THE SALTY KERNELS’ TOP 20 FILMS OF 2013

The time of year for the Top 10 list approached but this year there is not just me writing – there is 10 Salty Kernels, there is a cacophony of film minds all with the most amazing and diverse, some may occasionally say insane, taste in films. What were we to do? It was also not just me attending screenings, it was all ten of them and last year I reviewed about 80 films – this year, well over 300 films seen throughout the year and we had such a large list of films to choose from. It went to vote – and this year I present – Salty’s Top 20 films from the majority of the writers. It is incredible – not one of us has the same taste in film, and we are all very partial to what we love and what we attended. It also goes to show how we really do try and review for everyone and send the person who will like a particular type of film to each screening, I mean if I hated a James Cameron film or Kernel Andrew hated an art house – it really is going to be bad 🙂

 

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I want to pass on a special thanks to all who have supported us this year. Readership is very hard to build on a new and improved site without the support of 10500 other bloggers on a network. It was definitely the best thing I ever did with the site moving it off Orble, we may be building slow, but the Salty is about the quality and not the quantity, we have grown from one writer to ten writers and are about 70% to our goal of reviewing every film released in Australia. This year we have managed to be quoted and printed in all the major newspapers twice and have met a bunch of Hollywood actors for interviews and have generally garnered a lot of industry respect. Film writing is a lot like blogging on anything, we are not a blog, but we do similar and the success always comes to the last man standing, and as long as I live and breathe and the Kernels do not abandon me we shall be there reviewing films for you all.

And a final special mention and thanks to the Salty Kernels, who all get freebies to see films, but who all then have a deadline to meet, for no pay in reviewing films for you all. It has been a pleasure meeting you all and having you all join part of what I would now consider the Salty Family. Or the Salty Cob 🙂

NOW – the lists. The rules were;

1) The film had to release in Australian between January 1 and December 31 2013

2) The film had to be reviewed by a Kernel and be published on the site

 

MY TOP 20 – EDITOR’S CHOICE OF FILMS – JASON KING

#20 THE CROODS – animation of the year for me

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#19 RUSH – surprise film of the year

 

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#18 GRAVITY – space film of the year

 

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#17 WHAT RICHARD DID – superb Irish film from the Sydney Film Festival – loved it so much bought it on DVD straight away

 

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#16 THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD – first time I have ever had a short film in my list – this has been doing festival rounds and I first saw it at SFF – it is truly amazing piece of dark horror – I have written to the guys who made it and suggested sending it to Guillermo Del Toro – he would fund a film for them immediately – it is that good. If he didn’t he be stoopid 🙂

 

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#15 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – just yay!!

 

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#14 ZERO DARK THIRTY – war film of the year

 

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#13 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – another surprise – the rise of JLaw

 

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#12 THE CRASH REEL – best Docco of the year, I LOVED THIS FILM

 

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#11 KON TIKI – best foreign film of the year – a truly amazing adventure film

 

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#10 THE IMPOSSIBLE – heartbreaker of the year – was nearly number one – well it was in January 🙂

 

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#9 THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – superb

 

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#8 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – oh how I love the crew of the USS Enterprise

 

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#7 THE GREAT GATSBY – Leo of the year

 

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#6 BLACKBIRD – just a brilliant film from Canada released at SFF, cannot recommend enough

 

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THE SALTY POPCORN – KERNEL’S TOP 20 FILMS OF 2013

 

#5 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Hanks is back!!

 

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#4 KILL YOUR DARLINGS – this film is so amazing!!

 

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#3 THE WAY WAY BACK – only saw last week and it touched my heart – encapsulated Summer perfectly

 

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#2 THE ROCKET – Australian and close on film of the year, this film truly moved me

 

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Drumroll………………………………….

#1 LIFE OF PI – and this is only because it released on January 1, 2013 in Australia, it should have been a 2012 film – but it is too awesome not to have in this list and even though I saw it back in that first week of January it still holds a spot in my heart as one of the most visual films of all time

 

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KERNEL ANDREW BRUSENTSEV’S TOP 20 – Andrew is our art house writer, he says yes to every screening he can make it to and the more obscure the better, you can truly see this style of film viewing has effected his list and love of film – some superb indie films in his list.

#20 STOKER

#19 BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

#18 MUD

#17 DESPICABLE ME 2

#16 GRAVITY

#15 MACHETE KILLS

#14 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

#13 MR PIP

#12 AMERICAN HUSTLE

#11 THE TURNING

#10 THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC

#9 THE ATTACK

#8 BLANCANIEVES

#7 FRANCES HA

#6 THE HUNT

#5 MUSCLE SHOALS

#4 THE GATEKEEPERS

#3 ZERO DARK THIRTY

#2 20 FEET FROM STARDOM

Drumroll……………………….. ………..

#1 BEYOND THE HILLS

 

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KERNEL DARA SHASHOUA’S TOP 20 – Dara used to be my top writer, but she abandoned us for the sunny shores and incredibly superb weather of Melbourne 😉 She is now our Melbourne correspondent and covers everything she can from down below. She also introduced Kernel Andrew to the team.

#20 LIFE OF PI

#19 TRANCE

#18 THE EAST

#17 GINGER AND ROSA

#16 RUSH

#15 THE BEST OFFER

#14 MUD

#13 DJANGO UNCHAINED

#12 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

#11 THE GREAT GATSBY

#10 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#9 WHAT MAISIE KNEW

#8 FILTH

#7 FRANCES HA

#6 GRAVITY

#5 BEFORE MIDNIGHT

#4 AMERICAN HUSTLE

#3 ABOUT TIME

#2 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 THE WAY WAY BACK

 

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KERNEL CLAIRE SMITH’S TOP 20 – Kernel Claire is a work colleague and friend of mine. She used to be a horse whisperer and now works in the centre of the city and never sees horses 🙁 She has a love for the commercial film.

#20 ABOUT TIME

#19 THE CONJURING

#18 ELYSIUM

#17 DESPICABLE ME 2

#16 BAD GRANDPA

#15 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

#14 THOR: THE DARK WORLD

#13 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#12 THE IMPOSSIBLE

#11 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

#10 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

#9 THE GREAT GATSBY

#8 WORLD WAR Z

#7 GRAVITY

#6 WE’RE THE MILLERS

#5 THIS IS THE END

#4 THE WAY WAY BACK

#3 LIFE OF PI

#2 WARM BODIES

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

 

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KERNEL BEN MCHOLME’S TOP 20 – Ben is an idiot. But I love him none the less – I think he put in Identity Thief just to piss me off 🙂

#20 IDENTITY THIEF

#19 BAD GRANDPA

#18 THIS IS THE END

#17 TRANCE

#16 THOR: THE DARK WORLD

#15 OBLIVION

#14 WE’RE THE MILLERS

#13 ANCHORMAN 2

#12 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

#11 PRISONERS

#10 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#9 DESPICABLE ME 2

#8 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

#7 ONE CHANCE

#6 RUSH

#5 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

#4 GRAVITY

#3 ELYSIUM

#2 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 WORLD WAR Z

 

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KERNEL ADAM SHEARSBY’S TOP 20 – Adam is shady as all hell, never turn your back on him, he could be a serial killer but he has some film running in his blood so his opinion holds some sway 🙂

#20 WORLD WAR Z

#19 ONLY GOD FORGIVES

#18 THE GREAT GATSBY

#17 ANCHORMAN 2

#16 THIS IS THE END

#15 OBLIVION

#14 SPRING BREAKERS – JK forehead slaps

#13 GRAVITY

#12 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#11 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

#10 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

#9 PRISONERS

#8 THE WORLD’S END

#7 DJANGO UNCHAINED

#6 FLIGHT

#5 AMERICAN HUSTLE

#4 THE ACT OF KILLING

#3 THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

#2 THE CONJURING

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 RUSH

 

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KERNEL NICK STANBROOK’S TOP 20 – Nick is the nice guy of the group – I think he is the youngest in the group but writes incredibly well. He tries to watch films and study hard for Uni.

#20 THE LAST STAND

#19 FAST AND FURIOUS 6

#18 DESPICABLE ME 2

#17 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

#16 IRON MAN 3

#15 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

#14 THE WOLVERINE

#13 THE ICEMAN

#12 WORLD WAR Z

#11 THE GREAT GATSBY

#10 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#9 ELYSIUM

#8 THE CONJURING

#7 DJANGO UNCHAINED

#6 AMERICAN HUSTLE

#5 THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

#4 GRAVITY

#3 PRISONERS

#2 ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 THE WAY WAY BACK

 

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THE SALTY POPCORN – KERNEL’S TOP 20 FILMS OF 2013

 

KERNEL CODY’S TOP 10 – KERNEL CODY ONLY GOT TO SUBMIT 10 THIS YEAR 🙁

#10 THE HANGOVER PART 3

#9 MAN OF STEEL

#8 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

#7 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

#6 AMERICAN HUSTLE

#5 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

#4 JOBS

#3 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

#2 IRON MAN 3

Drumroll………………………………….

#1 THE GREAT GATSBY

 

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THE SALTY POPCORN – KERNEL’S TOP 20 FILMS OF 2013

 

COLLECTIVELY IT SHOULD BE KNOWN – THE WAY WAY BACK WAS THE SALTY POPCORN FILM OF THE YEAR!

GRATZ!! And here is to 2014 and all the films to come!

 

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