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The Best Films of 2013

Welcome to the first Electric Shadows Annual Top 10.

We’ve seen hundreds of films this year.

Dismissed those unworthy – yes, we’re particularly looking at you Diana, The Big Wedding, To The Wonder and Olympus Has Fallen.

Salute those worthy of attention and worth an evening of your time – Cloud Atlas, Mud, Lincoln, The Look of Love.

And present here the ten films we thought were the must-sees, the standouts, the cream of the silver screen in 2013.

Don Jon Poster10. DON JON
Joseph Gordon Levitt whips out his outrageously large talent with a knockout directorial debut… that he also wrote… and stars in. As uber-confident swordsman Jon Martello (“Don” Jon to his awed friends), a hit with the ladies but more interested in online porn, he offers a bare-naked depiction of the modern male...

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2013 – Rewind and Re-View

With the calendar now reading 2014, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2013?

Beginning with…

WORST FILM – OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
2013 Review - Olympus Has Fallen
In any normal year Diana would have been hands-down the worst film 2013 birthed sideways. But, this was the year Gerard Butler decided he could do “Die Hard in the White House” with Olympus Has Fallen. The result was a Daily Mail fever dream of rampaging foreigners, scheming politicos and justified torture. Even worse was the fact the film made money.

BEST “I’VE SOMETHING IN MY EYE” MOMENT – CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
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Spoiler alert – look away now if you haven’t seen Captain Phillips. And go see Captain Phillips...

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Blackfish

Blackfish - quad posterDirector: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Cert: 12 (TBC)

Running time: 84 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: A shocking expose of greed, barbarity and callousness in the multi-billion marine life theme park industry, Blackfish is candidate for 2013’s best documentary.  Following the blood trail left by the 2010 killing of a trainer by the largest orca in captivity, Cowperthwaite’s movie is an unforgettable experience and, with shocking caught on camera footage, a disturbing insight into the world behind Shamu.

Blackfish - whale mouthBlackfish - dive

The full verdict: With the investigative zeal of Errol Morris, Gabriela Cowperthwaite knows when something smells fishy.

And Sea World’s explanation that the tragic 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau was “trainer error” became suspect when eyewitnesses at the public show claimed Tilikum, the par...

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