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.
Bruce Dern shows every thought and memory clearly through Woody’s eyes and vocal grunts.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A truly outlandish and extraordinary film of the darkest proportions that documents life long after unspeakable sins.
“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.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE...
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.