I know the top 10 was already posted but here's Sight & Sound top 30:
1. “The Act of Killing” (Joshua Oppenheimer)
2. “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron)
3. “Blue is the Warmest Color” (Abdellatif Kechiche)
4. “The Great Beauty” (Paolo Sorrentino)
5. “Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach)
6. “A Touch of Sin” (Jia Zhang-ke)
=“Upstream Color” (Shane Carruth)
8. “The Selfish Giant” (Clio Barnard)
9. “Norte, the End of History” (Lav Diaz)
=”Stranger by the Lake” (Alain Guiraudie)
11. “Before Midnight” (Richard Linklater)
=”Stray Dogs” (Tsai Ming-liang)
13. “Leviathan” (Lucien Castaing and Verena Paravel)
14. ”All is Lost” (J.C. Chandor)
=”A Field in England” (Ben Wheatley)
=“12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen)
17. “Bastards” (Claire Denis)
=”Gloria” (Sebastian Lelio)
=”The Missing Picture” (Rithy Panh)
=”Story of My Death” (Albert Serra)
=”Under the Skin” (Jonathan Glazer)
22. “At Berkeley” (Frederick Wiseman)
=”Beyond the Hills” (Cristian Mungiu)
=”Blancanieves” (Pablo Berger)
=”Blue Jasmine” (Woody Allen)
=”Django Unchained” (Quentin Tarantino)
=“Ida” (Pawel Pawlikowski)
=”Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen)
=“It’s Such a Beautiful Day” (Don Hertzfeldt)
=”The Last of the Unjust” (Claude Lanzmann)
LOVE the Beyond the Hills mentions My #2 of the year so far.
Yay for Camille Claudel!
Waters's official post on his Top 10.
1 SPRING BREAKERS (Harmony Korine) The best sexploitation film of the year has Disney tween starlets hilariously undulating, snorting cocaine, and going to jail in bikinis. What more could a serious filmgoer possibly want?
I love that Blue Jasmine is making both Quentin Tarantino's list (number 3!), John Water's and Sight & Sound!
So the King of Bad Taste has excellent taste after all!
Richard Corliss' Best Movies of 2013
1. Gravity. "In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, Gravity reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels."
2. The Great Beauty. "Giving even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies, The Great Beauty is the year's grandest, most exhilarating film that takes place on Earth."
3. American Hustle. "This portrait of the '70s revels in the decade’s gaudiness -- its disco dancing and casino dreams, its ugly coiffures and facial hair -- and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men."
4. Her. "Spike Jonze... creates a splendid anachronism: a modern rom-com that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious."
5. The Grandmaster. "A fittingly elegiac climax for a world-class filmmaker who's always in the mood for lost love."
6. Furious 6. "This adrenaline-stoking series is addictive, for its chases, crashes, crushes -- and for its poetic limning of the closest camaraderie many men can ever know: with their cars."
7. Frozen. "The first animated feature in the Walt Disney studio's glorious history to offer two princess heroines, Frozen transforms Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' into a fable of modern, timeless sisterhood."
8. The Act of Killing. "Making the movies, which vault from film noir to bizarre musical, eventually gets under Anwar's skin and into his dreams.... For any viewer, the effect is no less haunting."
9. 12 Years a Slave. "The movie has the eerie impact of a museum exhibit; it is a diorama of atrocity."
10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. "Each complex encounter, especially a flume-ride escape of the dwarves, boasts a teeming ingenuity of action and character."
So true about AH, Jonathan, lol. Plus the movie is fun, though I am not sure how much broad or representative is of that era, as Corliss seems to make it.
Interesting, the Great Beauty, in fact worked for me in parts where it was indeed cynical. Because the good thing/parts about the is that how it presents the cynical/bitter parts with such beauty, grandeur and elaboratness.
Glad to see Grandmaster. I liked that movie a lot and I was not hoping to see it any end of year lists.
And I don't even like Corliss much as a critic.
Act of Killing is polling way to low in general so far (only top of one list, right?) For me it is one of the definite 10/10 this year.
Interesting to see The Hobbit Part 2 on a top 10 list, I had all but forgotten about that one!
La La Land - Film / Arrival - Film & Editing / Silence - Director / Loving - Director / Manchester by the Sea - Actor
Sully - Film & Actor / Moonlight - Actress & Screenplay / Hello, My Name is Doris - Actress / Captain Fantastic - Actor
Florence Foster Jenkins - Actor / Birth of a Nation - Cinematography / Jackie - Art Direction
Corliss, also have a lot of time 'commercial' and mainstream picks if you his earlier lists and picks (I remember some of his Bollywood selection for TIME at the turn of the century, I think.) Also, just thought that I should clarify that when I said 'not like' I meant that I find him a bit bland not active dislike.