I decided on a short, manageable goal to help fill in a few significant titles I'd never seen, and I successfully completed watching all 10 films on the list as of New Year's Day, 2012. The titles and links to reviews can be found at the end of my post regarding the final film on the list, SUNSET BLVD. (1950).
I've made a fresh list of 10 classics to be sure to see this year, and unlike last year, I thought I'd post it in advance. Several of the titles were recommended by family members and commenters here at my blog; other than that, it's a fairly random list. Like last year's list, the films are for the most part fairly dark in theme, which helps explain why I've put off seeing them!
The list for 2012:
DARK VICTORY (Edmund Goulding, 1939)
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles, 1942)
THE RAZOR'S EDGE (Edmund Goulding, 1946)
BLACK NARCISSUS (Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell, 1947)
HAMLET (Laurence Olivier, 1948)
CRISS CROSS (Robert Siodmak, 1949)
STALAG 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)
12 ANGRY MEN (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960)
THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
I'm looking forward to exploring these films in 2012 and will value your comments as I see them. I expect to watch and review a couple hundred additional films this year as well!
Happy New Year!
Update: I'll be turning the above titles into hyperlinks to the reviews as I see each film.