Blind Spot Series: 2014

I did a really good job on my Blind Spot 2013 list, as you’ll see below. Now, for the 2014 iteration!

  • Ace in the Hole (Wilder, 1951) Peeping Tom (Powell, 1960)
  • Predator (McTiernan, 1987) Dancer in the Dark (von Trier, 2000) Imitation of Life (Sirk, 1959)
  • The Big Parade (Vidor, 1925)
  • Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971) The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991) No End (Kieslowski, 1985)
  • Solaris (Tarkovskiy, 1972) Stalker (Tarkovskiy, 1979) The Mirror (Tarkovskiy, 1975)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974) Pandora’s Box (Pabst, 1929)
  • Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982) The Frighteners (Jackson, 1996)
  • Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945) Pierrot le Fou (Godard, 1965)
  • Battle Royale (Fukasaku, 2000) Underground (Kusturica, 1995)
  • Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) The Jerk (Reiner, 1979)
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorcese, 1988)
  • Rocco and his Brothers (Visconti, 1960)
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Most Anticipated Films of 2014, Part Four: Release Date Not Set

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Finishing my Most Anticipated Films of 2014, here are the films scheduled for release in 2014 but without a specific date yet.

Must Sees: Inherent Vice – The Master was a miss for me, but PT Anderson remains one of if not the most exciting filmmaker of our time. He will forever be one of my most anticipated filmmakers. Night Moves – One of my most anticipated films for 2013, but it never got released due I think to legal issues. I hope it gets released soon; this is from another one of my favorite filmmakers! Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller is two for two with Capote and Moneyball, and from what I hear this film will make him three for three. Boyhood – Richard Linklater shot this a couple weeks a year for the last twelve years, following a boy and his family as they age in real time. The premise alone sounds intriguing. A Most Violent Year – With Margin Call and All Is Lost, JC Chandor is quickly becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers working today. I am excited for his next film! Life Itself – A doc on my favorite movie critic, the late Roger Ebert. It is directed by one of the best documentary filmmakers out there, so it has that going for it as well.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2014, Part Three: Award Season

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Part three of my Most Anticipated Films of 2014: the films scheduled for release during the award season.

SEPTEMBER

Must Sees: None

On the Fence: This Is Where I Leave You – A strong comedic assembly (Levy directing, Fey and Bateman starring) in another original comedy. Sounds promising!

OCTOBER

Must Sees: Gone Girl – I don’t know much about this film, but it is from Fincher and I will see anything he makes.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2014, Part Two: Summer

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Continuing my Most Anticipated Movies of 2014, here’s part two, covering summer.

MAY

Must Sees: Godzilla – No, this isn’t my type of film, but Monsters was amazing and the teaser for this one looks awesome! The film also has a great cast and appears to be in some really strong directorial hands; I am really excited for this one!

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Most Anticipated Films of 2014, Part One: Winter and Spring

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2013 is over, so it’s time to look ahead to everything 2014 has to offer. Lots of exciting films scheduled for release this year, lots that I’ll be looking out for. And so, without further ado, here’s part one of the four part series on my most anticipated films of 2014!

JANUARY

Must Sees: None

On the Fence: Labor Day – I like Jason Reitman but he usually gets awards action, meaning a January release for this one is not a good sign.

FEBRUARY

Must Sees: The Wind Rises – From Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest animated filmmakers of all time.

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Top 10 Favorite Films of 2013

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Here it is! My annual list, the films I enjoyed most in 2013. As always, I list the movie quote, you guess the movie.

Note that I still haven’t seen: Blackfish, The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Philomena, 20 Feet From Stardom, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Hunt, and Don Jon. I want to see all of them (screeners, hurry up and come on in!) and who knows what my top 10 list will look like once I do. But for now, it looks like this.

By the way, this list has a bonus entry. Extra points if you know why it’s in the bonus category and not one of the top 10.

Okay here goes, my top 10 of 2013:

10. “I wish you would find the time. You somehow manage to find the time to complain about eight hours a day.”

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Goals: 2014

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2013 was even crazier than 2012! Where do I even begin? This is a film blog, so lets start with film.

I directed Blue Mornings, working with some incredibly talented people to make what I believe is my best film to date. I’ve submitted it to festivals and am excited to hear back from them! I also completed my second Sam and Tom piece (2013 goal #1) and shot and edited two industrial videos: a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers video for Inna’s company, Second Sight, and a 70 minute edited event recording for Career Dreams. I joined Film Independent, which turned out to be an awesome investment, and I also supported (and will continue to support) my buddy’s ProCreate community, my aunt and uncle’s volunteer cause, and two Indiegogo campaigns. I worked with a fellow writer, developing a feature through beat sheet and character development stage and then realizing I hated it (2013 goal #2 and 4, kind of), then got majorly blocked, so I did some consulting with a lecturer at the American Cinematheque (2013 goal #5, kind of), re-did the Artist Way self-development course, and just a week ago completed an exercise that allowed me to come up with 300 ideas! Now it’s time to go through them and write some scripts.

Speaking of writing, I’ve continued with my writing exercises and even started a writing exercise section in this blog.

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