At the beginning of 2013, I decided that this was going to be a good year for cinematic discoveries. It was going to be a year where I would step off my cinematic comfort zone and simply explore more. But as it is the case of most New Years resolutions it was not to be. I mean, I tried, but then this particular year real life was not the best it could have been (to put it mildly) and the allure of new films and canon classics was too hard to get away from.
Even so, I think I did alright. I finally found out for myself what was so great about Ernst Lubitsch, further explored the works of Woody Allen and Pedro Almodovar, and even watched my first Larry Clarke film after being put off by what I heard about him (and the film indeed did not make me want to seek out more of his work for the time being). I watched all the Studio Ghibli full-length features I hadn’t had yet to watch, and even ventured into a couple of other non-Ghibli anime. And as it’s always the case, I watched a few classics that honestly had me wondering what people honestly saw in them, At the same time, I watched others that truly deserved to be as revered as they are.
And so, here I now present my top 10 discoveries of the year. As I have implied, it’s not quite as impressive or risky as some others that you are likely to find out there, but I love all of these films and provided me with some of the best moments of my year. Click through the gallery and read my thoughts on these films, or simply hold your mouse pointer over a picture and see the title if the image is not familiar to you. Either way, enjoy.
Honorable Mentions: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Design for Living (1933), Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997), One From the Heart (1982)
The Worst (in order): West Side Story (1961), Tales from Earthsea (2006), The Wedding Banquet (1993), In & Out (1997)
And thus ends 2013. See my complete rankings for the year on Letterboxd. Here’s hoping 2014 will be a better year for discoveries.