10 Classics I wanted to be sure to see in 2014!
My 2014 list provided some terrific viewing experiences. I really loved half of the movies on the list, and there was only one I didn't enjoy very much. My viewing last year was enriched by a couple of silent films, a foreign film, classic Westerns, and more. The 2014 list and reviews are all here.
Time to post this year's list of films I'm committing to finally seeing for the first time in 2015! This year I'm going to check out a couple more silent movies and also work on filling in some unseen titles by great directors such as John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, William Wyler, and more.
The list also includes films I've never seen starring two of my all-time favorite actors, Tyrone Power and Joel McCrea, not to mention other favorites like George O'Brien and Ray Milland.
I also chose another foreign film for this year's list; I picked THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958) as I've never seen a Kurosawa film. This one is said to be somewhat lighter in tone than some of his films so it might be more likely to appeal to me, and I'm intrigued as it's considered a significant influence on one of my favorite movies, STAR WARS (1977).
As for EL DORADO (1967), for years my attitude has been why watch that when I can just watch the wonderful RIO BRAVO (1959) again? Time to finally check out Hawks and Wayne's later variation on the story. I'm the only person in my family who hasn't seen it!
The list for 2015:
3 BAD MEN (John Ford, 1926)
FLESH AND THE DEVIL (Clarence Brown, 1926)
THE SMILING LIEUTENANT (Ernst Lubitsch, 1931)
THE LETTER (William Wyler, 1940)
THE LOST WEEKEND (Billy Wilder, 1945)
COLORADO TERRITORY (Raoul Walsh, 1949)
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks, 1951)
THE LONG GRAY LINE (John Ford, 1955)
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Akira Kurosawa, 1958)
EL DORADO (Howard Hawks, 1967)
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.
Thanks to Blake Lucas and members of my family for their input on this year's list, and to Mel for sending me THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.
Kristina of Speakeasy coincidentally also chose THE SMILING LIEUTENANT for her own "10 Classics" list, and we're going to try to blog about it in tandem next month.
A couple other bloggers thus far have also posted "10 Classics" lists; they're linked here. Readers are welcome to post their own 10 Classics lists in the comments, and bloggers are welcome to provide links to 10 Classics blog posts.
This is a fun project which I've really enjoyed over the last few years, and I highly recommend giving it a try.
Previous "10 Classics" lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 (the 2011 list is at the end of the linked review).
Update: Le has now posted her list at Critica Retro. If needed, there's a handy translation button at the top of the page.
Update: Check out the new list at Classic Reel Girl.