Hopefully you read that title in your head with Bill Murray’s delivery of “It’s Groundhog Day…again”. If not, go back and try it now. I’ll wait.
(dum dum de dum do dum do DUMMM do du-)
Oh hey, you’re back. It’s better with that delivery, isn’t it?
Anyway, I’ve now seen the 49 films that the 2013 edition added to the 1,001 Movies list. I had already seen 21 of them, which meant I had 28 to track down. And since I had completed the entire list in July of this year, I just had to knock off these 28 new additions and I would once more be done with it.
Don’t worry; I’m not going to rehash everything I wrote back in July. If you missed that post, though, you can read it here.
Instead, I am going to rank the 49 films that got added, and then over the coming days and weeks I’m going to review many of the ones I would recommend. Some I have already reviewed since I either included them in other movie categories, or they were Oscar-nominated films. Every year I do as many of the Oscar nominees as I would recommend between the time the nominations are announced and the time the awards are handed out.
Overall, I think the editors did a better than average job picking good films, among the ones they selected. (Meaning there are better ones they didn’t pick, but the majority of the ones they did were ones I ended up liking.) There were only seven films that I disliked to one extent or another.
I don’t post reviews here for films I would not recommend, but as I was making my way through the ones I hadn’t seen yet I left some comments on Letterboxd for them. For films with less than three stars the title will link to my Letterboxd comments. For those with three stars or more, the title will link to my review. As I post more reviews here, I will come back and update these links.
Five stars (A must see - my highest recommendation)
Four and a half stars (I loved it - very highly recommended)
Four stars (I liked it a lot - highly recommended)
Three and a half stars (I liked it - there’s a good chance you might)
Three stars (I liked it - recommended if it sounds interesting to you)
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
Dead Ringers (1988)
The Devils (1971)
The Eagle (1925)
Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997)
The Goddess (1934)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Local Hero (1983)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Summer with Monika (1953)
Two and a half stars (It was okay - not quite good enough to recommend)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Wall Street (1987)
Two stars (I didn’t like it)
One and a half stars (It’s a pretty bad movie)
One star (It’s horrible - I hated it)
Well, that’s what I thought of these movies. As they say in weight loss commercials, though, “Your results may vary.” For instance, Steve of 1001plus liked The Consequences of Love more than me and I liked Django Unchained more than him. (Click on the titles in the prior sentence to read his reviews of those two films.)
What do you think of my ratings here? Agree? Disagree? In either case, please let me know why.