2013 was a good year for movies. A lot of movies seen, and still a lot to go. Early on in the year, I didn't get out much to see a lot of movies between being at the radio station and doing other things. Late in the year, there has been so much out in theaters, that I still need to catch up to what is out. Here is my list of movies from best to worst from 2013. To explain my movie going experience and thought process, I don't think a movie has to be deep to be good. If a comic book movie is well done, then it's well done. The one problem I've always had with the Academy Awards is that they never seem to appreciate the work that goes into a movie of epic proportions, such as Star Trek, or Pacific Rim. The movies looked so great, and that is part of what made them good movies in my opinion. You go to movies to be entertained. If I'm entertained more, then the movie is better. So here are my top movies of the year. After that list, the movies I still haven't seen, but really want to (in order of how excited I am to go see them). I went through and counted, and I have seen 36 movies from this year, and this is the top 25. I then have 15 that I still want to see. ----- 1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty I have to say, I had low expectations for this movie, but it's definitely my favorite of 2013. I think one reason it tops my list is because the moral of the story hits so close to home. Through all of the stuff I've been through this year, and that I've seen other people go through this year, it tells a message that is 100% true. The daydreaming is something I often do, although not to that extent, but I think it's something we all do, but is never really shown in cinema. I had not seen the original movie, and I really didn't know much about the story going in, so that made this movie a great journey that I thoroughly enjoyed. 2. Elysium I thought District 9 was one of, if not the best movie of 2009. Neill Blomkamp hit a home run by bringing together science fiction and real life issues. Never before had I watched a movie about aliens, but didn't feel like I was watching a movie about aliens. The same holds true with Elysium. It was a solid movie, with Matt Damon playing a solid role (and I had just watched Behind the Candelabra like two days before seeing this). Despite all of the futuristic stuff in the movie, it was a real movie about the troubles and hardship for lower class citizens compared to the "1%". 3. Star Trek: Into Darkness Everyone will think I'm crazy for saying this is a top 3 movie of 2013, but it was a movie that kept me entertained the whole time. One thing that drives me nuts in movies is terrible CG, but this had great CG, great acting, and really introduced me to Benedict Cumberbatch for the first time. He is what really made this movie for me. 4. The Wolf of Wall Street Yes, this movie could have been rated X. Yes, they dropped quite a few F-bombs. All that aside, Leonardo DiCaprio was outstanding, Jonah Hill was hilarious, and the movie just worked. Rarely do I go see a three hour movie, no matter how good it is, and not check my watch at some point. I did in this movie too, but only because someone texted me. It didn't seem as long as it was, and it was solid throughout. And yes, there were lots of naked women. 5. World War Z Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate horror movies. Especially with zombies. But Brad Pitt and Marc Forster did it right. I haven't read the books that this was inspired by, but I am extremely interested to see where they may go with a sequel for this one. It was a very well done zombie movie that didn't embellish on the things that usually make zombie movies work - blood and guts. 6. American Hustle Despite it's nominations for picture of the year, the story of American Hustle didn't really do it for me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it is #6 on the list after all. The acting was great, and the music was outstanding. Reminded me of the original Anchorman soundtrack and how good that was. But the script just didn't do it for me. 7. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games trilogy is something that I thought originally was going to turn into a Twilight series. A trilogy of books that girls read and fell in love with. However, they have both been solid movies, and as someone who hasn't read the books, I am genuinely intrigued on what will happen in the next two movies. Jennifer Lawrence has been great in these movies as much as the ones she's been nominated for Oscars for. 8. Now You See Me A movie I was unsure of at first, but turned out to be a pretty good film. A good group of actors, young and old, which did an outstanding job. When a movie that tries to keep you guessing until the end, actually surprises you with who actually "did it", then it did a good job. 9. The Host Now this was definitely a movie that was played up as a chick flick. And I can see how it would be. But it was actually not bad. The love triangle in it was a little too "Twilight-y" for me, and yes, I know it was written by the same person. But the alien/sci-fi story works better into a good movie for the average movie-goer such as myself than the whole vampire/werewolf thing does. I have to admit, I actually really liked this movie, so much so that it makes my top 10. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you give it a try and be open minded. 10. Oblivion This movie really intrigued me from the first preview I saw of it. It lived up to the hype, and it was a good sci-fi movie with pretty good acting from Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman among others. The rest of the top 25 after the jump.
It's day one of the college football season, but I can still make some time for some entertainment news. I saw on Reddit this morning where they cast James Spader to play Ultron in the new Avengers movie. Now don't get me wrong, I like James Spader, he plays a hell of a lawyer on TV, and I liked his appearances on The Office as well - but he's not super villain material in my opinion. I have faith that Joss Whedon can get it done once again with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, I'm just slightly disappointed that he didn't cast Paul Bettany in this role. For those who don't know, Bettany plays the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S in the Iron Man movies and in the first Avengers movie. There were a few possibilities that people thought were going to happen to bring about Ultron. More about it after the jump.
I've decided to take up watching movies in my free time now, watching more than I ever have before. For a long time, I had a lot going on - the Meltdown was going great, on top of calling high school football games every Friday, and heading down to Tuscaloosa each Saturday, plus of course we can't forget my 9-5 job. It all added up to being a lot of time where I couldn't see movies as much as I wanted to. So over the last couple of months I've started to see more of them, both in the theaters and at home via Netflix, HBO GO, movie channels on TV, etc. I haven't written much in a while, so this gives me a good excuse to jump in and stay fresh on the keyboard. Reviews for World War Z, Pacific Rim, and more.