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» 2013

Top 10 movies of 2013

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Spring Breakers

Swag-tastic trip to the Disneyland for the YOLO generation : think #neonnightmare or a #dubstepfairytail. I’m pretty certain that’s exactly what ‘Tumblr: The movie’ would look like. And being a part of the ADD generation, I can’t help but love all the crazy imagery, rave-friendly soundtrack and Disney-stars-gone-rogue cast.

Bling Ring

Another dreamy trip into the lives of the media-savvy youth of the 00s. Sophia Coppola keeps her poker face and never makes it clear what we’re getting here: a satire about Young Hollywood or a spin-off of ‘MTV Cribs’. One thing for sure: being a celebrity thief in LA surely looks like a hell lot of job – you’re like totally have to look, like, hot and stuff.

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon never shied away from Shakespearean themes in work but this time he went as far as making his own version of the classic story about two stubborn lovers with big hearts and sharp tongues. His modernized version of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (which keeps the original dialogs) is all charm – it’s a house literally filled with Whedonverse darlings spitting tongue-twisting retorts with the same passion they used to fight forces of darkness before.

Her

The movie based on a satirical idea of a man falling in love with an OC (which does have a ridiculously sexy voice) turned out to be one of the most heartfelt and thoughtful love stories of the recent years. This tech-romance requires zero upgrades: it’s perfect just the way it is.

Dallas Buyers Club

True heroes rarely look heroic. They also rarely look like Matthew McConaughey, but if anything the movie proves there’s more to this guy than his romcom past. Much more. It takes a lot of talent to take away attention from Jared Leto playing a transgender women and Matthew pulls it off in a heartbeat. It’s a top-notch performance that screams Academy Award.

Wolf of Wall Street

3-hour-long roller coaster ride down the greedy and hilarious lives of Wall Street’s colorful baddies. Leo bares all of his talents here (often – literally) and wins big: it’s by far his most masterful and diverse performance.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Being a folk singer is never easy. Especially if you have a pretty shitty personality. The titular character of Coen’s vintage drama is hardly a nice guy but any creative person can easily relate to at least some of his struggles while enjoying a fantastic supporting cast.

It’s a Disaster

Here’s a movie about LA residents dealing with the Apocalypse which does not feature James Franco or a rape scene with the Devil. This indie flick tells a story of a ‘couples brunch’ that took an expected turn after the guests realized that the End of the world may prevent them from enjoying the main course. Best part: that’s probably how people would behave to the unexpected Apocalypse in real life. It’s always sad to hear that your favorite organic coffee shop was destroyed by a nuclear explosion.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Just when it looked like we’d never get a decent teen franchise again, we got ‘Hunger Games’ – stylish and brutal story about rebelling against the government machine, which pays much more attention to the actual uprising rather than teen love (thank God!). The sequel surpasses the original on almost every level and leaves you begging for more.

Anchorman 2

Simply the most hilarious comedy in the past several years. Never vulgar and always playful, it follows one simple rule: ‘the random is God’. And when the execution is that good, it’s hard to argue that it really is a winning formula. Other lesson learned: never trust a shark names Dobby.

‘Her’

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A story about a man who falls in love with the voice inside his computer could’ve been told in a lot of ways. It could’ve been an absurd comedy. Or a psychological thriller. Or a satire about our gadget-obsessed times. Luckily, ‘Her’ is none of those things. It is an extremely poetic tale about our constant struggle to replace loneliness with happiness and our (usually failed) attempts to understand (and eventually love and accept) ourselves by trying to understand, love and accept another person. And much more than that.

Watching ‘Her’ is an incredibly satisfying journey from every perspective: it makes you feel, think and devour its mesmerizing imagery all at the same time. The movie sets off as a clever social commentary (the main character works at a website that provides ‘beautiful handwritten letters to your loved ones’ – a truly unsettling concept) but quickly moves into a much more ambiguous world of human emotions and relationships. The greatest thing about ‘Her’ is that behind the façade of the ironic premise, it really is a typical story of two mismatched lovers: Samantha could’ve easily been a young lady with a fatal disease. Or a blind person. Or a man. But while the idea of lovers struggling to stay together despite of the circumstances is hardly a new one, the main power of ‘Her’ lays in the way the story told. The writing is thoughtful yet accessible: from Amy’s observation that love is ‘a socially acceptable form of insanity’ to Theodor’s confession that being with someone who’s excited about the world does make you feel good. But it’s Samantha and her constant self-discovery that creates the movie’s unique vibe: her journey is fascinating and frightfully familiar. This is a truly remarkable cinematic experience based on one of the most complicated yet believable love stories we’ve seen in the last several years.

Interview with Jeremy from PARAMORE

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Paramore had a pretty good year. Their fourth self-titled became a huge success and made several ‘best-of-2013’ lists. They toured like crazy – and even came to Moscow for one of the biggest summer festivals. Back in May I chatted with band’s bass guitarist Jeremy Davis for Rolling Stone Russia about his pizza-delivering past, recording a song for ‘Twilight’ and the best gig Paramore ever had.

How are you?

I’m good, I’m currently in Boston. We have a show here tonight.

It’s a cool city. Have any of you ever been to Russia or the upcoming show is going to be your first one?

None of us has been to Russia. And we’re so excited about it. We just started filling out all the paperwork we need for our visas. Russia’s one of those places: I have no idea what it’s gonna be like. It’s really exciting.

It’s been more than 3 years since the last album was released. What did you learn during that time? Was it a necessary break? 

Music is our lives, so to not be playing shows for that long it was really hard for us. But it was nice for us to be home and have normal life. We constantly tour and we’re never home, so it was nice – to act like normal people: watch movies and TV shows when they come out. Normally we watch it all on DVD all the way through, and now we’d watch it like normal people and wait for the next week. That was kinda boring, but the rest was good.

When we got to start recording, we had a lot of plans and ideas. We were very happy that we were able to pull off a lot of things that we did, like having a gospel choir or a strings orchestra on the album. We really had enough time to experiment and try new things.

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