My Definitive Cut 2013 (Half-Time List)

My Definitive Cut is an annual list recognizing my favourite 10 Films and 5 Directors of each cinematic year.  For the first half of 2013, I have reviewed 44 theatrically-released films in theaters.  Films that can be nominated for this list are 2013 films released from 1 January 2013 to 31 August 2013.  There are a few 2012 titles released in 2013 under consideration too.

Titles that might have made it into this list, which I did not manage to catch in theaters are:
THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh) and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul).



















There are 18 nominees picked (in alphanumeric order):
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (Steven Soderbergh)
BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
CONJURING, THE (James Wan)
GRANDMASTER, THE (Wong Kar-Wai)
ILO ILO (Anthony Chen)
IN THE HOUSE (Francois Ozon)
IRON MAN 3 (Shane Black)
LESSON OF THE EVIL (Takashi Miike)
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Dan Scanlon)
OBLIVION (Joseph Kosinski)
ONLY GOD FORGIVES (Nicolas Winding Refn)
PACIFIC RIM (Guillermo Del Toro)
PIETA (Kim Ki-duk)
PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, THE (Derek Cianfrance)
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Olivier Assayas)
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (J.J. Abrams)
TRANCE (Danny Boyle)
WARM BODIES (Jonathan Levine)

My FAVOURITE 10 Films of 2013 (Half-Time List)
1.       THE GRANDMASTER
2.       ONLY GOD FORGIVES
3.       ILO ILO
4.       STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
5.       BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
6.       BEFORE MIDNIGHT
7.       THE CONJURING
8.       PIETA
9.       PACIFIC RIM
10.     WARM BODIES

Honourable Mention
12.    TRANCE

My FAVOURITE 5 Directors of 2013 (Half-Time List)
1.       Wong Kar Wai (THE GRANDMASTER)
2.       Nicolas Winding Refn (ONLY GOD FORGIVES)
3.       Anthony Chen (ILO ILO)
4.       J.J. Abrams (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS)
5.       James Wan (THE CONJURING)

Honourable Mention
6.       Guillermo Del Toro (PACIFIC RIM)







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