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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Movies I Watched in 2012

Although I've been tracking my reading since January 2011, it didn't occur to me until mid-2012 to track my film viewing. The following list ordered chronologically by film viewed, though it's probably a little off as I didn't start recording until later in the year and had to dig through my memory for films I caught earlier in 2012.

Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011)
Green Lantern (Martin Campbell, 2011)
John Carter (Andrew Stanton, 2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012)
The Racket (Lewis Milestone, 1928)
In Old Arizona (Irving Cummings, 1928)
The Divorcee (Robert Z. Leonard, 1930)
Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011)
The Love Parade (Ernst Lubitsch, 1929)
Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles, 1931)
Five Star Final (Mervyn LeRoy, 1931)
42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933)
Little Women (George Cukor, 1933)
Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935)
Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)
Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)
Three Coins in the Fountain (Jean Negulesco, 1954)
The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983)
Babe (Chris Noonan, 1995)
Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)
The Cider House Rules (Lasse Hallstrom, 1999)
Chocolat (Lasse Hallstrom, 2000)
In the Bedroom (Todd Field, 2001)
Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, 2002)
My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis, 2011)
The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002)
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
Seabiscuit (Gary Ross, 2003)
Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
Capote (Bennett Miller, 2005)
The Queen (Stephen Frears, 2006)
Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)
Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, 2008)
Thor (Kenneth Branagh, 2011)
Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener, 2011)
True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993)
Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971)
In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
Starcrash (Luigi Cozzi, 1978)
Shanghai Express (Josef Von Sternberg, 1932)
The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch, 1931)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda, 1933)
American Grindhouse (Elijah Drenner, 2010)
She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman, 1933)
State Fair (Walter Lang, 1945
Dodsworth (William Wyler, 1936)
The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. DeMille, 1952)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Sam Wood, 1939)
Wuthering Heights (William Wyler, 1939)
Oliver Twist (David Lean, 1948)
The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
The Music Man (Morton DaCosta, 1962)
Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971)
Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001)
The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011)
Limitless (Neil Burger, 2011)
The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Scott Derrickson, 2008)
Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd, 1935)
Mutiny on the Bounty (Lewis Milestone, 1962)
Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963)
A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner, 1992)
12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur, 1998)
Repo Men (Miguel Sapochnik, 2010)
The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi, 2011)
Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011)
The Mechanic (Simon West, 2011)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
Clash of the Titans (Lois Leterrier, 2010)
Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)
Sucker Punch (Zack Snyder, 2011)
Battle: Los Angeles (Jonathan Liebesman, 2011)
Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008)
Skyline (Colin and Greg Strausse, 2010)
Drive Angry (Patrick Lussier, 2011)
Chronicle (Josh Trank, 2012)
Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo, 2007)
Arlington Road (Mark Pellington, 1999)
Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963)
Mysterious Island (Cy Endfield, 1961)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb, 2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012)
Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012)
How the West Was Won (John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, 1962)
Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978)
A Trip to the Moon (Georges Melies, 1902)
Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
She (Lansing C. Holden and Irving Pichel, 1935)
Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936)
eXistenZ (David Cronenberg, 1999)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
The Green Hornet (Michael Gondry, 2011)
Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935)
Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
House (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977)
Emotion (Nobohiko Obayashi, 1966)
Magnum Force (Ted Post, 1973)
The Ides of March (George Clooney, 2011)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton, 1932)
Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle, 1994)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
Hillsborough (Charles McDougall, 1996)
Collision Earth (Paul Ziller, 2011)
Crack in the World (Andrew Morton, 1965)
Gog (Herbert L. Strock, 1954)
Triangle (Christopher Smith, 2009)

That's 116 films, a fairly typical year. A few of these films were part of the curriculum of the popular culture course I tutored in the fall: Birth of a Nation, Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Triumph of the Will, Star Wars, Detour. I wish I'd been able to show them some of the others on this list, notably King Kong, Jason and the Argonauts, Island of Lost Souls, Dirty Harry, How the West Was Won and Five Star Final - great examples of adventure, fantasy, science fiction, crime drama, western and newspaper drama. 

On the other hand, I'd probably tell future students to avoid Collision Earth, The Green Hornet, The Amazing Spider-Man, Drive Angry, Skyline, The Greatest Show on Earth and Green Lantern


Anonymous said...

"Although I've been tracking my reading since January 2011, it didn't occur to me until mid-2013 …"

Should be:

"Although I've been tracking my reading since January 2011, it didn't occur to me until mid-2012 …"

Earl J. Woods said...

Zounds! Thanks, anonymous! I must have suffered an overdose of chroniton radiation.