Film Journal – 2009

Unless specifically noted, all listings are first-time viewings.  Films listed in order viewed.

January

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (USA, 2008) David Fincher
  • Eagle Eye (USA, 2008) D.J. Caruso
  • The Last King of Scotland (UK, 2006) Kevin MacDonald
  • All That Heaven Allows (USA, 1955) Douglas Sirk
  • Heist (USA, 2001) David Mamet
  • Sleepy Hollow (USA, 1999) Tim Burton
  • Gentleman’s Agreement (USA, 1947) Elia Kazan
  • Floating Weeds (Japan, 1959) Yasujiro Ozu
  • Rachel Getting Married (USA, 2008) Jonathan Demme
  • Love Actually (UK, 2003) Richard Curtis
  • Breathless (France 1960) Jean-Luc Godard
  • Au Hasard Balthasar (France, 1966) Robert Bresson
  • Miami Vice (USA, 2006) Michael Mann
  • Night and Fog (France, 1955) Alain Resnais
  • The Reader (USA, 2008) Stephen Daldry

February

  • Don’t Look Back (USA, 1966) D.A. Pennebaker
  • Black Girl (Senegal, 1966) Ousmane Sembene
  • Doubt (USA, 2008) John Patrick Shanley
  • Slumdog Millionaire (UK, 2008) Danny Boyle
  • Overnight (USA, 2003) Tony Montana & Mark Brian Smith

March

  • Jaws (USA, 1975) Steven Spielberg (significant re-watch)
  • Surname Viet Given Name Nam (USA/Vietnam, 1989) Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • Noises Off (USA, 1992) Peter Bogdanovich
  • Do The Right Thing (USA, 1989) Spike Lee

April

  • Fido (Canada, 2006) Andrew Currie
  • Strangers On A Train (USA, 1951) Alfred Hitchcock
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (USA, 2000) Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Ace in the Hole (USA, 1951) Billy Wilder
  • Watchmen (USA, 2009) Zack Snyder
  • Baraka (USA, 1992) Ron Fricke
  • Koyaanisqatsi (USA, 1983) Geoffrey Reggio

May

June

  • Youth of the Beast (Japan, 1963) Seijun Suzuki
  • Don’t Look Now (UK, 1973) Nicholas Roeg
  • Contempt (France, 1963) Jean-Luc Godard
  • M. Hulot’s Holiday (France 1953) Jacques Tati
  • The Third Man (UK, 1949) Carol Reed
  • The Virgin Spring (Sweden, 1960) Ingmar Bergman
  • Alphaville (France, 1965) Jean-Luc Godard
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (USA, 2009) Michael Bay
  • The Firemen’s Ball (Czech Repblic, 1968) Milos Forman
  • Summer Hours (France, 2009) Olivier Assayas

July

  • Public Enemies (USA, 2009) Michael Mann
  • Moon (USA, 2009) Duncan Jones
  • Foreign Correspondent (USA, 1941) Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cloak & Dagger (USA, 1984) Richard Franklin
  • Alice (Czech Republic, 1988) Jan Svankmajer
  • Gosford Park (USA, 2001) Robert Altman
  • Faust (Czech Republic, 1994) Jan Svankmajer
  • Seven Up (UK, 1964) Paul Almond
  • 7 Plus Seven (UK, 1971) Michael Apted
  • Capturing the Friedmans (USA, 2003) Andrew Jarecki
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (France, 1928) Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • The Hurt Locker (USA, 2009) Katherine Bigelow
  • Man Hunt (USA, 1941) Fritz Lang
  • The Swarm (USA, 1978) Irwin Allen
  • Elephant (USA, 2003) Gus Van Sant
  • The Rules of the Game (France 1939) Jean Renoir
  • Scanners (Canada, 1981) David Cronenberg

August

  • Gran Torino (USA, 2008) Clint Eastwood
  • Logan’s Run (USA, 1976) Michael Anderson
  • The Thin Man (USA, 1934) W.S. Van Dyke
  • Solo Con Tu Pareja (Mexico, 1991) Alfonso Cuaron
  • The Big Sleep (USA, 1946) Howard Hawks
  • Babette’s Feast (Denmark, 1987) Gabriel Axel
  • District 9 (USA, 2009) Neil Blomkamp
  • Inglourious Basterds (USA, 2009) Quentin Tarantino
  • Stander (South Africa, 2003) Bronwen Hughes

September

  • Dreamland (Canada, 1974) Donald Brittain
  • A History of Violence (USA, 2005) David Cronenberg
  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Germany, 1973) Werner Herzog
  • In the Land of the War Canoes (Canada, 1914) Edwin S. Curtis
  • Back To God’s Country (Canada, 1919) David Hartford
  • Manhattan (USA, 1979) Woody Allen
  • Paris, je t’aime (France, 2006) Various
  • Strange Days (USA, 1995) Kathryn Bigelow
  • The Bitter Ash (Canada, 1962) Larry Kent

October

  • Panic Bodies (Canada, 1998) Mike Hoolboom
  • Mon Oncle Antoine (Canada, 1971) Claude Jutra
  • The Happiest Girl in the World (VIFF, Romania, 2009) Radu Jude
  • Kamui (VIFF, Japan, 2009) Yoichi Sai
  • Letters To Father Jacob (VIFF, Finland,  2009) Klaus Härö
  • Where The Wild Things Are (USA, 2009) Spike Jonze
  • Videodrome (Canada, 1983) David Cronenberg
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring (UK, 2003) Peter Webber
  • Grizzly Man (USA, 2005) Werner Herzog
  • Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai (USA, 2000) Jim Jarmusch
  • eXistenZ (Canada, 1999) David Cronenberg
  • The Haunting (USA, 1963) Robert Wise

November

  • Leolo (Canada, 1992) Jean-Claude Lauzon
  • Slaves in Bondage (USA, 1937) Elmer Clifton
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (USA, 2009) Werner Herzog
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Canada, 2001) Zacharias Kunuk

December

  • The Road (USA, 2009) John Hillcoat
  • Silent Light (Mexico, 2008) Carlos Reygadas
  • Spellbound (USA, 2001)
  • The King (USA, 2006) James Marsh
  • Eastern Promises (UK/Canada/USA, 2007) David Cronenberg
  • State and Main (USA,2000) David Mamet
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (USA, 1946) Frank Capra
  • Time Bandits (UK, 1981) Terry Gilliam
  • Sherlock Holmes (USA, 2009) Guy Ritchie
  • All About Eve (USA, 1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • In America (UK/USA, 2003) Jim Sheridan
  • Avatar (USA, 2009) James Cameron
  • The Wrestler (USA, 2008) Darren Aranofsky
  • The Outsiders (USA, 1983) Francis Ford Coppola

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