Film Thoughts

There are some movies out there that are more engaging and thought-provoking than others. There are also many films that are novel in concept, while some commemorate influential films from the past. Not all are noteworthy or transformative, however, every movie contributes to the story of cinema in their own way.  The films below have stood out in ways that are both good and bad.  Most have caused me to ask questions, research deeper into subjects, helped craft my understanding of film, and even, at times, shaped my consciousness.

Some of my thoughts will contain spoilers, but this will be noted at the top of the posts.  My goal is to avoid spoilers, but some movies will be difficult to unravel without mentioning spoilers.

Over time I expect my thoughts to become more informed and concise.  My hope is that others might stumble upon this and turn these into a discussion, if something resonates.  So feel free to comment.

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

A

Andy Irons: Kissed By God (2018)

Arrival (2016)

Army of Shadows (L’Armee des ombres) (1969)

Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The (2007)


B

Babel (2006)

Battleship Potemkin (Бронено́сец Потёмкин) (1925)

Ben-Hur (1907) – Short Film

Birth of a Nation, The (1915)

Black Swan (2010)

Brother (2000)


C

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The (1920)

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Cat People (1942)

Cheat, The (1915)

Cloverfield (2008)

Coda (2013) – Short Film


D

Dark Days (2000)

Darkest Hour (2017)

Deadpool (2016)

Detroit (2017)

Down by Law (1986)

Drawing, A (2018) – Short Film

Dunkirk (2017)


E

Eleven O’Clock, The (2016) – Short Film


F

Fantômas (1913) – Series

Florida Project, The (2017)

Founder, The (2016)

Frankenstein (1910) – Short Film

Funny Story (2018)


G

Get Out (2017)

Ghost Story, A (2017)

Girl on the Train, The (2016)

God’s Own Country (2017)

Gold Rush, The (1925)


H

Hateful Eight, The (2015)

Hell or High Water (2016)


I

I ♡ Huckabees (2004)


J

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Judy (2019)

Jungle Book, The (2016)

Junior (2017) – Short Film


K

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)


L

L’Inferno (1911)

La La Land (2016)

Lady Bird (2017)

Last Airbender, The (2010)

Lighthouse, The (2019)

Little Nemo, or Winsor McCay: The Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911) – Short Film

Little Prince, The (2016)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Love & Mercy (2014)


M

Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)

Man With a Movie Camera (Человек с кино-аппаратом) (1929)

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Metropolis (1927)

Moonlight (2016)

Mother! (2017)

Mr. Nobody (2009)


N

Nice Guys, The (2016)

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nosferatu, , A Symphony of Horror (1922)

November (2017)


O

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)

Our Hospitality (1923)


P

Pagg (2018) – Short Film

Phantom Carriage, The (Körkarlen) (1920)

Phantom of the Opera, The (1925)

Procedure, The (2016) – Short Film


Q

Quiz Show (1994)


R

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Roma (2018)

Roman J Israel, Esq (2017)


S

Secretary (2002)

Seven Chances (1925)

Shape of Water, The (2017)

Sherlock Jr. (1924) – Short Film

Sledgehammer (The Abyss of Peleliu) (2018) – Short Film

Stand by Me (1986)

State of Mind, A (2005)

Student of Prague, The (Der Student von Prag) (1913)

Suicide Squad (2016)

Suspense (1913) – Short Film


T

Tare, La (The Defect) (1911) – Short

Thief of Bagdad, The (1924)

Toni Erdmann (2016)


U

Unknown, The (1927)


V

Vice (2018)


W

WALL·E (2008)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Witch, The (2015)

Within Our Gates (1920)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Wrestler, The (2008)


X


Y


Z

Zootopia (2016)