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As previously reported I am struggling to come up with a top ten movies of 2013. The problem, there are four 2012 films that didn’t get a UK release until 2013 that are in contention. There are also half dozen big 2013 movies that haven’t been released here yet. Therefore I am forgoing my top ten in favour of a top five (sort of).

  1. Stoker (dir. Chan-wook Park): Its no secret that Oldboy is one of my all-time favourite movies, it therefore comes as no surprise that I have been eagerly anticipating the English language debut of its director, Chan-wook Park. It isn’t Oldboy but I was far from disappointed. Sumptuous and beautiful to look at and suitably weird and unnerving.stoker
  2. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater): Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back for part three of Richard Linklater’s “before” series. Nine years after the events in Paris and the magic is still there. It’s basically more of the same as we saw in the first two movies. In other words it is sensational.Before Midnight
  3. Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón): Generally I hate 3D but once in a while it works, once in a very long while, it really, really works, this is that film. To call it stunning is an understatement. My one reservation, it just won’t be the same on TV as it was in IMAX 3D.GRAVITY
  4. Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass): Pauld Greengrass lends his signature style and flair to the true story of Somali pirates. Full of visual style and unbelievable tension, Greengrass’ direction is sublime and Tom Hanks gives the performance of his career.Tom Hanks
  5. Rush (dir. Ron Howard): Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl are excellent as James Hunt and Niki Lauda in this true story of their rivalry particularly during the 1976 F1 season. But ultimately it is a story about people not about racing and like the Documentary Senna (2010) it should still hold the interest of audiences who are not racing fans.Rush

Also recommended:

Nebraska
Prisoners
Mud
The EastNebraska Prisoners Mud The East

The best of 2012 released in 2013 in the UK:

Zero Dark Thirty 
Cloud Atlas 
Django Unchained 
Amour Zero Dark Thirty Cloud Atlas Django Unchained Amour

Look out for my redux list later in the year once I have seen all 2013 movies.

Ryan at The Matinee has compiled a list of other bloggers best of lists HERE

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You’re NextThe ConjuringFrances HaThe Worlds EndOnly God ForgivesThe Lone RangerElysiumAbout TimeThe WolverineRush

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This months movies are made up of sports biography, B movie horror, dumb action and gritty thrillers. I enjoyed them all, even the ones I didn’t expect to.

Rush: The true story of the rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 season. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl are excellent as Hunt and Lauda. Ultimately it is a story about people not about racing making it suitable for audiences who are not F1 fans, the story is close enough to the real story to keep race fans happy.Rush

You’re Next: Having debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program two years ago the low budget home invasion slasher movie finally makes it to UK and American cinemas. The direction isn’t great, a lot of the acting is poor and the dialogue is often terrible. Despite this, I really enjoyed it largely for a likeable performance from Sharni Vinson and a plot that has just enough twists and turns.You’re Next

Riddick: A series of plot contrivances put Vin Diesel’s Richard B. Riddick back in a situation reminiscent of his first outing in 2000’s Pitch Black. Not as good as Pitch Black but a vast improvement on The Chronicles of Riddick.Riddick 2013

White House Down: Die Hard in the West Wing part two. Fun and funny, very knowing and self aware it is considerably better than Olympus Has Fallen and A Good Day to Die Hard. Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and James Woods are all on greet form and clearly having fun, Maggie Gyllenhaal is grossly underused.White House Down

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: 1970’s Texas, an escaped convict heads home to see his wife and the daughter her has never met. The dreamlike narrative, long lingering visuals and muted tones have been compared to Terrance Malick, while less interesting than Badlands it is worth seeing for great performances from Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.Ain't Them Bodies Saints

The Call: Halle Berry plays a 911 operator and Abigail Breslin the kidnap victim she takes a call from. Silly, predictable and derivative thriller that is surprisingly enjoyable.The Call

Prisoners: Often stark and grim thriller about two abducted children from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve making his English-language debut. The story cleverly manipulates the viewers and has an interesting and timely subtext. The all star cast (Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano) are all on great form. Too grey and grim to be completely enjoyable but certainly a compelling watch.Prisoners

Blue Jasmine: When her banker husband is revealed to be a crook, New York socialite Jasmine moves to San Francisco to live with her working class sister. Described by many as Woody Allen’s best movie in years, I’m not sure its better than Midnight in Paris, but its certainly good. Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins are both sensational. Anything less than a best actress and best supporting actress Oscar nomination would be a travesty.

Blue Jasmine

Runner Runner:Slick but lightweight crime thriller set against the backdrop of online gambling.  Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck are both good but Gemma Arterton isn’t given much to do.  Its predictable and cliched but worse than that, it is unoriginal (its basically a pale imitation of Gilda)  and has nothing of interest to say on the subject.Runner Runner

The Movie of the month is:Rush movie poster

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Later this year we will see the movie Rush directed by Ron Howard about James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their rivalry throughout the 1976 Formula One season. A season whose outcome owed as much to behind closed doors tribunals as it did to races on the track, but one was often mentioned in commentary throughout the 1980’s when I started watching F1 racing. This got me thinking of other racing drivers who could have movies made about them. The obvious choice is national hero and “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship” Stirling Moss, however he isn’t actually the most interesting Moss. That would be his less well known, his sister Pat Moss who had a successful rally career through the 1950’s and 60’s.Rush

Taught to drive by her brother at the age of eleven, then in 1953, aged just 18 she started driving in club rallies, a year later she bought a Triumph TR2 and started taking on more serious rallies. She approached Standard-Triumph for sponsorship for the 1955 RAC Rally. They offered to supply a car but no cash. Already having a car she walked away, their loss!

Moss and Moss

BMC offered her a place as a works driver and gave her expenses and a works MG TF 1500. She went on to achieve 4th place in a Morris Minor of all things in a 1958. Her finest hour came in 1960, having already achieved 4th Place at Belgium’s Liège-Rome-Liège Rally to years earlier, she won the over-all title. She won several ladies events including five European Ladies’ Rally Championships but continued to race against men. Her race results include 2nd at the Coupe des Alpes, 2nd in the British RAC and 3rd at the East African Safari Rally. The success of the Mini Cooper is well know, what is often overlooked was its first victory. It wasn’t a man in the more famous Monte Carlo Rally, it was Pat Moss at the Netherlands Tulip Rally.pat-moss-erik-carlsson1

Moss sadly died of cancer, aged 73 five years ago. She married fellow rally driver “Mr. Saab” Erik Carlsson in 1963, she contined to race for a further decated for Ford, Saab and Lancia. The pair had a daughter, now a successful show jumper, Susie Rawding. In 1967 she wrote a memoir The Story So Far that could form a basis for any movie project. Suggested casting, Emily Blunt as Pat Moss.Emily Blunt Pat Moss

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