We're starting our Tops Week (totally an official thing now) with Siân's favourite films of 2013. She's actually writing this right now but feels the need to continue using the "royal we" for the sake of keeping up appearances. Good job, Siân; we're so proud. She's not very good at making Top Lists, though, so hers is a little long: she has her top ten favourite films and then fifteen more that she felt extreme amounts of guilt for not including. Take that as you will.
#1. Her (dir. Spike Jonze)
THIS MOVIE. I can't even. Words do not describe. It's just so beautiful and aching and lonely and joyous. It's so much more than "a dude falls in love with a computer" and if that's all you got from it, I respectfully declare you a doofus. What. I said it with respect.
#2. The Wolf of Wall Street (dir. Martin Scorsese)
I really wasn't expecting to love this movie as much as I did, but it was fucking fantastic. And now I've taken to shouting "FUCKING BENIHANA" at random. Also, Captain Ted isn't afraid of chop. That's very important to note.
#3. The Spectacular Now (dir. James Ponsoldt)
This was definitely one of my favourites at Sundance last year. I was absolutely blown away by the leads' performances, the honesty and tenderness they brought to their characters, but everything else about this movie was perfection as well.
#4. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (dir. Ned Benson)
Yeah, this isn't out yet. Cry me a river, boners. I saw it at TIFF and it was one of the most moving things I've seen all year. Maybe I'll see it again when it comes out next year and put it on my 2014 list. I went in worried about the double story and length but was immediately swept up in the story.
#5. Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach)
At first I couldn't decide if I wanted to BE Frances Ha or be her best friend. Then I realized I'd never in a million years be as delightful as Frances Ha and I wouldn't even DREAM of comparing myself to America's Sweetheart Greta Gerwig. AHOY SEXY.
#6. Spring Breakers (dir. Harmony Korine)
I was dragged to this movie against my will and was prepared to hate every stupid minute of it. It only took the length of the opening credits to fully convert to not only a die-hard Spring Breakers fan but a Skrillex fan as well. Thanks, I think? SCARFACE ON REPEAT! CONSTANT Y'ALL!
#7. Olympus Has Fallen (dir. Antoine Fuqua)
This is another movie I was prepared to hate, but it only took about ten minutes (or until EVERY-DAMN-BODY started dying) before I was shouting "USA! USA! USA!" at the screen in my head. I watch this movie all the time and can't get over the absurdity and America-ness of it all. SHIFT THREE! SHIFT THREE! (And don't get me started on that monstrosity known as White House Down.)
#8. Short Term 12 (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
Everything about this movie is sublime, from the beautifully written script to the young actors unflinching portrayals of at-risk youths. I near cried throughout the entire thing and I still think Brie Larson should get all of the awards. ALL. OF. THEM.
#9. Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
How can you NOT love a movie where there are characters named Raleigh and Yancy. I mean, obviously. Aside from the score, which everybody knows that I love (and love to work out to), everything else about this movie is bad ass. WHERE IS MY GODDAMN SHOE?!
#10. Alphée of the Stars (dir. Hugo Latulippe)
This was one of the very last docs I caught during Hot Docs and I almost didn't go. I'm so glad I did because I'm not sure if I would've ever seen it otherwise. Definitely one of the most beautiful, tender love letters I've ever seen.
(Click on the posters to read about the rest of Siân's favourite films of the year.)