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26th December 2013 12:30:00
Posted by John White

TDF Film Podcast 19 - The Best Films of 2013

So what did our readers and our writers think of 2013? Our review of the year courtesy of our podcast...

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So we polled our readers and our contributors to find out what you thought were the best films of 2013 and here we give you the results and discuss them in our pod review of the year. John is in charge again but Rob Bayley and Matt Shingleton join him to explain why everyone loves Gravity, why Matthew McConnaughey has a career again and why our readers are just wrong (Matt can be contacted in the comments box below :)).

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You can also subscribe to the film pod right here. Or catch our TV pods reviewing the year here and our 50th anniversary Doctor Who pod over here.

So with no further nonsense, here are the results of our readers poll:

1. Gravity
2. The Place Beyond The Pines
3. Oblivion
4. Django Unchained
5. Mud
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. Star Trek Into Darkness
8. Rush
9. Captain Phillips
10. Man Of Steel

Our contributors poll of polls, drum roll.....

1. Stoker
2. Gravity
3. A Field in England
4. Land of Hope
5. Only God Forgives
6. Like Someone In Love
7. Before Midnight
8. The Great Beauty
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
10=Alpha Papa

So only 2 films the same there - you seem to like blockbusters and we like artsy fartsy! A combined poll would have resulted in Gravity winning out overall, but thank God for elitism I say! If you go to the second page of this article, you'll see our contributors individual top 10s there.

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For the individual contributors top 10s click here

Contributors Top 10s

Rob Bayley
1. Maniac (Khalfoun)
2. Flight (Zemeckis)
3. American Mary (Soska/Soska)
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (Abrams)
5. The Lords of Salem (Zombie)
6. Alpha Papa (Lowney)
7. Pacific Rim (Del Toro)
8. How I Live Now (MacDonald)
9. Captain Phillips (Greengrass)
10. V/H/S/2 (Various)

Nick Chen
1. Upstream Color (Carruth)
2. The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer/Anonymous/Cynn)
3. Blue Jasmine (Allen)
4. The Great Beauty (Sorrentino)
5. Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow)
6. In a World...(Bell)
7. Gravity (Cuarón)
8. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Lowney)
9. All is Lost (Chandor)
10. To the Wonder (Malick)

Gary Couzens
Before Midnight (Linklater)
Behind the Candelabra (Soderbergh)
Blue is the Warmest Colour (Kechiche)
The Eye of the Storm (Schepisi)
Frances Ha (Baumbach)
Good Vibrations (Barros D'Sa/Leyburn)
Gravity (Cuarón)
Lore (Shortland)
Rush (Howard)
Stories We Tell (Polley)

Dave Foster
The Impossible (Bayona)
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki (Hosoda)
Stoker (Park)
The Grandmaster (Wong)
Drug War (To)
Evil Dead (Alvarez)
New World (Park)
The Kings of Summer (Vogt-Roberts)
From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki)
Mud (Nichols)

Noel Megahey
1. Like Someone In Love (Kiarostami)
2. To The Wonder (Malick)
3. Dormant Beauty (Bellocchio)
4. Land of Hope (Sono)
5. Stoker (Park)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (Whedon)
7. The Great Beauty (Sorrentino)
8. Blue Jasmine (Allen)
9. Only God Forgives (Refn)
10. Gravity (Cuarón)

Gavin Midgeley
1. Gravity (Cuarón)
2. Before Midnight (Linklater)
3. Blue is the Warmest Colour (Kechiche)
4. Philomena (Frears)
5. A Field in England (Wheatley)
6. The Lone Ranger (Verbinski)
7. We Went To War (Grigsby)
8. Stoker (Park)
9. The Way Way Back (Faxon/Rash)
10. My Sweet Pepper Land (Saleem)

Anthony Nield
1. Silence (Pat Collins)
2. Like Someone in Love (Kiarostami)
3. No (Larraín)
4. What Maisie Knew (McGehee & Siegel)
5. Broken (Norris)
6. Passion (De Palma)
7. A Field in England (Wheatley)
8. Shell (Graham)
9. Before Midnight (Linklater)
10. Side by Side (Kenneally)

Ian Sandwell
1. Gravity (Cuarón)
2. Big Bad Wolves (Keshales/Papushado)
3. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Van Groeningen)
4. Stoker (Park)
5. Only God Forgives (Refn)
6. A Field In England (Wheatley)
7. Django Unchained (Tarantino)
8. Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow)
9. Sunshine On Leith (Fletcher)
10. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Stiller)

Matt Shingleton
1. The Land of Hope (Sono)
2. Stoker (Park)
3. Nebraska (Payne)
4. The Great Beauty (Sorrentino)
5. Only God Forgives (Refn)
6. A Field in England (Wheatley)
7. Like Someone in Love (Kiarostami)
8. Mud (Nichols)
9. From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki)
10. Drug War (To)

Mike Sutton
1. Stoker (Park)
2. Passion (De Palma)
3. A Field in England (Wheatley)
4. Rush (Howard)
5. Alpha Papa (Lowney)
6. Before Midnight (Linklater)
7. Only God Forgives (Refn)
8. The Conspiracy (McBride)
9. The Look of Love (Winterbottom)
10. The World's End (Wright)

Kieron Townend
1. Gravity (Cuarón)
2. Side Effects (Soderbergh)
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (Abrams)
4. Django Unchained (Tarantino)
5. Wreck-It Ralph (Moore)
6. Iron Man 3 (Black)
7. You're Next (Wingard)
8. Pacific Rim (Del Toro)
9. The Conjuring (Wan)
10. Man Of Steel (Snyder)

John White
1. Land of Hope (Sono)
2. Mystery (You)
3. Stoker (Park)
4. Only God Forgives (Refn)
5. Daglicht (Van Rooijen)
6. The Grandmaster (Wong)
7. The Hijack that went South (Mäkelä)
8. A field in England (Wheatley)
9. American Mary (Soska/Soska)
10. The Conspiracy (McBride)

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