1. The Muriel Awards for films released in 2013 is going on as we speak, right around that other more-popular broadcast with the celebrities and fashions. I was honored to yet again participate with many much better film critics and enthusiasts in presenting virtual awards named after Paul Clark’s guinea pig. I was proud to present the Best Supporting Actor award for a great, whacked-out turn by one of today’s hardest-working actors.
2. I need to update the Top 1000 Films Project page, since an updated 2014 TSPDT list was published earlier this month. As of this posting, I’ve watched 443/1000 films from the February 2013 list. Hopefully, that doesn’t change too drastically with the release of the new list. Change on this list tends to happen slowly. The exception to this rule occurred last year when the latest Sight & Sound poll somewhat reshuffled the deck, bringing light to new/overlooked films, and dropping some long-time list residents that have suffered through lack of exposure or some other sea change.
3. Older Movies that were new to me in 2013:
- Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980)
- Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
- Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
- Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
- Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)
- Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger, 1965)
- Crank: High Voltage (Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, 2009)
- Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel, 1982)
- High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
- La promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1996)
- Muriel (Alain Resnais, 1963)
- My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
- Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, 1950)
- Pontypool (Bruce McDonald, 2008)
- Tristana (Luis Buñuel, 1970)
Some of these may be considered MAJOR blind spots. For example, I needed some quick catch-up before seeing 2013’s great Before Midnight. Suddenly, enduring two Ethan Hawke movies became sort of a necessary evil. But missing Totoro and Bride of Frankenstein are pretty unacceptable.
The longer I live, I’ve started to think of cultural literacy as a lifelong endeavor, and much of our lives should consist of climbing toward a peak rather than standing atop it.
Another way to look at it is that I don’t currently have easy access to a time machine to fix my egregious errors. What’s up with that, science?