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Another year of great movies, another year of great music within those movies. I love soundtracks and always have. At one point in college my shelves were lined with dozens of CDs, soundtracks whose music allowed me to relive those movies. Music can bring so much power to a scene, and after seeing the film, you put that music on anywhere and let it fill your mind with best moments that movie had to offer. There were great collections of movie music in this year, so many that it was difficult coming up with my Top 10 Best Soundtracks/Scores of 2014. But here are the tunes that I will be enjoying for years to come. Read on!
From stories about Roger Ebert, Aaron Swartz and Sebastião Salgado, to an inside look at Studio Ghibli and Edward Snowden's whistle-blowing, 2014 documentaries have been nothing short of extraordinary. I'm honestly still a bit new to documentaries, it took my years to get into them in a way where I could actually feel comfortable about delivering a Top 10 list. But in 2013 I fell in love with docs, there were so many I saw that blew me away, that showed me the power of documentary filmmaking and the potential it has to be as exhilarating and enlightening as any narrative feature. After catching many excellent docs at film festivals this year, I submitted my Top 10 picks to the outstanding doc site Nonfics, and I'm sharing them below.
The best of the best - that you didn't see last year. We have returned with another set of worth watching, underseen films from 2013. Back by popular demand is our seventh annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2013 (our past lists: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them extra attention in the spotlight, and to support some of the finest filmmakers out there, here is our best of 2013 recap. Read on for the full list!
We're now one week away from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival kicking off, which means most of the film industry is getting in the Sundance mood once again. The festival just announced another late addition - the music documentary Lambert & Stamp, in which the filmmakers "set out to search for a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor, and manage the iconic band known as The Who and create rock 'n' roll history." Sounds like it could be good. In the meantime, with the festival entering its 36th year, Cultural Weekly & Entertainment Media Partners have launched an infographic breaking down "Sundance 2014 By the Numbers", focusing on the financial side of things including funding and box office.
The year 2013 is officially in the past. After the annual break on New Year's Day, we're moving swiftly into 2014. Though the holiday in the middle of the week has slowed down the news flow considerably (just like Christmas), next week we'll be back in full swing. But before we get back in the regular news flow and prepare for our yearly jaunt to the Sundance Film Festival next month, this writer wanted to wrap-up our year-end coverage, and say goodbye to 2013 on the big screen. Below you'll find my persona Top 15 Favorite Films of 2013. It was hard cutting the list down to just 30 films, and it was painful to pull some of them off the final list. But that's how you truly pick your absolute favorite films of the year. So here we go!
What a year. 2013 was one of the most memorable and exciting years in cinema in a while, and it shows in the way everyone has their own unique end of the year Best Of lists. A few weeks ago we featured the Top 10 list of director Edgar Wright (whose latest movie The World's End also topped Ethan's Most Hilarious Comedies of 2013) but it was an early list, unfinished, as the filmmaker had yet to see a handful of highly acclaimed movies from the end of the year. He's now revealed his final Top 20 Movies of 2013 list, adding selections like Her, Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Short Term 12 and a few more. Full list below.
As 2013 comes to an end, everyone is scrambling to put together their "Best of the Year" lists (trust me, I'm scrambling too). However when it comes to the genre I love, there is a fervent desire in me to make sure people are aware of some of the films I've been enjoying so much this year. Horror as a whole has been seeing a revival in the past few years, predominantly in the independent scene but even mainstream studios are getting it right every so often, and this pleases me. Horror films in the public eye aren't the most seat-packing bookings and often a lot of the great genre work throughout the year slips through the cracks.
As we continue wrapping up 2013, it's time to take a different look at the movies from this year. We've already look at some of the Best Performances of 2013 (for both actors and actresses) and some of the best scenes of the year. Now it's time to dive into poster artwork used to hype these movies up. I've made a list of my choices for what I believe to be the best movie posters of the year. While they're most easily described as just another form of marketing for a studio trying to get an audience into a theater, there are some movie posters that are as beautiful as works of art, and many should be considered as such. So what made the cut?
With only a matter of days remaining in 2013, I find myself having seen all of the year's releases that I felt compelled to see. That realization led me to start considering which films this year had particular scenes that really struck me. Just about every single film of note this year had some sort of memorable scene that will stick with me for years, though I'm sure not everyone will find the same scene as powerful as I did. In fact, while many of the scenes cited are from my favorite films of the year, believe it or not, nine of my top ten flicks have a scene listed below, so it wasn't ten for ten. But sometimes all it takes is just a single scene.
For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.
"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!
If you could still interview Stanley Kubrick, what kind of questions would you ask him? Last year, a user on Criterion's website compiled a list of what they believe are Stanley Kubrick's Top 15 favorite films. I recently came across the list and thought it was worth sharing, especially if you're looking for classic films to watch. Fan Joshua Warren explains: "Since Kubrick was such a famously reclusive and rarely interviewed person, it's very interesting to get a glimpse what kind of films that inspired and entertained him." This top list is culled from various interviews over the years, where Kubrick revealed what his favorite films were.