Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Watchlist

This is my to-watch list. Some things are here because I genuinely want to see them or they look interesting, some because I've heard them mentioned repeatedly, some because they've been recommended or called classics. Do you have any recommendations or movies you think everyone should see? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you think anything on this list isn't worth watching, feel free to say so.

This list is organized by MPAA ratings. The stuff in parenthesis is random info to help me remember what each movie is.

(I'm not proposing to watch all of any of these series - just an episode of each, and more if I like it.)
Dave the Barbarian
Game of Thrones
Heroes Reborn (Robbie Kay)
Fullmetal Alchemist (?)
Broadchurch (TV-14; David Tennant, James D’Arcy 2nd season)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Fawlty Towers (comedy)
My So-Called Life
Boy Meets World
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Breaking Bad
Frasier (comedy)
Terra Nova

Hawking (BBC, 2004; Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Color of Magic
The Ruby in the Smoke (Matt Smith, Billie Piper)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (James D’Arcy)
The Tempest (2014, Globe on Screen; Colin Morgan)

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Unrelated (Tom Hiddleston)
King Kong
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford)
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon)
My Six Loves
Third Star (Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Philadelphia Story
The Women
The Bishop's Wife
Come to the Stable
Kings Row
My Man Godfrey
On the Waterfront
Anatomy of a Murder
The Greatest Show on Earth
South of Tahiti
From Russia with Love
Sullivan's Travels
The 400 Blows
Thank Your Lucky Stars (Errol Flynn)
The Prince and the Pauper (1937, Errol Flynn)
Parked (Colin Morgan)
Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)

The Talented Mr Ripley (Matt Damon)
Casino (Robert De Niro)
The Flowers of War (Christian Bale)
The Breakfast Club
Mad Max: Fury Road
Born on the Fourth of July (Tom Cruise)
The Color of Money (Tom Cruise)
Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)
Fugitive pieces (Harrison Ford)  
A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise)
Collateral (Tom Cruise)
Schindler's List
The Godfather
Laggies (Keira Knightley)
Never Let Me Go (Keira Knightley)
48 Hrs.
Night Catches Us (Anthony Mackie)
The Fighter (Christian Bale)
The Matrix

One Chance
Phoebe in Wonderland (Elle Fanning)
Batman Returns
42 (Chadwick Boseman)
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Mask of Zorro
Quantum of Solace
Invictus (Matt Damon)
A Beautiful Mind (Russell Crowe)
Cast Away (Tom Hanks)
10 Cloverfield Lane
Casino Royale
The Fugitive
Far from the Madding Crowd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Intern
House of Flying Daggers
What Dreams May Come
Tower Heist (Ben Stiller)
Big Fish
The Blind Side
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Forrest Gump
Jurassic Park
Dark Shadows
Ways to Live Forever (Robbie Kay)
Best in Show
Les Miserables (1998; Liam Neeson)
Batman (1989)
Prince Caspian
Need for Speed
The Prestige

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Deathtrap (Christopher Reeve)
The Remains of the Day (Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve)
The Impossible
Harold and Maude
Corpse Bride
The Sting (Robert Redford)
Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
The Karate Kid
Paper Moon
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Day for Night
Being There
I Am David
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Annie Hall
A Bug’s Life
Remember the Titans
American Graffiti
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Muppets
Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock)
Mrs Brown (1997)
Shadowlands (about C. S. Lewis)
When Marnie Was There (anime)
August Rush (Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore)
Pinocchio (2008)
The Lion in Winter
Dead Poets Society
Out of Africa
Empire of the Sun
Titan A.E.
The Brothers (about tigers)
Jumanji (Robin Williams)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Bear

Sea Hawk (Errol Flynn)
The Brave Little Toaster
Oliver & Company
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Secret World of Arrietty
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Land Before Time (directed by Don Bluth)
Finding Nemo
Finding Dory
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Kim (Errol Flynn)
My Neighbor Totoro (anime)

I'd love to hear your recommendations and thoughts on this list. What should I add? What are your favorite movies? Your favorite genres? Favorite actors? Directors? Movies you think more people should know about. Movies that made you see things differently. Movies you love. Movies with great characters. Movies you learned from. Movies that inspired you. Movies that made you laugh. Movies that made you cry. Movies that made you think. Movies with breathtaking scenery. Movies with great stories. What do you recommend? xx


  1. What a great list!! If you watch Fullmetal Alchemist, be sure to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The original anime series/movies are very loosely based off of the original books and overall disappointing. But Brotherhood is pretty much exactly according to the original manga. Of course, the manga/books are better with more dialogue and the "special shorts" at the end of each volume. :)

    While you're watching "The Secret World of Arrietty" and "My Neighbor Totoro" you should check out the rest of Hayao Miyazaki's movies! I especially recommend "Spirited Away", "Ponyo", and "Castle in the Sky". The animation is superbly beautiful, the storylines and characters enchanting, and the soundtrack scores incredible (kudos to Joe Hisaishi, basically my favorite movie score composer ever). ^_^

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

    1. Okay thanks for clarifying about Fullmetal Alchemist.

      I have seen a couple of Miyazaki's movies - Spirited Away included. I'll look up the others. I love the name Castle in the Sky. I loved Hisaishi's soundtrack for How's Moving Castle. So beautiful.

      Thanks so much for your comment and recommendations Dani! xx

  2. So many movies on here! I love the list though! Would have taken me a while to come up with.

    1. I've been adding to it for a few years so yeah I guess it is. :) Thanks Vanessa.

  3. Excellent list! And great idea to actually compile them all together. My watchlist only exists in my mind, so I've probably forgotten some of them!

    If I were you, I'd make these a priority: Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog (short and sweet), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby (the best adaptation of the book, plus James D'Arcy!), Memento, A Few Good Men, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Fugitive, Far From the Madding Crowd (the new one, yes?) Big Fish, Jurassic Park, The Prestige, The Wizard of Oz, Spaceballs, and Finding Nemo!

    There's a lot on here that I need to see too. The only one you have that I saw and hated is Need for Speed. I watched for Dominic Cooper, but ended up getting zero enjoyment out of it -- no wait, I just remembered that Rami Malek is in it. Nevermind, it might actually be worth seeing for him, if you like him. But the movie is terrible. :P

    Right now I'd definitely recommend Jeff Nichols' movies -- especially if you liked Mud and like neat characters. Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Midnight Special are all excellent character films. of course, if you dislike Michael Shannon that'd be a problem. ;) But they are absolutely films that make me think, and have even changed the way I look at all movies a little. They really amazed me. :)

    1. Ooo perfect, thank you for pointing those out, I'll put stars next to them or something. Yes I was thinking of the newer adaption of Far From the Madding Crowd.

      Yeah Need for Speed is one of the movies on here that I personally don't have much/any interest in but have heard people talk about relatively frequently. Oh yeah I forgot Rami Malek is in it too, I think that was part of why I put it on the list. hmm. I should put that in parenthesis too. But I'll keep that in mind. ;p

      Awesome. I shall look them up. I really enjoyed Mud. Thanks Sarah. :)

  4. Out of your list, the onese I can 100 percent SCREAM THAT YOU TOTALLY MUST WATCH FROM THESE AMAZING LISTS include Mad Max Fury Road, My Neighbor Totoro, FRASIER IS HYSTERICAL OMG, Fullmetal Alchemist: BROTHERHOOD (watch the version with Brotherhood in the title, I loved it!) Game of THrones (first season has the most fanservice, so just survive that series, but I completely love GOT) A Beautiful Mind, Forrest Gump, Corpse Bride, The Secret World of Arrietty, and Finding Nemo!! I love all these SO MUCH.

    Movies I say you gotta add include the brilliant comedy trilogy of three original films, The Cornetto Trilogy if you haven't seen them already. Simon Pegg stars and we all know he's awesome. XD Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are especially must watch and huge favorites of mine! <3


    1. I'll be sure to watch Brotherhood. I'm glad you mentioned A Beautiful Mind because I started it once and didn't really feel it so I didn't finish it but kept it on the list because I'd heard it was good. So I'm glad you mentioned you liked it; I'll wait for a good time and watch it. :)

      Yes we do know he is awesome. Thanks for the recs I'll look them up! :) Thanks Jamie!

  5. I literally JUST got back from seeing Finding Dory, and it's brilliant.
    My TV recs would have to be Elementary (a modern retelling of Sherlock; I actually prefer it to Sherlock BBC) and The West Wing (a political drama). I also need to get around to watching Game of Thrones, as well as Turn: Washington's Spies.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Glad to hear that. :) I'll look those up; thanks Ellie!

  6. Thanks for this list!! I'm definitely going to check some of these out :)

    1. Cool! Hope you enjoy them. ;)

  7. 10 Cloverfield Lane, in my opinion, was so confusing -- Which is why I loved it!

    Then again, I didn't watch the trailer before I saw it, so that was probably why I was clueless throughout the entire movie.


    1. I love not knowing anything about a movie before seeing it. It's so much more fun having to figure everything out. Thanks for commenting Des!

  8. eeeep this is such a great list!! I REAALLY want to see Finding Dory. <3 Also meep recommendations:

    - BBC's miniseries Mr. Selfridge is like sdfghjkl one of my new fAVORITE THINGS OF ALL TIME. <3 Gah, it's just so beautifully done and the acting is superb.

    - Also if you've never seen the movie The Good Lie seriously drop everything you're doing and go watch it. I have never wept over a movie until that one and it is probably the most incredible film I've seen in a lonnnng time.

    - If you're into GORGEOUS scenery and awesome cinematography and surfing the film View From A Blue Moon is an absolute feast for the eyes. <3

    Your watchlists always inspire me to dig around for some more good movies!! :D


    1. Thank you. <3
      I haven't seen any of those - thank you!

      aww good. Thanks Abbiee xx

  9. Wow! That's a large list.
    I haven't seen a lot of the movies on this list, but I'm definitely adding some to my own watch list.

    I'm not sure what movies you have or haven't seen, but I would add Citizen Kane and To Kill A Mockingbird. Those are definitely two movies which I think everyone should see. Citizen Kane was number 1 on the AFI top 100 list two times. (There is the original top 100 list, and then there is the 10th anniversary list, which was revised.)

    1. yeah it is kinda long. ;)

      I haven't looked at either of those lists. I'll check them out. :) Thanks for the recs. I have seen both of those actually, but Citizen Kane a looonnngg time ago. (I was like six I think.) I was just thinking of it the other day though. Thanks for commenting Ekaterina!