Daily Archives: January 5, 2017

Two “Best” Lists for Sight and Sound, 2016/2017

Included in Sight and Sound‘s January 2017 issue and on its web site. — J.R.

1. Best Films


 The Day Before the End
Year: 2016
Director(s): Lav Diaz

Everybody Wants Some!!
Year: 2016
Director(s): Richard Linklater

Year: 2016
Director(s): Oda Kaori
Year: 2016
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch


La Mort de Louis XIV
Year: 2016
Director(s): Albert Serra


The first on my list, a short, I caught at the estimable Filmadrid; the third, a documentary by a former FilmFactory student of mine, I saw via a Vimeo link. Worthy runners-up would include João Nicolau’s John From, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, and Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Journey to the Shore – and perhaps certain other contenders I haven’t yet caught up with.

2. Best DVDs and Blu-Rays


Nico Papatakis Box Set (France, 1963-92) (Gaumont Vidéo, DVD).


I Want to Live! (U.S., 1958) (Twilight Time, Blu-Ray)


Electra, My Love (U.K., 1974) (Second Run Features, Blu-Ray).


Early Murnau (U.K., 1921-1925) (Masters of Cinema, Blu-Ray box set)


Marcel Hanoun: Les Saisons (France, 1968-1972) (Re:Voir, DVD)


Five exemplary releases condemned to obscurity by their resistance to being summarized in sound bites:

A comprehensive portrait of a singular filmmaker from Ethiopia and Greece (not simply a Greek, any more than Barack Obama is simply black), with excellent extras subtitled in English; a powerful piece of melodramatic filmmaking from Robert Wise that justifies its opening endorsement by Albert Camus; the first Miklós Jancsó Blu-Ray accorded to an exhilarating, colorful Hungarian musical pageant that unfolds in just a dozen shots; an essential package of five beautiful silent German features with many clarifying extras; and a neglected cycle of films by a major French independent.… Read more »