Three Landscapes, (Peter Hutton, 2013).
Around this time every year, I always experience a slight feeling of regret when I reflect on the “new” films that I have not seen. Some notable misses from 2013, which I hope to remedy and watch in 2014 (Sweet Exorcist, That Strange Little Cat, The Immigrant, Only Lovers Left Alive, Exit Elena, Traveling Light, Ellie Lumme, Museum Hours, Night Moves, Before Midnight, Three Sisters, and new films by Jodie Mack, Nathaniel Dorsky, and Jean-Marie Straub).
But here are 10 new films that I did get a chance to see, that I liked:
(in alphabetical order)
Drug War (Johnnie To)
Easy Rider (James Benning)
How To Disappear Completely (Raya Martin)
I Used To Be Darker (Matthew Porterfield)
La jalousie / Jealousy (Philippe Garrel)
Les salauds / Bastards (Claire Denis)
Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang)
Three Landscapes (Peter Hutton)
The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)
Viola (Matías Piñeiro)
But then I remember that I had the chance to see so many older films, on film and in theaters, and my feelings of regret tend/begin to go away.
2013 was my first full year of living in New York. And this list wouldn’t be possible without the programmers and curators at Anthology Film Archives, BAMcinématek, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, IFC, Film Forum, Museum of the Moving Image, and the 92Y Tribeca (RIP).
I always see more old films than I do new films, so here are some old ones that I not only saw for the first time in 2013, but also saw in theaters and projected on film that I liked.
(in chronological order)
The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
My Name is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945)
The Hanging Tree (Delmer Daves, 1959)
Beyond the Time Barrier (Edgar Ulmer, 1960)
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
My Hustler (Andy Warhol, 1965)
Chafed Elbows (Robert Downey, 1966)
<--> [aka Back and Forth] (Michael Snow, 1969)
Ice (Robert Kramer, 1970)
Letter to Jane (Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1972)
Emperor of the North (Robert Aldrich, 1973)
Arabian Nights (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1974)
The Traveler (Abbas Kiarostami, 1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)
Perceval le Gallois (Eric Rohmer, 1978)
The Driver (Walter Hill, 1978)
Le pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette, 1981)
Dangerous Game (Abel Ferrara, 1993)
L’eau froide / Cold Water (Olivier Assays, 1994)
The Yards (James Gray, 2000)
L’intrus (Claire Denis, 2004)
Ben Greenblatt is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY.