December Movie Marathon: Trains

Every year for the past few, I've been making a point of using December to watch one film within a certain genre. I've done indie sci-fi (twice!), spy stories, cons and heists... but this year, I'm going with a unifying element instead: Trains. Why trains? Well, on the one hand, I have a friend who loves trains and talks about them often. Her ears perk up when there's talk of a train movie, she plays train-themed board games, etc. So it's something that was kind of floating around, waiting to be grabbed. And I can honestly say I LIKE train-themed movies. The steaming pressure cooker of putting your characters in a closed yet moving environment. Or perhaps they're outside, trying to get in, but the plot just won't stop for them. Indeed, one of the problems I had in coming up with a list of 31 train-driven films is that I've seen and enjoyed several in the past year already, and I'm not ready to revisit most of them: Strangers on a Train, The Lady Vanishes, the '74 version of Murder on the Orient Express, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Train to Busan, The Commuter, The First Great Train Robbery... I try to put as many films I've NEVER seen on the list as I can, but I haven't necessarily been shy about revisiting movies when I need to. There are probably half a dozen films I've seen before that made their way to the list anyway.

As usual, I've tried to create broad daily categories to keep things moving:
La bête humaine
Lady on a Train
The Narrow Margin
Silver Streak
Terror by Night
Galaxy Express 999
Horror Express
The Signalman
Source Code (rewatch)
Darjeeling Ltd. (rewatch)
Dr. Zhivago
Shanghai Express
Sin Nombre
Murder on the Orient Express (2017, rewatch)
The Polar Express (on Christmas day)
Runaway Train
Snowpiercer (rewatch)
The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat and The Great Train Robbery (1903) double-feature
The General
The Great Locomotive Chase
Thursdays: DERAILED!
The Bullet Train
Plains, Trains and Automobiles (rewatch)
Night Train to Munich
The Train
Train de vie
Von Ryan's Express

All aboard! Catch the action on Twitter and on each subsequent Sunday, and if you're good, I might even draw a map of all the tracks we traveled together.


Anonymous said...

What, no Strangers on a Train? Or did you just review that a little while ago? I've never heard of most of these movies, and the only one I've seen is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (which I liked ... it's hard not to like John Candy).

Mike W.

Siskoid said...

Like I said, I saw it earlier this year.

Not having heard of them is a good thing. Me neither!

Bradley Walker said...

No love for Silver Streak?

Siskoid said...

Never seen it.


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