My Picks for the 2014 “1001 MYMSBYD” Book

It’s that time of year again, where there are only a few months left before the release of the new edition of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Just going through what has been included in previous editions, some will obviously make it, others won’t. Then there are the “Are you serious?!?”, the “It’s about time!”, and “Never heard of it,” all with various reactions. Here are my picks for what will be in the new edition.

The Obvious

  • 12 Years A Slave. Because Best Picture winners usually get you a free pass for inclusion. Whether or not they deserved the win is still up for debate as I’ve found with previous winners.
  • Gravity. Odds are it will be the front cover.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s Scorcese and it has the whole profanity record thing going for it.
  • Dallas Buyers Club. Mainly for the story and makeup.
  • Her. Technology and romance, plus Best Original Screenplay.

The Long Deserving

  • Safety Last! Harold Lloyd has yet to appear on the list. It’s about time this film is included.
  • The Kid. Yes, it’s another Charlie Chaplin film but it wouldn’t hurt to include it.
  • Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood. Before Errol Flynn, we had this silent. When you have a line like “I’ll knop your scop!”, how can you go wrong?
  • Applause. I’ve seen several film and sound essays and texts cite this as one of the early films with some sound innovation. While the plot is thin, it’s more about the technology used to capture the sound within the space. I’m surprised it hasn’t been featured.
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The most famous film I know of with a LOT of cameos. Plus, you have the Saul Bass title sequence.

The Curious Ones

  • The Qatsi Trilogy. While Koyaanisqatsi is already included, I feel like it will be expanded to include Powaaqatsi and Naqoyqatsi. After all, the last edition included Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 so I feel like it will happen here.
  • Decasia. From what I’ve read, it’s like an anti-Koyaanisqatsi as the film degrades with an atonal soundtrack. It was recently included for the National Film Registry. I’ve had my eyes on it since then but haven’t had the chance to see it in the original form.
  • This is Cinerama. One of the films that started the large screen trend in the 1950’s.
  • Room 237. I don’t think it should be on the list but since it’s about a Kubrick film and it sparked renewed interest in the film, I suppose that’s why it will be on there.

If I Had My Way (the ones that may never make it but should)

  • The Wizard of Speed and Time.Yes, it’s obscure but it’s about moviemaking, a motif that shows up from time to time on the list. It’s by no means the greatest but it’s a comedy for film people.
  • Pink Floyd – The Wall. Because personal bias.
  • Ed Wood. It’s one of Tim Burton’s better films.
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. When you have a documentary about a documentary about a film, one wonders why this underground film isn’t on the list.

3 thoughts on “My Picks for the 2014 “1001 MYMSBYD” Book

  1. Squish at the 1001 Club usually has an annual “New Edition Predictions” post, and he splits them up into categories of certainty like you have. With that in mind, I can honestly say that I don’t have very many certainties about the 2013 films as I did in 2012. Really, the only two I can say are guaranteed to be in there are 12 Years and Gravity, and Wolf of Wall Street (and maybe Her, now that you mention it) would be in the next level down in the “Probably”s. Other than that, I have no real clear idea what they’re going to add in the new one.

    I also doubt they’ll go back and add films older than the last few years or so; that almost never happens outside the big-number editions. But we can hope.

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