Posts Tagged ‘Beyond the Hills’


Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


2013 in Review

January 4, 2014


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 343
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 278

Pre-1920s: 1 (1 first time viewing)
1920s: 2 (1)
1930s: 6 (4)
1940s: 10 (8)
1950s: 13 (8)
1960s: 18 (17)
1970s: 18 (11)
1980s: 29 (15)
1990s: 32 (15)
2000s: 18 (9)
2010s: 196 (192)

I didn’t exactly succeed with my resolution with older cinema from the 2012 entry, but I did see enough great films for the first time this year to justify expanding the following list from 50 to 75.

75 best first time viewings of 2013, in alphabetical order
Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2013 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Act of Killing, TheThe Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, Denmark/Norway/UK/Finland)

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The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2013′

December 15, 2013


I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2013 for The Skinny’s annual contributors’ poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. I also wrote blurbs for what ended up being the #1 and #9 films on our group top 10.

You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.
For reference, our lists were submitted in mid-November to make the December print edition of the magazine.


Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012)

July 9, 2013


The following review was written as what was intended to be my last submission to Subtitled Online. I was sent a screener by Artificial Eye and the review was to be produced so as to coincide with the film’s early June release on DVD and Blu-ray. The review has yet to be published over a month after both my submission and the release date, and so I am now posting it here. If it does eventually appear on Subtitled Online, I will edit the post so that it links to there. The review was written to conform with that site’s house style, hence quite a lot of plot synopsis. Read the rest of this entry ?


My Month in Films: April 2013

May 1, 2013


30 films, 17 first time viewings
Another rewatch-heavy month.

Best first time viewings
1. Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012, Romania/France/Belgium)
2. Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971, USA/UK)
3. In the House (François Ozon, 2012, France)
4. Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953, USA)
5. Iron Man Three (Shane Black, 2013, USA/China)
6. Simple Men (Hal Hartley, 1992, USA/Italy/UK)
7. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski, 2013, USA)
8. Good Vibrations (Lisa Barros D’Sa/Glenn Leyburn, 2012, UK/Ireland)
9. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941, USA)
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