My favorite film viewings of 2014

Mon, 2015-01-05 23:55

I looked through my movie-watching log for 2014 and picked out these as
my favorites:

My favorite film viewings of 2013

Sun, 2014-03-02 00:43

I try at the end of each year to go through my movie log and pick out my favorite films that I watched that year. 2013 was not a good year for me, movie-watching wise, but I figured I ought to list something to mark the year. So, here are a few films that were decent that I saw in 2013:

I hope for some better films in 2014.

Betty Amann blinks

Mon, 2013-02-18 19:57

Betty Amann blinks in the 1928 German silent, Asphalt.

My favorite film viewings of 2012

Tue, 2013-01-01 13:57

I watched at least 81 movies in 2012. I didn't think this was a great year for my movie watching, though. Here are my favorites of the year (btw, I don't include It's a Wonderful Life, or other much-watched favorites: this list is for movies I like which came to my attention this year).

Mrs. Miniver (1942) Quite moving in parts.

Wings (1966) directed by Larisa Shepitko. Excellent, sad film.

A Town Like Alice (1956) Some very good acting; a touching ending.

Being Elmo (2011) An excellent documentary on Kevin Clash.

Goodbye Lenin! (2003) I love this very touching film about people trying really hard to protect someone from knowing a reality which would hurt them, and about the loss of a great many peoples' hopes.

Bill Cunningham New York (2010) Fantastic documentary.

The Falls (1980) Perhaps Peter Greenaway's magnum opus, an amazing 185-minute mock documentary.

If I had to pick a single top film for the year it would either be Wings
or Goodbye Lenin!.

Past lists:

My favorite film viewings of 2011

My favorite film viewings of 2010

My favorite film viewings of 2009

My favorite film viewings of 2008

My favorite film viewings of 2007

Tokyo Story Animation

Sun, 2012-10-14 16:49

Tokyo Story three frame animation. Kyōko Kagawa is disappointed that life is disappointing.

Tokyo Story animation

Pather Panchali three frame

Thu, 2012-04-12 11:15

A three-frame animation from Pather Panchali. This is my favorite shot in the film, of the boy in the rain hearing the wail of his father.

best movie viewings of 2011

Wed, 2011-12-28 13:21

I watched over 60 movies in 2011. Looking back over my movie viewing log, these are the ones I think are most worth mentioning:

A Page of Madness (avant-garde Japanese silent film)

Two Women (a painful film, but superbly made)

Abandon Ship! (brutal ethical decisions in a lifeboat)

We Can't Go Home Again (modern, collaboratively produced, very unusual film)

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (great acting)

Everything is Illuminated (I really liked a film made this century!)

The Letter (Bette Davis is fantastic!)

If Winter Comes (very moving)

The Cross of Lorraine

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (I love the ending)

Spies (favorite silent film of the year)

Il Posto (a great tone to this film)

My Darling Clementine (really excellent story and acting; my favorite western ever, though that's not saying much)

Woman in the Moon animation

Tue, 2011-03-29 19:16

A three frame animation from Fritz Lang's Woman In The Moon. This is Gerda Maurus, and Gustav von Wangenheim, I think.

woman in the moon animation

Linda Linda Linda animation

Sun, 2011-03-27 17:26

Three frame animation from the intriguing film Linda Linda Linda. I think I am culturally unequipped to appreciate a lot of the film, but maybe you can?

movie year histogram

Sat, 2011-01-01 21:01

I try to keep a log of every movie I watch. I've done this for the last seven years, and I was wondering: what is the distribution of years of the movies I've watched? Here it is:

histogram of movie years

I was shocked to see the large spike in the 2000-2005 range. I tend to feel like I watch a lot of older movies, and I do, so I was suprised to see that this range had the most films in it. Quartile-wise, my first quartile was 1943, median was 1962, 3rd quartile was 1990. So I've watched three times as many movies older than 1990 than newer than 1990. I thought the ratio would be higher.

In case you are wondering how I wrangled this data, here's how. My log is a plain html file. Movie years in enclosed in td tags. So I wrote a little perl script, and ran it on the file:

while (<>) {
my($line) = $_;
if ($line =~ /\
(\d\d\d\d{1})/) {
print $1,"\n";

(That {1} is probably not needed.)

I sent the output to a file and got a list of all the years, one per line. I fed that into R, and it made the histogram for me.

In the interest of fairness, I probably ought to watch some movies from 1990-1995, the most underrepresented five year period in the chart. Any suggestions for movies from those years I may not have seen?