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Here's Jesse Water top ten list for the films of 1986.
2. Castle In The Sky
3. Sherman's March
4. Chicken Minced Meat
5. The Singing Detective
6. Manon Of The Spring
7. Jean De Florette
8. River's Edge
9. True Stories
10. Stand By Me
Some decent stuff here, but I don't know how much of it would make my top ten list. The only two I know would make it would be Castle In The Sky and Stand By Me. River's Edge and True Stories (which was not well-received in its day) would probably be top twenty.
Hannah And Her Sisters is passable Woody--some of the stories work, others don't. Sherman's March (is that an '86 film?) is okay, but a little Ross McElwee goes a long way, and this is over two and a half hours. Manon and Jean De Florette are solid adaptations of Pagnol.
The Singing Detective is Dennis Potter's greatest work (I don't even like Pennies From Heaven), but it's a miniseries. "Chicken Minced Meat," now that I've seen it, is something special, but it's an ad, not a movie. By the way, as long as you're accepting shorts, where's Heavy Metal Parking Lot (or Street Of Crocodiles, Precious Images and even Luxo Jr.)?
Here are Jesse's honorable mentions:
12. Man Facing Southeast
13. 'Round Midnight
14. The Green Ray
15. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
16. The Fly
18. The Decline of the American Empire
Blue Velvet would probably make my top ten (and it almost made Jesse's). 'Round Midnight and Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer would also have a chance.
I remember liking The Green Ray--I'd have to see it again to know where to place it. The Fly is pretty good Cronenberg. Decline isn't bad, though I saw it under bad circumstances and maybe should give it another chance. Salvador may be the best Oliver Stone film of the year--Platoon was considered an immediate classic, but has it held up? (It's actually not bad, though whenever I think of it, I think of this (90 seconds in)).
12, 17 and 20 I haven't gotten around to.
Here are some other films from the year that might have made my top ten or twenty list:
Aliens (far better than Alien, though a different genre)
Armour of god (though weakened by the fact that Jackie had his most serious injury ever during production and so the stunts are less spectacular than usual--the sequel is easily superior)
Down by law
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes' masterpiece)
Little Shop Of Horrors
Peking Opera Blues
She's Gotta Have It (this is the film Woody wishes he could have made then)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the best Star Trek film)
Back To School, A Better Tomorrow, Big Trouble In Little China, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Critters, Crocodile Dundee, Down And Out In Beverly Hills, F/X, Flight Of The Navigator, Hoosiers, Howard The Duck (parts of it, anyway), Labyrinth, Mona Lisa, Platoon, Raw Deal, The Sacrifice, Something Wild, Vamp, X: The Unheard Music
Here are other titles of interest: