When it comes to the movies, I need something that fills my eyes; I yearn for memorable images. I also need something that engages mind and emotions. It was not a great year for films that met these criteria, but I found a number of satisfying movies that did their job well. When I can look back over the year and remember at least a few memorable images, I feel that it's been worthwhile. In fact, a few great films will go a long way to give me satisfaction in my ongoing quest for unique movie experiences. And schlocky films don't keep me away from the movies. I have to see something.
Here you will find an image from each of the 68 movies I saw at a movie theater - on Cape Cod, in Washington, D.C., and in the San Francisco Bay Area. I include the great, the good, the bad, and the dreadful in the order in which I saw them. As often happens, my favorites lump together toward the end of the year. As far as Google allowed, I tried to find a favorite image from those favorite movies.
For me, images are crucial. Dazzling cinematography, CGI, or art direction can boost my evaluation of a movie despite weaknesses in story, writing, and acting. Tron: Legacy might feature poor acting and silly dialogue, but I found a lot worth looking at. On the other hand, compelling ideas and great performances leave me feeling rather indifferent when the film lacks compelling imagery that fails to transport me.
As you scroll down, try to name all the movies represented. Hopefully you will see images from films that you loved. You will definitely see images from films that you hated; most likely I hated them too. Some of the images might be from movies you have forgotten! Indeed, some of these movies are forgettable. But scrolling below I realize that even though the great films in this collection are few, I had a lot of fun at the movies this year.