My Movie Moments of 2013

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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…

 

2013 films:

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Hey Man, Nice Shot (2013)

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Today, we begin wrapping up 2013 by returning to an annual tradition originally posted over at The Matinee. It occurred to me some time ago that when you think back on a film, sometimes you think about one solitary image. When you bring those images together, it turns into a neat little tapestry of the year on the whole.

The idea started back in 2010, and continued through 2011 and 2012.

Decide amongst yourselves what it means that I have been choosing more and more images as the years have gone on.

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Cinecast Episode 303 – Prolificity

With Andrew’s new night school/work schedule things are a bit weird in the Cinecast scheduling department, but we still manage to get to a lot of new ground (and some old Australian ground) in this 3+ hour episode of The Cinecast. Two definitely “off the beaten path” films from a Hollywood standpoint to talk about. Yet both as different from each other as they could possibly be. We introduce a new segment to The Cinecast this week with our weekly “Game of Thrones” recap in which we realize that although this week’s episode covered more ground in 55 minutes than most television covers in half a season, it still left about a third of the character threads off the screen this week. A healthy Watch List harkens back to Australian (not really) blockbusters, Harmony Korine’s previous works and a couple of straight to DVD pictures that might (might) surprise you.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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Mamo #296: Sweet As

One month later to the day, Matt Brown returns from Middle Earth and Matt Price regales him with everything that’s happened in Hollywoodland since he’s been away. New Zealand travel tips abound! Plus, yet another random stranger asks our opinion about Episode VII! It’s like nothing’s changed at all.

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Teaser for Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

I know that two movies does not a trend make, but doesn’t Sophia Coppola’s youth driven heist film remind one a lot of Spring Breakers? I know that Korine and Coppola are miles apart stylistically, but, at first blush, they seem birds of a feather at least spiritually. Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and Gavin Rossdale star in a plot inspired by actual events involving a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

In the ‘real’ story, not only was was Paris Hilton robbed, but also Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox. Is there a healthy dose of schadenfreude to be injected into the proceedings, or is it empathy for the privileged elite? It could go either way.

Friday One Sheet: Accessories! [Spring Breakers]

Far from the first film to make a poster from a layout of the tools of the trade, but I wish more films would take this elegant approach. The lollypop and condoms are a nice touch. Crowds may have kept me from a screening of Harmony Korine’s Disney-Girls-Gone-Wild film, Spring Breakers at TIFF last year, and an epic slushstorm (ironic) this week did the same for an early screening, but March cannot come soon enough.

Friday One Sheet: A Girl and a Gun and a Balaclava

I‘m not sure if good ol’ Jean-Luc was thinking of Harmony Korine when he coined the phrase, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl,” but it makes for great marketing angles. Spring Breakers, featuring several corn-fed Disney starlets playing drugged up and violent tarts, got a tonne of love on the festival circuit last year is getting a March 22nd release date.

The poster above is part lurid rave, part exploitation, part Gaspar Noe, but it is all very effective at setting the tone for one of the more controversial films to hit the multiplexes this year.

“Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.”

Mamo’s #TIFF12 Coverage, Part Two: We Are Here

Special guest star Shelagh Rowan-Legg joins us on Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival 2012! We discuss Argo, Much Ado About Nothing, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Liar’s Autobiography, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Blancanieves, All That Matters is Past, The Deep, Room 237, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, Spring Breakers, Hotel Transylvania, Hannah Arendt, Fin, and more!

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