Blast of Silence,(Allen Baron, 1961).


The messy patterns of my film viewing are not really dictated by what's newly released, but here are a few scattered highlights of 2013 in no particular order…

Longest Video Ever in the World on YT. keeps Going 606H [25 Days] Counter Stuck 222Hr by Youtube user Everybody Every1. The robots have taken over the spaceship. Makes for beautiful, haunting, conceptually terrifying viewing. Can we really afford to acknowledge how momentous and challenging this work is on so many levels, unintentionally or not?

Three further profound cinematic shocks I have no wish to recover from: Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012), Copacabana Mon Amour (Rogerio Shangzerla, 1970), Blast of Silence (Allen Baron, 1961).

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, 2012): digital cinema reaches full maturity.

Raoul Ruiz's Night Across the Street (2012) and, even more so, the late master's magnificent Ballet aquatique (2011).

From the Philippines: John Torres’ Lukas the Strange (Lukas Nino, 2013), Lav Diaz’s Century of Birthing (Siglo ng pagluluwal, 2011) and, best of all, Gym Lumbera’s Albino (Anak Araw, 2012).

From home, that is, from the Irish experimental underground: Rouzbeh Rashidi's HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors of The Mind (2013) and Dean Kavanagh's A Harbour Town (2013) proved the best works yet by these prodigious and utterly fearless filmmakers.

What else? A word of warning to the many who were quick to dismiss Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem (2012): We need Zombie more than you might think. While on the subject of the dismissed, Cormac McCarthy’s astonishing script for The Counsellor (Ridley Scott, 2013) deserved to have been made by Peckinpah.

And since I recently vanished (hopefully for good) into Re:Voir’s boxset of Adolpho Arrietta's films, all memories of any other DVDs purchased this year seem to have magically evaporated.