Unlike most reviewers, I have waited until the actual end of the year to reveal my summation movie lists.
This list comprises only movies that I have seen -there are some 2013 releases I have yet to déguste,– and it is limited to movies that were officially released in 2013. Wonderful movies that I discovered this year, but were released officially last year, such as the intriguing documentary Jobriath A.D., are omitted with regret. Click on the titles to read my original reviews.
in no particular order:
1. The Past – Béréniece Bejo shows she can act in a “talkie” in Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s challenging drama; her perfomance won her the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
2. Blue Is The Warmest Color – the grand prize winner of the Cannes Film Festival is equal parts heart-warming and heart-wrenching.
3. Hannah Arendt – a superlative biopic about a superlative woman with a superlative performance by the underrated German actress Barbara Sukowa. Although it errs on the side of assuming perhaps too much knowledge from the audience, there is no prejudice toward or against its subject.
4. The Act Of Killing – many reviewers have spoiled this movie’s climax by condescendingly assuming their readers are incapable of delayed gratification. While it does take awhile to align with this movie, one’s patience is rewarded with one of the most unique catharses ever captured on film.
5. Philomena – an example of a compelling true story that needs no fiction added, Judi Dench is expectedly brilliant, co-star (and producer) Steve Coogan was unexpectedly her peer on screen.
6. The Family – this may be the only best list that includes this movie, peu importe. This sublime comedy was lost on those who judged it on its high concept premise and marketing. French screenwriter and director Luc Besson deconstructed our sacred cows while sending up his own culture.
7. Renoir – the movie is as beautiful as the painter’s own masterpieces.
8. Blue Jasmine – apart from that wardrobe, Cate Blanchett created a character so multi-faceted, it sparked a fascinating debate in the comments and on Le Movie Snob’s Facebook page.
9. The Angel’s Share – should have been the Sideways of Scotland & her whiskey.
10. This Is The End – Fearless self-mockery and hysterical send-up of the now-ubiquitous genre of Apocalypse movies. Writer/directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen knew they were going to hell before they made this movie; they’re Jewish.