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2013 In Retrospect. 
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Waiting to see if JB would do a Reelthought on the year. Then I decided I might as well get the ball rolling. So have at it.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:06 pm
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The two best films I've seen this year are 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. I'm leaning toward the Scorsese film as my #1.

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Great year indeed. My Top 10:

1. Fruitvale Station
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Gravity
4. Blue is the Warmest Color
5. Disconnect
6. Captain Phillips
7. Her
8. Blue Jasmine
9. Prisoners
10. The Wolf of Wall Street

my five runners-up: All is Lost, The Conjuring, Don Jon, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Spectacular Now

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The two best films I've seen this year are 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. I'm leaning toward the Scorsese film as my #1.


Is 12 years not a typical Steve McQueen film? - i.e ball breakingly dull.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:22 pm
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KWRoss wrote:
Great year indeed. My Top 10:

1. Fruitvale Station
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Gravity
4. Blue is the Warmest Color
5. Disconnect
6. Captain Phillips
7. Her
8. Blue Jasmine
9. Prisoners
10. The Wolf of Wall Street

my five runners-up: All is Lost, The Conjuring, Don Jon, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Spectacular Now


I dunno, I'm seeing a bit of a disconnect between your top 4 and back 5.


Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:42 pm
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NotHughGrant wrote:
Sexual Chocolate wrote:
The two best films I've seen this year are 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. I'm leaning toward the Scorsese film as my #1.


Is 12 years not a typical Steve McQueen film? - i.e ball breakingly dull.


Not at all. I found it to be very engaging...and very sad.

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My top 10:

1.Man of Steel
2.Pawn Shop Chronicles
3.Prisoners
4.Pain and Gain
5.American Hustle
6.Caught in the Web
7.Bullet to the Head
8.Her
9.The World's End
10.The Grandmaster


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MGamesCook wrote:
My top 10:

1.Man of Steel
2.Pawn Shop Chronicles
3.Prisoners
4.Pain and Gain
5.American Hustle
6.Caught in the Web
7.Bullet to the Head
8.Her
9.The World's End
10.The Grandmaster


BUT WHAT ABOUT WOLF OF WALL STREET?

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I think 2013 was a solid year for films. A lot of risky filmmaking I thought, and a ton of good lead performances. Can't wait for Oscar nods

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MGamesCook wrote:
KWRoss wrote:
Great year indeed. My Top 10:

1. Fruitvale Station
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Gravity
4. Blue is the Warmest Color
5. Disconnect
6. Captain Phillips
7. Her
8. Blue Jasmine
9. Prisoners
10. The Wolf of Wall Street

my five runners-up: All is Lost, The Conjuring, Don Jon, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Spectacular Now


I dunno, I'm seeing a bit of a disconnect between your top 4 and back 5.


Booooooooooooooo. *crickets*

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Another film I think is worthy of discussion is Uwe Boll's Assault on Wall Street. It's even less subtle than Scorsese's film, but it captures the other side of the story - people who were victims of men like Jordan Belfort - and it serves as a vehicle for all of working Americans' economic frustrations. Full of righteous anger, piss and vinegar, Boll made a film that needed to be made, and needs to be seen.

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Boll made a film that needed to be made, and needs to be seen.


*world explodes*

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2013. About on a par with 2012.

My contenders for the Top Ten.

The Place Beyond The Pines
Before Midnight
Fruitvale Station
Gravity
Prisoners
The Wolf Of Wall Street
American Hustle


Not going to do an actual top ten until I've seen Her at least,

As for the rest.

Bullet To The Head. Mild entertainment. A pro job. But not on a par with the best of what Walter Hill can do.

Side Effects. Interesting twists. A somewhat questionable ending. But still worthwhile.

Gangster Squad. Weak mishmash of The Untouchables and fragments of LA Confidential.

A Good Day To Die Hard. Definite proof that the series is past the put a fork in it, it's done stage.

Olympus Has Fallen. Better than the latest Die Hard and the other White House hostage movie at least.

Temptation. Execrable.

Spring Breakers. The cinematic equivalent of a techno song. Effectively uses Spring Break as a metaphor for a society being consumed by rot. Worthy.

The Call. Loose cross between Cellular and Silence Of The Lambs.

Iron Man 3. Entertaining popcorn fare. Definite proof that the traditional approach to superhero movies is out of gas.

Pain And Gain. Bay's best since The Rock. Likely an honorable mention for this year,

Star Trek: Into Darkness. Better than Abrams first go at Star Trek. Does not hold up very well to repeated viewings.

Mud. Mcconaughey is fantastic here. Definite honorable mention status and possible inclusion on the top ten depending on how a few others turn out.

The Great Gatsby. Fantastic style. But emotionally inert.

Oblivion. Bleh.

The Bling Ring. Less nihilistic than Spring Breakers. Worth a view.

Pacific Rim. Fades fast. But better than Oblivion or World War Z.

The Butler. Better than The Help. But not one of the best of the year.

Don Jon. Entertaining directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Honorable mention.

Rush. Pretty good effort from Ron Howard.

Captain Phillips. Perhaps a tad overrated. Tom Hanks is fantastic. But the movie itself is good not great. Honorable mention.

The Counselor. The most disappointing movie of the year.

Oldboy. Okay remake. Original better.

Out Of The Furnace. Pretty good overall. Not top ten status. But worth a viewing.

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I personally consider that 2013 a pretty average to weak year for movies myself. That said, I haven't seen many of the December releases, so will reserve final judgement for a few more months yet. Also I always try and catch up with the (at this moment, unknown to me) foreign gems during the first few months of the new year, after the international awards are handed out.


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My top 2 best movies that I saw in 2013 are Gravity and American Hustle, even I have not watched a few of hyped films yet mainly because they have not arrived to Australia for sure these films will make my top 10 and very unlikely will lose their top spots 8-)

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Of the movies I've seen so far...

Great
Gravity, Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Very Good
Side Effects, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, Rush, Captain Phillips, Monsters University, Frozen, Thor: The Dark World

Good
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Pacific Rim, The Heat, Much Ado About Nothing, Short Term 12, Oblivion, The Wolverine

Pretty Good
Mud, Man of Steel, After Earth, Elysium, Iron Man 3

Eh...
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby

Not Good
Despicable Me 2

It was a very good year for... very good.


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nitrium wrote:
I personally consider that 2013 a pretty average to weak year for movies myself. That said, I haven't seen many of the December releases, so will reserve final judgement for a few more months yet. Also I always try and catch up with the (at this moment, unknown to me) foreign gems during the first few months of the new year, after the international awards are handed out.


December's been a good month. Gravity was easily the best film I saw last year, but the competition for 2 - 10 is stiff. I saw two contenders for top five in the last two days: (The Wolf of Wall Street and Saving Mr. Banks.)

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I'm with Syd. I was pretty disappointed in 2012 until the last month or so. But December has been very good this year. So far, I think I like this year's December crop better than last year's. Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, and even The Hobbit were all satisfying.


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I think 2013 is a pretty stellar year, with very diversified films. The big blockbuster types disappoint a bit, or at least strangely backloaded. But it's an especially good year for documentaries (more cinematic and/or told interestingly) and teen/coming-of-age movies.

My top 10 goes into JamesKunz's thread, but some movies outsides of that:

Sparrows Dance. Very charming romance. To borrow Ebert's words from Jerry Maguire review, there are moments where you want to hug yourself with delight.

A Field in England. The mindfuck of 2013.

Frances Ha. HBO's Girls with a more likeable protagonist and a dose of Manhattan. Just delightful.

Rush. Unexpectedly fun and thrilling biopic.

Monsters University. Still my favorite animation this year. Formula injected with heart and humor, until the third act when it surprises you a lot.

Drinking Buddies. A chill hang-out, with a couple of extremely likeable leads that are developed in an unexpected, realistic way.

The To-Do List
. The most I've laughed this year, but maybe I'm just easy target for Aubrey Plaza's deadpan humor.

Iron Man 3. A Shane Black movie through and through clashes with the superhero formula a bit and creates some tonal imbalance, but still very entertaining and funny.


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December's been a good month. Gravity was easily the best film I saw last year, but the competition for 2 - 10 is stiff. I saw two contenders for top five in the last two days: (The Wolf of Wall Street and Saving Mr. Banks.)

I have obviously seen Gravity (after JBs review and insane buzz it became a must see, especially given it is in my absolute favourite genre), and I'm going to be a complete shithead for a lot of people here (and the reason I didn't do a capsule review of it - 'cos why invite hate?), but imo it just wasn't that great. It was good, but not great. I rated it a solid 8/10 (and only because I love the genre), but problems are numerous - not least Sandra Bullock's annoying character and George Clooney's bizarro totally unrealistic gung ho emotionless space cowboy. I just about choked when he suggested (without laughing) they go for a space hop from shuttle, to ISS to China space station. The insane vastness of being in space was not captured in Gravity whatsoever - it seemed they were merely drifting in a lake - certainly not a 500+ MILLION square kilometer area (and that would assume just two dimensions!). The movie opens with some utter bullshit about the ultra-low temperatures of space... given that you can't by definition ever measure a vacuum's temperature for obvious reasons and that the heat of an OBJECT in a vacuum is only lost via infra-red radiation (since there is no body (atmosphere) to directly lose heat to). I make near perfect vacuums routinely the lab all the time, and I sure as shit don't see how it could be considered "cold" or "hot" - how can it be?. I seriously wonder how long it would take in space to actually start to feel cold - given that you lose heat only via infra-red radiation (even naked you are technically perfectly insulated from normal heat loss). If Gravity truly represents the very best of 2013, it was, as I strongly suspect (still have a LOT to see!), not a great year.


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