A Hundred Years of Catch-up

Alternate title: “How the Hell Have I Not Seen That Yet??”

Decided to kick off the 2020s by going over the past 100 years of cinema and picking one film a year I haven’t seen that I really probably should have seen by now. The idea is I’ll get through the list by the end of 2020, but that’s probably optimistic (or at last seemed so in the halcyon pre-COVID days when I started this list).

My requirements in putting this list together: (1) I have not seen the film, ever; and (2) it’s available for streaming or rent, by me, right now. Criterion Channel, this is your time to shine.


Update 15/12/2020Finished! I buried some of my final thoughts in my not-review of Joker, if you’re interested.

  • The Golem: How He Came into the World
  • The Kid
  • Häxan
  • Our Hospitality
  • Greed
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Faust
  • Wings
  • Steamboat Willie
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • City Lights
  • Vampyr
  • The Invisible Man
  • L'Atalante
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Swing Time
  • The Awful Truth
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • A Plumbing We Will Go
  • The Wolf Man
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Brief Encounter
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Black Narcissus
  • Red River
  • Late Spring
  • Panic in the Streets
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Umberto D.
  • The Big Heat
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Pather Panchali
  • Aparajito
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Fiend Without a Face
  • Rio Bravo
  • Peeping Tom
  • West Side Story
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Charade
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The Sound of Music
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • PlayTime
  • Petulia
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • The Conformist
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Fist of Fury
  • Paper Moon
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Sorcerer
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Friday the 13th
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Liquid Sky
  • Sans Soleil
  • Starman
  • Come and See
  • Down by Law
  • Hellraiser
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Say Anything...
  • Misery
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Satantango
  • La Haine
  • Independence Day
  • Titanic
  • Armageddon
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • The Gleaners and I
  • Millennium Actress
  • Panic Room
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Saw
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • Marie Antoinette
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Love Exposure
  • Mother
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Melancholia
  • 56 Up
  • Fateful Findings
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • Coco
  • Roma
  • Joker