Over the past 12 months we have seen some unforgettable cinematic masterpieces. So as we're gearing up for Awards Season, let's run through our pick of the best films of 2013...
1) Blue Is The Warmest Colour
With an artists sense of exploding emotions, moods and colours, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s film was nothing less than a masterpiece. With shaman like performances from Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos Blue Is The Warmest Colour was the most believable portrait of a love affair that we’ve seen in a cinema in a long time. It was a beautiful, heady vault into the complicated netherworld of love.
2) Blue Jasmine
Of course we had been here before. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine (Ruth Madoff-cum-Blanche DuBoise) followed Woody Allen's raft of uptight, anxious female characters who have populated his films since the 80s. Allen, Blanchett and the wonderful Sally Hawkins created a believably grey portrait of a narcissistic nervous breakdown that left you speechless after the final credits rolled.
Haifaa al-Mansour’s film was the first full length film made in Saudi Arabia by a female director and it held us in its grip with a simple, child-like joy. We watched Wadja’s subtle transgressions against society in delight and wonder (plenty of wonder in the case of the central performance from the 11-year-old Waad Mohammed).
4) The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola’s follow up to the ponderous Somewhere was a clanging take down of mid-noughties celebrity culture and the vacuous teens who ran towards the dim light on their laptops in search of it. Coppola deconstructed her victims with a casually observed, subtle spikiness.
5) Behind The Candleabra
Fame in its many disturbed forms was something that Soderbergh’s final film tackled deftly. We followed Scott Thorson as he travelled into Liberace’s fame bubble, descending into the clutter of the singer’s end-of-the-pier fame and infamy, finally escaping with his dignity barely in place. It was a sobering ride.
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