Finally decided to put my first short list here. Not the best of year to start with, even finding difficulty making a top 10. The first three on the list however are remarkable films and I believe we are yet to properly value Gravity’s achievement. I omitted some films usually attributed to 2013, which are really great, like Beyond the Hills and Like Someone in Love – for me they belong to 2012. I really can’t understand why 12 Years a Slave topped some respectable critics polls like Indiewire’s (the Oscars long ago stopped being a criteria for me) – as much as I like Steve McQueen’s previous work, especially Shame – I think he succumbed to Hollywood and I’m very much afraid he would join the ranks of many before him like Steven Soderbergh, Lasse Hallström, Peter Weir and many others. I hope I’m not right on this, however.
As for the Coens – among the directors actively working today, they are unmatchable for their consistent high quality of film-making they manage to sustain for so many years now. Some may claim other names like Haneke etc, but while Haneke makes one film, the Coens make two for the same time :-) Keep up the good job, guys!Read less