So we've come to the end of the year once again. 2014 is, after 365 days of movie watching, at an end. While I'm sure you've become accustomed to my Monday recaps of the 100 Movie Challenge, there's only 3 days left in the month so I figured I may as well wait until then to recap the last week (and 3 days). But first thing's first, The Top 2013 Releases Not Released in Australia Until 2014, a list which will be followed by my Best/Worst films of the year in the coming days.
Every January, us Australians hear so many complaints and cries for help from American movie-goers as they sit through a month of terrible movies. In Australia, this isn't the case. January is our month for left-over movies. Those final releases from the previous year that we haven't got yet. Because of this one reason, none of the films can make it into a Top Films of the Year List as I've made the list by the time I see the movie. But it seems that I've finally found a place for some of these astray films. Please do enjoy my list, and yes, there will be more than 8 titles on my next two lists so don't you worry about that.
8. All Is Lost
Slotting in at eighth place is All Is Lost, a one man show starring Robert Redford. We don't know much about this character, his name included, but we're with him for an entire hour and forty minutes. With very little dialogue and literally just one character, All is Lost was a rather risky experiment. Its screenplay was a mere thirty-one pages long, yet the story takes more than three times that length to tell. It really is quite an achievement, and it was one of the most frustrating viewings of 2014, but in a good way of course. READ MY REVIEW HERE
7. Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest film from the Coen brothers, directors of such classics as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men. With Inside Llewyn Davis they proved to us once again that they know how to make a damn entertaining movie. With brilliant performances and even better musical numbers, this film is an absolute hoot. It's quirky, hilarious and directed to perfection, even if there's a scene or two that may or may not overstay its welcome by a mere minute or two. READ MY REVIEW HERE
6. Dallas Buyers Club
Do you remember that moment back in March when Mathew McConaughey went up on stage to receive his Oscar and said "alright, alright, alright?" Well, this film was the reason why. While it deviates from the truth, Dallas Buyers Club is still an extraordinary piece of cinema. It's a film that, while not as easy to remember as other films on this list, had me laughing, tearing up and cheering for victory (quietly, of course). It's a film that is most certainly worthy of making this list. READ MY REVIEW HERE
In my review for Her I gave it 4 Stars. While this is still a very good rating, the previous films on this list all received a half star more. So why is Her higher up on the list? It's called rewatches, darling. It seems that there was something about this film that I just didn't quite pick up on the first time around. It clicked with me even more upon second viewing. It's a daringly original movie and a damn good love story. While Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant, it's Scarlett Johansson that steals the spotlight, and all she plays is a computer. READ MY REVIEW HERE
4. Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue is the Warmest Colour gained a lot of controversy for many different reasons. Firstly, because of its sex scenes. The film has more than a few lengthy scenes in which characters are either nude or performing sexual acts, which I hardly see as controversy. Just watch Nymphomaniac. This led to the second controversy, it's lack of Oscar nominations. It's a critically acclaimed movie and one of the best foreign films in recent years, yet it received no Oscar nominations, even in the Best Foreign Film category. And the third controversy is the film's director, Abdellatif Kechiche, who was accused of treating the lead actresses with disrespect during the production of the movie. Controversy aside, this film is amazing and it's one that I won't be forgetting. READ MY REVIEW HERE
I have never been to Nebraska, nor anywhere near Nebraska. Actually, I don't even know anyone who lives in Nebraska. Because of this, there's no possible way I could be biased when I say that I loved Nebraska. With an original, yet simplistic story, some of 2013's best performances and cinematography that's just utterly beautiful, made perfect by black and white, this movie rocks. Plus it has an ending that's touching, endearing and just all round mesmerising. READ MY REVIEW HERE
2. 12 Years A Slave
Saying that 12 Years a Slave deserved to win Best Picture is an understatement. While not my favourite of 2013, it's nothing short of a masterpiece. It's an intense and gruelling experience that I've been meaning to rewatch for a while, but I just... can't. It's an experience I'd be willing to watch again, but can't bring myself around to it. There's not a moment that drags, nor a performance close to sloppy. Michael Fassbender, who plays the most despicable slave owner of the three, gives an Oscar worthy performance, even if he has no Oscar to show for it. Hey, at least Lupita Nyong'o got her's. READ MY REVIEW HERE
1. The Wolf of Wall Street
Based on a true story, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. What more could you want from a movie? Not only is this film my number one 2013 released film not released in Australia until 2014, but it's also my top film of 2013. Period. We follow the story of douchebag Jordan Belfort, who spends his days snorting drugs, cheating on his unbearably attractive wife with hookers and scamming investors of millions of dollars. It's a revolting tale, but told in the most entertaining way possible. Scorsese can do no wrong and this film shows that not even old age can stop my favourite director! READ MY REVIEW HERE