December 21 2012

National Film Registry Additions For 2012

The National Film Preservation Board has made their annual announcement of which films are being added to The National Film Registry.

For those unfamiliar with the project, each year up to 25 films are selected for preservation in the Library of Congress.  Each film must be at least 10-years-old, they do not have to be feature length and they do not have to have received a theatrical release.

This year’s list includes:

This year’s list is an interesting mix of genres. You can check out the full press release below for full details on each selection, but some of the stand outs to me are 3:10 to Yuma which really defined what Westerns could be and Slacker which basically launched an entire genre of films in the 1990s that we are still seeing develop today. And, as much as I dislike The Matrix (HUGE plot hole in the middle … HUGE!), I can’t deny the impact it had on films.

Each year there are some that leave you scratching your head, and a few on this list may strike you as, “Well, they’re popular, that’s why they made it.” According to the charter of the Film Registry, to make the archives the film must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” Say what you will about A Christmas Story, but point out another film to me that gets a 24-hour marathon once a year. Yeah, you can’t.

Any movies on the list that confuse you?

You can send in up to 50 films for the 2013 list, get to it folks!

You can also check out the additions for 20062007200820092010 and 2011.

View Press Release

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