And The Oscar Likely Does Not Go To...
Only God Forgives
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Great Gatsby
Much Ado About Nothing
That takes us down to A- territory, thanks almost entirely to Alexis Denisof's weak Benedick. Not a strong year for me, in other words, as the next ten stay pretty much in B country: Europa Report, My Sweet Pepper Land, Escape From Tomorrow, Dhoom 3 (although it was A+ fun to watch, I know a B+ movie when I see it), The Don Juans, A Pact, The Wolf of Wall Street, Shootout at Wadala, Fast & Furious 6, and Soul.
I should, I suppose, cut the Academy some slack, as the Top Ten 2013 Movies I Didn't See In 2013 could well actually deserve some mention: To the Wonder, Side Effects, Drug War, The Wind Rises, Philomena, Nebraska, Lone Survivor, The Counselor, Mud, and 12 Years a Slave are fairly strong guesses on my part, although Ramleela, Hannah Arendt, or Rush (for instance) might surprise me. I apparently need to work a little harder at seeing good movies in 2014, but I'm pretty happy with my Top Ten this year for all that.