Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Vote for your favourite films in The Ticket Awards

We invite you to exercise your franchise with extreme prejudice

Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 18:36


Can it be that time of year again? Well, obviously it can or I wouldn’t be writing these words. Once again we, at The Ticket, have compiled our lists of the best in music, films, games, festivals and cheese. Well, not cheese. But you will find analysis of all those other things here. I have written at some boring length about our choices for best movie in the relevant article, so I won’t say too much about the deliberations that took place. But I will say that we made an honest effort to compile our own favourites, rather than attempting to anticipate what readers may wish to vote for. This seemed the most honest approach. So, yes, that means you are unable to vote for Gravity. That impressive film nearly made it — a fact acknowledged by Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s nod for best director — but the corny script ultimately counted against it. Fans of this music malarkey will note that our Jim Carroll didn’t pick Arcade Fire’s LP in the shortlist of Album of the Year either. We’re just doing what we think is right, folks.

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We didn’t select a best film. But discussions over the year did push us in one definite direction. The Great Beauty and Blue is the Warmest Colour certainly registered. But there really was nothing this year that looked, sounded or felt like Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Art of Killing. If you haven’t seen this extraordinary documentary yet — a post-modern examination of atrocities in Indonesia — then seek out the nicely appointed DVD that is coming your way some time soon.

And vote, vote, vote. There are prizes galore to be had. And, of course, you will get the opportunity to make your voice heard.