One century of cinema, year by year
My absolutely favorite movie from each year. The list is still on progression. If I don't have a movie I like from that year, I put a movie I would like to see. Making this list, I discovered that some release years are wrong in Flixter database.
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The Best Offer 2014, R)
Les Misérables 2012, PG-13)
Hooper creates a mix of opera and musical although, despite the good scenography, he employs the camera to close shots to underline what can not be done in a musical. Although a little strange because there is no pause in the singing, the product works quite well (not as well as the story itself from Hugo, which is one of my favorites), specially by the great work of some actors, specially Jackman, Barks, and, over all, a great Hathaway with a incredible interpretation of "I dreamt a dream" (astounding). Music, of course, is amazing, songs are addictive, and such good characters as Gavroche give a note of color. The main "but": Russell Crow was a very weak Javert. The movie itself is a 3.5, but I add half an additional star because all the details I have mentioned above.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy 2011, Unrated)
A documentary about the fact that many products could have a much longer lifetime, but the engineers are forced to design them in order that they get broken before, and then consumers have to buy another one. This so called "programmed obsolescence" is the basis in which our economy is developed, but, what happens with environment? And common sense? The story starts with a light bulb in the United States which has been providing light since 1901, and continues now: why our light bulbs, then, only last for 1000 hours? A must-see documentary.
Black Swan 2010, R)
I donÃ,Â´t need to say anything about immeasurable Natalie Portman interpretation as everybody is going to underline it. However, I would also like to speak about the brilliant direction, artistic direction, scenography, the contrast between dark and brightness, the consonance of everything that is going on with everything that lies beneath... Perfect actorÃ,Â´s direction, perfect use of the visual and sound effects. A great, great, great, immense work from Arronofsky, a strong story of confrontation (comparable to The prestige, but in femenine) and all a psychology study about the evolution of a mind to the limit.
Great! Incredible! Enormous Campanella! He takes a lawyers-thriller (Darín remembered to Al Pacino in his best times, and Campanella was greatly influenced by the 70s American thriller) and to a I-can-not-breathe-while-looking-it he adds wonderful touchs of poetry, tenderness and incisive humour. Although the rhytm is slow, you never get bored, as the script is incredible. Amazing sensation!
WALL-E 2008, G)
(This comment was before watching it): A film against consumism and generating rubish, and conservatives say it is communist? It is clear that when you put a message, people with interests accuse you of strange things to discredit you. It is said it is poetic and dark. I would like to check it by myself.
Persepolis 2007, PG-13)
V for Vendetta 2006, R)
The Constant Gardener 2005, R)
The good point about this movie is the combination of the classic spies/thriller genre (this movie is based on a novel by John Le Carre, with some very clear indications about that), with the social point of life that Fernando Meirelles get to print it with. Ralph Fiennes does perfect as this cautious, always trying to seem insignificant diplomatic, while Rachel Weisz makes a wonderful performance as the reference of all the movie, and gives the emotion to the story. Strong story with feelings and messages powerful as bullets.
Million Dollar Baby 2004, PG-13)
Big Fish 2003, PG-13)
The Quiet American 2003, R)
Philip Noyce takes magnifically this ambigous, moral-controverty story from Graham Greene, and takes all the atmosphere from Vietnam before the war was really serious. Reflects the way to do politics by certain nations, mixed with love and other more personal problems. Very modern and actual, important to reflect the world where we live, with a main character -fantastic Michael Caine- which is not a hero but someone who tries to survive and confront his curses and ghosts. Diferent sides, and sometimes people takes part. Very deep movie.
Amélie 2001, R)
Memento 2000, R)
Shower 2000, PG-13)
Train de Vie (Train of Life) 1999, R)
It combines the humour that would come from a Wilder movie, with the funny plot of Jewishes trying to look like Nazis but asking for kosher food, and accused by their own partners of being Nazis, but after the discussion they all pray together. In this fake deportation train, even comunism starts to appear, but political and sentimental questions get crossed. Very funny, funny film, with a clever sense of humour, and some unforgettable touchs of lyrism (town´s fool is magnificient). A little jewel for our eyes.
Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) 1997, PG-13)
Sleepers 1996, R)
Seven (Se7en) 1995, R)
Stargate 1994, PG-13)
Schindler's List 1993, R)
The Public Eye 1992, R)
JFK 1991, R)
Awakenings 1990, PG-13)
Dead Poets Society 1989, PG)
Good Morning, Vietnam 1987, R)
An American Tail 1986, G)
Back to the Future 1985, PG)
Birdy 1984, R)
WarGames (War Games) 1983, PG)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982, PG)
Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981, R)
The Elephant Man 1980, PG)
Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979, R)
Patrullero 777, El 1978, PG)
Pete's Dragon 1977, G)
Network 1976, R)
Dog Day Afternoon 1975, R)
Never had seen Al Pacino more hysterical, incredible, alive. Also really good acting by Cazale, you really feel something about him. The movie gets you thrilled, and at the same time is funny, and at the same time you want to know what's going to happen, and are excited about the future of the characters. You'll be surprised about some news in the middle of the film. Great rhytm.
The Godfather, Part II 1974, R)
The Sting 1973, PG)
The Godfather 1972, R)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971, G)
M*A*S*H 1970, PG)
Midnight Cowboy 1969, R)
The Odd Couple 1968, PG)
Spartacus 1960, PG-13)
The Fortune Cookie 1966, Unrated)
Another Billy Wilder movie with Jack Lemmon as a poor man, and Matthau as one of the most terrible (in the same of selfish) and funny villains you have ever seen in cinema. The romance parts are not very good, but, OK, you can overcome that. Also, very good pearls about guilty and how to take circumstances, all with Wilder's characteristic acid and sometimes dark sense of humour.
Doctor Zhivago 1965, PG-13)
Topkapi 1964, Unrated)
The Executioner (1963) , Unrated)
Was it possible to make a speech against death penalty under a dictatorship, and even, make it as a comedy? García Berlanga and Azcona, probably the best couple in Spanish cinema ever, got it. The story is about a person who inherits the charge of executioner from his father-in-law, although he doesn´t want it, just to feed the family, and because they swear him he´s not going to kill anyone. However, he gets more involved each time by reasons he does not control. A very funny comedy, with great moments (the one in the lake reflects the surrealism the dictatorship had itself), but that also gives you the opportunity to think about death penalty, and the forgotten and unforgiven role of the executioner. if it was an Italian or English-spoken film, it would be a know-worldwide classic.
El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) 1967, Unrated)
One, Two, Three 1961, Unrated)
Our Man in Havana 1959, Unrated)
Anatomy of a Murder 1959, G)
Vertigo 1958, PG)
As it is common in Hitchcock, the intriguing part of the plot appears when the movie is quite advanced. The second part is really great, with a combination of music, visual games and references, all in combination to reflect the obsessions and the traps from the past of the characters. Great performances and roles for James Stewart and Kim Novak.
Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) 1957, Unrated)
Lust for Life 1956, PG)
The Night of the Hunter 1955, PG)
La Strada (The Road) 1954, PG)
Although the behaviour of the characters is completely fool (and makes you loose your nerves), it is a really touching story. Three main points: Anthony Quinn, Nino Rota´s wonderful music, and the incredible acting of the even, even more lovely Giulietta Massina... It´s a movie that is disgusting to see almost all the way, but when it finishes it impacts you, and also at the beginning you are angry with the movie, a time later you recognize it was lovely and marvelous, even understanding that the characters were wrong in many things.
Julius Caesar 1953, Unrated)
Limelight 1952, G)
Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) 1951, Unrated)
It is a good story, but lacks of some narrative force: probably because 1) it is very difficult to understand the mentality of Japanese XIth century, 2) probably, for 1950, no enough resources had been invented to increase the thrilling impact of a story (although Kurosawa makes a good job, there are elements that nowadays will be indispensable: for example, the sound of the rain should be continuous, and not just intermittent, and there should be more darkness in story and more violence in the dialogues). Although, maybe, this is just my vision (at the end, the acclaimed director is Kurosawa), and it is the particular decision of the director to do it that way, and put the vision of crime under the fear of daylight (and it is right that the photography is exceptional and can increase the disturbing of the story). However, in my opinion, an actualized version, set in this time, with powerful actors, and sound and visual tricks prepared to reinforce the script (in the way of the most classic film noir), will be required: I would go to see it! The story creates you an intrigue which is even move underlined by the fact that, at that time (and as far as I know), very little had been played in cinema with alternative versions. Between 3 and 3.5.
Sunset Boulevard 1950, Unrated)
The Third Man 1949, Unrated)
The Lady from Shanghai 1948, Unrated)
A good film noir, with its femme fatale and all the good points of the genre. What I like more from the film is the use of scenario: some people will tell you about the mirror's scene, but I liked even more the interaction with people and scenarios in Caribbean, Chinese neighbourhoods, people around... That interaction is not perfect, of course, as 40s movies hadn't overcome that defect of focusing too much in just the main characters, but I think it's the better approach I have found from a movie in these years. The plot is interesting, with shocking moments, keeps you asking all the time what is going on, however, you may find some things which are difficult to believe in love story (but is in part a problem of the age it was made, when they didn't want to call lust by its name: also, Rita Hayworth is impacting, yeah, but as a femme fatale there were actress who were more credible, but for me the problem comes from the way the script desvelops the character; however, her climax moments were apoteosic). So, a very good movie, not perfect, but one classic which deserves its name.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947, Unrated)
The Stranger 1946, PG)
Spellbound 1945, Unrated)
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944, Unrated)
Heaven Can Wait 1943, G)
Elegant and subtle as works from Lubitsch are, this one is more humorous than others I have seen from him. Amusing at the beginning, the baloon loses air with time, as the narration becomes more predictable (classic war of sexes with its stereotypes). But in any cause, good touches from the Lubitsch touch.
Casablanca 1943, PG)
Dumbo 1941, G)
The Great Dictator 1940, G)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939, Unrated)
Bringing Up Baby 1938, Unrated)
A Day at the Races 1937, Unrated)
Modern Times 1936, G)
A Night at the Opera 1935, Unrated)
It Happened One Night 1934, Unrated)
Duck Soup 1933, Unrated)
Freaks 1932, Unrated)
Tod Browning made this film with all real actors with physical deformations, who worked for circus to have a relative normal life. And that is the great succcess of this film, to tell the story of these "monsters", with lots of humanity, as people with its own dreams, moments to get fun, ways to develop rutines despiste their diseases, codes, and, of course, anxious to revenge if they are offended. Because what you do to one of us, it´s done to all of us.
M 1931, Unrated)
Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) 1930, Unrated)
Great movie about how the obsession of a man by a woman gets him into an autodestruction spiral. von Sternberg knows how to get the atmosphere, the sights, the little gestures. Sometimes it becomes wildly dramatic. Marlene Dietrich is not as outstanding as in other wonderful roles she had later in America, but she's great, mainly in how she uses her eyes.
The Cocoanuts 1929, Unrated)
The Circus 1928, G)
Metropolis 1927, PG-13)
Although it is a difficult movie to follow, as it´s a silent movie, the visual work is fantastic, and the story is scarely modern, in a distopic and unpleasant future that is closest to the present times that we would like. This is one of the movies -if I were a director- that I would like to make a new version, to take the best of the original and improve it even more.
The General 1927, Unrated)
Battleship Potemkin 1925, Unrated)
You can see it´s one the first films in which the montage is a essential part, and in that way, it´s one of the keys in cinema history. However, the problem with these old films is that the novelty they suposse disappears with time, because the resources they have invented are copied by the next one hundred films; so, when you see the film, it´s difficult to get thrilled by it. However, nobody can say that the baby-car scene is not enormous, and that the montage is really well done. Of course, it also carries out the problems of silent movies, and of being a propaganda film for Soviet Union. Anyway, a little jewel, although it´s not so amazing as it should be in 1925.
Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) 1925, PG)
It is curious the character chose to center this story, as we feel dramatically his disorientation, not only because we understand the perfectly well chosen circumstances, but also because of the good acting from Jannings. The story is not bad, although a little light, and I am sorry not to be able to appreciate the camera resources that were invented in this movie, as I do not know the previous background (however, I imagine the distorsions were quite new in that time). It is because that reason (and by Jannings) why I add half an additional star.
The Kid 1921, Unrated)
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) 1920, Unrated)
Intolerance 1916, PG)
For me, it is difficult to watch silent movies. This one also adds the problem that tries to be very epic, and, also, seems a continuous apology from the scenes that looked racist from The Birth of a Nation. However, although the movie is just 2.5 stars for me, I add half a star by its message of tolerance (whatever it was the original reason, it was an important message in that time) and, also, because the sets resembling Babylon are great.
The Birth of a Nation 1915, G)
Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) 1999, Unrated)
Inspired by the movie "Hugo", I finally did one of my old must-do, that was watching this movie. It is still a great triumph of colour (when watched the hand-coloured images) and imagination, and special effects continue being impressive, more when considering the time. A great inspiration for much of the following cinema.