Films Seen in 2012
I’m trying to watch 100 films this year so I may as well start listing them here. THUS FAR:
1. The Adventures of Tintin 
Charming, especially if you are a fan of the original comics- but not the crack-team of Moffat/Wright used to their full potential
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 
Utterly brilliant, captures the spirit of the book-which is not an easy feat. Johnny’s Depp’s best role.
3. Network 
I should probably watch this again. It’s one of my dad’s favourite films, and while I enjoyed it I probably need to see it again to get the full effect.
4. The Descendants 
If you like Hawaii , property law and George Clooney sighing- then watch it. If not, skip it.
5. The Help 
I found it rather good, captured the 1960s South quite well, but had a tidy feel good ending that was unrealistic
6. Moneyball 
Sorkin is brilliant. He made managing a baseball team seem interesting. Go Sorkin.
7. Tree of Life 
I thought it was real deep and existential the first time round, but it seemed a bit long winded and pseudo-intellectual the second time. But no, I definitely recommend it- it’s gorgeous and mind bending and terrifying and fantastic.
8. Streetcar Named Desire 
9. Bridesmaids 
Not as good as, say, the Hangover but it’s damn nice seeing girls in a good comedy movie for once
10. In The Heat of the Night 
Sidney Poitier is brilliant and I love him and all his movies.
11. The Artist 
If you follow me you’ve heard me shout about this movie A LOT already. It’s an impeccable throwback to the silent era, Jean Dujardin is charming, it made me sob at the end and I just remember sitting in the theatre in a daze because I had never seen a film perfect in theatres- I didn’t think it could be done nowadays. It deserved all the awards.
12. Sunset Boulevard 
Classic. Watch it.
13. Game Change 
Kind of fun, lets you relive 2008 and make fun of Sarah Palin.
14. Men in Black 2 
Laura Flynn Boyle got to date Agent Cooper and lick Tommy Lee Jones’ face. Lucky girl. Awful movie.
15. The War Room 
James Carville is a nut. This is one of the best docs I’ve seen. Love it.
16. À bout de souffle (Breathless) 
17. X-Men: First Class 
Pretty good. I don’t get all the hype, really. But I did enjoy it a lot.
18. The Trip 
Dry British comedy. My kinda scene.
19. Little Miss Sunshine 
Oh man wasn’t this movie PERFECT. I LOVED it. I have “Do what you love and fuck the rest” written on the headboard of my bed now because that’s my new phrase to live by.
20: The Avengers 
[insert capslocked shouting]
21: Fight Club 
I loved the whole film, but the first half was great with all the smashing of the 4th wall and stuff. Also- guys in suits with beaten up faces is my number one kink.
22: Les quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows) 
Ughh such a gorgeous film. I’m a sucker for coming of age films. This is one of the best foreign films and a must watch.
23: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville) 
One of the best films I’ve seen all year. The cinematography is incredible, the scenes stark and schizophrenic, the story brilliant, the world terrifying. A must watch for any cinephile.
24: Men in Black 
PERFECT. The best scifi comedy film.
25: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 
I’m not really into fantasy, I just can’t get into elves and dwarves and dragons and monsters and whatnot. But I did like the first half- the hobbits were great, but it just went on too long. But I will agree it’s a spectacular film if that’s your sorta thing and I’m the one with the problem for not being able to get into it.
26: Men in Black 3 
aaahhhhhhh time travel, The Men in Black, the 1960s- WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE!
27: Winnie the Pooh 
I’m a big Winnie the Pooh fan and this film was perfect in capturing all the charm and humor of the show I watched in my childhood. Lots of fun, with fun songs too!
28: Alfie 
Well dressed British cad who breaks the 4th wall- wait, that’s my number one kink. Really really great film, highly recommend it.
29: Dark Shadows 
Tim Burton has never been told no.
30: Catch-22 
Not as good as the book, but stands alone as a really funny, poignant film with lots of great scenes.
31: The Exterminating Angel 
I want to watch this again it was so bleeding surreal and perfect.
32. Manchurian Candidate 
Och, this is good. Really nice brainwashing scene, I like the way that was done.
33. Sleeper 
“Everyone you knew in the past has been dead nearly two hundred years” “But they all ate organic rice!” [Woody Allen at his best!]
34. Mean Girls 
Woww, the last time I saw this movie I didn’t know who Tina Fey or Amy Poehler were! That’s how long it’s been!
35. Safety Not Guaranteed 
Aubrey Plaza **and** time travel? Wow my two favourite things. and also stupid quirky love stories yeahh this film was perf.
36. The Truman Show 
All the horrendous implications of this makes my head spin- Truman and that other guy had been friends since they were kids- so you were bringing kids into this fake world, and he pretty much grew up like Truman did, except he knew it was all fake which is equally damaging and messed up.
37. The Great Race 
This film went on waay longer than it needed to, but it had Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and a very gorgeous and perfect and cute outfit wearing Natalie Wood [and the greatest pie fight in cinema] so I suppose I shouldn’t complain. It’s stylized in this cartoonish sort of way that is pretty rad and seriously, Natalie Wood’s outfits are awesome
38. Office Space 
I fucking hate printers. So much.
39. The Wall 
IT’S REALLY PERFECT I LOVE ALL THE HAMMER/FASCIST IMAGERY AND THE ANIMATED SCENES AND GELDOF’S VERSION OF IN THE FLESH [the second time round] IS REALLY INTENSE AND AWESOME.
40. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God) 
This was my first Herzog film. awwww. It was pretty good, another I should watch again to really get the full effect.
41. The Spirit of St. Louis 
My favourite boyish actor [Jimmy Stewart] plays my favourite boyish aviator and childhood crush [Charles Lindbergh] in this overly uplifting and charming Billy Wilder film. It’s good and I may have gotten a little teary eyed, shut up.
42. Eraserhead 
Okay this is one of my favourite movies ever and I can’t even really explain why because I can’t even explain what this movie is and also Jack Nance is just too cute and after I watched it the first time I was so unsettled I was scared to walk around my house [it was 1 in the morning okay]
43. Blue Velvet 
Yes, this was also very unsettling. Very unsettling.
44. Lost Highway 
Nothing explains this film better than the imdb summary: “After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.”
Never change, David Lynch. [seriously though, I love this way this was shot, I’m not film school-y enough to explain it, it had a very artistic feel to it…]
45. Bananas 
I can’t say anything bad about Woody Allen films [okay, they aren’t all perfect, but this one is]
46. Dr. No 
Everyone tries to kill the most charming, suavest man in the world but he manages to avoid this fate, all while being charming, suave and surrounded by really hot girls.
47. Waiting for Guffman 
okay, these guys are brilliant [they also did Spinal Tap and Best and Show] and the dumb play the characters perform actually isn’t that bad, I had that dumb stool song stuck in my head for a while after
48. The Graduate 
One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and also baby!Dustin Hoffman. The ending was crazy cute and then…kinda crazy realistic and scary because aaahhh the future and what are we going to do with our lives? Also- I can really identify with Hoffman here. Not in that I routinely sleep with my parents friends and run off with their daughters but that- okay, no, that was it. [hahaha, it’s just that his brand of awkwardness is what makes the movie so funny, but I act the same way]
49. Some Like It Hot 
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon have to dress and act like women and also Marilyn Monroe is just ugh, she is impossibly gorgeous I can’t stand it, so you know it’s brilliant.
50. Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) 
Yes this is THAT film with the moon with the rocket in it’s eye. From Hugo. Yeah, it’s weird
51. Sherlock Jr. 
I think if the people who think black and white silent films are boring would actually sit down and watch one, they would love it. It’s such a universal humor, Buster is hysterical and such an acrobat- I can’t imagine anyone NOT enjoying this film
52. 21 Jump Street 
This was actually surprisingly good!
53. Beasts of the Souther Wild 
Okay this was REALLY REALLY good, it has a very nice Bazin-approved realism I’m fond of, long takes, deep focus, a natural acting 6 year old main star. A gorgeous film also
54. Back to the Future 
Okay the guitar solo at the end is one of my favorite movie moments ever okay. BUT THAT’S COS I DO HAVE A BIT OF A CRUSH ON MICHAEL J. FOX
55. Zoolander 
Hansel’s really hot right now. Hansel.
56. 2001: A Space Odyssey 
You really HAVE to see this on 35mm in a theatre full of people. One of, if not THE, best film experience of my life. Certainly the single most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Even more beautiful than Jonny Greenwood
57. The Graduate 
I also saw this on 35mm in a theatre full of people. Also awesome. [sorry D-Hoff you’re not as pretty as trippy outer space scenes]
58. Zoolander 
yes, I did see Zoolander twice in the course of a month
59. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 
One of the best films of the past 10 years. Utterly gorgeous and moving and perfect
60. Breathless 
I love it I love it I LOVE it. I just love French New Wave alright
61. Fight Club 
I’m not allowed to talk about it.
62. The Sixth Sense 
Remember when M. Night Shyamalan used to be a really KICK ASS AWESOME DIRECTOR? awwww how far he’s fallen
63. You, The Living 
I liked it. And the more the dumbasses in my film class complain about it, the MORE I like it.
64. Citizen Kane 
It’s Citizen Kane, you can’t say anything bad about Citizen Kane
65. Strangers on a Train 
Really good. Really Hitchcock.
66. His Girl Friday 
I ADORED this movie. I ADORED IT SO MUCH. How come I had never heard of it before? It is so so cool. Just a fast talking, fast paced Cary Grant thriller comedy kinda thing. So fast-talking. The fastest talking film you’ll ever see.
67. From Russia, With Love 
68. Sleepwalk with Me 
My friend recommended this to me and I totally loved it. Highly recommended. Very funny.
69. The Omen 
The best Halloween movie. Damien is great. The little mod bloke who looks like Paul Weller is great. Everyone is great.
70. The Changeling
71. The Woman in Black
72. House on Haunted Hill
75. The Graduate
76. Do the Right Thing