Dance, Girl, Dance
The Singing Detective
Cross of Iron
Good Bye Lenin!
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Flesh and the Devil
Hail the Conquering Hero
Kingdom of Heaven
Deux jours, une nuit
Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag
C'était un rendez-vous
The Decisive Moment
Gonna be kind of a crazy month for me, but I'll try to get to something. I already have Two Days One Night on hold at the library, it's possible that will come in before the month is up. Otherwise, maybe Flesh and the Devil or some of the shorter films.
I only just watched Two Days One Night earlier this month, if you like the Dardennes it should be a great choice.
It has gotten very hard for me to get my hands on movies so I do not know what I will be able to watch. I do have Kiki's Delivery Service on me at the moment as well as Two Days One Night possibly so I will be able to meet the month's requirement. I will try to get something from the Top 100 though.
I love that you have Garden State on there.
I'd forgotten Kiki's Delivery Service was on there. Haven't seen that in a decade so I may have to rewatch. It's my favourite Miyazaki.
I used to be a bit embarrassed by having Garden State on there, but I rewatched it a couple of years ago and it really held up for me. It certainly has flaws but sometimes that doesn't matter.
A lot of films I want to see on that list, but the two that immediately jump out to me are Léon and Hotaru no Haka (aka Grave of the Fireflies), and those should be pretty easy to find.
Be prepared that Grave of the Fireflies is very sad. Léon is fun.
Thanks for the guidance.
I liked Rohmer when I was in college - Claire's Knee was a favorite - but recent attempts have not been interesting.
I like stagey films. By that I mean, I don't like them as a rule, but there are a lot of favorites that fit within that category. (Have I mentioned The Boys in the Band? Because I will again next month.)
I made a Private list on Letterboxd of the films I haven't seen, and as I was entering the titles I noticed a number of them I have scattered around various Watchlists, mostly as titles I should watch but don't necessarily want to. The truth we both know is that we don't often see eye-to-eye on films, but with such a variety I'm hoping the search will yield a success or two. That is why I wanted to theme your list and not just pick a couple of safe bets.
What were the recent attempts? I saw your review of La collectionneuse in the director's thread. That's my least favourite Rohmer. Even though his style is pretty consistent in general terms, pre and post 1980 are still noticeably different, and being so character focused sometimes your sympathy, or lack thereof, for the characters can affect the experience.
I think I remember you mentioning The Boys in the Band, maybe I'll watch that for your month. Stagey films can be good or bad like anything else, but as long as the fact that it's talky and the fact that the writing is noticeable and there's not a great variety of sets isn't inherently a problem then A Raisin in the Sun has a chance. It's just the usual Hollywood type of stagey like Steetcar Named Desire, Inherit the Wind, Detective Story etc.
As usual with these lists there's much more I haven't seen than have, so I won't make a list of all of them, but what I am thinking of watching is:
The Phantom Carriage
Sunset Boulevard (I don't know why I keep putting this off)
Last Year At Marienbad
The Red Shoes
Casablanca (somehow have avoided this for 30+ years)
There's some good variety there, covers both my love of talky films and the kind of striking visuals that I enjoy.
Woman in the Dunes just came onto Mubi and will be prioritised.
I hope you like it.
@1SO: Boys In The Band is already flagged for next month.
RE Rohmer, after the success of A Summer's Tale a couple months back, I had targeted Summer, but it isn't really available through my regular sources.
I don't know what your sources are, but it's been released on DVD and BluRay (in Europe) so surely it must be available in some way. Its availability should be the same as A Summer's Tale. Maybe I can help if you PM me.