2020 First Watches

Renewed Appreciation: In the Heat of the Sun, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Cemetery of Splendour, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Certain Women, What Time Is It There?, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Two English Girls, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spione, Transit, Phoenix, Green Snake, SPL II: A Time for Consequences, Daughter of the Nile, Legend of the Mountain, The Matrix, There Will Be Blood, Vive L’Amour, L’Eclisse, Nothing But a Man, The Unspeakable Act, Catch Me If You Can, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Meek’s Cutoff, Dragon Inn, Claire’s Camera

Shorts: “All My Life,” “Le Chant du styrène,” “No No Sleep,” “Transformers: The Premake,” “Asparagus,” “Redemption,” “Night Without Distance,” “Origins of the 21st Century,” “Foreign Powers,” “The Follow,” “Labor of Love,” “Walker,” “Parsi,” “Toute la mémoire du monde,” “Joy Street,” “Vassourinha: The Voice and the Void,” “Cry When It Happens,” “The Sky Is Clear and Blue Today,” “Visit,” “Statues Also Die,” “Caterina,” “While Cursed by Specters,” “Fainting Spells,” “Yudie,” “Stump the Guesser,” “Pinball,” “Temple of Torment,” “What Did Jack Do?,” “Cattle Mutilations,” “El Doctor,” “Possibly in Michigan,” “The Stranger in Apartment 9F,” “Visitations,” “Fit Model,” “La France contre les Robots,” “Jefferson Circus Songs,” “Nightwalk”

  1. Perceval le Gallois (1978, Eric Rohmer) [June]
  2. Femmes Femmes (1974, Paul Vecchiali) [April]
  3. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa) [March]
  4. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raúl Ruiz) [January]
  5. Beijing Watermelon (1989, Nobuhiko Obayashi) [May]
  6. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks) [March]
  7. The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007, Adam Curtis) [June]
  8. Like Someone in Love (2012, Abbas Kiarostami) [January]
  9. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang) [March]
  10. Peking Opera Blues (1986, Tsui Hark) [April]
  11. Yearning (1964, Mikio Naruse) [July]
  12. The Rocking Horsemen (1992, Nobuhiko Obayashi) [July]
  13. Dirty Ho (1979, Lau Kar-leung) [August]
  14. The General (1926, Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman) [October]
  15. Sparrow (2008, Johnnie To) [April]
  16. Pyaasa (1957, Guru Dutt) [April]
  17. Pedicab Driver (1989, Sammo Hung) [May]
  18. Election 2 (2006, Johnnie To) [May]
  19. Fantômas (1913, Louis Feuillade) [March]
  20. Wheels on Meals (1984, Sammo Hung) [June]
  21. Throw Down (2004, Johnnie To) [May]
  22. Spring in a Small Town (1948, Fei Mu) [August]
  23. The Clock (1945, Vincente Minnelli) [March]
  24. The Wind Rises (2013, Hayao Miyazaki) [January]
  25. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To) [January]
  26. It Felt Like a Kiss (2009, Adam Curtis) [June]
  27. Zodiac (2007, David Fincher) [October]
  28. HyperNormalisation (2016, Adam Curtis) [August]
  29. Faubourg St. Martin (1986, Jean-Claude Guiguet) [April]
  30. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To) [January]
  31. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) [May]
  32. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004, Adam Curtis) [May]
  33. Providence (1977, Alain Resnais) [April]
  34. Eastern Condors (1987, Sammo Hung) [May]
  35. Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1997, Wai Ka-fai) [May]
  36. Safe (1995, Todd Haynes) [February]
  37. Running on Karma (2003, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) [July]
  38. Fury (1936, Fritz Lang) [July]
  39. Fourteen (2019, Dan Sallitt) [May]
  40. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero) [February]
  41. Tabu (2012, Miguel Gomes) [January]
  42. Simone Barbès or Virtue (1980, Marie-Claude Treilhou) [March]
  43. Afternoon (2015, Tsai Ming-liang) [April]
  44. My Young Auntie (1981, Lau Kar-leung) [June]
  45. Days (2020, Tsai Ming-liang) [September]
  46. The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978, Raúl Ruiz) [October]
  47. Hanagatami (2017, Nobuhiko Obayashi) [January]
  48. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978, Bertrand Blier) [May]
  49. Accident (2009, Soi Cheang) [April]
  50. Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002, Jeffrey Lau) [July]
  51. Beginning (2020, Dea Kulumbegashvili) [October]
  52. Lola (1961, Jacques Demy) [August]
  53. Golden Swallow (1968, Chang Cheh) [June]
  54. Bitter Lake (2015, Adam Curtis) [July]
  55. The Valiant Ones (1975, King Hu) [April]
  56. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
  57. Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) [March]
  58. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Isao Takahata) [January]
  59. Double messieurs (1986, Jean-François Stévenin) [February]
  60. Through the Forest (2005, Jean-Paul Civeyrac) [April]
  61. The Century of the Self (2002, Adam Curtis) [May]
  62. Film Socialisme (2010, Jean-Luc Godard) [April]
  63. Love in a Puff (2010, Pang Ho-cheung) [June]
  64. Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? (1932, Yasujiro Ozu) [May]
  65. A Voluntary Year (2019, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler) [February]
  66. The Woman Who Ran (2020, Hong Sang-soo) [October]
  67. The Mouth Agape (1974, Maurice Pialat) [May]
  68. Malmkrog (2020, Cristi Puiu) [September]
  69. At This Late Date, the Charleston (1981, Kihachi Okamoto) [March]
  70. Pauline at the Beach (1983, Eric Rohmer) [March]
  71. The Green Room (1978, François Truffaut) [May]
  72. Le Beau Serge (1958, Claude Chabrol) [June]
  73. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang) [January]
  74. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Martin Scorsese) [January]
  75. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) [March]
  76. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Buñuel) [January]
  77. 36 Fillette (1988, Catherine Breillat) [February]
  78. differently, Molussia (2012, Nicolas Rey) [January]
  79. Synonyms (2019, Nadav Lapid) [January]
  80. Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane) [January]
  81. Noroît (une vengeance) (1976, Jacques Rivette) [March]
  82. L’Idiot (2008, Pierre Léon) [July]
  83. Roger la Honte (1966, Riccardo Freda) [August]
  84. Michael Clayton (2007, Tony Gilroy) [June]
  85. First Cow (2019, Kelly Reichardt) [August]
  86. Streetscapes [Dialogue] (2017, Heinz Emigholz) [August]
  87. Day of the Dead (1985, George A. Romero) [February]
  88. The Big Trail (1930, Raoul Walsh) [September]
  89. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011, Adam Curtis) [July]
  90. Dossier 51 (1978, Michel Deville) [May]
  91. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, Roman Polanski) [April]
  92. The Blue Angel (1930, Josef von Sternberg) [March]
  93. West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) [February]
  94. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To) [January]
  95. Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes) [January]
  96. Uma Pedra no Bolso (1988, Joaquim Pinto) [August]
  97. The Strange Case of Angelica (2010, Manoel de Oliveira) [August]
  98. Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa) [February]
  99. Monrovia, Indiana (2018, Frederick Wiseman) [September]
  100. Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020, Jia Zhangke) [October]
  101. Ghost Tropic (2019, Bas Devos) [September]
  102. A Geisha (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi) [August]
  103. Unstoppable (2010, Tony Scott) [January]
  104. Love on a Diet (2001, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai) [June]
  105. Bay of Angels (1963, Jacques Demy) [September]
  106. A Hero Never Dies (1998, Johnnie To) [July]
  107. Labyrinth of Cinema (2019, Nobuhiko Obayashi) [July]
  108. Beduino (2016, Júlio Bressane) [July]
  109. Election (2005, Johnnie To) [May]
  110. Shaolin Soccer (2001, Stephen Chow) [June]
  111. Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story (2015, Michael Almereyda) [July]
  112. Merry-Go-Round (1981, Jacques Rivette) [May]
  113. Bacurau (2019, Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles) [April]
  114. The Disciple (2020, Chaitanya Tamhane) [October]
  115. A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) [January]
  116. The Left-Handed Woman (1978, Peter Handke) [May]
  117. Notturno (2020, Gianfranco Rosi) [October]
  118. The Wild Goose Lake (2019, Diao Yinan) [April]
  119. The Cool World (1963, Shirley Clarke) [January]
  120. The Boston Strangler (1968, Richard Fleischer) [May]
  121. City Hall (2020, Frederick Wiseman) [October]
  122. Bless Their Little Hearts (1983, Billy Woodberry) [June]
  123. Fauna (2020, Nicolás Pereda) [September]
  124. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020, Bill & Turner Ross) [July]
  125. Perhaps Love (2005, Peter Chan) [September]
  126. Violette Nozière (1978, Claude Chabrol) [June]
  127. An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli) [September]
  128. The Last City (2020, Heinz Emigholz) [October]
  129. There are not thirty-six ways of showing a man getting on a horse. (2020, Nicolás Zukerfeld) [September]
  130. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman) [February]
  131. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir) [March]
  132. Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee) [April]
  133. An Autumn’s Tale (1987, Mabel Cheung) [June]
  134. Bound (1996, Lana & Lilly Wachowski) [June]
  135. The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard) [January]
  136. Chasing Dream (2019, Johnnie To) [May]
  137. Klute (1971, Alan J. Pakula) [April]
  138. Like a Turtle on Its Back (1978, Luc Béraud) [June]
  139. Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) [February]
  140. The Lobby (2020, Heinz Emigholz) [October]
  141. Paris Is Burning (1990, Jennie Livingston) [June]
  142. A Girl Is a Gun (1971, Luc Moullet) [June]
  143. Victoria (2016, Justine Triet) [June]
  144. The Year of the Discovery (2020, Luis López Carrasco) [October]
  145. Sentimental Education (2013, Júlio Bressane) [January]
  146. The World Is Full of Secrets (2018, Graham Swon) [January]
  147. Despair (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [May]
  148. Duplicity (2009, Tony Gilroy) [October]
  149. Atlantics (2019, Mati Diop) [January]
  150. Gates of Heaven (1978, Errol Morris) [June]
  151. The Matrix Reloaded (2003, Lana & Lilly Wachowski) [April]
  152. Isabella (2020, Matías Piñeiro) [September]
  153. The Shout (1978, Jerzy Skolimowski) [June]
  154. A Girl Missing (2019, Koji Fukada) [February]
  155. Your Face (2018, Tsai Ming-liang) [May]
  156. Winter Light (1963, Ingmar Bergman) [May]
  157. Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer) [January]
  158. The Calming (2020, Song Fang) [September]
  159. Meeting a Milestone (1989, Goutam Ghose) [March]
  160. Fear of Fear (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [March]
  161. Slow Action (2011, Ben Rivers) [October]
  162. Den of Thieves (2018, Christian Gudegast) [May]
  163. The Sign of Leo (1962, Eric Rohmer) [April]
  164. Camouflage (1977, Krzysztof Zanussi) [May]
  165. The Salt of Tears (2020, Philippe Garrel) [October]
  166. Gyopo (2019, Samuel Kiehoon Lee) [October]
  167. Her Socialist Smile (2020, John Gianvito) [September]
  168. Da 5 Bloods (2020, Spike Lee) [June]
  169. American Boy: A Portrait of Steven Prince (1978, Martin Scorsese) [June]
  170. Ham on Rye (2019, Tyler Taormina) [February]
  171. Infernal Affairs (2002, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak) [June]
  172. A Faithful Man (2018, Louis Garrel) [February]
  173. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa) [April]
  174. Atarrabi and Mikelats (2020, Eugène Green) [October]
  175. Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee) [May]
  176. The Muppet Movie (1979, James Frawley) [October]
  177. Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Kathryn Bigelow) [April]
  178. In Transit (2015, Albert Maysles & Lynn True & David Usui & Nelson Walker & Ben Wu) [April]
  179. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To) [January]
  180. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959, Masaki Kobayashi) [February]
  181. Safety Last! (1923, Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor) [April]
  182. Undine (2020, Christian Petzold) [October]
  183. The American Sector (2020, Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez) [February]
  184. Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville) [April]
  185. SPL: Paradox (2017, Wilson Yip) [April]
  186. Some Divine Wind (1991, Roddy Bogawa) [May]
  187. Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose) [March]
  188. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019, J.J. Abrams) [January]
  189. With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women’s Emergency Brigade (1978, Lorraine Gray) [May]
  190. The Hurt Locker (2008, Kathryn Bigelow) [April]
  191. Oroslan (2019, Matjaz Ivanisin) [February]
  192. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009, Tony Scott) [September]
  193. Wasp Network (2019, Olivier Assayas) [June]
  194. The Matrix Revolutions (2003, Lana & Lilly Wachowski) [April]
  195. Skip Tracer (1977, Zale Dalen) [May]
  196. Alita: Battle Angel (2019, Robert Rodriguez) [June]
  197. The Mask of Zorro (1998, Martin Campbell) [May]
  198. Hit 2 Pass (2014, Kurt Walker) [May]
  199. s01e03 (2020, Kurt Walker) [May]
  200. Sunrise/Sunset (2019, Jong Ougie Pak) [April]
  201. Newsfront (1978, Phillip Noyce) [May]
  202. A Wedding (1978, Robert Altman) [May]
  203. Mekong Hotel (2012, Apichatpong Weerasthakul) [January]
  204. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman) [April]
  205. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999, Jamie Babbit) [June]
  206. SPL: Kill Zone (2005, Wilson Yip) [April]
  207. Batang West Side (2001, Lav Diaz) [March]
  208. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020, Eliza Hittman) [April]
  209. Locke (2013, Steven Knight) [March]
  210. Langlois (1970, Eila Hershon & Roberto Guerra) [May]
  211. Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová) [February]
  212. Enter the Dragon (1973, Robert Clouse) [May]
  213. Elevator to the Gallows (1958, Louis Malle) [May]
  214. 3 Idiots (2009, Rajkumar Hirani) [September]
  215. They Are Their Own Gifts (1978, Lucille Rhodes & Margaret Murphy) [May]
  216. Ema (2019, Pablo Larraín) [May]
  217. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn) [June]
  218. The Miracle of the Wolves (1924, Raymond Bernard) [June]
  219. American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron) [March]
  220. Fight Club (1999, David Fincher) [March]
  221. 6 Underground (2019, Michael Bay) [July]
  222. Gamer (2009, Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) [March]
  223. The Apple Game (1977, Vera Chytilová) [May]
  224. The Way of the Dragon (1972, Bruce Lee) [June]
  225. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018, Susan Johnson) [February]
  226. Bloodbrothers (1978, Robert Mulligan) [May]
  227. My First Film (2018, Zia Anger) [May]
  228. Hamilton (2020, Thomas Kail) [July]
  229. Mulan (2020, Niki Caro) [September]