Film Checklist

Every year I try to make a list of films to watch over the upcoming year. Either because
A. I haven’t actually seen it yet
B. It’s been a few years since first viewing the film and it needs revisiting.
C. Research for an upcoming project. When I have enough notice on a project I like to create a reading/watching list of pieces that highlight styles, themes or motifs of the project. I’m very much a believer in immersing oneself in research.
D. The recent discovery of globeplayer.tv and digitaltheatre.com. With theaters becoming much more liberal about releasing recordings of past productions, there has erupted a large treasure trove of juicy new material to go over.
E. Though most importantly to make sure I don’t fall into the trap of binge watching sitcoms again.
I’ve divided my list into genre categories and then arranged by immediacy in which they need to be watched. I’m hoping by posting my list here to try to stay loyal and make it through a large chunk by the end of the year. Wish me luck!
.
Action
  • V for Vendetta-James McTeigue-2005
  • The Warriors-Walter Hill-1979
Adventure
  • Ben-Hur-William Wyler-1959
  • Lawrence of Arabia-David Lean-1962
  • Lord of the Flies-Peter Brook-1990
Animation
  • The Animation Show-curated by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt-2003
  • Persepolis-Marjane Satrapi-2007
  • Coraline-Henry Selick-2009
  • The Illusionist-Sylvain Chomet-2010
  • Toy Story 3-John Lasseter-2010
  • Yellow Submarine-George Dunning-1968
  • The Lord of the Rings-Ralph Bakshi-1978
  • Watership Down-Martin Rosen-1978
  • Akira-Katsuhiro Ôtomo-1988
  • My Neighbor Totoro-Hayao Miyazaki-1988
Biography
  • Hunger-Steve McQueen-2008
  • Milk-Gus Van Sant-2008
  • The King’s Speech-Tom Hooper-2010
  • The Social Network-David Fincher-2010
  • Bonnie and Clyde-Arthur Penn-1967
  • Patton-Franklin J. Schaffner-1970
  • Lenny-Bob Fosse-1974
  • Raging Bull-Martin Scorsese-1980
  • The Motorcycle Diaries-Walter Salles-2004
Comedy
  • After Hours-Martin Scorsese-1985
  • The Royal Tenenbaums-Wes Anderson-2001
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou-Wes Anderson-2004
  • The Darjeeling Limited-Wes Anderson-2007
  • Midnight in Paris-Woody Allen-2011
  • Moonrise Kingdom-Wes Anderson-2012
  • The Kid-Charles Chaplin-1921
  • Sherlock Jr.-Buster Keaton-1924
  • Modern Times-Charles Chaplin-1936
  • The Baker’s Wife-Marcel Pagnol-1938
  • Harvey-Henry Koster-1950
  • Billy Liar-John Schlesinger-1963
  • Falstaff – Chimes at Midnight-Orson Welles-1965
  • American Graffiti-George Lucas-1973
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-Terry Gilliam-1998
  • HealtH-Robert Altman-1980
  • The General-Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton-1926
Crime
  • Rashomon-Akira Kurosawa-1950
  • Gangs of New York-Martin Scorsese-2002
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford-Andrew Dominik-2007
  • No Country for Old Men-Ethan Coen, Joel Coen-2007
  • M-Fritz Lang-1931
  • On the Waterfront-Elia Kazan-1954
  • Anatomy of a Murder-Otto Preminger-1959
  • Do The Right Thing-Spike Lee-1989
  • Kansas City-Robert Altman-1996
Documentary
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse-Fax Bahr-1991
  • Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak-Spike Jonze-2009
  • Dont Look Back-D.A. Pennebaker-1967
  • Burden of Dreams-Les Blank-1982
  • Salesman- Albert Maysles, David Maysles-1968
  • Grey Gardens-Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles-1975
  • When We Were Kings-Leon Gast-1996
  • Metallica: Some Kind of Monster-Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky-2004
  • Capturing the Friedmans-Andrew Jarecki-2003
  • Grizzly Man-Werner Herzog-2005
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams-Werner Herzog-2010
  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple-Stanley Nelson-2006
Documented Live Performance
  • Into the Woods-Timothy Sheader-Digital Theatre-2010
  • The Mahabharata-Peter Brook-1989
  • Monty Python Live (Mostly)-Eric Idle-2014
  • Twelfth Night-Tim Carroll-Shakespeare’s Globe-2002
  • Doctor Faustus-Matthew Dunster-Shakespeare’s Globe-2011
  • Henry IV Part 1-Dominic Dromgoole-Shakespeare’s Globe-2010
  • Henry IV Part 2-Dominic Dromgoole-Shakespeare’s Globe-2010
  • Henry V-Dominic Dromgoole-Shakespeare’s Globe-2012
  • Henry VI: Harry the Sixth-Nick Bagnall-Shakespeare’s Globe-2013
  • Henry VI: The Houses of York Lancaster-Nick Bagnall-Shakespeare’s Globe-2013
  • Henry VI:The True Tragedy of the Duke of York-Nick Bagnall-Shakespeare’s Globe-2013
  • Henry VIII-Mark Rosenblatt-Shakespeare’s Globe-2010
  • Long Day’s Journey into Night-Anthony Page-Digital Theatre-2012
  • Ghosts-Richard Eyre-Digital Theatre-2014
  • All My Sons-Howard Davies-Digital Theatre-2010
  • As You Like It-Michael Boyd-Digital Theatre-2010
  • Don Giovanni-Alessandro Talevi-Digital Theatre-2012
Drama
  • The Woodsman-Nicole Kassell-2004
  • Good Night, and Good Luck.-George Clooney-2005
  • Synecdoche, New York-Charlie Kaufman-2008
  • The Master-Paul Thomas Anderson-2012
  • The Blue Angel-Josef von Sternberg-1930
  • Bicycle Thieves-Vittorio De Sica-1948
  • The Wild One- Laslo Benedek-1953
  • La strada-Federico Fellini-1954
  • Seven Samurai-Akira Kurosawa-1954
  • 12 Angry Men-Sidney Lumet-1957
  • Wild Strawberries-Ingmar Bergman-1957
  • The Magician-Ingmar Bergman-1958
  • The Pawnbroker-Sidney Lumet-1964
  • If….-Lindsay Anderson-1968
  • The Man in the Glass Booth-Arthur Hiller-1975
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-Milos Forman-1975
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman-Hector Babenco-1985
  • Philadelphia-Jonathan Demme-1993
  • Inside Llewyn Davis-Ethan Coen, Joel Coen-2013
  • The Hustler-Robert Rossen-1961
  • Closely Watched Trains-Jirí Menzel-1966
  • The Entertainer-Tony Richardson-1960
Fantasy
  • 300-Zack Snyder-2006
  • Pan’s Labyrinth-Guillermo del Toro-2006
  • The Golem-Carl Boese, Paul Wegener-1920
  • The Red Balloon-Albert Lamorisse-1956 Short Film
  • 8½-Federico Fellini-1963
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie-Luis Buñuel-1972
  • Dreams-Akira Kurosawa-1990
Film-Noir
  • The Third Man-Carol Reed-1949
  • The Maltese Falcon-John Huston-1941
  • Gilda-Charles Vidor-1946
  • I Walk Alone-Byron Haskin-1948
  • Sweet Smell of Success-Alexander Mackendrick-1957
History
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc-Robert Bresson-1962
  • All the President’s Men-Alan J. Pakula-1976
  • Schindler’s List-Steven Spielberg-1993
  • Apollo 13-Ron Howard-1995
Horror
  • The Thing-John Carpenter-1982
  • Nosferatu-F.W. Murnau-1922
  • House on Haunted Hill-William Castle-1959
  • Rosemary’s Baby-Roman Polanski-1968
  • Evil Dead II-Sam Raimi-1987
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers-Don Siegel-1956
Musical
  • The Jazz Singer-Alan Crosland-1927
  • The Sound of Music-Robert Wise-1965
  • An American in Paris-Vincente Minnelli-1951
  • The Tales of Hoffmann-Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger-1951
  • Pink Floyd The Wall-Alan Parker-1982
Mystery
  • Citizen Kane-Orson Welles-1941
  • Mississippi Burning-Alan Parker-1988
Romance
  • Amélie-Jean-Pierre Jeunet-2001
  • The Artist-Michel Hazanavicius-2011-silent
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s-Blake Edwards-1961
  • Torch Song Trilogy-Paul Bogart-1988
  • It Happened One Night-Frank Capra-1934
Sci-Fi
  • Star Trek next generation Episodes-The Empire, once more into the breech
  • A Trip to the Moon-Georges Méliès-1902
  • Metropolis-Fritz Lang-1927
  •  2001: A Space Odyssey-Stanley Kubrick-1968
  • Alien-Ridley Scott-1979
  • The City of Lost Children-Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet-1995
Thriller
  • Memento-Christopher Nolan-2000
  • The Machinist-Brad Anderson-2004
  • Black Swan-Darren Aronofsky-2010
  • Gone Girl-David Fincher-2014
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-Tomas Alfredson-2011
  • Rear Window-Alfred Hitchcock-1954
  • Dial M for Murder-Alfred Hitchcock-1954
  • Vertigo-Alfred Hitchcock-1958
  • Léon: The Professional-Luc Besson-1994
  • Pi-Darren Aronofsky-1998
  • Syriana-Stephen Gaghan-2005
  • M-Fritz Lang-1931
  • Cape Fear-J. Lee Thompson-1962
  • Peeping Tom-Michael Powell-1960
  • The Trial-Orson Welles-1962
War
  • Inglourious Basterds-Quentin Tarantino-2009
  • La Grande Illusion-Jean Renoir-1937
  • Das Boot-Wolfgang Petersen-1981
  • Platoon-Oliver Stone-1986
  • Full Metal Jacket-Stanley Kubrick-1987
Western
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-Sergio Leone-1966
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-George Roy Hill-1969
  • The Wild Bunch-Sam Peckinpah-1969