what i watched last week
by request: seven psychopaths (martin mcdonagh, 2012)

what i watched last year

A summary, sorted by my ratings. I tend to save the 10/10 ratings for older classics, so a more recent film that gets 9/10 is very good indeed. Movies that are just shy of greatness will get 8/10. I waste more time than is necessary trying to distinguish 7/10 from 6/10 … both ratings signify slightly better-than-average movies, where if I like them I’ll pop for a 7 and if I don’t, I’ll lay out a 6. I save 5/10 for movies I don’t like, and anything lower than 5 for crud. This explanation comes after the fact … I don’t really think it through when I give the ratings. They skew high because I try very hard to avoid movies I won’t like … if I saw every movie ever made, my average might be 5/10, but I skip the ones that would bring the average down. Thus, the average for the 110 movies I rated in 2013 is 7.5 out of 10.

10:

The Battle of Chile
Before Midnight
Bride of Frankenstein
Casablanca
Children of Paradise
Chinatown
Hamlet
(1948)
Intolerance
La Jetée
M
(1931)
A Man Escaped
Modern Times
A Separation
Sweet Smell of Success
Y Tu Mamá También

9:

Don’t Look Now
Gravity
The Lady Vanishes
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
Nostalgia for the Light

8:

12 Monkeys
Amour
Argo
L’Atalante
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Belle de Jour
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Django Unchained
Forbidden Games
Ginger Snaps
Hearts and Minds
The Incredibles
The Invisible War
Lincoln
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Rim
Point Blank
The Red and the White
The Red Shoes
Searching for Sugar Man
The Sugarland Express
Take Shelter
The Thin Blue Line
True Grit
(2010)
You Only Live Once
Zero Dark Thirty

7:

42
56 Up
Anatomy of a Murder
Au Hasard Balthazar
Blow Out
Blue Jasmine
Broken Flowers
Bubba Ho-Tep
The Chase
Days of Heaven
Down by Law
The Empire Strikes Back
Goin’ Down the Road
Gone with the Wind
Hud
Hugo
The Hurricane
(1937)
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Jurassic Park
The Kid with a Bike
The Last Detail
Life Without Principle
Looper
Love Affair
Man of Steel
The Masque of the Red Death
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Night Tide
On the Road
Philomena
Pitch Black
Private Parts
Riddick
The Roaring Twenties
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Sansho the Bailiff
Sin City
Star Trek into Darkness
Ted
Tootsie
True Grit
(1969)
White Material
Wild Boys of the Road
The Young Girls of Rochefort

6:

Barton Fink
Battle in Outer Space
The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
The Chronicles of Riddick
Flight
Mission to Mars
Naked
Olympus Has Fallen
Sleep Dealer
Whiteboyz

5:

Attack of the Crab Monsters
Eat the Document
Limelight
One, Two, Three
Seven Psychopaths
Sharknado

4:

Invisible Invaders
Killers Three

3:

Stonados

Comments

Cynthia

I love that Sharknado got itself a 5. I thought it was twitter's response to Sharknado that was worthy of a passing grade. Or is that what I get for only watching twitter and avoiding the movie altogether?

Steven Rubio

As I recall, I balanced the Twitter angle and the actual movie angle and ended up at 5/10. The real quality of Sharknado is reflected in the 3/10 for Stonados, which lacked the social media angle.

I like how these things fall together. In one grouping, you've got a Bob Dylan movie, a Chaplin, a Billy Wilder, and Attack of the Crab Monsters and Sharknado.

Phil

The rating that most surprises me is Tootsie at 7.0. I think it might be the best comedy of the past 35 years (not necessarily the same thing as being the funniest film of the past 35 years), and also something I would have thought you'd love. Will have to look up your original comments.

Steven Rubio

I suspect it's just that I tend to rate comedies a bit lower than other movies. I can't seem to post this in comments, so I'll stick it in a separate post: close to 1700 of my ratings, broken down by genre.

Steven Rubio

Returning to MovieLens, here are my highest-rated comedies since 1977:

10/10: American Splendor
9/10: Annie Hall, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Dazed and Confused, Fargo, Freeway, Pulp Fiction, Three Kings

Obviously, these movies fall into multiple genres.

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