THE BEST MOVIE TRAILER OF 2013*
don’t want to brag or anything but this totally changed the trailer game forever, nbd.
*…that i made on ambien.
The 0:32 mark in the clip above might be the single craziest thing you could have seen at the movies this year.
Can a terrible (and I mean terrible) film be redeemed by a single shot? An interminable and boldly incoherent car chase masquerading as a feature film, Courtney Solomon’s “Getaway” is to the “Fast and Furious” franchise what “The Paperboy” is to “Citizen Kane”, until suddenly – for nearly two minutes of the penultimate scene – the film achieves a breathlessly sublime cinematic purity, providing in one glorious long-take a spectacle unmatched by the entirety of even the summer’s most over-sized blockbusters.
As the long chase between Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) and the bad guy who cares whatever winds down in the early light of day and Magna seems to be closing in on the villain, Solomon risks his precious nanosecond ASL with a breathtaking 95-second shot captured from a RED One camera mounted to the front-end mask of the Shelby as it drag-races the villain’s Mercedes SUV at 90 miles per hour along the outskirts of town. While the speed of the shot is slightly ramped to enhance the effect, there’s nevertheless a palpable thrill to the credibility of what’s on display – the film, for all of its extraordinary flaws, has reconditioned us to trust in the reality of what we’re seeing. The movie cars dash through an intersection, narrowly avoiding real-life traffic by a matter of inches. It’s illegal, it’s insane, it’s utterly irresponsible, and it’s incredible.
Howard Hawks famously classified a good movie as any film that “has three great scenes, no bad ones.” Well, if we can extrapolate Hawks’ wisdom to the era of the needlessly distended listicle, perhaps it could be said that a good movie year has 100 great scenes, a few thousand bad ones, and an entire Adam Sandler movie comprised of the most unwatchable. By those standards, 2013 was most definitely a good movie year, and – given how little trouble we had populating this epic countdown – maybe even a great one. Individual scenes are the cinema’s flashbulb memory, and though some of the films represented on this list certainly transcend their isolated pleasures, these are the moments that ultimately defined the year in movies.
Reflecting on the films of 2013, these are the bits we’ll be referencing every time we begin a sentence with “Remember that part when…”.
These are the 100 Best Movie Scenes of 2013.
Sometimes there’s not much to say about process. That doesn’t mean the project was better or worse than others, but that the journey from beginning to end happens in such quick succession that you’re left looking back at little more than a blur. Ms. 45 was one of those jobs. Evan Husney of Drafthouse Films and I talked at length about the direction of the re-release one-sheet, with both of us eager to avoid the exploitive qualities of the original marketing campaign. My sketches were a bit of a mess to start, and it wasn’t until we zeroed in on a few key ideas that everything fell into place.
We agreed that it had to feel both modern yet classic in its structure without resorting to cheap tricks or flashy imagery that sexualized Zoë Tamerlis Lund’s character. The posters of the past sidestepped one important idea: that at the center of this film’s madness lay a character damaged yet perversely empowered through her trauma. She’s a deadly force almost obsessive in her self-initiated war, and that was an avenue that clicked with the less-trashy angle we were trying to approach. The end result is fairly straightforward but works to rehabilitate the image of a film that offer’s much more than a scantily clad woman executing her own brand of justice.
***Important Journalism Alert***
Once again, director David O. Russell has assembled a murderer’s row of talent for his latest feature, this week’s opener “American Hustle,” but despite rounding out his vaguely historically accurate film with talents like Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner, there’s one star that steals the show in every scene they appear in. Which just happens to be all of them, because if nothing else, “American Hustle” has the best damn costumes of any film this year.
Set in the seventies, “American Hustle” always looks and feels the part – even if that part requires itchy macramé, eye-popping décolletage reveals, some really terrifying hair-don’ts, and more leather than you’re likely to find at your local dairy. Michael Wilkinson’s costume design is something to behold (it’s hard to call it all actually “beautiful,” considering some of the male fashions on display here), and it’s certainly a high point for a man whose career has really run the gamut over the years.
LLEWYN DAVIS SINGS KATY PERRY’S “ROAR”
Oscar Isaac, tapping into the lead character he plays in the Coen brothers’ CRAZY HOLY OH MY GOD GREAT new movie “Insane Llewyn Davis”, busts out a new folk classic on Jimmy Fallon last night.
TRAILER: “GODZILLA” (directed by Gareth Edwards)
All hail the king of monsters!
So this is teaser perfection. Oblique mood + Juliette Binoche + hazy look at the monster = excitement. it’s simple math, people.
"Godzilla" roars into theaters on May 16th, 2014.
THE 10 BEST COVERS OF “FILM COMMENT” MAGAZINE
in celebration of their 50th anniversary, my favorite film magazine on this thing we call earth ran a list of their most popular covers (as voted by contributors and staff).
Check out the full top 20 on their site. and then subscribe like a good cinephile.
posting this again cause it kinda took a long time to make.
Film.com’s year-end bonanza will formally kick off next week with a number of features that look back at the movies of 2013 as they were seen through the eyes of our contributors, but before we launch into that madness I wanted to share a list of my personal favorites, selections for whom there is no one to blame but me.
This was a lot of fun to cut together. While I don’t expect that you’ll agree withall of my choices (given that this is a ranked list of 25 films, it would be really strange if you did), I hope you enjoy watching this all the same. Thanks so much, and stay tuned to the end for a list of the music used and the 2013 films in which the songs appeared.
Headphones and high volume are strongly recommended. To see it bigger, either play it full screen or watch it on Vimeo.