Saturday, September 26, 2015

Here are the Official Changes for the 2015 Edition of the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Plus the Renumbered List

The U.S. Hardcover Edition
The U.K. Softcover Edition


















I received the 2015 edition of the 1,001 Movies book from Amazon today.  Note to anyone else who is thinking of buying it from them: Amazon shipped a two pound, 1000 page hardcover book in nothing but a thin, padded, soft mailer.  The book came all dented in at the corners and looking very much like a used book that had been around for a few years.  I paid full price for a new book and received one in used book condition.  This is similar to my experience buying last year’s paperback volume from Amazon U.K.  I have an email in my Inbox asking for packaging feedback.  You’d better believe I will be giving them some, along with a request to return the book they mailed to me.  I will buy it in a bookstore where I can ensure the New condition of it.

Anyway, on to the important stuff.  There were a total of ten (10) films added in the newest volume.  Eight of them are from 2014 and two from 2013, although one of those (Ida) is really a 2014 film that happened to be shown at some film festivals in 2013.  Eight of the additions received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Documentary, or Best Foreign Language Film.  Of the remaining two one was a box office blockbuster and the other is a decidedly different take on the story of an alien coming to Earth.  Without further ado, here are your ten new films to add to the 1,001 Movies list:

The 10 films added to the list (new numbers):

1168. Ida (2013)
1169. Under the Skin (2013)
1170. Citizenfour (2014)
1171. Leviathan (Leviafan) (2014)
1172. Boyhood (2014)
1173. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
1174. Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
1175. Whiplash (2014)
1176. The Theory of Everything (2014)
1177. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

All are readily available on DVD.  Ida is also streaming on Netflix Instant.  As it turns out, I’ve already seen all ten of them, so I am still at 100% for the 1,001 Movies list.

The 10 films removed from the list (old numbers):

1096. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
1104. Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)
1116. The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Bande: Eine Deutsche Kindergeschicte) (2009)
1137. The Tree of Life (2011)
1138. The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au velo) (2011)
1153. Blancanieves (2012)
1159. Nebraska (2013)
1160. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
1164. American Hustle (2013)
1166. A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) (2013)

Of those ten, Blancanieves is the only one I am a little sad to see go.  All the rest are ones I either didn’t think were that special, or that while I could appreciate what went into making them I didn’t particularly care for them.

New Numbering:

Now, how does this affect the numbering of the list, especially in light of the fact that entries were removed as far back as 2007?

The numbering of the list remains the same from the beginning up to #1095 – Paranormal Activity (2007).  In the book this equates to no changes through page 908.  The subsequent 82 films, which include the 10 additions, do end up with new numbers.

You may remember that for the Tenth Edition it was decided that a new numbering method be employed which tied the list to the physical presentation in the book.  And for those films that had been removed and did not appear in the publication, they would be placed at the end of their years, in the order they had originally appeared. 

Like last year I have redone the 1,001 Movies Tracking Sheet I have so that it has columns for the old numbers and the new numbers.  You can view/download that here.  Remember that the first 1,095 entries’ numbers remained the same, so you do not have to worry about them.

If you just want the new numbers and not the whole tracking sheet then here are the last 82 of 1,177 entries (new number, old number, title, and year).

1096
1097
There Will Be Blood
2007
1097
1098
La Vie en Rose
2007
1098
1099
Into the Wild
2007
1099
1100
Atonement
2007
1100
1101
Surfwise
2007
1101
1102
Bourne Ultimatum, The
2007
1102
1103
No Country for Old Men
2007
1103
1096
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (Le scaphandre et le papillon)
2007
1104
1105
Hurt Locker, The
2009
1105
1106
Slumdog Millionaire
2008
1106
1107
Dark Knight, The
2008
1107
1108
Let the Right One In (Lat den ratte komma in)
2008
1108
1109
WALL-E
2008
1109
1110
Good, the Bad, the Weird, The (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom)
2008
1110
1111
Wrestler, The
2008
1111
1112
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The
2008
1112
1113
Class, The (Entre les murs)
2008
1113
1114
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
2008
1114
1104
Gomorrah (Gomorra)
2008
1115
1115
District 9
2009
1116
1117
Avatar
2009
1117
1118
Education, An
2009
1118
1119
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
2009
1119
1120
Hangover, The
2009
1120
1121
In the Loop
2009
1121
1122
Fish Tank
2009
1122
1123
Inglourious Basterds
2009
1123
1116
White Ribbon, The (Das Weisse Band: Eine Deutsche Kindergeschicte)
2009
1124
1129
Senna
2010
1125
1124
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
2010
1126
1125
Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz)
2010
1127
1126
Black Swan
2010
1128
1127
Inception
2010
1129
1128
Social Network, The
2010
1130
1130
Monsters
2010
1131
1131
Four Lions
2010
1132
1132
True Grit
2010
1133
1133
Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)
2010
1134
1134
King's Speech, The
2010
1135
1139
Artist, The
2011
1136
1135
Separation, A (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
2011
1137
1136
Drive
2011
1138
1140
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The
2011
1139
1141
War Horse
2011
1140
1142
Descendants, The
2011
1141
1143
Hugo
2011
1142
1144
Le Havre
2011
1143
1145
Shame
2011
1144
1146
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2011
1145
1147
Bridesmaids
2011
1146
1137
Tree of Life, The
2011
1147
1138
Kid with a Bike, The (Le gamin au velo)
2011
1148
1148
Cabin in the Woods, The
2012
1149
1154
Wadjda
2012
1150
1149
Amour
2012
1151
1150
Lincoln
2012
1152
1151
Django Unchained
2012
1153
1152
Act of Killing, The
2012
1154
1155
Life of Pi
2012
1155
1156
Les Miserables
2012
1156
1157
Argo
2012
1157
1158
Skyfall
2012
1158
1153
Blancanieves
2012
1159
1162
Gravity
2013
1160
1161
Wolf of Wall Street, The
2013
1161
1165
Great Beauty, The (La grande bellezza)
2013
1162
1163
Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adele - Chapitres 1 et 2)
2013
1163
1167
12 Years a Slave
2013
1164
1159
Nebraska
2013
1165
1160
Inside Llewyn Davis
2013
1166
1164
American Hustle
2013
1167
1166
Touch of Sin, A (Tian zhu ding)
2013
1168

Ida
2013
1169

Under the Skin
2013
1170

Citizenfour
2014
1171

Leviathan (Leviafan)
2014
1172

Boyhood
2014
1173

Guardians of the Galaxy
2014
1174

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2014
1175

Whiplash
2014
1176

Theory of Everything, The
2014
1177

Grand Budapest Hotel, The
2014


As I make this post the 1,001 Movies wiki is not yet updated for these new numbers, nor for the Books section to include the 2015 edition, but I hope to get to those in the coming days.  I will be letting Peter Stanley and Trevor May know what films to add to their 1,001 Movies Letterboxd lists so that we all stay in sync.

20 comments:

  1. and i've updated my list to represent just 2015 edition
    http://letterboxd.com/gubarenko/list/1001-movies-you-must-see-before-you-die-2015/

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  2. Thanks so much for keeping this list current for us, Chip.

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  3. This is so awesome! I'm tempted to buy this book myself. Glad to see Under the Skin make the list and American Hustle removed :)

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    1. If you do pick up the book just be aware that most of the entries have spoilers for the movies they are talking about. If you haven't seen an entry, and want to avoid spoilers, you may want to only check out the basics of the movie in the book.

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  4. Wow! For a wonder, I've already seen six of the 10, which means I can finish up surprisingly quickly this time.

    I'll be re-ordering my list tonight/tomorrow. Thanks for the update!

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    1. A few additional notes:

      Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and Citizenfour are all currently running on HBO for the foreseeable future (at least they have no "until whenever" date on HBOGo).

      I'm also a little sad to see Blancanieves go. I'm surprised at The Tree of Life. I think both Gomorrah and The White Ribbon are better than you do (especially Gomorrah, which I think is essential viewing). The others, I don't care much about, and I'm actually pleased to see Llewyn Davis and The Kid with the Bike dumped.

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    2. Have you also reviewed those six?

      Thanks for the info on HBO.

      I was a little surprised myself at The Tree of Life being removed. It was added during the initial critical euphoria over it, but once the dust settled there was a whole lot of re-appraising going on that seemed to be building to a consensus of "lots of pretty pictures; not much substance." Maybe that's why they pulled it.

      I gave The White Ribbon three stars (recommended), but it's not my favorite Haneke film. Gomorrah was 2.5 stars (just okay) for me. Several others being removed were 2.5 or 3 stars for me. The only one I really hates was The Kid with a Bike, so yes, I'm glad it was pulled, too.

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    3. I'm currently missing Citizenfour, Boyhood (which I tried to watch the other day and gave up on. Doesn't bode well), Leviathan, and Under the Skin. Look for at least one of these next week. Possibly two of them.

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    4. Also, now that I'm looking at it, I'm a little surprised that Frances Ha and Snowpiercer, both critical darlings, were not added. On a more personal note...The LEGO Movie belongs on the list.

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    5. The first several segments of Boyhood were not very long, but neither of the kids were old enough to really act. I noticed a change around the fourth or fifth year where both were noticeably better. I mention this only in case it was the kids that were the negative that made you stop watching.

      I haven't seen Frances Ha. The editors don't like big, CGI movies typically, so Snowpiercer would have a knock against it there. Even though they did add Guardians of the Galaxy this year the text describes it as being far from the "normal" comic book movie and still laments that it resorted to a large CGI battle at the end.

      And we've talked many times about their aversion to animated films with WALL-E being the only new animated film to ever be added in the entire time they've been doing it. (This doesn't count the 10th edition which added The Adventures of Prince Achmed, while removing Animal Farm, leaving no net difference; and the sort-of addition of the Toy Story sequels by changing the Toy Story entry to one for the Toy Story trilogy. And WALL-E was removed the very next year after it was added.

      Other than that, the closest they've come to adding a new animated film is Avatar, which is 60% animated.

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  5. Thank you as always for the update! I'll live vicariously through you and just copy the list additions and not get yet another copy of "the book" for my overcrowded bookshelf. I saw the blurb on Amazon and I thought Interstellar was mentioned as an entry this time? I guess not. Anyway, it's easy to nitpick the list. I would have had Wild Tales instead of Grand Budapest Hotel or maybe Ida, though I did like that film. Leviathan is a good add, though probably not one you would want to see multiple times.

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    1. I saw someone else say that Interstellar was going to be added because they saw it online, but I don't know how reliable that is. They've even had errors in the images of the book's table of contents in years past. That's why I always wait until the physical book can be examined before considering changes official.

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  6. Like you, I've seen all ten of the new entries, so no catching up to do!

    I'm sad they are removing The White Ribbon and Tree of Life which are masterpieces from this century (in my opinion)

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    1. The one thing we can count on every year are the discussions of what should have been added and removed. Of course, most people just do the entire list anyway, so entries are not truly removed for them.

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  7. A very boring selection of additions; I'd have favoured Gone Girl, A Most Violent Year and Nightcrawler over some of the more pedestrian choices (the tiresome Boyhood and the so-so Whiplash)

    More to the point, it's high time the editors took a knife to bloated decades like the 80s and 90s instead of butchering the 2000s year on year.

    It's hard to credit that dross like Airplane!, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Top Gun, Good Morning Vietnam and The Naked Gun hold onto their Must See status while films like The Departed, No Country for Old Men, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The White Ribbon lose out.

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    1. Nightcrawler was a great movie that was overlooked both by critics and the editors of this book.

      You are in agreement with most of us that they have cut the 2000s too thin. The reason is one of practicality, though. The earlier they go back in the book and remove something then the more page layouts they have to redo for the next book. Removing films only going back a few years means MUCH less work for them. When they redid the list from the beginning there was hope that they would restore ones from the 2000s, but other than a couple of entries that didn't happen. And they even ended up with a net gain in the 70s, which is by far the decade most in need of cleaning out.

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  8. Thanks Chip, I will get my list updated one of these days. Nothing here that really shakes my world. It does feel like a boring update of the list.

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    1. It's definitely one of the smaller ones.

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