My Most Wanted List of Films For 2012

Last year circa September, I’ve made a list of films I wanted to watch before the end of 2011. For some reasons I did not achieve the list. While browsing into my Archives I found it and decided to complete it and maybe add one or two titles in the way while scratching the ones I managed to watch. Those could be regarded as my most wanted list of films.

Since were at the middle of 2012 already, taking a look at what might be coming in the next weeks might seem a little bit too optimistic and I’m sure I will add many other films on this list but so far it is pretty much that.

The Servant being my most wanted film.

1. Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1954)
2. Battle of Algier (Gillo Pontecorvo, 196-)
3. Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1927)
4. Husbands (John Casavetes, 1972)
1. 5. The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)
6. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1953)
7. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
2. 8. Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959)
3. 11. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 19--)
4. 12. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron, 2000)
13. Irréversible (Gaspar Noé, 2001)
6. 14. Ali : Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 197-)*
15. Les yeux sans visage (Georges Franju, 195-)
7. 16. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway, 1989)
17. Land of the Pharaohs (Howard Hawks, 195-)
8. 22. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975)
9. 23. Black Moon (Louis Malle, 1975)
24. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
10. 25. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 195-)
11. 26. They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)
12. 27.
The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, 196-)
L’année dernière à Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1958)
Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971)
L’enfance nue (Maurice Pialat, 19--)
14. Los Olvidados (Luis Bunuel, 1950)
15. The Docks of New York (Josef Von Sternberg, 1928)
16. Morocco (Josef Von Sternberg, 1930)
17. You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang, 1936)*
18. Satantango (Bela Tarr, 1994)
19. Gimme Shelter (Maysles, 1970)
20. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)

* R.W. Fassbinder and Fritz Lang are two directors I want to watch more films and especially Lang can come up here many more times.

These viewings have been postponed to October 2012:

9. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 19--)
10. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
21. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1975)
29. The Devils (Ken Russell, 197-)
30. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
32. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 19--)
33. I Walked with A Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, 19--)
34. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 19--)
35. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 19--)
36. Doctor Phibes Rises Again (Robert Fuest, 19--)
37. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 19--)
38. Scream (Wes Craven, 1994)

These viewings have been postponed to December 2012:
18. Colossus of Rhodes (Sergio Leone, 196-)
19. Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 196-)
20. Cleopatra (Cecil B. DeMille, 192-)
39. A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983)
40. 3 Godfathers (John Ford, 1948)
41. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Paul Schrader, 1983)

What do you think of those films? Which one should I watch first? Any other recommendations?


  1. Looks like you have a great line-up in store for October! Now I just wish that The Devils would get a proper release here in the States. Maybe someday...

    1. I'm looking forward to see if I'll be able to reach those goals!
      The Devils is a hard to find feature. This is one of the reasons why it is a great investment to by a DVD/Blu-ray player without region.

  2. On your main list, Y Tu Mama Tambien is the best film among the few that I have seen. I wouldn't bother with Irreversible. The whole reason the director made the film was to see how much he could irritate the audience, not because he had a story he wanted to tell. The only reason to watch this film is if you're into irritating noises, irritating cinematography, and 10 minute long rape scenes.

    In your October list, if that is 1963's The Haunting then that is a really good film. If it's the 1990s remake then I would suggest skipping it.

    In your December list I've only seen A Christmas Story. It's entertaining, but don't have sky-high expectations.

    1. Thanks for bringing light onto these titles for me Chip!

      I want to see Irreversible to know what the fuss is all about.

      The Haunting is the 1963 version.

      I want to see A Christmas Story because it is supposed to be a Holiday classic.


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