Awards Watch Archive for December, 2013

Critics Top Ten List 2013: Bill Goodykuntz, Arizona Republic

1. 12 Years A Slave 2. Her 3. Stories We Tell 4. Gravity 5. American Hustle 6. Enough Said 7. The Act Of Killing 8. The Wolf Of Wall Street 9. Upstream Color 10. Dallas Buyers Club

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Guy Lodge, In Contention

1. Gravity 2. The Selfish Giant 3. Under The Skin 4. The Immigrant 5. Mother Of George 6. Child’s Pose 7. Tom at the Farm 8. Frances Ha 9. Blue is the Warmest Color 10. The Heat

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

1. Inside Llewyn Davis 2. American Hustle 3. Blue Jasmine 4. Stories We Tell 5. The Great Beauty 6. All Is Lost 7. 12 Years A Slave 8. The Conjuring 9. Before Midnight 10. Spring Breakers

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Robert Greene, Sight & Sound

1. The Act of Killing 2. The Last Station 3. Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis 4. These Birds Walk 5. Sleepless Nights 6. Museum Hours 7. 12 O’Clock Boys 8. Stories We Tell 9. Pablo’s Winter 10. Manakamana 11. Caucus 12. Big Men 13. Sickfuckpeople 14. At Berkeley 15. Cutie and the Boxer 16. The…

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Cheryl Eddy, SF Bay Guardian

1. The Act of Killing 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. Gravity 4. American Hustle 5. Upstream Color 6. Museum Hours 7. Spring Breakers 8. Frances Ha 9. Computer Chess 10. Fruitvale Station

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Rob Christopher, Chicagoist

Alphabetical Amour Before Midnight Blue Jasmine Computer Chess Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater Gravity Like Someone in Love The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Portrait of Jason 12 Years a Slave

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

1. The Great Beauty 2. Upstream Color 3. Camille Claudel 1915 4. The Act of Killing 5. Inside Llewyn Davis 6. Norte, the End of History 7. Exhibition 8. In Bloom 9. The Last Time I Saw Macao 10. Spring Breakers

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Dave Trumbore, Collider

1. This Is the End 2. The World’s End 3. Pacific Rim 4. Man of Steel 5. Monsters University 6. You’re Next 7. The Wolverine 8. Short Term 12 9. Blackfish 10. Getaway

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

1. The Act of Killing 2. Upstream Color 3. Blue is the Warmest Color 4. Inside Llewyn Davis 5. Gravity 6. Borgman 7. Gloria 8. Blue Caprice 9. Death of a Man in the Balkans 10. The Wolf of Wall Street

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Caryn James, James on Screens

1. Her 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. Nebraska 4. Inside Llewyn Davis 5. The Wolf of Wall St. Director Martin Scorsese 6. American Hustle 7. The Invisible Woman 8. The Broken Circle Breakdown 9. Top of the Lake 10. The Selfish Giant

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy

1. Mud 2. Gravity 3. Nebraska 4. The Place Beyond the Pines 5. Saving Mr. Banks 6. Dallas Buyers Club 7. Enough Said 8. Short Term 12 9. Blue Jasmine 10. Fruitvale Station

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Sam Adams, Criticwire

1. Upstream Color 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. Room 237 4. No 5. The Spectacular Now 6. Before Midnight 7. Bastards 8. In a World 9. Crystal Fairy 10. The Wolf of Wall Street

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Anne Thompson, Thompson On Hollywood

1. Gravity 2. Nebraska 3. 12 Years a Slave 4. Captain Phillips 5. Short Term 12 6. Before Midnight 7. Her 8. Enough Said 9. Fruitvale Station 10. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Critics Top Ten 2013: Bryce Renninger, indieWIRE

1. Inside Llewyn Davis 2. Her 3. Gasland Part II 4. Cutie and the Boxer 5. After Tiller 6. Blue Jasmine 7. Leviathan 8. The Act of Killing 9. Frances Ha 10. Enough Said

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Peter Knegt, indieWIRE

1. Inside Llewyn Davis 2. Her 3. Before Midnight 4. Frances Ha 5. Gravity 6. Stories We Tell 7. 12 Years a Slave 8. The Act of Killing 9. This is the End 10. Blue is the Warmest Color

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Dana Harris, indieWIRE

Alphabetical 12 Years a Slave The Act of Killing American Hustle Gravity Her Short Term 12 Stories We Tell Sun Don’t Shine Wadjda The Wolf of Wall Street

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Brad Brevet, Rope Of Silicon

1. Her 2. Inside Llewyn Davis 3. Before Midnight 4. Laurence Anyways 5. All Is Lost 6. Lone Survivor 7. The Hunt 8. Side Effects 9. Prisoners 10. Short Term 12

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Michael Medved, The Michael Medved Show

1. American Hustle 2. August: Osage County 3. 12 Years A Slave 4. Gravity 5. Rush 6. Nebraska 7. The Place Beyond the Pines 8. Captain Phillips 9. Monsters University 10. About Time

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Ethan Alter, Movies Without Pity

1. Inside Llewyn Davis 2. Before Midnight 3. Tim’s Vermeer 4. 12 Years a Slave 5. Her 6. Gravity 7. The World’s End 8. Something in the Air 9. Spring Breakers 10. A Hijacking/Captain Phillips

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Critics Top Ten List 2013: Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

1. Her 2. Before Midnight 3. Short Term 12 4. The Wolf Of Wall Street 5. Gravity 6. 12 Years A Slave 7. Spring Breakers 8. Inside Llewyn Davis 9. Stories We Tell 10. Cheap Thrills

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg