Wednesday, December 17, 2008

1955

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955) (C-)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) (B-)
All That Heaven Allows (1955) (B-)
Animal Farm (1955)
Artists and Models (1955)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) (B-)
Battle Cry (1955)
The Belles of St. Trinians (1955)
The Benny Goodman Story (1955)
The Big Combo (1955) (B)
The Big Knife (1955) (C+)
Blackboard Jungle (1955) (A-)
Blood Alley (1955)
Bride of the Monster (1955) (D-)
The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1955) (C)
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Cast a Dark Shadow (1955) (B)
The Cobweb (1955) (C)
Conquest of Space (1955) (C-)
The Constant Husband (1955)
Court Martial (1955)
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) (C)
Cult of the Cobra (1955) (C+)
Daddy Long Legs (1955) (C)
The Dam Busters (1955)
Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
The Desperate Hours (1955) (C+)
Diabolique (1955) (A)
Dreams (1955) (C+)
East of Eden (1955) (A-)
The End of the Affair (1955) (C)
Escapade (1955)
The Far Country (1955)
The Far Horizons (1955)
Female on the Beach (1955)
5 Against the House (1955)
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Foxfire (1955)
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) (C)
Guys and Dolls (1955) (B-)
Helen of Troy (1955) (C-)
Hit the Deck (1955)
House of Bamboo (1955) (C-)
I Am a Camera (1955) (B-)
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) (B)
Illegal (1955) (B-)
Interrupted Melody (1955) (C+)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) (C+)
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
Killer's Kiss (1955) (C+)
The King's Thief (1955)
Kismet (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) (B-)
Lady and the Tramp (1955) (B+)
Land of the Pharaohs (1955) (C-)
The Last Command (1955)
The Last Frontier (1955) (C)
The Left Hand of God (1955) (B-)
The Long Gray Line (1955)
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) (C+)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955) (C+)
Lucy Gallant (1955)
A Man Called Peter (1955) (C+)
The Man from Laramie (1955) (C+)
Man Without a Star (1955) (C+)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) (B-)
Marty (1955) (A-)
Mister Roberts (1955) (B)
Mr. Arkadin (1955) (B)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1955)
My Sister Eileen (1955) (B-)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) (B+)
Not as a Stranger (1955)
Oklahoma! (1955) (B+)
One Desire (1955)
Ordet (1955) (B+)
Pather Panchali (1955) (B-)
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) (C)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
The Pickwick Papers (1955)
Picnic (1955) (A-)
Prince of Players (1955)
The Private War of Major Benson (1955) (C)
The Purple Plain (1955)
Queen Bee (1955) (C+)
Quentin Durward (1955)
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) (C)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (A+)
Revenge of the Creature (1955) (C+)
Rififi (1955) (B)
The Rose Tattoo (1955) (B-)
The Sea Chase (1955)
Seven Angry Men (1955)
The Seven Little Foys (1955) (B-)
The Seven Year Itch (1955) (C)
Shack Out on 101 (1955) (B-)
Simba (1955)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) (B)
Soldier of Fortune (1955)
Strategic Air Command (1955) (C)
Summertime (1955) (B+)
Swamp Women (1955) (D)
The Tall Men (1955) (C-)
Tarantula (1955) (C+)
Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955)
The Tender Trap (1955) (C+)
This Island Earth (1955) (C)
Tight Spot (1955) (B-)
To Catch a Thief (1955) (B)
To Hell and Back (1955) (C)
Trial (1955) (B-)
The Trouble with Harry (1955) (B)
Ugetsu (1955) (B-)
Ulysses (1955)
Unchained (1955)
The Violent Men (1955) (C-)
Violent Saturday (1955) (C+)
The Virgin Queen (1955) (C)
We're No Angels (1955) (B-)
Women's Prison (1955) (C)

(August - November 2008) A highly entertaining year for movies, highlighted by James Dean's one-two punch of East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, my personal favorite movie of the year. His short career was unspeakably impressive and his legend is inarguably deserved. Marty is an excellent choice for Best Picture and Blackboard Jungle is an underrated classic. Picnic is a special movie that really put a smile on my face. The powerhouse of the year is Diabolique, the French thriller. All of these movies are must-sees, but there are so many other good ones!

Top Ten - Blackboard Jungle, Diabolique, East of Eden, Marty, The Night of the Hunter, Oklahoma!, Pather Panchali, Picnic, Rebel Without a Cause, Summertime

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1954

About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Beat the Devil (1954)
Beau Brummell (1954)
The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
Black Widow (1954)
The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)
Bread, Love, and Dreams (1954)
Brigadoon (1954)
Broken Lance (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Casino Royale (TV) (1954)
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
The Country Girl (1954)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Crime Wave (1954)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Desiree (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Dragnet (1954)
The Egyptian (1954)
Elephant Walk (1954)
Executive Suite (1954)
Forbidden Games (1954)
Forever Female (1954)
Garden of Evil (1954)
Gate of Hell (1954)
Genevieve (1954)
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
The Gold of Naples (1954)
Go, Man, Go (1954)
Gorilla at Large (1954)
Hell and High Water (1954)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Hobson's Choice (1954)
Indiscretion of an American Wife (1954)
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Knock on Wood (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Living It Up (1954)
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Lucky Me (1954)
The Mad Magician (1954)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
The Naked Jungle (1954)
New Faces (1954)
Night People (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
Phffft (1954)
Prince Valiant (1954)
The Raid (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Red Garters (1954)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Ring of Fear (1954)
River of No Return (1954)
Rogue Cop (1954)
Rose Marie (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
The Silver Chalice (1954)
The Sleeping Tiger (1954)
A Star is Born (1954)
The Stranger's Hand (1954)
The Student Prince (1954)
Suddenly (1954)
Susan Slept Here (1954)
Them! (1954)
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
Three Hours to Kill (1954)
Top Banana (1954)
Track of the Cat (1954)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
Vera Cruz (1954)
Victory at Sea (1954)
White Christmas (1954)
The Wild One (1954)
Witness to Murder (1954)
Woman's World (1954)

(July - August 2008) Lots of great movies this year. Rear Window is one of my favorite movies and it just keeps getting better. On the Waterfront, The Caine Mutiny, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Sabrina round out my top 5. I'd also recommend Creature from the Black Lagoon - fun monster movie, Beat the Devil - absurdly hysterical, Executive Suite - great cast, and Carmen Jones - love the music.

Top Ten -- Beat the Devil. The Caine Mutiny, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Executive Suite, Forbidden Games, On the Waterfront, Rear Window, Sabrina, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Star is Born

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

1953

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
Above and Beyond (1953)
The Actress (1953)
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Appointment in London (1953)
Appointment in Samarra (TV)(1953)
Arena (1953)
The Bandwagon (1953)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
The Bigamist (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
Blowing Wild (1953)
The Blue Gardenia (1953)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
The Caddy (1953)
Calamity Jane (1953)
Call Me Madam (1953)
The Captain's Paradise (1953)
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
The Conquest of Everest (1953)
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
The Desert Rats (1953)
Donovan's Brain (1953)
Dream Wife (1953)
Easy to Love (1953)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953)
Glen or Glenda? (1953)
His Majesty O'Keefe (1953)
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Hondo (1953)
Houdini (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
I Confess (1953)
Innocents in Paris (1953)
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Island in the Sky (1953)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
It Happens Every Thursday (1953)
I, the Jury (1953)
I Vitelloni (1953)
Jennifer (1953)
Jeopardy (1953)
The Joe Louis Story (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Kiss Me, Kate (1953)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Let's Do It Again (1953)
Lili (1953)
Little Fugitive (1953)
The Living Desert (1953)
The Love Lottery (1953)
The Man Between (1953)
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Martin Luther (1953)
Marty (TV)(1953)
The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
Mogambo (1953)
The Moon is Blue (1953)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Niagara (1953)
99 River Street (1953)
Peter Pan (1953)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Plunder in the Sun (1953)
Pony Express (1953)
The President's Lady (1953)
A Queen is Crowned (1953)
The Robe (1953)
Robot Monster (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Sailor of the King (1953)
Salome (1953)
Salt of the Earth (1953)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Scared Stiff (1953)
Second Chance (1953)
Shane (1953)
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)
Small Town Girl (1953)
So Big (1953)
South Sea Woman (1953)
Split Second (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Summer with Monika (1953)
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Thunder Bay (1953)
Titanic (1953)
The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Torch Song (1953)
Vice Squad (1953)
Vicki (1953)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Young Bess (1953)

(April - July 2008) The Cinemascope process began this year and soon just about every movie was shot in some form of letterboxing. 3-D continued to be very popular. TV movies began to gain popularity. Foreign films from France, Italy, Japan, and Sweden also had a surge of popularity in America. An impressive list of films. Some absolutely wonderful and some truly terrible. Glen of Glenda? was probably my least favorite movie-watching experience on this adventure. Just a terribly awful excuse for a movie. All was forgiven with the likes of From Here to Eternity, Julius Caesar, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Lili. The best film of the year was definitely Fellini's I Vitelloni! What a great movie!

Top Ten -- From Here to Eternity, House of Wax, How to Marry a Millionaire, I Vitelloni, Julius Caesar, Lili, Peter Pan, Roman Holiday, Shane, Stalag 17

Monday, October 6, 2008

1952

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
Affair in Trinidad (1952)
Against All Flags (1952)
April in Paris (1952)
The Atomic City (1952)
At Sword's Point (1952)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Because You're Mine (1952)
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
The Belle of New York (1952)
Bend of the River (1952)
Big Jim McLain (1952)
The Big Sky (1952)
The Big Trees (1952)
Blackbeard, The Pirate (1952)
The Black Castle (1952)
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
Bwana Devil (1952)
Carrie (1952)
Clash By Night (1952)
Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
Deadline – U.S.A. (1952)
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Europa '51 (1952)
5 Fingers (1952)
Flat Top (1952)
A Girl in Every Port (1952)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)
Here Come the Nelsons (1952)
High Noon (1952)
Ikiru (1952)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
Invasion USA (1952)
Ivanhoe (1952)
Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)
The Jazz Singer (1952)
Just For You (1952)
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1952)
Les Miserables (1952)
Limelight (1952)
Lost in Alaska (1952)
Lovely to Look At (1952)
The Lusty Men (1952)
Macao (1952)
The Man in the White Suit (1952)
The Medium (1952)
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
The Merry Widow (1952)
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Monkey Business (1952)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
The Narrow Margin (1952)
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Othello (1952)
Pat and Mike (1952)
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
The Promoter (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Rashomon (1952)
The Ring (1952)
Road to Bali (1952)
The Rose Bowl Story (1952)
Scaramouche (1952)
The Sea Around Us (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Sniper (1952)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Son of Paleface (1952)
Springfield Rifle (1952)
The Star (1952)
The Stooge (1952)
The Story of Robin Hood (1952)
Sudden Fear (1952)
The Thief (1952)
Viva Zapata! (1952)
Wages of Fear (1952)
With a Song in My Heart (1952)

(January - April 2008) High Noon is a perfect movie and is my favorite of the year. I'm not really a John Wayne fan, but I really loved The Quiet Man! Singin' in the Rain is unforgettable. The Greatest Show on Earth is highly entertaining. Kansas City Confidential is a good example of a film noir thriller. The Lavender Hill Mob is a fun British comedy. A pretty good year overall. 3-D first appeared this year to combat the growing popularity of television.

Top Ten -- Come Back, Little Sheba, The Greatest Show on Earth, High Noon, Kansas City Confidential, The Lavender Hill Mob, Limelight, The Narrow Margin, The Quiet Man, Rashomon, Singin' in the Rain

Sunday, October 5, 2008

1951

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951)
The African Queen (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
An American in Paris (1951)
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Appointment with Danger (1951)
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
Behave Yourself! (1951)
The Blue Veil (1951)
Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
Bright Victory (1951)
The Browning Version (1951)
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Call Me Mister (1951)
Captain Horation Hornblower (1951)
Cause for Alarm! (1951)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Come Fill the Cup (1951)
Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)
Cry Danger (1951)
Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
David and Bathsheba (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Death of a Salesman (1951)
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
The Desert Fox (1951)
Detective Story (1951)
Distant Drums (1951)
The Enforcer (1951)
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Fixed Bayonets (1951)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Fourteen Hours (1951)
The Frogmen (1951)
Go for Broke! (1951)
Golden Girl (1951)
The Great Caruso (1951)
He Ran All the Way (1951)
Here Comes the Groom (1951)
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Hollywood Story (1951)
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)
I Want You (1951)
I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)
Jim Thorpe – All American (1951)
Kind Lady (1951)
Kon-Tiki (1951)
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
Lost Continent (1951)
The Magic Box (1951)
The Man from Planet X (1951)
The Mating Season (1951)
The Mob (1951)
The Model and the Marriage-Broker (1951)
The Mudlark (1951)
My Favorite Spy (1951)
No Highway in the Sky (1951)
Only the Valiant (1951)
On the Riviera (1951)
Operation Pacific (1951)
Payment on Demand (1951)
People Will Talk (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Quo Vadis (1951)
The Racket (1951)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Rich, Young, and Pretty (1951)
The River (1951)
Roadblock (1951)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Sailor Beware (1951)
Seven Days to Noon (1951)
Show Boat (1951)
Sirocco (1951)
Starlift (1951)
The Strange Door (1951)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Strip (1951)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
The Tales of Hoffman (1951)
The Tall Target (1951)
Teresa (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
Vengeance Valley (1951)
The Well (1951)
Westward the Women (1951)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
The White Sheik (1951)

(August 2007 - January 2008) Alice in Wonderland has got to be my favorite film of the year. It's probably my favorite Disney film as well. It's just so unusual and fascinating. A Place in the Sun is also terrific. I enjoyed the incredible performances in A Streetcar Named Desire. The Thing from Another World is a great monster movie. Showboat is great thanks to Ava Gardner. I also really enjoyed The White Sheik, which is my first foray into the films of Fellini. I'm already a fan!

Top Ten -- The African Queen, Alice in Wonderland, An American in Paris, Detective Story, A Place in the Sun, Show Boat, Strangers on a Train, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Thing from Another World, The White Sheik

Saturday, October 4, 2008

1950

Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)
Adam’s Rib (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Bitter Rice (1950)
The Black Rose (1950)
Borderline (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
The Breaking Point (1950)
Broken Arrow (1950)
Caged (1950)
Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950)
Chain Lightning (1950)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Cinderella (1950)
Colt .45 (1950)
Crisis (1950)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)
Destination Moon (1950)
D.O.A. (1950)
Fancy Pants (1950)
Father of the Bride (1950)
The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
For Heaven’s Sake (1950)
Francis (1950)
The Furies (1950)
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Harvey (1950)
Hunt the Man Down (1950)
I’ll Get By (1950)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
Kim (1950)
King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
La Ronde (1950)
Last Holiday (1950)
Los Olvidados (1950)
Louisa (1950)
The Magnificent Yankee (1950)
The Men (1950)
The Miniver Story (1950)
Mister 880 (1950)
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
Mystery Street (1950)
Night and the City (1950)
No Sad Songs for Me (1950)
No Way Out (1950)
Our Very Own (1950)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Rio Grande (1950)
Samson and Delilah (1950)
The Secret Fury (1950)
Shadow on the Wall (1950)
Singing Guns (1950)
The Sleeping City (1950)
Stage Fright (1950)
Storm Warning (1950)
Stromboli (1950)
Summer Stock (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Tea for Two (1950)
That Forsyte Woman (1950)
The Third Man (1950)
Three Came Home (1950)
Three Little Words (1950)
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Treasure Island (1950)
Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Wabash Avenue (1950)
The West Point Story (1950)
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Winchester ’73 (1950)
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)

(May - August 2007) The 1950s kicks off with a lot of OK movies. The classics of the year are definitely All About Eve, The Third Man, and Sunset Boulevard. When you compare these films with the others, you can really see how advanced they were for their time. I was particularly impressed with Caged, as well. Father of the Bride is fun. Spencer Tracy makes the movie. Stage Fright is notable Hitchcock. It's not one of his more famous films, but certainly a memorable one.

Top Ten -- All About Eve, Annie Get Your Gun, Caged, Cinderella, Father of the Bride, The Gunfighter, Stage Fright, Storm Warning, Sunset Boulevard, The Third Man

Friday, October 3, 2008

1949

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer (1949)
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Africa Screams (1949)
All the King’s Men (1949)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Battleground (1949)
Beyond the Forest (1949)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Big Sombrero (1949)
The Big Steal (1949)
Border Incident (1949)
The Bribe (1949)
Champion (1949)
Come to the Stable (1949)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)
Criss Cross (1949)
Edward, My Son (1949)
The Fallen Idol (1949)
Flamingo Road (1949)
The Fountainhead (1949)
The Golden Stallion (1949)
Good Sam (1949)
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Gun Crazy (1949)
The Hasty Heart (1949)
The Heiress (1949)
House of Strangers (1949)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
It’s a Great Feeling (1949)
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Jolson Sings Again (1949)
Killer Bait (1949)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Little Women (1949)
Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
Love Happy (1949)
Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)
Madame Bovary (1949)
The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Mother is a Freshman (1949)
My Foolish Heart (1949)
My Friend Irma (1949)
Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
Once More, My Darling (1949)
On the Town (1949)
Paisan (1949)
Passport to Pimlico (1949)
Pinky (1949)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
The Red Danube (1949)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Saraband (1949)
The Secret Garden (1949)
The Set-Up (1949)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Side Street (1949)
So Dear to My Heart (1949)
Sorrowful Jones (1949)
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
The Stratton Story (1949)
Stray Dog (1949)
Susanna Pass (1949)
Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949)
Task Force (1949)
Tension (1949)
They Live by Night (1949)
Thieves’ Highway (1949)
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Trapped (1949)
Tulsa (1949)
Twelve O’ Clock High (1949)
Under Capricorn (1949)
Whirlpool (1949)
White Heat (1949)
The Window (1949)
Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby (1949)

(January - May 2007) Kurosawa's Stray Dog is awesome. Thinking about it now, it's prob the best of the year. I really liked Gun Crazy! Having known little about it and then watching it I was quite pleased. All the King's Men, The Heiress, and A Letter to Three Wives were all Best Pic nominees and are all worthy. The Bicycle Thief is great too. A good way to end the '40s.

Top Ten -- All the Kings Men, Battleground, The Bicycle Thief, The Fallen Idol, Gun Crazy, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, On the Town, Stray Dog, White Heat

Thursday, October 2, 2008

1948

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Accused (1948)
Act of Violence (1948)
All My Sons (1948)
Berlin Express (1948)
B.F.’s Daughter (1948)
The Big Clock (1948)
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Command Decision (1948)
Deep Waters (1948)
Easter Parade (1948)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Force of Evil (1948)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Fort Apache (1948)
Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)
Hamlet (1948)
He Walked by Night (1948)
I Remember Mama (1948)
Joan of Arc (1948)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Julia Misbehaves (1948)
June Bride (1948)
Key Largo (1948)
The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
Louisiana Story (1948)
The Loves of Carmen (1948)
The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Macbeth (1948)
Melody Time (1948)
Mexican Hayride (1948)
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Monsieur Vincent (1948)
Moonrise (1948)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
The Naked City (1948)
The Noose Hangs High (1948)
Oliver Twist (1948)
One Touch of Venus (1948)
The Paleface (1948)
The Pirate (1948)
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Raw Deal (1948)
Red River (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Rope (1948)
The Search (1948)
Sitting Pretty (1948)
The Snake Pit (1948)
A Song is Born (1948)
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
State of the Union (1948)
The Street with No Name (1948)
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
3 Godfathers (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Words and Music (1948)

(July 2006 - January 2007) Rope is easily the best movie of all of these. Hitchcock is a genius. It's mostly done in one long take. Check it out. I also enjoyed Olivier's Hamlet because he's also a genius. Otherwise, I fondly remember some others but Rope and Hamlet far outweigh their competition.

Top Ten -- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Hamlet, I Remember Mama, Johnny Belinda, Key Largo, Red River, The Red Shoes, Rope, 3 Godfathers, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

1947

Angel and the Badman (1947)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Body and Soul (1947)
Boomerang! (1947)
Born to Kill (1947)
Brute Force (1947)
Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
Captain from Castile (1947)
Cass Timberlane (1947)
Crossfire (1947)
Dark Passage (1947)
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Dear Ruth (1947)
A Double Life (1947)
The Egg and I (1947)
The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)
Fiesta (1947)
Forever Amber (1947)
The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
The Fugitive (1947)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Golden Earrings (1947)
Good News (1947)
Great Expectations (1947)
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
The Hucksters (1947)
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
Ivan the Terrible: Part 1 (1947)
Ivan the Terrible: Part 2 (1947)
Kiss of Death (1947)
Life with Father (1947)
Magic Town (1947)
Merton of the Movies (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
New Orleans (1947)
Nicholas Nickleby (1947)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Odd Man Out (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
The Paradine Case (1947)
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Possessed (1947)
Railroaded (1947)
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
Riffraff (1947)
Road to Rio (1947)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
The Sea of Grass (1947)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Shoe-Shine (1947)
Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
Smash Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)
Song of the South (1947)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
That Hagen Girl (1947)
The Time, the Place, and the Girl (1947)
T-Men (1947)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Unconquered (1947)
The Web (1947)
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

(May - July 2006) I don't even think they were made in 1947 but, I watched the Ivan the Terrible movies this year. I think one of them was released in '47 and the other was released in the '50s, but I was like whatev and watched them together. They are incredible! They're Russian and crazy lol Visual feasts haha I also enjoyed Gentleman's Agreement, The Bishop's Wife, and Miracle on 34th Street. The latter two being perfect movies for Christmas-time.

Top Ten -- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Dark Passage, Gentleman's Agreement, Great Expectations, Ivan the Terrible: Part I, Ivan the Terrible: Part II, Miracle on 34th Street, Shoe-Shine

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1946

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Bedlam (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Blithe Spirit (1946)
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Blue Skies (1946)
Brief Encounter (1946)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1946)
Canyon Passage (1946)
Centennial Summer (1946)
The Chase (1946)
Children of Paradise (1946)
Cloak and Dagger (1946)
Cluny Brown (1946)
The Dark Corner (1946)
The Dark Mirror (1946)
Dead of Night (1946)
Deception (1946)
The Dolly Sisters (1946)
Dragonwyck (1946)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Gilda (1946)
The Green Years (1946)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Henry V (1946)
House of Horrors (1946)
Humoresque (1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Jolson Story (1946)
The Killers (1946)
Kitty (1946)
Lady in the Lake (1946)
Little Giant (1946)
The Time of Their Lives (1946)
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
Make Mine Music (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
My Pal Trigger (1946)
Night and Day (1946)
A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Notorious (1946)
Open City (1946)
O.S.S. (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Razor’s Edge (1946)
Road to Utopia (1946)
Saratoga Trunk (1946)
Sentimental Journey (1946)
The Seventh Veil (1946)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Sister Kenny (1946)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
A Stolen Life (1946)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
Terror by Night (1946)
13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
Three Strangers (1946)
Till the End of Time (1946)
To Each His Own (1946)
Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
Two Years before the Mast (1946)
Vacation from Marriage (1946)
Without Reservations (1946)
The Yearling (1946)
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

(September 2005 - May 2006) Lots of good stuff here. I'd recommend watching The Best Years of Our Lives, The Big Sleep, and Notorious. It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite movies EVER and is probably the only movie I can think of that can make me cry my eyes out every time. Watch that immediately. The real treasure of this year is Children of Paradise. It's a French movie about the theatre and various relationships in and around it. I was amazed by this movie and it's also one of my all-time faves.

Top Ten -- The Best Years of Our Lives, The Big Sleep, Brief Encounter, Children of Paradise, It's a Wonderful Life, My Darling Clementine, Notorious, Open City, The Spiral Staircase, The Time of Their Lives

Monday, September 29, 2008

1945

Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Adventure (1945)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
And Then There Were None (1945)
Back to Bataan (1945)
The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
Blood on the Sun (1945)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
The Clock (1945)
The Corn is Green (1945)
Dillinger (1945)
Here Come the Co-Eds (1945)
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
House of Dracula (1945)
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
The Keys to the Kingdom (1945)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Love Letters (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Music for Millions (1945)
National Velvet (1945)
Objective, Burma (1945)
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Salty O’Rourke (1945)
San Antonio (1945)
A Song to Remember (1945)
The Southerner (1945)
Spellbound (1945)
State Fair (1945)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
They Were Expendable (1945)
The Three Caballeros (1945)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
The Valley of Decision (1945)
A Walk in the Sun (1945)
Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)
Without Love (1945)
Scarlet Street (1945)
The Woman in the Window (1945)
Wonder Man (1945)
Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

(June - September 2005) An ok mix. I think The Lost Weekend is my pick for the best of these. I also really enjoyed Leave Her to Heaven, Mildred Pierce The Picture of Dorian Gray, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I remember watching all of these movies during the summer before I moved to State College. Good times.

Top Ten -- And Then There Were None, Leave Her to Heaven, The Lost Weekend, Mildred Pierce, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Spellbound, State Fair, The Three Caballeros, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Walk in the Sun

Sunday, September 28, 2008

1944

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Casanova Brown (1944)
The Climax (1944)
Cover Girl (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dragon Seed (1944)
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
Gaslight (1944)
Going My Way (1944)
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
In Society (1944)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Jane Eyre (1944)
Kismet (1944)
Laura (1944)
Lifeboat (1944)
Lost in a Harem (1944)
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
None Shall Escape (1944)
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Phantom Lady (1944)
The Seventh Cross (1944)
Since You Went Away (1944)
Step Lively (1944)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
The Uninvited (1944)
Weird Woman (1944)
The Whistler (1944)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Wilson (1944)
Wing and a Prayer (1944)

(March - June 2005) I wish I could decorate Meet Me in St. Louis with hearts. It's such a great movie! Other faves are Going My Way, Double Indemnity, Laura, Lifeboat, and To Have and Have Not. By the mid-forties, film noir became very popular A good number of them came out this year.

Top Ten -- Arsenic and Old Lace, Cover Girl, Double Indemnity, Going My Way, Laura, Lifeboat, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Seventh Cross, Since You Went Away, To Have and Have Not

Saturday, September 27, 2008

1943

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Air Force (1943)
Bataan (1943)
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
DuBarry Was a Lady (1943)
Casablanca (1943)
Destination Tokyo (1943)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
The Human Comedy (1943)
In Which We Serve (1943)
It Ain’t Hay (1943)
Hit the Ice (1943)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
Madame Curie (1943)
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
The More the Merrier (1943)
The Outlaw (1943)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Princess O’Rourke (1943)
Sahara (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
So Proudly We Hail (1943)
Stormy Weather (1943)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
They Got Me Covered (1943)
This is the Army (1943)
Watch on the Rhine (1943)

(December 2004 - March 2005) Casablanca is perfect and needs to be seen at least once by everyone. For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Ox-Bow Incident are also great.

Top Ten -- Cabin in the Sky, Casablanca, Destination Tokyo, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Lassie Come Home,The Outlaw, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Phantom of the Opera, Shadow of a Doubt, The Song of Bernadette

Friday, September 26, 2008

1942

Across the Pacific (1942)
All Through the Night (1942)
Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942)
Arabian Nights (1942)
Bambi (1942)
The Black Swan (1942)
Cat People (1942)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
49th Parallel (1942)
Gentleman Jim (1942)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Glass Key (1942)
Holday Inn (1942)
I Married a Witch (1942)
In This Our Life (1942)
Invisible Agent (1942)
Johnny Eager (1942)
The Jungle Book (1942)
Woman of the Year (1942)
Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Kings Row (1942)
Larceny Inc. (1942)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Night Monster (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Orchestra Wives (1942)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Ride ‘Em Cowboy (1942)
Rio Rita (1942)
Pardon My Sarong (1942)
Who Done It? (1942)
The Pied Piper (1942)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Wake Island (1942)
Random Harvest (1942)
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Road to Morocco (1942)
Roxie Hart (1942)
Saboteur (1942)
The Talk of the Town (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

(August - December 2004) Yankee Doodle Dandy is my favorite of the year, followed closely by Mrs. Miniver. Both were inspired greatly by the patriotism that was sweeping the nation in 1942. I also enjoyed The Pride of the Yankees, Saboteur, and To Be or Not to Be.

Also Seen -- Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Top Ten -- Bambi, 49th Parallel, Johnny Eager, Mrs. Miniver, Now, Voyager, The Pride of the Yankees, Saboteur, To Be or Not to Be, Who Done It?, Yankee Doodle Dandy

Thursday, September 25, 2008

1941

Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941)
Back Street (1941)
Ball of Fire (1941)
The Big Store (1941)
The Black Cat (1941)
Blood and Sand (1941)
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Buck Privates (1941)
Caught in the Draft (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Dumbo (1941)
The Great Lie (1941)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
High Sierra (1941)
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
In the Navy (1941)
Hold That Ghost (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Invisible Woman (1941)
Kathleen (1941)
Keep ‘Em Flying (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Little Foxes (1941)
Louisiana Purchase (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Man Made Monster (1941)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
The Monster and the Girl (1941)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
One Foot in Heaven (1941)
Penny Serenade (1941)
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
Sergeant York (1941)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Suspicion (1941)
They Died with Their Boots on (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)

(June - August 2004) Even with Citizen Kane in this list, I have to say that The Maltese Falcon is the best movie here. Kane is fantastic though. How Green Was My Valley managed to win best picture and I'd say it was pretty deserving. I also enjoyed High Sierra (Bogart) and Dumbo because I'm a sucker. Hold That Ghost is probably my favorite Abbott and Costello - they made four movies this year! War was raging in Europe and hit America this year. The effects on movies would really start to show in the next few years.

Top Ten -- Ball of Fire, Citizen Kane, Dumbo, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, High Sierra, Hold That Ghost, How Green Was My Valley, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, The Wolf Man

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

1940

Abe Lincoln of Illinois (1940)
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Black Friday (1940)
Boom Town (1940)
Brother Orchid (1940)
Christmas in July (1940)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Fantasia (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Go West (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
The Letter (1940)
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
My Little Chickadee (1940)
Northwest Passage (1940)
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Our Town (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
The Return of Frank James (1940)
Road to Singapore (1940)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Seven Sinners (1940)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
They Drive By Night (1940)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Torrid Zone (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
The Westerner (1940)

(June 2004) I remember it being a huge deal when I got into the 40s. The list of movies started to grow to about 50 movies a year and I started to see more popular titles and the beginnings of early franchises. WWII was right around the corner. Rebecca is my choice for best movie. Great Hitchcock thriller. Other faves are The Great Dictator (Chaplin), Pride and Prejudice (Olivier), and The Letter (Bette Davis).

Top Ten -- Fantasia, The Ghost Breakers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, His Girl Friday, The Letter, The Philadelphia Story, Pinocchio, Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

1939

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
Another Thin Man (1939) B-
At the Circus (1939) C+
Babes in Arms (1939) B-
Beau Geste (1939) B+
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Dark Victory (1939) B
Destry Rides Again (1939) C+
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Flying Deuces (1939)
The Four Feathers (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939) A+
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) C+
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
Gunga Din (1939) B-
Honolulu (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) C+
Intermezzo (1939)
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Jamaica Inn (1939) C-
Jesse James (1939)
Juarez (1939)
Love Affair (1939) B-
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
Mexican Spitfire (1939)
Midnight (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) A-
Ninotchka (1939) C+
Of Mice and Men (1939) B+
The Old Maid (1939)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) A-
The Roaring Twenties (1939) B-
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Stagecoach (1939) A-
Tower of London (1939)
Union Pacific (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) A+
The Women (1939) B+
Wuthering Heights (1939) B+
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) B-

(December 2003 - June 2004) And the lists get looonger from here on out. 1939 is fondly known as 'Hollywood's Golden Year' because of the breadth of classics that were produced. My personal faves are Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. See. them. now. Additionally, I'd suggest viewing Beau Geste, The Cat and the Canary, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Only Angels Have Wings, Stagecoach, The Women, and Wuthering Heights.

Top Ten -- Beau Geste, The Cat and the Canary, Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Only Angels Have Wings, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, The Women, Wuthering Heights

Also Seen - The Rules of the Game B-

Monday, September 22, 2008

1938

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) B
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) C+
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) B
The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) C
Blondie (1938) C+
Boys Town (1938) B-
Bringing Up Baby (1938) B
A Christmas Carol (1938) A-
The Citadel (1938) B-
The Dawn Patrol (1938) B-
Four Daughters (1938) B-
Grand Illusion (1938) A
Holiday (1938) B-
Jezebel (1938) C+
Kentucky (1938) C+
The Lady Vanishes (1938) B
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) B-
Marie-Antoinette (1938) B-
Of Human Hearts (1938) C+
Pygmalion (1938) B-
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) C+
Room Service (1938) C+
Suez (1938) C
Test Pilot (1938) C+

(August - December 2003) Grand Illusion was incredible and definitely made me fall in love with French cinema. Everything else is fondly remembered. Bringing Up Baby, A Christmas Carol, and The Lady Vanishes are fun.

Top Ten -- The Adventures of Robin Hood, Angels with Dirty Faces, Bringing Up Baby, A Christmas Carol, The Citadel, Four Daughters, Grand Illusion, La BĂȘte Humaine, The Lady Vanishes, Pygmalion

Also Seen - You Can't Take it With You C+, La BĂȘte Humaine B+

Sunday, September 21, 2008

1937

The Awful Truth (1937) A-
Camille (1937) B-
Captains Courageous (1937) B-
A Day at the Races (1937) B
Dead End (1937) B
The Good Earth (1937) B+
In Old Chicago (1937) C+
Lost Horizon (1937) B
Night Must Fall (1937) B-
Nothing Sacred (1937) B
100 Men and a Girl (1937) C+
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) A-
Shall We Dance? (1937) C+
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937) A
Stage Door (1937) B-
A Star is Born (1937) B-
Stella Dallas (1937) C+
They Won't Forget (1937) B-
Topper (1937) B-

(August 2003) Best movie of the year goes to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs just because I love those Disney movies. I also really enjoyed The Prisoner of Zenda and The Awful Truth. All in all a pretty good year.

Top Ten -- The Awful Truth, Camille, A Day at the Races, Dead End, The Good Earth, Lost Horizon, Night Must Fall, The Prisoner of Zenda, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Topper

Also Seen - The Life of Emile Zola C+, Young and Innocent B

Saturday, September 20, 2008

1936

After the Thin Man (1936) B
Anthony Adverse (1936) B-
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) B
Come and Get It (1936) B-
Dimples (1936) C+
Dodsworth (1936) B-
Libeled Lady (1936) B
Modern Times (1936) A
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) B-
My Man Godfrey (1936) A
The Petrified Forest (1936) B-
Romeo and Juliet (1936) B-
San Francisco (1936) B-
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) B-
Swing Time (1936) B-
A Tale of Two Cities (1936) C+
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) B-
Three Smart Girls (1936) C+
Wife vs. Secretary (1936) B

(July - August 2003) My Man Godfrey is definitely my fave of the year. Modern Times is also a classic to the max. Wife vs. Secretary is good. Otherwise, no real fireworks. It is interesting to note that I was watching these movies during the summer before I started college.

Top Ten -- After the Thin Man, Dodsworth, Fury, Libeled Lady, Modern Times, My Man Godfrey, The Petrified Forest, Sabotage, Swing Time, Wife vs. Secretary

Also Seen - Fury B+, Gold Diggers of 1937,  The Great Ziegfeld B-, Sabotage B, Secret Agent B-

Thursday, September 18, 2008

1935

Alice Adams (1935) C+
Anna Karenina (1935) B-
Becky Sharp (1935) C+
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) A-
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) C+
Captain Blood (1935) B-
Dangerous (1935) C+
David Copperfield
(1935) B
The Informer (1935) B
Les Miserables (1935) B
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) B+
Mark of the Vampire (1935) B
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) B
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) B+
Naughty Marietta (1935) C+
A Night at the Opera (1935) A
The Raven (1935) B
Roberta (1935) C+
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) B-
Top Hat (1935) B
Werewolf of London (1935) B

(June 2003) A Night at the Opera is great Marx Brothers. The Bride of Frankenstein, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, and Mutiny on the Bounty are also good times. Becky Sharp was the first total color movie.

Top 10 -- The Bride of Frankenstein, David Copperfield, The Informer, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Mark of the Vampire, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, The Raven, The 39 Steps, Werewolf of London

Also Seen - The 39 Steps B+

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

1934

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) B-
The Black Cat (1934) B+
Bright Eyes (1934) B-
Charlie Chan in London (1934) C+
Cleopatra (1934) B-
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) B
Death Takes a Holiday (1934) C+
Flirtation Walk (1934) C+
Flying Down to Rio (1934) B-
The Gay Divorcee (1934) B
Imitation of Life (1934) B-
It Happened One Night (1934) A+
It's a Gift (1934) C+
Manhattan Melodrama (1934) B-
March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) B
Of Human Bondage (1934) C+
One Night of Love (1934) D+
The Thin Man (1934) A-
Viva Villa! (1934) C+

(February - June 2003) It Happened One Night and The Thin Man are both fantastic.

Top 5 -- The Black Cat, The Gay Divorcee, It Happened One Night, March of the Wooden Soldiers, The Thin Man

Also Seen - The Man Who Knew Too Much B-

Sunday, September 14, 2008

1933

Dinner at Eight (1933) B+
Duck Soup (1933) A+
Footlight Parade (1933) B+
42nd Street (1933) B
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) B-
The Invisible Man (1933) B
Island of Lost Souls (1933) C+
The Kennel Murder Case (1933) C+
King Kong (1933) A+
Lady for a Day (1933) B
Little Women (1933) B-
Morning Glory (1933) C+
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) B
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) B
Queen Christina (1933) B
She Done Him Wrong (1933) C
Smilin’ Through (1933) C
Sons of the Desert (1933) B-

(January - February 2003) Duck Soup rules! The Marx Brothers were great and this movie is gold. King Kong is also incredible. Dinner at Eight and Footlight Parade are also sweet.

Top 5 -- Dinner at Eight, Duck Soup, Footlight Parade, The Invisible Man, King Kong

Also Seen - Cavalcade B-

Friday, September 12, 2008

1932

The Cabin in the Cotton (1932) B-
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) B+
A Farewell to Arms (1932) B-
Freaks (1932) A
Grand Hotel (1932) A+
Horse Feathers (1932) B
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) B
Mata Hari (1932) B
The Mummy (1932) B
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) C
The Old Dark House (1932) B
One Hour with You (1932) C+
Rasputin and the Empress (1932) B
Red Dust (1932) B
Scarface (1932) B-
Shanghai Express (1932) B-
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) B-
Trouble in Paradise (1932) B-

(August 2002 - January 2003) I loved Freaks, but I'd probably say Grand Hotel, with Greta Garbo, is my fave of the year. Both are so intriguing. I wish I'd watched more Garbo movies.

Top 5 -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Freaks, Grand Hotel, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Mata Hari

Also Seen - The Most Dangerous Game (1932) B

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

1931

Arrowsmith (1931) C+
The Champ (1931) B-
City Lights (1931) A+
Dracula (1931) A
Five Star Final (1931) B
Frankenstein (1931) A
The Front Page (1931) B-
M (1931) A+
The Miracle Woman (1931) B-
Monkey Business (1931) B-
The Public Enemy (1931) B
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) C+
Skippy (1931) C+
Trader Horn (1931) C

(July - August 2002) City Lights is definitely my favorite Charlie Chaplin movie. Dracula and Frankenstein are fun. I enjoyed Five Star Final a lot (it's about morals and ethics in the newspaper business). M is a masterpiece that I didn't appreciate in 2002, but a 2017 revisit blew me away.

Also Seen - Cimarron B-, A Free Soul C+

My Top 5 films of the year -- City Lights, M, Frankenstein, Dracula, Five Star Final

Monday, September 8, 2008

1930

The 1930s weren't as rushed for me as the first 30 years of the 20th century. The number of movies per year began to increase. Silent films were pretty much a thing of the past at this point. The Academy Awards were in its third year and history books have given exposure to so many of the nominees. In July 2002, I chose to watch the following nine titles...

Animal Crackers (1930) B-
Anna Christie (1930) B-
The Big House (1930) B
The Big Trail (1930) C
The Blue Angel (1930) B+
The Divorcee (1930) C+
Little Caesar (1930) B+
Min and Bill (1930) B-
Morocco (1930) B-

The Academy's choice for Best Picture that year was All Quiet on the Western Front. I had just seen it a year earlier during my attempt to watch every Best Picture winner. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it since, but I am anxious to revisit. While trying to see as many early Hitchcock's as possible, I had recently seen Murder and chose not to watch it again so soon.

My favorite of the year is the German film The Blue Angel starring Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich. It's heartbreaking and the music is so wonderful. Marlene Dietrich also appeared in Morocco that year and got her only Oscar nomination. She was luminous. Another foreign beauty, Greta Garbo, appeared in her first talking film, Anna Christie. It's interesting to imagine how a German and a Swede became two of the greatest stars of the 30s.

Some other great movie stars made early breakthroughs this year, including John Wayne in the western The Big Trail, which is notable as the first movie to be shown in a letterbox format. Wayne wouldn't reach prominence until later in the decade, but Edward G. Robinson became a legendary tough guy thanks to the success of Little Caesar. Marie Dressler became an unlikely household name with her Oscar-winning role in Min and Bill.

My Top 5 films of the year - All Quiet on the Western Front, Anna Christie, The Big House, The Blue Angel, Little Caesar

Also Seen -
All Quiet on the Western Front B+
Murder
B-

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

1929

Alibi (1929) C
The Cocoanuts
(1929) B-
Disraeli
(1929) B

Films I've Also Seen -

Blackmail (1929) B-
The Broadway Melody (1929) C+
Coquette (1929) - B-
Un Chien Andalou (1929) A
Weary River (1929) B-


Films I Haven't Seen -
Arsenal (1929) Russian
Asphalt (1929) - Germany
Big Business (1929) - Laurel and Hardy
The Big Pond (1929) - Chevalier/Colbert
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) - Oscar winner
Bulldog Drummond (1929) - Ronald Colman
Captain Fracasse (1929) - French film
Condemned! (1929) - Ronald Colman
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) - Pabst
The Divine Lady (1929) - oscar winner
Drag (1929) - Oscar nominee/Barthelmess
Dynamite (1929) - Cecil B. DeMille
Erotikon (1929)
Eternal Love (1929) Ernst Lubitsch
The Great Gabbo (1929) - von Stroheim
Hallelujah (1929) - King Vidor
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) - best pic nominee
In Old Arizona (1929) - best pic nominee
The Iron Mask (1929) - Fairbanks Sr.
The Kiss (1929)
Laila (1929) - Norwegian film
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) - Norma Shearer
The Leatherneck (1929) - classic Western
Liberty (1929) Leo McCarey
The Love Parade (1929) - best pic nominee
Madame X (1929) - oscar nominee
The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) - documentary
The Manxman (1929) - Hitchcock
Monkey's Moon (1929) - British nature short
The New Babylon (1929) - Russian film
The New Gentleman (1929) - French film
Our Daily Bread [City Girl] (1929) F.W. Murnau
Pandora's Box (1929) - Brooks/Pabst
People on Sunday (1929)
Piccadilly (1929)
Queen Kelly (1929) - Stroheim/Swanson
Regen (Rain) (1929)
The River (1929) - Borzage
Sally (1929) - Oscar nominee
Seduction (1929) - Czech film
Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)
Spite Marriage (1929) - Keaton
The Taming of the Shrew (1929) - Pickford/Fairbanks
Their Own Desire (1929) - Norma Shearer
Thunderbolt (1929) - von Sternberg
The Trespasser (1929) - Swanson
Untamed (1929) - first Joan Crawford talkie
The Valiant (1929) - Oscar nominee/Paul Muni
The Virginian (1929) - Gary Cooper
Wild Orchids (1929)
Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) (1929) - Fritz Lang
The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna (1929)
Wonder of Women (1929) - lost Oscar nom
Applause (1929) - Rouben Mamoulian

1928

The Circus (1928) B-
The Crowd (1928) B-
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) B-

Films I've Also Seen -
Speedy (1928) A-

Films I Haven't Seen -
Abwege (1928) - Pabst
Across to Singapore (1928)
Arsenal (1928) - Russian epic
The Awakening (1928) - lost Oscar nominee
The Barker (1928) - Oscar nominee
The Battle of the Sexes (1928) - D. W. Griffith
Beggars of Life (1928) - Louise Brooks
The Cameraman (1928) - Keaton
Champagne (1928) - Hitchcock
The Cop (1928) - Oscar nom
Crossroads (1928)
The Divine Woman (1928) - Garbo
The Docks of New York (1928) - Josef von Sternberg
The Drag Net (1928) - von Sternberg
Easy Virtue (1928) - Hitchcock
Eliso (1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
The Farmer's Wife (1928) - Hitchcock
The Finishing Touch (1928)
4 Devils (1928) - lost Oscar nom
Four Sons (1928) - John Ford
A Girl in Every Port (1928) - Louise Brooks
Glorious Betsy (1928) - lost Oscar nominee
Hangman's House (1928) - John Ford
The Italian Straw Hat (1928) - Rene Clair
L'Argent (1928) - French film
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) - Chaney
Leave 'Em Laughing (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
Lights of New York (1928) - first complete talkie
The Little Match Girl (1928) - Jean Renoir
Lonesome (1928) - romantic drama
The Man Who Laughs (1928) - classic horror
The Matinee Idol (1928) - Frank Capra
The Mysterious Lady (1928) - Garbo
Noah's Ark (1928) - classic epic
The Noose (1928) - Barthelmess
October (1928) - Eisenstein
Our Dancing Daughters (1928) - Joan Crawford
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) - Dreyer
The Patriot (1928) - best pic nominee/lost film
The Patsy (1928) - King Vidor
The Racket (1928) - best pic nominee
Riley the Cop (1928) - John Ford
Sadie Thompson (1928) - Swanson
Sal of Singapore (1928) - lost Oscar nom
Sex in Chains (1928) - William Dieterle
A Ship Comes In (1928) - Louise Dresser
Show Life (1928)
Show People (1928) - King Vidor
Skyscraper (1928) - Oscar nom
Spione (Spies) (1928) - Fritz Lang
Steamboat Willie (1928) - Mickey Mouse
Storm Over Asia (1928) - Russian film
Street Angel (1928) - Janet Gaynor
Tempest (1928) - Barrymore
The Trail of '98 (1928)
Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
Underground (1928) - Anthony Asquith
West of Zanzibar (1928) - Chaney
The Wedding March (1928) - von Stroheim
Westpoint (1928)
While the City Sleeps (1928)
White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) - Oscar winner
The Wind (1928) - Gish
A Woman of Affairs (1928) - Garbo

Monday, July 28, 2008

1927

Metropolis (1927) A (changed from B-)
The Cat and the Canary (1927) B-
The General (1927) B-
It (1927) C+
Sunrise (1927) B-
The Jazz Singer (1927) B+
Seventh Heaven (1927) C+

Films I've Also Seen -
The Lodger (1927) B
Wings (1927) B

Films I Haven't Seen -

Annie Laurie - Lillian Gish
Bed and Sofa (1927)
Berlin: The Symphony of a Great City (1927)
Casanova (1926)
Chang (1927) - documentary
The Chess Player (1927)
College (1927) - Buster Keaton
The Devil Dancer (1927) - lost Oscar nominee
Dirnentragodie (1927)
The Dove (1927) - lost Oscar winner
Downhill (1927) - Hitchcock
Easy Virtue (1927) - Hitchcock
The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927) - Russian documentary
Fantasia en Surdato (1927)
The Gaucho (1927) - Fairbanks Sr.
Hindle Wakes (1927)
Hotel Imperial (1927) - Pola Negri
Hula (1927)
The Kid Brother (1927) - Harold Lloyd
The King of Kings (1927) - Cecil B. DeMille
La p'tite lilie (1927)
London After Midnight (1927) - Lon Chaney
Long Pants (1927) - Capra/Langdon
Love (1927) - Greta Garbo
The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) - Pabst
The Love of Sunya (1927) - Swanson
The Magic Flame (1927) - lost Oscar nominee
Mr. Wu (1927)
My Best Girl (1927)
Napoleon (1927) - Abel Gance
The Ring (1927) - Hitchcock
The Patent Leather Kid (1927) - Barthelmess
Sorrell and Son (1927) - lost Oscar nominee
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) - Novarro/Shearer
Tell It to the Marines (1927)
The Three-Sided Mirror (1927) - French film
Twelve Miles Out (1927) - John Gilbert
Two Arabian Knights (1927) - Lewis Milestone
Underworld (1927) - Josef von Sternberg
The Unknown (1927) - Tod Browning
The Way of All Flesh (1927) - best pic nominee

1926

I haven't seen anything from 1926!

Films I Haven't Seen -

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - first animated feature
Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
Beau Geste (1926) - Ronald Colman
The Black Pirate (1926) - Fairbanks Sr.
Brown of Harvard (1926)
By the Law (1926)
Camille (1926) - Norma Talmadge
Don Juan (1926) - John Barrymore
Dura Lex (1926) - Russian film
Ella Cinders (1926)
Faust (1926) - F.W. Murnau
Flesh and the Devil (1926) - Greta Garbo
For Heaven's Sake (1926) - Harold Lloyd
The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926)
Hands Up! (1926)
The Holy Mountain (1926)
La Boheme (1926) - Gish/Gilbert
The Magician (1926)
Mantrap (1926) - Clara Bow
Mare Nostrum (1926)
Menilmontant (1926)
Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
Moana (1926) - Robert J. Flaherty
Mother (1926) - Russian film
The Mountain Eagle (1926)- Hitchcock
Nana (1926)
Old Ironsides (1926)
A Page of Madness (1926) - Japanese film
The Scarlet Letter (1926) - Lillian Gish
The Son of the Sheik (1926) - Valentino
Sparrows (1926) - Mary Pickford
The Strong Man (1926) - Capra/Langdon
The Student of Prague (1926)
The Temptress (1926) - Greta Garbo
Three Bad Men (1926) - John Ford
Torrent (1926) - Greta Garbo
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp - Langdon/Crawford
What Price Glory? (1926) - Ford/Walsh

Saturday, July 26, 2008

1925

Battleship Potemkin (1925) C+
Ben-Hur (1925) B-
The Big Parade (1925) B-
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) B+

Films I've Also Seen 
The Freshman (1925) A-
The Gold Rush (1925) A-

Films I Haven't Seen -
Body and Soul - Micheaux/Robeson
Chess Fever - Russian film
Clash of the Wolves (1925) - Rin Tin Tin
Cobra (1925)
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925) - Fairbanks Sr.
The Eagle (1925) - Valentino
Go West (1925) - Keaton
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) - documentary
Joyless Street (1925) - Garbo
Lady of the Night (1925)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
The Lost World (1925) - classic sci-fi
Master of the House (1925) - Dreyer
The Merry Widow (1925) - Stroheim/Gilbert
Paris Qui Dort (The Crazy Ray) (1925) - Rene Clair
Paths to Paradise (1925)
The Plastic Age (1925) - Clara Bow
The Pleasure Garden (1925) - Hitchcock
Riders of the Purple Sage (1925)
Seven Chances (1925) - Keaton
Siegfried (1925) - Fritz Lang, with Wagnerian score
Strike (1925) - Eisenstein
Tartuffe (1925) - Murnau
Tumbleweeds (1925)
The Unholy Three (1925) - silent Chaney
Variety (1925) - Germany

1924

Greed (1924) B
The Thief of Bagdad
(1924) A
The Navigator (1924) B
Sherlock Jr.
(1924) B

Films I Haven't Seen -
Aelita (1924) - Russia
America (1924) - D.W. Griffith feature
Ballet Mecanique - French video art
The Chechahcos - National Film Registry selection
Die Nibelungen (including [Kriemhild’s Revenge] (1924) - Fritz Lang
Entr'acte (1924) - Rene Clair
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) - Russia
Forbidden Paradise (1924) - Pola Negri
Girl Shy (1924) - Harold Lloyd
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) - Lon Chaney
Hot Water (1924) - Harold Lloyd
The Iron Horse (1924) - John Ford
Isn't Life Wonderful? (1924) - D.W. Griffith
The Joyless Street (1924) G.W. Pabst
The Last Laugh (1924) - F.W. Murnau
Le Ballet Mechanique (1924) - French
The Marriage Circle (1924) - Ernst Lubitsch
Michael (1924) - Dreyer
The Open Road (1924)
Peter Pan (1924) - classic silent
The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) - Greta Garbo
The Sea Hawk (1924) - Frank Lloyd
Siegfried's Death (1924) - Fritz Lang
Strike (1924) - Eisenstein
Waxworks (1924) - Paul Leni

Friday, July 25, 2008

1923

Safety Last (1923) B+
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) B
The Ten Commandments (1923) C

Films I've Also Seen - The Pilgrim (1923)

Films I Haven't Seen -
The Balloonatic (1923) - Buster Keaton
The Burning Brasier (1923) - French
The Covered Wagon (1923) - classic western
The Love Nest (1923) - Buster Keaton
Our Hospitality (1923) - Buster Keaton
Salome (1923)
Scaramouche (1923) - Lewis Stone/Ramon Novarro
The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923) - French feminist film
Sylvester (1923) - German
Three Ages (1923) - Buster Keaton
Why Worry? (1923) - Harold Lloyd
A Woman of Paris (1923) - Charlie Chaplin

1922

Nosferatu (1922) B+

Films I Haven't Seen -

The Blacksmith (1922) - Keaton
Blood and Sand (1922) - Valentino
The Burning Soil (1922) - Murnau
Cops (1922) - Keaton
Daydreams (1922) - Keaton
Dr. Jack (1922) - Lloyd
Dr. Mabuse - The Gambler (1922) - Fritz Lang
The Electric House (1922) - Keaton
Foolish Wives (1922) - Erich von Stroheim
The Frozen North (1922) - Keaton
Grandma's Boy (1922) - Lloyd
Haxan (1922) - famous witchcraft movie/Criterion
La Roue (1922) - Abel Gance
My Wife's Relations (1922) - Keaton
Nanook of the North (1922) - classic documentary
The Paleface (1922) - Keaton
Phantom (1922) - Murnau
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) - Lewis Stone/Ramon Novarro
Robin Hood (1922) - Fairbanks Sr.
A Santanotte (1922) - Italian
Shadows (1922)
Sherlock Holmes (1922) - John Barrymore
Tess of the Storm Country (1922) - Pickford
The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922) - Max Linder
The Toll of the Sea (1922)