Yes, I am still alive, though this blog is on life support at the moment (and after I left you with a dramatic season ending “list” cliff-hanger, I am incorrigible, the Twin Peaks season 2 of blogs).
Here are my film viewing stats for 2013, if you would like to review my prior year’s entries, click on these links: 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008. I didn’t do one for 2011, hence wiping that entire year from existence. If you want to see which specific films I watched or see what I gave each film on a handy five star scale, or are just stalking me in general, you can check out my letterboxd profile.
Total # of Films watched in 2013: 354
First film watched: Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, Larry Cohen) (DVD) on 1/2/13
First film watched theatrically: Rust and Bone (2012, Jacques Auidard) (Laemmle Playhouse) on 1/11/13
Last film watched: All the Right Moves (1983, Michael Chapman) (DVD) on 12/30/13
Last film watched theatrically: Her (2013, Spike Jonze) (Arclight Pasadena) on 12/29/13.
That is a huge one film increase from my 2012 total. Factors to consider when comparing totals of those years: My son was born in February 2012, hence making film watching slightly less of a priority (slightly); 2012 was a leap year thus giving me an extra day than 2013; I was also off of work for about four months in 2012 on parental leave; we had a 10 day vacation to Kauai in 2013. So is this small increase an accomplishment or an utter failing? You make the call!
Films by decade:
1920s or before: 10
Like last year, I made a goal of seeing at least 10 films from each decade. Again, the 80’s and this current decade are my most viewed, and actually increased percentage this year. I’m still working on my 1980s project which attributes to that. The 1970s, probably my favorite decade in film history saw the sharpest decline, down 22 films watched compared to 2012.
Films by method watched:
Netflix Instant Streaming: 59
Streaming/online (not including Netflix or Amazon prime): 17
Amazon Prime Streaming: 8
Physical media still reigned as my preferred method of watching films in 2013, with DVDs and Blu-Ray contributing to 59% of my viewings. However, streaming saw a sharp increase (aided by some free trials of Hulu Plus and Warner Archive services), at 24% contribution, an increase of seven percent. Sadly, my theatrically viewing went down yet again, decreasing by four this year. And I was averaging at least 80 films watched theatrically a year prior to 2012.
Films by number of times I have watched them:
1st Time Watches: 247
2nd Time Watches: 61
3rd of more Time Watches: 46
That is an increase of 10 first time viewings over last year.
By Country of Origin:
United States: 208
United Kingdom: 24
South Korea: 10
New Zealand: 2
My major focus for film watching in 2013 was to increase the total of foreign films I watched, so I decided to set a goal of watching at least 10 films from 10 different countries or regions: Italy, Japan, France, China, South Korea, Russia, Germany, Spain, Mexico and South America, Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland). And I succeeded! Yay!
That said, the United States of America again led the way, but there was an eight percent decrease of US films watched from 2012. With that in mind, I decided to set the same goal for myself this year, and actually include two countries whose cinema history I am sadly lacking experience with: Iran and India. Also, I am going to expand the regions a little more so that more countries are included. France will be France/Belgium, China will include Taiwan, Germany will be Germany/Austria, Spain will be Spain/Portugal, and I will have the Eastern European countries of Russia, Romania, Poland, and the Czech Republic enveloped under one region.
Directors with more than three films watched in 2013:
Pedro Almodovar (6: Live Flesh, Dark Habits, I’m So Excited!, Talk to Her, The Skin I Live In, What Have I Done to Deserve This?)
Alfred Hitchcock (6: Lifeboat, Shadow of a Doubt, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much (50s), The Trouble with Harry, Torn Curtain)
David Cronenberg (5: Dead Ringers, Videodrome, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, Crash)
Woody Allen (4: To Rome with Love, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Zelig, Annie Hall)
Sam Peckinpah (4: Cross of Iron, The Deadly Companions, Convoy, The Osterman Weekend)
Clint Eastwood (4: Sudden Impact, Heartbreak Ridge, Bronco Billy, Unforgiven)
Roman Polanski (4: Knife in the Water, Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion, Carnage)
Steven Soderbergh (3: Side Effects, Magic Mike, Behind the Candelabra)
John Ford (3: Wagon Master, Just Pals, Bucking Broadway)
Ki-duk Kim (3: Spring, Summer, Fall Winter…and Spring, 3-Iron, Pieta)
Howard Hawks (3: Today We Live, The Crowd Roars, The Dawn Patrol)
Ingmar Bergman (3: Persona, The Passion of Anna, Fanny and Alexander)
Peter Yates (3: The Dresser, The Deep, Krull)
Alfonso Cuaron (3: Solo con tu Pareja, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gravity)
John Woo (3: The Killer, A Better Tomorrow, A Better Tomorrow II)
Giancarlo Parolini (3: Sabata, Adios, Sabata, The Return of Sabata)
Josef vonSternberg (3: Shanghai Express, The Last Command, Underworld)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (3: Veronika Voss, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Querelle)