Top 10 2013 – Adelaide’s List
7) Stories We Tell (2012) Sarah Polley looks at her family history and takes the viewers to some surprising places in both form and content. Nothing is quite what is seems, and by the end of the film more than one revelation will be made. Polley interviews her family, getting the same stories told from different perspectives. Each person has slightly different information, and as the film goes on, the audience gains a greater picture of their family, especially Polley’s mother, Diane, a vibrant actress with a few secrets of her own. Who cares about a movie about somebody else’s family? You should. Especially when the story is told so well. (I am purposefully being vague about this film. There are many possibilities for spoilers, and I don’t want to ruin anything for you.)
6) Fill The Void (2012) Directed by Rama Burshtein, this Israeli film comes out of, but is not part of, a movement that create films by and for ultra-orthodox Jewish women. Shira’s sister has died during childbirth, and she must decide if she is willing to marry her bereaved brother-in-law. She faces outside pressure both for and against, but in the end, she must determine where her own heart lies. It’s moving and romantic, but not in the way that a Hollywood film would be. I enjoyed its smallness of scope and a peek inside a world I know nothing about.
5) Inequality for All (2013) Economist Robert Reich explains why having such a large income gap between the rich and the poor is bad for everybody. Want to improve the economy? Focus on the average person, not the rich. When the middle class has more money, they buy stuff. When the rich have more money, they invest it. Guess who really adds more dollars to the economy? It’s a believable proposition, told in an interesting and fun manner. Reich is an engaging person, and if you think a film on economics is doomed to be boring, you couldn’t be more wrong.
4) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) I thought this movie was awesome. I like a big blockbuster as much as the next lady, and I especially enjoy this franchise with its female lead and dark message. Katniss and Peeta have survived the Hunger Games only to be called up to serve again for the 75th anniversary of the uprising. They must navigate through old and new alliances, trying to stay alive as the odds become more and more stacked against them. While the game situation is similar to the first movie, there is more at stake for them and the other citizens of Panem. I am also team Peeta and if you are not, you are a fool. (I am not above love triangle partisanship. Peeta is super nice and he can bake, people!)