Monday, January 13, 2014

My 2013 Ranked

61. Sharknado*
60. A Good Day to Die Hard
59. Identity Thief
58. Bad Grandpa
57. G.I. JOE: Retaliation
56. Stand Up Guys

55. The Internship
54. Hansel & Gretel 
53. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
52. Gangster Squad
51. Salinger
50. Dead Man Down

49. Olympus Has Fallen
48. Now You See Me
47. John Dies At The End
46. Oz: The Great and Powerful
45. The Heat

44. The Lone Ranger
43. We’re The Millers
42. The Great Gatsby
41. Man Of Steel
40. Elysium

39. RED 2
38. Evil Dead
37. Jack the Giant Slayer
36. Room 237
35. Oblivion

34. An Adventure in Space and Time*
33. World War Z
32. Thor the Dark World
31. Side Effects
30. The Conjuring

29. Monsters University
28. Pacific Rim
27. Behind the Candelabra*
26. The Last Stand
25. Warm Bodies

24. Clear History*
23. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
22. Iron Man 3
21. 42

20. The Short Game*
19. Only God Forgives
18. The Way Way Back
17. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
16. Star Trek Into Darkness

15. You’re Next
14. Rush
13. Saving Mr. Banks
12. Spring Breakers
11. Captain Phillips

10.  The Kings of Summer -  Very had to choose what would eventually make the top ten list as many many other movies were well deserving to be on this list but Kings of Summer just had something going for it that kept me happy when I looked back on it. I knew nothing of this film before seeing it. The reason I saw it was because I had a free rental on Redbox and my wife liked the preview. I think I should listen to my wife more often (she also randomly chose to see Beats of the Southern Wild last year without me knowing anything at all about the film, and it made it #8 on my top movies of last year). Kings of Summer is the story of three friends who run away and build their own house in the woods one summer. What the movie really did well is portray the emotions we all have as teenagers who are growing up. The three boys are close friends but are all dealing with issues a typical teenager will have.  Moises Arias as Biaggio has what is one of my favorite comedic performances of 2013. I strongly suggest you see this movie if you can. 
Watched 10/3/13

9. American Hustle - I recently saw American Hustle and it easily was one of my favorite movies of the year. Director David O. Russell can seemingly do no wrong right now and it is paying off for us cinema lovers. He nails the atmosphere of the 70’s with the clothes, music, and look of the film. You have what is probably the best cast of 2013 in Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. Russell can really get the best performances out his actors and does it yet again with this one. I found he really has a knack of having women give just career performances (his Silver Linings Playbook won Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar last year) and no different here again as Adams and Lawrence are both amazing.  American Hustle is a smart movie with amazing dialog.
Watched 12/22/13

8.  The World’s End – This is probably where you can tell this is not a typical Top Ten List of critically acclaimed movies.  The World’s End is done by one of my favorite directors, Edgar Wright who with this film completed the cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End). The movie starts out as old high school friends reuniting to have a pub crawl but things go wrong and it leads to sci-fi elements. I won’t spoil too much of it as the twist could crawl into spoiler territory. Of course it features Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who once again form a great comedic duo. Wright has become of my favorite directors with his great attention to detail in almost every movie hes made so far.The World’s End is no different and fits in perfect with the other movies he has done with Pegg and Frost.
Watched 8/22/13 & 9/9/13

7.  Before Midnight – Up to this year I had never seen any of the other films in the Before series (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) so I was spoiled in many ways not having to wait many years between each movie. I also think it threw me off because I saw the amazing love story between Jesse and Celine (played with amazingly realistic chemistry by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy). We have followed this couple from a chance meeting to being a fully fledged couple who are dealing with the realities of having children, career issues, and making a partnership work in our modern day. I believe this movie would be higher on my list if I hadn’t seen the two other movies so close to it before hand. I was in love with this couple and seeing the vicious and realistic reasons they were fighting in this movie sort of broke my heart in different ways. I am not sure if there has been such a romance as seen in these three movies and  I wouldn’t mind seeing these two talk every few years.
Watched 11/22/13

6. The Place Beyond the Pines – It has been a long time since I saw this movie and it was on the top of my list of much of the year. The Place Beyond the Pines was a beautifully shot film that deals with how fathers affect their sons.  The movie is broken up into different stories.: One features Ryan Gosling as a man who finds out he is a dad and he had to use his skills as a motorcycle performer to help support his family. Gosling gives an amazing and haunted performance, easily one of the best of his career. The other story features Bradley Cooper as a police officer who is rewarded for doing something that has left him broken.  The motto of the story is about trying to do the right thing but going about it in the wrong way. The movie looks amazing and the music and atmosphere just add to the the overall feeling of The Place Beyond The Pines. Go see this one as soon as you can.
Watched 4/21/13

5. Mud – Matthew McConaughey welcome back! I just wanted to give Mr. McConaughey a big shout out for his roles and performances of late. He has had a stellar (or soon to be Interstellar) last few years. Mud, Bernie, Killer Joe, Dallas Buyers Club, and Wolf of Wall Street have given me a new found respect for this once Ghost of Girlfriends Past star. He is amazing in Mud, he is Mud a man on the run who happened across two teenage boys who he quickly forms a bond with. You can feel the passion from everyone in the movie including the writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) and the teenager  Ellis played wonderfully by Tye Sheridan, watch out for him in the future.  You really care about the characters in this movie because of all I have said in this review. The heart and soul of the movie is McConaughey who shines as Mud, you will be enthralled by his performance. He is well deserving of an Oscar nomination if not for this for another one his roles this year.
Watched 8/23/13

4.  This Is The End – I know this movie won’t be appearing on anyone best of list this year but I had to add it to my list because I found it to be one of the most enjoyable films of 2013. I really appreciate a movie that keeps me laughing almost all the way through and This Is The End was able to do that. When you have Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson (not to mention dozen of great cameos) you have a lot to live up to and they just nail it in this movie.  I found myself laughing really hard and wanting to go see the movie right after getting out of the theatre, sure this won’t win anything but damn this is a movie you want to see again and again and that counts for a lot. I saw this movie more then any other new release in 2013. I own the bluray and I am sure to watch This Is the End whenever I want a good laugh.
Watched 6/13/13, 6/16, 6/23, 10/1

3. Prisoners -  There wasn’t a more intensely acted movie in 2013 I saw then Prisoners, you have stand out performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and a cast of actors who do amazing work. The movie is not a movie you go into knowing it will be easy to watch as the story is about kindnapping of two little girls. The director Denis Villeneuve paints a dark and grey world, the movie never has any sunlight in it which sets up the bleak setting of the movie.  Gyllenhall is Detective Loki a man who feels what the families are going through and throws his heart and soul into finding the missing children. You really feel as if the people in the movie are real, they really made sure to make everything feel real from the homes to the families seen in Prisoners. Jackman is a man who won’t settle for waiting for his child to be found. He goes vigilante and kidnaps who he feels might have a lead to where his daughter is. I was mesmerized by the events of the movie as it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if there really was any hope in this bleak and sad world of Prisoners. I really felt for the families and was nervous to see how this would end. I would say the movie reminds me of a David Fincher movie in many ways. This movie is hard to watch but the look, sound, and acting in the movie make it easily one of the most intense movie I saw in 2013.

Watched 9/24/13

2. The Wolf Of Wall Street -  Scorsese and DiCaprio team up yet again and give us what could be DiCaprios best performance to date. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to see The Wolf of Wall Street but it was probably one of the best experience I had in cinema this year (well second best..). I found this movie to be just full of energy and a damn fine film in almost every aspect (acting, directing, music, editing, etc).  This is the story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) and his rise to becoming the big wig on Wall Street. The movie seems like it could be a serious drama but the movie is more of a very adult comedy where you get humor and lots of dark and prostitute humor. I really think they went all in on this and it really pays off.  Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey are both laugh out hilarious as wall street bankers. DiCaprio and Hill should be nominated when time comes, along with Scorsese and a bunch more people. This is a fine American film and I am glad someone is still making films like this. It was probably the fastest 3 hours of cinema I saw this year.
Watched 12/29/13

1. Gravity – This is not a movie this is an experience to be had and after the movie I had to take a breath because I seriously felt drained from this movie and that is something that I loved about it. There is so much more to touch on about this modern masterpiece! You have a great performance from Sandra Bullock who is working alone for most of the movie yet still keeps you very into the movie. Of course you have the great Alfonso Cuaron directing, he made the movie realistic as he could and his style is powerful and engaging. This movie has some of the best effects I have ever seen in cinema to this point.  You really feel like you are in space and get the utter isolation that comes into play with Bullocks character Ryan Stone. George Clooney also is the other star of the film and is his usual charming self. The story is simple but still very powerful; I didn’t expect that it would have the effect on me that it did end up having. There was simply not a more visually stunning and tense movie released this year. This is the reason while I attend cinema!
Watched  10/8/13

*- denotes made for TV movie or not released theatrically 


Wesley said...

Interesting list... I still need to see Gravity -

I don't recall hearing about The Kings of Summer.

Prisoners is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

We're the Millers at 43? Well, at least you didn't die in a ditch. lol #yolo

Had "HER" been released in 2013, where would it rank?

slasherflix said...

Wow huge list, I've seen 7 of these and believe it or not Sharknado is not one of them.

Mummbles said...

Wesley - Her would have been #3 if I had seen it in 2013. Great movie indeed. I think anything lower then 45 was actually ok, I enjoyed We're The Millers quite a bit. You should check out The Kings of Summer, I think you would really like it.

Dennis- Yeah and these are just movies I saw that were made in 2013. My actual movie number from 2013 was 275 movies watched. Sharknado would be a good one to watch together with some beers in us.

Nostra said...

Have watched most of your list and we have some very similar choices. Have not seen Wolf of Wall Street yet and have not heard much of Kings of Summer before. Seeing it in your top 10 I guess I should be checking that one out!

le0pard13 said...

Really? Sharknado beat out that DIE HARD travesty? BTW, my long time friend gave us Sharknado as a family Xmas gift. I may have to give it back ;-).

Well, we agree on the top pick. Love GRAVITY! I've got MUD and PRISONERS on my Blu-ray stack that I must get to. Great to see another top ten for AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE WORLD'S END.

Great list, my friend.

Katie said...

Crazy how few of your top 10 I have seen! But at least I've seen some! <3