And here we are at the end of another year of cinema. The debate rages on whether to include 2014 Oscar runners in the ‘Best of’ lists as really they are 2013 pictures with late UK releases. Alas I will go by the calendar year so here are my favourites! Click the images for my reviews.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Starred Up
4. Gone Girl
6. 12 Years a Slave
7. In Order of Disappearance
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10. Under the Skin
Under The Skin is a daring envisioning of Michael Faber’s novel, following an alien seductress that goes by the name of Laura, played by Scarlett Johansson, roaming the grids of Glasgow preying on young men. Directed by Jonathan Glazer, whose wealth of experience in glossy ads and music videos is hugely evident in his striking visuals. It is only his third feature, and his first for about a decade, so it is interesting to see his style bleed through into a full-length film wrapped around a fully developed narrative. The haunting sci-fi thriller takes on themes human existence and is by no means easy viewing, leaving the viewer on edge for its entirety due to a deeply unsettling soundscape.