2013: Watched Films (recent and older)by JMG_Films | created - 06 Jan 2013 | updated - 19 Jan 2014 | Public
Including recently released and previous to 2013.
By Filmmaker and Film Curator Jeff M. Giordano.
www.jeffmgiordano.com & www.twitter.com/JMG_Films
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1. The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.
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.
2. The Fairy (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing.
Votes: 2,272 | Gross: $0.04M
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.
Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he'll have to learn to bend before she'll notice him.
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.
4. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,299,673 | Gross: $162.81M
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.
5. My Favorite Year (1982)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.
Votes: 8,408 | Gross: $20.12M
A bit dated, but Peter O'Toole shines.
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 79,428 | Gross: $12.80M
Should win Best Picture at the Oscars. This is not just fantastic indie filmmaking, but great storytelling.
7. Caprice (1967)
Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
An industrial designer causes chaos when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.
Votes: 1,182 | Gross: $9.98M
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.
8. After the Fox (1966)
Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Crime
An Italian criminal mastermind, impersonating a film director, plans to grab the loot on a beach where a bogus movie is being filmed.
One of the best Peter Sellers' films that is more relevant today than ever, for its satire of the film industry.
9. The Future of Pinball (2006)
Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary
In 1998 pinball was dying, thanks to a saturated market and shrinking player base. Williams, the world's largest pinball manufacturer, planned to abandon the game in favor of the more ... See full summary »
A time capsule of Pinball, its history and the personalities that shaped the game.
10. Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 8,981 | Gross: $0.17M
A strong first feature.
11. The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
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. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »
Not the best Jerry Lewis films, but one of the best endings in the history of comedic films.
12. Senna (2010)
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Votes: 61,193 | Gross: $1.61M
One of the best sports documentaries ever made.
13. Brain Donors (1992)
PG | 80 min | Comedy
Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Tribute to The Marx Brothers, antics result as the trio try to ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,910 | Gross: $0.92M
Outlandish zaniness in the tradition of the Marx Brothers and old-fashioned comedy. Not a total success, but such a unique experience worth taking.
14. Yellow Submarine (1968)
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his yellow submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.
Votes: 23,857 | Gross: $0.99M
Quite enjoyable. One of the few films that would warrant a 3D re-release! No remakes, please.
15. Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Music
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.
Fun all around! This film needs to be released on DVD. One of my favorite discoveries of 2013.
16. Land of Look Behind (1982)
90 min | Documentary, Music
i would like to watch the movie.so much have been said. so much i expect.
An oddball documentary in the vein of Werner Herzog. One of a kind portrait of Jamaica and its people.
17. The Story of Luke (2012)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
One of the best films of 2012!
18. A New Leaf (1971)
G | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
One of the best comedies ever made.
19. Not as a Stranger (1955)
Approved | 135 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.
Impressive Mitchum and Sinatra film, with a supporting role by Lee Marvin sprinkled in.
20. The Cheerleaders (1973)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Not much going on here. Interesting for film history buffs.
21. The Joker Is Wild (1957)
Approved | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »
Sinatra's best film role. Criterion needs to release this wonderful film on DVD, because right now it is not available.
22. The Errand Boy (1961)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Family
A goofy paperhanger is hired to root out a financial inefficiency on a Hollywood studio lot, wreaking havoc as he goes.
Sub-par Jerry Lewis. Some funny scenes in the first 20 minutes.
23. Life of Pi (2012)
PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 564,769 | Gross: $124.99M
Saw it in 3D. One of the best experiences in a movie theater.
24. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.
Votes: 36,542 | Gross: $46.30M
Highly entertaining. It's long, but worth the trip.
25. Mekong Hotel (2012)
61 min | Drama
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.
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Votes: 584 | Gross: $0.00M
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.
26. It's a Gift (1934)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.
Not as funny as "The Bank Dick," but overall enjoyable. Some of the scenes go on for too long, and the jokes wear out.
27. The Sad Sack (1957)
Passed | 98 min | Comedy
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. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »
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!
28. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James 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.
Votes: 615,926 | Gross: $304.36M
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.
29. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
An American 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.
Votes: 67,310 | Gross: $0.34M
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.
30. All in a Night's Work (1961)
Approved | 94 min | Comedy
Tony Ryder takes over his dead uncle's media empire while trying to keep quiet the mysterious circumstances of his death in a Palm Beach hotel room.
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).
31. Paprika (2006)
R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 66,871 | Gross: $0.88M
Astounding animated mind-trip that rivals any film (animated or live action) dealing with dreams and levels of consciousness.
32. All the Light in the Sky (2012)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama
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. That's when her young, ... See full summary »
Solid direction and dialogue. If you're wondering where independent film is today, check it out. Viewed at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
33. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.
Votes: 9,650 | Gross: $9.00M
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).
34. Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.
Votes: 10,685 | Gross: $0.11M
Better than "Napoleon Dynamite." Awesome retro design.
35. Prince Avalanche (2013)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 18,444 | Gross: $0.20M
Viewed at SF International Film Festival. One of David Gordon Green's best films!
36. Key of Life (2012)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery but only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.
Viewed at SF International Film Festival. Very funny, screwball comedy. Expect stellar films by this director.
37. Youth (2012)
75 min | Drama, Family
Juliette, twenty, falls in love. At the same time her father is diagnosed with a fatal disease.
Viewed at SF International Film Festival. Awesome first feature based on autobiographical experiences by the director (Justine Malle).
38. Upstream Color (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 30,319 | Gross: $0.44M
Trippiness due to tone and structure. Kubrickian flavors an be tasted. Not terrific, but worth seeing. 3 out of 5.
39. Burn After Reading (2008)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.
Votes: 300,210 | Gross: $60.36M
Not the Coen's best, but in terms of quality laughs -- close to "The Big Lebowski."
40. Cold Dog Soup (1990)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy
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, idiosyncratic tour of their city's ethnic ... See full summary »
Quirkiness for the indie fans. Check it out! It's fun.
41. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 238,426 | Gross: $21.38M
My favorite film of 2013! Shakespearian in its storytelling. Truly epic!
42. Mud (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 162,999 | Gross: $21.59M
Very well-written. Many emotional layers to unpeel and ponder after. Hopefully, it gets Oscar nominations.
43. Bugsy Malone (1976)
G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.
Votes: 15,432 | Gross: $2.78M
One of the best films in the world. A pure delight to behold! One of my favorite viewed in 2013.
44. Man of Flowers (1983)
91 min | Drama
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.
Extremely quirky, little film with one of Herzog's early acting roles (supporting). If you like offbeat humor, check it out.
45. Up! (1976)
X | 80 min | Comedy