50 Favorite New-to-Me Films Seen in 2013


Here are the 50 (+2 shorts) non-2013 films that I’d consider new favorites and/or I am staunchly fond of them some way that bears repeating at the end of the year. Films are ordered chronologically; nor ranked. This is such a tight-knit list. It’s amazing to me how many films each year burrow in the mind or entertain me senseless amidst the ones I respect but don’t love, the ones I really liked a lot, and the ones that did nothing for me. This also reflects which decades I’d seen a lot from this year and which not so much. Viewing projects had me focusing largely on the 30’s and 80’s while the 40’s and 50’s were left high and dry this year. Something I’ll try to rectify in 2014. If you are interested in seeing last year’s post of the same topic, here you go: https://cinenthusiast.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/50-favorite-new-to-me-films-seen-in-2012/

What were your favorite non-2013 first-time viewings this year?

1. The Love Parade (1929, Lubitsch)
2. The Big House (1930, Hill)
3. Jewel Robbery (1932, Dieterle)
4. Lady for a Day (1933, Capra)
5. When Ladies Meet (1933, Beaumont)
6. The Good Fairy (1935, Wyler)
7. Peter Ibbetson (1935, Hathaway)
8. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935, McCarey)
9. Night Must Fall (1937, Thorpe)
10. Christmas in July (1940, Sturges)
11. The Clock (1945, Minnelli)
12. The Narrow Margin (1952, Fleischer)
13. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956, Hitchcock)
14. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964, Forbes)
15. Rapture (1965, Guillermin)
16. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966, Klein)
17. Point Blank (1967, Boorman)
18. Rusalocha (1968, Aksenchuk) (short)
19. Daughters of Darkness (1971, Kumel)
20. A New Leaf (1971, May)
21. The Long Goodbye (1973, Altman)
22. Smile (1975, Ritchie)
23. Switchblade Sisters (1975, Hill)
24. Time After Time (1979, Meyer)
25. Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980, Roeg)
26. Cutter’s Way (1981, Passer)
27. Possession (1981, Zulawski)
28. Thief (1981, Mann)
29. Dimensions of Dialogue (1982, Švankmajer) (short)
30. Tenebre (1982, Argento)
31. The Boxer’s Omen (1983, Chin Hung-Kuei)
32. Christine (1983, Carpenter)
33. Eureka (1983, Roeg)
34. The King of Comedy (1983, Scorsese)
35. Local Hero (1983, Forsyth)
36. The Right Stuff (1983, Kaufman)
37. Star 80 (1983, Fosse)
38. Antonio Gaudi (1985, Teshigahara)
39. From Beyond (1986, Gordon)
40. Modern Girls (1986, Kramer)
41. Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong)
42. Point Break (1990, Bigelow)
43. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991, Carax)
44. Hoop Dreams (1994, James, etc)
45. In the Mouth of Madness (1994, Carpenter)
46. Whisper of the Heart (1995, Kondo)
47. Walking and Talking (1996, Holofcener)
48. Face/Off (1997, Woo)
49. Beau Travail (1999, Denis)
50. Code Unknown (2000, Haneke)
51. You Can Count on Me (2000, Lonergan)
52. After the Wedding (2006, Bier)

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6 thoughts on “50 Favorite New-to-Me Films Seen in 2013

  1. Lyzette says:

    Wow, I’ve only seen a few of these! And I’ve been putting off a lot, most notably Polly Maggoo. I’ll add the remainder to my ever-growing watchlist. Great post! I may have to steal this idea, if you don’t mind…

  2. Re: #39, “From Beyond”

    Barbara Crampton, unfaithful blond lead-off of “Body Double”, dons a black leather one-piece bathing suit — gentlemen, all ladies should own one of these; put it high on your gift list — to wade through malign cosmic electricity where barracuda-squidish things of neon-blue gel inhabit the air. With a cat-o’-nine-tails. Barbara, that is, wields the cat, not the airborne neon piranhas.

    The always-on-it Jeffrey Combs arrives with harried mania, descends into haunted mania… and then his former boss, who has trysted with Cthulhu on the cellular level, comes to show Combs’ brain the ultimate good time.

    Barbara Crampton’s closing scene is the only match in cinema history for Bramwell Fletcher’s hebephrenic reaction to Boris Karloff’s Mummy when “He went for a little walk!”

    (If memory serves, the DVD of “From Beyond” has an especially enjoyable party-like group discussion of the-making-of.)

    Happy New Year! Cthulhu in 2016!

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