Midsummer Fervour – vote for the best films of 2013 so far!

June 17, 2013 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 33 Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

They had your curiosity. But which films now deserve our attention?

The movie world is very predictable. As everybody gets towards the end of the year, film fans, bloggers and critics all rush to vote for the finest films of the past 12 months.  Hollywood, canny buggers the lot of them, flood the final quarter with their perceived big hitters – lo and behold, those top ten lists skew significantly towards the tail-end of the year.

The result is that great films released in the first half of the year – from summer blockbusters to esoteric art-house fare – tend to get forgotten.  Which is why for the past two years towards the end of June, Kinnemaniac has polled film lovers for their picks of the past six months only.

The 2011 and 2012 polls threw up numerous surprises, not least a communal love of whimsy, with Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom winning their respective years.  Neither film really made an impression come the year-end surveys, which kinda proves the value of putting the spotlight on them in June.

So here’s your chance to shout about the best of the year so far.  If it was released in UK cinemas between 1st January and 30th June, it’s eligible for this poll.  As in previous years, you can vote for up to 5 films.

Please comment below and we’ll tot up the results on 1st July.


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  1. Michael PattisonJun 17, 2013 at 10:48 amReply

    UK theatrical releases:

    1. Beyond the Hills
    2. Mud
    3. Mea Maxima Culpa
    4. The Stoker (aka A Stoker, dir. Balabanov)
    5. Our Children

    …none of which are 2013 world-premieres. Workers (José Luis Valle), Diego Star (Frédérick Pelletier) and Longing For the Rain (Yang Lina) are the best 2013 productions I’ve seen so far.


  2. Julien AllenJun 17, 2013 at 11:27 amReply

    1. To The Wonder
    2. In The Fog
    3. Mama
    4. Hors Satan
    5. Lincoln

    Assuming: The Servant and Journey in Italy don’t qualify…
    Not seen: Beyond the Hills, I Wish, Identity Thief…


  3. Matt MansfieldJun 17, 2013 at 1:06 pmReply

    1. Beyond The Hills
    2. I Wish
    3. Simon Killer
    4. Spring Breakers
    5. Side Effects


  4. Mark LiversidgeJun 17, 2013 at 2:11 pmReply

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Iron Man 3
    3. Side Effects
    4. Lincoln
    5. Stoker

    Contrived to miss Beyond The Hills, No, Mea Maxima Culpa, Simon Killer and I can’t stand Terence Malick for some reason so missed To The Wonder of my own volition.

  5. EddJun 17, 2013 at 5:22 pmReply

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Cloud Atlas
    3. Robot & Frank
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. The Place Beyond the Pines

  6. Russell FordJun 18, 2013 at 7:46 amReply

    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Les Misérables
    4. Spring Breakers
    5. The Place Beyond the Pines

  7. Sam InglisJun 19, 2013 at 4:23 pmReply

    5: Much Ado About Nothing
    4: In The House
    3: Zero Dark Thirty
    2: What Richard Did
    1: Stoker

    All 5 star films, I gave 6 top grades in all of last year, so this seems to be a much better year on the whole.

  8. Michael EwinsJun 19, 2013 at 4:41 pmReply

    1. Neighboring Sounds
    2. I Wish
    3. The Place Beyond The Pines
    4. Stoker
    5. Django Unchained

    This’ll change soon as I’ve dozens of films to catch up on. It’s looking like a great year.


  9. neil mitchellJun 19, 2013 at 5:46 pmReply

    1.Beyond the Hills
    2.What Richard Did
    4.Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    5.Sleep Tight

  10. Peter ShipleyJun 19, 2013 at 6:06 pmReply

    1. Beyond the Hills
    2. To The Wonder
    3. Hors Satan
    4. Post Tenebras Lux
    5. Lore

  11. Ian RobinsonJun 20, 2013 at 1:53 pmReply

    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Lincoln
    3. Wreck-It-Ralph
    4. Iron Man Three
    5. Star Trek Into Darkness

    Special mention for Paperman

    Suddenly realised I haven’t seen many films this year. Must catch up!

  12. Arnold StoneJun 20, 2013 at 2:01 pmReply

    1. Something In The Air
    2. No
    3. Much Ado About Nothing
    4. Hors Satan
    5. Cloud Atlas

    Although the above comments are already telling me that I really should have seen Beyond the Hills.

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  14. Laurent de AlbertiJun 21, 2013 at 6:56 amReply

    5) American Mary
    4) Cloud Atlas
    3) Beyond The Hills
    2) Post Tenebras Lux
    1) Stoker

    I’ve also seen so many great films at festivals, which are released later in the year so not eligible in this survey, this is shaping up to be a great year

  15. Ivan RadfordJun 23, 2013 at 10:00 pmReply

    1. Before Midnight
    2. NO
    3. Cloud Atlas
    4. Side Effects
    5. Stoker

    Lots of good stuff to come in the rest of the year too – and that’s without even mentioning A Hijacking, Sleep Tight, Much Ado, IM3, Side by Side…


    • Ivan RadfordJun 26, 2013 at 9:43 amReply

      *controversial klaxon* Can I change one of my votes? I want to put Les Mis in at 5 instead of Stoker. (Partly because it’s great. Partly to irritate Simon.)

  16. Ashley ClarkJun 25, 2013 at 10:31 amReply

    1. Post Tenebras Lux
    2. No
    3. To The Wonder
    4. The Act of Killing [this counts, right? June release*]
    5. Gimme The Loot

    *if it doesn’t count, bump up Gimme The Loot and put Before Midnight at 5. Also in the running: Behind The Candelabra, I Wish, Mea Maxima Culpa, Our Children.

  17. Mark HarrisonJun 25, 2013 at 3:53 pmReply

    This is out of 60 films seen so far- I’ve got a lot to catch up on…

    1. Side Effects
    2. Bernie
    3. Behind The Candelabra
    4. Iron Man 3
    5. Byzantium

  18. David CromartyJun 26, 2013 at 8:54 amReply

    1.Much Ado About Nothing
    2.Side Effects
    3.Iron Man 3
    4.Oz the Great and Powerful
    5.Zero Dark Thirty

  19. Chris LavertyJun 26, 2013 at 9:35 amReply

    1. Stoker
    2. Behind the Candelabra
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Django Unchained
    5. The Place Beyond the Pines

  20. Owen WilliamsJun 26, 2013 at 9:43 amReply

    1.Cloud Atlas
    2.The Conjuring
    3.Side Effects
    5.Spring Breakers

    But I haven’t managed to catch Mud yet.

  21. Neil AlcockJun 26, 2013 at 9:52 amReply

    1. Les Misérables
    2. Django Unchained
    3. The Place Beyond The Pines
    4. Iron Man Three
    5. Star Trek Into Darkness

    I make no apologies for including STID (or Les Mis for that matter), but if films released in August were eligible it would have been bumped off by Only God Forgives kickboxing its way to the top of this list.

  22. WilJun 27, 2013 at 9:58 amReply

    1) It’s Such A Beautiful Day
    2) Django Unchained
    3) Universal Solider Day Of Reckoning (ok, it went straight to DVD, but it’s honestly a minor masterpiece)
    4) Compliance
    5) Fast 6 (I have no shame)

    If it had been picked up for UK distribution, The Comedy would be in there as well.

  23. Owen WilliamsJun 27, 2013 at 10:09 amReply

    I didn’t read the rules! I’ll replace The Conjuring with Stoker, please.

  24. Jon LyusJun 27, 2013 at 10:12 amReply

    1. Stoker
    2. Much Ado About Nothing
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines
    4. The East
    5. To The Wonder

    I almost put The Great Gatsby here because I loved it (and seemed alone in doing so). Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year has in store. It’s been a pretty solid year so far.

  25. Graeme BurkJun 27, 2013 at 5:13 pmReply

    I don’t know if these were released in UK theatres but…

    1. The Great Gatsby
    2. Mud
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Before Midnight
    5. Hyde Park on Hudson (which was a 2012 release but didn’t get released where I live til January 2013)

  26. Garry McConnachieJun 28, 2013 at 10:56 amReply

    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Man of Steel
    3. Everyone’s Going To Die
    4. Trance
    5. Iron Man 3

  27. Graeme BurkJun 29, 2013 at 5:58 pmReply

    I was just reminded that I saw Hyde Park on Hudson on December 31st of last year. Which is fine as I remembered another really great film that was UK released this year. So my list is now:

    1. The Great Gatsby
    2. Mud
    3. Populaire
    4. Iron Man 3
    5. Before Midnight

  28. Edwin DaviesJun 29, 2013 at 11:36 pmReply

    1. Before Midnight
    2. Stoker
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Bernie
    5. Mud

    I almost didn’t include Django because I saw it in December, but then I remembered that it hit UK cinemas in January. The same is true of Bernie, which I think is technically a 2011 film at this point.

  29. davidhunt14Jun 30, 2013 at 5:41 pmReply

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines
    2. Antiviral
    3. Spring Breakers
    4. This Is 40
    5. Man of Steel

    I wanted to include Upstream Color but that hasn’t been released here yet – suffice to say if it had been, it would be on my list and quite high up.

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  31. Simon KinnearJul 4, 2013 at 1:46 pmReplyAuthor

    Voting is over! The results are in!

    Take a look here to see how your choices did:

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