Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 in Film: A Year in Review.

In my eyes, 2013 has been a very unusual year for film. There was a lot more films I was interested in seeing in 2013 and I ended up liking a higher percentage of the movies I saw than in an average year yet a lot of the films I was anticipating highly fell short of my expectations. Even some of my favorite films of the year (Star Trek Into Darkness, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolf of Wall Street) weren't as good as I expected them to be. That being said, there was still a lot of quality on the marketplace this year from a wide-variety of genres. From vulgar comedies (This is the End, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) to high-budget blockbusters (Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) to cheap B-movies (The Last Stand, You're Next) to late-year awards contenders (Rush, American Hustle),  there was an abundance of different material for people to enjoy at the cinema for the duration of 2013. Without any further delay, here are the rankings from worst to best for all 79 films I saw in 2013 complete with star ratings. 

79.Evil Dead (1/5)
78.Movie 43 (1.5/5)
77.47 Ronin (1.5/5)
76.Identity Thief (1.5/5)
75.Only God Forgives (1.5/5)
74.Warm Bodies (1.5/5)
73.Man of Steel (1.5/5)
72.21 & Over (2/5)
71.Oz: The Great and Powerful (2/5)
70.Broken City (2/5)
69.The Counselor (2/5)
68.The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2/5)
67.Black Rock (2/5)
66.The To Do List (2.5/5)
65.Texas Chainsaw 3D (2.5/5)
64.After Earth (2.5/5)
63.A Good Day to Die Hard (2.5/5)
62.The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2.5/5)
61.Grown Ups 2 (2.5/5)
60.Lovelace (2.5/5)
59.The Purge (3/5)
58.Riddick (3/5)
57.Aftershock (3/5)
56.R.I.P.D. (3/5)
55.The Lone Ranger (3/5)
54.G.I Joe: Retaliation (3.5/5)
53.Olympus Has Fallen (3.5/5)
52.Ender's Game (3.5/5)
51.Bullet to the Head (3.5/5)
50.Side Effects (3.5/5)
49.World War Z (3.5/5)
48.Oblivion (3.5/5)
47.Monsters University (3.5/5)
46.The Wolverine (3.5/5)
45.Mud (3.5/5)
44.Don Jon (3.5/5)
43.The Place Beyond the Pines (3.5/5)
42.The Internship (3.5/5)
41.The Conjuring (3.5/5)
40.Dallas Buyers Club (3.5/5)
39.Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (3.5/5)
38.Parker (3.5/5)
37.Spring Breakers (3.5/5)
36.Machete Kills (3.5/5)
35.The Way Way Back (3.5/5)
34.White House Down (3.5/5)
33.The Hangover Part III (4/5)
32.Metallica: Through the Never (4/5)
31.Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (4/5)
30.Snitch (4/5)
29.Red 2 (4/5)
28.Thor: The Dark World (4/5)
27.Trance (4/5)
26.The Heat (4/5)
25.Now You See Me (4/5)
24.The Kings of Summer (4/5)
23.2 Guns (4/5)
22.You're Next (4/5)
21.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (4/5)
20.Gangster Squad (4/5)
19.42 (4/5)
18.The World's End (4/5)
17.Elysium (4/5)
16.The Wolf of Wall Street (4/5)
15.We're the Millers (4/5)
14.Pacific Rim (4/5)
13.Prisoners (4/5)
12.Kick-Ass 2 (4/5)
11.Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (4/5)
10.Star Trek Into Darkness (4/5)
9.Rush (4/5)
8.The Last Stand (4/5)
7.Fast and Furious 6 (4.5/5)
6.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (4.5/5)
5.Iron Man 3 (4.5/5)
4.Pain & Gain (4.5/5)
3.American Hustle (4.5/5)
2.This is the End (4.5/5)
1.Fruitvale Station (4.5/5)

Haven't seen yet, but plan to in the future:
John Dies at the End
Dead Man Down
The Iceman
A Hijacking
Blackfish
A Band Called Death
The Spectacular Now
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Cockneys Vs. Zombies
Grandmasters
In A World
Hell Baby
The Family
Runner Runner
Captain Philips
Escape Plan
Carrie
Bad Grandpa
12 Years a Slave
Last Vegas
Homefront
Delivery Man
Nebraska 
Oldboy
Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom 
Out of the Furnace
Inside Lleywn Davis
Grudge Match
Lone Survivor

If I had my own personal Oscars, here's who the awards would be going to:
Best Picture: Fruitvale Station
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle 
Best Supporting Actor: Jeremy Renner, American Hustle
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
Best Director: Ryan Coggler, Fruitvale Station
Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay: Pain & Gain
Best Animated Film: Monsters University
Best Cinematography: You're Next
Best Score: Spring Breakers
Best Visual Effects: Pacific Rim

Top 5 Surprises
1.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2.You're Next
3.The Kings of Summer
4.The Conjuring
5.The Internship

Top 5 Disappointments
1.A Good Day to Die Hard
2.Man of Steel
3.The Counselor
4.Only God Forgives
5.Don Jon

Top 10 Breakout Actors
1.Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
2.Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station)
3.Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
4.Sharni Vinson (You're Next)
5.Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
6.Jon Bernthal (Snitch, The Wolf of Wall Street)
7.Will Poulter (We're the Millers)
8.Chadwick Boseman (42)
9.Tye Sheridan (Mud)
10.Moises Arias (The Kings of Summer)

Top 10 Best Ensembles Casts:
1.American Hustle
2.Frutivale Station
3.Pain & Gain
4.This is the End
5.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
6.Prisoners
7.The Wolf of Wall Street
8.Rush
9.Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10.Fast and Furious 6

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