London Policeman: We may believe there are no Battling Burrows, striking the helpless with brutal whip - but do we not ourselves use the whip of unkind words and deeds? So, perhaps, Battling may even carry the message of warning.
Martha: I disgust me! You know, there's only been one man in my whole life that has ever made me happy. You know that?
Martha: George, my husband. George, who is out somewhere in the dark, who is good to me, whom i revile, who keeps learning the games we play as quickly as I can change them, who can make me happy and I do not wish to be happy. George and Martha...sad, sad, sad. Whom I will not forgive for having seen me and having said - Yes, this will do. Who has made the hideously hurting, the insulting mistake of loving ME and must be punished for it. Some day, some night, some stupid liquor-ridden night, I will go too far and I'll either break the man's neck or I'll push him for good, which is what I deserve.
The Past has absolutely phenomenal performances from its entire cast, engaging family story, some beautifully emotional scenes, solid character development and a plot which fits the film's title perfectly, but it unfortunately ends up as a bit of a disappointment in comparison to Farhadi's previous outstanding film, mostly because of the story's tendencies for going to incredibly melodramatic, soap opera levels.
With smart script, tender approach, rich characterizations and superb performances all around, The Apartment is a classic that, although sometimes resembling a soap opera a bit, is heightened to artistic levels with one of the most clever and refined endings in history, an ending which does not underestimate audiences' intellect, is opposite of cliche and is warm and entirely satisfying all at the same time. This is the film which has everything - smart story, excellent technical aspects, fantastic acting and the entirely realized characters for which you fail not to root for making The Apartment one of the best and most satisfying Best Picture winners and a rare example of the Academy's ability to completely nail it with their choice for the top prize.
The characters are rich, the story is solid, the cinematography is refined, the visuals are polished and the fight sequences are superbly realized in The Grandmaster, a film that has narrative troubles (it is a bit difficult to follow) and huge pacing issues, but which is otherwise an all around rich experience and one of the better 2013 foreign films.
It is still overly action-oriented, but Toy Story 3 is easily the best entry in the trilogy thanks to strong animation and voice work, more interesting, poignant narrative and heightened emotional moments, excellent humor thanks in large part to genius Ken and breathtakingly beautiful, heartbreaking ending which is one of the best in film history.
Inside Llewyn Davis is important in its gloomy portrayal of the folk singers' lives of the time, but it is nonetheless so-so in the storytelling department, it is repetitive and seems as though there is nothing else in the film except for the bad things happening to the main character over and over again resulting in a hugely overrated film.