Top 20 First Time Viewings of 2013


Top 20 Films I Saw This Year:

1.    Breathless (1960)
2.    Dead Ringers (1988)
3.    Battleship Potemkin (1925)
4.    Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
5.    Lost In Translation (2003)
6.    Fallen Angels (1995)
7.    Seconds (1966)
8.    Kill List (2011)
9.    Bob le flambeur (1956)
10.    Hombre (1967)
11.    The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
12.    The Thin Man (1934)
13.    Cemetery Man (1994)
14.    Upstream Color (2013)
15.    Chasing Amy (1997)
16.    The Man Who Laughs (1928)
17.    Tenebre (1982)
18.    Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
19.    The Lords of Salem (2012)
20.    Martha Marcy May Marlene (2012)

Honorable Mentions: The Doom Generation (1995), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), The Big Heat (1953), [Rec] (2007), Hatchet For The Honeymoon (1970)

Lost Again…in Translation


Look I’ve never been to Japan, and I was in love once but she never returned it back. In reflection going to a foreign country sounds better than getting your heart sliced in half. However I still can relate to Lost in Translation partly due to the two main characters: Bob and Charlotte, two wandering souls in Tokyo for different reasons; each have spouses which keeps them from having anything other than a purely emotional relationship. From my limited experience those are rather satisfying, although I’m guessing that sex despite including complications is fun, too. Regardless Charlotte has that “What the hell am I doing?” post-college problem that most people her age experience (myself included), and Bob suffers from a rather obvious mid life crisis. I’ve never had a mid life crisis although there are three crisis situations people go through in life: the first being falling in love with someone from the opposite sex and going through the emotions involved, the second one consisting of attempting to find purpose in life, and the last one actually being a mid-life crisis.

I’ve experienced the first two, and I’m not looking forward to the last one even though if I’m lucky I’ll be Bill Murray stuck in Japan with Scarlett Johannsson in a foreign city where I drink at the bar every night. Worst things could happen to people, and its at the bar, dressed in a ridiculous tux he was forced to wear for a commercial shoot, sits Bob Harris, drowning his problems in alcohol (something I know all too well-the booze, I mean). A young woman he noticed in the elevator during his first day in Tokyo sends him over a drink, and he toasts her. Thus begins a wonderful yet fragile relationship between one person beginning her life and the other one seeing his winding down. Really the movie does consist of two people wandering around Tokyo (and in Charlotte’s case, Kyoto) which after the 30 minute mark I was fine with. The film itself slowly grows on you, particularly after the pair strike up their platonic friendship and wander out into the sky lit Tokyo nightlife.

Several of the movie’s set pieces are rather important, and I’ve already mentioned the first one. Far more crucial is the party scenes, where Bob and Charlotte hang out, drink, get high and even singing karaoke. Clearly you have not witnessed film magic until you watch Bill Murray crooning in monotone, yet it leads to a moment between the pair that showcases properly Murray’s ability to show emotion through his facial movements despite being known primarily for his physical comedy and ability to spit out witty one liners. A cigarette is shared, and his shoulder is used as a pillow, a reminder that neither of them have gotten any sleep during their stay, perhaps due to being restless about their station in life.

Naturally Bob’s drinking has consequences, and he almost throws away a beautiful friendship with Charlotte due to his inability to reign in his more destructive impulses. This after a casual second night spent together consisting of drinking and eating Japanese food while watching some random movie on TV in Bob’s hotel room, ending with Charlotte picking Bob’s mind on marriage and kids, topics she knows very little about. I was reminded largely of In The Mood For Love, another film about two people involved in relationships brought together by interesting circumstances, and how they were tempted to achieve more than simply the pleasure of each others company: talking, sharing food, being merely friends instead of more.

Much has been made about what Bob says to Charlotte near the end, yet I really am indifferent in regards to the mystery, focusing instead on the pure tenderness and raw bittersweet emotions coming from two people who for a short time grew close to one another. Even though I feel the movie took a bit too long to achieve liftoff (a few early scenes could have been cut) this is still an excellent movie, a compelling take on love and people. One thing most of us have learned is that people are the most important thing in life, and the only aspect we truly remember. Well that and the shot of Charlotte’s rear end at the beginning. I won’t forget that.

The Amazingness of Bill Murray


Or simply put, Lost in Translation, which is a fantastic movie. I finally viewed it after resisting for years, afraid of the hype. Well the hype is correct: this is a marvelous film. That ending breaks my heart too, and now I want to travel to Tokyo. Plus it showcases Scarlett at the peak of her beauty powers, and has a remarkable modern soundtrack.

Movie Log 2013


January:

1. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

2. Lost In Translation (2003)-98, Netflix Instant Viewing

3. Valhalla Rising (2010)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

4. Night Train To Munich (1940)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing

5. Violent Cop (1989)-92, Netflix DVD

Movie of the Month: Lost In Translation (2003)-98, Netflix Instant Viewing


February:

6. Chasing Amy (1997)-95, Blu Ray

7. Mallrats (1995)-90, Blu Ray

8. Dead Ringers (1988)-100, Netflix DVD

9. Adam and Dog (2011)-93, YouTube

10. Fresh Guacamole (2012)-65, Showtime

11. Head Over Heels (2012)-90, YouTube

12. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” (2012)-85, Online

13. Paperman (2012)-81, YouTube

14. Naked Lunch (1991)-93, Netflix DVD

15. Red (2010)-90, DVD

Movie of the Month: Dead Ringers (1988)-100, Netflix DVD

March:

16. Breathless (1960)-100, Netflix DVD

17. Overdrawn At The Memory Bank (1985)-0 (MSTK Commentary-100), YouTube

18. Dredd (2012)-84, Public Library

19. Megamind (2010)-75, FX

20. Crash (1996)-91, Netflix DVD

21. Bob le flambeur (1956)-95, Netflix DVD

Movie of the Month: Breathless (1960)-100, Netflix DVD

April:

22. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing

23. As Tears Go By (1988)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing

24. Shame (2011)-92, Netflix DVD

Movie of the Month: Shame (2011)-92, Netflix DVD

May:

25. Killing Them Softly (2012)-92, RedBox DVD

26. Iron Man 3 (2013)-88, Theater

27. The Brides of Dracula (1960)-65, MeTV

28. Zoom (2006)-53, CW

Movie of the Month: Killing Them Softly (2012)-92, RedBox DVD

June:

29. The Last Stand (2013)-87, RedBox

30. Human Trafficking (2005)-35, DVD

31. Miami Connection (1986)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

32. The Doom Generation (1995)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing

33. Hammett (1982)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

34. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)-77, Netflix Instant Viewing

35. Days of Being Wild (1990)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: The Doom Generation (1995)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing

July:

36. Fallen Angels (1995)-97, Netflix Instant Viewing

37. Sleeping Beauty (2011)-79, Netflix Instant Viewing

38. Upstream Color (2013)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

39. My Name Is Nobody (1973)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

40. Hombre (1967)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

41. Juno (2007)-90, DVD

42. Stark Trek Into Darkness (2013)-85, Theater Viewing

43. Battleship Potemkin (1925)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing

44. End of Watch (2012)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

45. Homecoming (2006)-73, Netflix

46. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

47. House of the Devil (2009)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: Battleship Potemkin (1925)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing

August:

48. The Foreigner (1978)-90, TCM

49. This Is The End (2013)-91, Theater Viewing

50. The Innkeepers (2012)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

51. The Prophecy (1995)-84, Netflix Instant Viewing

52. The Man Who Laughs (1928)-95, YouTube

53. John Dies At The End (2013)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

54. Stargate (1994)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: The Man Who Laughs (1928)-95, YouTube

September:

55. The Cabin In The Woods (2012)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

56. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)-94, Netflix

57. Four Flies On Gray Velvet (1971)-89, Netflix

58. Sgt. Bilko (1996)-77, Netflix Instant Viewing

59. Tenebre (1982)-95, Netflix

60. The Lords of Salem (2012)-95, RedBox

61. The Evil Dead (2013)-76, RedBox

62. The Hamiltons (2006)-69, Netflix Instant Viewing

63. The Prophecy II (1998)-65, Netflix Instant Viewing

64. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)-95, Netflix

65. Hellraiser (1987)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing

66. Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972)-85, Netflix

Movie of the Month: Tenebre (1982)-95, Netflix

October:

67. Forbidden World (1982)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing

68. V/H/S (2012)-82, Netflix Instant Viewing

69. Stake Land (2011)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing

70. [Rec] (2007)-93, Netflix

71. Kill List (2011)-97, Netflix Instant Viewing

72. Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)-79, Netflix Instant Viewing

73. Ghoulies II (1987)-44, Netflix Instant Viewing

74. Immortality (1998)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

75. Nomads (1986)-52, Netflix Instant Viewing

76. The Bay (2012)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

77. Resident Evil (2002)-82, Netflix Instant Viewing

78. Killing Season (2013)-51, RedBox

79. Pumpkinhead (1988)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing

80. The People Under The Stairs (1991)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing

81. Mimic (1997)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing

82. Bloody Birthday (1981)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing

83. The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)-73, Netflix Instant Viewing

84. Cemetery Man (1994)-95, Netflix

85. Graveyard Shift (1990)-70, Public Library

86. Sisters (1973)-91, TCM

87. Village of the Damned (1960)-90, TCM

88. Terror Train (1980)-80, Public Library

89. TerrorVision (1986)-76, Public Library

90. The Video Dead (1987)-74, Public Library

91. City of the Living Dead (1980)-81, Netflix

92. Leprechaun 2 (1994)-79, Netflix Instant Viewing

93. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing

94. The Funhouse (1981)-91, Public Library

95. 5 Dolls For An August Moon (1970)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing

96. Hatchet For The Honeymoon (1970)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing

97. A Bay of Blood (1971)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie Of The Month: Kill List (2011)-97, Netflix Instant Viewing

November:

98. The Blob (1988)-83, Netflix

99. The Thin Man (1934)-95, Public Library

100. Only God Forgives (2013)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

101. X: The Unknown (1956)-74, Netflix

102. The Magic Sword (1962)-40, Public Library

103. Alien From L.A. (1988)-15, Public Library

104. Danger!! Death Ray (1967)-2, Public Library

105. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)-65, Netflix

106. The Mole People (1956)-31, Public Library

107. Seconds (1966)-97, Criterion

Movie of the Month: Seconds (1966)-97, Criterion

December:

108. The Plague of the Zombies (1966)-83, Netflix

109. Bronson (2009)-91, Netflix

110. The Final Sacrifice (1990)-0, Public Library

111. Carnal Knowledge (1971)-94, TCM

112. Robot Holocaust (1986)-0, Public Library

113. OK Connery (1967)-14, Public Library

114. The Big Heat (1953)-93, TCM

115. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)-99, TCM

116. 2 Guns (2013)-80, RedBox

Movie of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)-99, TCM

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