Yes, I’m still at this. (And it’s AUGUST.)
One of my favourite parts of recapping the (previous) year in film is choosing the moments or scenes in films which I remember most. Memory plays tricks on you. Even for someone as industrious as me who makes notes of everything (everything) I watch, and every scene that moves me, it’s different
But, let me stop telling you what’s not on the list and tell you what is on the list.
As usual, the list excludes openings and closing which have their own individual best-of lists, and like with all things that appear here it’s incredibly idiosyncratic for better and for worse. It’s not necessarily a scene of the best cinematically proficient scenes of 2013 cinemas, but ones which appear here for reasons of import to the film, importance to the narrative, for a specific actor, because of a specific feeling it elicits or just general greatness. You can't always explain these things, still here are ten paragraphs of me trying to do just that.
#10 Frozen / “For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)”
#9 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Meet Smaug
#8 Saving Mr Banks / “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”
#7 The Heat / Interrupted Lunch Party
Gina: “You should never arrest your family.”
Mullins: “Who the fuck are you?”
Peter Mullins: “That's Gina!”
Mullins: “Well, tell Gina I'm gonna strangle her at the table!”
Beth: “Hey, she is my best friend! You touch her, you gotta go through me first.”
Mullins: “Who the fuck are you?! I'll kill you and kill her with your fucking dead body!”
The scene could get by on line-readings only but the entire sequence is made funnier by Bullock watching on silently bemused. The lead-up to my favourite (if, unoriginal) joke of the sequence is precious as one of the Mullins asks her, in his thick accent, “Are you, or are you not, a narc? A fucking narc?! Like Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street?” Like many jokes, it works better hen you hear it, but it’s a fine example of how in control of itself and its humour is at its strongest moments.
#6 August Osage County / After the Funeral
…go below the jump for the top 5…
….bathroom surprises, melancholy musicians, and a city under siege…
#5 The World’s End / Aliens in the Bathroom
#4 The Place Beyond the Pines / The Robbery
#3 The Wolf of Wall Street / Quaaludes
#2 World War Z / Zombies over the wall
#1 Inside Llewyn Davis / “The Death of Queen Jane”
FURTHER JOURNEYS INTO THE BEST OF 2013: Opening Scenes / Supporting Actor / Supporting Actress / Actor / Sound and Music / Costume, Production Design, Editing, Visual Effects, Makeup / Cinematography / Writing