Mike Thorn’s favorite first viewings of 2022

Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Christy Cabanne & John Emerson, 1916)

Hintertreppe (Paul Leni & Leopold Jessner, 1921)

Hell Harbor (Henry King, 1930)

Doctor X (Michael Curtiz, 1932)

The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

Crime without Passion (Ben Hecht & Lee Garmes & Charles MacArthur, 1934)

Mandalay (Michael Curtiz, 1934)

You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang, 1937)

The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, 1941)

The Sea Wolf (Michael Curtiz, 1941)

Calling Dr. Death (Reginald Le Borg, 1943)

The Curse of the Cat People (Robert Wise & Gunther von Fritsch, 1944)

Weird Woman (Reginald Le Borg, 1944)

The Frozen Ghost (Harold Young, 1945)

Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945)

Shock (Alfred L. Werker, 1946)

Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)

Flamingo Road (Michael Curtiz, 1949)

Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa, 1949)

The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950)

House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1950)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950)

Angel Face (Otto Preminger, 1953)

Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953)

The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1954)

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)

Lola Montès (Max Ophüls, 1955)

Bonjour, Tristesse (Otto Preminger, 1958)

Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, 1960)

Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine, 1960)

Confessions of an Opium Eater (Albert Zugsmith, 1962)

Diary of a Madman (Reginald Le Borg, 1963)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Mario Bava, 1963)

Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967)

Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman, 1968)

One of the Missing (Tony Scott, 1968)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Ted Post, 1970)

Loving Memory (Tony Scott, 1970)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Don Taylor, 1971)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (J. Lee Thompson, 1971)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)

Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper (Joe Gannon, 1974)

Lenny (Bob Fosse, 1974)

The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975)

Death Game (Peter S. Traynor, 1977)

Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978)

Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)

Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)

Next of Kin (Tony Williams, 1982)

Star 80 (Bob Fosse, 1983)

Scream for Help (Michael Winner, 1984)

The New Kids (Sean S. Cunningham, 1985)

Biotherapy (Akihiro Kashima, 1986)

Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God—Part I (Kazuo Komizu, 1986)

Frantic (Roman Polanski, 1988)

Maniac Cop (William Lustig, 1988)

Baby Blood (Alain Robak, 1990)

Flatliners (Joel Schumacher, 1990)

The Guardian (William Friedkin, 1990)

Juice (Ernest R. Dickerson, 1992)

Midori (Hiroshi Harada, 1992)

Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, 1993)

Brainscan (John Flynn, 1994)

Species (Roger Donaldson, 1995)

Frat House (Todd Phillips & Andrew Gurland, 1998)

The Phantom of the Opera (Dario Argento, 1998)

Crazy/Beautiful (John Stockwell, 2001)

Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green, 2001)

Get Over It! (Tommy O’Haver, 2001)

Heartbreakers (David Mirkin, 2001)

Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)

O (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001)

Blue Crush (John Stockwell, 2002)

Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2002)

Pusher II (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2004)

Pusher 3 (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2006)

Hazard (Sion Sono, 2005)

Apocalypto (Mel Gibson, 2006)

The Grudge 2 (Takashi Shimizu, 2006)

The Shock Labyrinth (Takashi Shimizu, 2009)

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Kim Han-min, 2014)

Based on a True Story (Roman Polanski, 2017)

Too Old to Die Young (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2019)

All Eyes Off Me (Hadas ben Aroya, 2021)

Limbo (Soi Cheang, 2021)

Mike Thorn reviews Avatar: The Way of Water for In Review Online

“If The Way of Water is a crucial work of tech Romanticism, then another of its richest central dissonances is that between past and future: it imagines a world that stands a chance against modernity’s most brutal and oppressive machinations, thus situating itself in the past, but it also uses its genre modality to speculate a future that exceeds postmodernity’s politically flattening failures.”

Read the full review.

Mike Thorn’s favorite first reads of 2022

  • Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe (1722)
  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (1847)
  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens (1850)
  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot (1860)
  • Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy (1895)
  • The Ambassadors, by Henry James (1903)
  • Light in August, by William Faulkner (1932)
  • The Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West (1939)
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, by Flannery O’Connor (1955)
  • How It Is, by Samuel Beckett (1961)
  • Pop. 1280, by Jim Thompson (1964)
  • The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence (1964)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
  • Yonnondio, by Tillie Olsen (1974)
  • Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)
  • If You Could See Me Now, by Peter Straub (1977)
  • Who Do You Think You Are?, by Alice Munro (1977)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)
  • Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison (1992)
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, by Michael Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind (1998)
  • Ordinary Affects, by Kathleen Stewart (2007)
  • Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward (2011)
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders (2013)
  • Suicide Stitch, by Sarah L. Johnson (2016)
  • Christopher Wild, by Kathe Koja (2017)
  • The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (2019)
  • The Low, Low Woods, by Carmen Maria Machado & DaNi (2020)

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