Mary Meerson
  • Mark N. Weiss

22nd (1984):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • J. Hoberman
  • Tom Luddy
  • David Thomson
  • Mary Meerson
  • Lawrence Sapadin (American independent film consultant)

23rd (1985):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • Molly Haskell
  • Dave Kehr
  • David Thomson
  • Mary Meerson
  • Lawrence Sapadin

24th (1986):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • David Denby
  • Dave Kehr
  • Mary Meerson
  • Lawrence Sapadin

25th (1987):

  • Richard Roud
  • Richard Corliss
  • David Denby
  • David Kehr
  • Carrie Rickey
  • Mary Meerson
  • Lillian Jimenez (American independent film consultant)

26th (1988):

  • Richard Peña (program director)
  • Wendy Keys
  • Phillip Lopate
  • Carrie Rickey
  • David Sterritt
  • Mary Meerson
  • Lillian Jimenez

27th (1989):

  • Richard Peña
  • Wendy Keys
  • Phillip Lopate
  • Carrie Rickey
  • David Sterritt

28th (1990):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Phillip Lopate
  • David Sterritt

29th (1991):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Phillip Lopate
  • David Sterritt

30th (1992):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Stuart Klawans
  • David Sterritt

31st (1993):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Joan Juliet Buck
  • Wendy Keys
  • Stuart Klawans

32nd (1994):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Stuart Klawans
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

33rd (1995):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Stuart Klawans
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

34th (1996):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Robert Sklar

35th (1997):

  • Richard Peña
  • David Ansen
  • Wendy Keys
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Robert Sklar

36th (1998):

  • Richard Peña
  • Dave Kehr
  • Wendy Keys
  • John Powers
  • Robert Sklar

37th (1999):

  • Richard Peña
  • Dave Kehr
  • Wendy Keys
  • John Powers
  • Robert Sklar
  • Sayre Maxfield (silent films advisor)

38th (2000):

  • Richard Peña
  • John Anderson
  • Manohla Dargis
  • Dave Kehr
  • Wendy Keys
  • Kathleen Murphy
  • Robert Sklar
  • Sayre Maxfield

39th (2001):

  • Richard Peña
  • John Anderson
  • Manohla Dargis
  • Dave Kehr
  • Wendy Keys
  • Kathleen Murphy
  • Robert Sklar
  • Sayre Maxfield

40th (2002):

  • Richard Peña
  • John Anderson
  • Manohla Dargis
  • Kent Jones
  • Dave Kehr
  • Wendy Keys

41st (2003):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. John Anderson
  3. Kent Jones
  4. Dave Kehr
  5. Sayre Maxfield

42nd (2004):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Kent Jones
  3. Phillip Lopate
  4. John Powers
  5. Lisa Schwarzbaum
  6. Sayre Maxfield

43rd (2005):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Kent Jones
  3. Phillip Lopate
  4. John Powers
  5. Lisa Schwarzbaum
  6. Sayre Maxfield

44th (2006):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Scott Foundas
  3. J. Hoberman
  4. Kent Jones
  5. Phillip Lopate
  6. John Powers
  7. Lisa Schwarzbaum
  8. Sayre Maxfield

45th (2007):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Scott Foundas
  3. J. Hoberman
  4. Kent Jones
  5. Lisa Schwarzbaum
  6. Sayre Maxfield

46th (2008):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Scott Foundas
  3. J. Hoberman
  4. Kent Jones
  5. Lisa Schwarzbaum
  6. Sayre Maxfield

47th (2009):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Melissa Anderson
  3. Scott Foundas
  4. J. Hoberman
  5. Dennis Lim

48th (2010):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Melissa Anderson
  3. Scott Foundas
  4. Dennis Lim
  5. Todd McCarthy

49th (2011):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Melissa Anderson
  3. Scott Foundas
  4. Dennis Lim
  5. Todd McCarthy

50th (2012):

  1. Richard Peña
  2. Melissa Anderson
  3. Scott Foundas
  4. Todd McCarthy
  5. Amy Taubin

51st (2013):

  1. Kent Jones (program director)
  2. Dennis Lim
  3. Marian Masone
  4. Gavin Smith
  5. Amy Taubin

52nd (2014):

  1. Kent Jones
  2. Dennis Lim
  3. Marian Masone
  4. Gavin Smith
  5. Amy Taubin

53rd (2015):

  1. Kent Jones
  2. Dennis Lim
  3. Marian Masone
  4. Gavin Smith
  5. Amy Taubin

54th (2016):

  1. Kent Jones
  2. Florence Almozini
  3. Dennis Lim
  4. Amy Taubin
  5. Gavin Smith (consultant)

55th (2017):

  1. Kent Jones
  2. Florence Almozini
  3. Dennis Lim
  4. Amy Taubin

56th (2018):

  1. Kent Jones
  2. Florence Almozini
  3. Dennis Lim

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top 10 Directors (5/29/18 Spur of the Moment)

  • Lynch
  • Yang
  • Wong
  • Hong
  • Mann
  • Jia
  • Tsai
  • Demy
  • Resnais
  • Godard

Addendum: Marker, Hartley, Weerasethakul, among others

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cinema Scope Top Tens (Approximations by Release Year)

2005

  1. Caché (Michael Haneke, 3)
  2. Land of the Dead (George A. Romero, 4)
  3. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 7)
  4. The New World (Terrence Malick, 9)

2006

  1. L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2005, 1)
  2. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005, 2)
  3. A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater, 4)
  4. Borat (Larry Charles, 5)
  5. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 7)
  6. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005, 9)
  7. Inland Empire (David Lynch, 9)
  8. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 10)

2007

  1. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006, 1)
  2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1)
  3. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven (2006, 2)
  4. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2)
  5. Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, 2006, 3)
  6. Regular Lovers (Philippe Garrel, 2005, 5)
  7. The Host (Bong Joon-ho, 2006, 8)

2008

  1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 3)
  2. In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín, 2007, 5)
  3. Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, 2007, 5)
  4. Profit motive and the whispering wind (John Gianvito, 2007, 6)
  5. Opera Jawa (Garin Nugroho, 2006, 6)
  6. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007, 7)
  7. Ballast (Lance Hammer, 7)
  8. La France (Serge Bozon, 2007, 9)
  9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007, 10)

2009

  1. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008, 1)
  2. Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu, 1)
  3. Birdsong (Albert Serra, 2008, 2)
  4. 24 City (Jia Zhangke, 2008, 4)
  5. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 4)
  6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 6)
  7. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008, 9)
  8. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008, 10)

2010

  1. Everyone Else (Maren Ade, 2009, 2)
  2. Sweetgrass (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash, 2009, 5)
  3. Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes, 2008, 6)
  4. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira, 6)
  5. Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine, 2009, 7)
  6. Alamar (Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, 2009, 8)
  7. Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, 2009, 9)
  8. Mother (Bong Joon-ho, 2009, 10)
  9. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 10)

Special Mentions: Carlos (Olivier Assayas), The Social Network (David Fincher), Unstoppable (Tony Scott)

2011

  1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010, 1)
  2. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu (Andrei Ujica, 2010, 2)
  3. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz, 2010, 3)
  4. House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello, 3)
  5. To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues, 2009, 3)
  6. Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard, 2010, 4)
  7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 6)
  8. Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010, 8)

Special Mentions: [2010] Aurora (Cristi Puiu), Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami), Cold Weather (Aaron Katz), Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois), Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino), El Sicario Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi) [2011] Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn), Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols), Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)

2012

  1. This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2011, 1)
  2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2)
  3. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr, 2011, 2)
  4. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 3)
  5. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 4)
  6. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 5)
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011, 5)
  8. Kill List (Ben Wheatley, 2011, 7)
  9. It's the Earth Not the Moon (Gonçalo Tocha, 2011, 8)
  10. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 9)
  11. Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010, 9)
  12. The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2011, 10)
  13. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 10)

Special Mentions: [2011] 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara), The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry), Two Years at Sea (Ben Rivers) [2012] Barbara (Christian Petzold), Bestiaire (Denis Côté), Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg), In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo), Room 237 (Rodney Ascher)

2013

  1. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel, 2012, 1)
  2. A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 3)
  3. Viola (Matías Piñeiro, 2012, 6)
  4. The Last Time I Saw Macao (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, 2012, 7)
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen, 7)
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 9)
  7. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski, 10)

Special Mentions: [2011] Hors Satan (Bruno Dumont)

2014

  1. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013, 1)
  2. Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz, 2013, 2)
  3. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2)
  4. What Now? Remind Me (Joaquim Pinto, 2013, 4)
  5. The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Rürcher, 2013, 5)
  6. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 6)
  7. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013, 6)
  8. Story of My Death (Albert Serra, 2013, 8)
  9. Maidan (Sergei Loznitsa, 8)

Special Mentions: [2013] Manakamana (Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez), The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh), Jealousy (Philippe Garrel) [2014] Boyhood (Richard Linklater), Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund), Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)

2015

  1. Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014, 1)
  2. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2)
  3. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 3)
  4. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont, 2014, 3)
  5. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014, 4)
  6. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, 4)
  7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014, 5)
  8. The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid, 2014, 7)

Special Mentions: [2014] Amour fou (Jessica Hausner) [2015] Carol (Todd Haynes)

2016

  1. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015, 1)
  2. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 1)
  3. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 4)
  4. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo, 2015, 5)
  5. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 6)
  6. Lost and Beautiful (Pietro Marcello, 2015, 7)
  7. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015, 8)
  8. The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2015, 9)
  9. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 9)
  10. Silence (Martin Scorsese, 10)
  11. Kaili Blues (Bi Gan, 2015, 10)

Special Mentions: [2015] Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari), In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel) [2016] Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson), Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)

2017

  1. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016, 3)
  2. On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo, 4)
  3. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 5)
  4. The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, 2016, 5)
  5. Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie, 6)
  6. The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams, 2016, 8)

Special Mentions: [2016] Hermia and Helena (Matías Piñeiro), The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) [2017] Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman), Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)

2018

  1. Western (Valeska Grisebach, 2017, 2)
  2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2017, 3)
  3. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont, 2017, 8)
  4. First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017, 9)
  5. PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams, 2017, 10)

Special Mentions: [2016] All the Cities of the North (Dane Komljen) [2017] The Day After (Hong Sang-soo), Good Luck (Ben Russell), Araby (Affonso Uchoa & Joao Dumans)

Ineligible:
The Sun (2005, Alexander Sokurov)
Homecoming (2005, Joe Dante)
Secret Sunshine (2007, Lee Chang-dong)
Go Go Tales (2007, Abel Ferrara)
RR (2008, James Benning)
Itineraire de Jean Bricard (2008, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Winter Vacation (2010, Li Hongqi)
I Wish I Knew (2010, Jia Zhangke)
Curling (2010, Denis Côté)*
Dreileben (2011, Christian Petzold and Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler)
Sleeping Sickness (2011, Ulrich Köhler)
Policeman (2011, Nadav Lapid)*
Target (2011, Alexander Zeldovich)*
autrement, la Molussie (2012, Nicolas Rey)
Les trois désastres (2013, Jean-Luc Godard)*
Redemption (2013, Miguel Gomes)*
Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang)
From What Is Before (2014, Lav Diaz)
Episode of the Sea (2014, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Hann)*
Visit, or Memories and Confessions (2015, Manoel de Oliveira)
88:88 (2015, Isiah Medina)*
Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (2015, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson)*
Sieranevada (2016, Cristi Puiu)
The Dreamed Path (2016, Angela Schanelec)
Twin Peaks: The Return (2017, David Lynch)
Streetscapes [Dialogue] (2017, Heinz Emigholz)?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris Review Fragment

Finding a way of representing military heroism on film is a tricky, if not wholly dubious task, because it has the potential to fall into so many different traps. Chief among these is the problem of balancing responsibilities, of ensuring that no single perspective, not even that of the main protagonist, is emphasized to the point of insensitivity. Unless a film aims for blind jingoism,

Friday, February 9, 2018

Cinema and Its Contexts Essay Fragment

The cinema, in terms of both its thematic and stylistic tendencies and its place within culture and society, has often shifted over its first hundred and twenty years of existence, but its fundamental properties, at least in terms of so-called image making, have stayed constant within the Hollywood tradition. In this system, a feature film is formed from shots edited together that themselves are formed from frames photographed at twenty-four frames per second on a camera. It almost always involves actors reading from a script, and relies on sundry production roles, including but not limited to the director, the producer, and the cinematographer. From this programmatic description, it is made clear that the cinema is a fundamentally technological enterprise, one as governed by the apparatus of the motion picture camera as the people running it. Cinema must be regarded, as per Walter Benjamin’s article “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility,” within the context of the technologies and societies that surround it due to its intrinsically populist and industrial qualities.