List: Top Fives of 2013 (in which I dole out a boatload of superlatives)


Welcome to the 3rd annual Cinema Enthusiast Awards! I started this, and the personal remembrance post to go up tomorrow, in an effort to encapsulate the odds and ends of a year in film. The purpose is to pay tribute and recognize the rankable elements of films great, decent and unfortunate in a given year. Each year I seem to be adding more and more categories because, well, why not! It’s my blog! Normally I have an individual song usage post as well as a posters post. This year I’m condensing them and throwing them in here. Next year I’ll get back to extrapolated posts for them, especially because people seem to enjoy them. It’s just that they are particularly difficult to do after the fact.

The Conjuring

Use of Title Card/Opening Credit Sequence:
1. The Conjuring (title card)
2. Top of the Lake (opening credits)
3. Stoker (opening credits)
4. The Spectacular Now (title card)
5. The Bling Ring (opening credits)

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Beginnings: 
1. Bastards (Creton haunting the streets)
2. Laurence Anwyays 
3. Spring Breakers
4. The World’s End
5. Inside Llewyn Davis 
Honorable Mention: It’s a Disaster

Bastards

Endings: 
1. Bastards 
2. 12 Years a Slave 
3. Before Midnight 
4. It’s a Disaster
5. Prince Avalanche 
Honorable Mention: Her

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Ensemble Cast:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street 
2. Top of the Lake 
3. The Spectacular Now 
4. The World’s End¬†
5. Blue Jasmine 
Honorable Mention: This Is the End 

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Underappreciated Films:
1. In the House 
2. It’s a Disaster
3. Byzantium 
4. New World
5. The Pirogue
Honorable Mention: Monsters University (well known, but unfairly catches abundant amounts of slack within cinephile circles. It’s one of my favorites this year)

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Films That Started Strong But…:
1. Magic Magic (blunt and distancing climax that undoes everything that came before)
2. This Is the End (unfortunately settles into spectacle mode for last third)
3. Stories We Tell (runs out of steam and Polley neglects to place herself within her own story)
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (once again, the games are not nearly as interesting as the rest)
5. The World’s End (those last 20 minutes are pretty rough and yet it’s still got a high spot on my ¬†year-end list)¬†
Honorable Mention: Side Effects (that twist…)

Gravity

Disappointments: 
1. Gravity
2. The Place Beyond the Pines
3. You’re Next 
4. Much Ado About Nothing 
5. From Up on Poppy Hill
Honorable Mention: Leviathan 

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Newcomers: 
1. Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
2. Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
3. Saskia Rosendahl (Lore)
4. Ernst Umhauer (In the House)
5. Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) (he’s been around for a while but this is a breakout role for sure so I’m putting him in)
Honorable Mentions: Cosmina Stratan (Beyond the Hills), Conner Chapman (The Selfish Giant), Macarena Garcia (Blancanieves)

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Underappreciated Performances:
1. Hwang Jeong-min – New World
2. Gemma Arterton ‚Äď Byzantium¬†
3. Michael Cera ‚Äď Magic Magic¬†
4. Elizabeth Debicki ‚Äď The Great Gatsby¬†
5. Katharine Isabelle ‚Äď American Mary¬†
Honorable Mention: Caleb Landry Jones ‚Äď Antiviral, David Cross – It’s a Disaster, Jane Levy ‚Äď Evil Dead

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Bit Parts/Smaller Roles: (goes up to minor supporting parts) 
1. Kyle Chandler РThe Wolf of Wall Street
2. Matthew McConaughey ‚Äď The¬†Wolf of Wall Street¬†
3. Lola Creton ‚ÄstBastards¬†(integral to film, 5th billing, but very little screen time)
4. Michael Cera ‚ÄstThis is the End
5. Adeporo Oduye ‚Äst12 Years a Slave
Honorable Mentions: Nathan Fillion ‚ÄstMuch Ado About Nothing, Tom Hollander ‚ÄstByzantium

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Scores: 
1. Prince Avalanche – Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo
2. Only God Forgives – Cliff Martinez
3. Spring Breakers –¬†Cliff Martinez and Skrillex
4. Bastards – Tindersticks
5. Stoker – Clint Mansell
Honorable Mention: Prisoners – Johann Johannsson
Note: Even though I haven‚Äôt seen Nebraska, I‚Äôm addicted to Mark Orton‚Äôs ‚ÄúNew West‚ÄĚ track which is featured the trailer.

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Favorite Characters:
1. Llewyn Davis РOscar Isaac РInside Llewyn Davis 
2. Johanna Mason – Jena Malone – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3. Gong Er – Zhang Ziyi – The Grandmaster
4. Amy – Amy Adams – Her
5. Mako Mori РRinko Kikuchi РPacific Rim 
Honorable Mentions: Clara – Gemma Arterton – Byzantium, Andy Knightley – Nick Frost – The World’s End, Aimee – Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now, Samantha – Scarlett Johansson – Her

Brad Pitt 12 Years
The ‘Why Are You Even Here’ Award:
1. Brad Pitt – 12 Years a Slave (OK, we all know why he’s there but ugh)
2. Countless Celebrity Cameos in the climax of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
3. Justin Timberlake РInside Llewyn Davis 
4. Sasha Grey – Would You Rather? (also pick for worst performanc of the year)
5. Isla Fisher РThe Great Gatsby 
Honorable Mentions: Paul Dano Р12 Years a Slave, Philip Seymour Hoffman РThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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This Performance Isn’t Working For Me: (miscastings/performances that didn’t work for me; must be at least strong supporting parts)
1. George Clooney РGravity 
2. Ryan Gosling – Only God Forgives
3. Ryan Gosling – The Place Beyond the Pines
4. Carey Mulligan РInside Llewyn Davis 
5. Hugh Jackman – Prisoners
Honorable Mention: Everyone in Oz the Great and Powerful, Jennifer Lawrence ‚Äď American Hustle

Antiviral
Great Performances in Not-So-Great Films:
1. Caleb Landry Jones РAntiviral 
2. Jane Levy – Evil Dead
3. Sam Rockwell – The Way Way Back
4. Steve Carrell – The Way Way Back
5. Isaiah Washington – Blue Caprice
Honorable Mention: Fiona Dourif РCurse of Chucky 

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Worst Films:
1. Pieta (Kim)
2. Escape from Tomorrow (Moore)
3. The English Teacher (Zisk)
4. Phil Spector (Mamet)
5. The Truth About Emmanuel (Gregorini)

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Character Dynamics:
1. Gary King and the Gang (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman) – The World’s End
2. Anne and Johann (Mary Margaret O’Hara and Bobby Sommer) – Museum Hours¬†
3. Alvin and Lance (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) РPrince Avalanche 
4. Theodore and Amy (Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams) – Her
5. Ashburn and Mullins  (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) РThe Heat 
Honorable Mentions: India and Charlie (Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode) – Stoker, Takashi Watanabe and Akiko (Tadashi Okuno and Rin Takanashi) – Like Someone in Love

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Romances/Couples:
1. Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply) – Before Midnight
2. Sutter and Aimee (Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley) – The Spectacular Now
3. Theodore and Samantha (Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson) – Her
4. Adele and Emma (Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux) – Blue is the Warmest Color
5. Eva and Frank (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini) – Enough Said
Honorable Mentions: Liberace and Scott Thorson (Michael Douglas and Matt Damon) – Behind the Candelabra, Laurence and Fred (Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement) – Laurence Anyways

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Villains: 
1. Encarna/La Madrastra – Meribel Verd√ļ – Blancanieves
2. Jordan Belfort – Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Uncle Charlie – Matthew Goode – Stoker
4. Kristen Scott Thomas – Crystal – Only God Forgives
5. Danny McBride – Danny McBride – This is The End
Honorable Mention: Edwin Epps – Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave

The Selfish Giant

Welcome to Sob-Fest 2013: (Films I had the biggest emotional response to in regards to tears shed, because yes, films make me cry a lot)
1. The Selfish Giant
2. 12 Years a Slave 
3. The Grandmaster
4. Blackfish 
5. Her
Honorable Mention: Before Midnight 

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Song Usages: 
1. “Fade to Grey” – Visage – Laurence Anyways¬†
2. “Please Mr. Kennedy” – Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis
3. “Put Your Love in Me” – Tindersticks – Bastards
4. “Every 1’s a Winner” – Hot Chocolate – Frances Ha¬†
5. “Looking for the Magic” – Dwight Twilley Band – You’re Next
Honorable Mentions: “Everytime” – Spring Breakers,¬†“Shiloh” – Neil Diamond – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, “Live and Let Die” – American Hustle¬†

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Scenes: 
1. Restaurant Heartache – Blue is the Warmest Color (picture above is not from the scene listed)
2. Parking Garage/Elevator Ambush – New World
3. Lemmons РThe Wolf of Wall Street 
4. Piano Duet – Stoker
5. Ball Entrance (“Fade to Grey”) – Laurence Anyways¬†
Honorable Mentions: House Party Fire – Something in the Air, Church – The Hunt, Train Fight Scene – The Grandmaster, At the Club – The Heat, Split-Screen Self-Homage – Passion, Pre-Apocalypse Party – This Is the End

Posters: (pictures features below) 
1. Laurence Anyways
2. Kiss of the Damned
3. Stoker
4. Frances Ha
5. Spring Breakers
Lots of honorable mentions, however it’s hard to signify which poster I speak of per film so I’m letting it lie.

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6 thoughts on “List: Top Fives of 2013 (in which I dole out a boatload of superlatives)

  1. This is a great post. Glad to see some love for IN THE HOUSE, which I also thought was vastly underrated. And BASTARDS is one film I’m sorry I missed in theatres… need to rectify that ASAP.

  2. Superb ! Being always in the process of learning ,your picks under various categories give me insights to the various facets what movies are about. Your ‘worst’ rating for “Pieta” is spot on. One of the weirdest movies I have seen ,it is nowhere near Kim Ki-duk’s “Spring, Summer ,Fall, Winter ..and Spring” which I consider as a masterpiece

    1. Thank you! Of the Kim Ki-duk I’ve seen, 3-Iron is masterful, The Isle is riveting if loaded and Samaritan Girl is problematic but still largely compelling at the least. I still have to see SPFWAP! I haven’t seen a lot of his more controversial works but if they are anything like Pieta, count me out! And I tend to like a lot of the directors who are considered more controversial. But this particular film was empty as they come.

  3. I’m kind of loling at the amount of 2013 movies I haven’t seen when I look at this list, but this has been one of my worst movie years because of school. I do love all your categories though and am encouraged to see several of the films you mention! Although no love for UPSTREAM COLOR? Or did you not see it?

    And god that KISS OF THE DAMNED poster is so good it’s made me consider seeing the film several times, even though the trailer makes it look terrrrible. Love Akiko Stehrenberger’s design work.

    1. You were earning your degree! You had better and more important things to do : )
      I really liked Upstream Color so much, but it wasn’t calling out to me for any of these particular categories and it didn’t make my year-end top 30 list. It sits at the early 40’s out of 100 films seen. I responded to it much more than Primer, and when I look back at my thoughts, they were very enthusiastic. But I didn’t *quite* fall for it the way other people did. Was a really like as opposed to LOVE

      Isn’t that poster the best?! I can’t work up any kind of desire to see Kiss of the Damned but if anything has tempted me to give it a try, it’s the poster! I’ve been looking at a lot of the designer’s stuff lately and it’s all just so catching. I love that several of his posters I was previously aware of were ones I had on previous poster lists! Love!

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