FILM: Best of 2013

J. Hoberman

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity, 2013, digital video, color, sound, 91 minutes.

1 GRAVITY (Alfonso Cuarón) Project it upside down or inside out. Cuarón’s 3-D thriller is blockbuster modernism in the tradition of Intolerance, Napoléon, Olympia, The Birds, and, of course, 2001. “Sort of the human condition,” an artist I know said. I imagine Gravity as a thought balloon in the minds of the people in James Nares’s monument to earthbound evanescence, Street (2011).

2 “HANNAH ARENDT” Not the Margarethe von Trotta movie or the actual person but Brooklyn-based Barbara Sukowa, who plays the moral philosopher as a feisty, furious living doll.

3 IMAGINARY DOUBLE PROJECTION Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess: two antithetical, deadpan, sci-fi meditations on the way we live now. Show them side by side intermittently accompanied by loops of Scarlett Johansson’s voice-over from Spike Jonze’s Her and with The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon’s hysterical

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