Has A Great Film Ever Been Released In January?

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  1. Tino

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    We all know that January and February are the studio's dumping grounds for bad films, but at least February had one (arguably) great film open, Silence Of The Lambs.

    Has January ever been so lucky?? I can't recall seeing one great, or even very good film, released in the first month of the year.

    Anyone know of any?

    And btw, December films opening wide in January don't count.[​IMG]
     
  2. Vickie_M

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    I couldn't find a list of January releases. At IMDB, you can search by year, but not month. If anyone finds such a list I'd like to know about it.



    Well, that just messes everything up. [​IMG]

    Here are the movies I saw in the theater last January and most of them are in that category. (The numbers in parens are which viewing if I saw the movie multiple times.)

    1.2-JanEvelyn
    2.2-JanFar From Heaven (1)
    3.2-JanTalk To Her
    4.3-JanPianist, The (1)
    5.3-JanChicago (1)
    6.3-JanLord Of The Rings, The: The Two Towers (5)
    7.7-JanAntwone Fisher
    8.7-JanBowling For Columbine (2)
    9.7-JanDrumline
    10.7-JanEmpire
    11.7-JanGangs of New York (2)
    12.10-Jan25th Hour
    13.10-JanChicago (2)
    14.10-JanLord Of The Rings, The: The Two Towers (6)
    15.23-JanChicago (3)
    16.24-JanConfessions of a Dangerous Mind


    (Odd. I saw 16 movies, but only went out to the theater 6 times. I love marathons. The 7th was a busy day!)

    Before I saw your "rule" I would have said that January is a fantastic time for movies! With that in mind though, ugh. It looks like Empire and Drumline are the only "true" January movies. They were good, but not great.
     
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    Actually, even Empire & Drumline were December 2002 releases.

    January really is a wasteland. However, you never know. Maybe Along Came Polly will be the first great film of 2004. [​IMG]
     
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    City of God was released in the US last January. (and it's still not on dvd!!!)
     
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    Dr. Strangelove - January 29, 1964
    MASH - January 25, 1970

    and more than just Silence of the Lambs in Febuary:

    Modern Times - Feb 5, 1936
    Blazing Saddles - Feb 7, 1974
    Bringing Up Baby - Feb 18, 1938
    Groundhog Day - Feb 12, 1993
     
  6. Tino

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    Groundhog Day was released in 1993.

    So, it's been over 30 years since a "great" film was released in January. Fascinating.
     
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    I 2nd Cidade de Deus (City of God). (January 17, 2003: NY - Angelika, Loews Lincoln Square, LA - Pacific The Grove Stadium 14, Laemmle Monica 4 Santa Monica, Rialto South Pasadena; Wider released - January 24, 2003)

    The following are not the great films out of mainstream Hollywood (but you said great film, right? [​IMG]) and up to now had never been screened in most of our favorite local theaters (not in NYC/LA):

    Le Fils (The Son) - January 10, 2003 (limited:NYC)

    Ni neibian jidian (What Time Is It There?) - January 11, 2002 (limited: NY - Lincoln Plaza, Angelika)

    Stanza del figlio, La (The Son's Room) - January 25, 2002 (limited: LA)

    Tino,

    I heard there's a "very good/great" film (Uzak/"Distant" from Turkey) that just opened starting yesterday (January 9, 2004) in NYC. You are so lucky because you are living in the great tri-state NYC area (?) but I'm not sure if you like (or appreciate) to watch great foreign and obscure films like our very own Michael (he also lives in that area?) or your friend Edwin (or some of your friends here like me) though. I also heard there's 1 or 2 great (old or new) film(s) being screened all-year long in NYC. [​IMG]
     
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    Fixed the typo on the Groundhog Day date.

    Also in January,

    The Court Jester - Jan 27, 1956

    as for more recent, I haven't been able to think of any yet, but I'm sure there's something more recent. Of course, we may get into some disagreement about what constitutes 'great'. [​IMG]
     
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    Well, I personally consider The Wedding Planner to be a very good romantic comedy, it debuted Jan 26, 2001. Not in my top 100 or anything, but the best film I could think of released in January recently.
     
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    Casablanca wasn't released in Los Angeles until January 26th, 1943. At the time, films had to have been released in Los Angeles to be considered for the Academy Awards for that year. Even though the movie had premiered in New York the year before, it wasn't elgible for the 1942 Academy Awards.
     
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    The Pledge, directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson is a very good film, perhaps great. It premiered January 9 with a wider release on the 19th.
     
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    I've always seen the release date stated as January, but I can't understand the decison. Jack Nicholson could've very well won another Oscar if it was released the previous December. Why was it released in January?
     
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    I agree. I was shocked that he was passed over. Now I know why.
     
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    Yes! [​IMG]
     

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