Twofifty – a list of films I’m going to watch this year

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According to twofifty (an app on Facebook), these are the films from the top 250 that I have not seen. Ergo, I should see them. So I’m putting them on this post here. As I see them, I’ll rule a line through. Then, rinse and repeat, to see which other films I should see.

Films with an asterix (*) are already in my collection; I just need to sit down and watch them. So they’ll be first. The italicised ones are already on my fatso list.

No, I haven’t seen ET or Rocky. 12 Angry Men isn’t available on fatso … if someone can lend it to me, that’d be awesome! (Maybe it’ll be in the Uni library?). Who voted for these though? Taken and Superbad? Seriously?

Black Swan hasn’t come out in New Zealand yet (it’s due out on Thursday 27th January), so I’ll go see that once it’s out.

Right, here’s the list…

  • 12 Angry Men (1957) (19.08.11)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)* (07.01.11)
  • Leon (1994) (April 2011 sometime)
  • The Shining (1980) (17.07.11)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • The Lives of Others (2006)
  • My Neighbour Totoro (1988) (17.06.11)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) (19.08.11)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  • Black Swan (2010) (01.02.11)
  • Das Boot (1981)* (22.01.11)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
  • M (1931) (09.11)
  • The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Mary and Max (2009)
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)*
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  • City Lights (1931)
  • The Third Man (1949)
  • Gandhi (1982) (05.02.11)
  • The Thing (1982) (30.09.11)
  • Duck Soup (1933)
  • Amores Perros (2000) [turns out I had actually seen this one, but had forgotten. Watched it again 26.02.11]
  • Ratatouille (2007) (16.07.11)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Paths of Glory (1957)
  • The Great Dictator (1940)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968) (08.11)
  • Talk to Her (2002)
  • Manhattan (1979)
  • Ben-Hur (1959)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954) (12.02.11)
  • Yojimbo (1961)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951) (15.09.11)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Rashomon (1950)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • The Apartment (1960) (21.06.11)
  • For the Birds (2000)
  • Sleuth (1972)
  • Network (1976)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (2003)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Ran (1985)
  • Bicycle Thieves (1948) (03.02.11)
  • Superbad (2007) -I’ve seen most of this. Do I have to watch the rest? [Turns out I had seen this all the way through. Watched it again 29.04.11]
  • Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  • The Killing (1956) (19.01.11)
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
  • Festen (1998)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) (29.01.11)
  • Touch of Evil (1958) (20.06.11)
  • The Gold Rush (1925)
  • Persona (1966)
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995) (02.04.12)
  • Taken (2008) (19.01.11)

Now just to clarify: this isn’t a New Years Resolution list. I may or may not get through all of these in 2011. If you’re interested in someone who is going to watch 101 movies over the course of 2011, I recommend following Nikki’s progress at her blog, Kiwi Girl’s Take On 101 Cult Movies.

Published by phetheringtonnz

Film Producer, Director, Lecturer. From NZ based in London.

5 replies on “Twofifty – a list of films I’m going to watch this year”

  1. Now I am interested in this facebook app. At the very least, I have seen a few of the movies on your list and know that I enjoyed them, and have run out of movies I am currently interested in seeing. Thus, this could give me new material.

    Also, thank you for the iPod suggestion — I currently don’t own speakers, but I will be purchasing some if I decide this is a more permanent change I want to make in my life. Considering I recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and should be focusing on single-handedly saving the environment, I should probably practice what I preach.

    Enjoy your movie watching! You have a lot of Miyazaki movies on there — Howl’s Moving Castle, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro. Very interesting…

    1. Aw, thanks. I hope more people follow what you’re doing – a goal a week is a wonderful idea, and any that move towards a more sustainable future are super-awesome goals! I’ll keep reading your blog for your progress.
      Yeah – I haven’t seen enough Miyazaki. One of my film friends told me the other day that he’s watching the Disney animated films with his girlfriend, but he’s watching one Miyazaki for every Disney film he watches. One way to keep the street cred up.
      Thanks for reading.

  2. One month in, and I’ve seen six out of 77. If I average 1.5 per week, I’ll get through them all within a year. So 6 isn’t too bad, is it? I’m also trying to get through some of the films on my documentary list, and once Uni starts, no doubt I’ll have other films to watch as well.
    I’m still pretty sure I’ve seen most of Superbad, but just not all of it. Do I really have to watch it all? Oh well, it’s on the list.
    On another note, I’ve decided that Shadow Of A Doubt is now my favourite Hitchcock film. And four hours of Das Boot, whilst it is a good film, is a bit tough. I’ll have to admit I had two breaks during it. So far, of the 6 films I’ve watched, my favourite would be Arsenic and Old Lace. How had I not heard of that film before?! I recommend it to everyone. Cary Grant at his funniest.
    Right, back to the watching.

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