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Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


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)

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The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2013′

December 15, 2013


I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2013 for The Skinny’s annual contributors’ poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. I also wrote blurbs for what ended up being the #1 and #9 films on our group top 10.

You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.
For reference, our lists were submitted in mid-November to make the December print edition of the magazine.


My Month in Films: August 2013

September 1, 2013


23 films, 17 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. There Was a Father (Yasujirô Ozu, 1942, Japan)
2. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980, USA)
3. Intimidation (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960, Japan)
4. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney, 2013, UK)
5. Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong)
6. Pain & Gain (Michael Bay, 2013, USA)
7. Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013, USA)
8. From Up on Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki, 2011, Japan)
9. Scanners (David Cronenberg, 1981, Canada)
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Seen Your Video #24: Too Deliberate to be Accidental

August 25, 2013


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris and I discuss Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, two (generally) comedic tales of stagnation and sorting one’s life out, one of which Chris thinks may have a very deliberate anti-Tory message. We also take a look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s recent return to the music video medium with Fiona Apple, as well as the benefits of DVD and Blu-ray extras for documenting the progress of directors like Anderson that emerged around the advent of the former format. I additionally discuss my experience with two notorious critical and box office bombs back on the big screen: Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate and Cleopatra from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


My Month in Films: June 2013

July 2, 2013

This Is Martin Bonner

44 films, 34 first time viewings
Most of those viewed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, hence the very heavy 2012/2013 leaning of this month.

Best first time viewings
1. This Is Martin Bonner (Chad Hartigan, 2013, USA)
2. A Story of Children and Film (Mark Cousins, 2013, UK)
3. Quadrophenia (Franc Roddam, 1979, UK)
4. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Verena Paravel, 2012, France/UK/USA)
5. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Sophie Huber, 2012, Switzerland)
6. Three Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012, Hong Kong/France)
7. From Tehran to London (Mania Akbari, 2012, Iran)
8. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012, USA)
9. Man of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013, USA/Canada/UK)
10. Chronicle of a Summer (Edgar Morin/Jean Rouch, 1961, France) Read the rest of this entry ?