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.

  1. MODERN TIMES (1936) (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
  2. HARAKIRI (1962) (dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
  3. RAD (1986) (dir. Hal Needham)
  4. DEAD MAN WALKING (1995) (dir. Tim Robbins)
  5. HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. (1977) (dir. Barbara Kopple)
  6. DUCK SOUP (1933) (dir. Leo McCarey)
  7. THE CONFORMIST (1970) (dir. Bernarndo Bertolucci)
  8. CASTAWAY ON THE MOON (2009) (dir. Hae-Jun Lee)
  9. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) (dir. David Lean)
  10. A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) (dir. Elia Kazan)
  11. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) (dir. Frank Capra)
  12. 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.


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  • djrlosthisname

    Is Harlan County a movie about Raylan Givens. I’d watch that movie

  • Wow, of the films in the list. The ones I haven’t seen are Harlan County U.S.A., A Face in the Crowd, Rad (which is very hard to find), Harakiri, and Castaway on the Moon. This is a good list and I hope you have fun as I’m going to start my Blind Spot series tomorrow with the Apu Trilogy.

    • Nice. I should do more films from India. After Sholay I feel I should jump into the Bollywood world.

      Thank the world for having friends with fun bad dvd copies of Rad.

      • Cool. I have the trilogy recorded a couple of months ago when it premiered on Turner Classic Movies in its fully restored edition as it is considered the holy grail of film restorations.