Lost in the Movies: The Unseen 1919 - 2018

The Unseen 1919 - 2018


In the spring of 2018, I randomly stumbled across a tweet that doesn't even exist anymore. The author invited people to look at Letterboxd's lists of most popular films for every year and share the top title they hadn't seen. I was so interested in my own results that I ended up carrying on for a full century; glancing down the list afterwards, the idea for a series began to emerge. I wanted not only to finally catch up with these movies (some of which, I suspected, would be more worthwhile than others) but also to analyze them against the spirit of their times. Moving backwards, further and further into the past, using these films as a kind of time machine...

The series began a year and a half later, with one entry per month, pausing after six months to resume (without stopping again) at a then-unknown future date. All entries are listed (and illustrated) here ahead of time, and linked here as soon as they are available. When a publication date is known, it will be listed here too.

I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I plan to.

2018 • Black Panther

2017 • Get Out

2016 • La La Land

2015 • Inside Out

2013 • Her


REMAINING FILMS WILL BE PUBLISHED AT A LATER DATE

2012 • The Avengers

2011 • Captain America

2010 • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

2009 • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

2008 • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2007 • Hot Fuzz

2006 • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

2005 • V for Vendetta

2004 • Shaun of the Dead

2003 • The Room

2002 • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2001 • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2000 • O Brother Where Art Thou?

1999 • The Iron Giant

1998 • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

1997 • Perfect Blue

1996 • From Dusk to Dawn

1995 • Die Hard with a Vengeance

1994 • The Crow

1993 • Cronos

1992 • Army of Darkness

1991 • Barton Fink

1990 • Pretty Woman

1989 • Kiki's Delivery Service

1988 • Heathers

1987 • Raising Arizona

1986 • Big Trouble in Little China

1985 • Re-Animator

1984 • Paris, Texas

1983 • Christine

1982 • Tron

1981 • Escape from New York

1980 • The Blues Brothers

1979 • Life of Brian

1978 • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1977 • The Spy Who Loved Me

1976 • Assault on Precinct 13

1975 • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1974 • Black Christmas

1973 • Fantastic Planet

1972 • Pink Flamingos

1971 • The Devils

1970 • The Aristocats

1969 • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

1968 • Barberella

1967 • You Only Live Twice

1966 • Django

1965 • For a Few Dollars More

1964 • Blood and Black Lace

1963 • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

1962 • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

1961 • Splendor in the Grass

1960 • The Magnificent Seven

1959 • Plan 9 from Outer Space

1958 • Dracula

1957 • Curse of the Demon

1956 • The Bad Seed

1955 • Rififi

1954 • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1953 • The Band Wagon

1952 • The Life of Oharu

1951 • Tales of Hoffmann

1950 • Los Olvidados

1949 • The Heiress

1948 • Key Largo

1947 • Dark Passage

1946 • Duel in the Sun

1945 • Dead of Night

1944 • Gaslight

1943 • Le Corbeau

1942 • Holiday Inn

1941 • Ball of Fire

1940 • Night Train to Munich

1939 • Son of Frankenstein

1938 • Vivacious Lady

1937 • Stella Dallas

1936 • The Only Son

1935 • Ruggles of Red Cap

1934 • Cleopatra

1933 • She Done Him Wrong

1932 • White Zombie

1931 • La Chienne

1930 • A propos de nice

1929 • Cocoanuts

1928 • The Docks of New York

1927 • Underworld

1926 • Flesh and the Devil

1925 • Master of the House

1924 • The Great White Silence

1923 • A Woman of Paris

1922 • Phantom

1921 • The Goat

1920 • The Scarecrow

1919 • The Doll



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