Senses of Cinema has posted its 2013 World Poll featuring best-of-the-year lists from well over a hundred critics, programmers, and filmmakers from around the world. Is this cinema’s most international annual poll? Probably.
Srikanth Srinivasan has posted his top ten, and a fine list it is, too. #1: “Rife with film references and genre games, The Wolf of Wall Street is as much a duet between Scorsese’s spiritual concerns and the topicality of Terence Winter’s adaptation as it is a soaring, endlessly fascinating example of commercial filmmaking that witnesses a veteran craftsman at the top of his game.”
2013 saw Peter Labuza and Andrew Welch setting up To Be (Cont’d), an online space for unrushed conversation about just one theme per month. Contributors have written some of the best films of the year, each addressing either a personal #1 or “a movie that might not have gotten the reception it deserved.”
And the second part of the Cinephiliacs best-of-2013 podcast, with Peter Labuza and Keith Uhlich discussing their lists, is now up (111’59”).
PopMatters has a paragraph and a trailer for each of its top 35 films of 2013. #1: 12 Years a Slave. And the worst film of the year? The Starving Games. You’ll also find lists of the best female and male performances.
Film Festival Posters picks its winners.
Ruben Demasure: “A delegation of Photogénie set out to London for the screening of Kevin Brownlow’s 5½ hour restoration of the 1927 silent epic Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (Napoleon as seen by Abel Gance). I look back at it as one of my cinephiliac highlights of the year.”
At Ioncinema, Trieste Kelly Dunn, who appears in Geoff Marslett’s Loves Her Gun, which opens in New York on Friday (the director and star are guests on Filmwax Radio), lists her top ten films of all time.
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle), and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) for its DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013.
“David Trueba’s Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Gracia Querejeta’s 15 Years and One Day, and Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s Family United will face off with Fernando Franco’s Wounded and Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal for the top awards at 2014’s 28th Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars,” reports Variety‘s John Hopewell. Storyteller has the full list.
The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle has announced its awards and Movie City News has the list. Best Film: Her. And In Contention‘s Kristopher Tapley notes that the Vancouver Film Critics Circle “has hopped on the 12 Years a Slave/Alfonso Cuarón bandwagon.”