2013: Watched Films (recent and older)

Including recently released and previous to 2013.
By Filmmaker and Film Curator Jeff M. Giordano.

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1.
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ Frank Tashlin directs another high caliber comedy, filled with vivd colors, hilarious jokes, and elements of sci-fi and espionage. This was his first film with Doris Day, followed by "Caprice" in 1967. ” - JMG_Films
 
2.
The Fairy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing. (93 mins.)
“ It feels like a really long short film. The jokes aren't funny and the story meanders from one poor idea, after another. The film attempts to be an homage to the classic silent comedies of France and America, and "The Fairy" falls flat.

Only fans of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki (whom is one of the best directors today) and Roy Andersson (director for "Songs from the Second Floor") would be slightly amused, but even they would become bored. ” - JMG_Films
 
3.
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But... (10 mins.)
“ Part of the Special Features on "The Glass Bottom Boat" (1966) DVD. This animated short is an alternate vision on romantic relationships and identity. The film is intelligent and funny. ” - JMG_Films
 
4.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Waltz is brilliant! This is a very entertaining film. While there's not much substance, just see it for yourself and enjoy the ride.

Should win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. ” - JMG_Films
 
5.
My Favorite Year (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. (92 mins.)
“ A bit dated, but Peter O'Toole shines. ” - JMG_Films
 
6.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ Should win Best Picture at the Oscars.
This is not just fantastic indie filmmaking, but great storytelling. ” - JMG_Films
 
7.
Caprice (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
There is an on-going battle of industrial espionage between rival cosmetics companies, Femina, owned by Sir Jason Fox... (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ Off-beat fun. Not Tashlin's best, but worth your time. See it for the unusually dark story, vivid colors, charming costumes, and impressive set design.

It would be great to see a behind-the-scenes documentary about "Caprice," which has been neglected. ” - JMG_Films
 
8.
After the Fox (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Peter Sellers plays Aldo Vanucci (aka the Fox), one of the greatest criminals of the world and master of disguise... (103 mins.)
“ One of the best Peter Sellers' films that is more relevant today than ever, for its satire of the film industry. ” - JMG_Films
 
9.
The Future of Pinball (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1998 pinball was dying, thanks to a saturated market and shrinking player base. Williams, the world's largest pinball manufacturer... (58 mins.)
Director: Greg Maletic
“ A time capsule of Pinball, its history and the personalities that shaped the game. ” - JMG_Films
 
10.
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Randy Moore
“ A strong first feature. ” - JMG_Films
 
11.
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned... (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ Not the best Jerry Lewis films, but one of the best endings in the history of comedic films. ” - JMG_Films
 
12.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
“ One of the best sports documentaries ever made. ” - JMG_Films
 
13.
Brain Donors (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire... (80 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
“ Outlandish zaniness in the tradition of the Marx Brothers and old-fashioned comedy. Not a total success, but such a unique experience worth taking. ” - JMG_Films
 
14.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. (90 mins.)
Director: George Dunning
“ Quite enjoyable. One of the few films that would warrant a 3D re-release! No remakes, please. ” - JMG_Films
 
15.
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way. (84 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
“ Fun all around!
This film needs to be released on DVD.
One of my favorite discoveries of 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
16.
Land of Look Behind (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Alan Greenberg
“ An oddball documentary in the vein of Werner Herzog.
One of a kind portrait of Jamaica and its people. ” - JMG_Films
 
17.
The Story of Luke (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn't taking no for an answer. (96 mins.)
Director: Alonso Mayo
“ One of the best films of 2012! ” - JMG_Films
 
18.
A New Leaf (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her. (102 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
“ One of the best comedies ever made. ” - JMG_Films
 
19.
Not as a Stranger (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections. (135 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Impressive Mitchum and Sinatra film, with a supporting role by Lee Marvin sprinkled in. ” - JMG_Films
 
20.
The Cheerleaders (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A group of cheerleaders from the local high school decide to show their school spirit for their football team by sleeping with the opponents the night before the game so that they can be so worn out the opposition won't be able to play. (84 mins.)
Director: Paul Glickler
“ Not much going on here.
Interesting for film history buffs. ” - JMG_Films
 
21.
The Joker Is Wild (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young... (126 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
“ Sinatra's best film role.
Criterion needs to release this wonderful film on DVD,
because right now it is not available. ” - JMG_Films
 
22.
The Errand Boy (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr... (92 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ Sub-par Jerry Lewis.
Some funny scenes in the first 20 minutes. ” - JMG_Films
 
23.
Life of Pi (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Saw it in 3D.
One of the best experiences in a movie theater. ” - JMG_Films
 
24.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. (205 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Highly entertaining. It's long, but worth the trip. ” - JMG_Films
 
25.
Mekong Hotel (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a film-maker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampiric mother and daughter. (61 mins.)
“ As a fan of the director's work, I was very disappointed with the story (which is very similar to "Uncle Boonmee...") and underwhelmed with the ending. It feels like "Mekong Hotel" would've been better as a short film. Viewed at CAAM Fest, formerly the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. ” - JMG_Films
 
26.
It's a Gift (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ Not as funny as "The Bank Dick," but overall enjoyable. Some of the scenes go on for too long, and the jokes wear out. ” - JMG_Films
 
27.
The Sad Sack (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months... (98 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ One of Lewis' best non-directed films. Very original script for a Lewis film. Strong supporting performances. It was a surprise to see Peter Lorre! ” - JMG_Films
 
28.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ First off, I've watched all of the James Bond films, including the TV movie "Casino Royale" from 1954.

"Skyfall" is the worst of the Daniel Craig Bond films. Solid action for the first hour, then it all implodes. Bardem was wasted as a Bond villain and not developed enough.
He's a stellar actor on his own, but the script limited his character.

Notes:
Didn't Bond die in one of the two recent films?

He doesn't say: "Shaken, not stirred;" just "perfect."
It's a shame.

One of the most underwhelming Bond endings in the history of the franchise.

Overall, "Skyfall" doesn't feel like a James Bond film. ” - JMG_Films
 
29.
Enter the Void (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ I've seen all of Gaspar Noé's previous feature-films since 1998.
While I like "Enter the Void" best...I didn't like the story (beyond the Tibetan Book of the Dead themes), characters, or dialogue.

However, I kept watching because of the astounding cinematography by one of the best DP's working today, Benoît Debie.

The film can viewed as a "2001: A Space Odyssey" re-imagined by a psychedelic-death experience.

I hope Gaspar Noé makes a film, with a script written by someone else. The man is obviously a fantastic director. ” - JMG_Films
 
30.
All in a Night's Work (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Colonel Ryder, the publisher of a magazine, dies while on vacation. Tony, his swinging nephew, inherits the magazine and takes over... (94 mins.)
Director: Joseph Anthony
“ Very funny and charming comedy. It's a sweet trip that holds up. One of Dean Martin's best. Jack Weston shines as the creepy detective whom also starred in A NEW LEAF (1971) and ISHTAR (1987). ” - JMG_Films
 
31.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ Astounding animated mind-trip that rivals any film (animated or live action) dealing with dreams and levels of consciousness. ” - JMG_Films
 
32.
All the Light in the Sky (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Jane Adams is an actress living in a house precariously perched above the beach in Malibu. Her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities... (79 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ Solid direction and dialogue. If you're wondering where independent film is today, check it out. Viewed at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. ” - JMG_Films
 
33.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze. (109 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ Just sit back and enjoy the ride. It's a fiasco, but a very entertaining experience. Nothing like it exists. Meyer considered it his crowning achievement (his best film). ” - JMG_Films
 
34.
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist. (89 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ Better than "Napoleon Dynamite." Awesome retro design. ” - JMG_Films
 
35.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. (94 mins.)
“ Viewed at SF International Film Festival.
One of David Gordon Green's best films! ” - JMG_Films
 
36.
Key of Life (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house -- only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin. (128 mins.)
Director: Kenji Uchida
“ Viewed at SF International Film Festival. Very funny, screwball comedy. Expect stellar films by this director. ” - JMG_Films
 
37.
Youth (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Juliette, twenty, falls in love. At the same time her father is diagnosed with a fatal disease. (75 mins.)
Director: Justine Malle
“ Viewed at SF International Film Festival. Awesome first feature based on autobiographical experiences by the director (Justine Malle). ” - JMG_Films
 
38.
Upstream Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Trippiness due to tone and structure. Kubrickian flavors an be tasted. Not terrific, but worth seeing. 3 out of 5. ” - JMG_Films
 
39.
Burn After Reading (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it. (96 mins.)
“ Not the Coen's best, but in terms of quality laughs -- close to "The Big Lebowski." ” - JMG_Films
 
40.
Cold Dog Soup (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Randy Quaid as the taxi driver drives Zen parables (Is time money - Is time the root of all evil?) into his passenger/protegee in a high-speed... (87 mins.)
Director: Alan Metter
“ Quirkiness for the indie fans. Check it out! It's fun. ” - JMG_Films
 
41.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
“ My favorite film of 2013! Shakespearian in its storytelling. Truly epic! ” - JMG_Films
 
42.
Mud (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Very well-written. Many emotional layers to unpeel and ponder after. Hopefully, it gets Oscar nominations. ” - JMG_Films
 
43.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast. (93 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ One of the best films in the world. A pure delight to behold! One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
44.
Man of Flowers (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress. (91 mins.)
Director: Paul Cox
“ Extremely quirky, little film with one of Herzog's early acting roles (supporting). If you like offbeat humor, check it out. ” - JMG_Films
 
45.
Up! (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This kicks off with the murder of one Adolf Schwartz (who bears a striking resemblance to another famous... (80 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ There's some goodness for Russ Meyer fans, but the violence ruins the film. ” - JMG_Films
 
46.
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A hunch horse-player's marriage is threatened by his betting ways; in desperation, his wife becomes his bookie. (93 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
“ Only for Dean fans. Started off strong and tapers off midway through. ” - JMG_Films
 
47.
Nacho Libre (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler). (92 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ This will be a cult film for teenagers in the future. It's fun. One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
48.
The Facts of Life (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Larry and Kitty are two middle-class suburbanites who find themselves growing bored with their lives and respective marriages... (103 mins.)
Director: Melvin Frank
“ A dark film by two classic comedians. Although a bit dated, it works and is funny in most spots. ” - JMG_Films
 
49.
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him... (106 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
“ Charles Grodin shines like a champ in the performance of his career. I didn't dig the ending, but enjoyed it overall. It should be seen. This kind of comedy does not exist anymore.

Criterion Collection (Janus Films): please release an Elaine May Boxset! ” - JMG_Films
 
50.
The Stunt Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
“ One of O'Toole's best. Not a masterpiece, but worth watching for the performances. One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
51.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ One of Jerry's best directed films. Exquisite production design. Contains darker elements that are not seen in his other films. ” - JMG_Films
 
52.
My Geisha (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'. (119 mins.)
Director: Jack Cardiff
“ One of Shirley's best roles. Very funny. Ahead of its time in terms of story and humor. One of my favorite viewed in 2013.
Sadly, it's out of print on DVD. ” - JMG_Films
 
53.
Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
John Paul Steckler was the Junior Officer aboard a destroyer when WWII ended. He gets stuck with the... (89 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ Jerry Lewis strikes again. Has a different feel from his usual fare. Among his best for films not directed by Lewis. Excellent setup. ” - JMG_Films
 
54.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty. (130 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ Although slow in parts, it's very entertaining and good for a fun night out. Vin Diesel is a good actor. ” - JMG_Films
 
55.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ I was very impressed. The style, music, and structure works! Such exuberance and energy. Perhaps Baz's best film. ” - JMG_Films
 
56.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ One of my least favorites this year. The Mickey Rooney scenes will make you cringe. This film is really drawn out. Hepburn does a fine job, but the film is quite forgettable.
I saw it 1.5 months ago, and remembered today that I viewed it! ” - JMG_Films
 
57.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Baz's first feature has a indie-mainstream mix that works. The dance scenes are well-done and the story has heart. ” - JMG_Films
 
58.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ The best Iron Man yet!
Shane Black rocks the story and direction.
I hope he gets to remake DOC SAVAGE. ” - JMG_Films
 
59.
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him. (106 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Must've influenced Wes Anderson due to its portrayal precocious children! A different role for Sellers. While not a total success, there's some very touching moments at the end of the film. Check out this gem. One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
60.
Black Tight Killers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A military photographer takes a cute stewardess out to dinner where she is promptly kidnapped. Deciding that he has fallen in love with the girl, our "hero" decides to investigate her kidnapping himself. (87 mins.)
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
“ Huge disappointment. I was expected something akin to a Seijun Suzuki film, because the director had Suzuki as a mentor. Should've been a short film. Very drawn out for an 84 minute film. Skip it! ” - JMG_Films
 
61.
The Outside Man (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a French contract assassin hired by a Los Angeles crime family, ostensibly to perform a hit on some other mafia target... (104 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
“ Gritty, modern, and action-packed. "The Outside Man" is stripped down Melville directed by another Frenchman, Jacques Deray. Such an exciting mixture of art film and indie picture. Pay attention to a scene where a young Jackie Earle Haley gets slapped for real...twice! ” - JMG_Films
 
62.
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
“ Uneven and disappointing. There's 4 great scenes involving outrageous action; that's it. I was looking forward to seeing this for a long time. I should give it a second viewing. ” - JMG_Films
 
63.
The Gravy Train (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two rural West Virginia brothers leave home, rob an armored car and become fugitives. (94 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
“ Close to "Freebie and the Bean" in its humor, but about the other side of the law: criminals. Would make for a great Late Night film. Totally unhinged and radical. Imagine a buddy movie art film disguised as a B-movie. Needs a Criterion DVD release, or at least official DVD release! ” - JMG_Films
 
64.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ One of the greatest children's films. Such a simple, elegant story and tight structure. One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
65.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Excellent modern sci-fi action. ” - JMG_Films
 
66.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Just as strong as the 2009 "Star Trek." Perhaps with more action. Experience it in a theater (2D or 3D)! ” - JMG_Films
 
67.
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Myron Breckinridge is waiting for her sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Sarne
“ Not fun in a campy way or anyway., except for all of Mae West's scenes! Welch is stunning and sexy as usual, but the script weighs down the energy and the film never really goes anywhere. ” - JMG_Films
 
68.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Although slow at times, the film makes up for it with impressive special effects, production design, and costumes. ” - JMG_Films
 
69.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Viewed for the third time. Just as strong and mysterious as the first time. ” - JMG_Films
 
70.
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ A whimsical, light-hearted comedy with deep emotional texture. One of Lancaster's last great roles. "Local Hero" is a true gem of cinema. ” - JMG_Films
 
71.
The Family Jewels (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. (99 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ Overall, a fair Jerry Lewis outing. Most scenes are funny, but are very drawn out. The film could've been 85 minutes. The child actress is stellar and it's a shame she didn't act in more films.

The film has a Wes Anderson feel because of her precocious, mature performance. ” - JMG_Films
 
72.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ One of the best sci-fi films ever made. Excellent writing, production, music, and direction. Bravo! ” - JMG_Films
 
73.
Vibes (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Psychics hired to find lost temple... (99 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
“ Surprisingly funny and entertaining film. It's a very good time for film buffs and the mainstream. ” - JMG_Films
 
74.
Twilight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ Despite the sloppy pacing (the film could've been 90 minutes) and a few underwhelming plot developments, the film is well made (cinematography, production design) and casted. I watched it out of curiosity and to learn why this film is such a smash hit.

Lastly, there's a music choice during the final dramatic scene that is very distracting. It involves a somber country music song that does not fit. ” - JMG_Films
 
75.
Dadetown (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Interviews in the Michael Moore/"Roger and Me" tradition examine life in small-town America, class conflicts... (93 mins.)
Director: Russ Hexter
“ Extremely rare doc by an unknown filmmaker who died at age 25, shortly after the film's release. Hopefully, it will get a full-fledged DVD release soon. One of the most impressive feature debuts! ” - JMG_Films
 
76.
Party 7 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Seven characters, introduced at the start of the film, get thrown together into the same hotel room:... (104 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
“ This gangster-peeping tom-comedy half works. It's a bit drawn out and too confined to hotel rooms and peeping rooms. For a tastier treat, check out the director's film "The Taste of Tea" (2007), which is his masterpiece (so far). ” - JMG_Films
 
77.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed... (127 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ Totally blow me away! Seriously, there's cinema before Kusturica and cinema after. Give this man an Oscar! I want to show everyone I know this film. There's something for everyone.

"Black Cat, White Cat" is the best film I've watched in a very long time. ” - JMG_Films
 
78.
The Noose Hangs High (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers that he sent to pick up $50,000... (77 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton
“ I admit I have't watched many A & C films, but this was very funny. It's known as one of the team's offbeat films, because there's so singing routines...just a straight story. ” - JMG_Films
 
79.
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An aging Sir Hector Geste takes a young greedy wife who's after his famed Blue Water sapphire but his sons hide the gem and join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa. (85 mins.)
Director: Marty Feldman
“ Pure meta-lunacy! Watch it for the zaniness in any state of mind. Marty Feldman's only directed film. May he rest RIP. ” - JMG_Films
 
80.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ I was totally underwhelmed by this film. Some of the casting choices didn't work for me. And the film is so drawn out. I was expecting to really dig it. Fassbender was the only reason I kept watching. ” - JMG_Films
 
81.
The Driver's Seat (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Mentally disturbed spinster Lise experiences a series of bizarre encounters in Rome as she searches for someone to murder her. (105 mins.)
“ Liz's most bizarre film...ever! Period.
Although it tries to be Antonioni, "The Driver's Seat" fails as a compelling story and feels more like a demented Ragù nightmare.

In other words, a true cult film. ” - JMG_Films
 
82.
Youth in Revolt (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. (90 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
“ Surprisingly funny film that seems truly under the radar and overshadowed by bigger-budgeted films with Cera. ” - JMG_Films
 
83.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Not only one of the best animated films ever made, but put it up there with the history of motion pictures. Caught it on the big screen at the PFA in Berkeley. ” - JMG_Films
 
84.
The Enforcer (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. (87 mins.)
“ Here's a structurally innovative brisk little gem for fans and non-fans of Bogart. Watch it on a rainy night. ” - JMG_Films
 
85.
Lola (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ Viewed at the PFA in Berkeley. I was surprised by "Lola." It holds up against other films of the French New Wave. This was my first Demy film, and Demy's debut feature.

He knows where to put the camera, and how to draw you in.
Well written and engaging performances. ” - JMG_Films
 
86.
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan... (137 mins.)
Director: Yong-Kyun Bae
“ One of the most unique motion pictures ever created. An impressive debut form a first-time filmmaker.

The film took seven years to complete, using a single camera, and was edited entirely by hand!

I admit, it took me 4 sittings to view on DVD.
I imagine it would be a more grandiose experience in a theater, where most films are intended to be seen.

Nonetheless, check it out if you dig Tarkovsky and slow-moving, spiritual epics, or simply films that are off the traveled path.

In short, I appreciated the filmmaking at hand.
The film was a bit drawn out, at 2.5 hours.
But, this is contemplative cinema and it's never in a hurry.

Still thinking about many of the vivid, startling imagery.
Read about the director and you'll be surprised at how many other films he's made, and perhaps why. ” - JMG_Films
 
87.
The Phone Box (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him. (35 mins.)
Director: Antonio Mercero
“ Well made (lengthy) short film that showed on television in 1972. It gets darker as the film progresses in downward spiral of absurdity. ” - JMG_Films
 
88.
Short Time (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen. (97 mins.)
Director: Gregg Champion
“ Here's an offbeat Hollywood film that needs to be released on DVD in America! Strangely, it's only been released in Europe on Region 2 DVD.

The tone is mixed. There's comedy-action with touches of a family film, and then a dark comedy that satirizes police culture.

While it's not a complete success, I admit that "Short Time" is very entertaining and that seems to be the intention. Dabney Coleman is perfectly casted in this oddball film that is an adventure to watch.

"Short Time" has been remade as a Bollywood film and also a Korean film. Perhaps it's due for an American remake.
But first, let's release the film on DVD or Blu-ray in the US!
It would also make an outstanding selection for Criterion or Olive Films to release. ” - JMG_Films
 
89.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ I didn't like it as much as I expected. The colors, cinematography, and songs were fun but the story was not very interesting. So far, "Lola" is my favorite Demy film. ” - JMG_Films
 
90.
NoBody's Perfect (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
NOBODY'S PERFECT is a documentary which shows Niko von Glasow's search for eleven people who, like him... (84 mins.)
Director: Niko von Glasow
“ One of the best documentaries I've seen in a very long time. Von Glasow is a fantastic director and more brave than most. ” - JMG_Films
 
91.
New Aim for the Ace (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ I watched the animated film "Aim for the Ace! Jump High, Hiromi" (the Movie), which is a film based on the storyline from the TV series. IMDb has no listing for the film.

It's old school Japanese animation about a female tennis player in high school. Very unique story and effective animation. The story is written by a woman and explores many female issues in subtle ways.

Check out more info on the series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim_for_the_Ace! ” - JMG_Films
 
92.
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano... (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ Demy's best musical!
A colorful extravaganza of dance, music (by Michel Legrand), Gene Kelly speaking French, and impressive camera movements to contain all the bodies and emotions that seem to be in constant motion.

Viewed at the PFA in Berkeley. ” - JMG_Films
 
93.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
“ A classic anime film that is more concerned with emotional realities than fantasy. Check it out!

Viewed at the PFA in Berkeley. ” - JMG_Films
 
94.
The Bellboy (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Miami Beach, the mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes. (72 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ There's some very funny scenes and not so funny scenes. Overall, a decent Lewis directed film. But cut the guy some slack! This was a strong directorial debut for Lewis. ” - JMG_Films
 
95.
That Man from Rio (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man comes to the rescue of his girlfriend abducted by thieves and brought to Rio. An extravagant adventure ensues. (112 mins.)
“ An action-comedy-adventure that is a ton of fun to watch. Wish I could see it on the big screen.

If anyone out there has an English subtitled version of the director's other action-comedy with Belmondo CHINESE ADVENTURES IN CHINA (aka LES TRIBULATIONS D'UN CHINOIS EN CHINE) from 1965 -- please let me know! I'd love to see it. ” - JMG_Films
 
96.
The Grandmaster (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. (130 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
97.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ Great for anyone why has never watched a Star Trek film or the TV series. Stands on its own as terrific entertainment and action. One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
98.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover. (93 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
99.
Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
“ One of my favorite viewed in 2013. ” - JMG_Films
 
100.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
“ One of my favorite viewed in 2013. Emotionally raw and frank sexuality. One of the best love stories in a long time. ” - JMG_Films