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Ten Best Lists: Film Comment Top 50 Crowns 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Lists from Variety, Slant and More UPDATED

by TOH!
December 16, 2013 5:14 PM
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Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'
Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'

EARLIER: Critic Richard Corliss of TIME has named his Ten Best Films of 2013 for the magazine, with Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," Paolo Sorrentino's Italian Oscar entry "The Great Beauty" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle," which recently scored top honors with the New York Film Critics Circle, at the top of the list. Check out all the picks, below.

Richard Corliss' Best Movies of 2013


1. Gravity. "In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, Gravity reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels."


2. The Great Beauty. "Giving even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies, The Great Beauty is the year's grandest, most exhilarating film that takes place on Earth."


3. American Hustle. "This portrait of the '70s revels in the decade’s gaudiness -- its disco dancing and casino dreams, its ugly coiffures and facial hair -- and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men."


4. Her. "Spike Jonze... creates a splendid anachronism: a modern rom-com that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious."


5. The Grandmaster. "A fittingly elegiac climax for a world-class filmmaker who's always in the mood for lost love."


6. Furious 6. "This adrenaline-stoking series is addictive, for its chases, crashes, crushes -- and for its poetic limning of the closest camaraderie many men can ever know: with their cars."


7. Frozen. "The first animated feature in the Walt Disney studio's glorious history to offer two princess heroines, Frozen transforms Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' into a fable of modern, timeless sisterhood."


8. The Act of Killing. "Making the movies, which vault from film noir to bizarre musical, eventually gets under Anwar's skin and into his dreams.... For any viewer, the effect is no less haunting."


9. 12 Years a Slave. "The movie has the eerie impact of a museum exhibit; it is a diorama of atrocity."


10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. "Each complex encounter, especially a flume-ride escape of the dwarves, boasts a teeming ingenuity of action and character."

Empire Magazine has named their Ten Best Films of 2013, with "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" taking top honors. Check out the full list, below.

Empire Magazine Top 10 Of 2013

1. Gravity

2. Captain Phillips

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

3. Rush

4. Mud

5. Lincoln

6. Stoker

7. Iron Man 3

8. Before Midnight

9. The Great Beauty

10. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

EARLIER: What I love about John Waters is that he included Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" as one of his Film Comment Guilty Pleasures. And this 2013 Ten Best List runs the gamut --as is typical of Waters--from tasteful to tasteless. And has some damned good docs too. Also posting their best of 2013 lists are Sight & Sound and the Cahiers du Cinema, below. Tarantino's early ten best is here.

John Waters
John Waters

1. "Spring Breakers"

2. "Camile Claudel 1915"

3. "Abuse Of Weakness"

4. "Hors Satan"

5. "After Tiller"

6. "Hannah Arendt"

7. "Beyond The Hills"

8. "Blue Jasmine"

9. "Blackfish"

10. "I’m So Excited"

Cahiers du Cineama Top Ten:

1. "Stranger by the Lake" (Alain Guiraudie)
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"

2. "Spring Breakers" (Harmony Korine)

3. "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Abdellatif Kechiche)

4. "Gravity" (Alfonso Cuaron)

5. "A Touch of Sin" (Jia Zhang-ke)

6. "Lincoln" (Steven Spielberg)

7. "Jealousy" (Philippe Garrel)

8. "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" (Hong Sang-soo)

9. "You and the Night" (Yann Gonzalez)

10. "La Bataille de Solferino" (Justine Triet)

Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine'
Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine'

Also posted are Sight & Sound's top 30:

1. “The Act of Killing” (Joshua Oppenheimer) 

2. “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron) 

3. “Blue is the Warmest Color” (Abdellatif Kechiche) 

4. “The Great Beauty” (Paolo Sorrentino) 

5. “Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach) 

6. “A Touch of Sin” (Jia Zhang-ke) 

=“Upstream Color” (Shane Carruth) 

8. “The Selfish Giant” (Clio Barnard) 

9. “Norte, the End of History” (Lav Diaz) 

=”Stranger by the Lake” (Alain Guiraudie) 

11. “Before Midnight” (Richard Linklater) 

=”Stray Dogs” (Tsai Ming-liang) 

13. “Leviathan” (Lucien Castaing and Verena Paravel) 

14. ”All is Lost” (J.C. Chandor) 

=”A Field in England” (Ben Wheatley) 

=“12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen) 

17. “Bastards” (Claire Denis) 

=”Gloria” (Sebastian Lelio) 

=”The Missing Picture” (Rithy Panh) 

=”Story of My Death” (Albert Serra) 

=”Under the Skin” (Jonathan Glazer) 

22. “At Berkeley” (Frederick Wiseman) 

=”Beyond the Hills” (Cristian Mungiu) 

=”Blancanieves” (Pablo Berger)  

=”Blue Jasmine” (Woody Allen)

=”Django Unchained” (Quentin Tarantino) 

=“Ida” (Pawel Pawlikowski) 

=”Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen) 

=“It’s Such a Beautiful Day” (Don Hertzfeldt) 

=”The Last of the Unjust” (Claude Lanzmann)

'Beyond the Hills'
'Beyond the Hills'

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  • JAB | December 16, 2013 8:17 PMReply

    "Rush" is a perfect movie because it is a movie that has everything I love about movies. It has a great story to tell that it brought to vibrant pulsating life by a fine cast. The production gives you an experience every bit as immersive as "Gravity"'s. The action is great & the movie never slows down when it is off the track. It is exquisitely edited because it knows when enough is enough. I don't care for racing, but this movie is so much more than that.
    The almost too intense at times "Captain Phillips" & the gut wrenching doc, "Blackfish", rate a close 2nd & 3rd. Thank you, Dargis & Empire for giving "Rush" the love it deserves.
    (I haven't seen"American Hustle" yet.)

  • Teri | December 5, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    Spring Breakers was a waste of time, how it made anyone's 'best of' list is beyond crazy. On the other hand, I'm glad to see appreciation for Kechiche's masterpiece Blue is the warmest colour and Frances Ha.

  • frank | December 1, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    spring breakers is one of those movies you strongly love or hate.

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