Mike's Movie Goals For 2013 - May Update

End of April update.
Just like every year, I get very excited about the 1000 Greatest Films list in the first months trying to complete it and advance my way into its lenghty blind spots of my cinephile knowledge.
With Roger Ebert's recent passing and my recent reading of his Great Movies books, I made myself a promise to view all those films he listed in those referencial guides to the film lovers. I also want to watch every film from his yearly top tens since he became a film critic 1967-2013. Beginning with In the Heat of the Night, his number 10 for his first year as a film critic.

First, I made a list of films I’ll likely try to tackle down while trying to get rid of my list of Pantheon Directors at the same time. The Pantheon Directors list stands as the foundation of every film enthusiast and or film critics’ theories and views on the cinema. It is quite arbitrary since American author theorist Andrew Sarris first released it in 1968. Anyhow, I still think it holds the road pretty well.

List of priorities: Five new films (See Review) from this list of priorities
Stalker (Tarkovsky)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman) 
A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes) 
The Travelling Players (Angelopoulos) Review
The Crowd (Vidor)
Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Rivette) Review
Satantango (Tarr) Review
Harold and Maude (Ashby)
Red Desert (Antonioni)
The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky)
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (Carax)
Gilda (Charles Vidor) Review
Le trou (Becker) Review
Angel Face (Preminger)
Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter)
Oldboy (Pak-Wok)

Recent additions: Two new film in this varia category

Argo (Affleck) 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin) 
Intouchables (Toledano) 
Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow)
Lincoln (Spielberg)
Life of Pi (Lee)
Amour (Haneke)
Silver Linings Playbook (Russell) 
Les Misérables (Hooper)
Barefoot Contessa (Mankiewicz) Review
Being John Malkovich (Jonze)
O' Brother Where Art Thou (Coen) Review
Hugo (Scorsese)
Drive (Refn)
A Separation (Farhadi)
Night of the Demon (Tourneur) 
Holy Motors (Carax)
Pantheon Directors: No films watched in this category
Robert Flaherty (2): Moana (1925), Man of Aran (1934).
John Ford (5): The Informer (1935), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Wagon Master (1950), The Sun Shines Bright (1953), Seven Women (1966).
D.W. Griffith (2): True Heart Susie (1919), Way Down East (1920).
Fritz Lang (11): Destiny (1921), Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spione (1928), The Woman in the Window (1944), The Big Heat (1953), While the City Sleeps (1956), Moonfleet (1955), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), The Tiger of Eschnapur (1958), The Indian Tomb (1958).
F.W. Murnau (1): Tabu (1931).
Max Ophüls (3): Liebelei (1932), The Reckless Moment (1949), Le Plaisir (1951).
Jean Renoir (3): La Chienne (1931), La Bête humaine (1938), The Golden Coach (1952).
Josef von Sternberg (5): The Docks of New York (1928), Morocco (1930) Review, Shanghai Express (1932), The Devil is a Woman (1935), Anatahan (1953).

After attacking those two goals I am planning on discovering films from many directors I’ve never seen a single picture. Most are names that I know and read a lot about but never grasped. Well, it could be called a blind spot list, one can say.

Blind spot directors: Three spots checked in this category

Claude Autant-Lara
Jacques Becker
Jules Dassin
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Shohei Imamura
Emir Kusturica
Russ Meyer
Ermano Olmi
Sergeï Parajanov
Maurice Pialat
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Jacques Rivette
Glauber Rocha
Ousmane Sembene
Jean-Marie Straub
Béla Tarr
King Vidor
Raoul Walsh
John Waters
Edward Yang


  1. I like the way you think! I'd be interested in knowing what you thought about A Woman Under the Influence when you get around to it.

    1. http://cinephiliaque.blogspot.ca/2013/01/a-woman-under-influence.html
      Follow tha link! Thanks! I also like to read your thoughts! Your blog is very interesting.

  2. There's a couple on there I plan to see this year: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Le Trou.

    Look forward to your thoughts on: Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter), Stalker (Tarkovsky), Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (Carax).
    I've seen most of those Recent additions, so would be interesting to compare notes, if/when you review them.

    1. Those two (McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Le Trou) are amazing films!

      The three you mentionned are films I just can't understand why I haven't watch them yet. Hopefully, I'll review them during this year.

  3. Good update, it's nice to see that your list is getting shorter! But with the playoffs here, I wonder how many you'll manage to check off in May...

    1. I wonder too! Lately, here in Quebec CIty we have summer weather. So I don't spend that much time inside. However, I'll try to keep a somewhat regular pace.


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