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Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
Fewer superheroes, some singing and a bit more weirdness are just some of the things the Guardian's film critics are hoping to see on the big screen in the next 12 months
Peter Bradshaw: Naturalistic TV type acting, old-fashioned musicals and funnier superheroes
With the conclusion of Breaking Bad in 2013, we saw a revival of the "boxset-tv-is-better-than-the-movies" issue, promoted by pundits who are of an age when leaving the house to go to the cinema is becoming a trial. Undoubtedly, boxset TV offers huge opportunities for an actor to develop a role over hours of screen time – more difficult in the movies, although Bruce Dern and June Squibb in Alexander Payne's excellent Nebraska showed us that the old-fashioned pleasures of the actorly performance were not dead. I should love to see some more of this tasty, organically grown, line-fished naturalistic movie acting in 2014.
Soon we shall see the Coens' »
- Peter Bradshaw, Steve Rose, Xan Brooks, David Cox, Ryan Gilbey
2 items from 2014
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