list of "10 Classics," movies I wanted to be sure to finally see for the first time last year.
Thanks to the inspiration of my 10 Classics list, I tried a couple of silent films -- which hooked me on the amazing Harold Lloyd -- a foreign film, a classic Western, a gangster pre-Code, a Disney film, a horror movie, a multi-Oscar winner from John Ford, and highly regarded dramas directed by Max Ophuls and Vincente Minnelli.
SAFETY LAST! (1923) I'm especially glad I finally watched HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941), a deeply moving and impressive viewing experience.
Links for the reviews of all 10 of last year's films can be found here, and there are also links for previous lists and reviews at the end of this post.
It's time to post this year's list! The films I'm committing to finally see in 2014 include two more silent films, a foreign film, a key pre-Code, a couple of film noir/crime titles, a pair of Westerns, and a romantic drama, along with Joel McCrea's favorite film of all he made, STARS IN MY CROWN. Given my admiration for McCrea both on and off screen, it's past time I finally see that one!
The list for 2014:
THE FRESHMAN (Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1925)
SUNRISE (F. W. Murnau, 1927)
BABY FACE (Alfred E. Green, 1933)
NOW, VOYAGER (Irving Rapper, 1942)
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (Tay Garnett, 1946)
LATE SPRING (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)
STARS IN MY CROWN (Jacques Tourneur, 1950)
WINCHESTER '73 (Anthony Mann, 1950)
KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
3:10 TO YUMA (Delmer Daves, 1957)
As I have done in previous years, I'll be returning to this post as I see each film, linking each title to its corresponding review.
Happy New Year!
Previous "10 Classics" lists: 2013, 2012, and 2011 (the 2011 list is at the end of this review of the final film on the list).
Update: Raquel of Out of the Past has a list this year too!
Update: I'm so delighted this idea is catching on! MC has now posted a list at Happy Thoughts, Darling.
Update: And here's a great list of 10 Classics to see this year from Lindsay at Lindsay's Movie Musings.
Update: Another wonderful list! Here's the movies KC of Classic Movies intends to watch this year.