TABLE OF CONTENTS

FILM: Best of 2004

Amy Taubin

AMY TAUBIN

1. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater) Fragile, passionate, exquisitely wrought, Linklater’s modern epistemology of love is a perfect movie.

2. The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller) The posthumous restoration of Fuller’s semiautobiographical World War II picture is “termite art,” but on an epic scale.

3. Infernal Affairs trilogy (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak) An identity-blasted Hong Kong cops-and-gangsters saga that combines the glamour and moral conundrums of Jean-Pierre Melville’s policiers with the tragic weight of The Godfather.

4. A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira) Angry and despairing, it’s one of those great late works in which the artist puts aside ego and aesthetic concerns because he has nothing left to lose.

5. Primer (Shane Carruth) The most exciting first feature by a US director since Richard Kelly’s similarly time-warped Donnie Darko.

6. Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin) Hockey

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