The List 2013

It’s my 8th year tracking what films I watch over the course of the year. (Yes, doing a PhD has significantly lessened my brain space for blogging, but my film lists persist). [2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. I’ve stopped tracking the hours spent viewing film and television, as I seem to average about 1,000 hours a year. But for 2014 I’m finally going to start tracking who I watch films with. Would love to know who was my most-movies-watched partner for 2013.

As a paradigm refresher, here’s what my ‘Best Of’ and ‘Most Disappointing” mean. First of all, I only include films that I viewed within the calendar year, so there are great films I’ve missed in the theater or that might not have come out in the UK yet that don’t get to be on the list. Additionally, I’ve been able to see a lot of live theatre broadcasts, but as they are not films, they don’t count towards “Bests” (though the RSC’s Richard II might have gotten my life back on track, so it’s a Best on some kind of list).

Best“ means the overall film experience, not necessarily what was the best film. Films that make it into this category tend to be ones that stayed with me once I left the theater or seemed to alter my physical chemistry in some way as I watched. Key elements tend to be surprise, awe, delight, or cathartic pathos. (I included some posters of runner-ups).

Most Disappointing” means it fell significantly short of my expectations, which means I had hopeful expectations to begin with. Hence why ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ can be tremendously awful but not make the list.

Series viewings are any shows I watched in completion within the calendar year. Favorites are chosen from shows I’d never seen before. Also, I tend to put mini-series in the film category since they are one-time projects, not open-ended series, (otherwise, Parade’s End would definitely be in the Bests list).

before-midnight-posterBest of 2013

Before Midnight
Wreck-It Ralph
The Great Gatsby
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor 2: The Dark World

Most Disappointing of 2013

The World’s End
Now You See Me
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Total Films: 187 (Lowest number since 2009)

uk-poster-for-wreck-it-ralph-plays-ups-the-arcade-action-115852-00-470-75Total Series: 59

Big Screen Viewings: 35 (Noted by ‘[ ]’ )

Most Watched Films of 2013
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Star Trek (2009): [This one was a surprise]

[ ] Wreck-It Ralph
[ ] Hunger Games: Catching Fire
[ ] Les Miserables
[ ] Monsters U
Beasts of the Southern Wild
I Heart Huckabees
Muppets Christmas Carol
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring (Started New Years marathon a night early…)
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back
Harry Potter 1: Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban

115276Month of Most Viewings: December, 33 films

Favorite First-View Series
(In Order of Original Airing)
Orange Is The New Black
My Mad Fat Diary
Orphan Black
Friday Night Dinner
Star Trek: Enterprise

The List 2013: Films

Star Wars IV A New Hope
The Breakfast Club
Say Anything
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Guard
Roman Holiday
hunger-games-catching-fire-imax-poster-largeThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
3:10 To Yuma (2007)
[ ] Les Miserables
Woman in Black
Sherlok Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The Hunger Games
[ ] Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook
The Sound of Music
Bridge on the River Kwai
Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Star Trek (2009)
Strictly Ballroom
Step Up
21 Jump Street
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
originalHarry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows Part 2
[ ] Lincoln
Top Hat
Bringing Up Baby
[ ] Wreck-It Ralph
Harry Potter 1: Sorcerer’s Stone
Quo Vadis
Gone With The Wind
[ ] A Good Day To Die Hard
[ ] Zero Dark Thirty
[ ] Wreck-It Ralph
[ ] Oz The Great and Powerful
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
Shutter Island
War Games
Paris, Texas
[ ] Oblivion
[ ] Iron Man Three
The Prestige
2 Days in Paris
orange-is-the-new-black-poster[ ] Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Naked Gun
Murder By Numbers
I Heart Huckabees
Galaxy Quest
Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Little Mermaid
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The 39 Steps (2007)
City Slickers
[ ] The Great Gatsby
Withnail & I
Training Day
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
poster[ ] National Theatre Live: The Audience
Napolean Dynamite
[ ] Man of Steel
Gregory’s Girl
Monsters Inc.
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter 6: Half-Blood Prince
The Incredibles
Mulholland Drive
A Fistfull of Dollars
Bull Durham
[ ] Now You See Me
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: The Return of the King
For a Few Dollars More
orphanblackposter1[ ] Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
[ ] Before Midnight
[ ] Monsters U
Bottle Rocket
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Muppet’s Treasure Island
[ ] National Theatre Live: Macbeth from the Manchester Intl Festival
[ ] Pacific Rim
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I Heart Huckabees
[ ] The World’s End
[ ] Monsters U
Despicable Me
The Secret of Roan Inish
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Last Starfighter
A Bug’s Life
A Room With A View
fridaynightdinnerStar Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
[ ] Despicable Me 2
[ ] The Heat
Mad Max
Parade’s End
Blade Runner
Best in Show
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Moonrise Kingdom
Harry Potter 4: Goblet of Fire
Midnight in Paris
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Part 1
[ ] About Time
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild
North & South
[ ] Blue Jasmine
[ ] Enough Said
Cool Hand Luke
EnterprisePoster[ ] Thor 2: The Dark World
[ ] Gravity
[ ] RSC Live: Richard II
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
[ ] Hunger Games: Catching Fire
[ ] Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Family Stone
[ ] Muppets Christmas Carol
[ ] Frozen
Little Women
The Party
Barry Lyndon
Never Let Me Go
The Muppets (2011)
White Christmas
Home Alone
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Mary Poppins
Robin Hood (1973)
The Young Victoria
[ ] Saving Mr. Banks
Star Trek (2009)
The_Heat_posterNational Lampoon: Christmas Vacation
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Horton Hears a Who
Peter Pan (2003)
Singing in the Rain
Muppets Christmas Carol
Harry Potter 1: Sorcerer’s Stone
A Christmas Story
[ ] The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Carry On At Your Convenience
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Waiting For Guffman
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring

The List 2013: Series

Monsters-University-Movie-PosterSummer Heights High: 1
Twin Peaks: 1
Northern Exposure: 1
Friday Night Dinner: 1
Friday Night Dinner: 2
Star Trek Voyager: 1
Hyperdrive: 2
Twin Peaks [Laura Palmer story arc]: 2
My Mad Fat Diary: 1
Utopia: 1
Extras: 1
In The Flesh: 1
The X-Files: 1
Star Trek Voyager: 2
Extras: 2
Jonathan Creek: 1
Star Trek Voyager: 3
The X-Files: 2
Arrested Development: 4
Star Trek Voyager: 4
Whites: 1
enough-said-posterGame of Thrones: 3
Mad Men: 5
New Girl: 2
Star Trek Voyager: 5
Call the Midwife: 1
True Blood: 4
Sex and the City: 1
Star Trek Voyager: 6
Mad Men: 6
Orange is the New Black: 1
Modern Family: 4
Parks & Rec: 5
Who Do You Think You Are?: 8
Star Trek Voyager: 7
Slings & Arrows: 1
Who Do You Think You Are?: 9
True Blood: 5
Orphan Black: 1
Star Trek Enterprise: 1
Breaking Bad: 1
The Office (USA): 9
much-ado-about-nothing_612x907Breaking Bad: 2
Slings & Arrows: 2
Slings & Arrows: 3
Northern Exposure: 2
Star Trek Enterprise: 2
Northern Exposure: 3
Family Ties: 2
Northern Exposure: 4
Northern Exposure: 5
Family Ties: 3
Northern Exposure: 6
Family Ties: 4
Family Ties: 5
Family Ties: 6
Star Trek Enterprise: 3
Family Ties: 7

Posted on Sat, Jan 11th, 2014 at 11:42 pm
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  1. 1 | Jonathan

    January 17th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Wheee!! I see that Oblivion that we saw together <3

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