OK, 2013 has been and gone and it was a pretty good year for film-goers of all persuasions. Here's my favourite ten movies, in no particular order.
You're Next - Adam Wingard, USA, 95 minutes, horror
Bullhead - Michael R. Roskam, BEL, 128 minutes, drama
After Lucia - Michel Franco, MEX, 103 minutes, drama
Sleep Tight - Juame Balaguero, SPA, 108 minutes, horror
The Selfish Giant - Clio Barnard, UK, 91 minutes, social realism
The Great Beauty - Paolo Sorrentino, ITA, 150 minutes, drama
Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron, USA, 91 minutes, science fiction
Simon Killer - Antonio Campos, USA/FRA, 101 minutes, drama
Beyond the Hills - Cristian Mungiu, ROM/FRA/BEL, 150 minutes, drama
Neighbouring Sounds - Kleber Mendonca Filho, BRA, 131 minutes, thriller
Also worthy of mention are -
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Post Tenebras Lux, The Act of Killing, The Conjuring, Robot & Frank, Gimme the Loot, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and What Richard Did.
Last but not least, Gareth Evans' 'Safe Haven' section of V/H/S 2 is an absolutely astonishing slice of film-making.
Oh yes, the films that underwhelmed or annoyed -
The Spirit of '45
Only God Forgives
Olympus Has Fallen