Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Bright Idea




This blog has been limping along sadly for a while now. I don't have the motivation to update it. Mostly I feel like I don't have anything to say. But I'm not ready to let go of Chanchow yet.

One of my new year's resolutions is to watch 52 movies, roughly one a week, that I've never seen or haven't seen in a long, long time. Classic or cult favorites that are referenced a lot. Movies I should know.

Here is my list, which is subject to change at any moment. Heavily represented are genres that I've never liked and always avoided-- horror, sci fi, war and westerns (i.e., guy movies). I suppose now is that time to bite the bullet and watch some of these.

1900
The 400 Blows
2001: A Space Odyssey
Apocalypse Now
Battleship Potemkin
Ben-Hur (1959)
Birth of a Nation
Blade Runner
Blue Velvet
Cabaret
Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
Carrie
Citizen Kane
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dirty Harry
Do the Right Thing
Dr. Strangelove
Doctor Zhivago
Dracula
Drunken Master II
Enter the Dragon
The Exorcist
The Fly (1986)
Frankenstein (1931)
Ghostbusters
The Godfather, Part II
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Lawrence of Arabia
M
Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Midnight Cowboy
Mon Uncle
Network
Nights of Cabiria
Nosferatu
Repulsion
Rocky
Rosemary's Baby
Scarface
The Searchers
Shaft
Saturday Night Fever
Shane
The Shining
The Sting
Stromboli
Tootsie
Triumph of the Will
Two Lane Blacktop
Umberto D
West Side Story

3 comments:

MK said...

You can borrow Strangelove and "M" (along with just about everything else by Fritz Lang) from us next time we meet. Mon Oncle is a very endearing film.

creative-type dad said...

That's a pretty good list. Netflix is going to love you.

I would add 'Paths of Glory', one of my all-time favorite war films.

Anonymous said...

Here's one I learned from reading Roman by Polanski - Rosemary's Baby is about chauvanism not satanism, but watching a bunch of satanists in vintage late 60's Manhattan is still pretty sweet. Looking forward to the Chanchow reviews...