Monday, February 15, 2021

10 Off My Head: Siri Says 2013

So I got a new cell phone this weekend and the set-up was creepily easy -- I just had to hold the new phone in proximity to the old one and... shit like transferred right over? Through the air? Technology truly baffles me, but sure, why not, just let it happen even if it makes me skin crawl. (I was reading up on the things my new phone can do and I found out about the "Facetime Attention Correction" which was the creepiest -- you're basically deep-faking your own eyeballs? Ugh!) 

That said it wasn't until this very moment now when I sat down to do this week's entry in our "Siri Says" series -- where I ask Siri to pick a number between 1 and 100 and then tell you people my favorite films from the year that corresponds -- that I suddenly became worried for the sentient being called Siri that lives inside my telephone. Was she transferred over along with my information? Is this some other lady giving me numbers now? Some imposter? If I can't trust my Siri who can I trust? This is like the start of every 90s Erotic-Thriller, I tell ya.

Anyway I asked this "Siri" for my number today and just like last week "she" gave me a usable number on the very first try -- at this point, having done so many of these posts, getting an unused number on the very first try is an outlier. So my point is whether this is "my" Siri or not "she" is doing a good job so whatever -- cut to the "Siri" on my old phone getting bricked, consciousness trapped forever in some nowhere-world, an episode of Black Mirror if ever there was a really boring episode of Black Mirror. (Or perhaps this has all been Performance Art for Spike Jonze's Her, included below.)

Point being the lady inside my phone, whomever she might be now, told me "13" so we're choosing from the Movies of 2013. 2013 was the year that MNPP's annual awards tradition of The Pantys went a little wonky, because I fell down and broke my arm around the time I was meant to post them, and posting anything became difficult for a few months. I only got around to posting a list of My 15 Favorite Films of 2013 in... March of 2014, lol. And looking back today my list is a little different. Our foundations are quaking, y'all. 

My 10 Favorite Movies of 2013

(dir. Greta Gerwig)
-- released on May 17th 2013 --

(dir. Sofia Coppola)
-- released on June 21st 2013 --

(dir. Dustin Daniel Cretton)
-- released on August 23rd 2013 --

(dir. Adam Wingard)
-- released on August 23rd 2013 --

(dir. Steve McQueen)
-- released on November 8th 2013 --

(dir. Coens)
-- released on December 6th 2013 --

(dir. Park Chan-wook)
-- released on March 1st 2013 --

(dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
-- released on November 15th 2013 --

(dir. Spike Jonze)
-- released on December 18th 2013 --

(dir. Alain Guiraudie)
-- released on 2013 --


Runners-up: Only God Forgives (dir. Refn), The Heat (dir. Paul Feig), Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo Del Toro) Enough Said (dir. Nicole Holofcener), About Time (dir. Richard Curtis), A Field in England (dir. Ben Wheatley), Nymphomaniac (dir. Lars Von Trier), Snowpiercer (dir. Bong Joon-ho), Tom at the Farm (dir. Dolan), The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi)...

... The Counselor (dir. Ridley Scott), Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass), Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron), The Act of Killing (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer), Byzantium (dir. Neil Jordan), I'm So Excited (dir. Pedro Almodovar), Fruitvale Station (dir. Ryan Coogler), Oblivion (dir. Joseph Kosinski), The Place Beyond the Pines (dir. Cianfrance), Filth (dir. Jon S. Baird) 

Never seen: The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar-wai), What Maisie Knew (dir. Scott McGehee), The English Teacher (dir. Craig Lisk), Ida (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski), Grace of Monaco (dir. Olivier Dahan), Bastards (dir. Claire Denis), Black Nativity (dir. Kasi Lemmons), The Fifth Estate (dir. Bill Condon)


What are your favorite movies of 2013?


bdog said...

True story: went on a first date to see 'Stranger by the Lake'. That was awkward.

joel65913 said...

I don’t have a lot that I really love from this year, again I have a couple of documentaries that I liked more than most films I saw. But we do share The Great Beauty.

My top 10:
Saving Mr. Banks
20 Feet from Stardom
Shoot Me
The Great Beauty
About Time
Star Trek into Darkness
Blue Jasmine

Just like when you did 2012 I’m going to list a few 1913 films I liked since I’m sure you won’t be getting to that year. I don’t have many though. 😊

A House Divided
Matrimony’s Speed Limit
Mabel’s Dramatic Career

Good Night said...

Gravity just kind of disappeared didn't it? I thought it would have left more of a cultural impact.

Anonymous said...

"Blue Jasmine" is perfect. I watch it, a least, once a year.

jasonbkny said...

Ah, 2013. The year I quit my corporate job and ran away to Paris for a few months. I saw many of these films in cozy French cinémas, with a class of wine and salty or sweet popcorn. (EVERYONE was talking about Frances Ha in the cafés.)

Thanks for a trip down la voie de la mémoire. It was just what I needed on a rainy Tuesday morning

Anonymous said...

Wait, what movie has James McAvoy and Jamie Bell getting so close and intimate with each other?

Jason Adams said...

Anon -- that would be Filth, an adaptation of Irving Welsh's novel

Shawny said...

Stranger by the Lake and Pacific Rim are my two favorite films from that time. Seeing Pacific Rim in 3D at home, the film opens up into an astounding visual experience like no other. To me, one of the greatest works of cinema art purely on a visual level. As with many of Del Toro’s films, the movie itself doesn’t match up quite. But I will also always remember my first time seeing Idris. My straight friend was puzzled why I wasn’t in to Hunnam.

creamycamper said...

The Heat is my go-to comedy for when I need to feel better quickly.