2013 in Review

January 4, 2014


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 343
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 278

Pre-1920s: 1 (1 first time viewing)
1920s: 2 (1)
1930s: 6 (4)
1940s: 10 (8)
1950s: 13 (8)
1960s: 18 (17)
1970s: 18 (11)
1980s: 29 (15)
1990s: 32 (15)
2000s: 18 (9)
2010s: 196 (192)

I didn’t exactly succeed with my resolution with older cinema from the 2012 entry, but I did see enough great films for the first time this year to justify expanding the following list from 50 to 75.

75 best first time viewings of 2013, in alphabetical order
Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2013 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Act of Killing, TheThe Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, Denmark/Norway/UK/Finland)

AliAli (Michael Mann, 2001, USA)

A nos amoursÀ nos amours. (Maurice Pialat, 1983, France)

Before MidnightBefore Midnight (Richard Linklater, 2013, USA)
The Skinny ‘Films of 2013’ capsule

Behind-the-CandelabraBehind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh, 2013, USA)

Beyond-the-Hills-1Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012, Romania/France/Belgium)
Subtitled Online DVD review
The Skinny ‘Films of 2013’ capsule

Big-City,-TheThe Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963, India)

Blow-Out-2Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981, USA)

Blue-JasmineBlue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013, USA)
Sound On Sight’s 30 Best Films of 2013 capsule

CandymanCandyman (Bernard Rose, 1992, USA)

Carnival of SoulsCarnival of Souls (Herc Harvey, 1962, USA)

Cold-WaterCold Water (Olivier Assayas, 1994, France)

Collectionneuse,-LaLa collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer, 1967, France)

DetourDetour (Edward G. Ulmer, 1945, USA)

Drug-WarDrug War (Johnnie To, 2012, China/Hong Kong)
Sound On Sight’s 30 Best Films of 2013 capsule

Drums-Along-the-MohawkDrums Along the Mohawk (John Ford, 1939, USA)

Dust-in-the-WindDust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987, Taiwan)

Frances-HaFrances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012, USA)

Gimme-the-LootGimme the Loot (Adam Leon, 2012, USA)

GRAVITYGravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013, USA)

Gunfighter,-TheThe Gunfighter (Henry King, 1950, USA)

Harold-and-MaudeHarold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971, USA)

Heaven's-Gate-3Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980, USA)

Hijacking,-AA Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm, 2012, Denmark)

HouseHouse (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1977, Japan)

How-the-West-Was-WonHow the West Was Won (Henry Hathaway/John Ford/George Marshall, 1962, USA)

In-the-HouseIn the House (François Ozon, 2012, France)

IntimidationIntimidation (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960, Japan)

I-WishI Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2011, Japan)

Je-tu-il-elleJe, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman, 1976, France/Belgium)

King of New YorkKing of New York (Abel Ferrara, 1990, USA/Italy/UK)

Knife-in-the-WaterKnife in the Water (Roman Polanski, 1962, Poland)

Late-August-Early-SeptemberLate August, Early September (Olivier Assayas, 1998, France)

Legend-of-Kaspar-Hauser,-ThThe Legend of Kaspar Hauser (Davide Manuli, 2012, Italy)

LeviathanLeviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Verena Paravel, 2012, France/UK/USA)

Like-Father-Like-SonLike Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2013, Japan)

Limey,-TheThe Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999, USA)

Lola (2)Lola (Jacques Demy, 1961, France/Italy)

LoreLore (Cate Shortland, 2012, Germany/Australia/UK)
Interview with producer Paul Welsh

Melvin-and-Howard-1Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980, USA)

MidnightMidnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939, USA)

Museum-HoursMuseum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012, Austria/USA)
The Skinny DVD review

My-Name-Is-Julia-RossMy Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945, USA)

Narrow-Margin,-TheThe Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer, 1952, USA)

NebraskaNebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013, USA)
Sound On Sight’s 30 Best Films of 2013 capsule

Neighbouring SoundsNeighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012, Brazil)

NiagaraNiagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953, USA)

Nothing But a ManNothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964, USA)

Osaka-ElegyOsaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936, Japan)

Passion-of-Joan-of-Arc,-TheThe Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928, France)

Paths-of-GloryPaths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957, USA)

Plein-soleilPlein soleil (René Clément, 1960, France/Italy)

Prince-of-DarknessPrince of Darkness (John Carpenter, 1987, USA)

QuadropheniaQuadrophenia (Franc Roddam, 1979, UK)

Side-EffectsSide Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013, USA)

Something-in-the-AirSomething in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012, France)
Programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre

Spring-BreakersSpring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012, USA)

Sullivan's-TravelsSullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941, USA)

OperaTerror at the Opera (Dario Argento, 1987, Italy)

That Sinking FeelingThat Sinking Feeling (Bill Forsyth, 1979, UK)

There-Was-a-FatherThere Was a Father (Yasujirô Ozu, 1942, Japan)
Four Frames piece for The Big Picture

This-Is-Martin-BonnerThis Is Martin Bonner (Chad Hartigan, 2013, USA)

Three-SistersThree Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012, Hong Kong/France)

3-10-to-Yuma3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves, 1957)

Tie-Me-Up-Tie-Me-DownTie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Pedro Almodóvar, 1990, Spain)

Titfield-Thunderbolt,-TheThe Titfield Thunderbolt (Charles Crichton, 1953, UK)

12-Years-a-Slave12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013, USA/UK)

UnforgivenUnforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992, USA)

Upstream ColorUpstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013, USA)

Vanishing-PointVanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971, USA/UK)

Whisky-GaloreWhisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949, UK)

White-Dove,-TheThe White Dove (František Vláčil, 1960, Czechoslovakia)
The Skinny DVD review

Will-Success-Spoil-Rock-HunWill Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957, USA)

World's-End,-TheThe World’s End (Edgar Wright, 2013, UK)

Zero-Dark-ThirtyZero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012, USA)

Notable film culture events of 2013
– Becoming a more regular writer for The Skinny.
– Started a co-host stint for film-focused episodes of the Seen Your Video podcast.
Sub-editing The Skinny’s daily offshoot The CineSkinny that ran throughout Glasgow Film Festival.
– Becoming Managing Editor for Sound On Sight’s Film section.
Recorded a lengthy podcast on 2012 discovery Shinji Sômai for They Shot Pictures.
– Wrote a few commissioned programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre.
– Covering the 2013 installments of the Glasgow and Edinburgh film festivals for The Skinny and Sound On Sight.
– Becoming a contributor for The Big Picture.
– Was a guest on episodes of Mousterpiece Cinema and Almost Arthouse.
– Seeing a number of older films on the big screen in both digitally restored form and 35mm presentation, including The Thin Red Line, The New World, Heaven’s Gate, King of New York, Point Blank (1967), Plein soleil, Alien, Baraka, Nothing But a Man, Blow Out, Knife in the Water, Rear Window, Pulp Fiction, Kiki’s Delivery Service, On the Waterfront, Theorem, Chronicle of a Summer, Quadrophenia, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbour Totoro, Dial M for Murder (in 3D), Cleopatra, The Big City, Blue Velvet, A Woman Under the Influence, Harold and Maude, That Sinking Feeling, Deep End, Lola (1961), Cinema Paradiso, and… Death Wish 3.


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