So, everyone loved "Gravity," right? A big slice of sci-fi with a space adventure and groundbreaking visual effects all wrapped up into one of the best cinematic experiences of the year, right? Well, not so much for the New Yorker's Richard Brody.
The film columnist dropped his Best and Worst of 2013 today and before we get in the latter category, it must be acknowledged that his top ten is pretty tight. He's one of the few standing up for Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," which he ties in the top spot with Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." It's also nice to see the love spread to Shane Carruth's affecting mindbender "Upstream Color" and David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." But when it comes to the survival movies and travelogues of 2013, Brody passed.
Trilogy capper "Before Midnight," Paolo Sorrentino's mostly well-received "The Great Beauty," and Robert Redford-on-a-boat-movie "All Is Lost" are all called out for "the greatest disproportion between the emblazoned ambition and the mediocrity of the result" with "Gravity" coming in "close behind (or ahead)." Ouch.
We'll sure you'll want to sound off, so hit the comments section. Top ten below and hit the link above to see Brody's full top 29.
New Yorker Best Movies Of 2013
1–2 (tie). “The Wolf of Wall Street” (due to embargo until December 17th, silence reigns for now) and “To the Wonder.”
3. “Like Someone in Love.”
4–5 (tie). “Computer Chess” and “Upstream Color.”
6. “Night Across the Street.”
7. “A Touch of Sin.”
8. “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”
9. “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.”
10–12 (tie). “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Sun Don’t Shine,” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
New Yorker Worst Movies Of 2013
Worst movies (those with the greatest disproportion between the emblazoned ambition and the mediocrity of the result): “Before Midnight,” “The Great Beauty,” and “All Is Lost,” with “Gravity” close behind (or ahead).