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Top 10 Films I Saw in 2013

To be clear, these are my favourite films I saw in 2013, not necessarily films released this year. They are, however, still recent films.

In alphabetical order only.

  1. Before Midnight (2013)
  2. Cloud Atlas (2012)
  3. Django Unchained (2012)
  4. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  5. The Master (2012)
  6. Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
  7. Spring Breakers (2012)
  8. Stoker (2013)
  9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  10. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
2013 Oscar Predictions

Since I have now seen all 9 nominations for best picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, I think it’s time to once again give my thoughts and predictions on the winners. For a full list, go here.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Lincoln is a safe bet, and Zero Dark Thirty and Argo also have chances. I think it’d be cooler if Amour or Django Unchained won, but it’s unlikely.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty much sure to take this, and I have no problem with that. Denzel Washington may have a chance too. I think I’d like Joaquin Phoenix to win though.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

The Academy will probably give it to Jessica Chastain (which I support) or Naomi Watts (which I don’t support). I think it’d be cool if Emmanuelle Riva won.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I think Philip Seymour Hoffman should take it, but it’ll more likely be Alan Arkin or Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Anne Hathaway will almost definitely win this and I have no problem with that.

Best Achievement in Directing:

I suppose Steven Spielberg is the obvious choice here. I’d like it if Michael Haneke won, however.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

While I don’t think it’s the best screenplay Tarantino has written, I’d like Django Unchained to win. I also wouldn’t mind if Moonrise Kingdom won. I think Zero Dark Thirty is the most likely though.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I think perhaps Argo will take it, but I’m not really sure.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

Probably Wreck-It Ralph, but Brave certainly has a chance too.

Once again, I don’t have strong feelings one way or another about the other categories, except that I’m sure Adele will win for Skyfall.

This year’s awards are a bit more difficult to predict than other recent years, for sure. I can’t wait to find out who wins tomorrow!

Django Unchained (2012)
I actually had to watch this twice before writing this review. And I’m still a little undecided. I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and have been for many years. That, plus the myriad of glowing reviews this got, had me expecting a lot. I wasn’t crazy about it the first time I watched it, but I liked it better the second time. One of my main problems was that it felt so similar to Inglourious Basterds (2009) and also the Kill Bill films, to some extent. It just kinda seemed like Tarantino was doing the same revenge movie, except with African-Americans instead of Jews. I guess the other major reason I wasn’t so keen on it was the character of Django. Jamie Foxx did a great job, but I just wasn’t all that compelled by his character or his relationship to Kerry Washington’s character. I didn’t feel that their relationship was developed enough. It was quite long, which I wouldn’t mind, except that a couple of parts dragged a bit. Now, with all that negative stuff out of the way, let’s talk about what I liked. I loved so much of it! It’s wonderfully shot by Tarantino, and the cinematography was nice. It had lots of great dialogue, of course, though not quite as sharp as other films of his, I thought. There was lots of humour in it too. All Tarantino’s films have a funny side to them, but I thought some of it was a little obvious here. Something else Tarantino is known for is his soundtracks, and he’s delivered another awesome one here. I just wish they had been used more effectively, again, like his previous films. The entire cast was great. Christoph Waltz was fantastic, though not quite as impressive as his turn as Hans Landa. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent and gave what might be my favourite ever performance from him. Samuel L. Jackson was hilarious and amazing. Washington was good, even though her character didn’t get a lot to do. It’s far better than Death Proof (2007), but still not as good as his best work. I still think I’ll need to watch this a few more times before truly deciding how I feel about it. In the end, even the weakest Tarantino film is better than most other films.

Django Unchained (2012)

I actually had to watch this twice before writing this review. And I’m still a little undecided. I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and have been for many years. That, plus the myriad of glowing reviews this got, had me expecting a lot. I wasn’t crazy about it the first time I watched it, but I liked it better the second time. One of my main problems was that it felt so similar to Inglourious Basterds (2009) and also the Kill Bill films, to some extent. It just kinda seemed like Tarantino was doing the same revenge movie, except with African-Americans instead of Jews. I guess the other major reason I wasn’t so keen on it was the character of Django. Jamie Foxx did a great job, but I just wasn’t all that compelled by his character or his relationship to Kerry Washington’s character. I didn’t feel that their relationship was developed enough. It was quite long, which I wouldn’t mind, except that a couple of parts dragged a bit. Now, with all that negative stuff out of the way, let’s talk about what I liked. I loved so much of it! It’s wonderfully shot by Tarantino, and the cinematography was nice. It had lots of great dialogue, of course, though not quite as sharp as other films of his, I thought. There was lots of humour in it too. All Tarantino’s films have a funny side to them, but I thought some of it was a little obvious here. Something else Tarantino is known for is his soundtracks, and he’s delivered another awesome one here. I just wish they had been used more effectively, again, like his previous films. The entire cast was great. Christoph Waltz was fantastic, though not quite as impressive as his turn as Hans Landa. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent and gave what might be my favourite ever performance from him. Samuel L. Jackson was hilarious and amazing. Washington was good, even though her character didn’t get a lot to do. It’s far better than Death Proof (2007), but still not as good as his best work. I still think I’ll need to watch this a few more times before truly deciding how I feel about it. In the end, even the weakest Tarantino film is better than most other films.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2013

This is a list of the films I’m most excited about seeing in 2013. I’m also including some films from 2012 that haven’t been released in New Zealand yet.

Before Midnight (2013)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Les Miserables (2012)

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)