Amy’s 2013 in Movies

This year has been the year I’ve watched the most films in a year EVER — or at least since I’ve been keeping track. I usually set a personal 48 film mark to make sure I watch, at least, a movie a week. This 2013, however, I passed my 100th last week and there’s a chance I could reach 120 (my current count is 107).

Now, this is all numbers. I have to admit that I haven’t had any strong feelings over any particular movie so far. Maybe it’s been due to personal problems, or all the really awesome movies are gonna show up on the last week of December because everyone’s hungry for award season.

In any case… just like 2011 and 2012; here’s some random movie titles.

What Is This Race/Culture Mumbo Jumbo?
I haven’t watched it [1], yet. Top-suspect: 47 Ronin

Though The Lone Ranger seemed to be the biggest offender this year.

I Did Not Expect That Moment

The first sex scene in La Vie d’Adele that for some reason seemed never-ending. I’ve timed it; it didn’t last 12 or 9 minutes like some had said, but it was a good 7 minutes. I can’t imagine seeing that at a theater and not feel somewhat uncomfortable.

Funniest Death

Witches massacre during the final battle in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Best Movie Mom and Best Movie Dad

Gisela Ponce de León and Ana Cecilia Natteri as Cachín’s mom in Asu Mare, and Ryu Seung-Ryong as Yong-Goo in Miracle in Cell No. 7.

Best Telenovela Movie
The Hidden Child (Tyskungen)

Oh No She Didn’t Moment

The moment Fan Xu’s character in Saving General Yang sends all her sons to rescue her husband. I’m gonna send all my sons in the most dangerous mission where they can die for certain to save the man I married.

Hilarious Fetish Moment

Lola Dueñas all horny and trapped in a flying airplane on Los Amantes Pasajeros.

Runner-up: scissoring on La Vie d’Adele, but that’s a repeat and where’s the fun in that?

Funniest Exorcist Moment

Anything that has to do with Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Best Fight

Tiger Hu Chen on Man of Tai Chi

Worst Time to Get a Coughing Fit
The Flu (감기)


Movie that Everyone Hated But I Didn’t Mind

Movie Everyone Loves But I Didn’t Care for… Much
Captain Phillips

Biggest Surprise

Blind Detective

I never expected to laugh this much with something that looks like this:

I gotta admit, I had to work extra hard to make the categories fit with the films this year. That’s exactly how lukewarm I am with most of the things I’ve watched this year.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

7 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    You watched Asu Mare???

    Although I have yet to revisit the film (Sigo Siendo is the only other Peruvian film I’ve seen this year, and that’s miles ahead of AM), my first view in my head says it’s better than a good chunk of the average USA films released this year. Also, it’s funny that El Comercio rewards this one yet Trome’s (the chicha version of EC) Top 5 Peruvian films didn’t. But EC’s website is enraging…

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, I did… eventually. I think it’s the only Peruvian movie I watched this year. I had to refrain from voting for APRECI xD I didn’t think the adaptation was that good, it was funnier with the sketch. I hate the EC website. I don’t read comments on newspaper websites.

  2. Jenna says:

    lol. I love your random categories! I’ve seen 51 2013 films – not sure what my total film count is. I cranked in a lot of 2012 early this year, plus all the other new-to-me films too. I’m bad at keeping track. My goal for 2014 is to track things better – even if I have to keep a handwritten journal.

    • amy says:

      @Jenna, the list started random in 2011, I’ve been just trying to fit it this year. It was effortless last year. MUBI is a good place to keep track, even though their Asian… most specifically their Indian database isn’t the best. IMDb is also a good option. And everyone keeps saying their non-American film voting is all iffy (very low) compared to pretty lousy American films that get very high ratings. xD

      I used to give anything around and above 6.5 a try, now I’ve taken it down to anything above a 5, especially if it’s foreign. And I’ve liked The Lone Ranger and Hansel & Gretel a lot more than you did xD

      • Jenna says:

        @amy, that’s not hard – if you liked The Lone Ranger or Hansel & Gretel at all, you like them a lot more than me. lol.. I think I started a lot of ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. And I tried Mubi at somepoint but had some issue (that I honestly can’t remember what it was) and stopped using it. I guess I have to find something that fits!

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