Well, it's that time of year again. Here are my favorite films that 2013 had to offer, in no particular order. I should note, that I was holding off on this until I saw Short Term 12, but since I keep getting skipped over in my Netflix queue, I don't see myself getting that DVD any time soon. *sigh*
1) American Hustle: Great cast, great story.
2) Prisoners: One of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time, I was on the edge of my seat through out the entire film. Plus, the experience I had watching this is one of the reasons I love the movie theater so much. The crowd gasping along with me was awesome, and just heightened everything.
3) Star Trek Into Darkness: Plot holes be damned, I love this movie. Plus the sound track is awesome.
4) The East: Don't forget this little indie gem. A clever story that should help the very promising career of Brit Marling.
5) The Hunt: Mads Mikkelson was fantastic, and this film was wonderfully frustrating. That is hard to achieve.
6) 12 Years A Slave: A powerful story that left me crying like a baby in the end. Terrific performances all around.
7) The Wolf of Wall Street: So. Fucking. Hilarious. Probably the most fun I've ever had in a 3 hour film. Actually, I know I said this list is in no particular order, but this one has to be my favorite of the year.
8) Her: This film was just so beautiful and very thought provoking. I'm still thinking about it a week later.
9) Blackfish: This is the first time a documentary has ever made my 'Best of' list, but this one is deserving. Very powerful stuff.
10) Stoker: This film is so beautiful and original, and it doesn't get the love it deserves.
This Is The End - Hilarious.
The Bling Ring - Crazy.
The Dallas Buyers Club - All hail McConaughey and Leto.
Thor: The Dark World - Burdened with glorious Loki.
Catching Fire - Hell of an adaptation.
Gravity: A beauty on the big screen.
What Maisie Knew - A good look on bad parenting.
The Bottom 5 Films of 2013: (I should note, I didn't see every new release out there, as I only go to movies I think I would enjoy. So yes, I know R.I.P.D is probably shit, but I didn't see it.)
1) Only God Forgives: My expectations for this movie where through the roof, and I was let down by one of the most pretentious and lazy pieces of film I've ever seen.
2) The Frozen Ground: If you're going to base a movie off of a true story, it shouldn't be painfully obvious which parts you made up for added drama.
3) Girl Most Likely: Really, Kristen Wiig? This movie was a mess.
4) Plush: This movie was too weird, even for me. Plus the ending is one of the most eye-rolling things I've seen in a long time.
5) Hello Herman: You probably haven't heard of this film. It stars Norman Reedus, and was released into a few theaters in early 2013, then disappeared. That's because it fucking sucks. It's a terrible attempt at a film with an important topic, and it fails all around.