Mitch's Top 10 Films of 2013

Did you know that my Top 10 Film list of 2013 is different from all the other critics because it's factually right?!! O.k. maybe not so much, but I do watch a lot of films a year (97 in 2013), and making a Top 10 list is a fun way to archive my cinematic tastes and let you know what films impacted me the most.  

Without further ado, here are my 10 very favorite films of 2013.

10. Nebraska

Bruce Dern shows every thought and memory clearly through Woody’s eyes and vocal grunts.  

9. The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now” is not just another high school film, in fact, it might just bethe most honest high school film I’ve ever seen.

8. Captain Phillips

Director Paul Greengrass superb direction, along with Tom Hanks’ best performance in well over 10 years has “Captain Phillips” one of those truly ‘edge of your seat’ dramatic viewing experiences of the year.

7. The Conjuring

I love a good horror film, and James Wan’s The Conjuring just may be a great one.  I was truly scared for the full 112 minute showing time, and they weren’t cheap scares.

6. This Is The End

This is the End is almost like this generation’s Ghostbusters; except instead of catching ghosts it’s the Biblical apocalypse being unleashed, and instead of PG rated dialogue, it’s hard R. with many, many penis jokes.

5. 12 Years a Slave

The triumphs cannot equal the horrors, the hurt, the death, the loss of freedom, and that is the story that McQueen so devastatingly tells us.

4. Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron and his crew accomplish one of the highest achievements that cinema allows:  the ability to take us somewhere that you and I can’t possibly go and have us emotionally invest as if we are there.

3. The Act of Killing 

A truly outlandish and extraordinary film of the darkest proportions that documents life long after unspeakable sins.

2. American Hustle

American Hustle” is the equivalent of cinematic crack cocaine- Russell, along with his absurdly talented cast are able to figuratively bottle up insanity and make it the most exhilarating film of the year. 



1. Her

This is a film I could watch 100 times, and I plan to before it’s all over. Spike Jonze has crafted a miraculous film that puts his high-concept spin on age old story of falling in love, staying in love, and the falling out of love.  "Her" is an amazing film that not all will dig but I pray will at least see.

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Mitch's Top Films From 2013 (Ranked #20-11)

I reviewed 97 theatrical releases from the year 2013, and as a egotistical reward to myself I get let everyone know which films I have decreed the "Best" of the year.  I also hope that they will encourage you see these films I enjoyed so much.  Before I get to the "oh-so-important Top 10 list" lets check out the films on the bubble that ranked #20-11.


20. Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig has become that indie chick to me now- tall, not overly attractive but nervously pretty, Gerwig has never been better than here in Frances Ha.

19. The World's End

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are getting out of the blood and ice cream shop business on top, but I wish they’d keep going until they reached all of Baskin-Robbins 31 flavors.

18. Prince Avalanche

Oddly moving when the spot lead performances combine with the superb cinematography from Tim Orr.

17. Mud

Matthew McConaughey has pulled off another indie gem, cementing what has been a remarkable comeback.

16. Fast & Furious 6

Sure, the dialogue could make pens cry, but that’s all part of the fun.  An insanely fun film with the longest plane runway you'll ever see.

15. You're Next

one of the liveliest and dare I say, gleefully fun horror films in years.

14. Side Effects

Was the first must-see film of 2013. Watch it, take two pills, and then read this review in the morning.

13. Olympus Has Fallen

It’s like Under Siege and Air Force One had a baby, and that baby grew up on a steady diet of bullet laced dynamite and snarky catch phrases- yeah, it’s just like that. 

12. Blue Jasmine

what makes “Blue Jasmine such a knockout is Cate Blanchett giving the best acting performance so far this year- male or female.

11. Fruitvale Station

Just missing my Top 10 Films of 2013 is the very, very good Fruitvale Station. Michael B. Jordon gives breakout performance and has us leaving the theater with a monumental heartache of loss and a longing for what could have been. 

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2013 Movies With Mitch Award- Best Director, Acting Performances, and Other Random Awards

Wrapping up the Best of the subjective Best of 2013 in Cinema. My Top Films list will come out soon, but lets take time to give out recognition where recognition is due.  If it was all up to me, this is how it would all shake down.







Alfonson Cuaron- Gravity


Spike Jonze- Her

Steve McQueen- 12 Years a Slave

David O. Russell- American Hustle

Joshua Oppenheimer- The Act of Killing


Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave


Joaquin Phoenix in Her

Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club


Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine


Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Amy Adams in American Hustle

Judi Dench in Philomena

Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha


Bradley Cooper in American Hustle


Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Barhad Abdi in Captain Phillips

Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey in Mud


Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave


Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine

Scarlett Johannson in Her

June Squibb in Nebraska


Best Adapted Screenplay

12 Years a Slave

Runner-Up: The Spectacular Now

Best Original Screenplay


Runner-Up: American Hustle


Best Performance out of Nowhere

Andrew "Dice" Clay in Blue Jasmine


Guiltiest Pleasure Movie Of The Year

Olympus Has Fallen


Movie I Cried At The Most

The Best Man Holiday


Weirdest Movie In A Good Way

They Will Outlive Us All











Movies Mitch Liked In 2013 That You Didn't and Movies Mitch Thought Were Garbage That Somehow You Liked

I'm not saying my opinion is right, I'm just saying.  I kid, I kid- to each their own when it comes your cinematic tastes, unless you enjoyed The Last Airbender (cause that's just not cool), but here's a list of five 2013 films via Rotten Tomatoe scores that the masses liked which I didn't and five 2013 films the masses didn't care for that I rather enjoyed.



The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- Rotten Tomatoe Score 49%/ 3.5 Mitch Heads

The most recent film on the list feels like all of director/actor Ben Stiller.  No punches were pulled, even if some punches whiff and missed, and I very much dug that.


Pain & Gain- Rotten Tomatoe Score 49%/ 3 Mitch Heads

This is as arthouse as Michael Bay gets and I'll take it.


Olympus Has Fallen- Rotten Tomatoe Score 48%/ 4.5 Mitch Heads

It’s like Under Siege and Air Force One had a baby, and that baby grew up on a steady diet of bullet laced dynamite and snarky catch phrases- yeah, it’s just like that. 


The Counselor- Rotten Tomatoe Score 34%/ 3 Mitch Heads

Mark my words, Ridley Scott's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor will eventually reach cult status.  I enjoyed the lengthy speeches that waxed intellectually about the consequences of themorally flexible.


21 and Over- Rotten Tomatoe Score 28%/ 3 Mitch Heads

Yeah it's a stupid movie but I liked it.  How's that for a higher class of cinematic articulation?!


and now for..



Elysium- Rotten Tomatoe Score 68%/ 2.5 Mitch Heads 

I’ll take Elysium over After Earth any day, but I’d rather live in a world where all efforts were as good as District 9 and The Sixth Sense.  Oh, and Jodie Foster gives one of the weirdest and worst performances of the year.


Iron Man 3- Rotten Tomatoe Score 78%/ 2.5 Mitch Heads

Understably, the Iron Man series is the sillier of the Marvel properties, but by the end, I was so punned out it wasn’t punny anymore.


Saving Mr. Banks- Rotten Tomatoe Score 81%/ 2.5 Mitch Heads

Saving Mr. Banks comes off as more of a self congratulatory and self promotional by basically cramming the Mickey Mouse brand down our throats.


Prisoners- Rotten Tomatoe Score 82%/ 2.5 Mitch Heads

Gyllenhaal delivers just fine with his performance, but I liked it much more the first time he played that character in David Fincher’s “Zodiac”.


Rush- Rotten Tomate Score 89%/ 2 Mitch Heads

Besdes Daniel Brühl's performance there proved to be very little under the hood that was able to get my engines revving.


Mitch's 2013 Top 10 Worst Films

I've seen a few short of a 100 films released in 2013 and with that comes a lot of cinematic crap.  That doesn't mean I saw all the bad films (Battle of the Year, The Big Wedding, or any Tyler Perry film), but I did see plenty and here are my 10 worst of the worst.  



10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Here’s a film that somehow is magically able to make laughs almost entirely disappear that stars comedy giants Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

9. Identity Thief 

Here's another film that uses the very comedic talented and grossly wastes them.  

8. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 

Compared to the first G.I. Joe this film is much better.  2009's The Rise of Cobra was my 5th worst film of the year while Retaliation is only my 8th worst film.  So there's that.  Also, this is the first of two Bruce Willis entries on this dubious list.

7. Texas Chainsaw 

Flying at the screen in gimmicky 3D is a knife here and a chainsaw there, but flying out your pocket, is 15 or so bucks and 92 minutes you could have spent better hitting your head up against a brick wall. 

6. The Last Exorcism Part 2

Bad movies don’t often piss me off all that often, but this one sure did. 

5. White House Down

Out of the two White House under attack films one of them was guiltiest pleasure of the year and the other was my 5th worst film of the year.  Olympus Has Fallen- very good, White House Down- very, very dumb and bad.  

4. A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane is not supposed to be a superhero...After viewing the franchise’s fifth entry, they’ve downright made McClane on equal par to that of a Marvel’s Avenger.  Stupid.

3. Only God Forgives

If I was doing a Top 11 worst films of 2013 Gangster Squad would be number 11.  Which means this has been a bad year for Ryan Gosling, the youth's best actor working today.  Refn and Goslin reteam after their first classic collaboration Drive and make for one of the most unintentionally ridiculous films of the year.

2. After Earth


M. Night Shyamalan directs yet another gigantic cluster muck of a film and ends up taking Will Smith down with him.  

1. The Host

The Host is the funniest film of the year that isn't a comedy.  The Worst Film of 2013 is The Host.