Though I didn’t keep very good track throughout the past 12 months, I think I’ve cobbled together some of my favourite moments from 2013’s films as well as some older movies I saw for the first time. So here’s a random walk through them…
- Best spine-tingling, goose-bump raising moment of the year: Merry Clayton’s rendition of “Southern Man” in Twenty Feet From Stardom. You can almost feel the spittle as she tears into the song while her backup band shreds it.
- The joy of playing music when you’re young in We Are The Best! and Metalhead.
- Mark Ruffalo’s music producer imagining the instruments and arrangement backing up a solo acoustic performance in Can A Song Save Your Life?.
- “Who starts a song like that?” – Christian Bale’s American Hustle hustler talking about “Jeep’s Blues” by Duke Ellington.
- “Five Hundred Miles” performed in Inside Llewyn Davis.
- The red waterfalls in Byzantium and Neighboring Sounds – one a recurring motif reflecting the “birth” of a vampire and the other a shocking sudden foreshadowing.
- The effective use of colour in Stoker.
- The bright colours in Only God Forgives and Trance.
- All those gorgeous sunsets in Spring Breakers.
- The opening shot of billows of dirty water cascading down like an avalanche in Watermark.