Posted by: ckckred | December 29, 2013

What Is Your Favorite Non-2013 Movie You’ve Seen This Year?

Looking over my calendar, I realized that today’s question is the last of 2013.  So I thought it’d be the right time to ask what was the best movie you’ve seen the past year that wasn’t released in 2013.

Man with a Movie Camera

I saw a multitude of new films over 2013.  While watching The King of Comedy in theaters was the best experience I’ve had in cinema hands down, my favorite new movie I saw this year was Man with a Movie Camera, which had me mesmerized from beginning to end.  I loved plenty of other pictures I only got to see for the first time (The Searchers and The Bicycle Thief being two of my new favorites), but nothing impressed me more than Man with a Movie Camera.

But what about yourself?



  1. I’m going to have to check out Man with a Movie Camera it seems!

    What an awesome question I have seen far too many films this year, but my favorites I would have to say On The Waterfront, The Seventh Seal, Spoorloos, Kill Bill, Casablanca.

    They are all great in their own ways. Spoorloos (the vanishing) and The Seventh Seal I stumbled upon by random choice and ended up enjoying it. The rest I was bound to see. Out of all those though On The Waterfront easily tops the list. It’s an incredible film & Brando was spot on!

    • Nice picks! The Seventh Seal is a great movie and On The Water Front is fantastic as well.

  2. Good question that is! Mine is 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet. I really enjoyed that one, even though it’s from 1957!

    • Great movie, but why the “even though”?

      • I don’t usually watch films before the 90s, let alone in the fifties!

    • Thanks! 12 Angry Men’s a fantastic film.

  3. I have ‘The Searchers’ sitting next to my T.V. to put in. Glad to hear you liked it. Best film not 2013 for me was ‘Amour’ and ‘The White Ribbon’. Oops. That’s two Michael Haneke films.

    • I highly recommend The Searchers, one of the best movies I’ve seen. Amour and The White Ribbon are two great films, though my favorite Haneke picture is Cache.

      • Yeah, I was going to do a review on The Searchers in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned! 🙂

  4. Well. I have seen very few non-2013 movies this year, so my selection is limited. But I’d have to say The Birds, I guess. I’ve seen and liked it before, but I saw it again last week. And still liked it. 🙂

    • Nice pick! The Birds is a great movie and one of my favorite Hitchcock pictures.

      • Agreed. Though I don’t like the ending, really.

        Just too sudden.

      • Haha,James, I don’t think there was any ending in ‘The Birds’ in any meaningful sense of this word. I still want to see the continuation.

  5. Hmm, an interesting question. I saw Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’, and although I admit all its weaknesses, I think it has many charms. However, my favourite has got to be ‘Lebanon’ (2010), the most underrated film ever (in terms of widespread popularity).

    • Nice picks! I think I might have seen Spellbound but I don’t remember anything about it.

  6. Oh man, good question. I’ve gotta go back into letterboxd….
    Probably either The Thing or Brokeback Mountain.

    • Thanks! Two great films right there.

  7. I would probably go with something like The Shining, which I saw for the first time this year. Non 2013 non fiction is the documentary The Staircase, which is more intense than most courtroom dramas. One I could not stop watching (it consisted out of several episodes)

    • The Shining’s a great choice, one of my favorite films

  8. For me, my first-time 2013 favorites are Mulholland Dr., Terminator 2: Judgement Day (just saw it for the first time this weekend), Moon, Mary & Max, A Trip to the Moon on ACTUAL film, Report (because it’s so incredibly hard to find on the 1001 Movies list), Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining.

    • Nice picks! Mulholland Dr., The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut are great films.

  9. This is an easy one, (500) Days of Summer. Best movie I’ve seen for the first time this whole year, and damn was it fantastic! B)

    • Nice pick!

  10. Nice question. City of God is one of my instant faves of the year that wasn’t released in 2013. I would recommend it to anyone.

    • Thanks! City of God is a movie I’ve been meaning to see for the longest time.

  11. Oh there are a few, but one that came to mind was Joyeux Noël from 2005 I saw over Christmas about the Christmas truce in WWI. That’s a perfect film to watch given the sentiment of the season!

    • Nice pick! Haven’t seen that, I’ll save it to watch during next year’s holiday season.

  12. Great question. The easy pick for me was one my duo post partner selected: The Constant Gardener.

    • Thanks! I haven’t seen The Constant Gardener, I’ll have to check it out.

  13. I think my favourite non-2013 film I watched this year was The Elephant Man. And all films that make up the Three Colours Trilogy. And Die Hard, AKA the best Christmas movie ever.

    • Nice picks! I have a blu-ray copy of The Three Colors, really need to see it.

  14. This year marks the first time I have seen “Goodfellas”. Probably one of my favorite films now.

    • GoodFellas is phenomenal, it’d be in my own personal top 15.

  15. I saw Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 comedy To Be or Not to Be starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny. Classic film shown at the gorgeous Stanford revival theater in downtown Palo Alto. Huge screen, balconies and live organ music before the film. Great place to see a film.

    • Nice pick! I saw a documentary on Lubitsch a while back. I don’t think I’ve actually seen any of his movies, a fact I must change.

  16. First time viewings of non-2013 movies, I’d have to go with Lie With Me, Hard Candy, Sixteen Candles, Shaun of the Dead and The Descent. There’s probably more but off the top of my head 🙂

  17. I’ve probably only seen 6 or 7 films actually made in 2013 (was never that excited for this year to be honest), so I’ve managed to see a lot of non-2013 films this year.

    My pick would be Jia Zhangke ‘The World’ (2004). It’s probably the most intriguing and layered film I’ve ever seen.

    It’s about a group of dancers and other workers in a Beijing theme park that allows people to ‘see the world in a day’ (various models of iconic landmarks and cities).

    I highly suggest it. And if you’re a blu-ray owner (which I think you are), I highly advise buying it on blu-ray. It’s the best looking film I’ve ever bought!

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I don’t believe I’ve heard about it before, but it sounds amazing and definitely one to add to my blu-ray collection.

  18. Ooh, good question here cK! I’ve seen only a small handful of non-2013 releases and most of them are still relatively recent. . but it pretty much comes down to Warrior and Punch-Drunk Love for me. Both first-time views. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson and I think Punch Drunk-Love is often overlooked.

  19. The Passion of Joan of Arc, hands down. I was not expecting to be blown away by a 1928 French silent film, but that one left me speechless.

    • Nice pick! It’s a really powerful movie and undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time.

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