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Top 10 Films of 2013, and more.

2013 was a good year in the cinemas for me. It is impossible to sum up the best of what I’ve seen in a list of ten. My “Top 7” is pretty much locked in, but I must admit that the positions of #8-#20 can be switched around on any given day. Top_10_2013

11. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (dir. Hong Sang-soo)

12. Closed Curtain (dir. Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi)

13. Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (dir. Sion Sono)

14. Her (dir. Spike Jonze)

15. Three Sisters (dir. Wang Bing)

16. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater)

17. 12 Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)

18. The Act of Killing (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)

19. No (dir. Pablo Larraín)

20. Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth)

Honorable mention: The Last Time I Saw Macao, A Touch of Sin, The Grandmaster, The Lunchbox, Trace, The Angels’ Share and Beyond the Hills.

I also participated in voting for In Review Online’s Top 20 Films of 2013, which I had to exclude a few of the above films (Stranger By the Lake, Stray Dogs, etc) due to their lack of American release in 2013. I wrote a little blurb for InRO on my favorite, Leviathan. You can also read my review of Carlos Reygadas’s Post Tenebras Lux and Claire Denis’s Bastards at InRO.

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If we were to pick the greatest films of all time… (part one)

(Editor’s note: Sight & Sound magazine recently published the newest edition of their esteemed poll of the “greatest films of all time” and we thought it will be interesting to ask our own writers about which ten films they consider as the greatest. Personal favorites? Most Influential? There is no criterion for their choices. First up, we have our former writer R.M. Crossin‘s top 10 movies.)

These are ten of my favorite films. (R.M. Crossin)

1. Pulp Fiction (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino, USA). There’s nothing I can say about this film that you haven’t already read. It is endlessly quotable and has only improved with age.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA). Ambitious filmmaking of the highest order.

3. Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese, USA). Scorsese’s portrait of a post-Vietnam antihero is a snapshot of loneliness in New York City’s urban jungle. Continue reading

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