Film Diary – 2012

TITLE RATING (1) YEAR RELEASED DIRECTOR
100 Rifles *** 1969 Gries,Tom
-30- (2) *** 1959 Webb,Jack
39 Steps.The ***** 1935 Hitchcock,Alfred
99 River Street ***1/2 1953 Karlson,Phil
A Christmas   Carol (2) ***1/2 1938 Marin,Edward
A Christmas   Carol (2) ****1/2 1951 Hurst,Brian Desmond
A Close Call   For Boston Blackie (2) ** 1946 Landers,Lew
A Cry in the   Night (2) ** 1956 Tuttle,Frank
A Dog’s Life (2) **** 1918 Chaplin,Charles
A Double Life (2) **** 1947 Cukor,George
A Late   Quartet (2) **** 2012 Zilberman,Yaron
A Matter of   Life and Death (2) ***** 1946 Powell,Michael
A Night to   Remember (2) ****1/2 1953 Baker,Roy Ward
A Separation (2) ***** 2011 Farhadi,Asghar
A Slight Case   of Murder ***1/2 1999 Schachter,Steven
Act of   Violence **** 1948 Zinnemann,Fred
Adventure in   Manhattan (2) *** 1936 Ludwig,Edward
Adventures of   Tin Tin (2) *** 2011 Steven Spielberg
After   Midnight with Boston Blackie (2) *** 1943 Landers,Lew
Airport *** 1970 Seaton,George
Albert Nobbs (2) *** 2011 Garcia,Rodrigo
All The   King’s Men ***** 1949 Rossen,Robert
Amador (2) *** 2010 De Aranoa, Fernando   Leon
Amazing Dr.   Clitterhouse,The *** 1938 Litvak,Anatole
American   Friend,The (2) **** 1977 Wenders,Wim
Americanization   of Emily,The ****1/2 1964 HillerArthur
Angels With   Dirty Faces ****1/2 1938 Curtiz,Michael
Anna Karenina (2) ***1/2 2012 Wright,Joe
Argo (2) ***** 2012 Affleck,Ben
Arizona (2) *** 1940 Ruggles,Wesley
Artist,The (2) ****1/2 2011 Michael Hazenavicius
Bachelor   Mother (2) **** 1939 Kanin,Garson
Backlash (2) *** 1956 Sturges,John
Badlanders,The (2) **/12 1958 Daves,Delmar
Bamboo   Prison,The (2) *** 1954 Seiler,Lewis
Barbary Coast ***1/2 1935 Hawks,Howard
Bear Shooters *** 1930 McGowan, Robert F.
Beast of the   Southern Wild (2) **** 2012 Zeitlin,Benh
Bed of Roses (2) ***1/2 1933 LaCava,Gregory
Bernie (2) **** 2012 Linklater,Richard
Best Years of   Our Lives, the ***** 1946 Wyler,William
Big Business   Girl (2) ** 1931 Seiter,William
Big Combo,The ****1/2 1955 Lewis,Joseph, H.
Big   Country,The (2) **** 1958 Wyler,William
Big Heat,The ***** 1953 Lang,Fritz
Big Steal,The (2) ***/12 1949 Siegel, Don
Birds,The ***** 1963 Hitchcock,Alfred
Black Fury (2) **1/2 1935 Curtiz,Michael
Black Hand ***1/2 1950 Thorpe,Richard
Blue   Valentine (2) **** 2010 Cianfrance,Derek
Borderline (2) **1/2 1950 Seiter,William
Boston   Blackie and the Law (2) **1/2 1946 Lederman, D. Ross
Boston   Blackie Booked on Suspicion (2) **1/2 1945 Dreifuss,Arthur
Boston   Blackie’s Chinese Adventure (2) **1/2 1949 Friedman,Seymour
Bride of   Frankenstein ***** 1935 Whale,Jame
Broadway   Danny Rose **** 1984 Allen,Woody
Broken Arrow (2) **** 1950 Daves,Delmer
Buck Privates ***1/2 1941 Lubin,Arthur
C olumbiana (2) ***1/2 2011 Megaton.Olivier
Cabin in the   Woods,The (2) **** 2012 Goddard,Drew
California   Kid,The *** 1974 Heffon,Richard
Call   Northeast 777 (2) ***1/2 1948 Hathaway,Henry
Captains   Courageous (2) **** 1937 Fleming,Victor
Carnage (2) **** 2011 Polanski,Roman
Casablanca ***** 1942 Cutiz,Michael
Case of the   Lucky Legs,The (2) **1/2 1935 Mayo,Archie
Caught ***1/2 1949 Ophules.Max
Cell 2455   Death Row (2) **/12 1955 Sears, Fred F.
Chance of a   Lifetime (2) ** 1943 Castle, William
Charlie Chan   in Egypt (2) * 1935 King, Louis
Chicago   Confidential (2) *** 1957 Salkow,Sidney
China Seas (2) ***1/2 1935 Garnett,Tay
Cincinnati   Kid,The ***1/2 1965 Jewison,Norman
Colorado   Territory **1/2 1949 Walsh,Raoul
Colt .45 (2) */12 1950 Marin, Edward L.
Comanche (2) **/12 1956 Sherman,George
Come and Get   It (2) **** 1936 Hawks & Wyler
Common   Law,The (2) **1/2 1931 Stein,Paul L.
Complusion **** 1959 Flesicher,Richard
Confessions   of Boston Blackie (2) **1/2 1941 Dymtryk,Edward
Corman’s   World (2) *** 2011 Stapleton,Alex
Corpo Celesto (2) **** 2011 Rohrwacher,Alice
Cover Girl (2) ***1/2 1944 Vidor,Charles
Crazy Mama **/12 1975 Demme,Jonathan
Crime of   Passion *** 1957 Oswald,Gerd
Crime Wave (2) **** 1954 DeToth,Andre
Criss Cross ****1/2 1949 Siodmak,Robert
Crossfire   Hurricane (2) **** 2012 Morgen,Brett
Cry Terror! **1/2 1958 Stone,Andrew L.
Dark City (2) ***1/2 1950 Dieterle,William
Dark   Corner,The ***1/2 1946 Hathaway,Henry
Darling   Companion (2) ***1/2 2012 Kaseden,Lawrence
Day Lincoln   Was Shot,The (2) ***1/2 1998 Gray,John
Desk Set,The ***1/2 1957 Lang,Walter
Devil Thumbs   a Ride,The ***1/2 1947 Feist, Felix E
Dillinger ***1/2 1945 Nosseck,Max
Diner **** 1982 Levinson,Barry
Disappearance   of Alice Creed,The (2) **** 2009 J Blakeson
Divorce,   Italian Style ***** 1964 Germi,Pietro
Dogs is Dogs ****1/2 1931 McGowan, Robert F.
Don’t Be   Afraid of the Dark (2) ***1/2 1973 Newland,John
Don’t Bother   to Knock (2) *** 1952 Baker,Roy
Dr. Crippen (2) ***1/2 1964 Lynn,Robert
Dracula Has   Risen From the Grave (2) ***1/2 1968 Francis,Freddie
Dracula   Prince of Darkness (2) **** 1966 Fischer,Terance
Dressed to   Kill ****1/2 1980 DePalma,Brian
Dust By My   Destiny *** 1939 Seiler,Lewis
East of the   River **1/2 1940 Green,Alfred E.
Eating Raoul **** 1980 Bartel.Paul
Escort West (2) **1/2 1958 Lyon,Francis D.
Ethel (2) ***1/2 2012 Kennedy,Ethel
Eyes Without   a Face (2) ****1/2 1960 Franju,Georges
Famous   Ferguson Case,The (2) **1/2 1932 Bacon,Lloyd
Far   Country,The (2) **** 1954 Mann,Antony
Fatal   Hour,The (2) ** 1940 Nigh,William
Fifth Avenue   Girl (2) ***1/2 1939 LaCava,Gregory
Firemen’s   Ball,The (2) **** 1967 Forman,Milos
Flight (2) ****1/2 2012 Zemeckis,Robert
Flowing Gold (2) *** 1940 Green,Alfred E.
Foreign   Correspondent **** 1940 Hitchcock,Alfred
Forth Worth (2) *** 1951 Marin, Edward L.
Forty Guns ***1/2 1957 Fuller,Sam
Frankenstein ****1/2 1931 Whale,Jame
Frankenstein   Created Woman (2) *** 1967 Fisher,Terrance
Frenzy **** 1972 Hitchcock,Alfred
Friends with   Kids (2) ***1/2 2012 Weststadt,Jennifer
Frontier   Marshal (2) *** 1939 Walsh,Raoul
Funny Girl (2) ***1/2 1968 Wyler,William
Gangster,The (2) ***1/2 1947 Wiles,Gordon
Girl Missing (2) *** 1933 Florey,Robert
Girl With the   Dragon Tattoo,The (2) **** 2009 Arden Oplev,Neils
Gloria (2) ****1/2 1980 Cassavetes,John
God is the   Bigger Elvis (2) *** 2011 Cammisa,Rebecca
Going Home (2) ** 1971 Leonard,Herbert
Gonzo: Life   and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2) **** 2008 Gibney,Alex
Guilt   Trip,The (2) **/12 2012 Fletcher,Anne
Guilty Hands (2) ***1/2 1930 Van Dyke, Woody
Gun Fury (2) **1/2 1953 Walsh,Raoul
Gyspy *** 1962 LeRoy.Merlyn
Hail, The   Conquering Hero! (2) **** 1944 Sturges,Preston
Hang em High ***1/2 1968 Post,Ted
Hangman Also   Die (2) **** 1943 Lang,Fritz
Haunted   Spooks (2) **1/2 1920 Goulding, Alfred   & Roach, Hal
Havana Widows (2) ** 1933 Enright,Ray
Highway 301 (2) *** 1950 Stone,Andrew L.
Highway   Dragnet (2) **1/2 1954 Juran,Nathan
Hitchcock (2) ***1/2 2012 Gervasi,Sacha
Hope Springs (2) ***1/2 2012 Frankel,David
Horse   Feathers ****1/2 1932 Norman Z. McLeod
Hour of the   Gun (2) ***1/2 1967 Sturges,John
House of   Numbers (2) ** 1957 Rouse,Russell
I Wanna Hold   Your Hand ***1/2 1978 Zemeckis,Robert
Impact (2) **1/2 1949 Lubin,Arthur
Inside the Mafia (2) * 1959 Cahn,Edward L.
Island of Lost Souls **** 1932 Keaton, Erle C.
It All Came   True (2) **/12 1940 Seiler,Lewis
J. Edgar (2) ***1/2 2011 Eastwood,Clint
Jack Reacher (2) *** 2012 McQuarrie,Christopher
Jeff Who   Lives at Home (2) **** 2012 Duplass Brothers
Jeopardy ***1/2 1953 Sturges,John
Jimmy the   Gent (2) *** 1934 Curtiz,Michael
Julie (2) **1/2 1956 Stone,Andrew L.
Kept Husbands (2) **1/2 1931 Bacon,Lloyd
Kid From   Brooklyn,The (2) **1/2 1946 McLeod,Norman
Killer is   Loose,The *** 1956 Boetticher,Budd
Kind Lady (2) **1/2 1935 Seitz, Goerge B.
King Kong ***** 1933 Cooper,Merian C.   & Schoedsack,Ernest B.
Kiss Me   Deadly ****1/2 1955 Aldrich,Robert
Knock on Wood (2) *** 1954 Frank,Melvin *   Panama,Norman
Knockout (2) **1/2 1941 Clemens, William
Lady For A   Day (2) **** 1933 Capra,Frank
Lady in the   Lake (2) *** 2012 Montgomery,Robert
Larceny Inc. ***1/2 1942 Bacon,Lloyd
Last   Lullaby,The (2) **** 2008 Goodman,Jeffrey
Law and Jake   Wade,The ***1/2 1958 Sturges,John
Lawless (2) ***1/2 2012 Hillcoat,Jim
Lawman *** 1971 Winner,Michael
Les   Miserables (2) ****1/2 2012 Hooper,Tom
Life of Pi (2) ***** 2012 Lee,Ang
Lincoln (2) ***** 2012 Speilberg,Steven
Lone Wolf and   His Lady,The (2) **1/2 1949 Hoffman,John
Looper (2) ***1/2 2012 Johnson,Rian
Love We   Make,The (2) ***1/2 2011 Albert Maysles &   Bradley Kaplan
Lust For Life ****1/2 1956 Minnelli,Vincent
Mad Love (2) ***1/2 1935 Florey,Robert
Maltese   Falcon,The (2) **** 1931 Del Ruth,Roy
Man I Love,   The (2) *** 1947 Walsh,Raoul
Manhattan ***** 1979 Allen,Woody
Manhattan   Murder Mystery **** 1993 Allen,Woody
Margin Call (2) ****1/2 2011 Chandor, J.C.
Maverick   Queen,The (2) ** 1956 Kane,Joseph
Meet Boston   Blackie (2) **1/2 1941 Florey,Robert
Melinda and   Melinda (2) ***1/2 2005 Woody Allen
Miss   Pinkerton (2) ** 1932 Bacon,Lloyd
Missing   Juror,The (2) *** 1944 Boetticher,Budd
Moan and   Groan, Inc. **1/2 1929 McGowan, Robert F.
Monty Python   and the Holy Grail (2) ***** 1975 Gilliam and Palin
Moon is   Blue,The (2) *** 1953 Preminger.Otto
Mouthpiece,The (2) **** 1932 Flood,James
Mr. Klein (2) ***** 1976 Losey,Joseph
My Sister   Eileen **** 1942 Hall,Alexander
Mysterious   Intruder,the (2) *** 1946 Castle,William
Naked   City,The **** 1948 Dassin,Jules
Naked Gun:   From the File of Police Squad,The **** 1988 Zucker,David
Namath (2) *** 2012 Uncredited
Narrow   Margin,The ****1/2 1952 Flesicher,Richard
New York   Confidential (2) ***1/2 1955 Rouse,Russell
Niagara ***1/2 1953 Hathaway,Henry
Nick Carter,   Master Detective (2) **1/2 1939 Tourner,Jacques
Night Holds   Terror,The (2) ** 1955 Stone,Andrew L.
Nights of   Cabiria,The (2) ***** 1957 Fellini,Federico
Nobody Lives   Forever ***1/2 1946 Negulesco,Jean
Nora Prentiss (2) ***1/2 1947 Sherman,Vincent
North By   Northwest ***** 1050 Hitchcock,Alfred
Odds Against   Tomorrow ****1/2 1959 Wise,Robert
On the Double (2) *** 1961 Melvin Shavelson
Organizer,The (2) ****1/2 1964 Monicelli,Mario
Parental   Guidence (2) **1/2 2012 Fickman,Andy
Paris Blues ***1/2 1961 Ritt,Martin
Patterns (2) ****1/2 1956 Cook,Fielder
Payback **/12 1999 Helgeland,Brian
Period of   Adjustment ***1/2 1962 Hill,George Roy
Phantom   Thief,The (2) ** 1946 Lederman, D. Ross
Picture of   Dorian Gray,The (2) ***1/2 1945 Albert Lewin
Picture   Snatcher (2) *** 1933 Bacon,Lloyd
Please Don’t   Eat the Dasies (2) **1/2 1950 Walter,Charles
Point Blank **** 1967 Boorman.John
Power of The   Whistler,The (2) ** 1945 Landers,Lew
Prairie Love (2) **** 2011 Bias,Dusty
Pretty Poison **** 1967 Black,Noel
Private Hell   36 (2) ***1/2 1954 Siegel, Don
Prometheus **** 2012 Scott,Ridley
Prowler,The **** 1951 Losey,Joseph
Public   Menace,The (2) *** 1935 Kenton,Erle C.
Quantrill’s   Raiders (2) ** 1958 Bernds,Edward
Racket   Busters ** 1938 Bacon,Lloyd
Racket,The ***1/2 1951 Cromwell,John
Racket,The (2) **** 1928 Milestone,Lewis
Rampart (2) **1/2 2011 Moverman,Oren
Readin’ and   Writin’ *** 1932 McGowan, Robert F.
Red House,The (2) **** 1947 Daves,Delmar
Red Tails (2) *** 2012 Hemingway,Anthony
Return of the   Whistler, The (2) *** 1948 Lederman, D. Ross
Revenge of   Frankenstein (2) ***1/2 1958 Fischer,Terance
Rhapsody in   Blue (2) *** 1945 Rapper,Irving
Ride Clear of   Diablo (2) **/12 1954 Hibbs,Jesse
Roaring   Twenties,The ***** 1939 Walsh,Raoul
Rock of Ages ***1/2 2012 Shankman,Adam
Safe House (2) *** 2012 Espinosa,Daniel
Sand   Peebles,The (2) ****1/2 1966 Wise,Robert
School’s Out **** 1930 McGowan, Robert F.
Secret Life   of Walter Mitty,The (2) *** 1947 McLeod,Norman
Secret of The   Whistler, The (2) *** 1946 Sherman,George
Seduced and   Abandoned (2) ****1/2 1964 Germi,Pietro
Seeking a   Friend For the End of the World (2) ***1/2 2012 Scarfaria,Lorene
Shaft ***1/2 1971 Parks,Gordon
Sherlock Jr. ***** 1924 Keaton,Buster
Shield For   Murder (2) ***1/2 1954 O’Brien,Edmond &   Koch Howard
Shiver My   Timbers *** 1931 McGowan, Robert F.
Shop Around   The Corner,The ****1/2 1940 Lubitsch,Ernst
Silver Lining   Playbook (2) ****/12 2012 Russell,David.O.
Skyfall (2) ****1/2 2012 Mendes,Sam
Smart Woman (2) *** 1931 La Cava, Gregory
Some Like it   Hot ***** 1959 Billy Wilder
Spanky *** 1932 McGowan, Robert F.
Spine   Tingler: The William Castle Story (2) **** 2007 Schwarz,Jeffrey
Stage Door (2) **** 1937 LaCava,Gregory
Stardust   Memories ****1/2 1980 Allen,Woody
Steel   Trap,The (2) ** 1952 Stone,Andrew
Stepford   Wives,The ***1/2 1975 Forbes,Bryon
Storm Center **** 1956 Taradash,Daniel
Story of   Temple Drake (2) *** 1933 Roberts,Stephen
Strange Love   of Molly Louvain,The (2) *** 1932 Cutiz,Michael
Strange Loves   of Martha Ivers,The ***1/2 1946 Milestone,Lewis
Stranger on   the Third Floor ***1/2 1940 Instager, Boris
Sunrise (2) ***** 1927 Murnau, F.W.
Susan Slept   Here *** 1954 Tashlin,Frank
Suspense (2) *** 1946 Tuttle,Frank
Taxi (2) ***1/2 1932 Del Ruth,Roy
Teacher’s Pet ****1/2 1930 McGowan, Robert F.
Ted (2) *** 2012 McFarland,Seth
That   Uncertain Feeling (2) ***1/2 1941 Lubitsch,Ernst
The Boss (2) *** 1956 Haskin,Byron
The Heiress (2) ***** 1949 Wyler,William
The Iron Lady (2) *** 2011 Lloyd,Phyllida
The   Undercover Story (2) ***1/2 1950 Endfield,Cy
The Words (2) ** 2012 Klugman, Brian &   Sternthal, Lee
They Rode   West (2) **/12 1954 Karlson,Phil
Thieves Like   Us ****1/2 1974 Altman,Robert
Thirteen   Women (2) **1/2 1932 Archainbaud,George
This Gun For   Hire (2) ***1/2 1942 Tuttle,Frank
Threat,The (2) ***1/2 1949 Feist,Felix
Three on a   Match *** 1932 Del Ruth,Roy
Three   Stooges,The (2) ***1/2 2012 Farelly Brothers
Thunder Over   the Plains (2) *** 1953 DeToth,Andre
To Rome With   Love (2) ***1/2 2012 Allen,Woody
Together   Again (2) *** 1944 Vidor,Charles
Tomorrow Is   Another Day (2) ***1/2 1951 Feist,Felix
Too Big to   Fail (2) **** 2011 Hanson,Curtis
Too Late   Blues (2) ***1/2 1961 Cassavetes,John
Touch of Evil ***** 1953 Welles,Orson
Trial (2) ***1/2 1955 Robson,Mark
Tunnel of   Love (2) *1/2 1958 Kelly,Gene
Ulzana’s   Raid (2) ***/12 1972 Aldrich,Robert
Unholy   Wife,The (2) **1/2 1956 Farrow,John
Vacation From   Marriage (2) **** 1945 Korda,Alexander
Vivacious   Lady (2) **** 1938 Stevens,George
Wagons Roll   at Night, The (2) **1/2 1941 Enright,Ray
Walking   Dead,The *** 1936 Curtiz,Michael
Werewolf of   London (2) *1/2 1935 Walker,Stuart
What’s The   Matter With Helen (2) *** 1971 Harrington,Curtis
Whistler,The (2) *** 1944 Castle,William
Wife vs.   Secretary (2) ***1/2 1936 Brown,Clarence
Will Success   Spoil Rock Hunter (2) ***1/2 1957 Taslin,Frank
Wolf Man,The ***1/2 1941 Waggoner,George
Woman in   Hiding (2) ***1/2 1950 Gordon,Michael
Woman of the   Year (2) **** 1942 Stevens,George
Yakuza,The (2) ***1/2 1974 Pollack,Sydney
Yellow Sky (2) **** 1948 Wellman,William
Yojimbo (2) ***** 1961 Kurosawa,Akirka
FOOTNOTES 
(1) Five Star Rating
*****  Masterpiece
****1/2 Excellent
****    VG
***1/2 Good
***   Average
**1/2 Fair
**  Some redeeming virtue
*1/2   Bad
*  Total Failure
(2) Films Watched For the 1st Time in 2011

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