365 Films, 365 Days- October & November

Inspired by the Doug Benson Movie Challenge, I attempt to watch 365 movies over the calendar year of 2017. Any genre of film is eligible, including documentaries and Netflix originals, as long as it’s something I haven’t seen before (you’ll have to trust me on that). The hope is I can cross off some films I’ve been dying to see for ages but have never gotten round to, as well as discover some gems I might never have come across otherwise.

As a fun little twist, every couple of weeks I will be drawing a random genre/category of film to focus on for the week’s viewing. This should hopefully keep things fresh.

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The last two months have been a bit of a mad, frantic blur, as I blindly fumble for any wayward DVD kicking around my messy living room, cramming it into my player without even looking at the label, squinting at the tv screen as I try to remember what daylight looks like, or what fresh air feels like in my lungs. But progress has been made…

October List

  1. Raiders!: the Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (dir. Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen, 2015)
  2. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater, 2013)
  3. Happy Together (dir. Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)
  4. Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011)
  5. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, 1994)
  6. Pariah (dir. Dee Rees, 2011)
  7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (dir. John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
  8. Tomboy (dir. Celina Sciamma, 2011)
  9. A Jihad for Love (dir. Parvez Sharma, 2007)
  10. Victim (dir. Basil Dearden, 1961)
  11. Pontypool (dir. Bruce McDonald, 2008)
  12. I Love You, Man (dir. John Hamburg, 2009)
  13. Sex and the City (dir. Michael Patrick King, 2008)
  14. The Overnighters (dir. Jesse Moss, 2014)
  15. My Life as a Courgette (dir. Claude Barras, 2016)
  16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (dir. Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, 2017)
  17. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1945)
  18. The Haunted Strangler (dir. Robert Day, 1958)
  19. The Survivalist (dir. Stephen Fingleton, 2015)
  20. The Secret Life of Pets (dir. Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney, 2016)
  21. Why Him? (dir. John Hamburg, 2016)
  22. Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Vileneuve, 2017)
  23. Viridiana (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1961)
  24. The Man Who Knew Too Much (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
  25. Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, 2017)
  26. King Kong (dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  27. Second Coming (dir. Debbie Tucker Green, 2014)
  28. Fantastic Planet (dir. Rene Laloux, 1973)
  29. Sleeping With Other People (dir. Leslye Headland, 2015)
  30. The Pink Panther (dir. Blake Edwards, 1963)
  31. The Devil Wears Prada (dir. David Finkel, 2006)
  32. Grandma (dir. Paul Weitz, 2015)
  33. Assault on Precinct 13 (dir. John Carpenter, 1976)
  34. Friday Night Lights (dir. Peter Berg, 2004)
  35. Bobby Fischer Against the World (dir. Liz Garbus, 2011)
  36. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (dir. Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn, 2013)
  37. 5 Card Stud (dir. Henry Hathaway, 1968)
  38. The Death of Stalin (dir. Armando Iannucci, 2017)
  39. Dark Horse (dir. Louise Osmond, 2015)

LGBTQ+ Cinema Week

November List

  1. The Expendables 3 (dir. Patrick Hughes, 2014)
  2. Weiner (dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg, 2016)
  3. My Darling Clementine (dir. John Ford, 1946)
  4. The Wailing (dir.Hong-jin Na, 2016)
  5. The Help (dir. Tate Taylor, 2011)
  6. Creed (dir. Ryan Coogler, 2015)
  7. Most Beautiful Island (dir. Ana Asensio, 2017)
  8. House on Haunted Hill (dir. William Castle & Rosemary Horvath, 1959)
  9. Thor: Ragnarok (dir. Taika Waititi, 2017)
  10. Over the Top (dir. Menahem Golan, 1987)
  11. Delicatessen (dir. Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991)
  12. Vampyr (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
  13. The Finances of the Grand Duke (dir. F.W. Murau, 1924)
  14. Gate of Hell (dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)
  15. Ornamental Hairpin (dir. Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941)
  16. John Wick: Chapter 2 (dir. Chad Stahelski, 2017)
  17. The Holiday (dir. Nancy Meyers, 2006)
  18. The Lady in the Van (dir. Nicholas Hytner, 2015)
  19. Playtime (dir. Jacques Tati, 1967)
  20. The Legend of the Drunken Master (dir. Chian-Liang Liu, 1994)
  21. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (dir. Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
  22. A Man There Was (dir. Victor Sjostrom, 1917)
  23. Close-Up (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
  24. Bad Moms (dir. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, 2016)
  25. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (dir. Djibril Diop Mambety, 1999)
  26. Come and See (dir. Elem Klimov, 1985)
  27. Eraserhead (dir. David Lynch, 1977)
  28. The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker, 2017)
  29. Ponyo (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2008)
  30. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (dir. Garry Marshall, 2004)
  31. Frankenstein (dir. James Whale, 1931)
  32. The Charge of the Light Brigade (dir. Michael Curtiz, 1936)
  33. What Did The Lady Forget? (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1937)
  34. Dark Alibi (dir. Phil Karlson, 1946)
  35. Devi (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1960)
  36. Jackie (dir. Pablo Larrain, 2016)
  37. A Colt Is My Passport (dir. Takashi Nomura, 1967)
  38. Dangal (dir. Nitesh Tiwari, 2016)
  39. Lady Macbeth (dir. William Oldroyd, 2016)
  40. Boy (dir. Taika Waititi, 2010)
  41. Fever Pitch (dir. Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 2005)
  42. Dr. No (dir. Terence Young, 1962)
  43. Field of Dreams (dir. Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
  44. Creep (dir. Patrick Brice, 2014)
  45. Dr. Jack (dir. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1922)
  46. Lady Snowblood (dir. Toshiya Fujita, 1973)
  47. Chafed Elbows (dir. Robert Downey Snr., 1965)
  48. Kes (dir. Ken Loach, 1969)
  49. Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (dir. Chris Smith, 2017)
  50. Justice League (dir. Zack Snyder, 2017)
  51. Howl’s Moving Castle (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)
  52. Madea Goes To Jail (dir. Tyler Perry, 2009)
  53. The 400 Blows (dir. Francois Truffaut, 1959)
  54. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig, 2017)
  55. The Wedding Date (dir. Calre Kilner, 2005)
  56. Skiptrace (dir. Renny Harlin, 2016)

 

Highlights & Standouts

Too much to mention, not enough remembered. I was a little alarmed at the low number of Bollywood films on the list so far and have attempted to rectify this over October and November (continued into December), and while two isn’t exactly a huge amount, both Devi and Dangal are well worth a watch.

It feels like a long time ago, but LGBTQ+ week was eye-opening. I attempt to see a wide variety of films focusing on different perspectives, all of them are very worthy in different ways.

And finally, Mica Levi’s score for Jackie was a highlight, because Mica Levi is grand.

 

Low Points & Disappointments

October and November have been successful with regards to closing the gap, not that I can take it easy in December, but everything feels a lot more manageable. One of the truly sad things about watching 95 films in 61 days is that I have no doubt I’ve seen some bonafide gems in this period, but going at the rate I am (and have to go) means I have next to know time to process or appreciate them. I’ll definitely have to go back to a couple for a second viewing next year (after a significant break of course).

 

Performance(s) of the Month(s)

Again, where do you even begin, the following people make their films worth watching for their performances alone;

Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth; cold, bewitching, captivating.

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird; she’s just great in everything.

James Rolleston in Boy; the heart and soul of the film.

Tom Cullen and Chris New in Weekend; great chemistry.

The ensemble in The Death of Stalin; because if there’s something Iannucci can do really well it’s a tragically, hilarious ensemble.

Ana Asensio in Most Beautiful Island; the perfect balance of strength and vulnerability.

Mark Duplass in Creep; the film really stands and falls on his performance.

Everyone in The Florida Project; because you could have told me it was a documentary and I would have bought it (if Willem Dafoe hadn’t been there).

Jim Carrey in Jim & Andy; because even though it was a documentary, he is giving a performance that is out of this world bonkers.

 

Top 10 Films of the Months (in no particular order)

Two months worth of films, so lets make it a Top 10.

Loving Vincent; “Van Gogh’s works come to life in the first fully painted animated film, it works wonderfully well, it’s pretty special”

Viridiana; “leery & lustful with a total downer of an ending. Bunuel shows us why it’s not worth bothering with charitable acts.”

The Florida Project; “terrific performances, it says a lot about growing up and poverty without worrying about plot and entirely likeable characters. Really enjoyed it”

Weekend; “amazing performances from the two leads; its bold and important while also intimate and personal. Terrifically well-rounded”

The Death of Stalin; “it sometimes feels wrong to be laughing so hard at the jet black satire, Iannucci at his biting best”

Lady Snowblood; “the reddest blood in cinema, and it spurts with gusto. Fucking cool without even trying.”

Playtime; “an absolute delight. The way every single frame is constructed and bursting to the brim with life. It rivals Modern Times, Rear Window, The Raid for best use of settings”

Lady Bird; “Ronan is marvellous, as is Metcalf, as is the script, which is punchy, bitey and snappy. A bloody good show all round”

Devi; “haven’t watched a Satyajit Ray movie in about a decade but thought this was wonderful. A strong story about the power of faith, both as a means to inspire & heal, as well as delude”

A Colt Is My Passport: “stylish Japanese gangster film, has a lot of fun, terrific soundtrack and bold camera movement. Loved it!”

The Year So Far

Breakdown by Decade

2010’s- 149

2000’s- 21

1990’s- 31

1980’s- 14

1970’s- 28

1960’s- 26

1950’s- 13

1940’s- 12

1930’s- 12

1920’s- 8

1910’s- 1

Days to film ratio

316 films watched, meaning there’s still 49 films to watch in the last 31 days. Not great, but I’m in a lot better standing than I was at the beginning of October.

Total time of film watching

31,722 minutes! Over 528 hours!!! Just a smidgen over 22 days!!! That’s quite the waste of time.

Films by the Nations

USA 176
UK 69
France 38
Japan 22
Germany 19
Canada 10
Italy 9
Hong Kong 9
Spain 8
Belgium 8
Sweden 7
Mexico 5
New Zealand 5
China 5
India 4
Australia 4
Netherlands 4
South Korea 4
Denmark 3
Luxemburg 3
Taiwan 3
Ireland 3
Greece 3
Switzerland 3
Norway 2
Cambodia 2
Chile 2
Soviet Union 2
UAE 2
Senegal 2
Iran 2
Austria 1
Brazil 1
Romania 1
Argentina 1
Hungary 1
Jordan 1
Qatar 1
Tunisia 1
Finland 1
Israel 1
Indonesia 1
Czech Rep. 1
Poland 1
Czechoslovakia 1
Bulgaria 1
Jamaica 1

Recurring Directors

Some films are co-produced by multiple nations, which explains why the numbers may not add up.

Luis Bunuel- 4 (Los Olvidados, L’Age d’Or, Belle de Jour, Viridiana)

Alexander Mackendrick- 3 (The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore, The Man in the White Suit)

Akira Kurosawa- 3 (I Live in Fear, High and Low, The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail)

Danny Boyle- 2 (Steve Jobs, T2: Trainspotting)

Powell & Pressburger- 2 (A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes)

Mike Mills- 2 (Beginners, 20th Century Women)

Ridley Scott- 2 (Thelma & Louise, Alien: Covenant)

Ingmar Bergman- 2 (Persona, The Seventh Seal)

Charles Chaplain- 2 (The Great Dictator, Modern Times)

Mike Birbiglia- 2 (Don’t Think Twice, Sleepwalk with Me)

Richard Fleischer- 2 (10 Rillington Place, Fantastic Voyage)

Terence Davis- 2 (Distant Voices, Still Lives; Sunset Song)

Garth Jennings- 2 (Sing, Son of Rambow)

John Hamburg- 2 (I Love You, Man & Why Him?)

Alfred Hitchcock- 2 (Sabotage, The Man Who Knew Too Much)

Blake Edwards- 2 (Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther)

Hayao Miyazaki- 2 (Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle)

Taika Waititi- 2 (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy)

John Ford- 2 (Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine)

Abbas Kiarostami-2 (Certified Copy, Close-Up)

Carl Theodor Dreyer- 2 (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr)

Victor Sjostrom- 2 (The Phantom Carriage, A Man There Was)

Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor- 2 (Safety Last!, Dr. Jack)

Garry Marshall- 2 (The Princess Diaries 1 & 2)

 

The complete list so far…

  1. The Good Dinosaur (dir. Peter Sohn, 2015)
  2. Your Name (dir. Makoto Shinkai, 2016)
  3. Star Trek Beyond (dir. Justin Lin, 2016)
  4. Notes on Blindness (dir. Pete Middleton, 2016)
  5. Le Samourai (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
  6. I am Not a Serial Killer (dir. Billy O’Brien, 2016)
  7. Bridget Jones’s Diary (dir. Sharon Maguire, 2001)
  8. Keanu (dir. Peter Atencio, 2016)
  9. La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle, 2016)
  10. Train to Busan* (dir. Sang-ho Yeon, 2016)
  11. Don’t Breathe* (dir. Fede Alvarez, 2016)
  12. Nosferatu* (dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)
  13. Carrie* (dir. Brian De Palma, 1976)
  14. Re-Animator* (dir. Stuart Gordon, 1985)
  15. Jack Frost* (dir. Michael Coon, 1997)
  16. Blair Witch* (dir. Adam Wingard, 2016)
  17. What We Did on Our Holiday (dir. Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, 2014)
  18. The Devils (dir. Ken Russell, 1971)
  19. Eddie the Eagle (dir. Dexter Fletcher, 2016)
  20. Chef (dir. Jon Favreau, 2014)
  21. The One I Love (dir. Charlie McDowell, 2014)
  22. Steve Jobs (dir. Danny Boyle, 2015)
  23. Manchester By The Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan, 2016)
  24. The Killing (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
  25. In the Heat of the Night** (dir. Norman Jewison, 1967)
  26. Shakespeare in Love** (dir. John Madden, 1998)
  27. The Sting** (dir. George Roy Hill, 1973)
  28. Mutiny on the Bounty** (dir. Frank Lloyd, 1935)
  29. Patton** (dir. Franklin J. Schaffner, 1970)
  30. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (dir. Gareth Edwards, 2016)
  31. Little Men (dir. Ira Sachs, 2016)
  32. Julieta (dir. Pedro Almodovar, 2016)
  33. Fish Tank (dir. Andrea Arnold, 2009)
  34. Spa Night (dir. Andrew Ahn, 2016)
  35. 1984 (dir. Michael Radford, 1984)***
  36. 10 Rillington Place (dir. Richard Fleischer, 1971)***
  37. 44 Inch Chest (dir. Malcolm Venville, 2009)***
  38. Watership Down (dir. Martin Rosen, 1978)***
  39. Thelma and Louise (dir. Ridley Scott, 1991)
  40. David Brent: Life on the Road (dir. Ricky Gervais, 2016)
  41. The Fits (dir. Anna Rose Holmer, 2015)
  42. The Magnificent Seven (dir. Antoine Fuqua, 2016)
  43. Hello, My Name is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter, 2016)
  44. Toni Erdmann (dir. Maren Ade, 2016)
  45. Manhattan (dir. Woody Allen, 1979)
  46. The Clan (dir. Pablo Trapero, 2015)
  47. Black Sheep (dir. Jonathan King, 2016)
  48. T2: Trainspotting (dir. Danny Boyle, 2017)
  49. Florence Foster Jenkins (dir. Stephen Frears, 2016)
  50. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (dir. Kihachi Okamoto, 1970)
  51. The Girl with All the Gifts (dir. Colm McCarthy, 2016)
  52. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi, 2016)
  53. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (dir. Eli Craig, 2010)
  54. The Secret of the Kells (dir. Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey, 2009)
  55. Ixcanul (dir. Jayro Bustamante, 2015)****
  56. Aquarius (dir. Kleber Mendonca, 2016)****
  57. The Club**** (dir. Pablo Larrain, 2015)
  58. Los Olvidados**** (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1950)
  59. El Topo **** (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970)
  60. Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele, 2017)
  61. Wrinkles (dir. Ignacio Ferreras, 2011)
  62. Logan (dir. James Mangold, 2017)
  63. The Taking of Pelham 123 (dir. Joseph Sargent, 1974)
  64. Laura (dir. Otto Preminger, 1944)
  65. L’Age d’Or (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1930)
  66. Battleship Potemkin (dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925)
  67. Sausage Party (dir. Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon, 2016)
  68. Love and Death on Long Island (dir. Richard Kwietniowski, 1997)
  69. Moana ^(dir. Ron Clements, Chris Williams, Don Hall, John Musker, 2016)
  70. Sleepless in Seattle^ (dir. Nora Ephron, 1993)
  71. Paris is Burning^ (dir. Jennie Livingstone, 1990)
  72. Sixteen Candles^ (dir. John Hughes, 1984)
  73. National Treasure: Book of Secrets^ (dir. Jon Turteltaub, 2007)
  74. Like Crazy^ (dir. Drake Doremus, 2011)
  75. Kong: Skull Island (dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017)
  76. I am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck, 2016)
  77. Beginners (dir. Mike Mills, 2010)
  78. Godzilla (dir. Ishiro Honda, 1954)
  79. Tabloid (dir. Errol Morris, 2010)
  80. A Matter of Life and Death (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
  81. Pink Narcissus (dir. James Bidgood, 1971)
  82. The Devil Rides Out (dir. Terence Fisher, 1968)
  83. Somm (dir. Jason Wise, 2012)
  84. I Live in Fear (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1955)
  85. White God (dir. Kornel, Mundruczo, 2014)
  86. Super Fly” (dir. Gordon Parks Jnr., 1972)
  87. Foxy Brown” (dir. Jack Hill, 1974)
  88. Black Belt Jones” (dir. Robert Clouse, 1974)
  89. Blacula” (dir. William Crain, 1972)
  90. Three the Hard Way” (dir. Gordon Parks Jnr., 1974)
  91. The Mack” (dir. Michael Campus, 1973)
  92. Whale Rider (dir. Niki Caro, 2002)
  93. Dragon (dir. Peter Ho-Sun Chan, 2011)
  94. The Love Witch (dir. Anna Biller, 2016)
  95. Distant Voices, Still Lives (dir. Terence Davis, 1988)
  96. Headhunters (dir. Morten Tyldum, 2011)
  97. Dead Ringers (dir. David Cronenberg, 1988)
  98. Love is Colder Than Death (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969)
  99. The Red Shoes (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
  100. La Promesse (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 1996)
  101. Lion (dir. Garth Davis, 2016)
  102. To Kill a Mockingbird (dir. Robert Mulligan, 1962)
  103. Fences (dir. Denzel Washington, 2016)
  104. Theeb (dir. Naji Abu Nowar, 2014)
  105. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger & Carl Koch, 1926)
  106. Shaun the Sheep (dir. Mark Burton & Richard Starzak, 2015)
  107. Kirikou and the Sorceress (dir. Michel Ocelot & Raymond Burlet, 1998)
  108. Ghost in the Shell (dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
  109. Corpse Bride (dir. Tim Burton, 2005)
  110. The Iron Giant (dir. Brad Bird, 1999)
  111. 20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills, 2016)
  112. The Fate of the Furious (dir. F. Gary Gray, 2017)
  113. Free Fire (dir. Ben Wheatley, 2016)
  114. Eyes Without a Face (dir. Georges Franju, 1960)
  115. Room 237 (dir. Rodney Ascher, 2012)
  116. Mifune: the Last Samurai (dir. Steven Okazaki, 2015)
  117. Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
  118. Stagecoach (dir. John Ford, 1939)
  119. The Assassin (dir. Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2015)
  120. Black Girl (dir. Ousmane Sembene, 1966)
  121. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (dir. David Gelb, 2011)
  122. Grey Gardens (dir. Albert & David Maysles, Muffie Meyer, Ellen Hovde, 1975)
  123. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (dir. Anika Iltis, Timothy Anthony Kane, 2014)
  124. The Last Waltz (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1978)
  125. Where You’re Meant To Be (dir. Paul Fegan, 2016)
  126. We Were Here (dir. David Weissman, Bill Weber, 2011)
  127. The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
  128. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts (dir. Steve Yu, 2015)
  129. Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 (dir. James Gunn, 2017)
  130. Chicken Run (dir. Peter Lord, Nick Park, 2000)
  131. Meek’s Cutoff (dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2010)
  132. Mindhorn (dir. Sean Foley, 2016)
  133. Commando (dir. Mark L. Lester, 1985)
  134. Sabotage (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1936)
  135. The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach, 2016)
  136. The Red Turtle (dir. Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016)
  137. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (dir. David Mirkin, 1997)
  138. Alien: Covenant (dir. Ridley Scott, 2017)
  139. A Fistful of Dollars (dir. Sergio Leone, 1964)
  140. Breathless (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
  141. Persona (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
  142. Belle de Jour (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1967)
  143. Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn, 1967)
  144. Gregory’s Girl (dir. Bill Forsyth, 1980)
  145. The Seventh Seal (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
  146. Tarzan (dir. Chris Buck & Kevin Lima, 1999)
  147. Brassed Off (dir. Mark Herman, 1996)
  148. Eddie- Strongman (dir. Matt Bell, 2015)
  149. The Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Victor Erice, 1973)
  150. Raw (dir. Julia Docournau, 2016)
  151. Catfight (dir. Onur Tukel, 2016)
  152. The Great Dictator (dir. Charles Chaplain, 1940)
  153. Don’t Think Twice (dir. Mike Birbiglia, 2016)
  154. The LEGO Batman Movie (dir. Chris McKay, 2017)
  155. Beauty and the Beast (dir. Bill Condon, 2017)
  156. Batman: The Movie (dir. Leslie H. Martinson, 1966)
  157. The Break Up (dir. Peyton Reed, 2006)
  158. The Return of the Pink Panther (dir. Blake Edwards, 1975)
  159. Sing (dir. Christophe Lourdelet & Garth Jennings, 2016)
  160. Casa de mi Padre (dir. Matt Piedmont, 2012)
  161. The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
  162. Fifty Shades Darker (dir. James Foley, 2017)
  163. Sleepwalk with Me (dir. Mike Birbiglia & Seth Barrish, 2012)
  164. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (dir. Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, 2016)
  165. The Little Death (dir. Josh Lawson, 2014)
  166. Okja (dir. Bong Joon Ho, 2017)
  167. Dunkirk (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2017)
  168. Prevenge (dir. Alice Lowe, 2016)
  169. Daddy’s Home (dir. Sean Anders, 2015)
  170. The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, 2017)
  171. Man Bites Dog (dir. Remy Belvaux, Benoit Poelvoorde & Andre Bonzel, 1992)
  172. Personal Shopper (dir. Olivier Assayas, 2016)
  173. Modern Times (dir. Charles Chaplain, 1936)
  174. The Princess Diaries (dir. Garry Marshall, 2001)
  175. Hausu (dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977)
  176. Baby Driver (dir. Edgar Wright, 2017)
  177. Onibaba (dir. Kaneto Shindo, 1964)
  178. Spider-Man: Homecoming (dir. Jon Watts, 2017)
  179. The Imposter (dir. Bart Layton, 2012)
  180. Fantastic Voyage (dir. Richard Fleischer, 1966)
  181. Gremlins (dir. Joe Dante, 1984)
  182. Shaolin Soccer (dir. Stephen Chow, 2001)
  183. Pink (dir. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016)
  184. Sunset Song (dir. Terence Davis, 2015)
  185. Quiz Show (dir. Robert Redford, 1994)
  186. Even the Rain (dir. Iciar Bollain, 2010)
  187. Zombeavers (dir. Jordan Rubin, 2014)
  188. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (dir. Chiemi Karasawa, 2013)
  189. Filth (dir. Jon S. Baird, 2013)
  190. High and Low (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
  191. Sexy Beast (dir. Jonathan Glazer, 2000)
  192. Do the Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee, 1989)
  193. Westworld (dir. Michael Crichton, 1973)
  194. In a Lonely Place (dir. Nicholas Ray, 1950)
  195. Monster House (dir. Gil Kenan, 2006)
  196. Suspiria (dir. Dario Argento, 1977)
  197. Tampopo (dir. Juzo Itami, 1985)
  198. Baywatch (dir. Seth Gordon, 2017)
  199. It (dir. Andy Muchietti, 2017)
  200. The Ladykillers (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955)
  201. Whisky Galore (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1949)
  202. The Lavender Hill Mob (dir. Charles Crichton, 1951)
  203. Went the Day Well? (dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, 1942)
  204. Passport to Pimlico (dir. Henry Cornelius, 1949)
  205. Kind Hearts and Coronets (dir. Robert Hamer, 1949)
  206. The Man in the White Suit (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1951)
  207. Silence (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2016)
  208. American Splendor (dir. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, 2003)
  209. mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2017)
  210. A Silent Voice (dir. Naoko Yamada, 2016)
  211. Goon (dir. Michael Dowse, 2011)
  212. Son of Rambow (dir. Garth Jennings, 2007)
  213. The Secret Life of Bees (dir. Gina Prince-Blythewood, 2008)
  214. My Winnipeg (dir. Guy Maddin, 2007)
  215. Certified Copy (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
  216. Charlie’s Country (dir. Rolf de Heer, 2013)
  217. Safety Last! (dir. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1923)
  218. The Most Dangerous Game (dir. Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932)
  219. The Phantom Carriage (dir. Victor Sjostrom, 1921)
  220. Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins, 2017)
  221. The Passion of Joan of Arc (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
  222. Raiders!: the Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (dir. Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen, 2015)
  223. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater, 2013)
  224. Happy Together (dir. Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)
  225. Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011)
  226. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, 1994)
  227. Pariah (dir. Dee Rees, 2011)
  228. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (dir. John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
  229. Tomboy (dir. Celina Sciamma, 2011)
  230. A Jihad for Love (dir. Parvez Sharma, 2007)
  231. Victim (dir. Basil Dearden, 1961)
  232. Pontypool (dir. Bruce McDonald, 2008)
  233. I Love You, Man (dir. John Hamburg, 2009)
  234. Sex and the City (dir. Michael Patrick King, 2008)
  235. The Overnighters (dir. Jesse Moss, 2014)
  236. My Life as a Courgette (dir. Claude Barras, 2016)
  237. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (dir. Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, 2017)
  238. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1945)
  239. The Haunted Strangler (dir. Robert Day, 1958)
  240. The Survivalist (dir. Stephen Fingleton, 2015)
  241. The Secret Life of Pets (dir. Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney, 2016)
  242. Why Him? (dir. John Hamburg, 2016)
  243. Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Vileneuve, 2017)
  244. Viridiana (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1961)
  245. The Man Who Knew Too Much (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
  246. Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, 2017)
  247. King Kong (dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  248. Second Coming (dir. Debbie Tucker Green, 2014)
  249. Fantastic Planet (dir. Rene Laloux, 1973)
  250. Sleeping With Other People (dir. Leslye Headland, 2015)
  251. The Pink Panther (dir. Blake Edwards, 1963)
  252. The Devil Wears Prada (dir. David Finkel, 2006)
  253. Grandma (dir. Paul Weitz, 2015)
  254. Assault on Precinct 13 (dir. John Carpenter, 1976)
  255. Friday Night Lights (dir. Peter Berg, 2004)
  256. Bobby Fischer Against the World (dir. Liz Garbus, 2011)
  257. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (dir. Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn, 2013)
  258. 5 Card Stud (dir. Henry Hathaway, 1968)
  259. The Death of Stalin (dir. Armando Iannucci, 2017)
  260. Dark Horse (dir. Louise Osmond, 2015)
  261. The Expendables 3 (dir. Patrick Hughes, 2014)
  262. Weiner (dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg, 2016)
  263. My Darling Clementine (dir. John Ford, 1946)
  264. The Wailing (dir.Hong-jin Na, 2016)
  265. The Help (dir. Tate Taylor, 2011)
  266. Creed (dir. Ryan Coogler, 2015)
  267. Most Beautiful Island (dir. Ana Asensio, 2017)
  268. House on Haunted Hill (dir. William Castle & Rosemary Horvath, 1959)
  269. Thor: Ragnarok (dir. Taika Waititi, 2017)
  270. Over the Top (dir. Menahem Golan, 1987)
  271. Delicatessen (dir. Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991)
  272. Vampyr (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
  273. The Finances of the Grand Duke (dir. F.W. Murau, 1924)
  274. Gate of Hell (dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)
  275. Ornamental Hairpin (dir. Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941)
  276. John Wick: Chapter 2 (dir. Chad Stahelski, 2017)
  277. The Holiday (dir. Nancy Meyers, 2006)
  278. The Lady in the Van (dir. Nicholas Hytner, 2015)
  279. Playtime (dir. Jacques Tati, 1967)
  280. The Legend of the Drunken Master (dir. Chian-Liang Liu, 1994)
  281. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (dir. Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
  282. A Man There Was (dir. Victor Sjostrom, 1917)
  283. Close-Up (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
  284. Bad Moms (dir. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, 2016)
  285. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (dir. Djibril Diop Mambety, 1999)
  286. Come and See (dir. Elem Klimov, 1985)
  287. Eraserhead (dir. David Lynch, 1977)
  288. The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker, 2017)
  289. Ponyo (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2008)
  290. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (dir. Garry Marshall, 2004)
  291. Frankenstein (dir. James Whale, 1931)
  292. The Charge of the Light Brigade (dir. Michael Curtiz, 1936)
  293. What Did The Lady Forget? (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1937)
  294. Dark Alibi (dir. Phil Karlson, 1946)
  295. Devi (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1960)
  296. Jackie (dir. Pablo Larrain, 2016)
  297. A Colt Is My Passport (dir. Takashi Nomura, 1967)
  298. Dangal (dir. Nitesh Tiwari, 2016)
  299. Lady Macbeth (dir. William Oldroyd, 2016)
  300. Boy (dir. Taika Waititi, 2010)
  301. Fever Pitch (dir. Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 2005)
  302. Dr. No (dir. Terence Young, 1962)
  303. Field of Dreams (dir. Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
  304. Creep (dir. Patrick Brice, 2014)
  305. Dr. Jack (dir. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1922)
  306. Lady Snowblood (dir. Toshiya Fujita, 1973)
  307. Chafed Elbows (dir. Robert Downey Snr., 1965)
  308. Kes (dir. Ken Loach, 1969)
  309. Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (dir. Chris Smith, 2017)
  310. Justice League (dir. Zack Snyder, 2017)
  311. Howl’s Moving Castle (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)
  312. Madea Goes To Jail (dir. Tyler Perry, 2009)
  313. The 400 Blows (dir. Francois Truffaut, 1959)
  314. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig, 2017)
  315. The Wedding Date (dir. Clare Kilner, 2005)
  316. Skiptrace (dir. Renny Harlin, 2016)

*=Horror Week

**Best Picture Oscar Winners Week

***John Hurt Week

****Latin American Cinema Week

^ Wifey’s Choice Week

“Blaxploitation Week

Animation Week

Documentary Week

1960’s Week

Netflix Watchlist Week

Ealing Studio’s Week

LGBTQ+ Week

 

Twenty Best of the Year So Far…

Now that I’m over 200 films in, trying to narrow it down to just 10 films seems a bit perverse. So here’s my 20 favourite (in no particular order), along with my 140 characters or less Twitter reviews.

Your Name: “gorgeous animation. Takes the traditional body swap narrative and makes it poetic and poignant. Beautiful in every way”

your name

The Great Dictator: “Utterly relevant, utterly charming, utterly marvellous”

great dictator

Persona: “Mesmerising and bewildering. I couldn’t take my eyes off the whole thing and I’m still not entirely sure why.”

persona

The Devils: “a superb, operatic orgy. A real forgotten masterpiece”

the devils

Train to Busan: “as relentless and knuckle-chewingly tense as Rec, but with better characters and subtext”

train to busan

I Live in Fear: “devastating family drama set under the cloud of nuclear threat. Great to see Mifune in a non samurai role”

I live in fear

Los Olvidados: “savage social commentary, trippy dream sequences and ahead of it’s time camera techniques. Pretty damn amazing”

los-olvidados2

El Topo: “bloody & bonkers spaghetti western mixed with Don Quixote and a splash of Monty Python”

el topo

In the Heat of the Night: “grim film noir combined with sweltering racial tension with a terrific soundtrack”

in-the-heat-of-the-night

Get Out: “oh man, this is a game changer in a lot of ways. Creepy & tense but impossible to shoehorn into a single category.”

get out

Le Samourai: “a stylish cocktail of classic Hollywood noir & 1960’s French culture”

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High and Low: “whether confined to 4 walls or a city wide search, Kurosawa delivers the most detailed, in-depth investigation narrative”

High and Low

Onibaba: “splendid atmosphere, pacing and tone, merged together to create a massively satisfying/horrifying conclusion”

Onibaba

mother!: “it starts by bludgeoning you over the head with metaphor, and ends by bludgeoning you with images. But I found it remarkable”

mother

Certified Copy: “mesmerizing performances, a blink-and-you-miss-it drama about love & regret. I loved it & really need to watch it again”

certified copy

A Matter of Life and Death: “somehow manages to be prim & proper, and grand & fantastical all at once. A remarkable achievement”

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The Phantom Carriage: “I’ve shied away from the term masterpiece during this year, but it feels appropriate here. It’s wonderful”

phantom carriage

The Fits: “Should really be shown alongside The Falling. Bold performances and camarawork. Understated tale on power of peer pressure”

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Viridiana: “leery & lustful with a total downer of an ending. Bunuel shows us why it’s not worth bothering with charitable acts.”

viridiana

Sunset Song: “Terence Davies has a knack of making movies that will stun you with their beauty while at the same time break your heart”

sunset song

Right that’s your lot for this month, you can track my progress on Twitter @clancyhighhat. Let’s not pop the champagne just yet, we’ve still got a long way to go.

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