Generally, I post this list in February (just to be sure the rankings are final) and I'll have typically seen about half of them -- thanks partly to a concerted effort in the new year to see them.
|Movie and Metascore||# 1st Place||# 2nd Place||# Other||Points|
|1||The Power of the Dog||31||23||118.5||257.5|
|2||Drive My Car||23||23||89.5||204.5|
|5||West Side Story||10||7||66||110|
|6||The Green Knight||7||11||66.5||109.5|
|7||Summer of Soul||10||5||61.5||101.5|
|8||The Worst Person in the World||8||12||51.5||99.5|
|13||The French Dispatch||3||4||47.5||64.5|
|14||The Lost Daughter||6||2||39.5||61.5|
|16||The Souvenir Part II||2||5||37.5||53.5|
|19||The Card Counter||0||6||38.5||50.5|
|22||The Mitchells vs. The Machines||4||3||31||49|
|23||Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy||5||3||27.5||48.5|
|29||Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn||3||4||20||37|
|30||The Tragedy of Macbeth||3||0||24.5||33.5|
Because we include some foreign publications, it is possible for a few titles to repeat from last year's list due to differences in USA and overseas release dates.
None so far.
I have seen a few of these films to-date, but have plenty to go (22 of 30 listed). As I watch them, I'll highlight changes.
Tier 1 These are top-notch Oscar-worthy films.
The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog
Summer of Soul
Obviously, I would have selected Belfast over CODA for Best Picture. Summer of Soul was really entertaining and Licorice Pizza was fun.
Tier 2 These are very good films, but with some flaws. Some of them have received Oscar nominations.
The French Dispatch
The Lost Daughter
The Card Counter
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Drive My Car
Red Rocket director Sean Baker makes really good films -- this one is about someone from Boogie Nights returning to Texas in unexplained poverty. Bad decisions prevail, but character choices are limited by their context.
The Card Counter turned out to be an Iraq film, which I didn't realize before viewing it. It's difficult to watch at times. Viewers likely expect to see a gambler succeeding (or failing) with life-altering consequences. Here, you get that, but also Abu Ghraib flashbacks.
Frankly, the order of the first 6 of these Tier 2 films could be altered on any given day.
Tier 3 These are
likely good films, but with more flaws.
The Green Knight
I typically don't need lower tiers for this list because it is comprised of the very best movies of the year -- at least according to film critics.
Here's the alphabetical list of the 22 films that I have not yet seen (with some streaming info added):
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Dune (HBO Max)
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Netflix)
The Souvenir Part II
tick, tick..BOOM! (Netflix)
West Side Story (HBO Max)
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
The Worst Person in the World