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Old 01-17-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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Interference's Best Films Of 2013

We probably wouldn't get enough participation for a poll this year, but at least we can post our own personal lists.

1. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, Canada)
2. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)
3. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, Canada)
4. Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, Spain)
5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)
6. Stoker (Park Chan-Wook, USA/UK)
7. 12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen, UK/USA)
8. Her (Spike Jonez, USA)
9. In The House (François Ozon, France)
10. The Wolf Of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, USA)

Honorable Mention: The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-Wai, China), Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, USA), The Past (Asghar Farhadi, France/Iran), Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Bros, USA), Night Across The Street (Raúl Ruiz, Chile), To The Wonder (Terrence Malick, USA), The East (Zal Batmanlij, USA), All Is Lost (JC Chandor, USA), Faust (Alexander Sokurov, Russia), Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, USA), From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki, Japan), Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, France)

Acting Citations: Suzanne Clément (Laurence Anyways), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty), Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Brit Marling (The East), Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster), Michael Polley (Stories We Tell), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Pauline Burlet (The Past), Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Color), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)


If anyone cares, here's some capsules for my Top 10 I wrote for my barely-used blog:

1. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, Canada)
One of the great relationship films, painted in both bold, colorful strokes and the most naked, candid details. A surprisingly wise perspective from a young auteur not even 25 years old putting himself in the shoes of a couple from their 30s to their 40s. Viewed by some as overlong and indulgent, there is as much soul as there is style, and characters you’re happy to spend more time with and sorry to say goodbye to. Heartbreaking yet rapturous for the future of the artform.

2. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)
Rome spread out before our eyes, its midnight mysteries and its aching decay, the wry observations of the aging party scene cognoscenti as well as the regrets and anxieties they keep close to the vest. Satirical and suspicious of institutions yet relishing the heartbeats and drumbeats of the revelers and saving a little room for lost love.

3. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, Canada)
In this quasi-documentary (and her third feature), actress Polley turns the camera on herself, or more accurately her entire extended family. The central mystery slowly and cleverly unfolds to the point where we are forced to re-evaluate all we have seen and heard. A brilliant exploration of the unreliable narrator and as the title makes plain, the nature of storytelling. And despite the narrative trickery a very moving experience.

4.Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, Spain)
Its novel thunder sadly stolen during production by the success of The Artist, this B&W silent homage draws inspiration from different, more continental sources, and one can see glimpses of early Russian, French, and German cinema in its visual approach. Yet the atmosphere and iconography are Spanish through and through, bringing a fresh angle to the Snow White tale. Unforgettable photography and music, and images that delight and haunt. An instant classic that feels more like an unearthed treasure from way back.

5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)
The (supposed) swan song from a legendary cinema artist, and surely the most towering voice in animation post-Walt Disney. Returning to his long obsession with flying machines, the story is Miyazaki’s most grounded in realism, and while ostensibly a loose biography of a notable Japanese figure, it also serves as a remembrance of the director’s own childhood. The pastoral imagery ranks alongside those of the old masters Ozu and Mizoguchi, and the scattered scenes where the imagination runs wild bear echoes of past flights of fancy from Miyazaki’s filmography. A fitting farewell.

6. Stoker (Park Chan-wook, USA/UK)
The English-language debut from Korean filmmaker Park may be dismissed as a simple genre exercise, but shows the director totally in command of cinematic language, featuring bravura camera movements and matched cuts. His follow-up to the modern vampire film Thirst runs along similar lines, minus the fangs and sanguinary excess, influenced by Hitchcock’s Shadow Of A Doubt (and perhaps Czech classic Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders), most notably in terms of the coming-of-age arc of its main character. This prim variation of Southern Gothic has a distinctly analog design, the only trace of technology a contemporary luxury car and an unused mobile phone. A genuinely creepy original in a tired genre.

7. 12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen, UK/USA)
Yes, a brutally powerful representation of a dark period in history. But more importantly a tactile, sensory experience in a particular time and place. The rotation of a riverboat paddlewheel, the burning embers of a discarded distress letter, and the ambient sounds of the South, perpetual even when providing the soundtrack to disturbingly mundane atrocities. A rare work that rides the delicate balance between detached artistic presentation and visceral engagement (with noteworthy contributions from its actors).

8. Her (Spike Jonez, USA)
Exploring the age-old process of recovering from emotional wounds and returning to the fray, the film at times seems a variation on the subgenre of Wise Aliens Visit Earth To Teach Humanity A Lesson, rather than an unique comment on human interaction in the digital age. The creative production design aside, this is more valuable for its sensitivity to common traumas than the strangeness of its story (which is normal compared to Jonez’ collaborations with Charlie Kaufman), with a welcome dosage of humor.

9. In The House (François Ozon, France)
Voyeurism has been a key theme for filmmakers including Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Fritz Lang, and David Lynch. What sets this film apart is the lack of a reflexive comment about cinema, as it concerns itself with literary observation and fantasy, its main protagonists a perceptive (and perverted) creative writing student and his increasingly obsessed teacher. Its condemnation of bourgeois hypocrisy reminiscent of Chabrol but with the added twist of (once again) the unreliable narrator. Devilish fun.

10. The Wolf Of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, USA)
On the surface not as poetic, reflective, or ambitious as much of his recent work, but in a sharp left turn Scorsese produces what is one of the most fast-paced and political films of his career: a relentless, cynical tableau of American greed and corruption. Firing breathlessly on all cylinders for much of its long running time, sequences are pumped up to maximum energy and volume, which abruptly drop out intermittently for dazzling, drawn out scenes of hilarious improvisation. This technique serves to keep the viewer breathless and off-kilter, forced to pause and come to terms with the collateral damage of the debauchery on display.
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Participated in this podcast if anyone's interested.

http://theyshotpictures.com/they-sho...review-part-1/

They Shot Pictures Ep#27: 2013 Year In Review – Part 2 |

Though not very useful probably, since I even say upfront I go by strict imdb dates so a lot of films are on my 2012 list that people saw this year, and I hadn't been to any festivals or shit this year, and my viewing of new film wasn't as strong as it could have been.

Anyway, a top 10 at this point?

Insidious 2
The World's End
Nobody's Daughter Haewon
The Grandmaster
Before Midnight
Wolf Children
The Past
Blue Jasmine
The Wolf of Wall Street
Our Sunhi
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I saw Laurence at the 2012 AFI Fest but yeah I'm going by U.S. release dates. It's irrelevant with that film as it's probably my favorite of the last 5 years.

I haven't rewatched anything else yet besides Biancanieves. I'm going to check out the Chinese cut of the WKW soon so that might move up in the future.
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Insidious 2 is really that good? I didn't see anything special in the first one. It was OK.

I'll have a list out sometime before the Oscars. Her, American Hustle, Before Midnight and Side Effects will be on there somewhere, but I've only seen 4 of the 9 best picture nominees so there's a lot of room for additions.
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This is what made the most impression for me so far.

1. 12 years a slave 9.0
2. Wolf of Wall Street 9.0
3. Before Midnight 9.0
4. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug 9.0
5. American Hustle 8.5
6. Captain Phillips 8.5
7. Blue Jasmine 8.5
8. The World's End 8.0
9. Her 8.0
10. Pacific Rim 7.5

I still want to see Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Grandmasters, The Wind Rises, The Hunt, The Great Beauty, Saving Mr. Banks, All is Lost, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Act of Killing. Ultimately I'll see these on video. Some of these might push some off titles from the top 10 but probably not.
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Participated in this podcast if anyone's interested.

They Shot Pictures Ep#26: 2013 Year In Review – Part 1 |

They Shot Pictures Ep#27: 2013 Year In Review – Part 2 |

Though not very useful probably, since I even say upfront I go by strict imdb dates so a lot of films are on my 2012 list that people saw this year, and I hadn't been to any festivals or shit this year, and my viewing of new film wasn't as strong as it could have been.

Anyway, a top 10 at this point?

Insidious 2
The World's End
Nobody's Daughter Haewon
The Grandmaster
Before Midnight
Wolf Children
The Past
Blue Jasmine
The Wolf of Wall Street
Our Sunhi
Insidious 2 is sitting on the 'ol hard drive right now. I'll have to check that out soon and give your pod a listen.

Told myself I'd have a 2013 list ready by Jan 31st. It'll happen, gang.
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I'm also shooting for the end of January, but looking at my list right now, I might be too embarrassed to post it.
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1= Anchorman 2
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Insidious 2 is really that good? I didn't see anything special in the first one. It was OK.

I'll have a list out sometime before the Oscars. Her, American Hustle, Before Midnight and Side Effects will be on there somewhere, but I've only seen 4 of the 9 best picture nominees so there's a lot of room for additions.
Insidious is one of my favorite horror films of the 21st century. Big fan of it and Wan's films less because they're scary or especially meaningful than because of their style, humor, visual expressiveness and Wan's really strong command of form and genre for firing off all the right pleasure centers in my brain. IMO, Insidious 2 is far and away his more interesting and enjoyable film to date.

Anyway the ranking of my list is somewhat arbitrary, though I did stick to the one I ultimately went with for the podcast just for continuity's sake. The Grandmaster and The World's End I've actually seen at least twice and they're probably stronger films on the whole. And I have two Hong Sang-Soo films on my list, as he's remarkably prolific and the closest thing we have to a modern day Eric Rohmer, he's easily one of my favorite working filmmakers, but it's his oeuvre as a continuing auteurist creative enterprise that is worth considering. He has standouts for sure, but nothing that excels so grandly above the rest (yet) as a My Night at Maud's or The Green Ray. Otherwise it would be easy to put more of his films at the top of my list every single year, which is no fun.

Major films from this year I've yet to see, ftw:

A Touch of Sin
The Wind Rises
Stray Dogs
Inside Llewyn Davis
Stranger by the Lake
Blue is the Warmest Color
Closed Curtain
Stories We Tell
The Act of Killing
The Missing Picture
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Here's the opening scene to my #1, in case anyone is curious but hasn't taken the plunge yet:


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Interference's Best Films Of 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 is so dope. Extrapolating from the first flick's gleefully baroque riff on the haunted house sub-genre to an even more expansive palette is a welcome change. so dope. Extrapolating from the first flick's gleefully baroque riff on the haunted house sub-genre to an even more expansive palette is a welcome change. The whole thing stood out to me as a study of prisms, the way flashlights can be refracted into a barrage of different colors, splitting the worlds of the living and the dead. Wan is churning out giallos that are in dialogue with the past & present, especially here. Seeing Jocelin Donohue as young Barbra Hershey was a nice surprise; I love me some House of the Devil.

The expanded mythology with overt nods to Psycho & The Shining operate in the framework of the first's dissection of Poltergeist, The Entity, and the rest of that ilk.

Really dug The Conjuring, but Wan's operating from a much more expressive and interesting place here.

 
and oh my god, the BTTF 2-esque returns to past events had me in fits. Fucking fantastic.
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good man

I guess I'll watch Lawrence Anyways, anyways. I GUESS GOD
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