Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 moments to cherish...cinema 2013

  1. Kristin Scott Thomas in Only God Forgives. There were many extraordinary performances this year where actors seemed to make brave choices and this was definitely one of the most frightening to watch on screen...each of her scenes were electric and gave much needed energy to this messy film.
  2. Irish film and television producing some of the best work of the year internationally with Love/Hate on television and What Richard Did on the big screen. There is a definite sense that Ireland has reached a new creative level and I can't wait to see more.
  3. The crowning and continued success of Jennifer Lawrence, a modern movie star that audiences can't help but love.
  4. Tom Hanks. I have never been a huge admire of his work or his person, he has been too wholesome and American for me until...Cloud Atlas, Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks. That is a trio of films and performances that show a range of interests and talents that have made me a fan of the man. He really pushed himself and his persona this year and that should be celebrated.
  5. Disney proved that their traditional offering of fairytale adaptations with a musical twist were still relevant and exciting with Frozen
  6. Auteur directors going for broke with Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. These aren't the best films from their respective director but they were fascinating to watch and see what directors will do with a big scope.
  7. This scene from Frances Ha. Perfectly sums up the desires that this generation has been shifted towards.
  8. Before Midnight. The beautiful end to a overwhelmingly epic trilogy.
  9. Nicole Kidman continuing to pursue roles that are surely(!) out of her comfort zone with The Paperboy and Stoker. Neither film were successes (in more than one way) but it is fascinating to watch Kidman when she has given herself over to a character in a BIG way. I for one love her performance in Stoker and think it's a style of acting that another director will take advantage of when she is cast in a similar role. Here's hoping she'll never stop pushing herself and audiences.
  10. The 'Let's Go Fly A Kite' scene in Saving Mr. Banks. Thinking of that will give me joy for years to come.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top of the class. Films 2013.

  1. The Great Beauty
  2. What Richard Did
  3. Frances Ha
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Blue is the Warmest Colour
  6. Frozen
  7. Before Midnight
  8. Captain Phillips
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. The Place Beyond the Pines
Notable others: I'm So Excited, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top of the class. Performances 2013.

  1. Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
  2. Lindsay Duncan in Le Week-End
  3. Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight
  4. Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
  5. Kristin Scott Thomas in Only God Forgives
  6. Jim Broadbent in Le Week-End
  7. Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained
  8. Julie Deply in Before Midnght
  9. Adele Exarchopoulous in Blue is the Warmest Colour
  10. Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty
Notable others: Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra, Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha, Helen Hunt in The Sessions, Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln, Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top of the class. Direction 2013.

  1. Lenny Abrahamson for What Richard Did
  2. Abdellatif Kechiche for Blue is the Warmest Colour 
  3. Paolo Sorrentino for The Great Beauty
  4. Tom Tyker, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski for Cloud Atlas
  5. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
  6. Clio Barnard for The Selfish Giant
  7. Derek Cianfrance for The Place Beyond the Pines
  8. Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
  9. Noah Baumbach for Frances Ha
  10. Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Notable others: Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Richard Linklater for Before Midnight, Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Monday, December 30, 2013

My year in film. 2013