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Top Ten of 2013

January 2, 2014

Not that anybody asked, “Hey, what’s the best movies you saw last year?”  But here they are, and if you want to post your own list or comment on any of these, feel free to.  The list is different because it’s not the best movies released in 2013, but the best movies I saw in 2013 for the first time.   So it doesn’t matter when they were made.  This means that several titles will be unfamiliar to many people.  One fact is that all the movies on my list were either viewed in relation to a class I teach, or at Regent Square Theater in Pittsburgh.  I hope it also makes anyone who happens to look at these curious to check these out.  If anyone would like to post these on Facebook to get more people to find out about this blog and possibly start contributing, that would be great.  Here’s to a great year of film viewing in 2014.  I hope you all find movies that make you laugh, cry, and think.

So, here they are:

1.  Mirror (Andrei Tarkovski, 1975)

2.  Hannah Arendt (margarethe von Trotta, 2013)

3.  City of God (Fernando Meirelles, 2002)

4.  Ashes of Time Redux (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)

5.  The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac, 1928)

6.  Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)

7.  The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)

8.  He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Sjostrom, 1924)

9.  Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)

10.  The Mirror (Jafir Pahani, 1998)




November 21, 2013

So, for this response, you can repeat some of what we talked about in class, add your observations, and say what you feel about the movie.  If you’ve seen it before, how did your response to it change this time, if at all.  If it was your first time watching it, is this because you stay away from animation?  In either case, what do think are the strengths and weaknesses of the film?  Also, what do you think about the animation style?  You might compare it to traditional cel animation.


dakota 38

November 21, 2013

This was a documentary about the present and the past.  What did you think?  What kind of impact does it want to have?  How would it want us to think or act differently?  What did you feel was good or bad about it?


Kevin McKiernan

November 13, 2013

How was his presentation?  Did he do a lot of talking with the audience?  What did you think of him?  Did you learn more about how he made this documentary?  What else in his talk was interesting to you?


lgbt films

October 30, 2013

What did you think about the film(s) you saw Sunday night?  Tell us about the plot, the characters, the emotions involved, and any interesting stylistic elements.  Would you recommend the film to others?  Why or why not?


Mr. Hush

October 1, 2013

Give some thought to what’s going on in Mr. Hush and suggest some ideas of what you think it’s about, why you have your interpretation, and how the cinematography relates to it.


Jarrett Lee Conaway

March 29, 2012

Tell the impressions and ideas you got from Jarrett, especially of what’s involved in making movies.