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City Paper Critics' Personal Bests

Posted 12/19/2001

Film

Lee Gardner

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong) 20
Memento (Christopher Nolan, United States) 15
Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico) 15
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, France) 10
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, United States) 10
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, United States) 10
Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, United States) 5
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, United States) 5
The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen, United States) 5
Startup.com (Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim, United States) 5

Ian Grey

The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen, United States) 15
Princess and the Warrior (Tom Tykwer, Germany) 15
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, France) 15
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, United States) 10
Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, Australia) 10
AI: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, United States) 10
Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico) 10
Joy Ride (John Dahl, United States) 5
Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, United Kingdom) 5
Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France) 5

Eric Allen Hatch

The Low Down (Jamie Thraves, United Kingdom) 25
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, France) 14
Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico) 14
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, United States) 13
The Circle (Jafar Panahi, Iran) 13
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong) 9
Dark Days (Marc Singer, United States) 6
Waking Life (Richard Linklater, United States) 2
Memento (Christopher Nolan, United States) 2
Benjamin Smoke (Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen, United States) 2

Adele Marley

Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, United States) 18
Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico) 14
Keep the River on Your Right (David and Laurie Shapiro, United States) 13
Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France) 12
Memento (Christopher Nolan, United States) 11
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, United States) 9
The Deep End (Scott McGehee and David Siegel, United States) 8
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, United States) 6
Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, Hong Kong) 5
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, United States) 4

Luisa F. Ribeiro

Divided We Fall (Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic) 20
The Widow of St. Pierre (Patrice Leconte, France) 20
Memento (Christopher Nolan, United States) 15
In the Bedroom (Todd Field, United States) 11
Under the Sand (Francoise Ozon, France) 10
The Princess and the Warrior (Tom Tykwer, Germany) 8
Shrek (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, United States) 6
The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen, United States) 5
Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France) 3
The Luzhin Defence (Marlene Gorris, United Kingdom/France) 2

Music

Lee Gardner

1 John Oswald 69 Plunderphonics 96 (Seeland) 25
2 The White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry) 20
3 Lightning Bolt Ride the Skies (Load) 10
4 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein (Def Jux) 10
5 Henry Flynt You Are My Ever Lovin'/Celestial Power (Recorded) 10
6 Various Artists Compost 100 (Compost import) 5
7 Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Cachaito (World Circuit/Nonesuch) 5
8 Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator) (Acony) 5
9 Herbert Bodily Functions (Studio !K7) 5
10 Spoon Girls Can Tell (Merge) 5

Rjyan Kidwell

1 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(Def Jux) 20
2 The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 (K) 18
3 Daft Punk Discovery (Virgin) 14
4 MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Subverse) 12
5 Aesop Rock Labor Days (Def Jux) 9
6 FantÙmas The Director's Cut (Ipecac) 8
7 Matmos A Chance To Cure Is A Chance To Cut (Matador) 7
8 Yesterday's New Quintet BI>Angles Without Edges (Stone's Throw) 6
9 Jay-Z The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella) 4
10 arumari Supermogadon (Carpark) 2

Michaelangelo Matos

1 Basement Jaxx Rooty (XL/Astralwerks) 21
2 Clinic Internal Wrangler (Domino) 19
3 Daft Punk Discovery (Virgin) 15
4 Bob Dylan Love and Theft (Columbia) 15
5 The Coup Party Music (75 Ark) 5
6 The Avalanches Since I Left You (Modular/Sire) 5
7 Atmosphere Lucy Ford (Rhymesayers Entertainment) 5
8 Various Artists Superlongevity (Perlon import) 5
9 The Moldy Peaches The Moldy Peaches (Rough Trade/Sanctuary) 5
10 Black Box Recorder The Facts of Life (Jetset) 5

Bret McCabe

1 Squarepusher Go Plastic (Warp) 18
2 Stephen Malkmus Stephen Malkmus (Matador) 16
3 Bjork Vespertine (Elektra) 13
4 US Maple Acre Thrills (Drag City) 12
5 The White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry) 11
6 Jemeel Moondoc IVtet Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (Eremite) 9
7 Lighting Bolt Ride the Skies (Load) 8
8 The Coup Party Music (75 Ark) 7
9 Stereo Total Musique Automatique (Bobsled) 4
10 OOIOO Feather Float (Birdman) 2

Daniel Piotrowski

1 Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio Ethnic Stew and Brew (Delmark) 15
2 My Morning Jacket At Dawn (Darla) 15
3 The White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry) 13
4 Kings of Convenience Quiet is the New Loud (Astralworks) 12
5 Robert Barry and Fred Anderson Duets 2001 (Thrill Jockey) 10
6 Matthew Shipp New Orbit (Thirsty Ear) 9
7 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein (Def Jux) 8
8 Low Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky) 7
9 Matmos A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure (Matador) 6
10 Fugazi The Argument (Dischord) 5

Shelly Ridenour

1 The Strokes Is This It? (RCA) 18
2 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees (Sub Pop) 15
3 Jimmy Eat World Bleed American (Dreamworks) 13
4 Lucinda Williams Essence (Lost Highway) 12
5 The White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy For the Record Industry) 10
6 David Mead Mine and Yours (RCA) 8
7 Super Furry Animals Rings Around the World (Musicrama) 8
8 Rufus Wainwright Poses (Dreamworks) 6
9 Spiritualized Let It Come Down (Arista) 5
10 Quasi The Sword of God (Touch and Go) 5

Books

Frank Diller

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald (Random House)
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks (Knopf)
Ava's Man by Rick Bragg (Knopf)
The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic by David Shenk (Random House)
John Adams by David McCullough (Simon and Schuster)
The Dying Animal by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (Hyperion)
The Lost Children of Wilder by Nina Bernstein (Pantheon)
The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout (Ruminator)

Mahinder Kingra

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (Hyperion)
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (Del Rey)
X-Force: New Beginnings by Peter Mulligan and Mike Allred (Marvel)
Half a Life by V. S. Naipaul (Knopf)
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf)
White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Vintage)
London Bridges by Jane Stevenson (Houghton Mifflin)
The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri (Norton)
The Huntsman by Whitney Terrell (Viking)
The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott (NYRB Classics)

Lily Thayer

Hateship, Frienship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro (Knopf)
The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout (Ruminator)
Mary George of Allnorthover by Lavinia Greenlaw (Houghton Mifflin)
The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Knopf)
Island: The Complete Stories by Alistair MacLeod (W.W. Norton)
For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Creatures of Habit by Jill McCorkle (Algonquin)


Rupert Wondolowski

The re-issues of Strangers on a Train, The Selected Stories, The Blunderer, Suspension of Mercy, and People Who Knock on the Door by Patricia Highsmith (W.W. Norton)
I Taught My Dog to Shoot a Gun by Blaster Al Ackerman (Popular Reality Press)
The Machine in Ward Eleven by Charles Willeford (Four Walls Eight Windows)
The Attempted Rescue by Robert Aickman (Tarturus Press)
Manifesto: A Century of Isms edited by Mary Ann Caws (Bison Books)
Given Ground by Ann Pancake (University Press of New England)
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan Books)
Frantz Fanon: A Biography by David Macey (Picador)
Showing Light a Good Time by Dan Raphael (Jazz Police Books)
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris (Little, Brown)

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