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No year in cinema ever shapes up exactly the way we’d expect. In fact, it’d be boring if one did. Still, when faced with the promise of a whole new year of movies, I can’t help try and predict which ones I’ll love or hate. I put my best guesses in list form last year, and I did it again this year.

Now, in the spirit of journalistic integrity (or, less charitably, critical solipsism), it’s time for me to look back at my most anticipated films of 2013 and see just how reality measured up to expectation. Hit the jump to see how great or terrible I was at guessing what’d be my favorite films of 2013.

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Dave’s Top 5 Film Scores of 2013

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I think one sign of a film score’s success is how well it stands apart from its film. While the relationship should always be symbiotic, I’m always on the lookout for film scores I can add to my listening rotation. This year, there were a bunch of tracks that moved me deeply and/or received a ton of play either on my computer or through my headphones. The art of film music remains alive, well, and encouragingly diverse.

After the jump, check out my top 5 film scores of 2013, as well as a few great Honorable Mentions that barely missed the cut. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.
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Dave, Devindra, and Russ Fischer chat about the important Side by Side, debate the Veronica Mars kickstarter project, and take a look at the polarizing new film by Park Chan-Wook, Stoker. Special guest Stu VanAirsdale joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Stu’s take on the Veronica Mars KickstarterAlan Sepinwall’s interview with Rob Thomas as well as Mat Honan’s take on why Kickstarter is not the future. 

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Dave, Devindra, and DC Pierson discuss the awesomeness of The Americans, praise the polarizing Stoker, try to get you to watch Enlightened, and get confused about Channing Tatum’s involvement with our FilmAid fundraiser. Check out DC Pierson’s new book, Crap Kingdom. Be sure to check out DC’s newest stand-up set.

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Listen to Clint Mansell’s ‘Stoker’ Score in Full

Park Chan-wook‘s first English-language film, Stoker, opens this week in limited release, before going out to more theaters in the weeks to follow. One of the better aspects of the movie is the score from Clint Mansell (Moon, Requiem For a Dream). The entire score is now available to stream in full, and you can check it out below. Note that the score opens with sampled dialogue that explains one of the film’s stranger traits — and one of its more awkward ones, I thought at Sundance.  Read More »

I may not have been wild about Park Chan-Wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, but there are definite pleasures within. Among them are the performances from the supporting cast. Jacki Weaver shows up for a bit, as does Dermot Mulroney. Neither has featured in a big way in the marketing so far, as each has a relatively small part to play in the film. But this featurette, which offers a behind the scenes look at the greater Stoker family, gives each some time in front of the camera. (Of course there’s plenty from the films star cast, too — Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode.) Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, Adam, Germain and Peter discuss this week’s massive news about the next Star Wars film, plus Germain runs down his favorite and most disappointing films of this year’s Sundance film festival.

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To coincide with its long-awaited Sundance debut, Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker has just unveiled a new international trailer. The first English-language outing from the Oldboy auteur stars Mia Wasikowska as India, a teenage girl mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The unexpected arrival of her mysterious Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) further complicates matters, especially as he seems to have taken an unhealthy interest in both India and her chilly mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Watch the new video after the jump.

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