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)


1minutefilmreview said...

Wow, nice selection of films you've got there!

Scott Henderson said...

Thanks, it's gonna be fun working through them. Any recommendations for a good start point? Right now it's just a wall of movies

Daniel Crichton-Rouse said...

Wow, what a list! I wish mine had such heavyweights as 'Last Tango in Paris', 'Coffee & Cigarettes' and 'In The Mood For Love'.

Are these all films you've never seen, or simply films on DVD that you haven't yet watched?

I'd be keen to join you for a few of these...

PS: I should tally my list up. I don't have nearly as many as you, and most of mine are screeners, but I do have a few. Including 'No Country For Old Men'.

Anonymous said...

Of the films I've seen in that list, Dogville is probably my favourite. I'd say go through them chronologically, for a random history of cinema.

'Coffee and Cigarettes' is Jarmusch's weakest film, in my opinion. Do yourself a big favour and skip the White Stripes scene before it starts.

Unknown said...

Get writing again, Scott!!

P.S. I've tagged you on my blog. Don't worry, "It's like herpes, but for positive."