Hello again everybody and Happy New Year! Now I saw a lot films last year, at least over 130 of them!! Now that is a lot of movies to see in one year! Now I couldn't see every single film that was released (some that just came out I'll be reviewing later on), but over 130 movies is still pretty damn impressive! But remember, I am a professional and it's my job to see these films for you. So without further adieu, here are my Top Ten Films of 2013!
The Mayor of MacDougal Street. The film stars Oscar Isaac, who gives one of his best performances ever in front of the camera with portrayal of the struggling folksinger Llewyn Davis. With Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman also making appearances in the film, and featuring an outstanding soundtrack by producer T Bone Burnett, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is one of the greatest films the Coen brothers have ever made! From the first frame to the last, you will never find a more perfect film to watch than this cinematic treasure!
Henry Cavill in the title role. Cavill portrays both Clark Kent and Superman with such convection,
strength, and vulnerability. Truly this man was born to wear the suit.
He brings a new dimension to this iconic superhero. Also boasting an A-list cast of actors including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon, and you have an excellent film, full of superhero action, romance, some humor, alien invasion, and one heluva super battle finale!!
5) WEST OF MEMPHIS: In 1993, the bodies of Christopher Byers, Steven Branch, and Michael Moore were found viciously beaten and murdered in
the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas. Less than a year later, Damien
Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin were convicted of the
crime, even though the prosecution's evidence was feeble and
speculative at best. Almost 18 years later, the three wrongfully convicted men
still claim their innocence and fight to overturn the injustices that
have destroyed the larger part of their lives. Directed by Amy J. Berg and produced by none other than Peter Jackson, this documentary is a powerful, riveting, and unflinching examination of our flawed justice
David O. Russell (along with co-writer Eric Singer) once again knocks it out of the park with this film that is absolutely amazing! Bringing back his dynamic duo of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from last year's award winning film SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK, Christian Bale gets lost in another character (his Irving is a character you love to hate), Amy Adams gives another Oscar-winning performance as Irving's love interest and partner Sydney Prosser. What I really enjoyed about the film was that story, which was so
brilliantly written. There is that element of surprise which I loved. The film is just simply amazing from start to finish!
Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul,
this film has a much better script and better character development,
which I thought the first one lacked. Gru's personality is enhanced,
especially with the chance of saving the world. Plus being teamed up
with Agent Wilde, we get to have a love interest that will take Gru to
the next level. And having him be the hero gives the film a dimension,
thus propelling the character to new realms. The film is packed with action and laughter, mostly from the scene stealing Minions, which are super funny, cute, and adorable! One of the best family films of 2013!
8) ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: Director Adam McKay does a tremendous job creating a sequel that's
funnier, crazier, and wilder than its predecessor.Of course it doesn't
hurt that McKay once again teamed up with Farrell to write this
outrageous follow up. These two madmen have done the franchise justice
with this latest installment. The old gang that we know and love return to their respective characters
and they are fantastic! Farrell, Rudd, Carell, and Koechner are just as
rambunctious as they were in the first film, but here the laughter is
cranked up to eleven! The film goes way beyond the first installment, making it truly the funniest film of 2013! Go see this while it's still in theaters!
Mark Mori sheds some light on our favorite "Queen of the Pinups" is this entertaining and informative documentary. Also the film was narrated by Bettie Page
herself, which was culled from over 6 hours of interviews
that Mori conducted with her prior to her death (she passed away on December 11, 2008 from pneumonia), so we hear the whole
story from the pinup goddess in her own voice! Including interviews by Hugh M. Hefner, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Tempest Storm, and Dita Von Teese just to name a few, this is far and away the best film ever about Bettie Page!
And there you have it folks! My Top Ten Films of 2013! Every year this list gets harder and harder to
put together, but these were films that really made an impact on me,
and I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading my picks. So if by chance there
are films here that you haven't seen yet, I encourage you to check them
out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by them!
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!