Familiar readers will know that more often than not I'm wont to buck the trend and reveal my favourites of the previous movie year after the Oscars. This is, of course, a great flaw in the plan since when the idea is to publicly shame the Academy for the inadequacy of their picks, you must reveal your picks before them. So much for public shaming when you're as slow in deciding who you love most as I am.
What did I think of 2013 in film? Even as I'm beginning this year in review (going all through March) I'm not completely enchanted which is unfair because, all movie-years can't be 2007. Still, there are enough films that I love without reservations (many of them, unfortunately, underappreciated) for me to allow that another year has passed and movies have not disappointed me.
still weirdly indecisive on what I think of the year generally. It feels fairly curmudgeonly to say I was underwhelmed when the better adjective (well, phrasal adjective) might be
As usual I begin with the openings, and although no film opening made me as overexcited as my favourite opening from 2012 (image above and to the right), they intrigued me in different but just as good ways.
(Last year's ballot HERE)
Winners in Gold
Runners-Up in Silver
(Images take you to reviews where available.)
Inside Llewyn Davis directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, written by Ethan and Joel Coen
The Lone Ranger directed by Gore Verbinski, written by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
The Past directed by Asghar Farhadi, written by Asghar Farhadi
Short Term 12: directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, written by Destin Daniel Cretton
The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Terence Winter
FINALISTS: American Hustle where everything in the beginning doesn't quite work as well as it ought, but does an ace job of hooking you into this bizarre, intriguing world ; The Bling Ring opens with a robbery but it's the great music and snazzy editing along with those great opening credits that really set the mood for the experience; Frances Ha for immediately pitching the gentle, winsome, idiosyncratic mood of Frances and her subjects
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: 12 Years a Slave; Blue Jasmine; Frozen; The Grandmaster; Man of Steel