After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to expand this year’s Movie Project to a full 50 films, just like last year. It was hard to narrow down my proposed list to just 50, but I am feeling pretty good about this year’s batch. I kept most of the suggestions from my initial announcement, and I added several films that I have been wanting to see for a long time. I tried to incorporate a good mix of genres from all eras, and I included a few films from trilogies that I have not yet completed (Dollars, Indiana Jones, Vengeance). I am eager to get this project started, so be on the lookout for the first post sometime soon.
The Final List:
Metropolis [1927, Fritz Lang] M [1931, Fritz Lang] Modern Times [1936, Charlie Chaplin] The Philadelphia Story [1940, George Cukor] Gilda [1946, Charles Vidor] Notorious [1946, Alfred Hitchcock] The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [1948, John Huston] All About Eve [1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz] Singin’ in the Rain [1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly] On the Waterfront [1954, Elia Kazan] The Searchers [1956, John Ford] Paths of Glory [1957, Stanley Kubrick] Touch of Evil [1958, Orson Welles] Shadows [1959, John Cassavetes] Some Like It Hot [1959, Billy Wilder] Lawrence of Arabia [1962, David Lean] To Kill a Mockingbird [1962, Robert Mulligan] A Fistful of Dollars [1964, Sergio Leone] For a Few Dollars More [1965, Sergio Leone] The Wild Bunch [1969, Sam Peckinpah] The Last Picture Show [1971, Peter Bogdanovich] Vanishing Point [1971, Richard C. Sarafian] Aguirre: The Wrath of God [1972, Werner Herzog] Pink Flamingos [1972, John Waters] Coffy [1973, Jack Hill] Enter the Dragon [1973, Robert Clouse] The Sting [1973, George Roy Hill] Rocky [1976, John G. Avildsen] The Blues Brothers [1980, John Landis] Blow Out [1981, Brian De Palma] Paris, Texas [1984, Wim Wenders] Blue Velvet [1986, David Lynch] The Fly [1986, David Cronenberg] Cinema Paradiso [1988, Giuseppe Tornatore] Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989, Steven Spielberg] The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993, Henry Selick] Dead Man [1995, Jim Jarmusch] Ringu [1998, Hideo Nakata] Rushmore [1998, Wes Anderson] The Truman Show [1998, Peter Weir] All About My Mother [1999, Pedro Almodóvar] O Brother, Where Art Thou? [2000, Coen Brothers] The Bourne Identity [2002, Doug Liman] Chicago [2002, Rob Marshall] The Pianist [2002, Roman Polanski] Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [2005, Shane Black] Lady Vengeance [2005, Chan-wook Park] Casino Royale [2006, Martin Campbell] The Lives of Others [2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck] Into the Wild [2007, Sean Penn]
So, what do you guys think? Are any of your favorite movies listed? Are there any films in particular that I should see first?