I took a year off from the series and even though with or without this intended look at films I’ve yet to catch up with I still make time for discoveries I do like the intent of calling the shots from the plate like this at the beginning of the year. I may be announcing later than most, but with the first entry due next week I wouldn’t say that I’m obstructively late to the table.
So here are 12 films that I — along with a panel of friends and well wishers nominating some additions, who I thank dearly — have marked down as to be discussed throughout the next 12 months.
- MODERN TIMES (1936) (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
- HARAKIRI (1962) (dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
- RAD (1986) (dir. Hal Needham)
- DEAD MAN WALKING (1995) (dir. Tim Robbins)
- HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. (1977) (dir. Barbara Kopple)
- DUCK SOUP (1933) (dir. Leo McCarey)
- THE CONFORMIST (1970) (dir. Bernarndo Bertolucci)
- CASTAWAY ON THE MOON (2009) (dir. Hae-Jun Lee)
- THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) (dir. David Lean)
- A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) (dir. Elia Kazan)
- IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) (dir. Frank Capra)
- AMADEUS (1984) (dir. Milos Forman)
I hope you enjoy the upcoming discussions and thoughts on films that range from insanely beloved to crazed mahem. I honestly hope I enjoy it even more though, if I’m allowed to.