Half Time: Highlights of 2013 opinion

Someone swiftly stole the first half of 2013. Some of us did manage to marvel at a selection of films in the brief blink of an eye that they graced UK cinema screens, however, and here is the Blug’s favourites of the year so fah:

  1. Before Midnight (USA): Chemistry is key, raw emotions are true and the complexities of relationships are supremely examined.
  2. The Place Beyond the Pines (USA): An adept interweaving of moving stories. Gosling.
  3. Broken (UK): Small and moving (the film, and the lead actress).
  4. Bullhead (Belgium): Gritty, powerful. Quality across the board.
  5. I Wish (Japan): A subtle, uplifting insight into childhood.
  6. What Richard Did (Ireland): A taught, emotive memory-sticker.
  7. In the House (France): How to have mildly dark fun with the psychological thriller genre.
  8. To the Wonder (USA): Brave, beautiful muscle-stretching from one of the filmmaking greats.
  9. Mud (USA): Original and gripping, from one of the filmmaking greats of the future.
  10. Gimme the Loot (USA): NY micro-indie with rich, compelling characters.

Other notables include Star Trek: Into Darkness, Django Unchained, Side Effects, Zero Dark Thirty, and Robot & Frank.

Possible list-joiners by the year’s end include Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, Spike Jonze’s Her, and Saudi Arabian newcomer Haifaa Al-Mansour’ Wadjda, with the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis frustratingly now slated for a 2014 release.

1st Jul 2013