Saturday, April 5, 2014

Best of 2013: Oddities

As I've been doing every year, here is an unscientific and completely biased tally of cinematic observations from 2013.

  • Worst film of the year: The Bling Ring
  • If you didn't like this film, you can't be my friend: Short Term 12
  • Best Opening Credits: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
  • Best Last Shot: Prisoners
  • Best film poster: Her
  • Most underrated performance, female: Anna Kendrick in Drinking Buddies, Kate Hudson in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Scarlet Johansson in Don Jon
  • Most underrated performance, male : Daniel Bruhl in Rush, Bobby Cannavale in Blue Jasmine
  • Best future adult actor, female: Onata Aprile, What Maisie Knew
  • Best future adult actor, male: Tye Sheridan, Mud
  • Best death scene in a film: The Counselor
  • Best action scene: Orcs vs. dwarves as they come barreling down the river in The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug
  • Most ambitious film: Her
  • Most queasy sexual tension in a film: Mia Wasikowska in Stoker
  • Most WTF sexual moment in a film: Cameron Diaz on Ferrari windshield in The Counselor
  • Come on Hollywood, find something better for this actor: Emily Watson (The Book Thief)
  • Best vocals in a film: Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Most unnecessary remake: Carrie
  • Film I hated that everyone else liked: Dallas Buyer's Club
  • Film I liked that everyone else disliked: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
  • Best line reading in a film: Julie Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said
  • Most wasted actor in a film:  Julie Christie and Anna Kendrick in The Company You Keep
  • Keep your paws off my film, Harvey Weinstein!: the inept hacking for the American version of The Grandmaster
  • Most in need of editing: Wolf of Wall Street (snip-snip Mr Scorsese and Ms Schoonmaker)