2013 in a Nutshell :: Part II

// FILM +

Please kindly adhere to the age guidance certificate accompanying each trailer.

Again, in no particular order...

Nebraska (Certificate 15)


// Bruce Dern, shortlisted for a number of best actor awards for his role, and Will Forte star in Alexander Payne's latest film.
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All is Lost (Certificate 12A)
// J. C. Chandor Directs.

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Gravity (Certificate 12A)


// There we were thinking 3D was nothing more than a wayward fad and a waste of time. Alfonso Cuarón has first ever must-see in 3D and guess what? Technically a British film as it was shot at Pinewood-Shepperton, this masterpiece is deservedly nominated eleven times (yes 11) in the Bafta Awards categories, falling short of nomination in the sound and visual effects shortlist.


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Mud (Certificate 12A)

Coming of age/Drama

// Matthew McConaughey gives a weighty performance in the lead role in Director Jeff Nichols' old-fashioned and affecting yarn. 


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 The Act of Killing (Certificate 15)


// Originally released in 2012 (Denmark), The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn's disturbing exposé of 1960s Indonesian atrocities - got full exposure in 2013.

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 Blue Jasmine (Certificate 12A)


// Arguably Woody Allen's finest Directorial output in twenty years.

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 The Double
// Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska feature in Richard Ayoade’s nightmarish offbeat adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novella.
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 Django Unchained (Certificate 18)
Adventure/Blaxploitation/Drama/Spaghetti Western
// Once again, Tarantino plays with style and pace in this entertaining take on the spaghetti western, a genre that has deeply influenced and characterised the Tarantino trait.  (It is important to remember that one cannot watch a Tarantino film through a lens portraying historical truth.  Pinch of salt at the ready).
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 Inside Llewyn Davis (Certificate 15)

Drama (Music)

// The National Society of Film Critics have announced its 48th annual awards, honouring Inside Llewyn Davis in the Best Picture category.  In short, the Coen brothers are back with this navigation of the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961..


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The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) (Certificate 15)


// Awarded Best Film at the Top 10 Sight & Sound's 2013 Critics' Poll.  Paolo Sorrentino Directs what can only be described as a masterpiece.


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 Blue is the Warmest Colour (Certificate 18)


// Like it or loathe it, a second viewing is a must for there is much to be affected by in this coming of age tale.

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 The Selfish Giant (Certificate 15)
// A modern day Kes, tenuously inspired by the Oscar Wilde short story of the same name, so tenuous that British Director Clio Barnard considered changing the film's name.

All the very best

in 2014

from Mona Mara.

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