Movies I saw in 2013

Comedy, Drama, Musical, Action, Science Fiction, Comic Book, Foreign, and Documentary flicks I saw this year, arranged in reverse chronological order by release date.


I watched all the James Bond films this year

Best Connery: Goldfinger
Best Moore: The Spy Who Loved Me
Best Dalton: The Living Daylights
Best Brosnan: Goldeneye
Best Craig: Casino Royale

Vacation 2013 – Cruise

For our vacation this year, we took a cruise that departed from New York City and traveled to
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • St John, New Brunswick
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Newport, Rhode Island.
Leaving New York, we passed by the Statue Of Liberty.
On the balcony of our room.
Beautiful sunset.
Our friends Glen and Darrell booked this vacation first and urged us to come along too.  Here we are in Halifax at a place called “Peggy’s Cove.”
Ate my first-ever lobster!


Island in Bar Harbor.  It was a beautiful day but our shore excursion to Cadillac Mountain got cancelled due to the US Government Shutdown.
In Boston, we walked the Freedom Trail and saw plenty of historic sites.  Here is “the cradle of liberty,” Faneuil Hall. 

Boston has pianos sitting in public places, and of course I couldn’t resist playing!
We toured “Rosecliff,” one of the many mansions in Newport.
Ed, Darrell, and Glen going to supper on our last night.

Movies I watched in 2012

In the last decade or so, I haven’t gotten out to the cinema as much as I’d like. However, this year I got a DVD-by-mail subscription and started to catch up on a lot of great things I’d missed.  All links go to the Wikipedia entry for the film.  If I don’t make a comment, I liked it.


Safe Men (1998) – an amusing little mistaken-identity trifle.

Galaxy Quest (1999) seen before, rewatched

Happy Accidents (2000) – I love time-travel stories, but oh, I hated this frustrating and unfunny movie.  Recommended by an Entertainment Weekly “50 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen” article.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Lives up to its cult-classic reputation.

Baby Mama (2008)

Wanderlust (2012) –  Paul Rudd made me seriously LOL a few times.

21 Jump Street (2012)


The King of Comedy (1983) seen before, rewatched

Videodrome (1983) seen before, rewatched

Heist (2001) – Love Gene Hackman.

Spy Game (2001)

Michael Clayton (2007) – gripping, and a very memorable performance by George Clooney.

No Country for Old Men (2007) – fantastic acting.

There Will Be Blood (2007) – Haunting.  Daniel Day Lewis is riveting.

Enter the Void (2009) – another from the Entertainment Weekly “50 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen” article.  Hated this one too.  It actually was a great premise, beautifully shot, but twice as long as it needed to be to make it’s point.  I fast-forwarded through a lot of this and didn’t miss anything.

Hugo (2011) – Made me wish I had seen it in theaters in 3-D.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Moneyball (2011)

Young Adult (2011) – A tour-de-force for Charlize Theron.  She gets to play every emotion from coquettish to stark raving mad.


Layer Cake (2004) – A look at a pre-Bond Daniel Craig.

The Descent (2005) – Well done, with lots of tension, but the problem is I hate horror films no matter how well they are made.

RED (2010) – Amusing.  Shot partially in New Orleans.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Science Fiction

Primer (2003) – Wow.  The most complicated time-travel story I’ve ever seen.  Seven different timelines, and multiple versions of characters – by the end of the film there’s three of one guy and two of another.  Not sure anyone can begin to understand this film without consulting this flowchart after viewing.  And even then, who knows if that’s correct?

Children of Men (2006) – Excellent.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Heartbreaking.

Moon (2008)  – Excellent.

Wall-E (2008) – Jaw-dropping and touching.

Comic Book

Batman Begins (2005) seen before, rewatched

The Dark Knight (2008) seen before, rewatched

Iron Man 2 (2010) and Captain America (2011) and Thor (2011) – This was to get ready for The Avengers.


All About My Mother (1999) – Liked this a lot.  Pedro Almodóvar has never made a film I’ve disliked, but this was really moving.

The Artist (2011)


Murderball (2005)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Crossfire Hurricane (2012) – Rolling Stones bio

And the movies of 2012 that I saw in theaters:

The Avengers – A really fun time!

Prometheus – Beautifully shot, but frustrating as hell.  Some great ideas, but badly muddled execution.  Script had obvious problems, could have used a few more polishings.

The Dark Knight Rises – Not as good as I hoped it would be.

Looper – more time-travel!  Loved this one.

Skyfall – Great first half, disappointing second half.

And speaking of James Bond, I’m beginning to watch ALL the films.  Some I’ve seen, some not.  This will take up a good portion of next year’s movie list, but for now, I’ve only watched Dr. No (1962), and it was great – first time I’ve seen it.  A beautiful-looking restoration really made the colors pop, and it was neat to see all the Bond cliches before they became cliches.