2013 was a banner year for theater-going for me. I've been keeping my ticket stubs in a book, and it appears I went to the movie theater 38 times in 2013! I think that's more than the previous 5 years' theater outings combined! Four of those were to see operas. Seven were older movies, fourteen were new movies released in 2013. And if those don't add up to 38, that's because a few of those movies were seen multiple times. LOL.
My favorite viewing in 2013 of a classic film was It's a Wonderful Life, which I saw just last weekend. I had never seen it before on the big screen, and it was perfect, with a great appreciative audience. It was also I think the only movie of the entire year that had the volume set at a level that didn't require me to wear my earplugs. That was soooooo nice, I can't even tell you. (As opposed to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which required two trips to the lobby just to get them to lower the volume to a point where I didn't have to have my hands over my ears WITH earplugs already in.)
I find it interesting that in both 2012 and 2013, I saw both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen. Wouldn't mind if that became a tradition each year! Although, I might end up with two Lawrence viewings this year, as it's playing this coming weekend... and in a film print, not a digital. It's also playing in January, though, so I may just wait for the new year and not try to deal with holiday traffic.
So, what were my favorite new films of 2013?
1. The Lone Ranger (by a long shot)
3. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
4. Jack the Giant Slayer
I can't actually pick a fifth favorite movie of the year. The first four are the ones I bought immediately on DVD when they came out. I'm not sure I'm going to be buying any of the other movies I saw in 2013, though I will happily watch them whenever they come on. I liked several movies with about the same level of affection. They were all very entertaining, but they didn't quite hit my personal sweet spots to push them up into favorites. Those would include Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Frozen, Planes, The Great Gatsby. But I can't really pick one above another. Probably the Hobbit out of those, but I need to see it a second time first.
Least favorite movie of 2013, of course, was Star Trek: Into Darkness.
And there is so much to look forward in the next year. The Phoenix Big Cinemas will be showing The Adventures of Robin Hood in January, and I cannot wait to see that on the big screen. I'm looking forward to finding out what other classic movies they'll select the rest of the year.
As for new movies coming out next year that I'm aware of, I'm looking forward to the new Captain America movie, Transcendence, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Monument's Men, Maleficent, the third Expendables movie, and, of course, the final Hobbit. I'm sure there will be other films as well.