Joshua Chaplinsky's Favorite Films of 2013 Are Better Than Yours

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I mean, that's gotta be what he thinks, right? Or else why would he be putting them on the internet for all to see? (And by "all" we mean obligated friends and family members, and those precious few window shoppers who happen to happen by.) It's not like he has a unique angle, like "The Year's Best Educational Films Directed by Chechen War Widows." He's not the foremost authority on 21st Century Bar Mitzvah videos. He's just some dude who watches a lot of movies.

Assuming, for a moment, that anyone who rises from the Comments section to write about a subject at length isn't just out to bludgeon people with their opinions, we have to ask: What is their motivation? Where does the compulsion to herald the under- and even over-sung come from? And what is it about film, specifically, that sparks this kind of passion in people?

Just a few questions to think about while you contemplate these ten films and their meaning in one man's life. 
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  • FDB

    "Assuming, for a moment, that anyone who rises from the Comments section
    to write about a subject at length isn't just out to bludgeon people
    with their opinions, we have to ask: What is their motivation? Where
    does the compulsion to herald the under- and even over-sung come from?
    And what is it about film, specifically, that sparks this kind of
    passion in people?"

    I think film (cinema, TV and animation all included) are simply the most disposable yet narrative entertainment of the modern era. Most can and do watch hundreds of films (especially if you include TV) every year, and anyone can conceivably watch thousands, though that would be intense. Alternately, few can or do manage to take in that much of anything else. Few can read at that speed, video games are now epic multi-month or multi-year long adventures/challenges, and only the truly dedicated will dive into these mediums anymore and emerge with enough exposure to feel confident in their opinions.

    Film, on the other hand, everyone can watch and join the conversation within a few hours. Most definitely do watch enough to feel confident in their opinions on the medium as a whole, and as an individual's time commitment to film adds up over the years we all feel more and more committed to our opinions (i.e. "passionate").

    That all said, thanks for this list. I now know who at Twitch I can simply take what what they say they like and avoid them all like the plague, and it'll be spot on for me at least 9 out of 10. :P

  • Haha, wait, are you saying my opinion is one to avoid like the plague?

    Great point about the accessibility of film as a medium. Thanks for reading.

  • FDB

    Semi-sarcastically, yeah, about 8 out of 10 of your "Best of" list would quite literally make it onto my own "Worst of" list for the year!

  • Damn!

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