The Films of 2013

Posted on January 10, 2014
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I’ve long marvelled at the gossipy/water-cooler/telephone-party-line nature of social media, with its emphasis on personal compilations of life’s day-to-day mundane activities. Facebook is nothing short of autobiography for the masses, where one can catalog daily events such as “I had a hard day at work,” “got stuck in traffic again,” “I’m microwaving a Healthy Choice frozen dinner” (an oxymoron at best) and “I went to the park with my (insert here: girlfriend, boyfriend, wife,  husband, lover, son, daughter, dog, therapist, tax accountant). So, in the spirit of sharing, here’s my contribution to Internet autobiography: A list of every film I watched in 2013 on the big and small screen (via DVD and Blu-ray only). Enjoy.

American Hustle
The ABCs of Death
After Earth
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
American Masters Philip Roth: Unmasked
An Affair of the Heart (documentary)
Babette’s Feast
A Band Called Death (documentary)
Battle Royale 1 & 2 (2003 – Kinji Fukasaku)
The Beat Hotel (documentary)
Beautiful Creatures
The Bed-Sitting Room (1969 – Richard Lester)
Before Midnight
Belle de Jour (1967 – Luis Bunuel)
The Berlin File (2013 – Seung-wan Ryoo – South Korea)
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (documentary)
The Big Gundown (1966)
The Big Wedding
Blood of the Vine (French TV)
Blue Jasmine
The Book Thief
A Boy and His Dog
Branded to Kill (1967 – Seijun Suzuki)
The Bridesmaid
Bullet to the Head
The Butcher Boy
The Canyons
Captain Phillips
A Cat in Paris
Cold War (2012 – Lok Man Leung – Hong Kong)
A Company Man (2012 – Sang-yoon Lim – South Korea)
The Company You Keep
The Damned (1947 – Rene Clement)
Dead Sushi (2012 -Noboru Iguchi – Japan)
Deadball (2011 – Yudai Yamaguchi – Japan)
Design for Living (1933 – Ernst Lubitsch)
Despicable Me 2
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog
Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti (German TV)
Doomsday Book
Drug War (2012 – Johnnie To – Hong Kong)
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal
End of Watch
Europa Report
Falcon (British TV)
Farewell, My Queen
Fast & Furious 6
Femmes Fatales: Season One
56 UP
Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume 7 (“The Hatchet Man,” 1932; “Skyscraper Souls,” 1932); “Employees’ Entrance,” 1933; “Ex-Lady,” 1933)
Fox and His Friends (1975 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Frances Ha
Frank Riva (French TV)
Frankenstein’s Army
Free Samples
Gangster Squad
Gate of Hell (1953 – Teinosuke Kinugasa)
Ginger & Rosa
Girl Most Likely
A Good Day to Die Hard
Good Bye, Lenin (2003 – Wolfgang Becker – Germany)
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan (documentary)
The Hangover Part III
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Hard Romanticker (2011 – Su-yeon Gu – Japan)
The Heat
Holy Motors
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945 – Raoul Walsh)
The Hour (BBC)
I Married a Witch (1942 – Rene Clair)
I Saw the Devil (2010 – Kim Jee-Woon)
Identity Thief
The Imposter
In a Shallow Grave
In the House (2012 – Francois Ozon)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Inequality for All
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries (Italian TV)
Intimate Strangers (2004 – Patrice Leconte)
The Intouchables
Iron Man 3
Ivan’s Childhood (1962 – Andrei Tarkovsky)
Jack Reacher
Jack the Giant Slayer
Just Like a Woman
Kick-Ass 2
Kid Millions (1934 – Roy Del Ruth – Eddie Cantor)
The Kid With a Bike (2011 Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Killing Them Softly
La guerre est finie (1966 – Alain Resnais)
La Notte (1961 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
Labor Day
Lapland Odyssey (2010 – Dome Karukoski – Finland)
Last Love
Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop (documentary)
The Last Stand
Le Samourai (1967 – Jean-Pierre Melville
Let’s Get Lost (1988 — Chet Baker documentary)
Life Is Sweet (1990 – Mike Leigh)
Lifeforce (1985 – Tobe Hooper)
The Lone Ranger
Lore (2012 – Cate Shortland – Germany)
Lost Highway
Love, Marilyn (documentary)
Love Serenade (1996 – Shirley Barrett)
An Man Escaped (1956 – Robert Bresson)
The Man With the Iron Fists
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series
Marketa Lazarova (1967 – Frantisek Vlacil)
Matilda (1996)
Miami Connection (1987)
Ministry of Fear (1944 – Fritz Lang)
Much Ado About Nothing
The Music Lovers (1970 – Ken Russell)
The Naked Kiss (1964 – Samuel Fuller)
New World (2013 – Hoon-jung Park – South Korea)
Night of the Comet (1984)
The Night Porter (1974 – Liliana Cavani)
Night Train to Lisbon
Nightfall (2012 – Chow Hin Yeung Roy – Hong Kong)
Now You See Me
The Numbers Station
Oldboy (2003 – Chan-wook Park)
Olympus Has Fallen
Omnibus: Gene Kelly — Dancing: A Man’s Game
On the Road
Only God Forgives
Outrage (2010 – Takeshi Kitano)
Oz the Great and Powerful
Pacific Rim
The Painting (2011 – Jean-Francois Laguionie)
Pale Flower (1964 – Masahiro Shinoda)
Paradise Lost Trilogy (documentary)
Perfect Understanding (1933 – Cyril Gardner)
Petulia (1968 – Richard Lester)
Pillow Talk (1959)
The Place Beyond the Pines
Purple Noon (1960 – Rene Clement)
Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection
The Purge
Q The Winged Serpent (1982 – Larry Cohen)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002 – Phillip Noyce)
Red 2
Repo Man (1984 – Alex Cox)
Requiem for a Dream
Rififi (1955 – Jules Dassin)
Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann)
Room 237 (documentary)
The Rules of the Game (1939 – Jean Renoir)
The Rutles: Anthology
The Sapphires
Saving Mr. Banks
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (documentary)
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964 – Bryan Forbes)
Searching for Sugar Man
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Seven Psychopaths
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Dark (documentary)
Shock Corridor (1963 – Samuel Fuller)
Side Effects
The Silence (2010 – Baran bo Odar – Germany)
Spring Breakers
Star Trek Into Darkness
Stories We Tell (documentary)
Strictly Ballroom (1992 – Baz Luhrmann)
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (documentary)
The Sweeney
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002 – Chan-wook Park)
Taken 2
Teeth (2007)
Things to Come (1936 – William Cameron Menzies)
The 39 Steps (1935)
This Is the End
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964 – Hideo Gosha)
The Tin Drum (1979 – Volker Schlondorff
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
To Be or Not to Be (1942 – Ernst Lubitsch)
The To Do List
To Rome With Love
Tokyo Drifter (1966 – Seijun Suzuki)
Touchy Feely
Trainspotting (1996)
Tristana (1970 – Luis Bunuel)
2 Guns
Two Men in Manhattan (1959 – Jean-Pierre Melville)
The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy
Unhung Hero (documentary)
The Uninvited (1944 – Lewis Allen)
The Untold History of the United States
Upstream Color
Viridiana (1961 – Luis Bunuel)
Warm Bodies
We’re the Millers
West of Memphis (documentary)
Westward the Women (1951 – William A. Wellman)
White Dog (1982 – Samuel Fuller)
White House Down
Whoopee! (1930 – Thornton Freeland – Eddie Cantor)
World on a Wire (1973 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
World War Z
The World’s End
Zero Dark Thirty


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