Total: 320 (full list here)
…plus 11 other (TV dinners, NT Live, etc)
SIFF pass: 147*
Other festivals: MIFFF (3), Noir City (13), SLGFF (6).
Now, the good stuff this year in film, by my totally arbitrary & inconsistent categories:
Favorite films: HOLY MOTORS (ask anyone; I cannot stop talking about this movie), ANNA KARENINA, THE MASTER.
Favorite films you’ve possibly never heard of: Girl Walk // All Day, The Imposter, Yossi, Sound of My Voice.
Worthy of their buzz: Any Day Now, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall, Margaret, Moonrise Kingdom, Robot & Frank, The Sessions, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Safety Not Guaranteed.
Under the radar: Natural Selection, Sister, The Hunter, Burning Man.
Optimistic movies that made me happy: Liberal Arts, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, Rent-a-Cat, Goon.
Best queer movies: Any Day Now, Cloudburst, Yossi, Keep the Lights On.
Best local films: Your Sister’s Sister, Eden, Fat Kid Rules the World.
Best teen films: Fat Kid Rules the World, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Best popcorn movies: Cabin in the Woods, John Carter, The Bourne Legacy.
SIFF Favorites: Future Weather, Dragon, King Curling, Starbuck, Rent-a-Cat, Nosilatiaj.Beauty, Chapiteau-show, Rebellion, Easton’s Article, Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood, Teddy Bear.
Best animated movie: Life of Pi 3D, The Avengers.
Best animated movie (for real): Tatsumi, Wrinkles.
Best horror movie: Ruby Sparks, The Innkeepers.
Best (depressing) romance: Take this Waltz, Friends with Kids.
Best documentaries: Pina, Samsara, Side by Side, Caesar Must Die, Dreams of a Life, Indie Game: the Movie, The Other Dream Team.
Best documentaries about famous & infamous people: Bill Cunningham: New York, Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, Under African Skies, The Queen of Versailles, The Source.
Ten favorite revival experiences: The Great Gatsby & Three Strangers at Noir City, Mean Girls vs Fight Club, Scarface shootalong, Children of Paradise 4K restoration, Badlands on 35mm, Castles in the Sky: Studio Ghibli series on 35mm, Grand Illusion on 35mm, Bonjour Tristesse 4K restoration, “Trapped in the Closet” singalong, Auntie Mame (AS ALWAYS).
Hey-it’s-that-guy of the year: Matt O’Leary (Natural Selection, Eden, & Fat Kid Rules the World).
Things I missed because there’s only so much time: Five Broken Cameras, Compliance, Brooklyn Castle, Chicken with Plums, and many many more.
Things I have yet to see on account of not living in NY or LA: Amour, Rust & Bone, Zero Dark Thirty.
Thing I have yet to see because it feels like homework: Lincoln.
Thing I have yet to see because it just came out last week: Django Unchained.
So, that’s that! A pretty full year of film, and yet, I know I missed a bunch. What did you love? What did you hate? Do you want me to talk more about anything? Are you shocked at anything I haven’t seen? Because personally I’m still pretty shocked I haven’t seen Pitch Perfect yet.
* The SIFF Cinema pass is such a fantastic deal. It worked out to about a buck fifty a film, & I definitely took more risks & expanded my viewing by having it.