First off let me say, regarding comedy-there should be an Oscar category for comedy. If there is a section for something as specific as animation, then why not for comedy? Just a thought.
*Now for my top film picks for 2013:
The Wolf of Wall Street– This film is by far Marty’s best movie in 20 years. I would say most of it’s critics that judge it, probably haven’t watched it in full. I found nothing about it, to be glamorizing of Jordan’s life. If anything it was a profound warning as to the dangers of unregulated free markets and finance trickery. We all deserve a second chance in life, or a third or a tenth…
12 Years a Slave– This film is probably one of greatest new pieces of cinema in a decade. A masterpiece that gave slavery the respect and motion it needed. It’s director Steve McQueen treated slavery like it should always have been treated-like a war against the Black race. McQueen is the next Stanley Kubrick.
Inside Llewyn Davis-another masterful film beyond words. And the cat in this movie steals the show. (I won’t mention the theory that the cat serves as subtext and a representation for Llewyn’s journey himself)
The Way Way Back-A smaller summer film that held as much humor as it did drama. Stunning on so many levels. Sam Rockwell somehow has channelled a young Bill Murray here ala Meatballs…
The Lifeguard-I just loved this story, being an ex-lifeguard of sorts (more so I was a failed lifeguard)…Kristen Bell really brought it in this film.
Jasmine Blue– Woody’s best movie since Midnight in Paris, which is saying so much! A brilliant story, casting and Cate Blanchett’s so very lovely in this homage to Tennessee William’s Streetcar Named Desire.
The Place Behind the Pines-the most ambitious film I have seen in years. A brilliant script, acting and well everything. It’s long yes, but worth the payoff in the end.
Spring Breakers– Probably James Franco’s wildest and most interesting role to date. A wonderful change of pace for Harmony Korine
The Grandmaster-Wong Kar Wai’s equal to The Godfather part 1. Beyond anything else out there. The Godfather of all Kung Fu films. As moving as watching ballerinas dance.
Blackfish-Shame on SeaWorld is all I will say. An amazing film.
Behind the Candleabra– An HBO film, but regardless, it was Michael Douglas’s best work in years.
Gravity-Beyond just an amazing technical feat but a masterful film of amazing performances.
Captain Phillips– again we are blessed with an amazing Tom Hanks movie! And his supporting co-star Barkhad Abdi aka Muse might just win an Oscar for being well, one of the best bad guys I’ve seen on camera in a long time.
Not Fade Away-technically this film came out in 2012, but I just watched it last night and I was blown away. I miss James Gandolfini more and more every day. David Chase is brilliant on so many levels.
No-again another 2012 film, but I just saw it. A brilliant film about the last days of Pinochet’s reign of terror in Chile.
Crystal Fairy-Gabby Hoffman’s way cool comeback film. A great story, beyond just the drugs, but look to the meta wild shots and overall contemplation of this story-its not to be beat.
Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill-an amazing film. Whatever your political leanings, he has discovered something incredible.
*Movies I wanted to include but couldn’t:
Prisoners-even though this was a rather ambitious film, I just couldn’t ignore the obvious (to me plot holes) and the obvious answers to the whole puzzle. Some great performances though and well worth seeing..
*Films I have yet to see but might make this list as well:
As I Lay Dying
Short Term 12
The Dallas Buyers Club