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Top 10 Films of 2013 - Si

1   - The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)

What we said at the time: 'At nearly two and a half hours, The Great Beauty at times threatens to outstay its welcome but equally, when the dialogue is zinging back and forth, I wanted to listen to this all day. This is a wonderful, decadent, ethereal film that will stay with you for more than the journey home.' 

Why it's here: Simply a magnificent piece of cinema. Vibrant, intelligent, knowing, funny and a feast for the eyes. The only film we've managed to watch twice this year.

2   - Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)

What we said at the time: 'Blue is the Warmest Colour is a wonderful, brutal and exhaustingly emotional movie'

Why it's here: We've never seen a movie this honest, this grown up and so painfully and accurately presenting the passion and destruction of first love. The two leads are so utterly committed to the roles that you feel for both their characters and the actors.

 

3   - Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

What we said at the time: 'Gravity is a truly spectacular experience. It’s what we should be cheering at the cinema because it pushes the boundaries of technology and it transports us, hook, line and sinker, into another world (all be it one floating just above ours). It puts one of cinemas most bankable female stars completely front and centre and she lives every stomach shifting, eye popping, last gasp of it.'

Why it's here: It's the first time we've lost our stomach watching a movie. Technology has never been so well used in telling a story and although we worry about it ageing, this is the sort of movie that reminds us why we love the big screen.

4   - Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour)

What we said at the time: 'Wadjda avoids any clichés and does not pander to any Western ideas about Saudi life. It is honest, wilful and optimistic, just like it's main character. It is nothing short of a triumph that this film managed to get made in the first place, but it deserves to be seen on its own merits.'

Why it's here: A monument to cinema's ability to ignore hierarchy, challenge prejudice and expose stereotypes, this movie is also a beautifully simple piece of storytelling told extremely well. It is a joy.

5   - Good Vibrations (Lisa Barros D'Sa / Glenn Leyburn)

What we said at the time: '..as a hero for anyone who just wants to be left to do their thing, free of hypocritical, vicious and ultimately futile persecution, [Teri Hooley] takes some beating. And unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, he still takes a beating for his stance. Which is a horrible reminder that we've come a long way but nowhere near far enough. While we’re travelling though, we’d be much better off for having seen this film. Full of guts, heart and of course, Teenage Kicks'.'

Why it's here: Good Vibrations contains one of the stand out tears in the eyes moments of 2013. It's also a consistently funny and honest record of a period in time, seen through the eyes of Belfast punk. 

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