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.
- 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.