“If you can’t find a masterpieces amidst the blockbuster flotsam,” write the folks at BBC.com, in an uncredited feature, “you simply aren’t looking hard enough.”

Could they be right? Most of my friends are talking about the Golden Age of television, with its vast cosmos of options and platforms. But the BBC thinks that feature-length “film” storytelling is really pretty good:

Film-making today, whether massively expensive or made with tiny budgets, shot on celluloid or video, is thriving artistically as much as it ever has. But today you’ll find greater diversity in the kinds of films being made, if not in the people who are making them.

The BBC editors have concocted a list of the 100 best films from the last 16 years. I comment on their list below, despite this being the lowest form of blogging:

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)

Well, that was a cheat. Three “hundredth place” films? That means this list is the Top 102. There is a sort of vexing innumeracy to modern journalism*. (In any case, I have not seen any of these.) Read the rest of this entry »