Inventory 2013 & Thoughts

2013 was a cruel year, it was.  This is not a confessional booth, but the events of the past 12 months took their toll on me. There were many unexpected deaths of loved ones, which cut into my heart repeatedly.  A prolonged, demoralizing legal battle made things even worse.  Bereavement and expensive litigation can really thrown a person off their game, which is what happened to me. Then I moved across country to start a new phase in life (with two freshly broken fingers), which is exciting but a huge upheaval.  I left everything behind because I realized this year, why the hell not?  Why live in a place where your career is marginalized, you fear for your safety, the standard of living is astronomically, prohibitively expensive and is filled with ghosts? The only constant good I have had in my life were my family, especially my loving, supportive husband, and a few good friends to help me through.  Starting this blog was a fun diversion for me and I thank all who have read my words.  It is a humbling honor to have strangers take the time to read my thoughts and I am so grateful for that.

The following list is of all the films/television programs which I watched during this past year.  I did not get out to the theater as much as I would have liked; kicking myself for missing Before Midnight.  Many of the films listed I have watched more than a few times.

Onward and excelsior towards 2014!

In Theater:

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  • 12 Years a Slave (2013) – Steve McQueen
  • Amour (2012)  – Michael Haneke
  • The Bling Ring (2013) – Sophia Coppola
  • Blue Jasmine (2013) – Woody Allen
  • The Great Gatsby (2013) – Baz Luhrmann –  in 2D
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)  – Derek Cianfrance
  • [Safe] (1995) – Todd Haynes –   MoMA screening
  • Trouble Every Day (2001) –  Claire Denis –  BAM screening
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – Martin Scorsese

Fiction Film:

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  • All About My Mother (1999) – Pedro Almodóvar
  • Anna Karenina (2012) – Joe Wright
  • Bachelorette (2012) – Leslye Headland
  • Behind the Candelabra (2013) – Steven Soderbergh
  • Benny’s Video (1992) – Michael Haneke
  • The Blues Brothers (1980) – John Landis
  • Boogie Nights (1997) – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Carlos (2010) – Olivier Assayas
  • Enter the Void (2009) – Gaspar Noé
  • Flight (2012) – Robert Zemeckis
  • Frances Ha (2013) – Noah Baumbach
  • The Flower of My Secret (1995) – Pedro Almodóvar
  • Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese
  • Holy Motors (2012) – Leos Carax
  • The Iceman (2012) – Ariel Vromen
  • I Heart Huckabees  (2004) – David O. Russell
  • In the Realm of the Senses (1976) – Nagisa Oshima
  • La Jetée (1962) – Chris Marker
  • Lust, Caution (2007) – Ang Lee
  • The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) – RZA
  • The Master (2012) – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Melancholia (2011) – Lars von Trier
  • Oldboy (2003) – Chan-wook Park
  • Only God Forgives (2013) – Nicolas Winding Refn 
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Robot + Frank (2012) – Jake Schreier
  • Shutter Island (2010) – Martin Scorsese
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – David O. Russell
  • Skyfall (2012) – Sam Mendes
  • Sleepwalk with Me (2012) – Mike Birbiglia & Seth Barrish
  • Sophie’s Choice (1982) – Alan J. Pakula
  • Spring Breakers (2012) – Harmony Korine
  • Sylvia (2003) – Christine Jeffs
  • Tiny Furniture (2010) – Lena Dunham
  • Velvet Goldmine (1998) – Todd Haynes
  • Wings of Desire (1987) – Wim Wenders
  • Zodiac (2007) – David Fincher

Documentaries:

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  • 30 for 30 – ESPN
  1. 9.79* (2012) – Daniel Gordon
  2. Broke (2012) – Billy Corben
  3. June 17th, 1994 (2010) – Brett Morgen
  4. You Don’t Know Bo (2012) – Michael Bonfiglio
  • The Amish: The American Experience (2012) – David Belton – PBS
  • Blackfish (2013) –  Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • The Central Park Five (2012) – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon
  • Dig! (2004) – Ondi Timoner
  • The Five Obstructions (2003) – Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier
  • From One Second To The Next (2013) – Werner Herzog
  • Let There Be Light (1946) – John Huston
  • Pina (2011) – Wim Wenders – in 2D
  • The Queen of Versailles (2012)  – Lauren Greenfield
  • Room 237 (2012) – Rodney Ascher
  • Shoah  (1985) – Claude Lanzmann (first four and a half hours)
  • Sound City (2013) – David Grohl
  • Standard Operating Procedure (2008) – Errol Morris
  • Stories We Tell (2012) – Sarah Polley
  • This Is Not a Film (2011) – Jafar Panahi
  • Wagner’s Dream (2012) – Susan Froemke

Television:

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  • Arrested Development (2013) – Mitchell Hurwitz
  • Breaking Bad  (2008 -2013) – Vince Gilligan (I watched the entirety in 21 days!)
  • Game of Thrones (2011 – present) – David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
  • Survivor (2000 – present) – Charlie Parsons (It’s amazing that each season there are still contestants who don’t know how to make fire. Learn to make fire! You are going on a survivalist show; learn the basics!!)
  • Top of the Lake (2013) – Jane Campion
  • Treme (2010 – 2013) – David Simon

 

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