If anyone has looked at all the films I want to see, it is very large with over 2000 choices on it and will continue to grow as I spot more and more interesting works. However, there is a small group of films, shorts and television series that above all the others that I want to see. Some are easy to get hold of, while others aren’t, but if I was able to see them, even if they turned out bad, I would be still glad. (While there are plenty of new releases I want to see, I will not include them unless they do not get a release in the United Kingdom.)
[To Be Continually Updated]
- The Bird People in China (Takashi Miike, 1998) – I have barely touched Miike’s incredibly large filmography despite my high regard in him, but out of all the films I’ve yet to see this one is the one of most importance for me to see. The praise it holds, the fact that it is suppose to be Miike’s most calm, thoughtful work, and the surprising lack of DVD release of the film at all in the UK in combination together make it almost make it my own holy grail to see.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/When They Cry (Chiaki Kon, 2006-7) –
From what I have heard about this two series anime sounds incredibly fascinating, almost like a mix of Japanese psychological horror, Groundhog Day and Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, a twisted and dark cartoon which despite its cute, bobble-headed female characters is sinister and disturbed under its skin, not to mention sounding like a Japanese anime series which actually has an engaging and intelligent story in the centre and tries to be different.
[Addtional Notes 23rd March 2011: Having started the manga in 2011, my interest has peaked if its anything like the twisted, perverse and erratic story in the comic. I may have been wrong with the Antichrist conparison too…the manga reminds me more of a moe version of Andrzej Zulawski.]
- The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper, 1971) – Since the death of Dennis Hopper, this film has been brought up again and again, and despite its possible flaws, I can only hope this gets re-evaluated and released.
— Moloch Tropical (Raoul Peck, 2009) – Thanks to cyclo xxx’s ‘Unheard Voices: Cinema of Haiti’ list, I really want to see a few films from Haiti, this one the most.
- Pre-Damnation Bela Tarr Films – Having discovered Tarr’s work, I want to see his work before 1988’s Damnation, his social-realist films, but they have not been released in the UK.
- Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) – Just seeing an image of Alain Delon in a suit and fedora was enough for me to see this.
- ‘The Rainbow Thief’ (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1980/1990) – As a fan of Jodorowsky’s work, including the wonderfully bizarre and one-off The Holy Mountain, it would be fantastic to see this, regardless if it is a miss he disowned, but it seem to be difficult to get hold of.
- Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000) – An extremely acclaimed film that it strangely absent on Region 2 DVD.
The Day The Clown Cried (Jerry Lewis, 1972) – We may never see this even when Jerry Lewis is dead, but you can hope.