I found a handful of new favorites this month while knocking down what remained of the Flickchart Top 250. Sanjuro, Riffifi and Stand By Me all entered my own Top 250, while Bicycle Thieves held onto to its exalted position upon re-watching it for the first time in decades. Diabolique and Repulsion also moved into the upper echelons of my chart.
Here's how all 20 of the movies I watched this month ranked for me:
- It's no surprise that a Kurosawa movie ended up being one of my favorites of the month, but I was taken aback by how little The Hidden Fortress impressed me.
- I ended up liking Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood For Love more than I've liked his other movies, but it didn't change my opinion of him as a stylist bored by his own ideas.
- Thrillers did particularly well this month.
- The question nagging at me as I wrap up this month's project is: what do I have against Howard Hawks? I've never really considered Hawks' filmography in any meaningful way, but I'm beginning to suspect that I have a problem with something he does, as I like very few of his most popular movies. I'll have to start searching for a commonality as more of his movies come up in the future.
What is Flickchart?
Flickchart is a movie-ranking website that helps users generate a list of their favorite movies by forcing them to choose favorites from random pairings. It's free to join, and a fun way for list-obsessed data-junkies to feel like they are doing something while actually accomplishing nothing!
Where I can I see these movies?
You can search for them on CanIStream.it, but we like it when you click on our Amazon links. Some of these maybe be available through Hulu's Criterion Collection.