August 2013 in Films: New Releases and Rarities
August was a crazy month. Lots of work and lots of viewing of things in theatres. In fact right now Cinecon 49 is going on and I am trying to finish this post quickly so I can see a Sunday Morning Western there, so forgive me if this post is rather brief. As always, a full list of the films I saw is after the cut, as well as a few highlights. Oh and one last thing, I got to meet Paul Schrader and David Lynch in August. I feel I’ve crossed into another realm of existence. Oh and this is my 1,800th post!
- The Yakuza
- The Myth of the American Sleepover
- Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
- The Canyons
- Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
- The To Do List
- Three Loves Has Nancy
- Lucky You
- Fast and Loose (1954)
- Into the Night
- Gun Brothers
- High Tide at Noon
- The Magic of Belle Isle
- Fruitvale Station
- Fast Company (1938)
- The Witches
- Prince Avalanche
- Ken Burns: Prohibition
- Fast and Loose (1939)
- The Phynx
- Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen)
- Fast and Furious (1939)
- Viva Joe Strummer: The Clash and Beyond
- 24 Hour Party People
- Johnny Eager
- Arizona Dream
- The Lone Gun
- Neil Young: Heart of Gold
- Traveling Saleslady
- Miss Pacific Fleet
- The World’s End
- Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
- Closed Circuit
- The School Teacher and the Waif (Cinecon 49)
- The Pride of the Clan (Cinecon 49)
- Let’s Go Native (Cinecon 49)
- One Mile From Heaven (Cinecon 49)
- A Fresh Start (Cinecon 49)
- The Holy Terror (Cinecon 49)
- A Blonde’s Revenge (Cinecon 49)
- The Good Bad Man (Cinecon 49)
- Transient Lady (Cinecon 49)
- Their First Execution (Cinecon 49)
- Hold ‘Em Yale (Cinecon 49)
I saw a lot of 2013 films in August and so many more great ones are coming out in the coming months. I simply cannot wait.
Fruitvale Station. 2013 (Ryan Coogler)
One of my favorite new releases of the year. A humanizing film with a stand-out performance from Michael B. Jordan. Strong contender for Best Picture/Actor and one who will go far in the future.
Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen), 2012 (dir. György Pálfi)
I saw this at the Cinefamily. It’s a film most will probably never get to see as it’s a legal nightmare. It’s a supercut of several hundred films made into one beautiful narrative film. A triumph.
Arizona Dream, 1992 (dir. Emir Kusturica)
A bizarre film that saw a limited life in theatres in the 90s (and released in different years in different countries). It’s a bizarre one, but from a director who has a distinct view of the world.
The World’s End, 2013 (Edgar Wright)
My favorite comedy of the year. I laughed and laughed and laughed until I couldn’t breathe. Wonderful performances all around.
Let’s Go Native, 1930 (Leo McCarey)
I saw this at Cinecon and if you ever get the chance, watch it. It’s everything that’s great about pre-code Hollywood and one of the funniest I’ve ever seen.
So that was August. September marks the beginning of my last semester of grad school, plus my 40-hour-a-week job, so I don’t know what my watching/writing will be like, but I will try to keep up, I promise!