September 5, 2013 – It was Noah Baumbach double feature night at the New Beverly Cinema*. In a heartbeat, I was there. Alone. Because the two friends who were supposed to meet me there backed out last minute (something about being tired and/or sick). Their loss, because the night I was about to experience would be one of the most memorable and special cinema-related moments in my life.
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I’ve never been too fond of the phrase “second family to describe a group of people you are very close to, but aren’t your actual family.
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I’m slowly making the move from Tumblr to Wordpress.
Read my post about Amélie over there.
Public note to self: July 2013 is the month is all started.
Almost exactly three years ago (after Toy Story 3 came out), I posted a list of my favorite Pixar movies.
This is the disappointing sequel.
With Toy Story 3, Pixar completed the best movie trilogy that I can think of. (The Godfather trilogy has Part III, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the original Star Wars trilogy come really close, and I still haven’t finished Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy and Leone’s Dollars trilogy.)
But since then, Pixar has come out with good but not great films—especially by Pixar standards. Are they running out of fresh ideas? Or maybe it’s because Disney (who bought Pixar roughly around the same time the lesser films started development) is more concerned with milking the franchise cow with all these prequels/sequels? In any case, here is an updated list of Pixar movies from my favorite to least favorite:
- Toy Story, 1995
- Ratatouille, 2007
- WALL-E, 2008
- Toy Story 2, 1999
- The Incredibles, 2004
- Toy Story 3, 2010
- Up, 2009
- Finding Nemo, 2003
- Monsters, Inc., 2001
- A Bug’s Life, 1998
- Brave, 2012
- Monsters University, 2013
- Cars, 2006
- Cars 2, 2011
So as you can see, all the new films since my first list are at the bottom. Not very surprising. Message/email me your favorite Pixar movies!
Budweiser Select shoot - May 21, 2013
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"He who fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster.
And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Twenty-twelve has been, quietly, a great year in cinema (and television)—easily the best since 2007, which I don’t see being topped for a while. Life happened (graduated college, got a job, etc.), so I went from watching 200 movies in 2010 and 122 movies in 2011, to a lean 114 in 2012.
I still like movies and making lists though. Here are my ten favorite films of 2012:
Holy Motors, 2012, Leos Carax
Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012, Benh Zeitlin
Amour, 2012, Michael Haneke
Moonrise Kingdom, 2012, Wes Anderson
Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), 2011, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Zero Dark Thirty, 2012, Kathryn Bigelow
The Master, 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson
Life of Pi, 2012, Ang Lee
Silver Linings Playbook, 2012, David O. Russell
Argo, 2012, Ben Affleck
Honorable Mention (alphabetically):
De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone), 2012, Jacques Audiard
Django Unchained, 2012, Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln, 2012, Steven Spielberg
Monsieur Lazhar, 2011, Philippe Falardeau
The Sessions, 2012, Ben Lewin
*Some 2011 films were included because of their U.S. release date in 2012.
Starting last year, I accompanied the annual list with some of my favorite moments and details from each film, because I thought it was rather vapid to just list a bunch of movies. Here they are: