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

Adventurer, The (1917)

Andy Irons: Kissed By God (2018)

Arrival (2016)

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

Ask Father (1919) – Short

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


B

Babel (2006)

Back Stage (1919) – Short Film

Battleship Potemkin (Бронено́сец Потёмкин) (1925)

Battling Butler (1926)

Ben-Hur (1907) – Short Film

Birth of a Nation, The (1915)

Black Swan (2010)

Brother (2000)

Bumping Into Broadway (1919) – Short


C

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The (1920)

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Cameraman, The (1928)

Cat People (1942)

Cheat, The (1915)

Chuji Tabi Nikki (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) (1927)

Circus, The (1928)

Cloverfield (2008)

Coda (2013) – Short Film

College (1927)

Cops (1922) – 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)

For Heaven’s Sake (1926)

Founder, The (2016)

Frankenstein (1910) – Short Film

Freshman, The (1925)

From Hand to Mouth (1919) – Short

Frozen North, The (1922) – Short Film

Funny Story (2018)


G

Get Out (2017)

General, The (1926)

Ghost Story, A (2017)

Girl on the Train, The (2016)

Girl Shy (1924)

Go West (1925)

God’s Own Country (2017)

Gold Rush, The (1925)

Grandma’s Boy (1922)


H

Hateful Eight, The (2015)

Haunted Spooks (1920) – Short

Hell or High Water (2016)


I

I ♡ Huckabees (2004)

Idle Class (1921)

Immigrant, The (1917)


J

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Judy (2019)

Jungle Book, The (2016)

Junior (2017) – Short Film


K

Kid, The (1921)

Kid Brother (1927)

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

Navigator, The (1924)

Never Weaken (1921) – Short

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)

One Week (1920) – Short Film

Our Hospitality (1923)

Over the Fence (1917) – Short


P

Pagg (2018) – Short Film

Pay Day (1922)

Phantom Carriage, The (Körkarlen) (1920)

Phantom of the Opera, The (1925)

Playhouse, The (1921) – Short Film

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

Sailor-made Man, A (1921)

Safety Last! (1923)

Saphead, The (1920) – Short Film

Secretary (2002)

Seven Chances (1925)

Shape of Water, The (2017)

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Shoulder Arms (1918)

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

Speedy (1928)

Spite Marriage (1929)

Stand by Me (1986)

State of Mind, A (2005)

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

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

Suicide Squad (2016)

Suspense (1913) – Short Film


T

Tare, La (The Defect) (1911) – Short Film

Thief of Bagdad, The (1924)

Three Ages (1923)

Toni Erdmann (2016)


U

Unknown, The (1927)


V

Vice (2018)


W

WALL·E (2008)

Welcome Danger (1929)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Why Worry (1923)

Witch, The (2015)

Within Our Gates (1920)

Woman of Paris, A (1923)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Wrestler, The (2008)


X


Y


Z

Zootopia (2016)