Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 at 24fps

Of the 600+ titles I saw this year, these were my most favourite. A Top 30 & many many honorables. Also, my 2013 ballot at the Wandering Image , highlighting the year's best in film. 



also, a mirror of this post on my grumblr.



Here's the countdown:








30.        THE CRASH REEL

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29.YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET

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28.    CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915

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-tie- 28.   OUTSIDE SATAN

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27.       AMERICAN HUSTLE

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26.                PASSION

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25. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

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                        BLUE
24.  IS THE WARMEST COLOR

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23.      POST TENEBRAS LUX

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           THE GRANDMASTER
22.             [Chinese cut]

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21.    LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

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20.      LAURENCE ANYWAYS

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19.              BYZANTIUM

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18.                    MUD

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17.                    HER

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16.        THE WE AND THE I

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15.        UPSTREAM COLOR

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14.         STORIES WE TELL

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13.       THE GREAT BEAUTY

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12.       THE ACT OF KILLING

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11.      THE LORDS OF SALEM

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10.               DRUG WAR

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9.          THE WORLD'S END

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8.            A TOUCH OF SIN

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7.                 BASTARDS

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6.       INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

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5.                 LEVIATHAN

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4.          BEFORE MIDNIGHT

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3.            THE WIND RISES

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2.                      VIOLA

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1.            TO THE WONDER



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ALSO ESSENTIAL. NOT RANKED.
(the other titles of 2013 I loved that could've placed)







NEW WORLD
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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION
OF HER BEAUTY
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MAN OF STEEL
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THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT
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NEWLYWEEDS
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COMPUTER CHESS
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MUSEUM HOURS
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A HIJACKING
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WRONG
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THESE BIRDS WALK
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THE LAST STAND
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PRINCE AVALANCHE
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MANIAC
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PAIN & GAIN
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PRISONERS
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PAVILION
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GINGER & ROSA
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REALITY
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BEYOND THE HILLS
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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
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GIMME THE LOOT
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42
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AT BERKELEY
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ANTIVIRAL
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ENOUGH SAID
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SIDE EFFECTS
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HAPPY PEOPLE:
A YEAR IN THE TAIGA
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ALL IS LOST
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PACIFIC RIM
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VANISHING WAVES
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20 FEET FROM STARDOM
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12 YEARS A SLAVE
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SIGHTSEERS
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IS THE MAN
WHO IS TALL HAPPY?
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SUN DON'T SHINE
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D IS FOR DOGFIGHT
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THE SELFISH GIANT
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IN ANOTHER COUNTRY
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WILD BILL
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PIETA
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THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
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GRABBERS
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TWIXT
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GRAVITY
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SPRING BREAKERS
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MOTHER OF GEORGE
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FRANCES HA
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ROOM 237
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THE PAST
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V/H/S/2
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CAESAR MUST DIE
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SOMETHING IN THE AIR
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SHADOW DANCER
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THE LONE RANGER
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THE PAINTING
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TERRAFERMA
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THE MISSING PICTURE
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MAMA
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ERNEST & CELESTINE
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JUG FACE
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ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
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THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
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OH WILLY...
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TRANCE
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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
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WADJDA
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WHITE REINDEER
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ALL THE BOYS
LOVE MANDY LANE
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BULLET TO THE HEAD
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56 UP
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2013
TOP 30
  1. TO THE WONDER (Malick)
  2. VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro)
  3. THE WIND RISES (Miyazaki)
  4. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Linklater)
  5. LEVIATHAN (Castaing-Taylor/Paravel)
  6. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Coen Bros)
  7. BASTARDS (Denis)
  8. A TOUCH OF SIN (Zhangke Jia)
  9. THE WORLD'S END (Edgar Wright)
  10. DRUG WAR (To)
  11. LORDS OF SALEM (Zombie)
  12. ACT OF KILLING (Oppenheimer)
  13. THE GREAT BEAUTY (Sorrentino)
  14. STORIES WE TELL (Sarah Polley)
  15. UPSTREAM COLOR (Carruth)
  16. THE WE AND THE I (Gondry)
  17. HER (Spike Jonze)
  18. MUD (Jeff Nichols)
  19. BYZANTIUM (Jordan)
  20. LAURENCE ANYWAYS (Xavier Dolan)
  21. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Kiarostami)
  22. THE GRANDMASTER (Wong Kar Wai)
  23. POST TENEBRAS LUX (Reygadas)
  24. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Kechiche)
  25. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Peter Strickland)
  26. PASSION (De Palma)
  27. AMERICAN HUSTLE (O. Russell)
  28. OUTSIDE SATAN (Dumont)                                               -tie- CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (Dumont)
  29. YOU AINT SEEN NOTHIN YET (Resnais)
  30. THE CRASH REEL (Lucy Walker)

RUNNER UP
NEW WORLD (Hoon-jung Park), OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY (Terence Nance), MAN OF STEEL (Znyder), THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (Dan Sallitt), NEWLYWEEDS (Shaka King), COMPUTER CHESS (Bujalski), MUSEUM HOURS (Jem Cohen), A HIJACKING (Tobias Lindholm), WRONG (Quentin Dupieux), THESE BIRDS WALK (Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq), THE LAST STAND (Kim Jee-Woon), PRINCE AVALANCHE (David Gordon Green), MANIAC (Franck Khalfoun), PAIN & GAIN (Bay), PRISONERS (Villeneuve), PAVILION (Tim Sutton), GINGER & ROSA (Sally Potter), REALITY (Matteo Garrone), BEYOND THE HILLS (Cristian Mungiu), WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (Jimmy Mickle), GIMME THE LOOT (Adam Leon), 42 (Brian Helgeland), AT BERKELEY (Wiseman), ANTIVIRAL (Brandon Cronenberg), ENOUGH SAID (Holofcener), SIDE EFFECTS (Soderbergh), HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA (Herzog), ALL IS LOST (J.C. Chandor), PACIFIC RIM (Guillermo del Toro), VANISHING WAVES (Kristina Buozyte), 20 FT FROM STARDOM (Morgan Neville), 12 YEARS A SLAVE (Steve McQueen), SIGHTSEERS (Ben Wheatley), IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? (Gondry), SUN DONT SHINE (Amy Seimetz), "D IS FOR DOGFIGHT": ABCs OF DEATH (Marcel Sarmiento), +SELFISH GIANT (Clio Barnard), IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Sang-soo), WILD BILL (Dexter Fletcher), PIETA (Kim Ki-duk), PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (Cianfrance), GRABBERS (Jon Wright), TWIXT (Coppola), GRAVITY (Cuaron), SPRING BREAKERS (Korine), MOTHER OF GEORGE (Andrew Dosunmu), FRANCES HA (Baumbach), ROOM 237 (Rodney Ascher), THE PAST (Asghar Farhadi), V/H/S/2 (Tjahjanto/Evans/Eisener), CAESAR MUST DIE (Taviani Bros), SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Assayas), SHADOW DANCER (Marsh), THE LONE RANGER (Verbinski), THE PAINTING (Jean-François Laguionie), TERRAFERMA (Emanuele Crialese), THE MISSING PICTURE (Rithy Panh), MAMA (Andrés Muschietti), ERNEST & CELESTINE (Stéphane Aubier), JUG FACE (Chad Crawford Kinkle), ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (Randy Moore), MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Dan Scanlon), THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Ralph Fiennes), OH WILLY.. (Emma De Swaef ), TRANCE (Boyle), THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Scorsese), WADJDA (Haifaa Al-Mansour), WHITE REINDEER (Zach Clark), ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (Jonathan Levine), BULLET TO THE HEAD (Hill), 56 UP (Apted)







A FIELD IN ENGLAND (Ben Wheatley) 2014 release
SNOWPIERCER (Bong joon-Ho) 2014 release
R100 (Hitoshi Matsumoto) 2014 release
JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich)  2014 release
BEYOND OUTRAGE (Kitano)  2014 release
PERSISTENCE OF VISION (Kevin Schreck) 2014 release
(festival films I loved that got no 2013 theatrical release & no distribution deal. 12/24/13









IN THE HOUSE (Ozon), FAUST (Sokurov)DIRTY WARS (Rick Rowley), OLD DOG (Pema Tseden), THE ATTACK (Ziad Doueiri), NIGHT ACROSS THE STREET (Ruiz), BROKEN (Rufus Norris), MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (Sally El Hosaini), MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR (Tinatin Gurchiani), THE GARDENER (Makhmalbaf), LET THE FIRE BURN (Jason Osder), THE ANGELS' SHARE (Loach), OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY (Danielle Gardner), GOLDEN SLUMBERS (Davy Chou), AFTERMATH (Pasikowski), SUNLIGHT JR. (Laurie Collyer), THIS IS MARTIN BONNER (Chad Hartigan), I USED TO BE DARKER (Porterfield), DECLARE WAR (Lapeyre), BIG SUR (Polish Bros), THE SQUARE (Noujaim), POSTALES (Josh Hyde), PARADISE: LOVE & PARADISE: HOPE (Seidl), INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE (George Tillman jr.), RESOLUTION (Benson/Moorhead), AFTER TILLER (Martha Shane), EXIT ELENA (Nathan Silver), IN THE FOG (Loznitsa), GRACELAND (Ron Morales), CLIP (Maja Milos), TIM'S VERMEER (Teller), MENTAL (P.J. Hogan), LABOR DAY (Jason Reitman), A BAND CALLED DEATH (Covino/Howlett), PHIL SPECTOR (Mamet), KID THING (David Zellner), LAST GLADIATORS (Gibney), LE PONT DU NORD (Rivette), THREE SISTERS (Bing Wang), FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED (Alan Berliner), IL FUTURO (Alicia Scherson), BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL (Mori), PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (Sophie Fiennes)
*CROSSED OFF:
THE SELFISH GIANT (Clio Barnard) - SEEN & PLACED 1/2/2014
BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL (Mark Mori) - SEEN 1/18/2014
THE SQUARE (Jehane Noujaim) - SEEN 1/22/2014
I USED TO BE DARKER (Porterfield) - SEEN 1/28/2014
LABOR DAY (Jason Reitman) - SEEN 2/25/2014
INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE (George Tillman jr.) - SEEN 3/20/2014
PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (Sophie Fiennes) - SEEN 5/1/2014  
LET THE FIRE BURN (Osder) - SEEN 6/6/2015
FAUST (Sukorov) - SEEN 8/21/2015






(I want to hear what everybody's favorite films of 2013 were. please post them below)

2 comments:

  1. Why am I the first person to leave a comment on this post?! What is wrong with people!

    500+ films is an incredible feat. I was patting myself on the back for having seen 100. Amateur!!

    Anyway I must say I adore your list. Not because I agree with all of it, but because it is so uniquely YOU. There are A LOT of movies I haven’t seen in your Top 30. To the Wonder is a bold choice and has fast tracked my desire to watch the film ASAP. Of those that I have watched, I enjoyed all of them with one exception.

    You can read my entry to find out what that one is. This is a positive post my friend so let’s bond over our mutual love of great films!!

    Happy 2014!!

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  2. thank you, majestic MarkyMark Hobster! & from what I've read, 2014 has even more to anticipate cinematically. In terms of both tent-pole releases & smaller indies.. TO THE WONDER like all of Malick's limited filmography, is not for everybody. It's deliberately paced & edited to say the least. But I'm highly sensitive to the visual poets & his iconic (influential now overly borrowed) flow of voiceover. I was very surprised at first to see UPSTREAM on your 'Worst Of.' but then I remembered your review & things you took issue with. That one is just a cinematic Rorschach test to most I talk with about it

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