list

If you’d like to recommend a movie, or see an entry for a movie I’ve already watched, simply comment below.

THE COMPLETED LIST SO FAR:

12 Angry Men
3 Women
The 39 Steps
The 400 Blows

All That Heaven Allows
Alphaville
Antichrist
Armageddon
Badlands
Beastie Boys Video Anthology
Beauty and the Beast
Being John Malkovich
Belle de jour
La Bête Humaine
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Bicycle Thieves
Bigger Than Life
Billy Liar
Black Girl
Black Narcissus
Black Orpheus
The Blob
Blood for Dracula
Blood Simple
Blow-Up
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Bottle Rocket
Brand Upon the Brain!
Branded to Kill
Brazil
Breaking the Waves
Breathless
Cat People
Le Cercle Rouge
Certified Copy
Charade
Chasing Amy
Children of Paradise
Cleo From 5 to 7
Close-Up
Closely Watched Trains
Contempt
Le Corbeau
Crumb
The Darjeeling Limited
Dazed and Confused
Diabolique
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Do the Right Thing
Dodes’ka-den
Don’t Look Now
The Double Life of Véronique
Down By Law
Dr. Strangelove
Drunken Angel
The Earrings of Madame de…
Easy Rider
Eating Raoul
Elevator to the Gallows
Equinox
Eraserhead
Europa
Eyes Without a Face
Fanny and Alexander (Television)
Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Planet
Fat Girl
Fellini Satyricon
Fish Tank
The Fisher King
Fishing With John
Five Easy Pieces
Flesh for Frankenstein
Frances Ha
Ghost World
Gilda
Gimme Shelter
Good Morning
The Graduate
Grand Illusion
The Great Dictator
Grey Gardens

Hamlet
A Hard Day’s Night
Harold and Maude
Häxan
Head
His Girl Friday
House
Howards End
I Am Curious (Yellow)
I Know Where I’m Going!
I Married A Witch
If…
The Importance of Being Earnest
In the Mood for Love
Inside Llewyn Davis
It Happened One Night
Jellyfish Eyes
La Jetée
Kicking and Screaming
The Kid
The Killers
The Killing
Kiss Me Deadly
Koyaanisqatsi
The Lady Eve
The Lady Vanishes
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Lord of the Flies
Late Spring
Loves of a Blonde
M
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Manchurian Candidate
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Masculin Feminin
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Metropolitan
The Mikado
Mildred Pierce
Le Million
Modern Times
Mon Oncle
Mon Oncle Antoine
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Moonrise Kingdom
Mulholland Dr.
My Beautiful Laundrette
My Dinner with André
My Life as a Dog
My Man Godfrey
My Own Private Idaho
My Winnipeg
Naked
The Naked City
Night of the Hunter
The Night Porter
Night Train to Munich
Notorious
Onibaba
Orpheus
Pandora’s Box
Pan’s Labyrinth
Paris, Texas
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Pather Panchali
Paths of Glory
Peeping Tom
Persona
The Phantom Carriage
Pickpocket
Playtime
Punch-Drunk Love
Quadrophenia
Rashomon
Ratcatcher
Red Beard
The Red Shoes
Repo Man
Rififi
Robocop
Rome Open City
A Room with a View
Rosemary’s Baby
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Ruling Class
Rushmore
Safety Last!
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Le Samouraï
Seconds
Secret Honor
Seven Samurai
The Seventh Seal
Shoot the Piano Player
Short Cuts
The Silence of the Lambs
Solaris
Spellbound
The Spirit of the Beehive
The Squid and the Whale
Stagecoach
La Strada
Sullivan’s Travels
Summer Hours
Sweet Smell of Success
That Obscure Object Of Desire
The Thin Red Line
The Third Man
This Is Spinal Tap
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
The Tin Drum
Tiny Furniture
Time Bandits
The Times of Harvey Milk
To Be Or Not To Be
Tokyo Drifter
Tokyo Story
Trouble In Paradise
Umberto D.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Unfaithfully Yours
The Uninvited
Valley of the Dolls
Vampyr
The Vanishing
Videodrome
Walkabout
The War Room
Watership Down
Weekend (1967)
Weekend (2011)
Wild Strawberries
Wings of Desire
A Woman is a Woman
World on a Wire
Young Mr. Lincoln

63 comments

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I am so far behind in updating this blog I’m feeling guilty, but I’ll have to move that one to the top of the queue. I’ve definitely had my eye on it.

    1. I saw TOKYO STORY a long time ago, and unfortunately I don’t remember it too well. It’s one of those films I’d love to rewatch at some point. I remember enjoying it, though.

      As for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, that’s the film that inspired this blog. It was so lovely I wanted to illustrate it right away. And that led to doing the same for the other Criterion films I was watching. You can see my review here: https://criterionaffection.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/147-in-the-mood-for-love/

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Well my 2 suggestions would be:
    A) Le Samourai–this could sound either like hyperbole or pathetic layman terms, but Le Samourai might be the coolest movie I’ve ever seen. Melville’s noir films are super-slick.
    B) Tokyo Drifter–I understand why Branded to Kill might be more acclaimed this film is so much fun and vibrant. Playful might be the right word..

    I just absolutely adored both films and was forced to immediately buy them. (Very glad to see your enthusiasm for In the Mood for Love… Possibly my favorite of the few criterion films I have thus far seen)

    1. Oh, don’t worry—layman’s terms are perfectly acceptable on this blog. I’ve been wanting to see LE SAMOURAI basically for the reason you said: it looks really freaking cool.

      BRANDED TO KILL didn’t quite do it for me, but TOKYO DRIFTER looks like it could be much more my style. I will check it out.

      And since IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is the film that inspired this blog, it definitely holds a special place in my heart. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Sounds like a fun idea! I’ve held off on drawing his films because it seems like there are already so many good Wes Anderson-inspired-illustrations out there, but maybe it’s high time I gave it a try. I’ll probably want to do ROYAL TENENBAUMS, as it’s my favorite. I’ll let you know if I do!

  2. Exceptional work Mademoiselle, exceptional! I cannot recommend the rest of Melville’s oeuvre highly enough, I’d kill to see your take on Le Cercle Rouge. Also all of Ozu’s work is beyond humane and brilliant I think you would find Equinox Flower and The End of Summer delightful as well as his ebullient Good Morning. I also would be ever so curious to see your take on the delicious hardboiled Nikkatsu hard boiled A Colt is My Passport with the legendary Jo Shishido, you will love his style to say nothing of his iconic face! 🙂 Mille graziei!! 🙂

    1. Thank you ever so much for the kind words, sir! You are just chock-full of good recommendations there, and I’ll do my best to get around to all of them. I’ve had my eye on LE CERCLE ROUGE, and I’m definitely aware I need to watch more Ozu. So this list will be sure to keep me busy. Thanks again!

      1. You are wonderful! I love it! I posted a reply to your blog as well but hope this directly reaches you sooner?

        You’ve literally made my day, I can’t thank you enough I’m going to run out and get a bottle of blanc des blanc and watch Cercle Rouge tonight. You’ve really touched me, thanks so much!

        I’m typing like such a silly schoolboy but you wow-ed me with this 🙂

        David

        1. I’m so glad you liked it! And thanks for the extra suggestions. I think my blog definitely needs some Ozu, especially, although I have a few things lined up so that’s going to be at the bottom of the list. Thanks again for the recommendation, and the enthusiasm!

          1. You are so very kind to have remembered me and to have written to about this this morning, really I’ve been smiling all day, you are very cool 🙂

            And? As I type I am WATCHING DELON’S FUNNY MOUSTACHE! (how did he even manage to grow it out at all, lol?)

            David

  3. I took the liberty of sending your work to a certain person at The Collection, I’m happy to report that he was quite pleased and impressed, I do hope you don’t mind?… 🙂

    Please keep drawing for us and again, many thanks for your vision and hard work 🙂

    1. How dare you?! Just kidding of course, that was awfully sweet of you, and I really appreciate it! Even though my posts are infrequent, don’t you worry — I won’t be stopping any time soon. 🙂

  4. I’m so pleased that you are furious! lol

    Your lovely shirt was lovely, alas I cannot wear white, for a variety of reasons 😉

    Tonight I am re watching Charade for the 10,000 time. Have you seen any of the Pierre Etaix films yet I’ve just got them and so far they seem beyond charmingly wise and adorable. It is very kind of you to respond to the many emails you are sent, so please accept my thanks for that 🙂

    1. I always appreciate it when people take the time to leave comments, so the least I can do it reply.

      I love CHARADE! I’ve only watched it twice, but I think I would have a hard time getting tired of that film. I haven’t seen any of the Pierre Etaix films, but they do sound charming and wonderful. I’ll add them to the never-ending list.

      1. Oh you are so Rad! You did it at last and I could not be more thrilled with it !! 🙂 It is now my MacBookPro’s new wallpaper I do hope you don’t mind?

        And now I know what I am re watching tonight, you have such skill I am very grateful for you continuing to do this and share it with all of us. I’d love to see you tackle an Ozu film next. Or you could always just make me even happier and do L’Armee des Ombres next 😛

        You are a delight!

        1. I’ve seen that you’ve watched “The Night Porter.” What did you think of it? Did it remind you of “Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom?”

          1. Yes, I did see it, and I definitely enjoyed it! Actually, it’s funny you should ask that: I watched this with a friend who had also recommended it, and one of the first things I said when it was over was, have you seen SALO? No wait, first I asked if she had seen THE PIANO TEACHER, and then I asked about SALO. 🙂

            I’m so far behind in updating this blog, but I’m planning an illustration for this soon.

  5. I saw you watched “The War Room” and “Dodes’ka-den.” What did you think of them.
    Again, I suggest that you watch “Secret Honor.” If you’re into politics and liked “The War Room”; you should like “Secret Honor.” Philip Baker Hall is amazing as Richard Nixon. Baker’s performance is of Shakespearean level.

    1. Yep, I’m slowly making my way through everyone’s recommendations. I loved DODES’KA-DEN, and I’m hoping to do an illustration for it. WAR ROOM didn’t really grab me, though—I think it assumed a lot of prior knowledge I didn’t have, so I never really knew what was going on or the historical significance of any of it. I’ll definitely try out SECRET HONOR. Thanks!

      1. “The War Room” is about Bill Clinton’s first run for the Presidency shown through his campaign team. It is a glimpse at how political campaigns are run. If you have any questions that may help you understand “The War Room” better ask me.

          1. I love the illustration for Dodes’ka-den. Remember to watch “Secret Honor.”

  6. Did you forget to watch “Secret Honor?” I want to know what you think of this certain film. Please watch it as soon as you can. I saw your new picture today and it looks great.

    1. Uh, nope, I didn’t forget. It’s pretty much next on my list, but I haven’t had the time to watch many films at all lately. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you my thoughts when I see it! And thanks, glad you liked the recent one.

    2. Hi Damian, you’ll be pleased to know that I finally got around to watching SECRET HONOR. And you’re right, what a performance. Wow. The staging of it—what Altman did with just a single room and monologue—was really interesting to watch as well.

      1. I’m glad you liked it. Do you think you might honor it with on of your wonderful illustrations?

          1. You should maybe now try a heavyweight in the Criterion Collection. I am of course talking about the 9 1/2 hour documentary “Shoah.” Shoah is the longest film in the Criterion Collection. It is also one of the best films in the Criterion Collection. The film is about the Holocaust, but it uses no archival footage. What it consists of is interviews with survivors, townspeople, historians, and former Nazis. I’m serious. You should watch this next.

          2. Oh goodness, that is going to be quite the undertaking. I have a long personal list of films I want to get around to watching first, but I will certainly keep that on my radar!

  7. with all due respect to shoah, fassbinder’s berlin alexanderplatz (which played theatrically in many countries, so it’s a movie) clocks in at about 14 hours, & kobayashi’s the human condition is about the same length as shoah.

    1. Awesome! Sounds like I have my work cut out for me. That’ll be great for the next time I find myself, you know, twiddling my thumbs for 14 hours straight, wondering how to fill my time.

        1. So I was wrong about “Shoah” being the longest film in the Criterion Collection. You still should watch it. It is an absolute masterpiece.

  8. I’m really surprised that a lot of classic animated movies are missing from the list, such as Princess Mononoke or a lot of the Disney classics. As far as I can see the only animated movie there is Watership Down; a great movie indeed, but it seems rather lonely.

    And I’m even more surprised by the absence of the Wizard of Oz, given how its usually touted as one of the all time greatest movies. Seems like family movies are rather thin on the ground on the list; which I don’t understand. Just because its made for children doesn’t mean its not artistic or brilliant.

    1. I certainly agree with you that there should be more animated and family films in the collection. That would be fantastic! But you also have to keep in mind that Criterion is a business, and not a definitive list. (Even though I treat it like a definitive list!) So they will never be releasing classic Disney films or WIZARD OF OZ because they will never be able to buy the distribution rights for them. That’s part of what makes the collection so cool though—Criterion is able to release a lot of the films that no one else was releasing, and so a lot of the titles are gems that don’t have name recognition, and might not otherwise be seen by a large audience.

      1. Ah well that makes more sense then 🙂 (well except for Armageddon, which….eh).
        I am still happy with a lot of the names on their list; from Felini’s movies, to Walkabout; one of my all time favourites and which is actually how I found this site. Also Watership Down is on it, a cause for many nightmares among kids who saw it! But an important movie; teaching children about how nature is beautiful, but also harsh.

        I’m also surprised Akira isn’t on their list, since they released it in the USA. Then again it has grown famous and was a driving force in the interest of anime outside of Japan (and still is amazing, especially compared to the vast sweeps of sub-par anime on television; sorry people who like it, but too many highschool setting and, random, nonsensical meandering plots)

        1. Ah, well, AKIRA is interesting…Criterion released it when they were starting out, back when they were putting out laserdiscs! I think the laserdiscs were a more specialized industry, so it was easier for them to snap up the rights to films back then. Some of their laserdiscs later got Criterion DVD releases, but not all of them, and AKIRA was one that didn’t make the transition. (Man, now I need to watch that again!)

          1. Interesting! It just shows how things change. Its strange to look back at Akira’s relase and just how far the anime industry has come. Though I don’t think there has been many anime movies outside of Ghibli’s canon and Redline that rivals the animation of Akira. Though Akira is also a bit hard to watch sometimes; bit gory and nasty.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s