10 Classics" project, in which I commit to catching up with some key films for the first time.
It was a great year which exposed me to more silent, foreign, and sci-fi films, while also filling in some gaps in the work of great directors such as Ford, Walsh, and Hawks.
I'll be posting my last reviews from the 2015 list in the coming days! Last year's links are all being gathered here.
In the meantime, here's the list of films I'm looking forward to seeing for the first time in 2016:
7TH HEAVEN (Frank Borzage, 1927)
SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)
JUDGE PRIEST (John Ford, 1934)
A CANTERBURY TALE (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1944)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1951)
TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (John Sturges, 1960)
YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy, 1964)
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.
My thanks to my family and friends who made suggestions for this list! There were other good ideas I considered and will try to get to this year even though they're not on the list...for example, I have a couple of gaps I'd like to fill in in my John Wayne-Maureen O'Hara viewing, THE WINGS OF EAGLES (1957) and McLINTOCK! (1963).
I might be seeing YOJIMBO as soon as next week; if El Nino isn't wreaking havoc with the freeways, I hope to see it at the Egyptian Theatre. Depending on the competing choices, I might also see SHANGHAI EXPRESS on a big screen, at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival.
It's fun to see this idea used by others in the classic film blogosphere! Here's Kristina's list for 2016; it's an ambitious plan with one movie per month plus 52 more! And Jandy did something neat as well, having a lot of friends suggest 52 movies! Readers may also want to check out the Blindspot Series.
If any readers have a list of films they're committing to seeing this year, feel free to share it in the comments or send me the link and I'll share it!
Happy movie viewing to all in 2016!
Previous "10 Classics" lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 (the 2011 list is at the end of the linked review).