32: Best of 2013 – Film

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This week: Chris and Josh each count down their favourite films that saw their first UK release in 2013, along with the most disappointing, the most outright hateful and the films that caused the biggest gulf between what they thought and what everyone else thought. Click through the highlighted titles for our original reviews of the films in question.

[N.B. We have a couple of problems with the source audio for this episode that couldn’t be fixed in the mix, so apologies for any sudden bumps, clatters or general interference]

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Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

 

First things first: I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s work. His first three films were a crucial part of my nascent cinephilia. I fashioned a fake beard out of my own hair and some Pritt Stick to aid my entry into a screening of Kill Bill Vol. 1 six months before I turned eighteen, probably six years before I actually looked old enough to be sold a ticket. I once sat and took minutely-detailed notes on every aspect of Death Proof – the film that many people, including Tarantino himself, claim as his worst – the better to fashion a defence of it as his best film of the past fifteen years. I wasn’t totally sold on Inglourious Basterds upon first viewing, but with some greater sense of what it’s really about have come around on rewatches, although I still consider it his weakest and most problematic. At least, I did until seeing Django Unchained earlier tonight, about which I don’t know quite what to think. Continue reading