Friday, October 30, 2009

1960

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960) C
The Alamo (1960) C+
All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) C-
The Angry Silence (1960) C
The Apartment (1960) A-
Atom Age Vampire (1960) C
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) C+
The Battle of Austerlitz (1960) D+
Because They’re Young (1960) C
The Bellboy (1960) C
Bells Are Ringing (1960) B
Black Sunday (1960) B-
The Bramble Bush (1960) C
Breathless (1960) A
A Breath of Scandal (1960) B-
The Brides of Dracula (1960) C+
Butterfield 8 (1960) C+
Can-Can (1960) C-
Cash McCall (1960) B-
Cimarron (1960) C+
Cinderfella (1960) C
Circus of Horrors (1960) C
Comanche Station (1960) C
Crack in the Mirror (1960) C
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) B-
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960) C+
The Devil’s Eye (1960) B
Elmer Gantry (1960) B+
The Entertainer (1960) C+
Esther and the King (1960) D+
Exodus (1960) C+
Eyes without a Face (1960) A-
The Facts of Life (1960) C+
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) B-
Five Branded Women (1960) C
Flaming Star (1960) C+
From the Terrace (1960) B-
The Gallant Hours (1960) C
G.I. Blues (1960) C
The Grass is Greener (1960) B-
Heller in Pink Tights (1960) C-
Hell is a City (1960) C
High Time (1960) C+
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1960) A
Home from the Hill (1960) C
Ice Cold in Alex (1960) C+
Ice Palace (1960) C
I’m All Right Jack (1960) C
Inherit the Wind (1960) B+
It Started in Naples (1960) C+
Kapo (1960) A-
Kidnapped (1960) C
The Last Voyage (1960) B-
L’Avventura (1960) A-
Late Autumn (1960) C+
The League of Gentlemen (1960) A-
The Leech Woman (1960) C+
Le Trou (1960) A-
Let’s Make Love (1960) C-
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) B
The Lost World (1960) C-
Macario (1960) C+
The Magnificent Seven (1960) A-
Make Mine Mink (1960) C
Man on a String (1960) C-
The Marriage-Go-Round (1960) C-
Midnight Lace (1960) B
Murder Inc. (1960) C
Never on Sunday  (1960) A-
Night of the Ghouls (1960) D
North to Alaska (1960) C
Ocean’s 11 (1960) B-
Once More, With Feeling (1960) C+
Oscar Wilde (1960) B-
Our Man in Havana (1960) B-
Peeping Tom (1960) A-
Pepe (1960) D+
Peter Pan (TV) (1960) B+
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) C+
Pollyanna (1960) B-
Portrait in Black (1960)
Psycho (1960) A+
Purple Noon (1960) A-
The Rat Race (1960) C
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) C-
The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1960) D
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) B-
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) B-
School for Scoundrels (1960) C-
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) C+
Seven Thieves (1960) C
Shoot the Piano Player (1960) B
Sink the Bismarck! (1960) C+
Song Without End (1960) C
Sons and Lovers (1960) B
Spartacus (1960) A
The Steamroller and the Violin (1960) B+
Stop! Look! And Laugh! (1960) C-
Strangers When We Meet (1960) C+
The Subterraneans (1960) C
The Sundowners (1960) B
Sunrise at Campobello (1960) C+
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) B+
Tall Story (1960) C+
The 3rd Voice (1960) C-
13 Ghosts (1960) C+
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) C
The Time Machine (1960) B-
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) C
Tunes of Glory (1960) B-
The Unforgiven (1960) B-
Village of the Damned (1960) B-
The Virgin Spring (1960) A-
Visit to a Small Planet (1960) C
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) C-
Wake Me When It’s Over (1960) C-
The Wasp Woman (1960) D+
Who Was That Lady? (1960) C-
Wild River (1960) B-
The World of Suzie Wong (1960) C+

(October 2009 - October 2010) A very busy personal life made this year take an actual year to complete. This year offered a record number of titles for me and my overall perception is that everything was pretty average. Foreign films really stood out as the most impressive, while Hitchcock's Psycho is clearly the must-see classic. I did observe how films have advanced a bit in terms of daring subject matter, particularly Peeping Tom, Elmer Gantry, and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Similarly, major advancements in filmmaking are evident in Breathless, which ushered in the French New Wave to American audiences and helped increase the popularity of international cinema in the states.  It's clear that movies are changing along with the times and I look forward to learning more as I progress through the 1960s.

Top 10 - Breathless, Hiroshima, Mon Amour, L'Avventura, The League of Gentlemen, Le Trou, Never on Sunday, Peeping Tom, Psycho, Spartacus, The Virgin Spring

Sunday, July 19, 2009

1959

Al Capone (1959)
Alias Jesse James (1959)
The Alligator People (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Angry Hills (1959)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
The Bat (1959)
The Beat Generation (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Best of Everything (1959)
The Big Fisherman (1959)
The Black Orchid (1959)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Blue Denim (1959)
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Career (1959)
Compulsion (1959)
Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
The Devil’s Disciple (1959)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
A Doll’s House (TV) (1959)
Drunken Angel (1959)
The FBI Story (1959)
Fires on the Plain (1959)
The Five Pennies (1959)
Flame over India (1959)
Floating Weeds (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
The Gazebo (1959)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
Gidget (1959)
Good Morning (1959)
Green Mansions (1959)
The Hanging Tree (1959)
Hercules (1959)
A Hole in the Head (1959)
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Imitation of Life (1959)
It Happened to Jane (1959)
It Started With a Kiss (1959)
John Paul Jones (1959)
The Journey (1959)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
The Killer Shrews (1959)
The Last Angry Man (1959)
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Le Beau Serge (1959)
Libel (1959)
Li’l Abner (1959)
The Lovers (1959)
The Magician (1959)
The Man in the Net (1959)
The Mating Game (1959)
Middle of the Night (1959)
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
The Mummy (1959)
Never So Few (1959)
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Nun’s Story (1959)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
1001 Arabian Nights (1959)
On the Beach (1959)
Operation Petticoat (1959)
The Perfect Furlough (1959)
Pickpocket (1959)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Porgy and Bess (1959)
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
The Rabbit Trap (1959)
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959)
Return of the Fly (1959)
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Room at the Top (1959)
Sapphire (1959)
The Savage Innocents (1959)
Say One for Me (1959)
The Scapegoat (1959)
Season of Passion (1959)
Shadows (1959)
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
The Story on Page One (1959)
Stranger in My Arms (1959)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
A Summer Place (1959)
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959)
Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
Tempest (1959)
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)
Terror is a Man (1959)
That Kind of Woman (1959)
These Thousand Hills (1959)
They Came to Cordura (1959)
The 30-Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
This Earth is Mine (1959)
The Tingler (1959)
A Touch of Larceny (1959)
Up Periscope (1959)
Verboten! (1959)
Warlock (1959)
Westbound (1959)
When Comedy Was King (1959)
Wild Strawberries (1959)
The World of Apu (1959)
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1959)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
The Young Land (1959)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)

(July 2009 - October 2009) There are at least 20 solidly entertaining movies from this year. Again, foreign films stand out with The 400 Blows, Wild Strawberries, and The Lovers represented in my top 10 list. North by Northwest and Some Like it Hot are my two favorite movies of the year and they are equally wonderful. It's hard to pick which of the two is the best. I want to make a point to mention movies like The Best of Everything, A Bucket of Blood, and The Tingler, each of which I found to be a lot of fun to watch, but not exactly masterpieces. I find it hard to believe that the 1950s have come to an end. The number of movies that I watch keeps rising with each passing year. The French New Wave is just beginning to seep into mainstream America and the Hollywood studio system is declining. All of this makes my movie-watching experience/addiction so much more entertaining. Bring on the 1960s!

Top 10 - Anatomy of a Murder, Ben-Hur, The 400 Blows, The Lovers, North by Northwest, Rio Bravo, Sleeping Beauty, Some Like it Hot, Suddenly, Last Summer, Wild Strawberries

Friday, May 8, 2009

1958

Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Auntie Mame (1958)
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
Bell, Book, and Candle (1958)
The Big Country (1958)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
Bitter Victory (1958)
The Blob (1958)
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
The Bonnie Parker Story (1958)
The Bravados (1958)
Brink of Life (1958)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
A Certain Smile (1958)
The Chaplin Revue (1958)
The Cool and the Crazy (1958)
Cop Hater (1958)
Cowboy (1958)
The Cranes are Flying (1958)
Cry Terror! (1958)
Damn Yankees (1958)
The Days of Wine and Roses (TV) (1958)
The Decks Ran Red (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Doctor's Dilemma (1958)
Dracula (1958)
Dunkirk (1958)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
The Fly (1958)
Frankenstein – 1970 (1958)
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
The Geisha Boy (1958)
Gigi (1958)
The Goddess (1958)
God's Little Acre (1958)
Go, Johnny, Go! (1958)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
High School Confidential (1958)
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
Hot Spell (1958)
Houseboat (1958)
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
I Accuse! (1958)
I Bury the Living (1958)
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Indiscreet (1958)
In Love and War (1958)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
I Want to Live! (1958)
Jalshagar (Music Room) (1958)
The Key (1958)
King Creole (1958)
Kings Go Forth (1958)
The Last Hurrah (1958)
The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
Lonelyhearts (1958)
The Long Hot Summer (1958)
Look Back in Anger (1958)
Man of the West (1958)
Mardi Gras (1958)
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
The Matchmaker (1958)
Merry Andrew (1958)
Mon Oncle (1958)
Monster on the Campus (1958)
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Night of the Demon (1958)
A Night to Remember (1958)
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Nowhere to Go (1958)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
The Proud Rebel (1958)
Queen of Outer Space (1958)
The Quiet American (1958)
The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
The Restless Years (1958)
Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Saddle the Wind (1958)
Separate Tables (1958)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The Sheepman (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
South Pacific (1958)
The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Teacher's Pet (1958)
Ten North Frederick (1958)
This Happy Feeling (1958)
Thunder Road (1958)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
Tom Thumb (1958)
Torpedo Run (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Tunnel of Love (1958)
The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
The Vikings (1958)
White Wilderness (1958)
The Young Lions (1958)

(May 2009 - July 2009) - As I progress with my adventure, I become more and more fascinated by foreign films. Often, films of France, Italy, and Japan completely overshadow the majority of the American films that I watch. It's evident that I'm entering and era when foreign films and foreign directors began to gain popularity in America. My favorite American movies of 1958 are incredible examples of two genius filmmakers at the tops of their respective games. Hitchcock's Vertigo and Welles' Touch of Evil are hard to beat when you look at the rest of the releases this year. I'm not positive which I liked better. I shouldn't discount the rest of the year's offerings. Admittedly, it was hard to develop a top ten list, with so many fun movies to choose from.

Top Ten - Ashes and Diamonds, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Cranes are Flying, The Defiant Ones, The Hidden Fortress, Mon Oncle, A Night to Remember, Touch of Evil, Vertigo

Monday, March 9, 2009

1957

Abandon Ship (1957)
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Across the Bridge (1957)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
All Mine to Give (1957)
And God Created Woman (1957)
Aparajito (1957)
April Love (1957)
The Bachelor Party (1957)
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
Beau James (1957)
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
China Gate (1957)
The Colditz Story (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
Designing Woman (1957)
Desk Set (1957)
Edge of the City (1957)
The Enemy Below (1957)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
A Farewell to Arms (1957)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Funny Face (1957)
The Girl Most Likely (1957)
The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Invitation to the Dance (1957)
Island in the Sun (1957)
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Jamboree! (1957)
The James Dean Story (1957)
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
Jet Pilot (1957)
Johnny Tremain (1957)
The Joker is Wild (1957)
Kill Her Gently (1957)
A King in New York (1957)
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Kronos (1957)
The Land Unknown (1957)
Legend of the Lost (1957)
Le Notti Bianche (White Nights) (1957)
Les Girls (1957)
Lizzie (1957)
The Lonely Man (1957)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Loving You (1957)
The Lower Depths (1957)
A Man Escaped (1957)
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
Man on Fire (1957)
The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)
The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
The Midnight Story (1957)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Mother India (1957)
Mr. Rock and Roll (1957)
My Man Godfrey (1957)
Night Ambush (1957)
Night Passage (1957)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
No Down Payment (1957)
Oedipus Rex (1957)
Old Yeller (1957)
Omar Khayyam (1957)
The Pajama Game (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Peyton Place (1957)
Plunder Road (1957)
Portland Expose (1957)
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Pursuit of the Graf Spree (1957)
Raintree County (1957)
Reform School Girl (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1957)
The Rising of the Moon (1957)
The River's Edge (1957)
Rodan (1957)
Run of the Arrow (1957)
Saint Joan (1957)
Sayonara (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The She-Creature (1957)
Silk Stockings (1957)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)
The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
Something of Value (1957)
Sorority Girl (1957)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
The Story of Mankind (1957)
The Strange One (1957)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Tall T (1957)
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Teenage Monster (1957)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Time Limit (1957)
The Tin Star (1957)
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
The Undead (1957)
Until They Sail (1957)
The Vampire (1957)
Wild is the Wind (1957)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
The Wrong Man (1957)
The Young Stranger (1957)
Your Past is Showing (1957)
Zero Hour! (1957)

(February 2009 - May 2009) - Another very good year with foreign films really soaring. Ray's Aparajto, the second film in the Apu Trilogy is incredibly emotional. Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, a samurai version of Macbeth, is stunning to watch. Bergman's The Seventh Seal is a masterpiece of film that commands your viewing. American films were just as impressive with Witness for the Prosecution and 12 Angry Men competing for my favorite film of the year. I'd give the edge to 12 Angry Men for its dramatic excellence and social importance.

Top 10 -- Aparajito, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Nights of Cabiria, Paths of Glory, Peyton Place, The Seventh Seal, Throne of Blood, 12 Angry Men, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Witness for the Prosecution

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1956

Alexander the Great (1956)
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
Anastasia (1956)
Anything Goes (1956)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Attack (1956)
Autumn Leaves (1956)
Baby Doll (1956)
The Bad Seed (1956)
Bandido (1956)
Bang the Drum Slowly (TV)(1956)
The Best Things in Life are Free (1956)
Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Bhowani Junction (1956)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
The Boss (1956)
The Brave One (1956)
Bundle of Joy (1956)
Bus Stop (1956)
Carousel (1956)
The Catered Affair (1956)
The Conqueror (1956)
The Court Jester (1956)
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
The Creeping Unknown (1956)
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
D-Day, the Sizth of June (1956)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Giant (1956)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Godzilla – King of the Monsters (1956)
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
The Harder They Fall (1956)
High Society (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It Conquered the World (1956)
Jubal (1956)
Julie (1956)
The Killer is Loose (1956)
The Killing (1956)
The King and I (1956)
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
The Ladykillers (1956)
La Strada (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Lust for Life (1956)
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Man in the Vault (1956)
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Moby Dick (1956)
The Mole People (1956)
The Mountain (1956)
The Mystery of Picasso (1956)
Nightfall (1956)
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Our Miss Brooks (1956)
Patterns (1956)
The Power and the Prize (1956)
The Proud and the Profane (1956)
The Rack (1956)
The Rainmaker (1956)
Ransom! (1956)
Requiem for a Heavyweight (TV)(1956)
The Red Balloon (1956)
Richard III (1956)
Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956)
Run for the Sun (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
Seven Men from Now (1956)
Seven Samurai (1956)
Shake, Rattle, and Rock (1956)
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Stagecoach to Fury (1956)
The Swan (1956)
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Teenage Rebel (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
These Wilder Years (1956)
Three Violent People (1956)
Time Without Pity (1956)
Trapeze (1956)
Umberto D. (1956)
War and Peace (1956)
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Written on the Wind (1956)
X the Unknown (1956)

(November 2008 - February 2009) - This year offered a lot of solid entertainment with the release of some pretty epic films. The sheer fun of Around the World in 80 Days makes it hard to dislike. Giant is a marvelously large-scale classic with James Dean's final performance at its center. Perhaps the biggest of all is The Ten Commandments with its awesome special effects. Smaller films also made quite an impact with Umberto D. being an excellent, moving Italian gem. The best of the year is the equally small heist thriller The Killing. It's very rare for me to want to rewatch a movie so quickly after seeing it and this early Stanley Kubrick film really made me consider doing so.

Top 10 - Around the World in 80 Days, The Court Jester, Friendly Persuasion, Giant, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Killing, The Searchers, Seven Samurai, The Ten Commandments, Umberto D.

Also Seen - Night and Fog (1956)