La Roue

Frame from La Roue (Gance, 1923)

Since the Christmas vacation I’ve found myself so stretched with teaching and admin duties that I’ve been unable to write very much, but have nevertheless continued watching films at every opportunity. This is a crucial aspect of the mundane discipline of film scholarship, and I usually keep a notebook to jot down details and thoughts about films I’ve seen, but even this has been more than I’ve been able to manage. However, I’ve kept a list of what I’ve watched over the last two and a half months and, laid out like this, I’m surprised to see how much I’ve actually managed to view. Some of these I’ve watched before of course, and this is not fully comprehensive since it also doesn’t include all of the films I’ve re-watched with students for modules I lecture on. It’s perhaps not a fantastically diverse range of titles and there’s a great deal of American cinema there, but there are some fascinating, beautiful, and very funny films among them.

  • Any Old Port! (James Horne, 1932) USA
  • Bastards (Deborah Perkin, 2014) UK
  • Below Zero (James Parrott, 1930) USA
  • Bicycle (Michael B. Clifford, 2014) UK
  • Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2014) USA
  • Bitter Lake (Adam Curtis, 2015) UK
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) USA
  • Broken Blossoms (D.W. Griffith, 1919) USA
  • Bumping into Broadway (Hal Roach, 1919) USA
  • Chef (Jon Favreau, 2014) USA
  • Chickens Come Home (James Horne, 1931) USA
  • City Girl (F.W. Murnau, 1930) USA
  • Clueless (Amy Heckeling, 1995) USA
  • Dom Hemingway (Richard Shepard, 2013) UK
  • Filth (Jon Baird, 2013) UK
  • The Fixer Uppers (Charley Rogers, 1935) USA
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994) UK
  • The Freshman (Fred C Newmeyer, 1925) USA
  • Gamer (Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, 2009) USA
  • Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) USA
  • Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011) USA/UK/Germany
  • Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011) USA/UK/Germany
  • Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014) USA/UK/Canada
  • Jingle all the Way (Brian Levant, 1996) USA
  • John Wick (Chad Stahelski, 2014) USA/Canada/China
  • Joy Division (Grant Gee, 2007) UK/USA
  • The Lady and the Beard (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931) Japan
  • The Live Ghost (Charley Rogers, 1934) USA
  • The Man who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) UK
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Shawn Levy, 2014) USA/UK
  • Paddington (Paul King, 2014) UK/France
  • Parade (Jacques Tati, 1974) France
  • The Pixar Story (Leslie Iwerks, 2007) USA
  • The Playhouse (Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton, 1921) USA
  • Pusher III (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2005) Denmark
  • La Roue (Abel Gance, 1923) France
  • Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1951) UK
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie (Mark Burton, Richard Starzak, 2015) UK/France
  • Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924) USA
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, 1952) USA
  • They Live (John Carpenter, 1988) USA
  • Trance (Danny Boyle, 2013) UK/USA/France
  • 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014) USA
  • Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013) UK/USA/Switzerland
  • Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (Danny O’Connor, 2012) UK
  • Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine, 2013) USA/Canada
  • We are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson) Sweden
  • What we do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, 2015) NZ
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