Monday, May 12, 2008

The Unwatched: The List

I have 50 unwatched boxed movies in my collection and I'm going to watch them all and blog about it here...

After seven years working as a film journalist I've amassed a fairly hefty collection of unwatched DVDs. For the last few years I've hauled a great number of these around with me as I've moved from place to place, all the while maintaining their presence in my collection without succumbing to the possibilities of Ebay (well, not entirely anyway). Whilst it's bad enough having films you have never seen in your collection, it's even worse when these aren't screeners, but rather physical boxed copies taking up space in my life. It seemed a reasonable move to separate them from the rest of my boxed DVDs, doing so I found that I had 50 as yet unwatched movies. When you look down the list you'll consider it quite scandalous, but trust me, the job of a film journalist doesn't involve sitting around doing nothing but eating popcorn and watching movies – that's only half the job some of the time.

This page will remain standing throughout the blogothon and I might recommend that any other film blogger might want to make their own list and start knocking off the films in their collections they haven't got round to watching yet. As I review each film I'll make sure the entry on this linked up so you can see what I've had to say about the film. Hope you enjoy the ride:

[ed note: As I buggered off to New Zealand snowboarding for 3 months, followed by 3 months in the bush, I haven't been able to write about these movies. I have seen some, and those have been struck through]

13 (Tzameti) (Géla Babluani, 2005)
A Fistful Of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964)

Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)
Basqueball (Julio Medem, 2003)
Battleship Potemkin, The (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925)
Belle Noiseuse, La (Jacques Rivette, 1991)
Casualties Of War (Brian De Palma, 1989)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
Coffee And Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, 2003)
Cold Fever (Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 2003)
Dark Days (Marc Singer, 2001)
Dawn Of The Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
Day Of The Dead (George A. Romero, 1985)
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner, 1982)
Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
Easy Riders Raging Bulls (Kenneth Bowser, 2003)
Elephant Man, The (David Lynch, 1980)
Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
Gozu (Takashi Miike, 2003)
Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967)
Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
High And Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Hired Hand, The (Peter Fonda, 1971)
I Live In Fear (Akira Kurosawa, 1955)
In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
Last Tango In Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, The (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
M (Fitz Lang, 1931)
Man From Laramie, The (Anthony Mann, 1955)
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (John Ford, 1962)
Metropolois, Osamu Tezuka’s (Rintaro, 2001)
Miracle Of Bern, The (Sönke Wortmann, 2003)
My Architect (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003)
Ong-bak (Prachya Pinkaew, 2003)
Orwell Rolls In His Grave (Robert Kane Pappas, 2003)
Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood, 1985)
Play Misty For Me (Clint Eastwood, 1971)
Professionals, The (Richard Brooks, 1966)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard, 1990)
Saddest Music In The World, The (Guy Maddin, 2003)
Saraband (Ingmar Bergman, 2003)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
Subway (Luc Besson, 1985)
Taxi 2 (Gérard Krawczyk, 2000)
This Is Not A Love Song (Bille Eltringham, 2002)
What’s That Knocking At My Door (Martin Scorsese, 1967)
WMD Weapons Of Mass Deception (Danny Schechter, 2004)
Year Of The Dragon (Michael Cimino, 1985)

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Hiatus over: Sydney Film Festival 2008

April was a busy month and I'm sorry that this burgeoning blog got put on a temporary backburner. I'm back now and come baring news. I've been asked to take over the running of the Sydney Film Festival website from now until the end of the festival. It's a huge honour and a big responsibility, but I'm excited about the challenge and looking forward to the films that are in the program. I will also be hosting a video podcast during the festival along with another team so I strongly encourage you all to log into the site and check it out.

If you're feeling generous with your support I'd also appreciate it if you could join the 55th Sydney Film Festival on Facebook and add it as a friend on Myspace, and help us expand the groups by getting your friends to check out what's going on. The festival kicks off 4 June with Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and concludes on 22 June with the Oscar-nominated Best Animated Feature Film Persepolis, which is certainly on of the list films I'm most looking forward too.


Mathieu Ravier has written some more comprehensive previews over at Last Night With Raviera, which are worth checking out. To tell you something of the festival though I should mention that it is one of the 10 oldest film festivals in the world, a fact that certainly surprised me. This year's festival includes some 300 films, with 16 World Premieres, 135 Australian Premieres, and 12 features in the inaugural SFF Official International Competiton for 'new directions in film', with the prestige and cash prize of $60,000 that comes with it. The films in competition are:

I'll be trying to update the blog as much as I can during the festival to let you know what's happening; albeit in a casual, on-the-fly manner. Some other things to mention. By time you're reading this Dark Habits should officially be its own dot com. Yep, I remain determined to make this damned thing respectable. I've also bought the url for Just Another Clumsy Romantic, and I hope to breath new life into my travel blog as and when I get a spare moment. Lastly, I have separated a pile of boxed DVDs in my collection that are films that I have, as yet, never seen. I will post the list here and my plan is to start knocking them off and writing about it.

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