We're only ten days into the New Year and we've all packed away the decorations, dusted off the mince pies and made resolutions we'll fail to keep. Let's spare a thought for 2013, a year when cities were playable, a British man lifted the Wimbledon trophy, and Gromit was well and truly unleashed - what did 2013 in film look like, and what were our top sellers?
It's a case of Cate the Great at the number one spot: Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine can put down the bottles of Xanax and vodka - it's our most popular film of the year. The inimitable Cate Blanchett returned to our screens as the desperate Jasmine, and we tipped our hats to her chameleon-like talents by dedicating our September Sunday Brunches to her.
Who else enjoys the company of Cate on Watershed's Top 10 sellers of 2013? Here's the full list:
- Blue Jasmine
- The Place Beyond The Pines
- Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
- Behind The Candelabra
- In The House
- Le Week-End
- Blue Is The Warmest Colour
- Before Midnight
- I'm So Excited!
We had a look back at these films with our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, who said:
"It's great to see Blue Jasmine in the top spot, which featured a brilliant performance from Cate Blanchett. It's also pleasing to see that the third visit to the lives of Celine and Jesse (in Before Midnight) continues to capture the Watershed audience. For me, though, the real highlight is seeing Blue is the Warmest Colour in our Top 10. For all the (at times controversial) focus on the emotional intensity, it was a compelling film about contemporary issues of class and race against which Adele and Emma's relationship was played out."
Did you see either of the Blues, or Before Midnight? Are there any missing from the list that you think should have at least made an appearance? Let us know your favourite films from 2013 at Watershed in the comments section below - with over 200 films programmed here every year, there's bound to others worth celebrating.
Mark's own personal Top 10 features many of these titles - he's put together his list below (in no particular order):
Gangs of Wasseypur
'Indian cinema does The Godfather in style.'
'Brilliant, accurate, grown up writing and performances.'
'As IMDB's founder and CEO Col Needham exclaimed - it's a game changer.'
The Act of Killing
'Demonstrated cinema's power to capture the unimaginable.'
'A rather glorious portrait of a middle aged woman's life.'
Blue is the Warmest Colour
'A rich, passionate study of race, gender, class and emotions.'
'Give Margarethe von Trotta and Barbra Sukowa every award going!'
For Those in Peril
'Director Paul Wright declares himself a major talent to watch.'
Seidl's Paradise Trilogy
'Agent provocateur Ulrich Seidl gets under the skin of European complacency.'
The Stuart Hall Project
'Brilliant documentary on an important cultural figure of the 20th century.'
Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Mark agrees that it will be a vintage year for filmgoers. Already 12 Years A Slave (which opens today - Fri 10 Jan) is being rightly acclaimed and tipped for major BAFTA (the nominations were announced this week) and Oscar® (you'll have to wait until 16 Jan for them!) wins.
"We visit the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene via the Coen Brothers for the thoroughly enjoyable Inside Llewyn Davis later in January, while Jim Jarmusch will bring together vampires and rock and roll in inimitable style for Only Lovers Left Alive in February. Lars Von Trier tackles Nymphomania and Claire Denis updates film noir in The Bastards - what is not to enjoy?! However, my top tip for the first part of 2014 has to be Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin, which is the best British film I have seen since Nic Roeg was in his prime."
A strong claim indeed! You can see if you share Mark's enthusiasm or not when Under The Skin is released in mid March. If you want to register your interest for this film or any other film we know is coming up but haven't quite got the particulars like times and dates confirmed yet, head over to our Coming Soon page.
Thank you for all of your support in 2013, and we look forward to enjoying a feast of film with you in the months to come.