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(2013, Jonathan Levine)

Grade: B+

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Thank god that's finally over! My god, that was absolutely the worse thing I've seen since Anne Hathaway and James Franco. And Seth Macfarlene make them look like Oscar gods. I made my Oscar prediction and now looking back, I made horrible predictions. Here are the winners of the 85th Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Amour
Argo–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook-WINNER
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Best DirectorMichael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hankie
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal
Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, 
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Best Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Best Production Design
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER
Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNER
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER
Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNER
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria–WINNER
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada
Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER
Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption
Inocente
–WINNER
Best Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew–WINNER
Death of a Shadow 
Henry
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER
Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman–WINNER
Best Animated FeatureBrave–WINNER
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph
Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins
Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNER
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER
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White Material (2009, Claire Denis)

Radio Host: As for the white material, the party's over. No more cocktails on shaded verandas while we sweat water and blood. They're getting out and they're right to run scared. Our rulers are already trembling.
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Guys, I'm on fire! I haven't made this many film reviews in a while! Here is my film review of the Chilean film, NO starring Gael Garcia Bernal. NO just came out this weekend and so if you like Spanish films, you will definitely like this one! 
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HEY HEY HEY! I always love a good action packed film starring Bruce Wills and this is exactly what I got or maybe even more with A Good Day to Die Hard. Check it!
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I've made most of my Oscar predictions here and one of the few categories I seriously had no idea in was the Best Animated Short Films. Luckily, Bleeding Cool via The Film Stage was able to collect all five short films and here they are! The Academy Awards is just around the corner (one week in fact) so chop chop chop and make your predictions! Honestly nowadays, I could care less about who wins and whos hot and what's what. But the animation section is one category that always stays true to its art form. Check it!

Adam and Dog, directed by Minkyu Lee

Fresh Guacamole, directed by "PES"

Head Over Heels, directed by Timothy Reckart & Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare", directed by David Silverman

The Paperman, directed by John Kahrs


These are all exceptional animated short films. I'm glad more Koreans like Minkyu Lee, who was an animator for Disney, is getting more recognition for their work. I've noticed the majority of the best animators are from Korea which I had no idea about till my friend who works at Pixar told me. Minkyu wanted to make Adam and Dog unlike any other short and infuse tranquility like a Terrence Malick or Andrei Tarkovsky film, which he does beautifully. Fresh Guacamole by "PES" is undoubtedly the most imaginative shorts on the list. It's quirky and eccentric enough that'll make you smile from ear to ear multiple times. Head Over Heels is like a trailer to a indelible Michel Gondry romance film which left me wanting  to see more! And I was actually surprised by this pick but The Simpson's very own Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare." If you're a Simpson fan, it doesn't disappoint. Then we have the most reblogged, tweeted, and posted short film that wasn't made by Pixar but Disney. The Paperman was shown before Wreak-It Ralph and I was completely floored by the imagery and story. Pixar has made so many amazing short films like La Luna and Day and Night that I didn't think Disney had it in them anymore. Boy, was I wrong. And I'm glad I was wrong because if there is one romantic film that has captured and made 50-year-old men cry, it's The Paperman. I am positive that The Paperman will win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Guaranteed. 
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The Paperboy (2012, Lee Daniels)

Charlotte Bless: [in regards to Jack's jellyfish stings] If anyone's gonna piss on him, it's going to be me. He don't like strangers peeing on him. 
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(2012, Pablo Larrain)

Grade: B+
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For Valentine's Day, I compiled a list of my favorite films about love. Granted that my perception of love is nothing without hate, these are 6 films that satisfies each step of the spectrum.


1. Titanic (1997)
2. 10 Thing I Hate About You (1999)
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
4. Blue Valentine (2010)
5. Revolutionary Road (2008)
6. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

Then there are films that I love but that didn't make the cut.

1. In the Mood for Love (2000)
2. Closer (2004)
3. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
4. Pretty in Pink (1986)
5. Never Been Kissed (1999)
6. Annie Hall (1977)
7. She's All That (1999)
8. Reality Bites (1994)
9. Gone with the Wind (1939)
10. An Affair to Remember (1957)
11. Amelie (2001)
12. The Way We Were (1973)
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
14. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
15. The Notebook (2004)

I can't decide what I'll watch this Valentine's Day day. Any suggestions? If all fails, I can always turn to When Harry Met Sally, Closer, or In the Mood for Love. If there are other romance films that you love but I failed to mention, let me know!
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(2013, Steven Soderbergh)

Grade: B+

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Human Centipede II (2011, Tom Six)

Dr. Sebring: Let's see. The Centipede can be considered a phallic symbol. Centipedes are very aggressive creatures. Their bite can be very painful. Maybe he's connecting the pain that a centipede inflicts with the pain inflicted on him through use of psychological and sexual abuse by his father. 
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Year: 2013
Director: Fisher Stevens
Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin
Country of Origin: U.S.
Rating: R
Time: 95 mins

It is crystal clear that even by the trailer of Stand Up Guys, that the film is not going to be that great. But in the midst of the mouthful of horrible films coming out during the oscar season, watching Stand Up Guys starring Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin have their last night of hooray isn't so bad. (or have my standards gotten low?)

Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving a whooping twenty eight year sentence for taking the bait and not squealing on his gangster associates (hence, stand up guy). His best friend Doc, played by the ever so free-spirited and lovable Christopher Walken, picks Val up to rekindle and reminisce about their glory days. But the same gangsters that sent Val to jail, has assigned Doc to kill Val before the night is over. Consumed with confliction, Doc decides to give Val the best night of his life with some booze, sex, robberies, car-chases and of course, gun-fights! 

There are just some actors like Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Bruce Willis to name a few, that don't need to necessary shell out great movies left and right. Just the accompaniment of their presence among other great actors is enough to give a girl a thrill. Al Pacino is at his best when he is the sleazy and uninhibited old man who is ready to party hardy with some prescription drugs and hookers. Pacino and the suave yet aloof Walken makes for a wonderfully entertaining pair, who nostalgically reflects on their their hood rat days of breaking into stores, stealing cars, and hooking up with babes. While it is a pint full of light-hearted amusement, the party really starts when they break their old pal Hirsch (Alan Arkin) out from the retirement home. Back in the old days, Hirsch was the Michael Jordan of stealing and driving cars. Whether he is outrunning the cops or making the honeys swoon, Arkin creates a perfect harmony to complete the dynamic of the trio. Stand Up Guys is Fisher Stevens' debut feature film and it shows. The actor turned filmmaker is best well known (to me) as that annoying guy on television even though I don't specifically remember him in anything. While the film isn't fantastic, it still pumps enough chuckles and pleasure that'll cater to your mindless enjoyment and give you the vacation you desperately need from the Oscar films. B-

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I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to the 65th Annual DGA Awards' Director Symposium with Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, and Ang Lee. I wish I could've been more descriptive about my experience but good thing I was live-tweeting the entire event (read left to right)! I'm really honored that I got to go and sit in front of the four most revered and lauded filmmakers in the biz (ahem, Ben Affleck doesn't count). I've seen Ang Lee before when I went to a Q&A with him and Suraj Sharma for Life of Pi but man, I love him more every time I see him. I'm definitely going to do an Ang Lee marathon soon.


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Check out my list of 'The Best Films of 2013!'

I'm counting my screener films to the total but only going to show the official films here.


January
1. Queen of Versailles (2012) A
2. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) A
3. Indie Game (2012) A
4. Supercop (1992) A
5. Les Miserables (2012) C
6. The Loneliest Planet (2011) A
7. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978) A
8. The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974) A
9. Bernie (2011) A
10. Gangster Squad (2013) B-
11. The Impossible (2012) B+
12. The Last Stand (2013) C+
13. Hitchcock (2012) B+
14. Searching for Sugarman (2012) A
15. The Gatekeepers (2012) A
16. How to Survive a Plague (2012) A
17. Primer (2004) A
18. Just for Kicks (2005) A
19. Attenberg (2010) A
20. The Thieves (2012) B+

screeners + films in 2013 = 53

February 
54. Woman is the Future of Man (2004) B+
55. The Human Centipede II (2011) A
56. 5 Broken Cameras (2011) A
57. Gone with the Wind (1939) A
58. The Stand Up Guys (2013) B-
59. Miss Conspirator (2012) D
60. Side Effects (2013) B+
61. NO (2013) B+
62. Cosmopolis (2012) B+
63. The Paperboy (2012) B-
64. 10 Years (2011) B+
65. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) B+
66. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) A
67. White Material (2009) B+
68. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) A
69. Life is But a Dream (2013) B+
70. Grandma's Boy (2006) B+
71. Man with Movie Camera (1929) A
72. Warm Bodies (2013) B+
73. Quartet (2012) B+
74. The Virgin Spring (1960) A
75. An American Crime (2007) C+

screeners + films = 85

March
86. Stoker (2013) B+
87. Face/Off (1997) A
88. Head On (1998) A-
89. Albert Nobbs (2011) B+
90. 21 and Over (2013) C+
91. The Imposter (2012) A
92. The Doom Generation (1995) A-
93. Oz and the Great and Powerful (2013) C+
94. Bedevilled (2010) B-
95. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) B+
96. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) A-
97. A Dark Truth (2013) C+
98. Anatomy of Hell (2004) C+
99. The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) A
100. Spring Breakers (2013) B+
101. The Croods (2013) B-
102. Scandal (1950) B+
103. pre-screening
104. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) C+
105. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) C+
106. Rubber (2010) B+
107. The Evil Dead (1981) B+

April
108. Trance (2013) B-
109. The Curse of the Golden Flower B-
110. Jiseul (2013) A-
111. The Girl from the South (2012) C+
112. Evil Dead (2013) B+
113. Heartburn (1986) B- 
114. God Bless America (2011) B+
115. Actresses (2009) B+
116. To the Wonder (2013) B+
117. Bullitt (1968) B+
118. Holy Motors  (2012) B+
119. Funny Games (1997) A
120. Submarine (2010) A
121. Dream (2008) B+
122. Oblivion (2013) B
123. Mud (2013) A-
124. Shotgun Stories (2007) B+
125. Pain and Gain (2013) B+
126. Frances Ha (2013) A

May
127. The Man on the Moon (1999) C+
128. Days of Being Wild (1990) B+
129. Iron Man 3 (2013) B-
130. The Great Gatsby (2013) B+
131. All of Me (2013)
132. Crystal Fairy (2013) B
133. Goodbye World (2013) B-
134. Peeples (2013) C+
135. Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (2013) A
136. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) A
137. Valley Girl (1983) B+
139. Europa Report (2013) A
140. Before Midnight (2013) A
141. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) A
142. All Together Now (2013) C
143. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) A
144. Forty Years from Yesterday (2013) A
145. The East (2013) B-
146. After Earth (2013) C+

June
147. The Crash Reel (2013) A
148. Nobody's Daughter, Haewon (2013) B+
149. The Drug War (2013) B+
150. Now You See Me (2013) B+
151. The Acting of Killing (2013) A
152. His Girl Friday (1940) A
153. Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000) A
154. Short Term 12 (2013) B+
155. Chasing Ice (2012) A
156. Good Will Hunting (1997) A-
157. This is the End (2013) B+
158. The Bling Ring (2013) B+
159. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) B+
160. The American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013) A
161. You're Next (2013) B+
162. Fruitvale Station (2013) B+
163. The Spectacular Now (2013) A
164. Man of Steel (2013) B-
165. Only God Forgives (2013) B+
166. Delivery (2013) B+
167. The Conjuring (2013) A
168. Venus Vs. (2013) A
169. Lesson of the Evil (2013) B
170. Dormant Beauty (2013) C+
171. The Way, Way Back (2013) B+
172. World War Z (2013) B+
173. The Heat (2013) B-
174. Rust and Bone (2012) A
175. Paris is Burning (1990) A
176. Monsters University (2013) A
177. Starlet (2013) A-

July 
178. Byzantium (2013) C+
179. Prince of Broadway (2008) A
180. Take Out (2004) A
181. The Idiots (1998) A
182. Breaking the Waves (1996) A
183. Pacific Rim (2013) B+
184. L'Avventura (1960) B+
185. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013) B+
186. GriGris (2013) A-
187. Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (2008) A
188. Outside Satan (2011) A
189. The Life of Jesus (1997) A
190. Blackfish (2013) B+
191. Upstream Color (2013) A
192. Red 2 (2013) B-
193. The Grandmaster (2013) A-
194. Lilya 4-Ever (2002) A
195. Breathe In (2013) B+
196. The Wolverine (2013) B-
197. My Blueberry Nights (2007) C+
198. Maelstrom (2000) A
199. As Tears Go By (1988) A
200. Prince Avalanche (2013) B+

August
201. Blue Jasmine (2013) A
202. Eros (2004) B-
203. Ashes of Time (1994) C+
204. Like Someone in Love (2012) A
205. 2 Guns (2012) C+
206. Room 237 (2012) A-
207. Incendies (2010) A
208. Paradise: Love (2012) A-
209. Elysium (2013) B-
210. Kick-Ass 2 (2013) C+
211. Paradise: Faith (2012) A
212. Cutie and the Boxer (2013) A
213. Suspiria (1977) B+
214. Shaun of the Dead (2004) B-
215. The World's End (2013) A
216. Hot Fuzz (2007) A
217. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) A-
218. Carrie (2013) C+
219. The Holy Mountain (1973) A
220. Laurence Anyways (2012) B+
221. Santa Sangre (1989) B+
222. Side by Side (2012) A

September
223. El Topo (1970) B+
224. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) A
225. 12 Years a Slave (2013) A
226. Riddick (2013) C
227. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) B+
228. The Butler (2013) B-
229. Great Expectations (1998) C
230. Salinger (2013) B-
231. The Family (2013) B-
232. Dreams (1990) A
233. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) A
234. Enough Said (2013) B-
235. Ponyo (2008) A
236. Polytechnique (2009) A
237. Murder Party (2007) B
238. Ben-Her (1959) A
239. Bad Lieutenant (1992) A-
240. Senna (2010) A
241. Night on Earth (1991)
242. Rush (2013) B+
243. Teorema (1968) B+

October
244. Don Jon (2013) B+
245. Gravity (2013) A
246. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) A
247. Escape from Tomorrow (2013) C+
248. You Make Me Feel So Young (2013) B+
249. Captain Phillips (2013) B+
250. Why Don't You Play in Hell (2013) A
251. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) A
252. The Tillman Story (2010) A
253. A Field in England (2013) A
254. The Borderlands (2013) B+
255. Martyrs (2008) A
256. Movie 42 (2013) C+
257. Deep Red (1975) A
258. Tenebrae (1982) B+
259. The Day He Arrived (2011) A
260. The Counselor (2013) B-
261. Trick 'r Treat (2007) A
262. The Fake (2013) A
263. The Grand Central (2013) B-

November
264. Ender's Game (2013) A-
265. Aziz Ansari's Buried Alive (2013) A
266. Child's Pose (2013) B
267. Rabies (2010) A
268. Tom at the Farm (2013) B+
269. Nebraska (2013) B+
270. We are the Best (2013) A
271. Saving Mr. Banks (2013) B+
272. Blue Ruin (2013) A
273. Big Bad Wolves (2013) A
274. The Wind Rises (2013) A
275. In Bloom (2013) B+
276. Gloria (2013) A
277. The Sacrament (2013) C+
278. Like Father, Like Son (2013) A
279. The Past (2013) A
280. Manakamana (2013) B+
281. Borgman (2013) A
282. Jodorwsky's Dune (2013) A
283. Moebius (2013) B+
284. Her (2013) A
285. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) B+
286. Thor: The Dark World (2013) A
287. My Dog Killer (2013) B+
288. Kill Your Darlings (2013) B+
289. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013) A
290. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
291. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) A
292. Oldboy (2013) C+
293. Computer Chess (2013) B+
294. The Great Beauty (2013) B+

Decemeber
295. The Punk Singer (2013) A
296. Paradise: Hope (2013) A
297. Everybody Street (2013) A-

I'm pretty sure I watched more after this but lost my planner and lost track. So pretty sure I watched over 300! Thanks everyone. 2013 was great! Check out my list for 'The Best Films of 2013!'
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