There is nothing intrinsically shocking in Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour.” Its steadfast realism is not quite revolutionary, but “Blue is the Warmest Colour” is still a deeply affecting film, bolstered by excellent performances and, somewhat improbably, its three-hour running time.
Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave” is a remarkably subtle film. Though it has a strong sense of morality, it rarely moralizes, letting the atrocities onscreen speak for themselves. Brutal, painful, and harrowing, it stands as one of the finest films of the year.
"Spring Breakers" is a triumph of direction and vision. Director Harmony Korine deserves the credit for this—it is he who took many admittedly kitschy elements and sculpted a film filled with dread and fear, a film that dares you to forget that Gucci Mane tried to change his name to Guwop or that Vanessa Hudgens dated Zac Efron.
Everyone knows that the world might or might not be ending next Friday, December 21st. Flyby's not in the business of making predictions, but just in case the Mayans were right and the last day of exam period also happens to be the end of, well, everything, we're compiling 8 lists of some great things (in no particular order) about the world as we know it, one for each day between now and The End.
While it's a shame the world's going to end before the 2010s conclude, the approaching apocalypse does provide us with an exceptional opportunity for reflection on the good times humanity has had. In that spirit, here's Flyby's list of the five best decades ever. Runners-up included the 1870s, when the Harvard Crimson invented journalism.