Daily Archives: November 18, 2013

My Student Tomato-Meter: 2013 Edition

A girl plays with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina tomato fight fiesta.

Longtime readers of this blog know that, every year around this time, I post an updated “student tomato-meter,” showing the aggregated results of the ratings (on a scale from 1-10) that my students have given to every movie I’ve ever screened in my film studies classes. I’ve taught 48 classes and shown a total of 170 unique movies in the past four-and-a-half years. (While 170 titles might sound like a lot, I’m actually bothered by the fact that I’ve never presented anything by directors like Antonioni, Bava, Bergman, Cassavetes, Cronenberg, Fuller, Hou, Naruse, Ophuls, Tarkovsky, Tati, or Yang; nor have I ever shown anything from Bollywood.) Below is a list of all the films I have screened to date, presented in chronological order by original release date, along with the average ratings given by my students. Below that I’ve also included a list of the top 10 highest rated films. I’m always surprised at how much student ratings tend to fluctuate from one year to the next — as evidenced by a comparison between the current ratings with the 2012 and 2011 editions of the tomato-meter.

The complete list in chronological order:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, Germany, 1920) – 6.4
The Golem (Wegener/Boese, Germany, 1920) – 6.0
Nosferatu (Murnau, Germany, 1922) – 6.7
Our Hospitality (Keaton, USA, 1923) – 8.3
Sherlock Jr. (Keaton, USA, 1924) – 7.8
Waxworks (Leni, Germany, 1924) – 4.4
Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, Soviet Union, 1925) – 5.2
The Gold Rush (Chaplin, USA, 1925) – 8.0
The Last Laugh (Murnau, Germany, 1925) – 7.3
The Navigator (Keaton, USA, 1925) – 8.1
Seven Chances (Keaton, USA, 1925) – 8.2
The General (Keaton, USA, 1926) – 8.1
Faust (Murnau, Germany, 1926) – 6.9
Metropolis (Lang, Germany, 1927) – 6.2
Sunrise (Murnau, USA, 1927) – 7.0
Lonesome (Fejos, USA, 1928) – 6.5
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, France, 1928) – 7.7
Man with the Movie Camera (Vertov, Soviet Union, 1929) – 6.0
L’age D’or (Bunuel, France, 1930) – 6.6
City Girl (Murnau, USA, 1930) – 6.5
Earth (Dovzhenko, Soviet Union, 1930) – 3.2
City Lights (Chaplin, USA, 1931) – 8.4
M (Lang, Germany, 1931) – 8.1
L’atalante (Vigo, France, 1934) – 6.7
The Awful Truth (McCarey, USA, 1937) – 8.5
Grand Illusion (Renoir, France, 1937) – 7.1
Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein, Russia, 1938) – 4.6
Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, USA, 1938) – 8.5
The Roaring Twenties (Walsh, USA, 1939) – 8.1
Stagecoach (Ford, USA, 1939) – 7.2
The Rules of the Game (Renoir, France, 1939) – 7.1
His Girl Friday (Hawks, USA, 1940) – 8.5
The Shop Around the Corner (Lubitsch, USA, 1940) – 7.4
Citizen Kane (Welles, USA, 1941) – 8.3
How Green Was My Valley (Ford, USA, 1941) – 6.8
The Lady Eve (Sturges, USA, 1941) – 8.2
Casablanca (Curtiz, USA, 1942) – 8.5
Cat People (Tourneur, USA, 1942) – 5.0
The Palm Beach Story (Sturges, USA, 1942) – 7.5
The More the Merrier (Stevens, USA, 1943) – 8.5
Ossessione (Visconti, Italy, 1943) – 5.2
Double Indemnity (Wilder, USA, 1944) – 8.1
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Sturges, USA, 1944) – 8.0
To Have and Have Not (Hawks, USA, 1944) – 7.5
Brief Encounter (Lean, England, 1945) – 8.3
Detour (Ulmer, USA, 1945) – 7.2
Rome, Open City (Rossellini, Italy, 1945) – 7.2
My Darling Clementine (Ford, USA, 1946) – 7.3
The Big Sleep (Hawks, USA, 1946) – 6.0
The Lady from Shanghai (Welles, USA, 1947) – 8.1
Out of the Past (Tourneur, USA, 1947) – 7.4
Pursued (Walsh, USA, 1947) – 7.0
Bicycle Thieves (de Sica, Italy 1948) – 7.9
Fort Apache (Ford, USA, 1948) – 7.5
Germany Year Zero (Rossellini, Italy/Germany, 1948) – 6.8
The Red Shoes (Powell/Pressburger, UK, 1948) – 8.3
The Third Man (Reed, UK, 1949) – 8.0
White Heat (Walsh, USA, 1949) – 8.3
The African Queen (Huston, USA, 1951) – 8.3
Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, USA, 1952) – 8.9
The Band Wagon (Minnelli, USA, 1953) – 8.0
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Hawks, USA, 1953) – 8.5
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, USA, 1953) – 7.8
Tokyo Story (Ozu, Japan, 1953) – 6.7
Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953) – 6.7
Rear Window (Hitchcock, USA, 1954) – 8.9
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, Japan, 1954) – 8.3
Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, Japan, 1954) – 7.0
Pather Panchali (S. Ray, India, 1955) – 6.4
A Man Escaped (Bresson, France, 1956) – 8.0
All That Heaven Allows (Sirk, USA, 1956) – 7.5
Aparajito (S. Ray, India, 1956) – 6.6
Bigger Than Life (N. Ray, USA, 1956) – 6.8
The Searchers (John Ford, USA, 1956) – 7.4
Vertigo (Hitchcock, USA, 1958) – 8.9
Some Came Running (Minnelli, USA, 1958) – 7.7
Touch of Evil (Welles, USA, 1958) – 7.6
Some Like It Hot (Wilder, USA, 1959) – 9.2
The 400 Blows (Truffaut, France, 1959) – 8.7
North By Northwest (Hitchcock, USA, 1959) – 8.6
Rio Bravo (Hawks, USA, 1959) – 8.0
Pickpocket (Bresson, France, 1959) – 7.3
Hiroshima Mon Amour (Resnais, France, 1959) – 6.8
Psycho (Hitchcock, USA, 1960) – 8.9
Les Bonnes Femmes (Chabrol, France, 1960) – 6.4
Breathless (Godard, France, 1960) – 7.7
Viridiana (Bunuel, Spain, 1961) – 7.0
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, France, 1962) – 7.3
Le Doulos (Melville, France, 1962) – 7.1
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, USA, 1962) – 8.3
Contempt (Godard, France, 1963) – 8.3
8 1/2 (Fellini, Italy, 1963) – 6.5
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Demy, France, 1964) – 8.3
Onibaba (Shindo, Japan, 1964) – 8.0
Alphaville (Godard, France, 1965) – 6.0
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, Italy, 1966) – 8.8
Point Blank (Boorman, USA, 1966) – 7.0
The Pornographers (Imamura, Japan, 1966) – 6.9
Le Samourai (Melville, France, 1967) – 8.0
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, USA, 1968) – 7.6
Le Boucher (Chabrol, France, 1970) – 7.5
Two-Lane Blacktop (Hellman, USA, 1971) – 7.5
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman, USA, 1971) – 7.0
Love in the Afternoon (Rohmer, France, 1972) – 8.6
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, Germany, 1973) – 7.8
Badlands (Malick, USA, 1973) – 7.6
The Long Goodbye (Altman, USA, 1973) – 7.6
Black Christmas (Clark, Canada, 1974) – 8.2
Chinatown (Polanski, USA, 1974) – 8.2
Young Frankenstein (Brooks, USA, 1974) – 7.6
The Irony of Fate: Or Enjoy Your Bath! (Ryazanov, Russia, 1975) – 8.5
Taxi Driver (Scorsese, USA, 1976) – 8.5
Annie Hall (Allen, USA, 1977) – 6.6
Days of Heaven (Malick, USA, 1978) – 7.2
Killer of Sheep (Burnett, USA, 1978) – 7.6
Raging Bull (Scorsese, USA, 1980) – 8.3
Popeye (Altman, USA, 1980) – 5.2
The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones, USA, 1982) – 6.8
Bad Blood (Carax, France, 1986) – 7.1
A Short Film About Love (Kieslowski, Poland, 1988) – 8.3
The Thin Blue Line (Morris, USA, 1988) – 7.8
Goodfellas (Scorsese, USA, 1990) – 8.9
The Lovers on the Bridge (Carax, France, 1991) – 8.0
Deep Cover (Duke, USA, 1992) – 8.7
The Player (Altman, USA, 1992) – 8.1
The Bride with White Hair (Yu, Hong Kong, 1993) – 5.1
Groundhog Day (Ramis, USA, 1993) – 8.1
Menace II Society (Hughes/Hughes, USA, 1993) – 8.0
Naked (Leigh, UK, 1993) – 6.3
The Piano (Campion, New Zealand, 1993) – 8.6
Chungking Express (Wong, Hong Kong, 1994) – 7.9
Ed Wood (Burton, USA, 1994) – 6.8
A Moment of Innocence (Makhmalbaf, Iran, 1996) – 5.8
The Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami, Iran, 1997) – 7.2
The Mirror (Panahi, Iran, 1997) – 5.1
The Bird People in China (Miike, Japan, 1998) – 6.6
Audition (Miike, Japan, 1999) – 7.6
Beau Travail (Denis, France/Djibouti, 1999) – 5.4
Nowhere to Hide (Lee, S. Korea, 1999) – 7.3
Ravenous (Bird, UK/USA, 1999) – 8.1
Dancer in the Dark (Von Trier, Denmark/Sweden, 2000) – 7.3
The Day I Became a Woman (Meshkini, Iran, 2000) – 7.5
Failan (Song, S. Korea, 2000) – 7.7
In the Mood for Love (Wong, Hong Kong, 2000) – 7.9
JSA: Joint Security Area (Park, S. Korea, 2000) – 8.2
Needing You (To, Hong Kong, 2000) – 7.1
Avalon (Oshii, Japan/Poland, 2001) – 7.6
The Devil’s Backbone (del Toro, Spain/Mexico, 2001) – 8.6
Mulholland Drive (Lynch, USA, 2001) – 7.7
Far From Heaven (Haynes, USA, 2002) – 7.2
Infernal Affairs (Lau/Mak, Hong Kong, 2002) – 7.8
The Tracker (de Heer, Australia, 2002) – 7.9
Save the Green Planet (Jang, S. Korea, 2003) – 6.8
3-Iron (Kim, S. Korea, 2004) – 8.5
Before Sunset (Linklater, USA, 2004) – 9.0
Dumplings (Chan, Hong Kong, 2004) – 6.4
Grizzly Man (Herzog, USA, 2004) – 8.1
Memories of Murder (Bong, S. Korea, 2004) – 8.7
Moolade (Sembene, Senegal, 2004) – 8.2
The Proposition (Hillcoat, Australia, 2005) – 8.1
The Host (Bong, South Korea, 2006) – 9.1
Offside (Panahi, Iran, 2006) – 7.8
Zodiac (Fincher, USA, 2007) – 9.1
The Social Network (Fincher, USA, 2010) – 8.5
The Hunter (Pitts, Iran, 2010) – 6.8
Drive (Refn, USA, 2011) – 8.1
Sleeping Sickness (Kohler, Germany, 2011) – 6.6
Holy Motors (Carax, France, 2012) – 8.6
Before Midnight (Linklater, USA, 2013) – 7.8

And a countdown of the current top 10 highest rated films:

10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, Italy, 1966) – 8.8
9. Psycho (Hitchcock, USA, 1960) – 8.9
8. Rear Window (Hitchcock, USA, 1954) – 8.9
7. Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, USA, 1952) – 8.9
6. Vertigo (Hitchcock, USA, 1958) – 8.9
5. Goodfellas (Scorsese, USA, 1990) – 8.9
4. Before Sunset (Linklater, USA/France, 2004) – 9.0
3. Zodiac (Fincher, USA, 2007) – 9.1
2. The Host (Bong, South Korea, 2006) – 9.1
1. Some Like It Hot (Wilder, USA, 1959) – 9.2

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