I would never do that to you. You know I never would. This past year I kept up the tireless search to gather together the Venn sweet spot of cute and cinematic. (See 2011’s selection and here’s 2012’s). I still feel the great work on screwball films’ animals is yet to be written, and the donkey is actually up there with the goat as cinema’s emblem animal of choice.
2 Days in Paris (Julie Delpy/2007).
3 Iron (Kim Ki-duk/2004)
48 Hrs. (Walter Hill/1982). Watch it Nolte, I’m on you.
Ballast (Lance Hammer/2008)
Bedlam (Mark Robson/1946)
Boudu Saved from Drowning (Jean Renoir/1932)
Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski/2013). An enigmatic subplot in the film has the conference’s hotel infestated with cats. They promise they’ll have the problem sorted for next year.
Contagion (Steven Soderbergh/2011). This heroic pig is on his way to kill Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Devil and Daniel Webster (William Dieterle/1941)
From Beyond (Stuart Gordon/1986). They all seem cute until they’re eating your face off.
George Washington (David Gordon Green/2000)
Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi/1977)
I Like Killing Flies (Matt Mahurin/2004)
Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik/2012)
King Kelly (Andrew Neel/2012)
L’Atalante (Jean Vigo/1934)
Cat Man and Dog Man in Le Circle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville/1970). Grey coat, grey eyes, grey film, grey dog.
My Favorite Wife (Garson Kanin/1940). Someone is very glad to see Irene Dunne after her time on the desert island.
Notes on Marie Menken (Martina Kudlacek/2007)
Carole Lombard not happy about her bedfellow in Nothing Sacred (William Wellman/1937)
Dreamin’ Wild in Phantasm (Don Coscarelli/1979)
Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green/2013)
Diane Keaton chuffed about a puppy present in Reds (Warren Beatty/1981)
The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel/1932)
The Leader, His Driver and The Driver’s Wife (Nick Broomfield/1991)
Reunited and it feels so good! Irene Dunne tries to introduce Melvyn Douglas to an old friend in the BRILLIANT Theodora Goes Wild (Richard Bolewslawski/1936)
Animal in film of 2013 goes to…
Igi, Jafar Panahi’s pet/cell mate in his This is Not a Film (2011).
Two disapproving looks, one for including the beautiful SHORT film Wildlife (Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis/2011); the other for featuring the TELEVISION show Girls (Lena Dunham/2012).
That’s quite enough for now. A little ugly aftertaste to get rid of you.