Next 13 or So Favorite Flicks of 2013

But Dick Hollywood, last week, you just gave us 13 favorite Flicks from 2013. Why are you giving us 13 or so more Favorite Flicks to chew on? WHY THE FUCK NOT! I see a hell of a lot of movies every year and I want to share some of the Flicks that I feel should have a look-see. So with out further ado, here are 13 or so more of my Favorite Flicks from 2013.

So Says Dick Hollywood!

The Angels’ Share/Drinking Buddies

The Angel’s Share

-noun Informal.
the amount of alcohol which evaporates from the casks during maturation.

While I was on a distillery tour in Scotland, oh so many moons ago, you could smell and taste the Angel’s Share in the air, and being a whiskey lover, the taste on your tongue and smell was divine. Ken Loach’s Flick, “The Angels Share”, is a breath of fresh air and super fun film. Set in Glasglow, Scotland, we find a band of merry misfits whom all share one thing in common. They all have to perform Community Service for various crimes and while doing that, Harry their appointed overseer, takes them on a Whiskey Distillery tour, where four of them discover a taste and nose for fine and splendid whiskey. Just give me a wee Dram now, why don’t cha!

 

Drinking Buddies

Spoken like Homer Simpson, “Beer, I love beer…”

Drinking Buddies is a great companion piece to “The Angels Share”, which makes for a nice Double Feature. As the process of Whisky tasting and production is used as a premise in “The Angels Share”, “Drinking Buddies” uses the backdrop of a Brewery and fine libation of Craft Beers. An Improvisational Comedy/Drama that works well with this talented cast of Actors, ss two couples, try to figure out their next best moves for their relationships in the game, we call life. So of course all of that yummy, yummy beer made me downright thirsty.

Before Midnight

Big fan of this series of films and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Jesse and Celine at this later point in their lives. It is a great “finish” to one of most realistic love stories told in three parts over the years. Nuff Said! Now go forth and watch all three Flicks in the series. So Says Dick Hollywood.

Blancanieves

A Spanish, Black and White, Silent Film that re-imagines the story of Snow White with a Merry Band of Bull Fighting Dwarves. Beautiful looking, great music and a tad bit dark. Do I really need to say anymore?

 

Blue Jasmine

Great ensemble cast yet once again from Woody Allen. This time the story leans more to the dramatic side, with Cate Blanchett giving a stunning performance with her take on Blanche DoBois from “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and is one of the main reasons to see this Flick.

Crystal Fairy/Magic Magic

Woo Hoo! Another Double Feature on this list.

Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Two Flicks from Writer/Director Sebastián Silva, both starring Michael Cera, both came out in 2013, and pair of them was shot back to back over a 3 month period. While waiting for financing to come through for “Magic Magic”, Sebastián Silva decides to shoot a film with Cera, his three brothers and Gaby Hoffman in the title role of Crystal Fairy. An improvised road trip/drug movie with a fearless turn by Ms. Hoffmann. Cera, playing against type, is uncomfortably annoying and mean. A cool little Indie Gem.

Magic Magic

Magic Magic is a psychological Horror flick about a woman’s psychological breakdown when she goes on a vacation with an old friend of the family and her friends.

Gravity

Yes, I Dick Hollywood. Do solemnly swear that I watched Gravity as it was meant to be seen, in IMAX 3-D. No,really I did. I kid you not. So I must say that this Flick is quite a Cinematic Ride, and I believe that it is all that it was meant to be. It’s not a deep and philosophical Sci-Fi, but it is a pretty impressive experience, and even though I still find 3-D super gimmicky and looks like a View-master Reel, I thought the gimmick worked well with this fun Amusement Park Ride of a Movie.

The Hunt

Two words: Mads Mikkelsen. What a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance he has graced us. The story of a teacher in a small community who is accused of inappropriately touching the young daughter of his Best Friend. The small community ostracizes him, guilty in their eyes, before he has a chance to prove his innocence. “The Hunt” is such a powerfully and melancholic film.

Much Ado About Nothing

Holy shit! Another Black and White film. When combing my two lists, this now makes four. See I do have some mad math skills. However besides my mad math skills, Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s Comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a hoot! Shot in twelve days at Joss Whedon’s home, utilizing a cast picked and plucked from his past TV shows, the Bard’s words never sounded so much fun. Check it out I say!

Mud

Really nice Coming-of-Age story, with another terrific performance from Matthew McConaughey. Two teen boys, decide to help out a fugitive on the lam, get back together with the love of his life, while one of the boys discovers love, longing and heartache of his own, as he desperately tries to reconcile Mud with ex-girlfriend Juniper.

Simon Killer

Creating discomfort and making viewers feel uncomfortable watching a film is not an easy task, but Simon Killer sure makes it seem easy. Forlorn American abroad in Paris meets pretty prostitute and falls in love? Shots reminiscent of Bela Tarr and Gus Van Sant emulating Bela Tarr, framing only people’s torsos, messing with sound and shit, makes ol’Dick Hollywood discombobulated. In a good way though, a very good way.

Stories We Tell

Another fine film from Sarah Polley. This time she creates an unforgettable Documentary about herself, her Family, and a story that was told and joked about while she was growing up. Truth, speculation and recollection all collide as her Family and friends of the family tell stories about her deceased Mother and living Father and their relationship.

We Are What We

First I put a god damned 3-D Flick on the list and now an English speaking remake of the Mexican Horror Flick, “”Somos Lo Que Yay”. What the hell is wrong with me? Well, I liked Jim Mickle’s last flick, “Stakeland”, so much so, that I was interested in his take of the so so original movie. Incorporating fresh ideas, to create an altogether more interesting and much better film then its predecessor. A Creepy Atmospheric Gothic Black Comedy would be a quick way of describing it. Plus it stars Bill Sage, who is one of my Favs from many a Hal Hartley Flick.

 

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