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All 20 Pedro Almodóvar Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Justin Gunterman

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Ranking Almodóvar’s films is something of a challenge. If you talk to several hardcore fans, you’ll quickly realize that what is considered a top 5 Almodóvar film for one person could be in the bottom five for someone else. His movies are so consistently well-done that it’s hard to pick out winners and losers.

Almodóvar doesn’t really have any losers. He just has films that are less exceptional than others. With how close each of these movies are in quality, it’s almost a chore to create a list like this. In terms of quality, the difference between number eight and number fourteen is surprisingly minor. After all, these are all exceptional motion pictures.

With that in mind, be aware that this list probably will not match up with your opinion. With a filmography consisting of twenty different movies, there’s plenty of wiggle room. This is a very personal and very subjective ranking. However, it’s still a list that should either get fans talking or newcomers interested in the works of this acclaimed filmmaker. Don’t take the order to heart, especially considering the fact that each of these twenty movies are, at the very least, worth a small chunk of your time.

20. Pepi, Luci, Bom

Pepi, Luci, Bom

Almodóvar’s debut is kind of a mess. It’s certainly charming, but it’s narratively daft and only occasionally funny. To make matters worse, the $50,000 budget is hard to ignore thanks to the grainy cinematography and amateurish performances. This very much feels like a first film.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel like a Resevoir Dogs or a Pi. Instead, it’s comparable to something like Dementia 13 or Piranha II: The Spawning (okay, maybe that one is a bit harsh). There are various Almodóvar ingredients buried → continue…

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All 6 Xavier Dolan Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Fran Zayas

Often regarded as the wunderkind of contemporary French Canadian Cinema, Xavier Dolan is a film auteur of extravagant flair, whose talent encompasses the roles of director, screenwriter, costume designer, editor, and both film and voice actor.

Frequently regarded and unfairly shackled as a Queer cinema talent or a generational filmmaker, Dolan avoids investment in social prejudices by normalizing gender and sexuality, and focuses on pursuing, from an all-inclusive approach, themes of impossible love, sexual vulnerability, and self-discovery.

The director of the upcoming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan first arrived at the international film scene at age 20 after his semibiographical film, I Killed My Mother, received praise in the form of a long-standing ovation at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Since then, the young French Canadian director has released five films: the art house fashion piece Heartbeats (2010), the character study epic Laurence Anyways (2012), which earned Dolan iconic status. Then followed Dolan’s first and successful attempt at genre, the psychological thriller Tom at the Farm (2013), the critically acclaimed Mommy (2014) and then the polarizing dysfunctional family drama, It’s Only the End of the World (2016), for which Dolan won the prestigious Cannes Grand Prix award.

Dolan is known for his sharply poised dialogue, portrayal of unapologetic, heavily individualized female characters – particularly weary mothers – impulsive soul searching young men, both classical and pop music connoisseurship, and flourished visuals that include slow motion, vibrant colors, lush costume designs, unconventional framing, and use of small aspect ratios such as the Academy and 1:1 aspect ratios.

Despite being a distinctive auteur, Dolan’s visual style shares similarities with films from the likes of Wong Kar-wai, Pedro Almodóvar, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Dolan has cited Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, Jane Campion’s The Piano, and Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love as some of → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema