Viewing Log: 2013

by ThreeSadTigers | created - 26 Feb 2013 | updated - 01 Jan 2014 | Public

An on-going list of films I watched for the first time in 2013, arranged in the order in which I saw them.

I've written extended notes on several of these films on my personal blog. [IMDb no longer allows links in lists, unfortunately. The swine!]

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1. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 197,159 | Gross: $77.59M

  • 8/10

2. Last Man Standing (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

Votes: 48,931 | Gross: $17.60M

  • 8/10

3. The Early Bird (1965)

98 min | Comedy

Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jerry Desmonde, Paddie O'Neil

Votes: 897

  • 6/10

4. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010 Video)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben.

Director: Ben Ketai | Stars: Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 11,219

  • 3/10

5. Nomads (1986)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A French anthropologist specializing in nomadic groups moves to Los Angeles with his wife, and starts following a group of sinister street punks who seem to live and move around in a black van. But they aren't what they seem.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Pierce Brosnan, Anna Maria Monticelli, Adam Ant

Votes: 3,216 | Gross: $2.28M

  • 6/10

6. Celia (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley, Mary-Anne Fahey

Votes: 577

  • 8/10

7. By Bogdanovich (2011)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

Feature-length documentary chronicling the career of acclaimed filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich.

Director: Adam Hulin | Stars: Peter Bogdanovich, Adam Hulin

Votes: 19

  • 7/10

9. On the Beat (1962)

106 min | Comedy

Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley, David Lodge

Votes: 726

  • 8/10

10. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 18,325 | Gross: $1.26M

  • 7/10

12. Quem Espera por Sapatos de Defunto Morre Descalço (1970)

34 min | Short, Drama

The tribulations of two friends who, in despair, start begging from door-to-door, and are given a bundle including, literally, a pair of deadman's shoes.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Antónia Brandão, Carlos Ferreiro, Carlos Porto, Elsa Figueiredo

Votes: 108

  • 8/10

13. Roselyne et les lions (1989)

Not Rated | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Thierry (Gérard Sandoz) drops out of school to apprentice as a lion tamer at the zoo when he meets Roselyne (Isabelle Pasco), who shares his passion. They fall in love and when he loses his... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Isabelle Pasco, Gérard Sandoz, Gabriel Monnet, Philippe Clévenot

Votes: 400

  • 9/10

14. Daisy Miller (1974)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 942

  • 7/10

15. Dream House (2011)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

35 Metascore

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas

Votes: 57,805 | Gross: $21.28M

  • 7/10

16. Nouvelle vague (1990)

89 min | Drama

Composed entirely by literary quotations from many different sources and from several historical periods, Godard's film works as an allegory on film. The loose narrative tells about a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Alain Delon, Domiziana Giordano, Jacques Dacqmine, Christophe Odent

Votes: 1,235

  • 10/10

17. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 223,748 | Gross: $51.58M

  • 5/10

18. Mon cas (1986)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy

Four versions of the same story, first in the perspective of a theatre play, second in the perspective of a silent film, third in the perspective of a film of the 50s and finally in a biblical philosophical perspective.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Luís Miguel Cintra, Axel Bogousslavsky, Fred Personne

Votes: 169

  • 9/10

19. Playback (II) (2012)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.

Director: Michael A. Nickles | Stars: Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz

Votes: 4,432 | Gross: $0.00M

  • 3/10

20. The Prophecy (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

Director: Gregory Widen | Stars: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 26,513 | Gross: $16.12M

  • 5/10

21. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 26,640 | Gross: $17.99M

  • 9/10

22. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 93,759 | Gross: $17.14M

  • 5/10

23. The Beast Within (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar Beast.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon

Votes: 2,815 | Gross: $7.74M

  • 5/10

24. Kotoko (2011)

91 min | Drama, Horror

The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yûko Nakamura, Cocco, Hiromi Kuronuma

Votes: 1,031

  • 8/10

25. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 43,903

  • 7/10

26. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 525,881 | Gross: $126.48M

  • 6/10

27. How I Won the War (1967)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, War

An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague

Votes: 2,032

  • 9/10

28. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 35,491

  • 8/10

29. Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005 TV Movie)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo

Votes: 2,330

  • 7/10

30. Crimes of the Future (1970)

R | 70 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Crimes of the Future details the wanderings of Tripod (Mlodzik), sometime director of a dermatological clinic called the House of Skin, who is searching for his mentor, the mad ... See full summary »

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Ronald Mlodzik, Jon Lidolt, Tania Zolty, Paul Mulholland

Votes: 1,373

  • 5/10

31. Red Lights (2012)

R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

36 Metascore

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen

Votes: 54,041 | Gross: $0.05M

  • 5/10

32. JLG/JLG - autoportrait de décembre (1994)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction of film industry and film as art, as well as the act of creating art.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Geneviève Pasquier, Denis Jadót, Brigitte Bastien

Votes: 624

  • 8/10

33. The Territory (1981)

100 min | Drama, Horror

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, John Paul Getty III, Jeffrey Kime, Camila Mora-Scheihing

Votes: 170

  • 8/10

34. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 356,070 | Gross: $402.11M

  • 5/10

35. Lovely Molly (2011)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

50 Metascore

Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her.

Director: Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden, Field Blauvelt

Votes: 8,634

  • 7/10

36. Man of the Moment (1955)

85 min | Comedy

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Lana Morris, Belinda Lee, Jerry Desmonde

Votes: 418

  • 8/10

37. 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

At a lakeside hotel, Michel Piccoli discusses the centennial of cinema with Jean-Luc Godard. Godard asks why should cinema's birthday be celebrated when the history of film is a forgotten ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville | Stars: Fabrice Bénard, Patrick Gillieron, Jean-Luc Godard, Estelle Grynszpan

Votes: 303

  • 8/10

39. Press for Time (1966)

98 min | Comedy

The British P.M.'s grandson, Norman, becomes a reporter for a provincial newspaper where he causes hilarious chaos.

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Derek Bond, Angela Browne, Tracey Crisp

Votes: 415

  • 6/10

40. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 357,695 | Gross: $352.39M

  • 7/10

41. Cheeky (2000)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

While scouting out apartments in London for her Venetian boyfriend, Carla rents an apartment that overlooks the Thames. There she meet the lesbian hyper-horny real estate agent Moira.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Yuliya Mayarchuk, Jarno Berardi, Francesca Nunzi, Max Parodi

Votes: 4,067

  • 6/10

48. Phantom (1922)

TV-PG | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Alfred Abel, Frida Richard, Aud Egede-Nissen, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

Votes: 1,324

  • 7/10

49. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy