Monday, November 20, 2017

100 Best Canadian Films – Kevin Laforest

One of the reliable film critic-bloggers from Montréal, Kevin Laforest regularly publishes film reviews on his website Extra Beurre. His 100 Best Canadian Films list shows a knowledge, breadth and diversity of Canadian cinema, which is an honor to our cinephilia. These films can provide hours of enjoyment and reflection and you should seek some of them out if you haven’t seen many. If I can personally recommend two: they would be La Tête de Normande St-Onge (by one of my favorite Canadian directors Gilles Carle) and André Turpin’s Zigrail (which recently played at FNC and is in process of getting restored).
I need to thank Kevin for contributing to this 100 Best Canadian Films series and to everyone else that already has. Usually I've been asking folks, whether in person at film events or online, if they want to contribute. I know that it’s work to put these together and that there is no compensation, that this blog has no ‘institutional’ weight and working relationships can be on the line, but that shouldn't be a good enough reason for all of the non-responses to my emails and friendly rejections to the offer (which can become disheartening), by folks whose mandates seem to be on the contrary to promote Canadian cinema. I would like to post many more 100 Best Canadian Films lists, by more diverse contributors, but what more can one do? Other, more ironic responses that I've gotten includes jokes about never having seen that many Canadian films or not being able to list that many great ones. But, in all seriousness, I still think the project is worth it - after the series is over, I plan to put them all together in a master list. When the public perception of a cinephilia of Canadian cinema is that it’s non-existent, I hope that these lists provide more hope and that they show that there is a serious engagement with the films, TV and media made in the country. I’m always open to get more of contributions. Let me know if you're interested.
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Kevin Laforest’s 100 Best Canadian Films
- Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
- Les Désœuvrés (René Bail, 1959)
- À tout prendre (Claude Jutra, 1963)
- Le chat dans le sac (Gilles Groulx, 1964)
- Le Révolutionnaire (Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, 1965)
- Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (Donald Brittain and Don Owen, 1966)
- On est au coton (Denys Arcand, 1970)
- Mon oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971)
- Les Maudits sauvages (Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, 1971)
- La Vraie nature de Bernadette (Gilles Carle, 1972)

- Réjeanne Padovani (Denys Arcand, 1973) 
- Les Ordres (Michel Brault, 1974)
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Ted Kotcheff, 1974)
- La Tête de Normande St-Onge (Gilles Carle, 1975)
- Gina (Denys Arcand, 1975)
- Parlez-nous d’amour (Jean-Claude Lord, 1976)
- Rabid (David Cronenberg, 1977)
- Comme les six doigts de la main (André Melançon, 1978)
- Pea Soup (Pierre Falardeau and Julien Poulin, 1979)
- Les bons débarras (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)

- Elvis Gratton (Pierre Falardeau, 1981)
- Le Confort et l’indiférence (Denys Arcand, 1982)
- Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
- The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983)
- La Guerre des tuques (1984, André Melançon)
- The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
- Jésus de Montréal (Denys Arcand, 1989)
- Simon les nuages (Roger Cantin, 1990)
- Ding et Dong, le film (Alain Chartrand, 1990)
- Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992)

- Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur (Robert Morin, 1992)
- Le Temps des bouffons (Pierre Falardeau, 1993)
- (Robert Lepage, 1997)
- Yes Sir! Madame… (Robert Morin, 1995)
- Zigrail (André Turpin, 1995)
- Karmina (Gabriel Pelletier, 1996)
- Le Violon rouge (François Girard, 1998)
- Matroni et moi (Jean-Philippe Duval, 1999)
- eXistenZ (David Cronenberg, 1999)
- Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000)

- Lost and Delirious (Léa Pool, 2001)
- 15 Février 1839 (Pierre Falardeau, 2001)
- Le Nèg' (Robert Morin, 2002)
- FUBAR (Michael Dowse, 2002)
- Les Invasions barbares (Denys Arcand, 2003)
- La Face cachée de la lune (Robert Lepage, 2003)
- La Grande séduction (Jean-François Pouliot, 2003)
- Gaz Bar Blues (Louis Bélanger, 2003)
- Les Aimants (Yves Pelletier, 2004)
- A History of Violence (2005, David Cronenberg)

- La Neuvaine (Bernard Émond, 2005)
- Petit Pow! Pow! Noël (Robert Morin, 2005)
- C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005)
- Congorama (Philippe Falardeau, 2006)
- Cheech (Patrice Sauvé, 2006)
- Away From Her (Sarah Polley, 2006)
- Bon Cop Bad Cop (Érik Canuel, 2006)
- Jonas: La Quête (Jean-François Pilon, 2007)
- Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, 2007)
- Surviving My Mother (Émile Gaudreault, 2007)

- My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
- Silk (François Girard, 2007)
- Le Ring (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, 2007)
- Tout est parfait (Yves Christian Fournier, 2008)
- C’est pas moi, je le jure! (Philippe Falardeau, 2008)
- Babine (Luc Picard, 2008)
- Le Banquet (Sébastien Rose, 2008)
- new denmark (Rafaël Ouellet, 2009)
- Polytechnique (Denis Villeneuve, 2009)
- La Donation (Bernard Émond, 2009)

- The Trotsky (Jacob Tierney, 2009)
- Grand Ourse, la clé des possibles (Patrice Sauvé, 2009)
- De Père en flic (Émile Gaudreault, 2009)
- À l’origine d’un cri  (Robin Aubert, 2010)
- Les Sept jours du talion (Daniel Grou, 2010)
- Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)
- Curling (Denis Côté, 2010)
- 2 fois une femme (2010, François Delisle)
- Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011)
- The High Cost of Living (Deborah Chow, 2011)

- Camion (Rafaël Ouellet, 2012)
- Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012)
- Rebelle (Kim Nguyen, 2012)
- Goon (Michael Dowse, 2012)
- Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur, 2014)
- Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014)
- Endorphine (André Turpin, 2015)
- Turbo Kid (RKSS, 2015)
- Les Êtres chers (Anne Émond, 2015)
- Le profil Amina (Sophie Deraspe, 2015)

- The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson, 2015)
- Prank (Vincent Biron, 2016)
- Juste la fin du monde (Xavier Dolan, 2016)
- King Dave (Daniel Grou, 2016)
- Tuktuq (Robin Aubert, 2016)
- Nelly (Anne Émond, 2016)
- Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, 2016)
- Les Affamés (Robin Aubert, 2017)
- La Petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (Simon Lavoie, 2017)
- Le Problème d’infiltration (Robert Morin, 2017)

1 comment:

Nick Nightingale said...

hi "My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)" is there 2 times. (and because of that, 1 film seem to be missing)