As described in my Rating System and Personal Canon, films require two viewings for me to give them my highest rating. Below are the films that I’ve seen once and have decided require a second viewing to make that decision. They are roughly sequenced in the order I will be watching them with one film being viewed each week starting September 2014.


12 Years a Slave (2013) dir. Steve McQueen

Nymphomaniac (2014) dir. Lars Von Trier

Anna Karenina (2012) dir. Joe Wright

Atonement (2007) dir. Joe Wright

Blow Out (1981) dir. Brian De Palma

Cabaret (1972) dir. Bob Fosse

Snowpiercer (2014) dir. Bong Joon-Ho

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) dir. Jim Jarmusch

Lenny (1974) dir. Bob Fosse

Escape Plan (2013) dir. Mikael Hafstrom

King Kong (1933) dir.  Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack

Night of the Living Dead (1968) dir. George A. Romero

Reds (1981) dir. Warren Beatty

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) dir. James Whale

The Invisible Man (1933) dir. James Whale

Baby Face (1933) dir. Alfred E. Green

Collateral (2004) dir. Michael Mann

Swing Time (1936) dir. George Stevens

Scarface (1933) dir. Howard Hawks

The Great Dictator (1940) dir. Charles Chaplin

The Philadelphia Story (1940) dir. George Cukor

Double Indemnity (1944) dir. Billy Wilder

Lone Star (1996) dir. John Sayles

Strange Days (1995) dir. Kathryn Bigelow



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