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11/18/2014

2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]


The 10 Best Film of 2013:



1. 12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen


2. Finding Vivian Maier - Charlie Siskel & John Maloof + Best Documentary of the Year




3. Inside Llewyn Davis - Joel and Ethan Coen + Best Music Film of the Year


4. Blue Is the Warmest Colour/La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 & 2 - Abdellatif Kechiche + Best French Film of the Year


5.  Only God Forgives - Nicholas Winding Refn + Best Danish Film of the Year


6.  The Conjuring - James Wan + Best Horror Film of the Year


7. Nebraska - Alexander Payne



8. The Wolf of Wall Street - Martin Scorsese



9. Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen + Best San Francisco Film of the Year



10. Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón + Best Science Fiction Film of the Year

Other great movies of 2013: (in random order)



Ida - Pawel Pawlikowski + Best Polish Film of the Year



Enough Said - Nicole Holofcener + Best Los Angeles Film of the Year



Don Jon - Joseph Gordon-Levitt + Best Director's Debut of 2013



Begin Again/Can a Song Save Your Life? - John Carney + Best New York Film of the Year



Despicable Me 2 - Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud


Monsters University - Dan Scanlon - Best Animated Film of the Year



Side Effects - Steven Soderbergh + Best Thriller of the Year

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Don Scardino + Best Comedy of the Year


Behind the Candelabra - Steven Soderbergh

Recommendable, good movies of 2013: (in random order) 


Tom at the Farm/Tom à la Ferme - Xavier Dolan + Best Canadian Film of the Year + Best Queer Film of the Year



This Is the End - Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen



Stranger by the Lake/L'Inconnu du Lac - Alain Guiraudie



Fading Gigolo - John Turturro



Dallas Buyers Club - Jean-Marc Vallée



Anchorman: The Legend Continues - Adam McKay + Strangest Film of the Year


 Nymphomaniac - Lars Von Trier + Wildest Film of the Year


Star Trek Into Darkness - J. J. Abrams


Oz the Great and Powerful - Sam Raimi


The Last Stand - Kim Jee-Woon + Best Comeback of the Year



White House Down - Roland Emmerich + Silliest Film of the Year




Pacific Rim - Guillermo Del Toro



Evil Dead - Fede Alvarez

The 7 Worst Films of 2013:



1. A Good Day to Die Hard - John Moore + Worst Poster of the Year



2. Stoker - Chan-wook Park



3. The Last Exorcism Part 2 - Ed Gass-Donnelly


4. Keeper of Lost Causes/Kvinden i Buret - Mikkel Nørgaard


5. Odd Thomas - Stephen Sommers



6The Bling Ring  - Sofia Coppola



7. Gangster Squad - Ruben Fleischer + Most Expensive Flop of the Year



Mediocre film of 2013:

The Heat (2013) or, Prissy and Offensive in Boston


Remarks:

The first updated 2013 list raises the amount of reviewed films from 17 to 40, making the new list much more qualified as a stamp on the year in movies. 
Running through the list from the top:
2013 have offered 3 straight masterpieces (so far) in Steve McQueen's amazing, multi-Oscar-winning 12 Year a Slave, Charlie Siskel and John Maloof's slightly overlooked, great documentary Finding Vivian Maier, and Joel and Ethan Coen's music drama pearl, Inside Llewyn Davis.
The rest of the top 10 includes the incredible French love story Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Nicolas Winding Refn's strange, trippy Only God Forgives, James Wan's phenomenal horror The Conjuring, Alexander Payne's poignant Nebraska, Martin Scorsese's charged, rambunctious The Wolf of Wall Street, Woody Allen's magnificent Blue Jasmine and finally the probably most talked about film of the year, the sensationally stimulating space-thriller Gravity.
2013 had many other great and wonderful films, as well as some painstaking duds, most prominently Die Hard 5, A Good Day to Die Hard, Chan-wook Park's pretentious, boring and unpleasant Stoker and the dubious, befittingly titled The Last Exorcism Part 2.
2013 was characterized by a jump towards almost ruthless realism in some of the year's most interesting films, from the biggest winner (12 Years a Slave) to the more arthouse-bound European films like Nymphomaniac and Blue Is the Warmest Colour that both feature explicit sex scenes galore. Film Excess warmly welcomes this new trend, which only heightens already good films, (but will hardly save films that are already shabby.)
The 2014 Oscars favored 12 Years a Slave and Gravity for technical awards, as well as Dallas Buyers Club, and gave single Oscars for Blue Jasmine and Spike Jonze's Her. Disney's Frozen and Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby also took a couple of prizes each. Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson won the short film Oscar for Helium. Twenty Feet From Stardom won Best Documentary, and Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty won Best Foreign Film.
Film Excess still has tons of 2013 films to watch and digest: Films that are especially high on the watch-list radar are; Grudge Match, Black Nativity, 12-12-12, Gimme Shelter, The Galapagos Affair, August: Osage County, The Green Inferno, The Railway Man, The Last of Robin Hood, Blood Glacier, The Sacrament, Labor Day, Visitors, Of Horses and Men, The Butler, The Wind Rises, All Is Lost, Jodorowsky's Dune, Like Father Like Son, The Past, The Last Match, Frozen, Let the Fire Burn, Adult World, All Is Bright, Mistaken for Strangers, Not Today, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, The Kings of Summer, Kill Your Darlings, Escape From Tomorrow and Twenty Feet From Stardom.

What do you think of Film Excess' 2013 lists?
What films would comprise your lists?

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