Sunday, December 22, 2013

My 10 Favourite Films of 2013

I saw almost 100 films this year. This includes the 40 or so screenings combined at the Hot Docs Festival in the spring and the Toronto International Film Festival in September. As well, I usually catch well-regarded Festival films when they're programmed during the year at TIFF. Watching movies is one of my passions and I'm happy to report that I once saw six movies in day at TIFF (including Lagaan -- a 3 1/2 hour epic!)

Here's a list of my favourite 10 films for 2013:
  1. 12 Years a Slave (Directed by Steve McQueen)
  2. Gravity (Directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n)
  3. The Wind Rises (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis (Directed by Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen)
  5. August: Osage County (Directed by John Wells)
  6. Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears)
  7. Blue is the Warmest Color (Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche)
  8. The Known Unknown (Directed by Errol Morris)
  9. Leviathan (Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
  10. Stories We Tell (Directed by Sarah Polley)
Special Mentions to Films with Stellar Performances:
  • Blue Jasmine (Directed by Woody Allen, Starring Cate Blanchett)
  • All Is Lost (Directed by JC Chandor, Starring Robert Redford)
  • Before Midnight (Directed by Richard Linklater, Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy)

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