BlackfishWith December in high swing and many of you who’re probably reading this — surprise you’re reading something — residing in regions where the idea of it being cold and snowing may be a reality (bundle up you people) I’m starting to truly feel the end of year flurry of films. While I am yet to really find myself in the critic circles of award season having to send in ballots with the mail man bringing me awards goodies everyday, I do still find myself pushing myself to catch up on as many films as is physically possible before the year is out for me to dub the all important, “Favourite Film of 2013” award that I enjoy handing out… even if Soderbergh’s yet to respond to any of my adoring fan letters. And since lowly me is into this habit I’m curious as to how the rest of you interneting/critic folks are about this?

I just posted a 3 week film watch update where I watched almost 40 films in as much time, which is insane. A lot of it was revisits, of 2013 films that I’m trying to nail down how much I love/like, and the rest were smatterings of classics, esoteric cannon and new films that I’m yet to get around to. I’m still yet to see Before Midnight or Museum Hours and am starting to fear the reality of this exercise that I do every year. That being, that I’m going to miss something. That there are going to be some glaring omissions from my best of list that I’m going to just hate having not seen when I catch up with it in the first quarter of 2014.

Before the year is out I’m hoping to see: Before Midnight, Museum Hours, The Great Beauty, Post Tenebras Lux, Computer Chess, Gimme The Loot, Cutie and The Boxer and about ten other films that I can’t think of now as I’m typing up this quick post. On an aside, go check out this End of Year Movie Streaming Cheat Sheet over on the Movie Mezzanine, I’ve seen about half of them already and if the other half are just as good then I guess they’re some good films to catch up on.

What’s on your to watch list for the next few weeks of 2013?


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  • Ryan McNeil

    Part of me wants to work in THE GRANDMASTER – at least the American cut which is readily available on blu-ray. The Chinese cut can be sourced, but it requires more work…sooo….

    Beyond that, I'm hoping to get to BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, along with the upcoming releases of AMERICAN HUSTLE, HER, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET before the champagne starts flowing on NYE.

    • The American Cut??? Where's that available? Do you mean the Chinese cut? Also… I'm curious in a solely experimental way as to what Weinsteins ended up cutting out of Grandmaster.

      Still angry I didn't get a ticket to Blue is the Warmest Color while at TIFF…

      • Ryan McNeil

        The American Cut is 108 minutes long – I believe it uses text to fill in some gaps. The Chinese Cut is 130 minutes, and word has it, the better version. kar-Wai *did* sign off on the shorter edit…but, y'know…

        • Ye… I've only seen the Chinese cut… and I love it a lot.

  • Courtney Small

    I doubt I will get to them all but I am hoping to see at
    least four or five of the following:

    The Grandmaster – Thanks for pointing me towards Yes Asia

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Fruitvale Station


    The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Broken Circle Breakdown

    American Hustle


    Gimme the Loot

    The Great Beauty

    • I guess I've given up on seeing the likes of Fruitvale, Her & Llewyn Davis before the year is out… but yes to most of those.

      I know Ryan is a fan of Broken Circle, but not my movie I must say.

    • Make sure the version of The Grandmaster is the 130-minute Chinese cut. The 108-minute American cut is horrible.

  • Right now, a trio of films by Yasujiro Ozu, Ivan the Terrible (parts 1 & 2) and Battleship Potemkin (as my final Blind Spot assignment) for 2013, Fallen Angels, and some theatrical releases along with a few things for next year's Auteurs pieces.

    • let me know what you think of Fallen Angels… wasn't a big fan of that one myself.