I don’t know if I saw the wrong movies this year or if cinema just really let me down this year or maybe I’m just getting burned out, but I didn’t fall in love with movies as much this year as previous years. Last year was the same. I think the last year I saw a lot of movies that I truly loved was 2011 (and 2009. Boy, I loved 2009). That said, you can see all the 2013 releases I watched here and after the cut you can see the fifteen that rose to the top of my favor this year.
My movie watching dropped a bit in July. There are a few factors leading to this: 1) I watched the whole third season of Archer and the whole third season on Parenthood, 2) I was in San Diego for Comic Con and that same weekend flew up to S.F. for literally 24 hours attend a friend’s wedding and 3) I’ve been working on a new screenplay. All of those things take time, okay! I did, however, see quite a few new releases in theatres, as well as some rep stuff. I saw Schrader’s American Gigolo and Light Sleeper at UCLA and on Monday I am seeing his newest effort The Canyons there and he’s going to be in attendance! I also went to the Oscars Outdoors screening of Blazing Saddles. And, in case you missed it, I started a new Tumblr where I will be discussing rom-coms and why I think they are often overlooked and unfairly dismissed. That said, below, as always, are the films I did watch last month and a few highlights.