After looking over last year’s inaugural List of Judgements, thrown together in haste (what on this blog isn’t?), I decided to try a different approach this year. Rather than a boring, long list, I decided to keep it comparatively brief for the first part, and then really get in my statistical nerding-out for the last part.
The first part is a rough list of offhand categories I made up while scanning the list of films I saw this year.
The second part is a breakdown of how many films I saw and what kind of films they were—year, country, genre, etc—and a comparison from 2012 to 2013 ( I had to catch up from last year). Now that I’m caught up, the re-hashing of previous years won’t be necessary.
So now, without further ado: the Judgements:
Favourite Movies Because They Were Actually “Good” Movies But Maybe Not The Funnest to Watch:
Favourite Movies That Were Not Necessarily Great But Which Were Still Incredibly Satisfying and I’ll Probably Watch Again Many Times (or already have):
Three Days of the Condor, The Long Goodbye, Total Recall, Taken, London: Modern Babylon, The West, Prohibition, The Mark of Zorro, Holy Flying Circus, Lawless, Killing Them Softly, Killer Elite, Boogie Nights, Grey Owl, Valkyrie
Movies I Liked at the Time But Probably Aren’t Actually as Good as I Thought They Were:
Worst Movie That Was Also a Ton of Fun to Watch: The Thing With Two Heads
Most Awkward Movie to Watch as a Catch-Up Hangout With a Buddy You Haven’t Seen in a While: The Act of Killing
Most Awkward Movie to Watch While Eating an Entire Bag of Bulk M&M’s By Yourself: 12 Years a Slave
Enjoyably Bizarre Movies:
Nicest Surprises: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Last Ride, The Color of Money
And now for the Stats:
In 2013, I made 79 entries of films/TV shows/miniseries I watched. The majority of them—68—were feature films, and the remaining 11 were either a season of a TV series or a miniseries or a TV movie.
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority—50—were American, either from big-budget Hollywood or skirting independent funding bodies (at this point, I don’t differentiate based on budget). 9 of them were fully British, 4 were British/American co-productions, 2 were fully French, 2 fully Australian, and the remaining 12 were co-productions of various sorts. Notably, only one of the films I watched this year was Canadian (Broke.), although Cosmopolis was a co-production with Canada and a bunch of European film companies.
Also unsurprisingly, the vast majority of them were made in this millennium. Only 12 “new” movies and TV seasons from 2013; I caught up with my 2012 releases a bit as well, 13 of those; 27 of the things I saw were released from 2001 to 2011—and the numbers go down the further away from 2013 it goes. 13 were from 2000-1980; 11 were from 1979-1950; only 3 were made before 1950.
I watched 13 documentaries in 2013, either single films or miniseries (Ken Burns is responsible largely for that).
The vast majority of the things I saw this year were primarily in English, and from countries where English is the main language. Exactly 3 of the total 79 were not in English: The Horde (in Russian/Mongolian); The Act of Killing (mostly in Indonesian); and Something in the Air (French).
Compare this to 2012’s numbers:
In my inaugural year (for which, again, I wish I’d had foresight to tally those numbers on last year’s Anno Domini list), I saw a total of 126 films, TV series/TV movies and miniseries, of which only 4 were documentaries, compared with 13 for 2013 (seriously, discovering Ken Burns).
Again, the majority in 2012 were solely by American studios—60—and the next lowest is solely British films at 25. I saw 4 USA/UK co-productions, 3 Japanese, 3 French/British co-productions, 2 South Korean, 2 UK/German co-productions, 2 UK/Irish co-productions, 2 from Spain, and another 23 individual films that were various combinations of co-productions or standalone countries, including only 1 solely Australian, 1 solely German, 1 from Hong Kong, and my only Canadian content was 1 Canadian/French co-production (the Mesrine films, so technically 2).
Of those 126 entries, only 11 were new at the time, released in 2012. As with this year, I spent more time last year catching up with stuff from the previous year—24 from 2011. The majority of entries—50 of them—spanned the years 2010-2001; 22 of them were from 2000-1981; 18 of them were made from 1980 to 1951; none of them were made before 1950 (and really, of that last category, I think the oldest was 1954).
I saw way more foreign-language films in 2012 than in 2013, 12 compared to a paltry 3. They were:
Timecrimes and Broken Embraces (Spanish); Despair, Run Lola Run, and World on a Wire (German); The Housemaid and I Saw the Devil (Korean); Hard Boiled (Cantonese); Samurai I, 13 Assassins, and Outrage (Japanese); and The Illusionist (mostly silent, but the dialogue was in French I believe).
I wrote my first Overview in 2012, the one for James Bond. I started an Overview in 2013 but didn’t finish it.
And to conclude, Resolutions for Anno Domini 2014:
Write at least one Overview per year, See more animation, See more foreign films, See more Canadian films, See more classic Hollywood, See some musicals, See some kid’s films, See some silent films, See more new films, See less films you strongly suspect to be bad films.
See you in 2015.