Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ksrymy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:28 pm

I have to second (or third) Berberian Sound Studio. An amazing film as well as a work of meta-film.

Since it was released in 2012 in Britain, though, I have it on my Top 10 of 2012.
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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:55 am

Based on release date in country of origin.

1. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
2. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
3. Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
4. Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Koreeda)
5. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (Nicholas D Wrathall)
6. Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan & Joel Coen)
7. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
8. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)
9. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Denis Cote)
10. Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas)
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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:20 am

Johnny Guitar wrote:
ITALIANO wrote:
OscarGuy wrote: Berberian Sound Studio may seem like a cheat, but a good 70% of the film is in Italian.


Never heard of this one before, but it certainly sounds interesting.


It is quite good. Kind of minor (intentionally so), but inventive. A lot of the dialogue is in Italian, though much of the film's point is that it's told from a Brit's perspective, and he doesn't quite grasp all of what's going on.



And it seems to be set in the world of giallo movies, which of course I am a fan of.

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Johnny Guitar » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:41 pm

ITALIANO wrote:
OscarGuy wrote: Berberian Sound Studio may seem like a cheat, but a good 70% of the film is in Italian.


Never heard of this one before, but it certainly sounds interesting.


It is quite good. Kind of minor (intentionally so), but inventive. A lot of the dialogue is in Italian, though much of the film's point is that it's told from a Brit's perspective, and he doesn't quite grasp all of what's going on.

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:25 pm

OscarGuy wrote: Berberian Sound Studio may seem like a cheat, but a good 70% of the film is in Italian.


Never heard of this one before, but it certainly sounds interesting.

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby OscarGuy » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:21 pm

I haven't seen Blue yet and The Hunt is on my desk to watch at some point, but so far I have two foreign lingo films in my top ten. Berberian Sound Studio may seem like a cheat, but a good 70% of the film is in Italian. Blancanieves is the other. I'm definitely not done watching, though, so we'll see how things go.
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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:55 am

Oh ok. So you have seen Blue.

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:54 am

This is the first time since 1996 that my top ten list does not include at least one film that is not in the English language.

I think it's the best year in a long time that the best films of the year coincide with those that appear to have the best shots at major Oscar nominations. Other films I liked that fall just short of my top ten include Before Midnight; Fruitvale Station; What Maisie Knew; Mud; The Place Beyond the Pines; Short Term 12; No; The Hunt and Blue Is the Warmest Color.
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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:59 am

Big Magilla wrote:
ITALIANO wrote:Very true. Only America makes great movies. Sure...


This year, yes.



No Big Magilla - the sad truth is, especially this year: NO.

Watch ANY movie NOT in the English language and it's certainly better of at least four of the movies in your list (those that I have seen. And I haven't seen Saving Mr Banks yet - is it REALLY better than Blue is the Warmest Color..?).

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:42 am

ITALIANO wrote:Very true. Only America makes great movies. Sure...


This year, yes, although I haven't seen The Great Beauty yet, so perhaps I missed something.
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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:56 am

Big Magilla wrote:Ten Best Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)
Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Philomena (Stephen Frears)
Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock)
The Book Thief (Brian Percival)



Very true. Only America makes great movies. Sure...

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Bog » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:22 am

Big Magilla wrote:Ten Best Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)
Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Philomena (Stephen Frears)
Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock)
The Book Thief (Brian Percival)


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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:36 am

Ten Best Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)
Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Philomena (Stephen Frears)
Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock)
The Book Thief (Brian Percival)
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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby ITALIANO » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:54 am

Johnny Guitar wrote:
ITALIANO wrote:
Johnny Guitar wrote:2. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)



I love what you wrote about this one. You gave the move what it deserved.

I actually love what you wrote about the other movies, too - amd now I am really curious to see them. And to be honest I kind of loved what you wrote about the only one which - except for the Sorrentino - I have actually seen. I don't exactly agree with you (and number 1 is probably a bit too much), but I can see your point. And - last bit not least - I'd love to know what you think about Blue is the Warmest Color, which isn't in your top 11, so I guess you didn't really appreciate it. But why?


Thanks for your kind words. To me, Before Midnight at number one is just where it belongs! I think the film, like the ones before it, is more profound than the sum of its conversations alone. As for Blue Is the Warmest Color, I actually haven't seen it yet - it opens commercially here in Chicago in about a week. (I think it's played a few times before that, but I've missed the screenings.)



Oh ok... Let me know what you think of it when you see it (my prediction: you will appreciate, but not enough for it to make your list).

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Re: Our Top 10 Lists of 2013

Postby Johnny Guitar » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:51 am

ITALIANO wrote:
Johnny Guitar wrote:2. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)



I love what you wrote about this one. You gave the move what it deserved.

I actually love what you wrote about the other movies, too - amd now I am really curious to see them. And to be honest I kind of loved what you wrote about the only one which - except for the Sorrentino - I have actually seen. I don't exactly agree with you (and number 1 is probably a bit too much), but I can see your point. And - last bit not least - I'd love to know what you think about Blue is the Warmest Color, which isn't in your top 11, so I guess you didn't really appreciate it. But why?


Thanks for your kind words. To me, Before Midnight at number one is just where it belongs! I think the film, like the ones before it, is more profound than the sum of its conversations alone. As for Blue Is the Warmest Color, I actually haven't seen it yet - it opens commercially here in Chicago in about a week. (I think it's played a few times before that, but I've missed the screenings.)


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