Updates: September 3rd, 2013

I was, per my last update, supposed to have done this on the first of the month. Not only was that a Sunday, but it was during a holiday weekend. So a little belated here are the latest round of site updates. I will schedule accordingly and the next round of updates will occur here on: Monday, September 16th.

The Movie Rat Schedule
2013 BAM Award Considerations – September
My Radar
Films Viewed in 2013
Contenders for Favorite Older Films First Viewed in 2013
Series Tracker
Considerations for the 2013 Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award
Considerations for the 2013 Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

Considerations for the 2013 Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award

Originally I didn’t want to list considerations for either Entertainer of the Year Award or Neutron Star Award and the same goes for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The reasoning behind this was that these awards being for a body of work should’ve had their winners be rather apparent. However, owing to previous memory lapses, I reconsidered this philosophy.

Therefore, any and all eligible, worthy candidates for either award will be kept on this list. It will be one of the running lists that I update on a biweekly basis.

In essence, this will give those who stand out in these categories their due. For example, last year I felt remiss in not mentioning Matthew McConaughey in my explication for the Entertainer of the Year Award for 2013. In my reasoning behind Samuel L. Jackson’s win I had to talk about his year and how great it was and why Jackson’s superseded it. With this list, at year’s end I will be able to discuss each of the prospective candidates works.

Please note that unlike the Entertainer of the Year Award there are few if any set-in-stone pre-requisites. Having said that notable filmmakers or actors with works due out this year that I have not yet seen are eligible here.

Without further ado, the candidates…


Michael Apted (Need to see the latest installment of the Up series.)
Alain Resnais (His latest is a must-see that should be added to My Radar.)
Max Von Sydow
Martin Scorsese*
Francis Ford Coppola*
Bernardo Bertolucci*
John Carpenter
Roger Corman
Terence Malick*
Oliver Stone*
Ken Burns
Woody Allen
Ridley Scott

*Would need retrospectives

Contenders for Favorite Older Films First Viewed in 2013

Here is where I will assemble the titles that will have an opportunity to make a list wherein I chronicle my favorite vintage titles that I first saw during the last calendar year. It is a concept introduced to me by Brian Saur that I have done two times prior. Here is the 2011 version. The 2012 version was published in five parts: you can get to them here, here, here, here and here.

I have debated renaming this list Favorite Film Discoveries and being rather semantical about it, meaning if and when I correct gross sins of omission in my cinematic repertoire, it will not exclude lesser known titles from getting their due on this list. In other words, if you note the first two titles below, I expected them to be great and everyone knows they are. My adding them to the 2013 list is a formality and not news to anyone. If the list is inundated with previously unseen, but fairly obviously great films, I may siphon them off into a separate post.

I have not finalized that decision, but I reserve that right. Unlike my BAM considerations where I will now post a new entry monthly, I will have this list run through the entire year, but will denote when titles were added.

Without much further ado the contenders.

January (9)

The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Divorcée
Tarzan of the Apes
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Rio Das Mortes
The Great Ghost Rescue

February (8)

Tarzan the Ape Man
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Narrow Margin
Imitation of Life
A Dog of Flanders
The Life of Emile Zola
Bad Day at Black Rock
Blossoms in the Dust

March (8)

Muppet Treasure Island
Babes in Toyland
Death Valley
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
A Wicked Woman
Atta Girl, Kelly!

April (11)

Veronika Voss
Time of My Life
The Ghost Walks
Tangled Destinies
Hearts of Humanity
The Phantom Express
In Love with Life
Dick Tracy
Peter and the Wolf (1995)

May (10)

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin
Tarzan and His Mate
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blood Car
Life Boat
Little Tough Guy

June (6)

Mon Oncle Antoine
The Merchant of Four Seasons
Rainbow on the River
Tarzan’s Desert Mystery
The Smart Set

July (2)

Wake In Fright
Blondie (1938)

August (3)

Stolen Kisses
The Little Prince (Great Performances)
Love on the Run

September (9)

Miss Annie Rooney
To The Left of the Father
Asylum (1972)
Orphans of the Storm
The Return of Dr. X
Dead of Night
The Case of the Bloody Iris
Trilogy of Terror

October (12)

Demonic Toys 2
Dracula (1931 -Philip Glass Score)
Dracula (1931 – Spanish Version)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour – Don’t Think About It
Dracula’s Daughter
Dead Souls
Hell Night
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
Dead Ringer
Return of the Fly
The Fly

November (1)

The Neverending Story (German Cut)

Short film candidates: Selections by Georges Méliès, Little Rascals, The Show (1922), The New York Hat, Captain Eo and Alice Guy, Louis Feuillade.

60 total features so far and the aforementioned shorts.

Series Tracker

This is a post whose idea I had a while back and never did, but now I came up with a better approach. Essentially, my plan with themes/series’ lately has been, for the most part, to split them up. My series on A.I. was virtually all consecutive. My unwillingness to post my ’80s series every day for practically a month led to that one halting and restarting. So I figured this would be easy access to other posts for you the reader, and a great reminder for me about what’s in-progress and should be touched upon on occasion.

Ongoing Series

Make Your Own Festival

I select slates to demonstrate the ease of self-programming titles.

Pick an Actor: Robinson Stevenin
Macaulay Culkin
Pick a Country 1: Brazil
Brazil 2
Pick a Country: Brazil 3
Pick a Country: Part 4
Pick a Country: Part 5
Pick a Country: Part 6
Pick a Country: Part 7
Bad Movies
Macaulay Culkin

The Arts on Film

I examine instances of other arts on film to examine the source material a bit more closely.

Ivan’s Childhood

Silent Feature Sunday

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Man with a Movie Camera
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
Battleship Potemkin
The Kid (1921)

Hero Whipped

A chronicle of my journey back to the comics medium, usually also relating the characters to their depictions in other media, especially film.

From Film to Comics (Part 1)
From Film to Comics (Part 2)
Comics and the Studio System
A Question of Form
The Double Life of Archie Andrews
Why This Spider-Man Amazed Me
Richie Rich

Tarzan Thursday

A retrospect on Tarzan films through the ages.

Tazan Thursday: Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Tarzan Thursday: Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan and His Mate
Tarzan Finds a Son!
Tarzan’s Secret Treasure
Tarzan’s New York Adventure
Tarzan Triumphs
Tarzan’s Desert Mystery
Tarzan and the Amazons
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Cinematic Episodes


Don’t You Recognize Me?

Posts on early roles by know well-known actors that occurred to me by surprise.

Joel Edgerton
Andrew Lincoln
Chris Evans
Sarah Paulson

61 Days of Days of Halloween 2013

Dracula (1931 – Philip Glass Score)
Films to Keep You Awake: A Christmas Tale
Curse of Chucky
Demonic Toys 2
Trilogy of Terror
Films to Keep You Awake: To Let
Pulse (1988)
The Dead Father
The Baby’s Room
The Fog (1980)
V/H/S 2
Insidious: Chapter 2
Die Farbe
A Real Friend
Dead of Night
The Asphyx
The Case of the Bloody Iris
Graveyard Disturbance
Dementia 13
Tremors 2
Child’s Play 3
Bride of Chucky
The Blair Witch Project

2013 BAM Award Considerations

Monthly posts tracking contenders for this year’s BAM Awards, my personal film awards.


Mini-Review Round-Up

Bite-size reviews of titles viewed at home. Many of which need a wider audience.


Late August/September


In December it was replaced by Year-End Dash



Film Thought

Moviegoing Solo
I Think We’re Alone Now
Walking Out of a Movie
Film Word Association
Who Would Play You in a Movie?
What’s Your Favorite Film?
Sorry, No Refunds for Bad Movies
Excuse Me, Did You Like the Movie?
The Foundation of Everything is Drama
A Film For All Occasions
No List is Ever Complete
The Elasticity of Film
Critical Buzzwords in Need of Banishment

In Anticipation Of

The Necroscope

Limited Series, Current

Bela Tarr Retrospective

Short Film Saturday: Prologue from Visions of Europe
Werckmeister Harmonies

Limited Series, Comncluded

Underrated Dramas


Shyamalan Week

BAM Best Picture Profile – The Sixth Sense
Things Worth Discussing
Village Building
The Spiritual Trilogy

Django Unchained

Django Unchained: Mandingo Fighting and Phrenology
Django Unchained: Apparent Defeat and Tarantino’s Cameo
Django Unchained: The Politics of Language
Django Unchained: Introduction and the Spaghetti Western Treatment
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: How Good it is to Kill Fascists, Racists and Slave Owners!

Poverty Row April

Posts and reviews about shoestring Hollywood productions, mainly in the 1930s.

Short Film Saturday: The Phantom Empire, Chapters 1-3
Book Review: Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940
Poverty Row April: Viewing Log and Introduction
Short Film Saturday: The Phantom Empire, Chapters 1-3
Short Film Saturday: The Phantom Empire, Chapters 4-6
Short Film Saturday: The Phantom Empire, Chapters 7-9
Poverty Row April: Wrap-Up

Once Upon a Time in the 80s

A wide-ranging paper on what made the 80s unique in entertainment, mainly film.

Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Conclusion
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Kidco
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Amazing Grace and Chuck
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: The Breakfast Club
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Parenthood
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: The Neverending Story
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Television
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Genremeld
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Music Videos
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Directors
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: The Directors
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Animation
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: The International Scene
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Box Office Boom
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Sequels
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Special Effects
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Sociopolitical Overview
Once Upon a Time in the 80s: Introduction

March to Disney

A focus on films by Walt Disney Studios.

March to Disney: Disney Animated Feature Ranking
March to Disney: Titles That Should Come Out of the Vault
March to Disney: Disney at the BAM Awards
March to Disney: Terabithia, Timothy Green and Other Inauspicious Ends
March to Disney: Secretariat and the Sports Films of Disney
March to Disney: Zokkomon and Disney World Cinema
March to Disney: What Bolt and Dumbo Share
The Gnome-Mobile
Trips to Treasure Island
Der Fuehrer’s Face
The Rescuers in More Ways Than One
Three Little Pigs
Short Film Saturday: The Little Matchgirl
Short Film Saturday: Aquamania (1961)
Short Film Saturday: Runaway Brain

Blogathon Entries

Funny Lady Blogathon: Louise Fazenda
Children in Film Blogathon 2: The Juvenile Award
Children in Film Blogathon 1: Jackie Searl
Actors in Comic Book Films
Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon: Doctor X (1932) and The Return of Doctor X (1939)