Posts Tagged ‘Museum Hours’


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.


Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012)

January 9, 2014


In this documentary-fiction hybrid, a guard (Sommer) at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum strikes up a friendship with a lonely Canadian tourist (O’Hara) present in the city to visit her estranged cousin in a coma. Though there is this narrative through-line, Museum Hours is more a collection of diary musings on larger issues of culture, perspective, art and its relation to life, and the inevitability that all things will fade. The closest comparison might be to say it’s like a non-romantic cut of Before Sunrise blended with Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil

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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: September 2013

October 1, 2013


34 films, 29 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963, India)
2. Plein soleil (René Clément, 1960, France/Italy)
3. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971, USA)
4. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013, USA)
5. Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman, 1976, France/Belgium)
6. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957, USA)
7. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013, USA)
8. Detour (Edward G. Ulmer, 1945, USA)
9. Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012, Austria/USA)
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