At least 10 previously unwatched movies a month in
Bold = films I recommend
Blue= animated films
1. Legions (Scott Stewart)
2. Sepet (Yasmin Ahmad)
3. Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
4. Otonari (Naoto Kumazawa) - One of the loveliest Japanese films I've ever seen. Has a silent, shimmering quality to it that speaks volumes nonetheless. Okada Junichi was amazing here!
5. Ahiru to Kamo no Koinrokka (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
6. Avatar (James Cameron)
7. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
8. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) - Just as magical as its title seems to suggest, a beautiful if slightly strange fantasy
1. Bride Wars (Gary Winick)
2. Brokeback Mounatin (Ang Lee)
3. Halfway (Eriko Kitagawa)
4. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog) - UGLY SOBBING
5. New York I Love You (Various)
6. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (Julian Schnabel) - WOW. Never watching that again, but WOW
7. Princess Mononoke by (Hayao Miyazaki)
8. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
9. Where The Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze) - The ledge from where your imagination takes off. A dark and beautiful ode to childhood.
10. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
1. Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-Duk)
2. Paris Je’taime (Various)
3. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
4. Once (John Carney) - HEARTBREAKING AND POIGNANT. SOBBBBBB
5. It’s Complicated (Nancy Meyers)
6. The Isle (Kim Ki-Duk)
7. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
8. Ao no Honou (Yunio Ninagawa) - Aching, gripping, all things great films are. Watch out for Ninomiya Kazunari, because then you'll be staring at blistering talent in the face. Just, WOW.
9. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay)
10. Air Doll (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
11. Ultra Miracle Love Story (Satoko Yokohoma)
1. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair)
2. Clash of The Titans (Louis Leterrier)
3. Lala Pipo (Katsumi Nojiri)
4. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
6. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
7. Plein Soleil (René Clément) - This is seriously the most suspenseful film I have ever watched. Puts modern thrillers to shame. With a sumptuous Mediterranean setting and beautiful photography, this film is nothing but memorable. The lead actor is quite a looker too. Now if only he wasn't a...
8. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)
9. Il Postino (Michael Radford)
10. Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda)
1. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau)
2. A Single Man (Tom Ford) - MUST-WATCH. SAD BUT SO BEAUTIFUL. BEST NON-FASHION FASHON FILM, TO DATE. YOU'LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
3. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda)
4. Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci) THIS IS TOTALLY MY JAM, WERE IT A SONG. LOVELY COMING OF AGE FILM. PROBABLY MY FAVORITE COMING OF AGE FILM. <3
5. Bright Star (Jane Campion) - Breathtakingly shot, brilliant acting, atmospheric. Must watch!
1. Helvetica (Gary Hustwit)
2. The September Issue (R.J. Cutler)
3. Shrek: Forever After (Mike Mitchell)
4. The Piano (Jane Campion) - Jane Campion just gets women. Her female characters are engaging, deep, flawed, and achingly painted. This film highlights that strength perfectly.
1. The Karate Kid (Harald Zwart)
2. Synecdoche New York (Charlie Kaufman) - A challenge, but a rewarding one
3. Au Revoir Tapei (Arvin Chen)
4. I Give My First Love To You (Takehiko Shinjo)
5. In The Realm Of The Senses (Nagisa Oshima) - Sensual to the point of asphyxiation.
6. The Man Who Fell To The Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
7. Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine)
8. Knight And Day (James Mangold)
9. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
10. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio)
1. Five Centimeters Per Second (Makoto Shinkai)
2. Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal)
3. Beautiful Losers (Aaron Rose)
4. Tekken (Dwight H. Little)
5. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
6. The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan)
7. Nights in Rodanthe (George C. Wolfe)
8. Mimi wo Sumaseba (Yoshifumi Kondo) - OH MY GOD. How can anime films make me feel this way???? Absolute magic
9. Ploy (Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
10. Into The Wild (Sean Penn)
11. Adventureland (Greg Mottola)
1. Sex and the City 2 (Michael Patrick King)
2. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
3. Tenshi no Koi (Yuri Kantake) - Lovely!
4. Fair Love (Yeon-Shick Shin)
5. A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
6. Going The Distance (Nanette Burstein)
1. Schindler's List (Steven Speilberg)
2. Wallstreet 2: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone)
3. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (Lasse Halstrom)
4. Paprika (Satoshi Kon)
5. Eat, Pray, Love (Ryan Murphy)
6. My Darling is a Foreigner (Kazuaki Ue)
7. The Social Network (David Fincher)
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (David Yates)
2. Villon no Tsuma (Kichitaro Negishi)
3. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai) - LIFE CHANGING. One of those films you have to watch in your early 20s, I think. Wow.
1. Winter's Bone (Debra Granik)
2. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino) - OH MY TILDA I LOVE YOU THIS FILM SPEAKS TO MY SOUL
3. Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard)
4. Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
January - May
1. When In Rome (Mark Steven Johnson) - SHITTIEST MOVIE I'VE SEEN IN AWHILE. DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR IT
2. Easy A (Will Gluck)
3. The Last Exorcism (Daniel Stamm)
4. Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
5. The Cove (Louie Psihoyos)
6. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
7. Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
8. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
9. Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog)
10. Departures (Yojiro Takita)
11. Serbis (Brillante Mendoza)
12. Kafoo: Waiting for Happiness (Yu Nakai)
13. Norwegian Wood (Anh Hung Tran) - Lived up to the novel! Wonderful casting, Midori is a treat
14. Cinema Paradiso (Guiseppe Tornatore)
15. The Legend of 1900 (Guiseppe Tornatore)
16. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
17. Ohoku (Kaneko Fuminori)
1. Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh)
2. X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn)
3. The Hangover Part 2 (Todd Phillips)
4. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)
5. How To Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois)
1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (David Yates) - HUHUHUHUHU </3 END OF AN ERA!
2. Karigurashi no Arrietty (Yonebayashi Hiromasa)
1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
2. Plum Blossoms (Ji-kyun Kwak)
3. Zombieland (Ruben Fleischer)
1. Boku to Tsuma no 1778 no Monogatari (Mamoru Hoshi)
2. Submarine (Richard Ayoade) - BRILLIANT! A FILM FOR FILM BUFFS SO CHEEKY
3. Ex (Heiward Mak Hei-Yan)
4. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
5. Zombadings (Jade Castro)
6. Sarah's Key (Gilles Paquet-Brenner)
October - December
1. Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck)
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra)
3. Tangled (Byron Howard)
4. Lolita (Adrian Lyne)
5. Fish Story (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
6. A Little Thing Called Love (Puttipong Pormsaka Na-Sakonnakorn, Wasin Pokpong)
7. Romance X (Catherine Breillat)
8. Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga) - Michael Fassbender FTW; best adaptation ever
9. Sunny (Kang Hyeong-cheol) - Brilliant and heartwarming film about friendship
10. Fireworks From The Heart (Masahiro Kunimoto)
1. Haywire (Steven Soderbergh)
2. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar) - Gripping, perverse, greatest twist I've seen in awhile. "A horror without the screams" is just about the right phrase to describe it. Masterful.
3. Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek) - Well that fucking hurt
4. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
5. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
6. Little Buddha (Bernardo Bertolucci)
7. Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen) - WHAT AN ESCAPE. FEEL-GOOD AND WONDERFUL
8. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant)
9. Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon)
10. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
11. Paradise Kiss (Takehiko Shinjo) - SHITTY SHITTY SHITTY.
1. Tree of Life (Terence Malick) - A VISION. AN EXPERIENCE. OBVIOUS YET CHALLENGING. EXPANSIVE YET INTIMATE. Do me a favor and watch it
2. Windtalkers (John Woo)
3. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai) - Kimura fucking Takuya. Yes, that is all. And oh, Zhang Ziyi at her best
4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
5. Howl (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman)
6. Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron)
7. Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
1. John Carter (Andrew Stanton)
2. The Vow (Michael Sucsy)
3. Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
4. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg) - I have a major, major love for the Fassy and Viggo, but Keira Knightley shines in this engrossing film
5. Patisserie Coin de Rue (Yoshihiro Fukagawa)
6. Love and Other Drugs (Edward Zwick)
7. Super 8 (J.J. Abrams)
8. Soup Opera (Tomoyuki Takimoto)
9. Kokurikozaka Kara (Goro Miyazaki)
10. Love at Four Size (Chainarong Tampong)
11. Kamisama no Karute (Yoshihiro Fukugawa) - Slow, beautiful, and meandering. Just, sigh. Sakurai Sho with his ugly-ass perm = <333
April - August
1. The Avengers (Joss Whedon)
2. Men in Black III (Barry Sonenfeld)
3. Yi Yi: A One And A Two (Edward Yang) - Disparate yet ultimately touching
4. Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh)
5. Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy)
6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman)
7. Winnie The Pooh (Stephen Anderson/Don Hall) - One of the most charming animated films ever! A surreal, pure, nostalgic romp of Hundred Acre Wood for all ages. Love!
8. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
9. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick) - This might sound blasphemous, but... dafuq
10. Everything Is Illuminated (Liev Schreiber)
11. The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
January - July (or the handful that I can remember)
1. Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru (Norihiro Koizumi) - The antagonist will grate on you but otherwise a very lovely, if smarmy, Japanese love story. Beautiful cinematography and score!
2. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Brian Knappenberger) - For everyone who grew up with the Internet--a must-watch
3. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
4. How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois) - Cry-fest. Still one of my favorite animated franchises! So well-written and developed!
5. La Grande Bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino) - MASTER-FUCKING-PIECE. I REPEAT: MASTER-FUCKING-PIECE
6. Conte d'été (Eric Rohmer) - A lovely, navel-gazing French film from the mid 90's. If you have a love for circular arguments/discussions about young love set against a French seaside, this is for you too!
7. Oublie Moi (Noémie Lvovsky)
8. Adore (Anne Fontaine)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer)
10. The Fault In Our Stars (Josh Boone)
11. Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
12. Jinx!!! (Naoto Kumazawa)
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) - Dark in theme but stunningly lovely in visuals. Now one of my favorite Wes films! SO PRETTY
14. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Mamoru Hosoda)
15. Kotonoha no Niwa (Makoto Shinkai) - Lovely details (even for a Shinkai) + great score
16. Kiyoku Yawaku (Takehiko Shinjo) Loved this! Great cast (Nagasawa Masami, Kengo Kora, etc.) but also because of the bittersweet story. Not unique, but great delivery!
17. Hidamari no Kanojo (Takahiro Miki)
18. Petal Dance (Hiroshi Ishikawa) - Not something I'd watch again but amazing performances from Aoi Miyazaki and Fukiishi Kazue. The improvised dialogue was subtle and mesmerizing. Also, Kazama! <3
19. Kaze Tachinu (Hayao Miyazaki) - Haunting and polarizing, with a questionable stance. Still, beautifully made. I'll be thinking about this for a long time.
1. Begin Again (John Carney) - Can never come close to 'Once', but still beautiful and charming!
2. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh) - ICONIC. STANDOUT OF THE YEAR, SO FAR. Gutted me.
3. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan) - UNDERRATED. Probably my favorite superhero origin movie ever!
4. Lucy (Luc Besson)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater) - SO GOOD. SO SO SO GOOD.
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) - There's a scene here that literally gave me goosebumps Like I felt the joy and desperation of my 20s all in one scene, but yeah, I won't divulge it. THIS FILM IS PAINFULLY REAL.
September - February
1. A Brief History of Time (Errol Morris)
2. Gone Girl (David Fincher) - GODDAMN, JANE. THAT IS ALL.
3. That Thing Called Tahana (Antoinette Jadaone)
4. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (Isao Takahata) - A departure from the realism of past Takahata films, but so gorgeously-rendered. Aching animated beauty, bound to be a classic for sure.
5. Bokura ga Ita Zenpen (Takahiro Miki)
6. Bokura ga Ita Kohen (Takahiro Miki) - They stretched this story out WAY too long. Nope.
7. Sigunaru ~ Getsuyobi no Ruka (Masaaki Taniguchi) - Nissy was cute here! Outlandish story (lol @ Kengo's arc) but still a nice watch
March - April
1. Avengers Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon)
2. Weekend (Andrew Haigh) - Compact, beautiful. The dialogue is amazing! A love story that doesn't pander.
3. Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee) - Visual feast, both the camera work and the subject matter. Taiwanese cuisine (and familial relations) gorgeously and realistically rendered.
4. Secretary (Steven Shainberg)
5. Chef (Jon Favreau) - FEEL-GOOD. GRILLED CHEESE. That's all.
6. Gegen die Wand (Faith Akin) - Frenetic. Violent. One of a kind and so uniquely provocative. Tragicomedy? There's a scene of the protaganist dancing in a concert with bloody hands and I was laughing, even though I don't even think it was supposed to be funny.
7. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
8. Furious 7 (James Wan)
9. Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof, Charlie Siskel) - Docu about an unsung brilliant photographer who was also a nanny. Intriguing centerpiece.
10. Comet (Sam Esmail) - NO. FUCK NO. HORRIBLE.
11. Top Gear The Perfect Road Trip (BBC) - I know nothing about cars, but this was fun.
12. Kumo no Mukou Yakusoku no Basho (Makoto Shinkai)
13. Futatsume no Mado (Naomi Kawase)
Also, Japanese dramas watched, in alphabetical order. I'd love recs too!
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ + bolded title - A masterpiece of its genre, would definitely watch again. The best of J-Drama.
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ - Well-crafted, entertaining, and memorable.
✩ ✩ ✩ - Mediocre but watchable w/ redeeming moments.
✩ ✩ - Meh. Makes no lasting impression. Sluggish writing/production.
✩ - No. Just, no / never even finished.
Attention Please ✩✩
Beautiful Life ✩✩✩✩
Buzzer Beat ✩✩✩✩
Freeter, Ie wo Kau ✩✩✩✩✩
First Kiss ✩
Hana Yori Dango ✩✩✩✩✩
Hana Yori Dango Returns ✩✩✩✩✩
Hanawake no Yon Shinmai ✩✩
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ✩✩✩✩✩
Hotaru no Hikari ✩✩✩✩✩
Hotaru no Hikari 2 ✩✩✩✩✩
Ichi Ritoru no Namida ✩✩✩✩
Ikemen, Desu ne! ✩✩✩
Inu o Kau to Iu Koto ✩ ✩
Jin ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
Jotei ✩ ✩ ✩
Juui Dolittle ✩ ✩ ✩
Kagi no Kakatta Heya ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
Kaibutsu-kun ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
Kimi Wa Petto ✩✩✩✩✩
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikembo 3 ✩✩✩
Kisarazu Cat's Eye ✩✩✩✩
Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu ✩✩✩
Last Cinderella (2013) ✩✩✩
Last Friends ✩✩
Liar Game ✩✩✩✩
Liar Game 2 ✩✩✩
Long Love Letter ✩✩✩✩
Long Vacation ✩✩✩✩✩
Love Shuffle ✩✩✩✩✩
Lucky Seven ✩✩✩
Mr. Brain ✩✩✩
My Girl ✩✩✩
Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru ✩✩
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku ✩✩✩✩✩
Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de ✩✩✩✩
Ninkyo Helper ✩✩✩✩✩
Nobuta wo Produce ✩✩✩
Nodame Cantabile ✩✩
Orange Days ✩✩✩✩✩
Orthros no Inu ✩
Papa to Musume no Nanokakan ✩✩✩
Proposal Daisakusen ✩✩✩✩✩
Rich Man, Poor Woman ✩✩✩✩✩
Ryusei no Kizuna ✩✩✩✩✩
Saigo no Yakusoku ✩✩
Shitsuren Chocolatier ✩
Soredemo, Ikite Yuku ✩✩✩✩✩
Stand Up! ✩✩✩✩✩
Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta ✩
Taiyou no Uta ✩✩✩✩✩
Tsuki no Koibito ✩
Uta no Onii-san ✩✩✩
W no Higeki ✩✩✩✩
Yamada Taro Monogatari ✩✩✩✩
Yasashii Jikan ✩✩✩✩✩
Zenkai Girl ✩✩✩✩✩
Zettai Kareshi ✩✩