Given that that idea has already been taken, I thought I’d ask a different question…
What are the Top 5 films NOT from 2013 that you’ve seen for the first time this year?
My list follows below, please add yours in the comments, or tweet it to @24FPSUK or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The actual midpoint of the year falls on July 3rd, so soon after that I’ll have a post with some of the recommendations that result from this little survey.
Top 5 NON 2013 releases I’ve seen this year
4: Love in the Afternoon ['72]
3: The Place Promised In Our Early Days
Makoto Shinkai weds a big sci-fi concept to an intimately and touchingly observed love triangle plot that makes everything personal, and then shows it to us with images that look like an animated Terence Malick film. Breathtaking.
2: Solaris ['72]
Andrei Tarkovsky’s film is far from the austere, remote thing I feared it would be. It moves slowly, but inexorably, using its science fiction concept (and the fantastic performances at its heart) to tell a desperately moving and tragic love story.
1: Tuesday, After Christmas
The most brilliantly acted film I’ve seen for a long time; a brutally raw and real film about the breakdown of a marriage after the husband has an affair with a younger woman. It’s full of moments of pain, but equally of moments of joy. The 15 minute break up scene in the middle of the film is one of the best sustained pieces of acting and direction so far this decade.
So, those are my choices. What are yours?