Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Studio Cancels All Screenings of 'No Good Deed' to Preserve Shocking Twist That It's Probably Terrible Studio Cancels All Screenings of 'No Good Deed' to Preserve Shocking Twist That It's Probably Terrible 'No Good Deed' Reviews: And the Twist Is That It's Good! (Not Really) 'No Good Deed' Reviews: And the Twist Is That It's Good! (Not Really) 'The Cobbler' Reviews: 'Makes Me Want to Upgrade Everything I've Ever Seen Half a Star' 'The Cobbler' Reviews: 'Makes Me Want to Upgrade Everything I've Ever Seen Half a Star' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them': 'Between Just Enough and a Bit Too Much' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them': 'Between Just Enough and a Bit Too Much' Daily Reads: The Death of Adulthood, the Future of Film in 'Snowpiercer' and More Daily Reads: The Death of Adulthood, the Future of Film in 'Snowpiercer' and More Kevin Smith Is OK With Critics Now Kevin Smith Is OK With Critics Now Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' 'Phoenix' Reviews: A Postwar-set Masterwork By Way of 'Vertigo' 'Phoenix' Reviews: A Postwar-set Masterwork By Way of 'Vertigo' 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them Criticwire Classic of the Week: Federico Fellini's '8 1/2' Criticwire Classic of the Week: Federico Fellini's '8 1/2' 'The Duke of Burgundy': With Butterflies and BDSM, a Kinky Romance Woos Critics 'The Duke of Burgundy': With Butterflies and BDSM, a Kinky Romance Woos Critics 'Men, Women & Children': Frowny Face Emoticon 'Men, Women & Children': Frowny Face Emoticon Kevin Smith Turns to Horror With 'Tusk,' and the Results Are Insane: First Reviews Kevin Smith Turns to Horror With 'Tusk,' and the Results Are Insane: First Reviews 'The Expendables 3' Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion 'The Expendables 3' Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena Dunham Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena Dunham Did 'Edge of Tomorrow' Just Get a New Title for Home Video? Did 'Edge of Tomorrow' Just Get a New Title for Home Video? 'The Maze Runner' First Reviews: Once More Around the Dystopian YA Block 'The Maze Runner' First Reviews: Once More Around the Dystopian YA Block Now Streaming: 'Ida,' 'Last Year at Marienbad' and 'A Woman is a Woman' Now Streaming: 'Ida,' 'Last Year at Marienbad' and 'A Woman is a Woman' Daily Reads: The Disgusting But Important 'Wetlands,' Comic Book Movies That Thankfully Never Happened and More Daily Reads: The Disgusting But Important 'Wetlands,' Comic Book Movies That Thankfully Never Happened and More 'The Counselor's Extended Cut Is Inspired Madness 'The Counselor's Extended Cut Is Inspired Madness

The Dissolve's Movie of the Year Is 'Her'

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire December 19, 2013 at 9:37AM

Spike Jonze's futuristic romance topped the first year-end list from Pitchfork's movie-focused sister site.
2
Her

As a contributor to both publications, I'm not in a position to objectively examine the difference between The Dissolve and The A.V. Club's year-end lists. But for proof that they've gone in different directions since the The Dissolve was formed by an exodus of The A.V. Club's staff, it's pretty notable that The A.V. Club's #1, Before Midnight, finishes a lukewarm 17th at The Dissolve. Considering that it ranked third in Indiewire's poll and fourth at the Village Voice's, that's a pretty big drop. 

Familiar faces Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave -- the winners, respectively, of the Indiewire and Voice polls, as well as Film Comment's 1 and 2 -- follow immediately thereafter, but Short Term 12's strong seventh-place showing (versus 16th, 22d and 47th) is unusual, obviously tied to the admiration for Brie Larson's performance reflected in The Dissolve's list of best female performances. Simon Pegg's like-feted turn in The World's End helped that movie to #11 (24th in Indiewire and Voice polls, not in Film Comment's Top 50), and Francois Ozon's In the House squeaked in at 20th place for its first significant showing in any year-end poll.

The Dissolve's Best Films of 2013

1. Her. "Jonze's screenplay acknowledges the innate absurdity of the film's premise while spinning it into an elegant, heartbreaking depiction of human loneliness and the innate need for connection."

2. 12 Years a Slave. "A year after Django Unchained brazenly pushed the topic into the realm of exploitation, McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley, working from Solomon Northup's memoir, are even more unsparing in depicting its brutality and violence -- and without the genre quotation marks."

3. Inside Llewyn Davis. "The movie's sneakily sophisticated structure loops back on itself like one of Llewyn's finger-picked tunes, culminating in a quietly devastating scene about missed opportunities and sticky ruts."

4. Frances Ha. Tthe real star of this show is Gerwig, who turns a self-absorbed, oblivious character into an old-school bumbling comedian: more Harold Lloyd than Lena Dunham."

5. Upstream Color. "Carruth, who wrote, directed, acted, shot, scored, and edited (the last with crucial assistance from David Lowery), has created a unified work of art whose every element pulses to the same heartbeat."

6. The Act of Killing. "It’s mesmerizing journalism, but also strange and daring filmmaking, in which a fish-shaped building and a chorus of dancing girls figure prominently."

7. Short Term 12. "Wrriter-director Destin Cretton, adapting his own short film, finds a raw yet delicate tone that perfectly captures the rhythms of a group home:"

8. All Is Lost. "Immerses viewers in a gripping long-term battle of man vs. nature, where the former's experience and determination is pitted against the latter's indefatigable mercilessness. 

9. Gravity. "It's as visceral and personal as a film of this scope gets, and even with the occasional bit of clunky dialogue or forced exposition -- which are arguably validated in such heightened circumstances -- it remains engaging, terrifying, and dazzling from beginning to end."

10. Computer Chess. "Any good movie about the past will really, sneakily be about the present, but it takes real vision to pull off that trick while imbuing both with an air of genuine, confounding mystery."

11. The World's End

12. Stories We Tell

13. Nebraska

14. The Wind Rises

15. The Wolf of Wall Street

16. Captain Phillips

17. Before Midnight

18. Blue Is the Warmest Color

19. The Past

20. In the House

This article is related to: From the Wire


E-Mail Updates