2016 in Review + 10 New-to-Me Favorites

My viewing for 2016 spanned from 1954 to 1959.  I watched 489 films, a few of which were reviewed only here.  I have finished with the 1950s (1959 Recap coming soon).  I had thought about reaching back to the ’30s to catch up on some films I missed the first time around in January.  1960  looks to be such an outstanding year, however, that I think I’ll just keep on going.

I saw too many great films to count.  Since I’ve been seeking out classic movies for a long time many of the best were re-watches.  Still there were many gems that were new to me. Films that I rated 9/10 that did not make this list are:Twenty-Four Eyes (1954); Secrets of Life (1956); Le mystere Picasso (1956); Patterns (1956); Attack! (1956); Street of Shame (1956); and The Ballad of Narayama (1958).

Here’s 10 of the favorite films I saw for the first time in 2016.   They are not ranked but in chronological order.

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) – directed by Luis Buñuel

Baby Doll (1956) – directed by Elia Kazan

Bigger Than Life (1956) – Directed by Nicholas Ray

Kanal (1957) – directed by Andrzej Wajda

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) – directed by Jack Arnold

The Music Room (1958) – directed by Sayajit Ray

Room at the Top (1959) – directed by Jack Clayton

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) – directed by Robert Wise

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) – directed by Alain Resnais

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Montage of clips celebrating the career of Debbie Reynolds

4 thoughts on “2016 in Review + 10 New-to-Me Favorites

    • I think you will really like Bigger Than Life. It is wonderful the way Nicholas Ray went from more or less specializing in black-and-white film noir to being a master of widescreen and color.

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