I actually really enjoy putting this “caught up with” list together each year (ok most years) mainly because I know people will wonder how I got to that year without seeing some truly classic and quite frankly outstanding films! While I call it a top 10, its not put in any particular order and has been filtered down from 40 that I thought were worthy to be included in the long list!
Prepare to be utterly amazed with some of my first time viewings in 2021 …
For quite a few years now I have had problems buying DVDs of films which I have never seen before. These films may have one of my favorite actors in, won a lot of awards (mainly Oscar’s), I had heard a lot about the film or I missed it at the cinema. This is made more difficult when HMV, Asda and play.com all start selling DVDs for £2 or £3.
This morning I decided to have a look and see how many of my DVDs that I have not ever watched . . . just the ones that I have never seen the film either. I have 30 of these DVDs and my plan is to watch them over the next few months. I probably have tried to watch a couple of them before but other than that they are films that I have never got round to seeing.
I have decided that I am not going to buy any more DVDs of the films I have not yet seen until I start watching some of these which are just sitting around. That may encourage me to watch these a little faster.
Here is the 30 long list of films I plan on watching over the next few months . . . or maybe longer I am not going to put a timescale on it but they are now top of my to see list. Why not? I have them ready to watch whenever I want.
As the Oscars are in a week. I decided to look through my collection of DVDs and see which are Best Picture winners or have an acting Oscar associated with them. So I will try to review a lot of them over the next week. Re-watch and some of them even watch for the first time. As looking at a couple of them I haven’t actually watched them yet.
Adaptation (Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper)
All About Eve (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Sanders, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
American Beauty (Best Picture, Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
As Good As It Gets (Best Actor: Jack Nicholson and Best Actress: Helen Hunt)
Chicago (Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Zeta Jones)
Dead Man Walking (Best Actress: Susan Sarandon)
Dreamgirls (Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson)
Erin Brockovich (Best Actress: Julia Roberts)
GoodFellas (Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci)
Good Will Hunting (Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams and Best Original Screenplay)
Gladiator (Best Picture, Best Actor: Russell Crowe)
L.A. Confidential (Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Mary Poppins (Best Actress: Julie Andrews)
Million Dollar Baby (Best Picture, Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman and Best Director)
My Fair Lady (Best Picture, Best Actor: Rex Harrison and Best Director)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Picture, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Actress: Louise Fletcher, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Rain Man (Best Picture, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director)
Ray (Best Actor: Jamie Foxx)
Rocky (Best Picture and Best Director)
Scent of a Woman (Best Actor: Al Pacino)
Terms of Endearment (Best Picture, Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine, Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
To Kill A MockingBird (Best Actor: Gregory Peck and Best Adpated Screenplay)
Titanic (Best Picture and Best Director)
Training Day (Best Actor: Denzel Washington)
Wall Street (Best Actor: Michael Douglas)
West Side Story (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno and Best Director)