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Film Diary: 2012

One of my New Year’s resolutions (among many) is to keep track of all the films I watch in 2012. I had attempted it in 2011, as well, but didn’t make it past about June. Someone please slap me if I’m not more diligent this year!
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011)
  • Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
  • Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan, 2010)
  • The Artist (Michel Hazanavicious, 2011) x 2
  • The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011)
  • The Woman in Black (James Watkins, 2012)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger, 1967)
  • My Name was Sabina Spielrein (Elisabeth Marton, 2002)
  • A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)
  • Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden, 2011)
  • Rampart (Oren Moverman, 2011)
  • Safe House (Daniel Espinosa, 2012)
  • Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
  • Trishna (Michael Winterbottom, 2011)
  • Bel Ami (Delcan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod, 2012)
  • 21 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Chris Miller, 2012)
  • The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)
  • Kid with a Bike (Jean-Piere and Luc Dardenne, 2011)
  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life (Werner Herzog, 2012)
  • A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker, 1958)
  • Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, 1976)
  • Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)
  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, 2005)
  • Accident (Joseph Losey, 1967)
  • Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966)
  • Ballets Russes (Daniel Geller and Dana Goldfine, 2005)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011)
  • La Haine (Matheiu Kassovitz, 1995)
  • A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel, 2012)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Andersen, 2012)
  • Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012)
  • A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel, 2012)
  • Carrie (William Wyler, 1952)
  • Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947)
  • A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2010) x2
  • The Divorce of Lady X (Tim Whelan, 1938)
  • The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012)
  • War Horse (Stephen Spielberg, 2012)
  • Great Expectations (Mike Newell, 2012)
  • Searching for Sugarman (Malik Bendjelloul, 2012)
  • Ted (Seth MacFarlane, 2012)
  • The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  • The Untouchables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011)
  • Brave (Mark Andrews, 2012)
  • Bruce Campbell vs The Army of Darkness (Sam Raimi, 1992)
  • Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)
  • Call Me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012)
  • Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Stephen Spielberg, 1984)
  • The Social Network (David Fincher, 2011)

Kendra is the designer and webmistress of vivandlarry.com. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait (Running Press, October 2013). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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    1. Welllll, I really liked the Swedish version the first time I saw it, so I didn’t think the Fincher film made any sort of improvements on the original or anything. I also didn’t like how they made Lisbeth a bit softer in this version and I don’t think Daniel Craig is a very good actor. Also, a majority of the accents were appalling. But overall, it was pretty good

  1. I used to do this, and last year I think I gave up before March. I’ll try to keep tabs on you but clearly I don’t have the best track record!

    I’m anxious to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (both versions) but I keep wanting to read the book first, and I’ve been putting it off for ages. Maybe this year I’ll finally be motivated!

    1. I know, I gave up, as well. it’s so hard to stay disciplined with these things over a long period of time. But I am determined to keep it up this year!

      See the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo! It literally had me on the edge of my seat.

  2. I always try to do this and fall short. I have an excel spreadsheet where I kept track of all the classic films I’d seen. I kept it up for a while but stopped at 600 or so and I really slacked off last year.

    I saw “Dragon Tattoo” because my husband is way into David Fincher. It was a bit dark and um, graphic for me. I could have done without a scene or two…

    1. I know, it’s really hard to keep up with these lists!

      It is a very graphic film (both versions) and very intense, but those scenes are also key to the books, as well.

  3. wonder what happened to the comment about 2011-films and my question concerning “Term of Trial” I would be grateful,Kendra, if you would help me. Thanks in advance .renata

  4. THANK YOU;SO NEXT TIME IN LONDON I’LL TRY TO VIEW IT THERE OR MUST ONE WAIT TILL THEY PLAY IT AGAIN?ANY WAY OF CHECKING FILMS OUT ? WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD ENLIGHTEN ME ON THAT MATTER: REGARDS; RENATA
    P S:PUT ON YOUR VIEWING LIST:LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT;IT’S MORE THAN WORTH IT ;LARRY IS HEART-RENDING TRAGIC AS TYRONE;ANYWAY IS THERE ANY FILM WITH HIM IN THE LEAD THAT IS NOT WORTH VIEWING?

    1. You have to wait until they show it next. The BFI has a scheduled film programme that changes every month. No, they don’t check films out. It’s not like a DVD rental company or anything.

  5. Happy New Year Kendra !!Thanks for all your work on that wonderful website/blog in 2011 !

    I used my time off last week to go and see “The Artist” and I loved it ! It’s a wonderful movie for cinema lovers… Brilliantly made…
    I also went to see “the adventures of Tintin”… Being french, and “Tintin” being a character every french child had grown up with… I wanted to see it… Well, I liked it overall… It is a good adaptation of a classic, and it is entertaining, but the next day is certainly wasn’t haunting me, like “the artist” did.
    Another one I saw is “The skin I live in” by Pedro Almodovar, which was again, brilliant. A twisted story, twisted situations, twisted characters, with Almodovar’s great visual taste and direction… And Antonio Banderas is very good.

    I also add to those some timeless classics: “a Christmas Carol” (1951)…”Miracle on 34th street” (with 8-year old Natalie Wood)… “Limelight” (Chaplin)…
    And now the holidays are over…

    Eric

  6. Did you like Xavier Dolan’s movie ?
    He is a very promising and praised young director here in Montreal where I live.
    His first movie “how I killed my mother” was very good.

    Eric

  7. Eee good luck Kendra! This is one of my New Year resolutions as well – I always start the year carefully listing all the movies and books I have read/watched, but always get off track not long after!

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