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(1959 + 1999) and The Curse of Colorization!

Written by Christopher Beaubien • April 15, 2011 • 1 Comment

The Black-and-White 1959 Version

The Colorized 1959 Version

When The Price Is Dead Right

Nightfall. It is calmest before the storm as five hearses roll up the hillside carrying five fresh victims. Very much alive for now, they have all been invited by that eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) for his wife’s party… at the House on Haunted Hill. How he spoils her! To make the night more interesting (for himself), he has decreed that the guests will win $10,000 each if they last until morning locked inside the spooky mansion. They needn’t worry about losing by default of death since the money will then go to their next of kin. That Frederick… always thinking ahead.

The guests are strangers to each other as well as their host. More interesting that way. They include a typist and wallflower named Nora Manning (Carolyn Craig), the confident pilot Lance Schroeder (Richard Long), the psychiatrist Dr. David Trent (Alan Marshal), the columnist Ruth Bridgers (Julie Mitchum – Robert Mitchum’s sister!), and the owner of the house Watson Pritchard (Elisha Cook Jr.) who is visibly frightened beyond his wits. He goes on and on about their imminent doom by the housed evil. Why go in? They all need money, you see.

Just upstairs held up in her room forever freshening her face is Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), Frederick’s scheming wife. Annabelle insists that it was not he who married her, but she. She also makes no secret of the fact that she loves only his wealth and wants it all for herself. Actually, Annabelle is just wife #4, but what’s most alarming is that those last three wives are dead. Frederick knows of Annabelle’s infidelities and can’t prove them. They’re a perfect match because Annabelle is smart and can hold her own. Frederick would surely agree she is a worthy opponent. Oh, how they love implicating their petty torments on one another! It is their mutual hatred that makes their relationship so strong.


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THE MOVIE LIST (1970 – 2021)

Written by Christopher Beaubien • October 19, 2011 • Start the Discussion!

“Approximately and exactly.”
— Parabatial Kanhaiyalal ‘P.K.’ Dubey (Vijay Raaz) from Monsoon Wedding (2001)

1970 – 2021

Great Television Shows



The Killing of Two Lovers (dir. Robert Machoian)
The Girl and the Spider (dir. Silvan Zürcher and Ramon Zürcher)
The Power of the Dog (dir. Jane Campion)
The Worst Person in the World (dir. Joachim Trier)
Licorice Pizza (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Red Rocket (dir. Sean Baker)
Titane (dir. Julia Ducournau)
Azor (dir. Andreas Fontana)
Come True (dir. Anthony Scott Burns)
Some Kind of Heaven (dir. Lance Oppenheim)




West Side Story (dir. Steven Spielberg, 2021)
West Side Story (dir. Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961)



The Souvenir Part II (dir. Joanna Hogg, 2021)
The Souvenir (dir. Joanna Hogg, 2019)

No Sudden Move (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (dir. Joel Coen)
Only the Animals (dir. Dominik Moll)
The French Dispatch (dir. Wes Anderson)
Wrath of Man (dir. Guy Ritchie)
Nightmare Alley (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
Night Blooms (dir. Stephanie Joline)
French Exit (dir. Azazel Jacobs)
The Humans (dir. Stephen Karam)
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy / Drive My Car (dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
(Especially “Door Wide Open”)

One Second (dir. Yi-Mou Zhang)
The Scary of Sixty-First (dir. Dasha Nekrasova)
The In-Laws (Tesciowie) (dir. Jakub Michalczuk)
Hive (dir. Blerta Basholli)
New Order (dir. Michel Franco)
Saloum (dir. Jean Luc Herbulot)
Benedetta (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
Celts (dir. Milica Tomović)
Crisis (dir. Nicholas Jarecki)
The Card Counter (dir. Paul Schrader)


Official Competition (dir. Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn)
Pig (dir. Michael Sarnoski)
Censor (dir. Prano Bailey-Bond)
The Beta Test (dir. Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe)
Rose Plays Julie (dir. Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy)
Petite Maman (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Hands That Bind (dir. Kyle Armstrong)
The Book of Delights (dir. Marcela Lordy)
Benediction (dir. Terence Davies)
France (dir. Bruno Dumont)

Brighton 4th (dir. Levan Koguashvili)
The Many Saints of Newark (dir. Alan Taylor)
Mandibles (dir. Quentin Dupieux)
The Vigil (dir. Keith Thomas)
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
(dir. Kier-La Janisse)
Unclenching the Fists (dir. Kira Kovalenko)
Lamb (dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson)
Behind the Headlines (dir. Daniel Andreas Sager)
Hope (dir. Maria Sødahl)
Last Night in Soho (dir. Edgar Wright)

Everything Went Fine (dir. François Ozon)
Zola (@Zola) (dir. Janicza Bravo)
Secrets From Putumayo (dir. Aurélio Michiles)
Compartment No. 6 (dir. Juho Kuosmanen)
Son (dir. Ivan Kavanagh)
Willy’s Wonderland (dir. Kevin Lewis)
The Green Knight (dir. David Lowery)
Cryptozoo (dir. Dash Shaw)
See for Me (dir. Randall Okita)
Bergman Island (dir. Mia Hansen-Løve)

Hypnotic (dir. Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote)
Mothering Sunday (dir. Eva Husson)



There is No Evil (Sheytan Vojud Nadarad: The Devil Doesn’t Exist)
(dir. Mohammad Rasoulof)
The Nest (dir. Sean Durkin)
The Father (dir. Florian Zeller)
Bad Tales (dir. The D’Innocenzo Brothers)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (dir. Charlie Kaufman)
An Officer and a Spy (J’Accuse) (dir. Roman Polanski)
The Swerve (dir. Dean Kapsalis)
Tesla (dir. Michael Almereyda)
The Weasels’ Tale (dir. Juan José Campanella)
Possessor (dir. Brandon Cronenberg)




My Psychedelic Love Story (dir. Errol Morris, 2020)
American Dharma (dir. Errol Morris, 2018)
Wormwood (dir. Errol Morris, 2017)
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (dir. Errol Morris, 2017)
Three Short Films About Peace (dir. Errol Morris, 2014)
The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
(dir. Errol Morris, 2014)
Tabloid (dir. Errol Morris, 2011)
Standard Operating Procedure (dir. Errol Morris, 2008)
The Fog of War
Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
(dir. Errol Morris, 2004)
First Person (Seasons 9 – 2) (Created by Errol Morris, 2000 – 2001)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr. (dir. Errol Morris, 7999)
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (dir. Errol Morris, 1997)
A Brief History of Time (dir. Errol Morris, 1991)
The Thin Blue Line (dir. Errol Morris, 1988)
Vernon, Florida (dir. Errol Morris, 1981)
Gates of Heaven (dir. Errol Morris, 1978)

My Mexican Pretzel (dir. Nuria Giménez)
Light From Light (dir. Paul Harrill)
My Wonderful Wanda (dir. Bettina Oberli)
Why Don’t You Just Die! (dir. Kirill Sokolov)
Undine (dir. Christian Petzold)
Summer of 85 (dir. François Ozon)
Servants (dir. Ivan Ostrochovsky)
Pinocchio (dir. Matteo Garrone)
Violation (dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli)
Echo (dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson)

Emma. (dir. Autumn de Wilde)
The Pencil (dir. Natalya Nazarova)
Dear Comrades! (dir. Andrei Konchalovsky)
Wildland (Kød & Blod) (dir. Jeanette Nordahl)
Beauty Water (dir. Kyung-hun Cho)
Shiva Baby (dir. Emma Seligman)
Caught in the Net (dir. Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová)
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (dir. Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross)
Marona’s Fantastic Tale (L’extraordinaire Voyage de Marona)
(dir. Anca Damian)
Spree (dir. Eugene Kotlyarenko)


Jumbo (dir. Zoé Wittock)
Kajillionaire (dir. Miranda July)
The Painter and the Thief (dir. Benjamin Ree)
On the Quiet (dir. Zoltán Nagy)
Saint Maud (dir. Rose Glass)
Ham on Rye (dir. Tyler Taormina)
The Smiley Face Killers (dir. Tim Hunter)
The Hunt (dir. Craig Zobel)
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (dir. Jim Cummings)
Bacurau (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles)

Flowers of the Field (dir. Andrew Stanley)
Tales of the Lockdown
(dir. Fernando Colomo, Álvaro Fernández-Armero, David Marqués,
Miguel Bardem and Juan Diego Botto
Nimic (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
My Little Sister (dir. Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond)
Babyteeth (dir. Shannon Murphy)
Ordinary Love (dir. Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn)
Siberia (dir. Abel Ferrara)
Sanzaru (dir. Xia Magnus)
In the Name of the Land (dir. Édouard Bergeon)
Unhinged (dir. Derrick Borte)

In the Tracks of – Special Edition (dir. Pascale Cuenot)
Minari (dir. Lee Isaac Chung)
Swallow (dir. Carlo Mirabella-Davis)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (dir. Spike Lee)
Another Round (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Family Romances, LLC (dir. Werner Herzog)
The Assistant (dir. Kitty Green)
Numb (dir. Liv McNeil)
The Calming (dir. Fang Song)
First and Last Man (dir. Jóhann Jóhannsson)


Driveways (dir. Andrew Ahn)
First Cow (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
Over the Moon (dir. Glen Keane)
Sleepless Beauty (dir. Pavel Khvaleev and Claudia Zie)
Falling (dir. Viggo Mortensen)
The Town of Headcounts (dir. Shinji Araki)
Kala Azar (dir. Janis Rafa)
Freaky (dir. Christopher Landon)
Black Bear (dir. Lawrence Michael Levine)
Soul (dir. Pete Docter and Kemp Powers)

Nomadland (dir. Chloé Zhao)
The Invisible Man (dir. Leigh Whannell)
The Reason I Jump (dir. Jerry Rothwell)
Adverse (dir. Brian A. Metcalf)



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
Uncut Gems (dir. Joshua and Ben Safdie)
High Life (dir. Claire Denis)
The Golden Glove (dir. Fatih Akin)
Beanpole (dir. Kantemir Balagov)
All the Gods in the Sky (dir. Quarxx)
Dragged Across Concrete (dir. S. Craig Zahler)
Ford v Ferrari (dir. James Mangold)
Queen of Hearts (dir. May el-Toukhy)
The Sower (dir. Marine Francen)


The UP Documentaries

63 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 2019)
56 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 2012)
49 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 2005)
42 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 1998)
35 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 1991)
28 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 1984)
21 Up (dir. Michael Apted, 1977)
7 Plus Seven (dir. Michael Apted, 1970)
Seven Up! (dir. Paul Almond, 1964)



About Endlessness (Om Det Oändliga)
(dir. Roy Andersson, 2019)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
En Duva Satt på en Gren och Funderade på Tillvaron
(dir. Roy Andersson, 2015)
You, The Living (Du Levande) (dir. Roy Andersson, 2007)
Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från Andra Våningen)
(dir. Roy Andersson, 2001)



Honeyland (dir. Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (dir. Joe Talbot)
The Ground Beneath My Feet (dir. Marie Kreutzer)
The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)
Synonyms (dir. Nadav Lapid)
The Irishman (I Heard You Paint Houses) (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Monos (dir. Alejandro Landes)
The Whistlers (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)
Passage of Birds (dir. Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego)
Greener Grass (dir. Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe)

Marriage Story (dir. Noah Baumbach)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Sorry We Missed You (dir. Ken Loach)
Crawl (dir. Alexandre Aja)
The Mountain (dir. Rick Alverson)
Richard Jewell (dir. Clint Eastwood)
Aniara (dir. Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja)
Them That Follow (dir. Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage)
The Lighthouse (dir. Robert Eggers)
1917 (dir. Sam Mendes)


In Fabric (dir. Peter Strickland)
Peterloo (dir. Mike Leigh)
First Love (Hatsukoi) (dir. Takashi Miike)
A White White Day (dir. Hlynur Pálmason)
Diane (dir. Kent Jones)
The Lodge (dir. Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz)
The Sound of Silence (dir. Michael Tyburski)
Black Conflux (dir. Nicole Dorsey)
Fourteen (dor. Dan Sallitt)
Waves (dir. Trey Edward Shults)

Deerskin (dir. Quentin Dupieux)
The Fall (dir. Johnathan Glazer)
The Last to See Them (dir. Sara Summa)
Birthday (dir. Jong-un Lee)
The Wind (dir. Emma Tammi)
Chained for Life (dir. Aaron Schimberg)
The Twentieth Century (dir. Matthew Rankin)
Color Out of Space (dir. Richard Stanley)
Parasite (dir. Bong Joon Ho)
The Wild Goose Lake (dir. Diao Yinan)

Domino (dir. Brian De Palma)
The Art of the Self-Defense (dir. Riley Stearns)
The Dead Don’t Die (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
Paddleton (dir. Alexandre Lehmann)
The Farewell (dir. Lulu Wang)
Her Smell (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
Missing Link (dir. Chris Butler)
A Rainy Day in New York (dir. Woody Allen)
Balloon (dir. Pema Tseden)
Alita: Battle Angel (dir. Robert Rodriguez)


Dark Water (dir. Todd Haynes)
Little Joe (dir. Jessica Hausner)
Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)
Gwen (dir. William McGregor)
Diamantino (dir. Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt)
I Lost My Body (dir. Jérémy Clapin)
Climax (dir. Gaspar Noé)
Motherless Brooklyn (dir. Edward Norton)
The Hole in the Ground (dir. Lee Cronin)
The Evergreen State College (dir. Mike Nayna)
Part One: Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying & the Evergreen Equity Council
Part Two: Teaching to Transgress
Part Three: The Hunted Individual

Charlie Says (dir. Mary Harron)
The Girl on the Third Floor (dir. Travis Stevens)
Pain and Glory (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
La Quietude (dir. Pablo Trapero)
Young Ahmed (dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (dir. Vince Gilligan)
The Disappearance of My Mother (dir. Beniamino Barrese)
Black Mother (dir. Khalik Allah)
Buoyancy (dir. Rodd Rathjen)
Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (dir. Issa López)

Joker (in 70mm) (dir. Todd Phillips)
Culture Shock (dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero)
Pimped (dir. David Barker)
Koko-di Koko-da (dir. Johannes Nyholm)
Piercing (dir. Nicolas Pesce)
Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)
Hail Satan? (dir. Penny Lane)
Promare (dir. Hiroyuki Imaishi)
Wild Rose (dir. Tom Harper)
Toy Story 4 (dir. Josh Cooley)

MORE MOVIES (90-104)

Us (dir. Jordan Peele)
Stuffing (dir. Erin Derham)
Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (dir. Bruno Dumont)
The Image Book (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Blurred Visions (dir. Ivan Elmer)
A Hidden Life (dir. Terrance Malick)
Booksmart (dir. Olivia Wilde)
Come to Daddy (dir. Ant Timpson)
Knife+Heart (dir. Yann Gonzalez)
Knives Out (dir. Rian Johnson)

Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
(dir. Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen)
Beyond the Woods (dir. Brayden DeMorest-Purdy)
Sawah (dir. Adolf El Assal)

Frozen II (dir. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck)
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
(dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn)



Hereditary (dir. Ari Aster)
First Reformed (dir. Paul Schrader)
Where is Kyra? (dir. Andrew Dosunmu)
Burning (dir. Chang-dong Lee)
Transit (dir. Christian Petzold)
Nancy (dir. Christina Choe)
The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
The House That Jack Built (Director’s Cut) (dir. Lars von Trier)
Ray & Liz (dir. Richard Billingham)
Good Manners (dir. Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas)




Fahrenheit 11/9 (dir. Michael Moore, 2018)
Michael Moore in Trumpland (dir. Michael Moore, 2016)
Where to Invade Next (dir. Michael Moore, 2015)
Capitalism: A Love Story (dir. Michael Moore, 2009)
Sicko (dir. Michael Moore, 2007)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (dir. Michael Moore, 2004)
Bowling for Columbine (dir. Michael Moore, 2002)
The Big One (dir. Michael Moore, 1997)
Roger and Me (dir. Michael Moore, 1989)


THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Near Algodones
Meal Ticket
All Gold Canyon
The Gal Who Got Rattled
The Mortal Remains



(COINCOIN ET LES Z’INHUMAINS) (dir. Bruno Dumont, 2018)
Chapter One: Noir Ch’est Noir (Black is Black)
Chapter Two: Les Z’Inhumains (The Extra-Humans)
Chapter Three: D’La Glu, D’La Glu, D’La Glu!!! (Gunk, Gunk, Gunk!!!)
Chapter Four: L’Apocalypse (The Apocalypse)
LI’L QUINQUIN (P’TIT QUINQUIN) (dir. Bruno Dumont, 2014)
Chapter One: La Bet’humaine (The Human Beast)
Chapter Two: Au Coeur du Mal (The Heart of Evil)
Chapter Three: L’Diable in Perchonne (The Devil Incarnate)
Chapter Four: …Allah Akbar! (…God is Greater!)



Part One: For the Sake of Gold (dir. Patrick Wang, 2018)
Part Two: Walk with Me a While (dir. Patrick Wang, 2018)



Custody (dir. Xavier Legrand, 2018)
Just Before Losing Everything (dir. Xavier Legrand, 2013)



The Incredibles 2 (dir. Brad Bird, 2018)
The Incredibles (dir. Brad Bird, 2004)



Paddington 2 (dir. Paul King, 2018)
Paddington (dir. Paul King, 2014)


GRAY HOUSE (dir. Austin Jack Lynch and Matthew Booth)

North Dakota



At War (dir. Stéphane Brizé, 2018)
Measure of a Man (dir. Stéphane Brizé, 2015)



The Other Side of the Wind (dir. Orson Welles and Oja Kodar, 1976/2018)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (dir. Morgan Neville, 2018)

Thoroughbreds (dir. Cory Finley)
Wildlife (dir. Paul Dano)
Mandy (dir. Panos Cosmatos)
Black Tide (dir. Erick Zonca)
Under the Silver Lake (dir. David Robert Mitchell)
The Double Lover (dir. François Ozon)
The Rider (dir. Chloé Zhao)
The Breadwinner (dir. Nora Twomey)
Vox Lux (dir. Brady Corbet)
Borders (Gräns) (dir. Ali Abbasi)

Sicilian Ghost Story (dir. Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza)
Under the Tree (dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson)
The Red Phallus (dir. Tashi Gyeltshen)
The Sisters Brothers (dir. Jacques Audiard)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (dir. Marielle Heller)
Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik)
School’s Out (L’heure de la Sortie) (dir. Sébastien Marnier)
Holiday (dir. Isabella Eklöf)
Game Night (dir. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein)
The Charmer (dir. Milad Alami)


Lean on Pete (dir. Andrew Haigh)
Who We Are Now (dir. Matthew Newton)
Petra (dir. Jaime Rosales)
Love After Love (dir. Russell Harbaugh)
Including: Rolling on the Floor Laughing (dir. Russell Harbaugh, 2011)
Isle of Dogs (dir. Wes Anderson)
Shadow (dir. Yimou Zhang)
The Great Darkened Days (dir. Maxime Giroux)
A Beautiful Sun Inside (Un Beau Soleil Interieur)
(Let the Sunshine In) (dir. Claire Denis)
Upgrade (dir. Leigh Whannell)
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (dir. Gus Van Sant)

The Great Pretender (dir. Nathan Silver)
Summer, 1993 (dir. Carla Simón)
People’s Republic of Desire (dir. Hao Wu)
Relaxer (dir. Joel Potrykus)
Madeline’s Madeline (dir. Josephine Decker)
Infinite Football (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)
Zama (dir. Lucrecia Martel)
The Dead Center (dir. Billy Senese)
Luz (dir. Tilman Singer)
Everybody Knows (dir. Asghar Farhadi)

Three Identical Strangers (dir. Tim Wardle)
The Load (dir. Ognjen Glavonic)
Support the Girls (dir. Andrew Bujalski)
Private Life (dir. Tamara Jenkins)
Widows (dir. Steve McQueen)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(dir. Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr., Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti)
The Grief of Others (dir. Patrick Wang)
Revenge (dir. Coralie Fargeat)
BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee)
Shoplifters / The Third Murder (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)


Destroyer (dir. Karyn Kusama)
Dogman (dir. Matteo Garrone)
The Death of Stalin (dir. Armando Iannucci)
Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
The Guilty (dir. Gustav Möller)
Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
The Land of Steady Habits (dir. Nicole Holofcener)
Calibre (dir. Matt Palmer)
Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley)
Filmworker (dir. Tony Zierra)

Thunder Road (dir. Jim Cummings)
Minding the Gap (dir. Bing Liu)
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (dir. Stephen Nomura Schible)
You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
Bisbee ’17 (dir. Robert Greene)
The Wolf House (dir. Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León)
Styx (dir. Wolfgang Fischer)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (dir. Morgan Neville)
Golden Exits (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
The Tale (dir. Jennifer Fox)

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (dir. Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner)
Gemini (dir. Aaron Katz)
Suspiria (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
McQueen (dir. Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui)
Lemonade (dir. Ioana Uricaru)
Spivak (dir. Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder)
Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts (dir. Mouly Surya)
One Cut for the Dead (dir. Shin’ichirô Ueda)
The Old Man & the Gun (dir. David Lowery)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (dir. RaMell Ross)

MORE MOVIES (90-120)

Mirai (dir. Mamoru Hosoda)
No One Will Ever Know (dir. Jesús Torres Torres)
Ash is Pure White (dir. Zhangke Jia)
Angels Wear White (dir. Vivian Qu)
The Insult (dir. Ziad Doueiri)
Long Day’s Journey into Night (in 3D) (dir. Gan Bi)
Our House (dir. Anthony Scott Burns)
Green Book (dir. Peter Farrelly)
The Etruscan Smile (dir. Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis)
Hal (dir. Amy Scott)

The King (dir. Eugene Jarecki)
Dark River (dir. Clio Barnard)
Meeting Gorbachev (dir. Werner Herzog and André Singer)
Intimate Enemy (dir. Karel Janák)
Pity (dir. Babis Makridis)
In the Aisles (dir. Thomas Stuber)
Halloween (dir. David Gordon Green)
Unsane (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
Last Summer (dir. Jon Jones)
Early Man (dir. Nick Park)

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies (dir. Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath)
Annihilation (dir. Alex Garland)
Blindspotting (dir. Carlos López Estrada)
Black Panther (dir. Ryan Coogler)
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (dir. Steve Mitchell)
Liz and the Blue Bird (dir. Naoko Yamada)
Nome di Donna (dir. Marco Tullio Giordana)
Bernard and Huey (dir. Dan Mirvish)
November (dir. Rainer Sarnet)
The Happy Prince (dir. Rupert Everett)

MORE MOVIES (120-138)

Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham)
The Endless (dir. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead)
Hitler’s Hollywood (dir. Rüdiger Suchsland)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (dir. Desiree Akhavan)
Rafiki (dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
What Keeps You Alive (dir. Colin Minihan)
Fugue (dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska)
Beast (dir. Michael Pearce)
Lizzie (dir. Craig Macneill)
Dark Fortune (Finsteres Glück) (dir. Stefan Haupt)

Deadpool 2 (dir. David Leitch)
Mom and Dad (dir. Brian Taylor)
Fast Color (dir. Julia Hart)
A Quiet Place (dir. John Krasinski)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (dir. Rich Moore and Phil Johnston)
Lifechanger (dir. Justin McConnell)
And Then I Go (dir. Vincent Grashaw)
Dear Son (dir. Mohamed Ben Attia)



Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
A Quiet Passion (dir. Terence Davies)
Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau)
mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky)
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (February) (dir. Oz Perkins)
The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker)
Marjorie Prime (dir. Michael Almereyda)
Thelma (dir. Joachim Trier)
My Life as a Zucchini (dir. Claude Barras)




Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2017)
Blade Runner (1982; The Final Cut, 2007) (dir. Ridley Scott)



World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts
(dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 2017)
World of Tomorrow (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 2012)
Rejected (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 2000)
Billy’s Balloon (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, 1998)



Dawson City: Frozen Time (dir. Bill Morrison, 2017)
Decasia (dir. Bill Morrison, 2002)



The Beguiled (dir. Sofia Coppola, 2017)
The Beguiled (dir. Don Siegel, 1971)


(Live Performance by Kronos Quartet)
(dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson)

Marrowbone (dir. Sergio G. Sánchez)
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (dir. S. Craig Zahler)
Lady Macbeth (dir. William Oldroyd)
A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowrey)
A Dark Song (dir. Liam Gavin)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (dir. Martin McDonagh)
Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
Faces Places (Visages Villages) (dir. Agnès Varda and JR)
Hounds of Love (dir. Ben Young)
Good Time (dir. Ben and Josh Sadie)

Harmonium (Fuchi Ni Tatsu) (dir. Kôji Fukada)
Jane (dir. Brett Morgen)
Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
I, Daniel Blake (dir. Ken Loach)
Okja (dir. Joon-ho Bong)
Manifesto (dir. Julian Rosefeldt)
The Transfiguration (dir. Michael O’Shea)
In the Fade (dir. Faith Akin)
Werewolf (dir. Ashley McKenzie)
Wonderstruck (dir. Todd Haynes)


Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (dir. Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez)
The Lovers (dir. Azazel Jacobs)
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (dir. Simon Lavoie)
Take Me (dir. Pat Healy)
Nocturama (dir. Bertrand Bonello)
Two Irenes (dir. Fabio Meira)
Baby Driver (dir. Edgar Wright)
1945 (dir. Ferenc Török)
My Friend Dahmer (dir. Marc Meyers)
The Bad Batch (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

Caniba (dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
The Greenaway Alphabet (dir.  (dir. Saskia Boddeke)
Suntan (dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos)
It Comes at Night (dir. Trey Edward Shults)
Loveless (dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Super Dark Times (dir. Kevin Phillips)
A Woman’s Life (Une Vie) (dir. Stéphane Brizé)
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
(dir. Joseph Cedar)
Casting Jonbenet (dir. Kitty Green)
Rat Film (dir. Theo Anthony)

The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki)
Lowlife (dir. Ryan Prows)
Chappaquiddick (dir. John Curran)
78/52 (dir. Alexandre O. Philippe)
The War for the Planet of the Apes (dir. Matt Reeves)
Beach Rats (dir. Eliza Hittman)
Ingrid Goes West (dir. Matt Spicer)
The Red Turtle (dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit)
Dunkirk (70mm IMAX) (dir. Christopher Nolan)
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (dir. Noah Baumbach)


Kong: Skull Island (dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts)
Hanagatami (dir. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
A Horrible Woman (dir. Christian Tafdrup)
Lemon (dir. Janicza Bravo)
Sweet Virginia (dir. Jamie M. Dagg)
Thirst Street (dir. Nathan Silver)
The Bookshop (dir. Isabel Coixet)
Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc (dir. Bruno Dumont)
The Square (dir. Ruben Östlund)
Life (dir. Daniel Espinosa)

Berlin Syndrome (dir. Cate Shortland)
Escapes (dir. Michael Almereyda)
The Founder (dir. John Lee Hancock)
Better Watch Out (dir. Chris Peckover)
The Girl Without Hands (dir. Sébastien Laudenbach)
Dark (dir. Paul Schrader)
Untamed (La Región Salvaje) (dir. Amat Escalante)
Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman)
Happy End (dir. Michael Haneke)
Come Down Molly (dir. Gregory Kohn)

The Ardennes (dir. Robin Pront)
Your Name. (dir. Makoto Shinkai)
Beatrix at Dinner (dir. Miguel Arteta)
Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
Land of Mine (dir. Martin Zandvliet)
Lucky (dir. John Carroll Lynch)
Barbara (dir. Mathieu Amalric)
Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach)
Sylvio (dir. Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney)
The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro)

MORE MOVIES (90-120)

Colossal (dir. Nacho Vigalondo)
Ex Libris: New York Public Library (dir. Frederick Wiseman)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (dir. André Øvredal)
Dayveon (dir. Amman Abbasi)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (dir. Alexandra Dean)
Girls Trip (dir. Malcolm D. Lee)
The Devil’s Candy (dir. Sean Byrne)
The Party (dir. Sally Potter)
Becoming Astrid (dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen)
Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins)

The Ornithologist (dir. João Pedro Rodrigues)
Nerdland (dir. Chris Prynoski)
Columbus (dir. Kogonada)
Greta (dir. Neil Jordan)
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (dir. Robin Campillo)
Apprentice (dir. Junfeng Boo)
Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (dir. Macon Blair)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (dir. David Soren)

Tahran Taboo (dir. Ali Soozandeh)
Maudie (dir. Aisling Walsh)
The Student (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov)
Logan (dir. James Mangold)
The Evil Within (dir. Andrew Getty)
Get Me Roger Stone (dir. Morgan Pehme, Dylan Bank and Daniel DiMauro)
Afterimage (dir. Andrzej Wajda)
I, Tonya (dir. Craig Gillespie)
In This Corner of the World (dir. Sunao Katabuchi)
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea (dir. Dash Shaw)

MORE MOVIES (120-150)

David Lynch: The Art Life
(dir. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, and Rick Barnes)
Cold Ground (dir. Fabien Delage)
Donald Cried (dir. Kristopher Avedikian)
Before I Wake (Somnia) / Gerald’s Game (dir. Mike Flanagan)
Somniloquies (dir. Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck)
Sami Blood (dir. Amanda Kernell)
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (dir. Travis Wilkerson)
Free Solo (dir. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
Brad’s Status (dir. Mike White)

Catfight (dir. Onur Tutel)
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special,
Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (dir. Chris Smith)
Automatic at Sea (dir. Matthew Lessner)
Hostiles (dir. Scott Cooper)
Princess Cyd (dir. Stephen Cone)
Obit. (dir. Vanessa Gould)
Clash (dir. Mohamed Diab)
The Changeover (dir. Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie)
Euphoria (dir. Lisa Langseth)
Coco (dir. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (dir. Angela Robinson)
Disobedience (dir. Sebastián Lelio)
Bad Day for the Cut (dir. Chris Baugh)
Dina (dir. Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles)
Karl Marx City (dir. Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker)
Mass for Shut-Ins (dir. Winston DeGiobbi)
The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach)
The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter)
Frantz (dir. François Ozon)
The Little Hours (dir. Jeff Baena)

MORE MOVIES (150-171)

Being 17 (dir. André Téchiné)
I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (dir. Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinrebe)
A Fantastic Woman (dir. Sebastián Lelio)
The Force (dir. Peter Nicks)
Una (dir. Benedict Andrews)
Split (dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
Blue My Mind (dir. Lisa Brühlmann)
The Lego Batman Movie (dir. Chris McKay)
A Girl, a Part (dir. Elisabeth Subrin)
Alias Maria (dir. José Luis Rugeles)

The Void (dir. Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski)
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
(dir. Sara Driver)
All This Panic (dir. Jenny Gage)
Star Wars: the Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson)
The Circle (dir. James Ponsoldt)
The Teacher (dir. Jan Hrebejk)
Tragedy Girls (dir. Tyler MacIntyre)
The Greatest Showman (dir. Michael Gracey)
Driftwood (dir. Paul Taylor)
Dig Two Graves (dir. Hunter Adams)
Spiderman: Homecoming (dir. Jon Watts)

Radio Mary (dir. Gary Walkow)

Housewife (dir. Can Evrenol)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (dir. Jake Kasdan)
Beauty and the Beast (dir. Bill Condon)



Manchester by the Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
Krisha (dir. Trey Edward Shults)
Tower (dir. Keith Maitland)
The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale (dir. Robert Eggers)
Mountains May Depart (dir. Jia Zhangke)
The Handmaiden (dir. Chan-wook Park)
The Childhood of a Leader (dir. Brady Corbet)
Little Men (dir. Ira Sachs)
Évolution (dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović)
Graduation (Bacalaureat) (dir. Cristian Mungiu)



HORACE & PETE (1916 – 2016)

Episodes 1 – 10 (dir. Louis C.K.)



Parts 1 – 5 (dir. Ezra Edelman, 2016)



Green Room (dir. Jeremy Saulnier, 2016)
Blue Ruin (dir. Jeremy Saulnier, 2014)
Murder Party (dir. Jeremy Saulnier, 2007)



Christine (dir. Antonio Campos, 2016)
Kate Plays Christine (dir. Robert Greene, 2016)



Everybody Wants Some!! (dir. Richard Linklater, 2016)
Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater, 2014)
Dazed and Confused (dir. Richard Linklater, 1993)

Weiner-Dog (dir. Todd Solondz)
De Palma (dir. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)
Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
Princess (dir. Tali Shalom-Ezer)
Nocternal Animals (dir. Tom Ford)
The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama)
The Fits (dir. Anna Rose Holmer)
A Monster Calls (dir. J.A. Bayona)
Creepy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Tale of Tales (dir. Matteo Garrone)

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (dir. Taika Waititi)
April and the Extraordinary World (dir. Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares)
Disorder (Maryland) (dir. Alice Winocour)
Tomcat (dir. Klaus Händl)
The Eyes of My Mother (dir. Nicolas Pesce)
Jackie / Neruda / The Club (dir. Pablo Larraín)
Little Sister (dir. Zach Clark)
Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)
All of a Sudden (Auf Einmal) (dir. Asli Özge)
Never Ever (À Jamais) (dir. Benoît Jacquot)


Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
Pervert Park (dir. Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors)
Parents (dir. Christian Tafdrup)
The Love Witch (dir. Anna Biller)
Certain Women (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
After Love (dir. Joachim Lafosse)
Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson)
The Automatic Hate (dir. Justin Lerner)
Kubo and the Two Strings (dir. Travis Knight)
Dolores (dir. Michael Rössel)

13 Cameras (Slumlord) (dir. Victor Zarcoff)
Under the Shadow (dir. Babak Anvari)
Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
The Edge of Seventeen (dir. Kelly Fremon Craig)
Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Ethel & Ernest (dir. Roger Mainwood)
Always Shine (dir. Sophia Dakar)
Under the Sun (dir. Vitaliy Manskiy)
High-Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley)

The Innocents (Les Innocentes) (dir. Anne Fontaine)
Newtown (dir. Kim A. Snyder)
Toni Erdmann (dir. Maren Ade)
Pete’s Dragon (dir. David Lowery)
Rams (dir. Grímur Hákonarson)
The Phenom (dir. Noah Buschel)
A Monster with a Thousand Heads (dir. Rodrigo Plá)
Les Démons (dir. Philippe Lesage)
You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski
(dir. Matteo Borgardt)
Blue Jay (dir. Alex Lehmann)


Born to be Blue (dir. Robert Budreau)
Aquarius (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho)
Hail, Ceasar! (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
How Heavy This Hammer (dir. Kazik Radwanski)
The People Garden (dir. Nadia Litz)
Sunset Song (dir. Terrance Davies)
The Salesman (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
(Hymyilevä Mies) (dir. Juho Kuosmanen)
The Girl with All the Gifts (dir. Colm McCarthy)

Fences (dir. Denzel Washington)
I Smile Back (dir. Adam Salky)
Eye in the Sky (dir. Gavin Hood)
Fatima (dir. Philippe Faucon)
The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Greasy Strangler (dir. Jim Hosking)
The Mermaid (dir. Stephen Chow)
Train to Busan (dir. Sang-ho Yeon)
The Confirmation (dir. Bob Nelson)
Life, Animated (dir. Roger Ross Williams)

Staying Vertical (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
Queen of Katwe (dir. Mira Nair)
The Meddler (dir. Lorene Scafaria)
Things to Come (L’avenir) (dir. Mia Hansen-Løve)
A Bigger Splash (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
The Witness (dir. James D. Solomon)
Viktoria (dir. Maya Vitkova)
Demon (dir. Marcin Wrona)
Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück) (dir. Sven Taddicken)
The Unknown Girl (dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)

MORE MOVIES (90-120)

Slack Bay (Ma Lotte) (dir. Bruno Dumont)
Silence (dir. Martin Scorsese)
King Jack (dir. Felix Thompson)
Prevenge (dir. Alice Lowe)
Men & Chicken (dir. Anders Thomas Jensen)
The Wailing (dir. Na Hong-jin)
Holidays – Father’s Day (dir. Anthony Scott Burns)
Have You Seen My Movie? (dir. Paul Anton Smith)
Endless Poetry (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
10 Cloverfield Lane (dir. Dan Trachtenberg)

After the Storm (dir. Hirokazu Korea)
20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills)
Tom and the Farm (dir. Tony Stone)
Cosmos (dir. Andrzej Zulawski)
Darling (dir. Mickey Keating)
Hello Destroyer (dir. Kevan Funk)
In the Valley of Violence (dir. Ti West)
Moana (dir. Ron Clements and John Musker)
A Man Called Ove (dir. Hannes Holm)
Sausage Party (dir. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon)

Glassland (dir. Gerard Barrett)
Goat (dir. Andrew Neel)
13th (dir. Ava DuVernay)
Sin Alas (Without Wings) (dir. Ben Chace)
Mia Madre (dir. Nanni Moretti)
Aferim! (dir. Radu Jude)
Land and Shade (dir. César Augusto Acevedo)
I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (dir. Marianne Lambert)
Beware the Slenderman (dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky)
La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)

MORE MOVIES (120-150)

Boundaries (Pays) (dir. Chloé Robichaud)
No Light and No Land Anywhere (dir.Amber Sealey)
Do Not Resist (dir. Craig Atkinson)
American Honey (dir. Andrea Arnold)
Beyoncé: Lemonade (dir. Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)
Marguerite (dir. Xavier Giannoli)
Old Stone (Lao Shi) (dir. Johnny Ma)
Midnight Special (dir. Jeff Nichols)
Don’t Think Twice (dir. Mike Birbiglia)
The Hollars (dir. John Krasinski)

Three (dir. Johnnie To)
First Girl I Loved (dir. Kerem Sanga)
Maggie’s Plan (dir. Rebecca Miller)
River (dir. Jamie M. Dagg)
Tickled (dir. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (dir. Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone)
The Age of Shadows (dir. Jee-woon Kim)
Miss Hokusai (dir. Keiichi Hara)
Truman (dir. Cesc Gay)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (dir. Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh)

Klown Forever (dir. Mikkel Nørgaard)
Standing Tall (dir. Emmanuelle Bercot)
In Order of Disappearance (dir. Hans Petter Moland)
Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
Mean Dreams (dir. Nathan Morlando)
The Alchemist Cookbook (dir. Joel Potrykus)
Antibirth (dir. Danny Perez)
Hello, My Name is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter)
The Way Out & The Way In (dir. Radio Silence)
Siren (dir. Roxanne Benjamin)
Accident (The Finest One – dir. David Bruckner)
Jailbreak (dir. Patrick Horvath)
Dementia (dir. Mike Testin)

MORE MOVIES (150-181)

Elvis and Nixon (dir. Liza Johnson)
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (dir. Gareth Edwards)
Batman: The Killing Joke (dir. Sam Liu)
Bleak Street (dir. Arturo Ripstein)
Personal Shopper (dir. Olivier Assayas)
Rats (dir. Morgan Spurlock)
Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
A Second Chance (dir. Susanne Bier)
Mascots (dir. Christopher Guest)

Valley of Love (dir. Guillaume Nicloux)
Dreams Rewired (dir. Manu Luksch and Martin Reinhart)
Neither Heaven Nor Earth (dir. Clément Cogitate)
The Lovers & the Despot (dir. Ross Adam and Robert Cannan)
Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining)
Moka (dir. Frédéric Mermoud)
Ghostbusters (dir. Paul Feig)
Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller)
The Nice Guys (dir. Shane Black)
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (dir. John Lee)

Hush (dir. Mike Flanagan)
Captain America: Civil War (dir. Joe Russo and Anthony Russo)
VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media
(dir. Kenneth Powell and Thomas Edward Seymour)
Zootopia (dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush)
The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse)
The Finest Hours (dir. Craig Gillespie)
The Shallows (dir. Jaume Collet-Serra)
The Wave (dir. Roar Uthaug)
24×36 (dir. Kevin Burke)
For the Plasma (dir. Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan)

Phantom Boy (dir. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol)

The Intestine (dir. Lev Lewis)



Anomalisa (dir. Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman)
45 Years (dir. Andrew Haigh)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Diesel Hue / Black and Chrome) (dir. George Miller)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (dir. Marielle Heller)
The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (dir. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz)
Buzzard (dir. Joel Potrykus)
Something, Anything (dir. Paul Harrill)
Man from Reno (dir. Dave Boyle)
Louder Than Bombs (dir. Joachim Trier)




The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015)
The Act of Killing: The Director’s Cut
(dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn, 2013)


THE HATEFUL EIGHT in Glorious 70mm! (dir. Quentin Tarantino)


GANGS OF WASSEYPUR: Parts 1 and 2 (dir. Anurag Kashyap)


Sonderkommandos’ Requiem

Son of Saul (Saul Fia) (dir. László Nemes, 2015)
The Grey Zone (dir. Tim Blake Nelson, 2002)



Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran) (dir. Jafar Panahi, 2015)
Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi, 2013)
This Is Not a Film (In Film Nist)
(dir. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, 2012)



Quay (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015)
In Absentia (dir. Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, 2000)
The Comb (dir. Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, 1991)
Street of Crocodiles (dir. Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, 1986)


BILLY ROWAN (Age 9 and 18)

Queen & Country (dir. John Boorman, 2015)
Hope and Glory (dir. John Boorman, 1987)



Parts 1 – 6 (dir. Paul Haggis)

Experimenter (dir. Michael Almereyda)
Carol (dir. Todd Haynes)
The Ocean of Helena Lee (dir. Jim Akin)
Love & Mercy (dir. Bill Pohlad)
Chronic (dir. Michel Franco)
Girlhood (Bande de Filles) (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Mustang (dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Breathe (Respire) (dir. Mélanie Laurent)
The Falling (dir. Carol Morley)
Nasty Baby (dir. Sebastián Silva)

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THE MOVIE LIST (1903 – 1969)

Written by Christopher Beaubien • June 06, 2011 • Start the Discussion!

1903 – 1969

Great Television Shows

Army of Shadows (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (dir. Ronald Neame)
Last Summer (dir. Frank Perry)
Kes (dir. Ken Loach)
La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) (dir. Jacques Deray)
Z (dir. hildrenosta-Gavras)
Medium Cool (dir. Haskell Wexler)
Dillinger Is Dead (dir. Marco Ferreri)
Midnight Cowboy (dir. John Schlesinger)
That Cold Day in the Park (dir. Robert Altman)

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (dir. Sidney Pollack)
Funeral Parade of Roses (dir. Toshio Matsumoto)
Une Femme Douce (dir. Robert Bresson)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (dir. Paul Mazursky)
The Wild Bunch (dir. Sam Peckinpah)
Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper)
Machine Gun McCain (dir. Giuliano Montaldo)
What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (dir. Lee H. Katzin)
Anne of the Thousand Days (dir. Charles Jarrott)
100 Rifles (dir. Tom Gries)

The Cow (dir. Dariush Mehrjui)
Loving Memory (dir. Tony Scott)
Nocturno 29 (dir. Pere Portabella)
Mississippi Mermaid (dir. François Truffaut)
A Married Couple (dir. Allen King)
Age of Consent (dir. Michael Powell)
The Honeymoon Killers (dir. Leonard Kastle)
The Italian Job (dir. Peter Collinson)
Reason Over Passion (dir. Joyce Wieland)

2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Rosemary’s Baby (dir. Roman Polanski)
If…. (dir. Lindsay Anderson)
The Great Silence (dir. Sergio Corbucci)
Les Biches (dir. Claude Chabrol)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (dir. Robert Ellis Miller)
Once Upon a Time in the West (dir. Sergio Leone)
Night of the Living Dead (dir. George A. Romero)
Kuroneko (Black Cat) (dir. Kaneto Shindo)
Targets (AKA Blood and Candy) (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)

Salesman (dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
Romeo and Juliet (dir. Franco Zeffirelli)
Naked Childhood (L’enfance Nue) (dir. Maurice Pialat)
Oliver! (dir. Carol Reed)
Where Eagles Dare (dir. Brian G. Hutton)
High School (dir. Frederick Wiseman)
Shame / Hour of the Wolf (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Planet of the Apes (dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)
The Producers (dir. Mel Brooks)
Pretty Poison (dir. Noel Black)

Je T’aime, Je T’aime (dir. Alain Resnais)
David Holzman’s Diary (dir. Jim McBride)
The Scalphunters (dir. Sydney Pollack)
A Quiet Place in the Country dir. Elio Petri)
Yellow Submarine (dir. George Dunning)
Faces (dir. John Cassavetes)
The Girl on a Motorcycle (dir. Jack Cardiff)
The Odd Couple (dir. Gene Saks)
The Living Skeleton (dir. Hiroshi Matsuno)
Charly (dir. Ralph Nelson)

The Love Bug (dir. Robert Stevenson)
Barbarella (dir. Roger Vadim)
Candy (dir. Christian Marquand)
The Party (dir. Blake Edwards)

Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn)
Le Samourai (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
Mouchette (dir. Robert Bresson)
Point Blank (dir. John Boorman)
Playtime (dir. Jacques Tati)
In Cold Blood (dir. Richard Brooks)
Wait Until Dark (dir. Terence Young)
Marketa Lazarová (dir. Frantisek Vlácil)
The Two of Us (The Old Man and the Boy) (dir. Claude Berri)
Spring Night, Summer Night (Director’s Cut) (dir. Joseph L. Anderson)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (dir. Jacques Demy)
Samurai Rebellion (dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
Cool Hand Luke (dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her / Week End
(dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Belle de Jour (dir. Luis Buñuel)
In the Heat of the Night (dir. Norman Jewison)
The Firemen’s Ball (dir. Milos Forman)
The Battle of Algiers (dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
Warrendale (dir. Alan King)
Titicut Follies (dir. Frederick Wiseman)

Who’s That Knocking at My Door (dir. Martin Scorsese)
To Sir, with Love (dir. James Clavell)
Death Rides a Horse (dir. Giulio Petroni)
The Jungle Book (dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)
The Dirty Dozen (dir. Robert Aldrich)
The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols)
Accident (dir. Joseph Losey)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (dir. John Huston)
The Taming of the Shrew (dir. Franco Zeffirelli)
You Only Love Twice (dir. Lewis Gilbert)

Far from thee Madding Crowd (dir. John Schlesinger)
La Chinoise (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
The Incident (dir. Larry Peerce)
Viy (Spirit of Evil) (dir. Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov)
Elvira Madigan (dir. Bo Widerberg)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (dir. George Roy Hill)

The Shooting (dir. Monte Hellman)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (dir. Sergio Leone)
La Guerre Est Finie (dir. Alain Resnais)
Au Hasard Balthazar (dir. Robert Bresson)
Persona (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Alfie (dir. Lewis Gilbert)
Here’s Your Life (AKA Here is Your Life) (dir. Jan Troell)
The Nun (dir. Jacques Rivette)
Black Girl (dir. Ousmane Sembène)
Mademoiselle (dir. Tony Richardson)

Blowup (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Face of Another (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (dir. Chuck Jones)
Hunger (Sult) (dir. Henning Carlsen)
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (The Rise of Louis XIV) (dir. Roberto Rossellini)
Seconds (dir. John Frankenheimer)
Georgy Girl (dir. Silvio Narizzano)
Who Are You, Polly Magoo? (dir. William Klein)
Patriotism (dir. Yukio Mishima)
Tokyo Drifter (dir. Seijun Suzuki)

Masculin Féminin: 15 Faits Précis / Made in U.S.A (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
A Man and a Woman (dir. Claude Lelouch)
Daisies (dir. Vera Chytilová)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (dir. Mike Nichols)
Cul-de-sac (dir. Roman Polanski)
Ride in the Whirlwind (dir. Monte Hellman)
Lord Love a Duck (dir. George Axelrod)


Picture Mommy Dead (dir. Bert I. Gordon)


Le Bonheur (dir. Agnès Varda)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (dir. Martin Ritt)
Repulsion (dir. Roman Polanski)
Red Beard (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
A Patch of Blue (dir. Guy Green)
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (dir. Russ Meyer)
The Naked Prey (dir. Cornel Wilde)
The Collector (dir. William Wyler)
Fists in the Pocket (I Pugni in Tasca) (dir. Marco Bellocchio)
I Knew Her Well (dir. Antonio Pietrangeli)

Story of a Prostitute (dir. Seijun Suzuki)
Alphaville, Une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution / Pierrot le Fou
(dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
The Ipcress File (dir. Sidney J. Furie)
Once a Thief (dir. Ralph Nelson)
Mickey One (dir. Arthur Penn)
Loves of a Blonde (dir. Milos Forman)
Juliet of the Spirits (dir. Federico Fellini)
The Hill (dir. Sidney Lumet)
The Sound of Music (dir. Robert Wise)
Bunny Lake is Missing (dir. Otto Preminger)

Doctor Zhivago (dir. David Lean)
Gummnaam (dir. Raja Nawathe)
Darling (dir. John Schlesinger)
The Nanny (dir. Seth Holt)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (dir. Robert Mulligan)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (dir. Carol Reed)
Agatha Christie’s Ten little Indians (dir. George Pollock)
The Tenth Victim (dir. Elio Petri)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(dir. Stanley Kubrick)
My Fair Lady (dir. George Cukor)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (dir. Jacques Demy)
A Hard Day’s Night (dir. Richard Lester)
The Killers (dir. Don Siegel)
Woman in the Dunes (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Goldfinger (dir. Guy Hamilton)
Nothing But a Man (dir. Michael Roemer)
Lilith (dir. Robert Rossen)
Onibaba (Demon Woman) (dir. Kaneto Shindô)

Pale Flower (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)
Diary of a Chambermaid (dir. Luis Buñuel)
Mary Poppins (dir. Robert Stevenson)
I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (dir. Mikhail Kalatozov)
Band of Outsiders (Bande à Part) (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
The Masque of the Red Death (dir. Roger Corman)
Fail-Safe (dir. Sidney Lumet)
The Pumpkin Eater (dir. Jack Clayton)
A Shot in the Dark (dir. Blake Edwards)
Topkapi (dir. Jules Dasein)

Nobody Waved Good-bye (dir. Don Owen)
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (dir. Bryan Forbes)
Red Desert (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
Marriage Italian Style (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Kwaidan (dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
The Train (dir. John Frankenheimer)
A Fistful of Dollars (dir. Sergio Leone)
The Pawnbroker (dir. Sidney Lumet)
Zorba the Greek (dir. Mihalis Kakogiannis)
Hush, Hush… Sweet Charlotte (dir. Robert Aldrich)

The Soft Skin (dir. François Truffaut)
Marnie (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (dir. Byron Haskin)
Strait-Jacket (dir. William Castle)
Kiss Me, Stupid (dir. Billy Wilder)
The Naked Kiss (dir. Samuel Fuller)
Le Chat dans le Sac (The Cat in the Bag / Cat in the Sack)
(dir. Gilles Groulx)

Charade (dir. Stanley Donen)
Contempt (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
8 ½ (dir. Federico Fellini)
The Birds (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
High and Low (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
The Servant (dir. Joseph Losey)
Billy Liar (dir. John Schlesinger)
The Leopard (dir. Luchino Visconti)
Ikarie XB 1 (Voyage to the End of The Universe) (dir. Jindřich Polák)
The Big City (dir. Satyajit Ray)


The Silence (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Winter Light (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Through a Glass Darkly (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1961)

The Hud (dir. Martin Ritt)
The Fire Within (dir. Louis Malle)
The Caretakers (dir. Hall Bartlett)
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Ieri, Oggi, Domani) (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Muriel, or The Time of Return (dir. Alain Resnais)
From Russia with Love (dir. Terence Young)
The Great Escape (dir. John Sturges)
The Sword in the Stone (dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)
The Child is Waiting (dir. John Cassavetes)
Shock Corridor (dir. Samuel Fuller)

Jason and the Argonauts (dir. Don Chaffey)
Johnny Cool (dir. William Asher)
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (dir. Seijun Suzuki)
Blood Feast (dir. Herschell Gordon Lewis)
Toys in the Attic (dir. George Roy Hill)

David and Lisa (dir. Frank Perry)
Knife in the Water (Nóz w Wodzie) (dir. Roman Polanski)
Lawrence of Arabia (dir. David Lean)
Ivan’s Childhood (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
The Manchurian Candidate (dir. John Frankenheimer)
Il Sorpasso (dir. Dino Risi)
Sundays and Cybèle (dir. Serge Bourguignon)
My Life to Live: Film en Douze Tableaux (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Jules and Jim (dir. François Truffaut)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (dir. Robert Aldrich)

La Jetée (dir. Chris Marker)
The Miracle Worker (dir. Arthur Penn)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (dir. Agnès Varda)
Obedience (dir. Stanley Milgram)
Lolita (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Cape Fear (dir. J. Lee Thompson)
The Music Man (dir. Morton DaCosta)
Two Weeks in Another Town (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
To Kill a Mockingbird (dir. Robert Mulligan)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (dir. John Ford)

Momma Roma (dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Dr. No (dir. Terence Young)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (dir. Tony Richardson)
Stark Fear (dir. Ned Hockman and Skip Homeier)
Pressure Point (dir. Hubert Cornfield and Stanley Kramer)
The Trial of Joan of Arc (dir. Robert Bresson)
The Days of Wine and Roses (dir. Blake Edwards)
Carnival of Souls (dir. Herk Harvey)
The House is Black (dir. Forugh Farrokhzad)
Walk on the Wild Side (dir. Edward Dmytryk)
Birdman of Alcatraz (dir. John Frankenheimer)

Something Wild (dir. Jack Garfein)
Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais)
La Dolce Vita (dir. Federico Fellini)
Blast of Silence (dir. Allen Baron)
Yojimbo (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
Léon Morin, Priest (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
The Hustler (dir. Robert Rossen)
Lola (dir. Jacques Demy)
Viridiana (dir. Luis Buñuel)
Underworld, USA (dir. Samuel Fuller)


Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 1961)
Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 1959)
Human Condition I: No Greater Love (dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (dir. Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske)
A Taste of Honey (dir. Tony Richardson)
The Innocents (dir. Jack Clayton)
The Exiles (dir. Kent MacKenzie)
Splendor in the Grass (dir. Elia Kazan)
The Mark (dir. Guy Green)
Zazie dans le Métro (Zazie in the Subway) (dir. Louis Malle)
The Servant (dir. Joseph Losey)
Chronicle of a Summer (dir. Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch)
Victim (dir. Basil Dearden)

Night Tide (dir. Curtis Harrington)
The Children’s Hour (dir. William Wyler)
The Mask in 3D (dir. Julian Roffman)
The Parent Trap (dir. David Swift)
The Pit and the Pendulum (dir. Roger Corman)
A Woman is a Woman (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir. Blake Edwards)

Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder)
Peeping Tom (dir. Michael Powell)
Never Let Go (dir. John Guillermin)
Rocco and His Brothers (dir. Luchino Visconti)
Les Bonnes Femmes (The Good Time Girls) (dir. Claude Chabrol)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (dir. Karel Reisz)
L’avventura (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
Eyes Without A Face (dir. Georges Franju)
The Fall of the House of Usher (dir. Roger Corman)

Pollyanna (dir. David Swift)
Two Women (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
The Housemaid (dir. Kim Ki-young)
Purple Noon (dir. René Clément)
Breathless (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Village of the Damned (dir. Wolf Rilla)
Elmer Gantry (dir. Richard Brooks)
Shoot the Piano Player (dir. François Truffaut)
Kapò (dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
Black Sunday (dir. Mario Bava)

Sons and Lovers (dir. Jack Cardiff)
The Virgin Spring (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (dir. Mikio Naruse)
The Fugitive Kind (dir. Sidney Lumet)
Swiss Family Robinson (dir. Ken Annakin)
Jigoku (AKA The Sinners of Hell) (dir. Nobuo Nakagawa)
Beyond the Time Barrier (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)
North of Alaska (dir. Henry Hathaway)

The 400 Blows (dir. François Truffaut)
North by Northwest (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Some Like It Hot (dir. Billy Wilder)
Pickpocket (dir. Robert Bresson)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (dir. Alain Resnais)
Odds Against Tomorrow (dir. Robert Wise)
Letters Never Sent (dir. Mikhail Kalatozov)
The Bridge (dir,. Bernhard Wicki)
Floating Weeds (dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
Night Train (Pociag) (dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz)

Fires on the Plain (dir. Kon Ichikawa)


Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1959)
Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1956)
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1955)

Day of the Outlaw (dir. André De Toth)
Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Rio Bravo (dir. Howard Hawks)
Sapphire (dir. Basil Dearden)
Araya (dir. Margot Benacerraf)
Shadows (dir. John Cassavetes)
Sleeping Beauty (dir. Clyde Geronimi)
Imitation of Life (dir. Douglas Sirk)
Ben-Hur (dir. William Wyler)
Beast From Haunted Cave (dir. Monte Hellman)

The Hanging Tree (dir. Delmer Daves, Karl Malden and Vincent Sherman)
Anatomy of a Murder (dir. Otto Preminger)
House on Haunted Hill (dir. William Castle)
Suddenly, Last Summer (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
A Summer Place (dir. Delmer Daves)
Gidget (dir. Paul Wendkos)

Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiól i Diament) (dir. Andrzej Wajda)
Mon Oncle (dir. Jacques Tati)
Touch of Evil (dir. Orson Welles)
Elevator to the Gallows (dir. Louis Malle)
The Lineup (dir. Don Siegel)
Bonjour Tristesse (dir. Otto Preminger)
Murder by Contract (dir. Irving Lerner)
The Ballad of Narayama (dir. Keisuke Kinoshita)
The Music Room (dir. Satyajit Ray)

A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (dir. Richard Brooks)
Cowboy (dir. Delmer Daves)
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein)
Run Silent, Run Deep (dir. Robert Wise)
The Big Country (dir. William Wyler)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (dir. Nathan H. Juran)
Les Raquetteurs (dir. Michel Brault and Gilles Groulx)
The Long, Hot Summer (dir. Martin Ritt)
The Defiant Ones (dir. Stanley Kramer)
Gigi (dir. Vincente Minnelli)

The Blob (dir. Irvin Yeaworth and Russell Doughten)


Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (dir. Nathan Juran)

12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet)
Paths of Glory (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Sweet Smell of Success (dir. Alexander Mackendrick)
The Cranes Are Flying (dir. Mikhail Kalatozov)
The Seventh Seal (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Men in War (dir. Anthony Mann)
Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria) (dir. Federico Fellini)
Witness for the Prosecution (dir. Billy Wilder)
On the Bowery (dir. Lionel Rogosin)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (dir. David Lean)

Throne of Blood (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
3:10 to Yuma (dir. Delmer Daves)
The Garment Jungle (dir. Vincent Sherman and Robert Aldrich)
Edge of the City (dir. Martin Ritt)
Old Yeller (dir. Robert Stevenson)
Night of the Demon (AKA Curse of the Demon) (95 minutes)
(dir. Jacques Tourneur)
The Burglar (dir. Paul Wendkos)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (dir. John Sturges)

Attack! (dir. Robert Aldrich)
A Man Escaped (dir. Robert Bresson)
The Killing (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
The Harder They Fall (dir. Mark Robson)
The Searchers (dir. John Ford)
Bigger Than Life (dir. Nicholas Ray)
The Red Balloon (dir. Albert Lamorisse)
The Mystery of Picasso (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
The Bad Seed (dir. Mervyn LeRoy)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (dir. Nunnally Johnson)
Jubal (dir. Delmer Daves)
Nightfall (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (dir. Raoul Walsh)
Trapeze (dir. Carol Reed)
Storm Center (dir. Daniel Taradash)
Lovers and Lollipops (dir. Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin)
And God Created Woman… (dir. Roger Vadim)
Written on the Wind (dir. Douglas Sirk)
The Rainmaker (dir. Joseph Anthony)

Baby Doll (dir. Elia Kazan)
Giant (dir. George Stevens)

Ordet (dir. Carl Dreyer)
Kiss Me Deadly (dir. Robert Aldrich)
Cast a Dark Shadow (dir. Lewis Gilbert)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (dir. Jacques Tati)
Marty (dir. Delbert Mann)
Diabolique (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Bob le Flambeur (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
The Man with the Golden Arm (dir. Otto Preminger)
The Ladykillers (dir. Alexander Mackendrick)
Lady and the Tramp (dir. Clyde Geronimi)

The Big Combo (dir. Joseph H. Lewis)
Night and Fog (dir. Alain Resnais)
Rififi (dir. Jules Dassin)
Rebel Without a Cause (dir. Nicholas Ray)
Dementia (dir. John Parker)
Oklahoma! (Todd-AO) (dir. Fred Zinnemann)
The Desperate Hours (dir. William Wyler)
La Pointe-Courte (dir. Agnès Varda)
All That Heaven Allows (dir. Douglas Sirk)
The Court Jester (dir. Melvin Frank and Norman Panama)

The Cobweb (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
Le Amiche (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
5 Against the House (dir. Phil Karlson)
The Big Knife (dir. Robert Aldrich)
The Three Faces of Eve (dir. Nunnally Johnson)
Blackboard Jungle (dir. Richard Brooks)
The Kentuckian (dir. Burt Lancaster)
Picnic (dir. Joshua Logan)
The Seven Year Itch (dir. Billy Wilder)
Killer’s Kiss (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (dir. Jacques Becker)
Sabrina (dir. Billy Wilder)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (dir. Stanley Donen)
Johnny Guitar (dir. Nicholas Ray)
La Strada (dir. Federico Fellini)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (dir. Jack Arnold)
Brigadoon (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
Suddenly! (dir. Lewis Allen)

On the Waterfront (dir. Elia Kazan)
Hobson’s Choice (dir. David Lean)
Drive a Crooked Road (dir. Richard Quine)
Them! (dir. Gordon Douglas)
Robinson Crusoe (dir. Luis Buñuel)
Twenty-Four Eyes (dir. Keisuke Kinoshita)
A Star Is Born (dir. George Cukor)
Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (dir. Roberto Rossellini)
Vera Cruz (dir. Robert Aldrich)
Godzilla (Gojira) (dir. Ishirô Honda)

Animal Farm (dir. Joy Batchelor and John Halas)
Apache (dir. Robert Aldrich)
Dial M for Murder (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

The Earrings of Madame de… (dir. Max Ophuls)
Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
The Big Heat (dir. Fritz Lang)
The Wages of Fear (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Ugetsu (dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
Roman Holiday (dir. William Wyler)
Stalag 17 (dir. Billy Wilder)
The Naked Spur (dir. Anthony Mann)
Shane (dir. George Stevens)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (dir. Howard Hawks)

Beat the Devil (dir. John Huston)
Pickup on South Street (dir. Samuel Fuller)
The Brute (El Bruto) (dir. Luis Buñuel)
Summer with Monika (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Peter Pan (dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske)
I Vitelloni (dir. Federico Fellini)
The Hitch-Hiker (dir. Ida Lupino)
Gate of Hell (dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa)
Little Fugitive (dir. Ray Ashley, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin)
The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. (dir. Roy Rowland)

The Band Wagon (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
The Wild One (dir. Laslo Benedek)
The Bigamist (dir. Ida Lupino)
From Here to Eternity (dir. Fred Zinnemann)
Calamity Jane (dir. David Butler)
South Sea Woman (dir. Arthur Lubin)
Anatahan (dir. Josef von Sternberg)
Fear and Desire (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Salome (dir. William Dieterle)
How to Marry a Millionaire (dir. Jean Negulesco)

Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Stanley Donen)
Ikiru (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
Umberto D. (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
The Bad and the Beautiful (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
Kansas City Confidential (dir. Phil Karlson)
Moulin Rouge (dir. John Huston)
Bellissima (dir. Luchino Visconti)
Forbidden Games (dir. Edward Holzman)
The Life of Oharu (dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
Macao (dir. Josef von Sternberg, Mel Ferrer and Nicholas Ray)

The Importance of Being Earnest (dir. Anthony Asquith)
Sudden Fear (dir. David Miller)
The Quiet Man (dir. John Ford)
Come Back, Little Sheba (dir. Daniel Mann)
The Crimson Pirate (dir. Robert Siodmak)
Human Desire (dir. Fritz Lang)
The Member of the Wedding (dir. Fred Zinnemann)
Rancho Notorious (dir. Fritz Lang)
The Sniper (dir. Edward Dmytryk)

Ace in the Hole (dir. Billy Wilder)
The River (dir. Jean Renoir)
The African Queen (dir. John Huston)
The Mob (dir. Robert Parrish)
Olivia (dir. Jacqueline Audry)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (dir. Albert Lewin)
A Streetcar Named Desire (dir. Elia Kazan)
Strangers on a Train (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (dir. Robert Wise)
Diary of a Country Priest (dir. Robert Bresson)

He Ran All the Way (dir. John Berry)
A Place in the Sun (dir. George Stevens)
Edward and Caroline (Édouard et Caroline) (dir. Jacques Becker)
On Dangerous Ground (dir. Nicholas Ray and Ida Lupino)
His Kind of Woman (dir. John Farrow and Richard Fleischer)
The Tall Target (dir. Anthony Mann)
Neighbours (dir. Norman McLaren)
Alice in Wonderland (dir. Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson)
Ten Tall Men (dir. Willis Goldbeck)
An American in Paris (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
On Moonlight Bay (dir. Roy Del Ruth)

Les Enfants Terribles (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
Sunset Boulevard (dir. Billy Wilder)
Rashomon (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
In a Lonely Place (dir. (dir. Nicholas Ray)
All About Eve (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Night and the City (dir. Jules Dassin)
Gun Crazy (dir. Joseph H. Lewis)
Guilty Bystander (dir. Joseph Lerner)
The Breaking Point (dir. Michael Curtiz)
Where Danger Lives (dir. John Farrow)

The Asphalt Jungle (dir. John Huston)
Harriet Craig (dir. Vincent Sherman)
D.O.A. (dir. Rudolph Maté)
Caged (dir. John Cromwell)
Cinderella (dir. Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson)
Cheaper by the Dozen (dir. Walter Lang)
The Flame and the Arrow (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
Born Yesterday (dir. George Cukor)

The Third Man (dir. Carol Reed)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (dir. Robert Hamer)
The Heiress (dir. William Wyler)
Theives’ Highway (dir. Jules Dassin)
Bitter Rice (dir. Giuseppe De Santis)
Too Late for Tears (dir. Byron Haskin)
The Secret Garden (dir. Fred M. Wilcox)
Distant Journey (dir. Alfréd Radok)
The Set-Up (dir. Robert Wise)
Le Silence de la Mer (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)

The Reckless Moment (dir. Max Ophüls)
Thirst (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
A Letter to Three Wives (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Champion (dir. Mark Robson)
In the Good Old Summertime (dir. Buster Keaton and Robert Z. Leonard)
Not Wanted (dir. Ida Lupino and Elmer Clifton)
Shockproof (dir. Douglas Sirk)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (dir. John Ford)
The Queen of Spades (dir. Thorold Dickinson)

The Red Shoes (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Bicycle Thieves (The Bicycle Thief) (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Key Largo / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (dir. John Huston)
Germany Year Zero (dir. Roberto Rossellini)
Force of Evil (dir. Abraham Polonsky)
Red River (dir. Arthur Rosson and Howard Hawks)
They Live By Night (dir. Nicholas Ray)
Raw Deal (dir. Anthony Mann)
The Big Clock (dir. John Farrow)
The Lady from Shanghai (dir. Orson Welles)

Joan of Arc (dir. Victor Fleming)
Duel in the Sun (dir. David O. Selznick)
The Fallen Idol (dir. Carol Reed)
The Boy with Green Hair (dir. Joseph Losey)
Romance in the High Seas (dir. Michael Curtiz)
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
(dir. Norman Foster and Robert Siodmak)
Blind Alley (dir. Rudolph Maté)
Blood on the Moon (dir. Robert Wise)
Unfaithfully Yours (dir. Preston Sturges)
Sorry, Wrong Number (dir. Anatole Litvak)
Adam’s Rib (dir. George Cukor)

Moonrise (dir. Frank Borzage)


Out of the Past (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
Ride the Pink Horse (dir. Robert Montgomery)
Black Narcissus (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
I Walk Alone (dir. Byron Haskin)
Antoine and Antoinette (dir. Jacques Becker)
Monsieur Verdoux (dir. Charles Chaplin)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Dead Reckoning (dir. John Cromwell)
Johnny O’Clock (dir. Robert Rossen)
Nightmare Alley (dir. Edmund Goulding)

Crossfire (dir. Edward Dmytryk)
Kiss of Death (dir. Henry Hathaway)
Born to Kill (dir. Robert Wise)
Framed (dir. Richard Wallace)
Brute Force (dir. Jules Dassin)
Desert Fury (dir. Lewis Allen)
Possessed (dir. Curtis Bernhardt)
T-Men (dir. Anthony Mann)
Gentlemen’s Agreement (dir. Elia Kazan)
Lured (dir. Douglas Sirk)


Beauty and the Beast (dir. Jean Cocteau)
Notorious (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
It’s a Wonderful Life (dir. Frank Capra)
The Big Sleep (dir. Howard Hawks)
The Best Years of Our Lives (dir. William Wyler)
The Yearling (dir. Clarence Brown)
Great Expectations (dir. David Lean)
My Darling Clementine (dir. John Ford)
Shoeshine (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Gilda (dir. Charles Vidor)

The Other One (La Otra) (dir. Roberto Gavaldón)
So Dark the Night (dir. Joseph H. Lewis)
Cluny Brown (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
The Chase (dir. Arthur Ripley)
Bedlam (dir. Mark Robson)
Meshes of the Afternoon (dir. Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (dir. Tay Garnett)
Panique (dir. Julien Duvivier)
Song of the South (dir. Wilfred Jackson)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (dir. Lewis Milestone)

Black Angel (dir. Roy William Neill)
Decoy (dir. Jack Bernhard)
The Killers (dir. Robert Siodmak)


Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (dir. Marcel Carné)
Rome, Open City (dir. Roberto Rossellini)
Detour (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)
Mildred Pierce (dir. Michael Curtiz)
My Name Is Julia Ross (dir. Joseph H. Lewis)
The Lost Weekend (dir. Billy Wilder)
Scarlet Street (dir. Fritz Lang)
Leave Her to Heaven (dir. John M. Stahl)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne)
(dir. Robert Bresson)
The Body Snatcher (dir. Robert Wise)

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (dir. Roy Rowland)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (dir. Elia Kazan)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (dir. Albert Lewin)
I Know Where I’m Going (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Death Mills (dir. Billy Wilder)
The Enchanted Cottage (dir. John Cromwell)
Isle of the Dead (dir. Mark Robson)
Dead of Night
(dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton,
Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer)
The Spiral Staircase (dir. Robert Siodmak)


Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder)
Meet Me in St. Louis (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
The Children Are Watching Us (dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Laura (dir. Otto Preminger)
Hail the Conquering Hero (dir. Preston Sturges)
National Velvet (dir. Clarence Brown)
The Curse of the Cat People (AKA The Unseen Playmate)
(dir. Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise)
Ali Baba (and the Forty Thieves) (dir. Arthur Lubin)
Gaslight (dir. George Cukor)
The Uninvited (dir. Lewis Allen)
Ministry of Fear (dir. Fritz Lang)

The Suspect (dir. Robert Siodmak)
Arsenic and Old Lace (dir. Frank Capra)
Since You Went Away (dir. John Cromwell)
Lifeboat (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)


The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
(dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Shadow of a Doubt (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (dir. Preston Sturges)
The Leopard Man (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
The Ox-Bow Incident (dir. William A. Wellman)
Day of Wrath (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
I Walked with a Zombie (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
Ghost Ship (dir. Mark Robson)
Meshes of the Afternoon (dir. Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid)
Angels of Sin (Les Anges du Péché) (dir. Robert Bresson)
The Seventh Victim (dir. Mark Robson)


Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz)
The Magnificent Ambersons (dir. Orson Welles)
There Was a Father (dir. Yasujirô Ozu)
Cat People (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
Les Visiteurs du Soir (The Devil’s Envoys) (dir. Marcel Carné)
Now, Voyage (dir. Irving Rapper)
Went the Day Well? (dir. Alberto Cavalcanti)
Bambi (dir. James Algar, Sam Armstrong, David D. Hand, and more)
The Palm Beach Story (dir. Preston Sturges)


Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles)
The Lady Eve / Sullivan’s Travels (dir. Preston Sturges)
Dumbo (dir. Sam Armstrong, Norm Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, and more)
The Maltese Falcon (dir. John Huston)
The Wolf Man (dir. George Waggner)
The Little Foxes (dir. William Wyler)
Penny Serenade (dir. George Stevens)
How Green Was My Valley (dir. John Ford)
Mr. Bug Goes to Town (dir. Dave Fleischer and Shamus Culhane)


Pinocchio (dir. Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, and more)
The Thief of Bagdad
(dir. Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda, and more)
The Mark of Zorro (dir. Rouben Mamoulian)
His Girl Friday (dir. Howard Hawks)
The Grapes of Wrath (dir. John Ford)
The Great Dictator (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
The Shop Around the Corner (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
Rebecca (dir, Alfred Hitchcock)
Christmas in July (dir. Preston Sturges)
(dir. Sam Armstrong, Norm Ferguson, James Algar,
Wilfred Jackson, and more)
Pride and Prejudice (dir. Robert Z. Leonard)

Foreign Correspondent (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Bank Dick (dir. Edward F. Cline)
Night Train to Munich (dir. Carol Reed)
They Drive By Night (dir. Raoul Walsh)
Stranger on the Third Floor (dir. Boris Ingster)
My Little Chickadee (dir. Edward F. Cline)


Bringing Up Baby (dir. Howard Hawks)
The Wizard of Oz
(dir. Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, and King Vidor)
Stagecoach (dir. John Ford)
Gone with the Wind (dir. Victor Fleming. George Cukor, and Sam Wood)
Wuthering Heights (dir. William Wyler)
Ninotchka (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
The Rules of the Game (dir. Jean Renoir)
Le Jour se Lève (Daybreak) (dir. Marcel Carné)
Dark Victory (dir. Edmund Goulding)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (dir. Frank Capra)

Only Angels Have Wings (dir. Howard Hawks)
The Women (dir. George Cukor)
The Four Feathers (dir. Zoltan Korda)


Holiday (dir. George Cukor)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (dir. Michael Curtiz)
The Lady Vanishes (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Alexander Nevsky (dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitriy Vasilev)


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (dir. William Cottrell and David Hand)
Make Way for Tomorrow / The Awful Truth (dir. Leo McCarey)
Stella Dallas (dir. King Vidor)
Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) (dir. Jean Renoir)
A Day at the Races (dir. Sam Wood)
Mannequin (dir. Frank Borzage)


The Only Son (dir. Yasujirô Ozu)
A Day in the Country (dir. Jean Renoir)
Modern Times (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
My Man Godfrey (dir. Gregory La Cava)
Libeled Lady (dir. Jack Conway)
The Devil-Doll (dir. Tod Browning)
Swing Time (dir. George Stevens)
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
(dir. Dave Fleischer and Willard Bowsky)
Craig’s Wife (dir. Dorothy Arzner)
These Three (dir. William Wyler)

Things to Come (dir. William Cameron Menzies)
The Petrified Forest (dir. Archie Mayo)


Bride of Frankenstein (dir. James Whale)
A Night at the Opera (dir. Sam Wood)
Ruggles of Red Gap (dir. Leo McCarey)
Top Hat (dir. Mark Sandrich)
Triumph of the Will (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)
Mad Love (dir. Karl Freund)
The Raven (dir. Lew Landers)
The 39 Steps (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)


L’Atalante (dir. Jean Vigo)
The Thin Man (dir. W.S. Van Dyke)
The Count of Monte Cristo (dir. Rowland V. Lee)
It Happened One Night (dir. Frank Capra)
The Black Cat (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)
Imitation of Life (dir. John M. Stahl)
Of Human Bondage (dir. John Cromwell)
Our Daily Bread (dir. King Vidor)


Duck Soup (dir. Leo McCarey)
Footlight Parade (dir. Lloyd Bacon)
King Kong (dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack)
La Tête d’un Homme (dir. Julien Duvivier)
The Invisible Man (dir. James Whale)
Blondie Johnson (dir. Ray Enright and Lucien Hubbard)
Baby Face (dir. Alfred E. Green)
Christopher Strong (dir. Dorothy Arzner)
Dinner at Eight (dir. George Cukor)
She Done Him Wrong (dir. Lowell Sherman)


Island of Lost Souls (dir. Erle C. Kenton)
Freaks (dir. Tod Browning)
Trouble in Paradise (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (dir. Mervyn LeRoy)
The Mummy (dir. Karl Freund)
Scarface (dir. Howard Hawks)
Poil de Carotte (The Red Head) (dir. Julien Duvivier)
Merrily We Go to Hell (dir. Dorothy Arzner)
Vampyr (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
The Old Dark House (dir. James Whale)

Back Street (dir. John M. Stahl)
Red Dust (dir. Victor Fleming)
Grand Hotel (dir. Edmund Goulding)


M (dir. Fritz Lang)
City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
La Chienne (dir. Jean Renoir)
Dracula: Spanish-Language Version (dir. George Melford)
Dracula (dir. Tod Browning; Music by Philip Glass)
The Champ (dir. King Vidor)
The Public Enemy (dir. William A. Wellman)
Frankenstein (dir. James Whale)
Blonde Crazy (dir. Roy Del Ruth)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (dir. Rouben Mamoulian)

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (dir. F.W. Murnau)
Svengali (dir. Archie Mayo)
Night Nurse (dir. William A. Wellman)
Working Girls (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


L’Âge d’Or (dir. Luis Buñuel)
The Blue Angel (dir. Josef von Sternberg)
People on Sunday (dir. Curt Siodmak and Robert Siodmak)
(Preferably with the score by Elena Kats-Chernin)
Morocco (dir. Josef von Sternberg)
Earth (dir. Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
Min and Bill (dir. George Hill)
The Big House (dir. George W. Hill and Ward Wing)


Man with a Movie Camera (Preferably with the Michael Nyman score)
(My second choice would be the score by Caleb Sampson)
(dir. Dziga Vertov)
Un Chien Andalou (dir. Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali)
Pandora’s Box (dir. G.W. Pabst)


The Passion of Joan of Arc (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
The Crowd (dir. King Vidor)
The Man Who Laughs (dir. Paul Leni)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (dir. Buster Keaton and Charles Reisner)
The Wind (dir. Victor Sjöström; Music by Carl Davis)
Lonesome (dir. Pál Fejös)
The Circus (dir. Charles Chaplin)


Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang)
Sunrise (dir. F.W. Murnau)
Underworld (dir. Josef von Sternberg)
The Unknown (dir. Tod Browning; Music by Caleb Sampson)


The General (dir. Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton)
Faust (dir. F.W. Murnau)
The Scarlet Letter (dir. Victor Sjöström)


The Battleship Potemkin (Bronyenosyets Potyomkin) (dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
The Gold Rush (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
The Phantom of the Opera (dir. Rupert Julian)


Greed (The Four-Hour Version) (dir. Erich von Stroheim)
Sherlock Jr. (dir. Buster Keaton)
The Last Laugh (Die Letzte Mann – The Last Man) (dir. F.W. Murnau)


Safety Last! (dir. Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor)
Our Hospitality (dir. John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton)


Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler / Dr. Mabuse: King of Crime (dir. Fritz Lang)
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (dir. F.W. Murnau)
Nanook of the North (dir. Robert J. Flaherty)


The Kid (dir. Charles Chaplin)
The Phantom Carriage (dir. Victor Sjöström)


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (dir. Robert Wiene)


The Birth of a Nation (dir. D.W. Griffith)
The Golam (dir. Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen)


The Great Train Robbery (dir. Edwin S. Porter)

1903 – 1969

(A Work in Progress)

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Random Thoughts on the 81st Oscar Nominations

Written by Christopher Beaubien • January 26, 2009 • Start the Discussion!


We were spoiled by last year’s Oscar telecast. It didn’t feel that way at the time, but after going through the slough of nominations deemed safe by the Academy of Motion Pictures, a year where No Country For Old Men (2007) took home the big kahuna is looking more lustrous. Amidst the categories is a rigid formula of regularity that just strengthens my conspiracy that the Oscar voters are in cahoots with The Sandman. Some of nominees are deserving, but many of them have been preordained by the death of a thousand cuts that film pundits call Oscar Buzz.

Mind you, I’m writing this with a little tongue in cheek. If the few deserving nominees were absent from the categories, it would be disappointing despite how much news preordained the suspense out like a strangled balloon. Looking at the Best Actor nominees alone, four out of five great choices is not bad. Other categories are not as kind. This is the first out of two think-pieces about the 81st Annual Academy Award Nominations.

Best Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Ceán Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
Frost|Nixon (2008): Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner
Milk (2008): Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks (they won for American Beauty in 1999)
The Reader (2008): Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Christian Colson


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The Very Best Films of 2008

Written by Christopher Beaubien • January 13, 2009 • 2 Comments

Taken as a whole, the best films released in 2008 tasted just as sweet as those in 2007 did. Looking at only the titles There Will Be Blood (dir. P.T. Anderson, 2007) and Synecdoche, New York (dir. Charlie Kaufman, 2008), I would be immensely cheered at the state of American cinema. However, there were a number of films scattered and tucked away in corners of the film distribution that saw almost 650 films released in 2008. My impression is that at least twenty to thirty films of a given year should be of great quality. Within those hundreds of films released, it is a pity that so few are wonderful. Still, who can quibble about a year where Charlie Kaufman, Christopher Nolan, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Mike Leigh, Kelly Reichardt, and some triumphant newcomers such as Lucí­a Puenzo and John McDonagh performed so well from either the open or the outset?

I saw a number of films that made their way to Vancouver. There are a few lingering titles that might have been included on this list if I saw them such as Steve McQueen’s Hunger, and Pere Portabella’s The Silence Before Bach. I missed those films shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival that year. My excuse was being bedridden with a cold; I missed out on so much that week. Unfortunately, Portabella refuses to release his film through circuits outside the mercy of unreliable theatrical distributions, which I am taking personally.

Making a list of the best films of the year generally affords the critic an opportunity to collect preferred films as an artist would apply to a collage. Which titles that carry particular visuals and ideas are arranged by the same intellectual deliberation crossed with the finesse of emotional intuition a painter applies a brushstroke. These recommendations could be read as a chef’s deliberate, however liberal feeling, succession of entrées like: starting with Potage à la Tortue, then Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce, following by Cheese and Fresh Fruit, and finally Baba au Rhum avec les Figues — the prize to the movie I am referencing is the prize itself.

The films themselves are so different from one another — not including the given works of formulistic hacks — that measuring a film about a vampire versus a film about a hermaphrodite often appears as a defeatist’s approach. I look at this as a collection of films that made a lasting impression on me, and not as a system of rank. Just because Gus Van Sant’s Milk or Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married didn’t make the top ten does not mean I think any less of them. I love them dearly.

Without further ado, here are the movies that made me sit up a little straighter than usual this year.

1. Synecdoche, New York


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