I only went to the theater 25 times all of 2013. That is really depressing me. I have yet to go to a single movie in a theater so far in 2014, as well. Also, very depressing but, you know... I got shit to do.
Total # of movies to date: 181
Total # of movies seen in a theater: 25
Total # of movies seen elsewhere: 156
Total # of different movies, cutting out repeat viewings: 174
Total # of movies seen for the first time: 147
Every one of these is down from the previous year, whose totals were also down from the year before that. Like I said, shit to do.
So, this list is... sad. Maybe not "sad" because there are a few great movies on here, but at this point I'm only even bothering to do one so I can do the second list and because I will be even more saddened if I didn't do one. I'm not going to write about these, I'm saving that for the second list because I actually feel good about that one. So here goes:
9) Ender's Game
8) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6) Lesson Of The Evil
5) The Grandmaster
3) The Hunt
2) Zero Dark Thirty
1) Pacific Rim
The second list is my Top 10 movies I saw for the first time this year, regardless of release date, and like I said
10. 3:10 To Yuma (the original)
Spare, smart and pretty intense. I did enjoy the remake, but after seeing this one I think I like it a little less. It makes the remake seem very overblown and over the top. There's some really nice black and white photography here as well. Not the best western I watched last year, but one of the better pre-Clint Eastwood westerns I've ever seen.
9. The Hunt
You know, normally I really enjoy fucked up, depressing movies, but this one was really tough. Mads Mikkelsen, who I have a serious man-crush on, is a kindergarten (I think) teacher in a small town where everyone knows everyone who is accused of molesting one of his students. And it's just relentlessly fucked up and depressing. Mikkelsen is fantastic and the movie is pretty incredible, but... I haven't seen many movies that made me more uncomfortable. It's up for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars this year. I doubt it wins, but I'm rooting for it.
8. Zero Dark Thirty
I remember when they announced that Kathryn Bigelow was doing a movie about the killing of Bin Laden, I kind of rolled my eyes. Even though, I LOVE The Hurt Locker, I was opposed to the idea. Like, I was for some reason expecting it to be like the last couple Die Hard films. All ra-ra, America Fuck Yeah, fuck the brown people type stuff. Bigelow's name meant I was going to check it out regardless, but I still didn't like the idea. Since about... 15 minutes into my first viewing of the film, though, I knew I was wrong. Actually, I probably knew the moment the trailer came out. I don't remember. But I was wrong. This movie is fucking awesome. Jessica Chastain is fucking awesome and has a lifelong fan here. It's been on the movie channels a lot lately and I have zero problem putting it on and watching it over and over again.
7. The Life Of Oharu
When it comes to films about the hardships endured by Japanese women over the years, no one has ever been as good or prolific on the subject as Kenji Mizoguchi. I've only seen a small number of his films (so far!), but they have all been fantastic. This film, about a high-class woman brought low because of her love for someone of a lower class is sad and beautiful and my favorite of his films that I've seen so far.
6. Paths Of Glory
Yeah, I don't know how it happened, but here's a Stanley Kubrick movie I'd never seen before. Top to bottom, this film is expertly done. Beautiful to look at, extremely well acted, moving... all that shit. It deserves to be mentioned among Kubrick's best.
5. The Wicker Man
This movie has kicked off something of a Christopher Lee obsession within me. It's so bizarre and funny, I loved the shit out of it and now I want to watch everything Christopher Lee has ever done. Since seeing it, I've watched about a dozen Hammer flicks (a portion of the film world I've always wanted to get into, but just never had) and have enjoyed them all. I find Lee's presence onscreen mesmerizing. I was really excited to hear that this movie is finally getting a Blu-ray release in the US, but then incredibly disappointed to find out that it will have almost no special features. Whereas the UK Blu is 3 fucking discs. Goddammit.
4. High Noon
Earlier I mentioned that 3:10 To Yuma was one of the better pre-Clint Eastwood westerns I'd ever seen, but this film is the best. I've heard it mentioned in other movies and other media so many times, it was one of those movies I was almost embarrassed to say I'd never seen and now that I've seen it I think I was right to feel that way. The story of one lawman standing up, when everyone else runs away, has been told many times since this movie, but it hasn't been done much better.
3. Pacific Rim
You guys, I cannot express enough how much I loved this movie. Yeah, there was some bad acting and cheesy dialogue. Yeah, there are plot holes and scientific impossibilities (even aside from the giant robots and monsters), but... holy fuck, this movie kicked so much ass. It is, by FAR, the best IMAX 3D experience of my life. I wish I could own my own IMAX theater just so I could watch this on it once a month or so. It really is my favorite movie of the last year, and probably my favorite movie overall since Crank: High Voltage (yeah, you wanna fight about it?) in 2009 or whatever. It's just not perfect like the next two films.
2. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
Absolutely perfect. This silent film from 1928 is easily one of the most impressive and moving films I've ever seen in my life. Ever. Still waiting for Criterion to release it on Blu-ray...
1. Love Exposure
Absolutely perfect. A movie that feels like it was made to cater to someone exactly like me. It's funny, it's sad, it's imaginative, it's weird... it's perfect. You barely even notice that it's 4 hours long. It's got a girl character who goes around beating dudes up, it's got a guy who dresses up like Meiko Kaji in the Female Convict Scorpion movies (my favorite film series of all time? Maybe...) and goes by the name Sasori (the name of Kaji's character in the series) when he's wearing it, making it the most overt homage to a Meiko Kaji movie in all of film (sorry, Kill Bill)... and so, so much more. A seriously brilliant piece of work. One of those films that leaves you in something of a daze after you watch it.
Honorable mention (not counting films in the first Top 10)
The Creeping Flesh
Prince Of Darkness
Ok, I feel better.
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