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The Best Film You've Seen This Year 
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Doesn't have to be a 2013 release, but some treasure you've stumbled across.

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Gonna have to break this down, because there's no way I can pick just one and there are a few different categorizations that deserve mentioning.


MOVIES THAT ARE BEST AT BEING BEST

Take Shelter
Bird
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Paperman
Strangers on a Train
Gravity
12 Years a Slave


MOVIES WITH SERIOUS ISSUES, BUT ARE COMPELLING ANYWAY

Bug (the Friedkin movie with Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon freaking out in a room)
Coffy
Side By Side
Six Days to Air
Time After Time
Sisters


MOVIES THAT ARE BEST AT BEING SHITTY MOVIES

Identity Thief
Synecdoche, New York


MOVIES THAT ARE BEST AT BEING HONORABLE MENTIONS

Road House
Road House + Rifftrax commentary


ALL-TIME WORLDWIDE ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST THEATRICAL SCREENING OF 2013

Superman


MOVIE THAT IS BEST AT MAKING ME SAD BECAUSE I CAN'T RAVE ABOUT IT WITH UNRESERVED ENTHUSIASM

Man of Steel

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I'll limit it to 2013 releases. The best film I've seen has been 12 Years a Slave. However, there's some films I have yet to see, so I'm not making a final judgment yet.

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Early Summer by Ozu.

The best 2013 film I've seen is Gravity.

Other excellent films I've seen for the first time this year are Late Spring (also Ozu), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Murder My Sweet, Lili, Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, Libeled Lady, Army of Shadows and The Shawshank Redemption.

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Almost every great movie I've seen, I've seen this year. It would be way too hard to choose just one.

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Right now without giving it much thought: (in order and I will also just stick with 2013 releases)

Gravity
Mud
Prisoners
Captain Phillips
Don Jon (probably the funniest movie I've seen this year).


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It's hard to stick to just 2013 releases, since a lot of the best 2013 films aren't screening in theaters here in NZ and DVD/Blu-Ray releases are at least 4 months behind the cinema...

Europa Report
Gravity
Kick-Ass 2
Assault on Wall Street (guilty pleasure)
Stoker


Adding 2012 releases I didn't get round to seeing until this year:
Cloud Atlas
The Place Beyond the Pines
(this is a 2012 film apparently)
Life of Pi
Dredd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Django Unchained
Beasts of the Southern Wild


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The Bicycle Thief (as titled by Netflix - I understand that it may be more properly called The Bicycle Thieves, which makes more sense). The only new movies I've seen this year have been family movies.


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We should have some of Ken's categories for the Pedros.

I liked Before Midnight a lot, and when I think about truly noteworthy films I've seen this year that's really the only one that comes to mind. I've seen a lot of junk since January 1st.

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Best for 2013 movies:
Before Midnight
Gravity

Best seen this year that aren't 2013 releases:
2001

Some 2013 little gems:
Sparrows Dance
100 Bloody Acres
Errors of the Human Body


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In no order, these are some of the best ones I saw this year for the first time...

Bullitt
Spoorloos
12 Angry Men
Dr. Strangelove
The Road
Winter's Bone



And a special mention to Holy Motors for being so damn unique.

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This year I've given 10/10 ratings to 10 films. Those films are:

Secret Sunshine
All About Eve
Children Of Paradise
Samurai Rebellion
Shoah
Still Walking
Charulata
Andrei Rublev
Scenes From A Marriage
Late Spring


With the exceptions of the newer Secret Sunshine and Still Walking, all of those are established classics, and completely deserving on their lofty reputations.

Some other notables:

Out Of The Past is a classic noir with great performances from Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas.

John Woo's international version of Red Cliff is pure epic filmmaking.

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, with Mitchum again, is one of those gritty 1970s thrillers that just don't get made anymore.

Marketa Lazarova is a wintry Czech epic that would serve as a good companion piece to Andrei Rublev.

Atlantic City finds Louis Malle is melancholy noir mode, and doing it wonderfully.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a very poignant coming of age tale/time travel anime.

Birth from Jonathan Glazer is a horror film with a dreamlike quality I found quite entrancing.

The Hill is an overlooked Sidney Lumet great that's as intense as anything I've seen this year.

I don't see too many documentaries, but like Ken, I found Jiro Dreams of Sushi very worthwhile.

There have been plenty of great films released in 2013 as well, and for the first time probably ever I don't think I have a clear #1 at this point. When the end of the year comes around I'll take stock of everything released and compose a proper list of the Top 2013 Films I Saw In 2013.

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Thus far, Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt has been the best film I have seen in theaters this year. However, there are quite a few "at-home viewings" that should probably be mentioned as well (Note: all of the following films received 4/4 stars from me)

Z (1969)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Nashville (1975)
The Hill (1965)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)


I've written a little something about all of these (save for one or two) in the Last Movie Watched thread, so no need to clog up more space here.

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Looking back over the films I've seen in 2013 (and I've seen about 150 with a few weeks to go), it's been frankly a bit disappointing. That said, I won't see a lot of the best 2013 films till early next year (given how late art-house films are to coming to NZ in general (if at all)), otherwise it will be DVD/Blu-Ray which is 4 months behind that again). But so far, I'd say this has been an overall below average year for me.


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Movies I saw for the first time this year and really liked:

Torque/Detention
Running Scared
Dark City
Short Cuts
The Brave One
Mona Lisa (which took a second viewing to really get into)
Earrings of Madame de...
Blow Up
White Dog
Repo Man
Demolition Man
Cube


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Hard to say what the best film was(Fruitvale Station I guess), but 2013 certainly did not dissapoint for me.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Demolition Man

This movie is way funnier than I remembered it being. It's way funnier than anybody remembers it being. The satire is pretty outlandish, but it's also pretty sharp.

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Ken wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Demolition Man

This movie is way funnier than I remembered it being. It's way funnier than anybody remembers it being. The satire is pretty outlandish, but it's also pretty sharp.


Yeah, it's great. Terrific one-liners, awesome Wesley Snipes, and the production value really holds up. It's a good time.


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Most films I saw in 2013 were theatrical films. I'm not ready to say which film I thought was the best. Btw, will there be a thread for the ten (or how much ever) best films of 2013 ?


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MGamesCook wrote:
Ken wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Demolition Man

This movie is way funnier than I remembered it being. It's way funnier than anybody remembers it being. The satire is pretty outlandish, but it's also pretty sharp.


Yeah, it's great. Terrific one-liners, awesome Wesley Snipes, and the production value really holds up. It's a good time.


I'm surprised you're both surprised. I always thought it pretty much nailed it as a funny actioner.

Pity the lamentable, joyless turd that is Judge Dredd came not long after.

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