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

2012 • The Avengers
to be published Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 8am


THE SERIES IS ON HIATUS AS OF EARLY 2023.
If it continues, the directory will be updated with links for the following...

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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