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My Top Films and Kudos for 2013

January 9, 2014

Hey everyone,12 years

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. However, to make up for it, I promise to be better during this upcoming Awards Season. With that said, here are my top films and some kudos for the year in film 2013.

My Top 10 movies of 2013:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. August Osage County
3. Philomena
4. Gravity
5. Dallas Buyers Club
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Captain Phillips
10. Frozen (yes, I’m kinda shocked it’s here too)

Honorable mention~ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enough Said, The Great Gatsby

Best Documentary: Bridegroom
runner up: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Comedy: The Heat
runner up: Enough Said
Biggest Tear Jerker: Philomena
runner up: Saving Mr Banks
* 12 Years a Slave easily much wins the most emotional film experience of the year by a landslide as well cuz yeah, I bawled watching that one.

Best Lead Male Performance: Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Lead Female Performance: TIE~ Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) & Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)august j m
runner up: Chris Cooper (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Best Ensemble: August Osage County
runner up: 12 Years a Slave
Best Performances No One is Talking About: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Debut Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Song from a Movie: “Let It Go” (Frozen) sung by Idina Menzel

runner up: “Bleed for Love” (Winnie) sung by Jennifer Hudson


Best Hidden Gem: The Sapphires
Most Overrated Movie: American Hustle

Worst 5 Films I saw:
1. Stoker
2. Out of the Furnace
3. Nebraska
4. 2 Guns
5. Jack the Giant Slayer

* didn’t see all of Wolf of Wall Street yet (the showing was cancelled half way thru due to a sound issue)
** also haven’t seen Her

Go See “The Sapphires” Now!

April 10, 2013

The_Sapphires_posterWe’re almost at the summer movie season and 2013 hasn’t yielded many great films until now with The Sapphires. This Australian dramedy follows a group of young Aboriginal sisters and their cousin who form a singing group in 1968 and try to achieve fame in a racially divided country (much like the U.S. at the time). Unfortunately, their best hope for success is a chance to entertain American troops in Vietnam spearheaded by their lush of a manager Dave Lovelace played by BridesmaidsChris O’Dowd. While it may sound like an Australian/Aboriginal take on Dreamgirls, the film is so much more. Along with great performances of wonderful soul tunes of the era, the girls face sexism, prejudice and the true threat of life or death in a polarizing war. The Sapphires treads the line between the comedy and the horrors of war beautifully under the magical direction of Wayne Blair. And the performances from the lead actors are uniformly fantastic with Deborah Mailman making the strongest impression as the oldest sister and O’Dowd in his finest, most human performance to date. It’s no wonder this film swept the Australian Oscars and was a sensation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. I truly can’t recommend the film any more. I fully expect it to be a big player at next year’s Golden Globes as well. Go see it now. You will laugh, cry and have a fantastic time with The Sapphires. Grade: A

The Sapphires trailer: