All my ’2013 review’ style posts are running late. Well, can they really be called late? I was just waiting for 2013 to be truly over until I did any sort of review on it.
First up – films. I knew a very, very long time ago that I would never hit my goal of 100 films in the year. I did hit a respectable 90 films. Not bad, right?
Of those 90 films seen in 2013…
- Eighteen of them were cinema releases. Only 18 trips to the cinema? That feels awfully low.
- Thirteen documentary films were seen.
- Only nine films were rated 5/5 by myself. (Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Once Upon a Time in the West, End of Watch, The Conjuring, The Descent, Mud, Captain Phillips and Gravity.)
- Only one film had the pleasure of getting a 1/5 rating from me – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!.
- On my list of films I need to see I managed to knock a pathetic one film off the list – 12 Angry Men.
- November was my best film viewing month with a total of fourteen films watched.
- Saw five films from the 1970s – The Sting, The AristoCats, The Life of Brian, The Kentucky Fried Movie and Blazing Saddles.
- The oldest film I saw was 12 Angry Men (1957).
It is incredibly hard for me to pick out my favourite film of the last year. So I choose all those I rated a 5/5. For its technical achievement, Gravity is a stand out amongst those. For its complete unpredictability, Mud is also a highlight for me.
What about 2014?
Well, I think I’m going to retire the whole 100 films of… thing I’ve been doing since 2008 (WHAT! That’s SIX YEARS!!). Now, that’s not to say I’m totally giving up on the aim of devouring a shit tonne of films each year. I’ll still be trying to do that. Just without a target. It’s taken me six years to realise I don’t need a target. JEEZ.