Films Seen in 2013

by EdYerkeRobins | created - 15 Jan 2013 | updated - 01 Jan 2014 | Public

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1. Dog Gone South (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Ever in search of a master, no matter how unwilling, Charlie winds up on a plantation down South and tries to force himself on the owner, a Confederate Colonel. Unfortunately, the Colonel already has a pet bulldog, "Belvedere."

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 242

35mm, New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, CA

As you may know, Quentin Tarantino owns the New Beverly. He curated a Django Unchained preshow from his personal collection including this Merrie Melodies short & trailers for The Arena, Boot Hill, Mandingo, ...tick...tick...tick... & Take A Hard Ride.

2. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,122,239 | Gross: $162.81M

35mm, New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, CA

3. Mamá (2008)

3 min | Short, Horror

A young girl wakes up and tells her sister that their mother has returned home.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Victoria Harris, Berta Ros, Irma Monroig

Votes: 2,399

4. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 180,273 | Gross: $47.00M

5. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

40 Metascore

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 58,520 | Gross: $25.53M

6. Mama (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse

Votes: 151,552 | Gross: $71.63M

4K digital projection, UA La Cañada 8, La Cañada, CA

Like Insidious a couple years back, Mama starts out as a straight-forward haunted house movie, then rides off the rails into a sort of "magic realism", here crossed with Gothic romance. Not so much scary, but genuinely sad at points. It doesn't all work, but there's enough experimentation & fresh ideas to ensure the Muschietti siblings are a dynamic director/producer duo to watch.

7. Boot Hill (1969)

PG | 87 min | Western

Victims of oppressive town boss Honey are offered help by an unusual alliance of gunmen and circus performers.

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Woody Strode, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 2,484

8. God Was in the West, Too, at One Time (1968)

R | 98 min | Western

A man gains access to a treasure map and persuades a guide (Juan Chasquisdo) to accompany him in his search to recover it. Both are pursued by bandits.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Richard Harrison, Ennio Girolami, Folco Lulli

Votes: 203

9. Warm Bodies (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

60 Metascore

After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton

Votes: 201,233 | Gross: $66.38M

4K digital projection, UA La Cañada 8, La Cañada, CA

Very cute movie. Reminds me of Safety Not Guaranteed in that it's a straight-ahead cute meet story couched in genre conventions, rather than an all-out genre film with romantic elements. Which is just fine - the leads are cute, Rob Corddry is hilarious & the overall feel is warm (no pun intended).

10. House of Cards (2013– )
Episode: Chapter 1 (2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll

Votes: 6,118

Kevin Spacey's as charming as the devil, and just as dangerous. Hope to finish this soon.

11. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,344 | Gross: $0.90M

Criterion Blu-Ray

12. Panic Attack! (2009)

5 min | Short, Sci-Fi

Giant robots invade Montevideo.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Diego Garrido, Pedro Luque, Rodo Sayagues

Votes: 1,332

13. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 475,882 | Gross: $66.49M

Rewatch with the Mrs. Still solid, but not as mind-blowing as first go-round.

14. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 197,483

Season 4

Honestly, they should have ended Fringe with the poignant, clean break that closed out Season 3. While there were some good ideas & fun moments this season (porcupine people!), I found myself frequently infuriated by this cuckoo bananas season that seemed to change the rules & villains at every turn. But since Season 5 is an abbreviated season, I may as well finish it off when it hits Blu-Ray in May.

15. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 49,373 | Gross: $5.21M

Duplicity abounds in this marvelous hybrid of film noir & The 400 Blows.

16. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 51,664 | Gross: $9.20M

Strange, charming story. Thanks to Jon - or perhaps I should say Jon's "Republican cinephile" parents - for the recommendation!

17. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 240,983 | Gross: $76.27M

Careens wildly between earnest performance from Kevin Costner & excessive theatricality from De Palma & everyone else. Not unlike bootleg hooch, it had its fun moments but by the end I was a little sick & the morning after I remember very little.

18. Mandingo (1975)

R | 127 min | Drama, History, Romance

A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward

Votes: 2,806

Turgid antebellum drama with a spotty legacy. Based on a blockbuster novel, the film proved to be a hit, but was almost immediately buried afterward for its frank (& unfortunately, historically accurate) depictions of abuse in the daily running of a slave-breeding plantation. If anything, the film is too plain; while the slice of life is despicable by any sense of modern decency or morality, the actual story of a dysfunctional husband & wife who take on not-so-secret slave lovers because they can't trust each other is dry & wooden. Some would say that sparks a wildfire of awkward camp, I find it more interesting to discuss than to watch. Though it'd make a hell of a counterpoint screened alongside GONE WITH THE WIND.

19. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 568,625 | Gross: $304.36M

20. Take a Hard Ride (1975)

PG | 103 min | Western

After selling his cattle in town, ranch owner Morgan unexpectedly dies, and his foreman Pike has to deliver the payroll to Sonora, despite the perilous journey during which he's followed by many shady characters who want the money.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson, Catherine Spaak

Votes: 820

21. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 719,478 | Gross: $402.45M


Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles, CA

Happy Birthday to me!

22. Hemlock Grove (2013–2015)
Episode: Jellyfish in the Sky (2013)

TV-MA | 45 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When a local high school student is killed in a small town, a newly arrived gypsy is rumored as a suspect even though evidence points to some sort of animal attack.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell

Votes: 817

I wanted to like this, but I'm going to be honest. I don't know what the hell is going on here & don't care enough to find out.

23. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 82,004

24. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 9,885 | Gross: $1.57M

One of Zoë's favorites (she calls it "The Insect Show"). It's obvious why. The photography is exquisite, and the documentarians let the creatures (& some well placed score) do all the talking.

25. Hatchet (2006)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

When a group of tourists in a New Orleans haunted swamp tour, find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Deon Richmond, Amara Zaragoza

Votes: 25,381 | Gross: $0.16M

26. Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

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.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 432,375 | Gross: $228.78M

4K digital projection, UA La Cañada 8, La Cañada, CA

My favorite part was when Captain Kirk flew the Millennium Falcon to fight the Shredder Clan and rescue the Universal Soldier. All kidding aside, I'm a fan of both Abrams' Trek films, and if you had even a passing interest in the first one you'd be pleased with the follow-up.

27. Nurse Maid (1932)

Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 46

Wow. Cartoons from the 30s trafficked in all kinds of nutty stereotypes.

28. Hatchet II (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Marybeth escapes the clutches of the bayou-butcher Victor Crowley and returns to the swamp with an army of hunters and gunmen, determined to end Crowley's reign of horror once and for all.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Parry Shen

Votes: 10,549 | Gross: $0.06M

Adam Green is such a good dude, and FROZEN is such a good film. It pains me that his most famous films are so "meh". I'll give SPIRAL & CHILLERAMA a shot, but probably skip HATCHET III.

29. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 3,279

30. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 154,564

Season 5

31. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Shark SuperHighway (2008)

Documentary, History

National Geographic examines the evolution and behavior of the hammerhead shark and follows a team of scientists that are attempting to track their migratory patterns.

Director: Thomas Lucas | Stars: Demian Chapman, Eduardo Espinoza, Alex Hearn, Rodd Houston

Votes: 21

Another one of Zoë's favorites. She asks to watch this several times a day, and watches it at least every other day.

32. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook

Votes: 213,769 | Gross: $21.38M

Powerful film about man's (in)ability to rise above his circumstances and set things right, l'dor v'dor, from generation to generation.

33. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

Votes: 265,569 | Gross: $80.07M

Dumb as a post, but MUCH funnier.

34. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 50,918 | Gross: $20.77M

Has anybody read The Dead Zone? (Eric?)

Suspenseful climax, visions well-executed, cast's fantastic (particularly Walken, both Average Joe & freak show), but some of earlier story threads don't quite tie together in a "this probably works well in a novel" way.

39. World in Action (1963–1998)
Episode: The Shrinking World of L. Ron Hubbard (1968)


This Scientology exposé features an interview with L. Ron Hubbard aboard a Sea Org vessel, and also presents stock footage and commentary on Scientologists.

Stars: L. Ron Hubbard, Nick Robinson, Janet E. Lundy

Votes: 27

40. The Croods (2013)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

55 Metascore

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener

Votes: 168,024 | Gross: $187.17M

41. Secret Honor (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Director: Robert Altman | Star: Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 2,284

There's only one way to cap off a day with Nixon's birthplace & burial ground. R.I.P.

42. Theodore (2009)

Unrated | 11 min | Short, Horror

A short, surrealistic horror story of a man hellbent on revenge.

Director: David Sherbrook | Stars: Scott Dawson, Andy Gates, Lloyd Kaufman, Nicholas Leonard

Votes: 27

43. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 197,483

Season 5. At least it's over. At least the cameos of every monster of the week were fun.

44. Partly Cloudy (2009)

G | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Babies both human and animal are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. One cloud specializes in "dangerous" babies, creating a challenge for his loyal stork that has to deliver them.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson

Votes: 16,519

45. Dug's Special Mission (2009 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Alpha, Beta, and Gamma try to keep Dug out of their way while they hunt for Kevin the Snipe. However, their instructions for his "very special mission" keep backfiring on them.

Director: Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, Edward Asner

Votes: 4,233

46. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 266,001 | Gross: $39.67M

47. Across 110th Street (1972)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Frank Adu

Votes: 4,034

48. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 765,581 | Gross: $408.01M

49. Bachelorette (2012)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Director: Leslye Headland | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden

Votes: 41,199 | Gross: $0.45M