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Watch: Final Cut 2013, An 8-Minute Tribute To The Year In Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 10:19 AM
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Well, it's that time of year again. And no, we're not referring to snow flurries or hot cocoa, but the ongoing lists, ranks and various awards qualifications that roll out every December. As listmaking in general tends to be reductive (let alone year-centric surveys), the actual moving images—from films both big and small, blockbuster and arthouse—tend to be overlooked or forgotten. But luckily, some folks with time on their hands and video editing skills cut together what it was like to see movies in 2013.

'12 Years A Slave' Tops Boston & Washington Critics List; 'Gravity' & Her' Tie For Best Film In L.A.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 9:03 AM
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12 Years A Slave
As the critics' lists keep rolling in, the consensus this year is that there's no real consensus. Unlike 2010 where "The Social Network" seemed unstoppable and 2012 when "Zero Dark Thirty" looked like the one to beat, in 2013, at least among critics, it seems to be anyone's game. And again, while critics and Academy voter tastes tend to differ, if there is anything to be gleaned from the wide variety of winners, it's that no one can claim frontrunner status at this point.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

Time Magazine Names 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Fast & Furious 6' And 'Desolation Of Smaug' In Top Ten Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent top ten also included "Frankenweenie." And this year, critic Richard Corliss has increased the oddball choices.

'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Iron Man 3' & More Make Empire Magazine's Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 10:14 AM
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Well, the cinephiles at Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound have had their say on 2013, now how about something for everyone else? Leaning much more toward the mainstream, the folks over at Empire have kicked off December with their list of the greatest from the past twelve months and it's pretty safe to say that there are definitely a couple of movies on here that likely won't be found anywhere else.

'Gravity,' 'Frances Ha' & 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Land On Sight & Sound's Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 9:08 AM
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It's beginning to look a lot like... Awards season. December has arrived and it means trophies are going to start arriving by the truckload. This week alone we'll see the Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board Of Review all hand out their prizes, while overseas the celebration of 2013 of film has already begun. Last week, Cahiers Du Cinema dropped their best of the last twelve months, and now another cinephile mag is doing is the same.

'Gravity,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' & More Land On Cahiers Du Cinéma Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 11:24 AM
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Let the honors begin. While the New York Film Critics Circle will select their winners a week from today, unofficially kicking off the handing out of awards, overseas the snootier and usually more adventurous folks at Cahiers du Cinéma have unveiled their top ten movies of 2013. And as usual, it's excitingly all over the place.

“Life In IKEA Is Impossible”: Watch This Amusing 'Gravity' Spoof

Gravity, Ikea spoof
Yep, it’s come to this. “Gravity” has basically gone mainstream. The Alfonso Cuarón 3D spectacle has grossed a whopping $476 million worldwide and having just opened in the U.K. with China still to come, some pundits are guestimating the film could hit $600 million globally ($500 million is just around the corner). So that means spoofs. Read More »

"Crap 3D Will Ruin A Perfectly Good Film": 'Gravity' Tech Chris Park Calls On Studios To Step Up Quality

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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Gravity
You may not find a more agreeable aspect this cinematic year than that of Alfonso Cuaron's masterful use of 3D in “Gravity” alongside DP Emmanuel Lubezki. Even going so far as to briefly reverse the opinion of staunchly anti-3D film critic Mark Kermode, the hit space drama is one of the few to further the format rather than cheapen it. Such acclaim affords a good measure of credibility to the discerning opinions coming from those behind the scenes, and stereo supervisor Chris Park has gone ahead and offered a few choice words on the current 3D film landscape.
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Oscars: Can Anyone Beat 'Gravity' Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki To The Prize?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 6, 2013 12:16 PM
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Oscars Cinematography 2013
n the last three years, the race for the Cinematography Oscar has come down to a bout between two kinds of candidates: the oft-overlooked veteran who has somehow never won an Oscar, and the previously-lauded cinematographer who shot a visual effects-infused extravaganza. In all three years, the winner proved to be of the second category.

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