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The end of the year is here. It happens every year, and yet we still get surprised by it. This year has been a fantastic one at the cinema for me; there was rarely a week that went by when I didn’t see at least one film I liked at the cinema, some weeks there were many. I watched less films in 2013 than 2012, but I’m okay with that. This year I made an effort to read more books and to get back into some of the TV shows I love. New shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards proved to be equal to the best films of the year. After the jump check out my December 2013 round-up and my totals for 2013.


Screenings: refers to anything I have seen at the cinema/on the big screen.
New at home: encompasses new-to-me, first-time viewings on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/Screeners
Rewatches: are [obviously] things I’ve seen before , which I’m viewing again at home
Best viewing: my favourite viewing in each of the categories listed above
Apart from the ‘Best Viewing’, films are listed in the order they were viewed in.


Best viewing: Nebraska

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Short Term 12
August: Osage County
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
American Hustle
Saving Mr. Banks
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Ender’s Game


New at Home

Best viewing: World War Z

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
A Very 3D Harold and Kumar’s Christmas
Cutie and the Boxer
The Do-Deca Pentathlon
The Angels’ Share
High Noon



Best viewing: Home Alone

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Holiday
Arthur Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Deck the Halls
Bad Santa
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure
Die Hard
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Prince Avalanche
Tropic Thunder


I started 2013 with American Graffiti and ended it with Tropic Thunder. The majority of my film viewing was at the cinema, with 154 films viewed at various picture houses in 2013. In between all that watching I gained a movie partner for life – it’s hard to top that in terms of life events 🙂

I didn’t watch as many classics or new films at home this year. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe work was demanding and I was too tired to commit time to some of the lengthier older films I am yet to watch. Last year I made a bunch of film goals that I mostly didn’t achieve, so this year I might stay away from being too ambitious, but there are a few things I’d like to achieve.

1. I need to watch more Kubrick. Eyes Wide Shut was my favourite cinema experience this year. I can’t really describe how incredible it was seeing it on the big screen, it  really surprised me. I’ve stayed away from Kubrick because I generally don’t do horror, but I think it’s time I suck it up and get over that. Also Kubrick is every genre, he’s a master. I need to change the way I think about his work.

2. I need to read more film books. Whether they be Hollywood insider books, the art of screenwriting, behind the scenes of a film or general cinema history, I want to read more.

3. I need to attend TIFF2014. This is a huge goal for Andrew and I this year and we are really committed to making it happen.

Thanks for your support of the site throughout 2013 and I hope that I can continue to improve and produce interesting work for you to read in 2014. Happy New Year!


2013 totals

Screenings: 154

New at Home: 102

Rewatches: 76

Total: 332

By Sam McCosh

  4 Responses to “Monthly Film Round-up: December 2013”

  1. All the best for the New Year, Sam! I hope you achieve all your movie-related goals. 🙂

  2. Congratulations!

    Also, good set of film goals there. Especially reading more film books – that’s a really good idea for any relatively new critic.

    • Thanks Steve! Reading definitely helps. I’ve read a fair bit this year, but I’d like to read some more technical stuff in 2014.

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