I am a movie enthusiast, but still remain selective about what I watch. I narrow my choices down to what I personally want to see and not what the masses are going to the theater to view. My philosophy is “Just because it’s ‘new’ doesn’t mean it’s ‘good’”…
Sure, I enjoy going to my local theater and watching flicks on the big-screen, but the quality and content of the film at-hand is more important; so, if nothing at the box-office appeals to me I’m perfectly content watching a better movie in the comfort of my own home…
With that in mind, there are a slew of films to come out this year that I passed on. Critics shout the praises of films like “American Hustle”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “12 Years A Slave”, etc. and I simply have no interest in watching these films as they come across lackluster to me…
So, I may not be the best source to compile a “Top List of 2013″ since there are a lot of films I skipped, and could be some gems out there I have yet to see; overall, I would have to say I’ve been very disappointed by 2013. There have been a slew of good films this year, but no great films. So many films I feel that could have been great, but fell short in some aspect…
I will elaborate on each selection for my “Top 10 of 2013″ :
10. GRAVITY – This movie was amazing to watch in IMAX-3D and gives us a glimpse at how truly awesome 3D can be. But…I’m not sure how interesting it would be in 2D after you’ve already viewed it on the big screen.
9. PRISONERS – I like mystery/thrillers that keeps you guessing and this one does a pretty good job. But…the ending came a bit unraveled. It wasn’t bad…but could’ve been better.
8. THE CONJURING – My heart sank in fear throughout the ultra creepy opening sequence. But…nothing else freaked me out for the duration of the film. The film was very good, and well-written and had strong performances from all of the actors….but the ending was a but underwhelming to me.
7. THE SPECTACULAR NOW – Very good film that could’ve been great had the final act been handled a bit differently and executed better; there was so much depth and substance to the characters and the situation that a story like this needed a stronger finale and resolution. However, the film is still very good. But…the ending kept it from being great.
6. ONLY GOD FORGIVES – I think this is a really good film and Gosling delivers another strong performance. But…some of the disturbing content takes it down a notch.
5. YOU’RE NEXT (made in 2011; released in 2013) – Very good horror story that is fairly unpredictable and has a decent twist at the end. But…just didn’t wow me enough to give it a “great”; nonetheless, it’s still a film I’d recommend to horror fans and I look forward to adding it to my horror collection.
4. CONTRACTED – Full of unpredictability just as I like in a horror/thriller and had a brilliant ending. But…some of the acting and writing in the first act was pretty bad. I almost considered turning it off at first; glad I stuck with it b/c once it gets going it becomes fascinating.
3. SIDE EFFECTS – I thought this one was extremely captivating throughout the first two acts. But…the final act feels a little too Hollywood-ish to me; nonetheless, still a very good movie I’d recommend.
2. HOME SWEET HOME – I personally loved this movie. But…the acting was pretty bad in the first act. It’s hard for me to tell people this is a great movie, or even a good one based on the terrible acting on display by the husband. Some have complained that the first act is also too slow and takes too long to get going, but I think those people are missing the point and overlooking something genuinely terrifying unfolding right before your eyes. The villain here is intriguing and mysterious – and the ending sequence was jaw-dropping. I admit I never saw not only one, but two things coming in the end. If you can get past the first act and forgive some bad acting, then this one dials up the tension once it starts going.
1. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – This movie had one of the very best first acts I’ve ever seen in a movie. Ever. The first act was absolutely flawless! Immaculate. No exaggeration. But…after the first act, the story’s intensity drops and is never matched again. The second and third acts are good, but they just cannot compare to the first, therefore the film feels like it takes a major dip in quality. I still love the movie, though.
There are a slew of other good films to come out this year that nearly made my top 10, but these selections edged them out. While there were no shortage of good films this year, there just weren’t any that blew me away. I don’t think 2013 was a bad year necessarily, but a very underwhelming year.
What were your “Top 10 of 2013″? (If you wrote an entry, hook me up with a link)