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July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10" 
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Yes! DISCONNECT (my favorite movie thus far of 2013) made the list! Told ya'll it would! :D

But good stuff all around. There's no doubt about it that we'll get plenty of quality releases in the second half of 2013 and there will be Oscar contenders aplenty. By the way, JB, do you think BEFORE MIDNIGHT has any shot at making some noise at the Oscars?

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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
I am very surprised The Place Beyond the Pines didn't get any love from James here (currently sitting at 7.5 on imdb, and 82% fresh on RT). Not nearly as surprised about the omission of Spring Breakers and the inclusion of Disconnect.


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I am very surprised The Place Beyond the Pines didn't get any love from James here (currently sitting at 7.5 on imdb, and 82% fresh on RT). Not nearly as surprised about the omission of Spring Breakers and the inclusion of Disconnect.


FWIW, PINES came in at #11 and SPRING BREAKERS was #12.

Two films I saw in the past week would have come in #2 & #3 if allowed. We're finally starting to see some good stuff. One of the films is pretty high profile and the other is a little under-the-radar but by no means obscure.


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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
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Two films I saw in the past week would have come in #2 & #3 if allowed. We're finally starting to see some good stuff. One of the films is pretty high profile and the other is a little under-the-radar but by no means obscure


Why didn't you review the two good films you saw last week? I'm pretty curious...

BTW, what happened to the upcoming review of "Redemption"?


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James Berardinelli wrote:
nitrium wrote:
I am very surprised The Place Beyond the Pines didn't get any love from James here (currently sitting at 7.5 on imdb, and 82% fresh on RT). Not nearly as surprised about the omission of Spring Breakers and the inclusion of Disconnect.


FWIW, PINES came in at #11 and SPRING BREAKERS was #12.

Two films I saw in the past week would have come in #2 & #3 if allowed. We're finally starting to see some good stuff. One of the films is pretty high profile and the other is a little under-the-radar but by no means obscure.

I'm guessing Byzantium is one of them.


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There are two films who should have an honorable mention for the best of 2013. The first is "No" from Chile about the referendum for democracy and how the Mad Men of Santiago help the No side win. The other is the Act of Killing which is very chilling.


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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
My half-time list would look something like this:

Movies I liked enough to consider buying on DVD: The Place Beyond The Pines and Before Midnight

Movies I'm glad I saw at least once: Spring Breakers, Pain and Gain and The Bling Ring.

Entertaining Blockbusters: Star Trek Into Darkness and Pacific Rim

As for the rest. The majority of them were entertaining while on (Bullet To The Head, Olympus Has Fallen, The Great Gatsby) yet leave little behind. Of the 2013 releases I've actually seen, the only one that falls directly into the dud category is Gangster Squad. There are a couple others I'll focus on

Side Effects. I enjoyed it, yet it hasn't really stuck with me that much. It's recommendable yet not quite top list material.

Iron Man 3 kept me invovled while it was on and was still an improvement over the second. Yet the more I think about it, the more it falls apart and the more I become convinced that Iron Man as a solo entity peaked with the first one. Worth a view. But only a small-step above the also ran status of recent solo Marvel entries and not on any best of list.

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The question to consider is whether the lackluster January-June portion of the 2013 calendar was just a "down" segment of the normal motion picture cycle or whether it augurs a more fundamental change. Have we entered a period in which "quality" films are all held for the end of the year and Hollywood populates multiplexes during the other three seasons with lukewarm junk, marginal material, and blockbusters? It will take a few years to get a handle on this. Having endured six months of unremarkable theatrical releases, however (and I have tried hard to avoid the worst of the worst), I look forward to better days. Things certainly couldn't get worse.


2013 so far has been pretty underwhelming. After the banner final three months of 2012, anything was gonna be disappointing.

Like I said elsewhere. The last real banner year in terms of overall quality releases was 2006. Then I went and pulled up my best of list from that year and noted that of the 15 movies on it, all but 6 came from the September through December period. The top 5 of 2007 (aside from Zodiac) was released in the October through December period. Sop while the bulk of teh memorable pictures form most years seem to be released in the latter half of teh year, in years apst there's been room for memorable pictures in the early part of the year. But the number seems to have dwindles.

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I think ALL of 2012 was pretty great. Not just the last 3 months. The Grey was one of my favorites and that came out in January.

I'm not really sure yet, if I can accurately judge 2013 so far. That's because there are a lot of indie films I haven't seen that could help make up for a lack of greatness the rest of the time. I haven't seen Stoker, The Company You Keep, Disconnect, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The East, Before Midnight, Upstream Color and some others that I'm forgetting and they all look like they have potential. But otherwise, yeah, 2013 has been a pretty dismal year.

So James prefers Man of Steel to Iron Man 3? Personally, I loved Iron Man 3, it's one of only 3 movies that has gotten 3.5 stars from me. And it's my second favorite film of the year so far, behind Side Effects. But Man of Steel is one of those movies I kind of liked but was mildly disappointing with when I first saw it. I gave it a very low 3 stars. But I've decided to lower it to 2.5 stars because I just really didn't like the fight scenes AT ALL! They were just too chaotic and frenetic for my taste. Could barely tell what was going on a lot of the times. No excitement and no suspense whatsoever. I just didn't care. The scenes in Krypton were awesome though. Russell Crowe was terrific. In fact, he was far and away the best thing about the movie. I liked Lois Lane and what they did with her although I didn't really feel much in the way of chemistry between her and Henry Cavill. Next to Crowe, the other thing I loved was Kevin Costner's portrayal of Clark's father. I just wish he had more screen time.


To me Side Effects is the best movie of the year and nothing really comes close. Though in second place I have Iron Man 3 and 3rd place the underrated Jack the Giant Slayer.

Lots of disappointments this year though, none more painful than A Good Day to Die Hard. God, that movie was heartbreaking to watch. Star Trek Into Darkness and Oblivion and Broken City were all huge disappointments as well. And of course, as I just mentioned above, Man of Steel.

I hope things begin to improve and fast. This has been a really disappointing summer. I think, as far as really big summer movies go, Elysium is our last shot at a great one. I hope it delivers. It does look very promising. Then we have great indie stuff potentially with The Way, Way Back and Fruitvail Station.


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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
Personally I found Side Effects to be the worst film of the year, though i've liked all the otther films i've seen this year so far, 2013 hasn't really dissapointed me much and there's more good stuff to come.


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Having endured six months of unremarkable theatrical releases, however (and I have tried hard to avoid the worst of the worst), I look forward to better days. Things certainly couldn't get worse.


Does it feel like films have been getting progressively worse in quality as the years go by? It certainly seems that way... or perhaps that is just a result of my tastes growing more refined as I grow older.


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Having endured six months of unremarkable theatrical releases, however (and I have tried hard to avoid the worst of the worst), I look forward to better days. Things certainly couldn't get worse.


Does it feel like films have been getting progressively worse in quality as the years go by? It certainly seems that way... or perhaps that is just a result of my tastes growing more refined as I grow older.

Dosen't feel that way to me at all, I think movies are getting each year.


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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
What about a Halftime Bottom 10? If not 10, then how about 5?


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What about a Halftime Bottom 10? If not 10, then how about 5?


It's painful enough to do a single Bottom 10 each year, let alone two of them!


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Post Re: July 14, 2013: "The 2013 Halftime Top 10"
Well, thank goodness it's the second half. Of the listed ten, I only saw "Before Midnight." The rest looked like they can wait for DVD. How come James does not even plan to review "Blue Jasmine"?


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ck100 wrote:
What about a Halftime Bottom 10? If not 10, then how about 5?



The year has been pretty topless.Those listed top ten could easily have been the bottoms. 2013 has been a film desert so far. I've been watching Turner Classics Truffaut Festival on cable.


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My Top 5 as of right now.

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