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2013 at the cinema & in front of my laptop

by Zachary W
2013 at the cinema & in front of my laptop by Zachary W
As with every year, I saw far too little, and spent far too much time on films that don’t matter. But I did see some great cinema despite my best efforts. 01 Bastards (Claire Denis) 02 The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski) 03 Blind Detective (Johnnie To) 04 ’Til Madness Do Us Part (Wang Bing) 05 Before Midnight (Richard Linklater) 06 Stemple Pass (James Benning) 07 Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu) 08 Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang) 09 La última película (Mark Peranson & Raya Martin) 10 Drug War (Johnnie To) also of note: The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) Traveling Light (Gina Telaroli) A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke) The Lords of Salem… Read more

As with every year, I saw far too little, and spent far too much time on films that don’t matter. But I did see some great cinema despite my best efforts.




01 Bastards (Claire Denis)
02 The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
03 Blind Detective (Johnnie To)
04 ’Til Madness Do Us Part (Wang Bing)
05 Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
06 Stemple Pass (James Benning)
07 Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)
08 Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang)
09 La última película (Mark Peranson & Raya Martin)
10 Drug War (Johnnie To)


also of note:

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
Traveling Light (Gina Telaroli)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
The Lords of Salem (Rob Zombie)
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh)
Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin)
Après mai (Olivier Assayas)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)


three great shorts – interrogating cinema’s past, and tarrying with its future:

Les trois désastres (Jean-Luc Godard)
Venice 70 – Future Reloaded: Abbas Kiarostami (Abbas Kiarostami)
Beauty and a Beat (Jon M. Chu & Justin Bieber)


five television series:

Mad Men (Matthew Weiner)
Treme (David Simon & Eric Overmyer)
Arrested Development (Mitchell Hurwitz)
Top of the Lake (Jane Campion, Gerard Lee & Garth Davis)
Bunheads (Amy Sherman-Palladino & Lamar Damon)


My 50 most significant first viewings:


Donovan’s Reef (John Ford, 1963)
Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
La commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins, 2000)
A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker, 1977)

The Age of the Medici (Roberto Rossellini, 1973)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford, 1949)
Les amants du Pont-Neuf (Léos Carax, 1991)
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry, 2011)
The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker, 1993)

The Blackout (Abel Ferrara, 1997)
Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1994)
Solaris (Steven Soderbergh, 2002)
The Assassination of Trotsky (Joseph Losey, 1972)
The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino, 1974)
Underworld (Josef von Sternberg, 1927)
Film socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard, 2010)
City of Pirates (Raúl Ruiz, 1983)
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke, 2002)

The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993)
Seven Men From Now (Budd Boetticher, 1956)
Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936)
2084 (Chris Marker, 1984)

The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
Election (Johnnie To, 2005)
A Corner in Wheat (D. W. Griffith, 1909)
A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood, 1993)
Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara, 2007)

The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, 1952)
The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)
‘R Xmas (Abel Ferrara, 2001)
Mauvais sang (Léos Carax, 1986)
Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981)

The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)
Stuck on You (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, 2003)
Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, 2008)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
Three Cheers for the Whale (Chris Marker, 1972)

Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)
Passion (Jean-Luc Godard, 1982)
Le chambre (Chantal Akerman, 1972)
An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson, 2002)

God’s Country (Louis Malle, 1985)
After Life (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998)
Boy Meets Girl (Léos Carax, 1984)
Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2008)
Black Ice (Stan Brakhage, 1994)

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