20. VHS 2
The sequel is better shot than it’s predecessor and is often times extremely frightening. V/H/S 2 has some disturbing and creepy shorts, especially the one intitled Safe Haven and one of the most disturbing things these eyes have ever witnessed. It sometimes it borrows some of the same elements that was in the first installment, but overall it’s a pretty darn good sequel that improves on the original quite a bit.
19. THE WOLVERINE
While it isnt the best x-men movie out there, and the ending gets pretty comic-booky, The Wolverine is still a fun and entertaining superhero movie that also proves that Hugh Jackman is undeniably Wolverine.
18. DON JON
Honest, real and full of heart thanks to the charismatic chemistry between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson and smoothly directed for a first time director, Don Jon is a great dramady about relationships and commitment.
Visually stunning and breathtaking special effects make up for Gravity’s cliché plot and poorly written script. Sandra Bullock is good but didn’t deserve that Oscar nomination in my opinion. George Clooney steals this film for me, and his character arc is by far the most interesting. Gravity is a fun theater experience that should be experienced for its incredible visual effects, even though the story and characters are a bit paper-thin and one-dimensional.
16. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
Incredibly well acted by the entire cast especially Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, smoothly directed by Derek Cianfrance, The place Beyond the pines is a beautiful, potent, dramatic film that transcends into filmmaking at it’s finest, even if the movie is a little drawn out at times and sometimes feel like three movies wrapped up in one, it’s done in a great way and also has a great payoff at the end.
14. CAPTAIN PHILIPPS
Gritty, intense and suspenseful, Captain Phillips is a captivating thriller boosted by a fantastic performance by Tom Hanks and great direction by Paul Greengrass, which makes you feel like you are in the moment. And the last ten minutes of this movie makes it one of the most suspenseful finales of the entire year.
13. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Mathew McCaughey gives arguably the best performance of the year as Ron Woodruff, in Jean Marc’s Vallée terrifically directed film that tells the true story about a man’s fight for survival after he is diagnosed with HIV and has 30 left to live. Ron crosses the boarded to Mexico and smuggles back medicine to the U.S. to sell them back to the people affected with the same decease. Jared Leto also starts and delivers a terrific performance and his chemistry with McCaughey is masterful.
12. THE HUNT
Mads Mikkelson is one of the most underrated actors of all time. He’s an incredible actor, and just completely wonderful in The Hunt, which is one of the best independent films of all time. It’s so realistic as you witness this terrible lie that turns the life of this good man upside down, completely destroying it based on something that’s not even true to begin with. The characters in this film are maddening but in a good way, since you want so badly for Mads Mikkelson’s character to be okay. Masterfully directed and beautifully written, The Hunt is a fantastic film that you should definitely watch.
11. BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Although the third installment of the “Before trilogy” is a little more depressing than the first two, and Celine’s character is starting to be real bitch, Before Midnight is still a great and refreshing third chapter of the well established trilogy. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are both Oscar Worthy in this film, and it is simply fantastic.
10. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
This is the only film that I’ve had a change of heart on this list. When I first saw it in theaters, I enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away or anything. I thought that Leonardo Dicaprio was fantastic in the main role but the pacing was a little jarring and that the characters we’re despicable. But then I just kept thinking about it and thinking about it and I saw it again and I just loved every second of it and I just found it hilarious. The writing is top-notched and the characters are despicable but that’s the point and of course Leonardo Dicaprio (who is my favorite actor working today) is incredible as Jordon Belfort, who is a narcissist, loathsome character but he plays him so well that you can’t help but be entertained as you watch his life spiralling out of control. Martin Scorsese’s direction was incredible and the pacing didn’t even bother me the second time around since I knew what I was in for. The Wolf of Wall Street is probably in the top 10 best of Scorsese films, and it’s just a blast to watch.
9. THIS IS THE END
Although there is barely any structure and the story really isn’t why you go see this movie, This is the end is a hysterical funny comedy that benefits from its talented cast and refreshing dialogue which feels improvised, fresh and original. The concept was completely original and it was the best comedy of 2013 heads down. The entire cast came to play: Jonah Hill, James Franco (who I think is so awesome), Jay Barushel, Seth Rogen, Danny Mcbride and Craig Robinson we’re all fantastic and all of them came to play. And there was not one dull or unfunny moment in the movie. Let me put it this way: if you like all the guys involved, then you’ll love this is the end.
8. THE CONJURING
The Conjuring was one of the scariest and most intense and engaging horror movie that I had seen in a long time. It was a creepy, edge of your seat thrill ride from master class horror director James Wan that managed to bring a fresh and unique spin on the classic ghost story that will surely make you squirm at every sound you hear when the lights are closed at night. The cinematography was breathtaking and the acting was above average for a horror movie, especially from Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson who played the Warrens. Love The Conjuring and cannot wait for the sequel.
7. 12 YEARS OF SLAVE
How can you have a top 10 list and not include 12 Years a Slave? I hadn’t had a chance to see it in theaters and now I regret it. It’s emotionally powerful and just heartbreaking. It’s an incredibly hard movie to watch, but it is ultimately a worthy viewing experience. This is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s movie, and we follow his journey through 12 years of his life as a slave. The supporting cast is also fantastic and offers bravura performances from all around the board that include Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson. The direction by Steve McQueen is magnificent. The screenplay is superb. The cinematography is astounding. This movie will be extremely tough to watch, you will hate yourself as a human being, and it makes it even more horrifying that this was part of our history. but it will absolutely be worth it once it’s over.
Prisoners is one of those movies that have been snubbed at the Academy 2013. Brutal, violent and definitely not for the light-hearted, Prisoners is an intense and disturbing look at what a father would do to keep his family safe and get his daughter back. The movie was brilliantly shot and incredibly well acted by Hugh Jackmann and Jake Gylenhaal. Denis Villeneuve deserved a best director nomination for this film as well as Hugh Jackmann for best actor. And the cinematography by Roger Dekens is simply outstanding. Brilliant Filmmaking.
5. HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
A superb second installment to an already well-established franchise, The hunger games: Catching fire continued to expend upon its rich world and provocative themes as well as being an intense, captivating and emotionally gripping movie that also proved once again that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most talented actresses working in Hollywood today. The direction was more assured this time around and the film was even better than the original. Catching Fire was an intense and satisfying sequel that instantly begs for the third installment of the series.
4. MAN OF STEEL
Man of steel was the best superhero movie of 2013. It was a tremendously fun and exciting superhero movie that was crammed with absorbing lore and mythology and succeeded in retelling the origins story where the amazing Spider-man failed at. It retold the origins story through flashbacks instead of spending the whole first hour of the movie to show it. Man of steel was a welcome return to form for one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, even if the human elements and emotional weight of the story was a little lacking at times. Henri Cavil was perfectly well cast as Superman as well as Michael Shannon as General Zod. The style of Zack Snyder worked perfectly for this new era of Superman and the action scenes we’re breathtaking. Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Kevin Costner as Pa Kent we’re both perfect casting. Man of steel was awesome.
3. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
Tremendously exciting, visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Star Trek into darkness was summer entertainment at its finest. Masterfully filmed and filled with intense, nail biting sequences that offered some breathtaking visual effects and amazing action set pieces, this second instalment of the star trek franchise offered bravura performances for the entire cast, especially Benedict Cumburbatch as the main villain. And my friends prepare for new greatness for the Star Wars franchise to rise again from the ashes, for J.J. Abrams is the right man for the job. Live long and prosper.
2. SAVING MR. BANKS
Touching, heartfelt and emotionally satisfying, Saving Mr. Banks was boosted by the fantastic performances of the entire cast that included Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Ferril and Paul Giamitti and offered some great insight on how Marry Poppins came to be. It was funny at times, it was heartbreaking at times and it grabs you from the very beginning. Emma Thompson was amazing and she was completely robbed of an academy award for best actress as was Colin Farrel (who gives one of the best role of his career) for best supporting actor.
1. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Now, here we are. At number one. There was only one movie in 2013 that made me want to go back and watch it as soon as it ended. And I’ve seen it three times in theater and which has come sort of a tradition for films of this franchise. My number one movie of the year was the hobbit: The desolation of Smaug. I loved this movie. Simply loved it. It was everything I wanted it to be and a huge improvement over the first installment of The Hobbit franchise, coming from a guy who like An Unexpected movie more than the average movie. The lord of the rings is my favorite movie of all time (yes, all three of them count as one), and the Hobbit is coming close. All depends on the last installment of the series. Smaug was awesome and menacing and was the best dragon that I ever saw on screen. The entire cast is fantastic and like always, the three that steal the show are Ian Mckellen as Gandalf the Grey, Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakensheild. Evangeline Lily was a great addition to the cast as Tauriel and also Luke Evans as Bard. The film was endlessly thrilling, tremendously engaging and a non-stop thrill ride. And I loved the fact that it delved deeper into Gandalf’s search of The Necromancer and the mythology of middle earth which elevated the film into a new level of awesomeness. Loved, loved this movie.
Well, guys, hope you like my list and if you ended up hating everything on this list, well, too bad, because it’s my list and I’m sure we’re not always going to agree on the same stuff. You are entitled to your opinion as I am. Films are subjective, and what matters is what you think. Don’t let anyone change that. Comment below and tell me what your favorite films of 2013 we’re and check out my top 5 worst movies of the year.