2013 has come and gone. It was a good year, but a lot of stupid stuff also happened. I wanted to reflect on the the good though, and with 2013 came a slew of fantastic movies that are worth checking out. Here are the 10 best films to hit the silver screen last year in my opinion:
10. Room 237
Were you a fan of The Shining? Even if you weren’t, this film is a must see. It dives into Stanley Kubrick’s mind and goes swimming. Hell, it drowns. Room 237 does what no other documentary has ever done for me. It left me with chills and a growing desire to rewatch a movie 300 times. I’m not going to spoil any of the revolutions it uncovers about Kubrick’s film, because I want you all to watch it for yourself. There are so many hidden agendas that Kubrick was wanting to accomplish with The Shining. Room 237 needs to be seen. If you haven’t seen this documentary, go watch it yesterday.
9. Spring Breakers
There’s nothing better than watching James Franco be a thug with cornrows. Spring Breakers was directed by Harmony Korine and follows four teenage girls that rob a restaurant to fund their spring break. Thuggy James Franco comes their rescue only to ask a few favors. For fans of the Disney Channel, the movie features Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Yea, this will never be on the Disney Channel.
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I really wasn’t overwhelmed with the first Hunger Games to be honest, but since I have a wife I decided to give the sequel a go. Hunger Games: Catching Fire not only surpassed what the original book adaptation brought to the table, it made it into my top 10 of 2013. This could be because the change of directors or the fact that Philip Seymour Hoffman is a bad movie Band-Aid. Whatever it was, I loved it. I hated the Capitol more and I can’t wait for the third film.
7. 12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is a tough pill to swallow. It follows Soloman Northup (Chiwitel Ejiofor), a free black man, who is kidnapped and forced into slavery. I have two words for this movie: beautiful and heartbreaking. If this movie isn’t up for every Oscar in the book, then I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
6. Pacific Rim
God. This movie was so stupid. I remember seeing the trailers and wanting to hate it so bad. The only problem? It’s hard to hate something that was so AWESOME. There, I said it. This movie was just dumb fun. When you have a man made robot that has to (for some reason) be controlled by two pilots pick up a freight boat and use it as a baseball bat to hit a giant alien in the stomach I’m sold. The only thing that pissed me off about this movie is this simple question: Why wait until the last fight sequence to use your f*cking sword?
I can sometimes get a little tired of Mathew McConaughey. I can’t sit here and say that everything he touches is gold, but Mud is. Mud follows McConaughey’s outlaw character, Mud, as he gets befriended by two adolescent boys. To me, any other actor besides McConaughey wouldn’t have done this role justice. It is his shining moment, in my eyes at least. It had a very Stand by Me or Goonies feel to it. Anytime you have kids being genuine badasses, I’m sold. Great movie.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
Before you take my number 4 pick as a recommendation to see this film, ask yourself these 4 questions:
- Do I have a vagina or does the person I’m taking with me have a vagina?
- Do I mind excessive use of the ‘F’ word, drugs, and graphic sex?
- Am I offended by throwing midgets at a dart board?
- Do I work on Wall Street or have any family that does?
If you answered yes to any of these 4 questions, this is not going to be a pleasurable movie going experience for you. Trust me. With that out of the way, wow. This movie doesn’t glorify Jordan Belfort’s actions at all. It condemns the shit out of them. Martin Scorsese has never made an actor look like a bigger douche bag than Leonardo DiCaprio. The Wolf of Wall Street left me with a hatred for every character in the movie and condoned everything badly oh so perfectly. Bravo.
3. Saving Mr. Banks
Mary Poppins was one of my childhood favorites growing up, because I love to laugh. Get it? Anyways, Saving Mr. Banks revives that strong passion I once had for Mary Poppins by giving a history of how the movie came to be. Tom Hanks plays a cigar smoking Walt Disney (not sure how Disney signed off on that) and Emma Thompson plays a snoody and reluctant Pamela Travers. It’s pretty remarkable to see how close Mary Poppins was to never being made. The back story set in Australia is very well told and quite a tear jerker. Loved this film.
Sandra Bullock has always been one of my favorite actresses, and Gravity boosted her right to the top. This film also stars George Clooney, but it’s 95% Bullock. I saw this movie in 3D and it felt like I was on a ride. The special effects weren’t overdone which made the whole thing feel real. This was one of the funnest movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in theaters and that’s why it sits at number 2.
Boom. Yea, I may be the only person I know with this movie anywhere near their top 10, and it’s my number 1 movie for 2013. I’m actually pretty surprised myself. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Disney princess movies, but this one blew me away. I took my wife (because I’m awesome) and was pleasantly surprised at how I totally fell in love with everything about it. While I enjoyed Disney’s Tangled I would’ve never considered putting it on my top 10 list for a year’s worth of movies. This is the same 3D animated style as Tangled but had way more heart in my opinion. The biggest star of the movie is Olaf the snowman, voiced by Josh Gad. He steals the show. I mean it’d be a great movie without him, but when he shows up is when this already amazing movie turns into a masterpiece. I can’t say this enough, but please go see Frozen in 3D while it’s still out in theaters. You’ll thank me later.