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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16: We Need You To Get Naked Because Art

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This week: A relaunch of the podcast finds Josh Slater-Williams coming on board as co-host for film episodes, with discussion of the similarly-themed Side Effects and Trance, Chris advocating regular doses of Spike Lee and Josh hailing Roman Polanski’s debut Knife in the Water.

 

00:00 – Intro, Roger Ebert

(Funkadelic – Back In Our Minds)

07:31 – Side Effects, Trance [contains spoilers]

(Black Star – Astronomy (8th Light))

32:11 – Malcolm X and Spike Lee

(Miles Davis – My Ship)

46:51 – Knife in the Water and Roman Polanski

 

Slow Boat to China: Films of the Year 2012

I didn’t keep track of how many fims I saw in total this year, but I would estimate it was somewhere between the two and three hundred mark (including a few rewatches). Of those, 71 were either released in cinemas or went straight to DVD/Blu-Ray (possibly after earlier festival screenings) in the UK in 2012, and it’s those 71 that qualify for inclusion in this list. Disclaimers: I missed a few big ones that are making a lot of other folks’ best-ofs for the year – Holy Motors, TabuThis Is Not A Film – and I haven’t seen any of the listed films more than once, so all of this is going off of 1) first reactions and 2) memories of the film from, in some cases, nearly 12 months ago. Bear in mind, any non-UK readers, that most of the big award season contenders – Lincoln, Django UnchainedZero Dark Thirty – aren’t out here until next year, which may also explain the inclusion of some titles here that made a lot of lists in December 2011. I don’t have the time right now to fill out 3,000 words of capsule reviews as I did for the music list, but I did want to get something up before the year was out, so I’ll hopefully come back and do that over the next few days. Continue reading