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Year 2013 In Movies & Music

This is my year 2013 in movies and music.

Best Movies

10. Enough Said (s)

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Country: USA
92 minutes| Comedy, Drama, Romance

A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. (c) Fox Searchlight

Enough Said Movie Poster

 

9. Before Midnight (Drafthouse Recommends)

Director: Richard Linklater
Country: USA, Greece
108 minutes| Comedy, Drama, Romance

Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both actors from the movies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.© Official FB

 

8. Jagten / The Hunt (Magnolia Pictures)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Country: Denmark, Sweden
112 minutes| Drama

Mads Mikkelsen (NBC’s Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. © Magnolia


 

7. Kertu / Love Is Blind (Amrion)

Director: Ilmar Raag
Country: Estonia
97 minutes| Art House & International, Drama, Romance

Kertu's life is totally spoiled by an overbearing father, until she opens her heart to an unlikely dream lover.

 

6. Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Country: Sweden, UK, Finland
85 minutes| Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

 

5. About Time (Universal Pictures)

Director: Richard Curtis
Country: UK
112 minutes| Art House & International, Drama

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.(c) Universal

 

4. Mandariinid / Tangerines (Magnolia Pictures)

Director: Zaza Urushadze
Country: Estonia, Russia, Georgia
87 minutes| Drama

Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides. Set against a beautiful landscape defiled by war, this poetic film makes an eloquent statement for peace.

 

3. Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Country: UK, USA
91 minutes| Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

 

2. Django Unchained (The Weinstein Co.)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Country: USA
165 minutes| Drama, Western

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave.

 

1. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Tribeca Film)

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Country: Belgium
112 minutes| Art House & International, Drama

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

The Broken Circle Breakdown Movie Poster

 

Best Albums

10. Mavis Staples — One True Vine (Anti/Epitaph)

Genres: R&B & Soul

 

9. 3Pead — 10Tõmmet (Eesti Pops)

Genres: Pop/Rock


 

8. Editors — The Weight Of Your Love (Play It Again Sam)

Genre: Indie & Alternative

 

7. Charles Bradley — Victim Of Love (Daptone Records)

Genre: R&B & Soul


 

6. Trentemøller — Lost (In My Room)

Genre: Dance & Electronic

 

5. Rodriguez — Searching For Sugar Man OST (Sony Music)

Genre: Soundtrack


 

4. Agnes Obel — Aventine (Play It Again Sam)

Genre: Folk, Indie & Alternative, Pop

 

3. James Blake — Overgrown (Polydor)

Genre: Dance & Electronic, Pop


 

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd)

Genre: Indie & Alternative, Pop, Rock


 

1. Arcade Fire — Reflektor (Universal)

Genre: Indie & Alternative, Pop

 

My Top 10 Hits of 2013

 


 

Previous years:

2012
1. Movie: Intouchables
1. Album: Jessie Ware – Devotion

2011
1. Movie: Beginners
1. Album: Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

Published by: Raksu in Music & Movies

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