Matt’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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And so here we are again.  The “Top 10 Films” list is an act of vanity, and one I enjoy annually.  Almost everyone who does it is basically proclaiming, “I saw many movies this year, and lo, in my infinite wisdom, have culled them down into these chosen ten.  I would inscribe them on stone tablets had I the time or money to do so.”  But they do serve a purpose beyond ego (although I do love the ego part): they can guide.  We love movies, and we want to share them with other people so they can (hopefully) experience the same joy, wonder, fear, introspection, and a host of other emotions.  I can’t inscribe these titles in stone, but they still left a serious impact on me.  If you’ve seen these movies, I want to discuss them.  If you haven’t seen these movies, I hope you seek them out so we can have a conversation.  For me, these ten titles live beyond the screen, and not just in an itemized list.

Check out my Top 10 Films of 2013 after the jump.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): The Spectacular Now, Before Midnight, Kill Your Darlings, Frances Ha, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

10.) Short Term 12

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This is a lesson in never judging a film by its festival synopsis.  The SXSW guide made Short Term 12 sound like utter tripe, but ecstatic word-of-mouth led me to a screening where I saw a movie that moved between heartbreaking and uplifting without ever missing a beat.  Writer-director Destin Cretton took his feature debut, walked it on a tightrope, and made it look easy.  He never once exploits his damaged characters, and always plays to the honesty of the situation.  And the honesty of a facility for at-risk kids does contain a lot of pain and anger, but the real power comes not through negativity, but through empathy.

9.) The Place Beyond the Pines

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I’m genuinely surprised this movie didn’t take hold of other people the way it did with me.  What others saw as long, I saw as epic.  It’s a multi-generational conflict where good intentions pave a damned road for all.  Derek Cianfrance brings deep and thoughtful shading to all of his characters as he explores how a person’s strengths and flaws can be one and the same.  Filled with powerful betrayals and revelations, The Place Beyond the Pines has a magnificent breadth of storytelling that is truly worthy of its length.

8.) Frozen

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I’m always rooting for Disney Studios Animation to succeed.  It was a big part of my childhood, and I want today’s animated family films to be just as great.  Frozen lives up to the standard, but does so by being both traditional and progressive.  It doesn’t play to nostalgia, but holds on to the best values with good comedy, lovely characters, and amazing songs.  However, it also embraces new themes and stunning CGI animation.  I desperately want Frozen to be the herald of a new golden age of Disney Studios Animation.  And even if I’m let down, I can cheer myself back up by singing “Let It Go”.

7.) 12 Years a Slave

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This film is remarkable for so many reasons.  Yes, it’s a “tough watch” and you shouldn’t get anything less from a movie about slavery.  The film is never indulgent, and while the physical brutality is harsh, it’s the abuse of the soul that lingers.  Slavery is pure evil because those who perpetrate don’t even recognize its horror.  They can’t see Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) slowly losing his identity or Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) expressing utter joy at the thought of dying.  It’s all summed up in one of the saddest, damning lines of the year: “There is nothing to forgive.”

6.) The World’s End

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It’s fitting that a film about growing up should be Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg‘s most mature to date.  It leaves behind the safety and security of a specific genre without losing the identity of their previous movies.  It’s a rich, layered, magnificently structured story that leads up to a brave and rewarding payoff.  It’s also a movie where blue blood/ink comes out of ceramic robots.  2013 had its fair share of thoughtful, introspective movies, but none of them matched The World’s End when it came to comedy and kinetic energy.  Cheers.

5.) Inside Llewyn Davis

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I was enraptured by Inside Llewyn Davis the first time I saw it, and when I came back to it a couple months later, the film improved by leaps and bounds.  The movie remains so damn sad, but it beautifully highlights the fundamental unfairness of artistic success.  Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) may be an asshole, but you would be too if you were incredibly talented, devoted your life to your music, and the world didn’t care.  He may be his own worst enemy, but showbiz is a close second, and you feel his pain in almost every song.  I don’t know what it says about me that I love the hell out of the soundtrack.

4.) Nebraska

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This year, Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street all dived into the American excess and greed that fueled 2008′s economic collapse.  Only Nebraska was willing to show the ramifications of that collapse.  Alexander Payne created a deeply compassion picture that accurately reflected small-town, Midwestern life to present a funny and sweet portrait of what’s truly important in life.  Other economic collapse movies were big, glitzy, and glamorous, but none were as emotionally resonant and thoughtful as Nebraska.  Sometimes the softest voice speaks the loudest.

3.) Gravity

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I’ve seen Gravity in IMAX 3D and I’ve seen it on a watermarked, 2D DVD.  It may be majestic on the former, but it’s no less life-affirming on the latter.  The movie was a singular experience in theaters, but it holds together because of a powerful, emotional core.  No matter how big the screen, I want Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) to heal.  I’m one of the people who finds her much-maligned monologue about losing her daughter to be incredibly moving because Bullock sells the hell out of it.  You can nitpick the science, and you can dismiss the small scope of the story, but then you’d be missing the big picture.  And pictures don’t get much bigger than Gravity.

2.) Her

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Leave it to the visionary mind of Spike Jonze to come up with a tricky premise—a man falls in love with his computer’s sentient operating system—and transform it into one of the best science fiction and romance stories of the past ten years.  The movie still retains the bittersweet tone of Jonze’s earlier pictures, but Her is his most audacious outing, and in some ways his most rewarding.  The level of talent on display is staggering, but it’s never showing off.  It’s all in service to an unusual but deeply moving story that will break your heart and put it back together.

1.)   The Act of Killing

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We love movies.  They comfort us, thrill us, make us think, make us laugh, and conjure a whole range of emotions.  That’s “The Power of Cinema”.  And yet we also like to think that movies can’t turn people into killers and encourage massacres, but what if the conditions were just right?  What if gangster movies weren’t just a form of entertainment, but a life model?  We watch movies featuring killers so we can be entertained.  The killers in Joshua Oppenhimer‘s mind-blowing documentary watched those movies so they could take lessons.

But then Oppenheimer gave them the cameras, let them tell their own stories, and the results were twisted beyond all reason.  I could almost feel my brain making a popping sound while watching the film.  Genocides are, sadly, nothing unique, but Oppenheimer’s movie took us inside the sick, sadistic minds of killers, and into a world where they were revered and feared.  The picture is revelatory, disgusting, chilling, and constantly jaw-dropping.

This was my favorite movie of the year ever since I saw it back in March.  It’s not something I’ll pop back in the ol’ DVD player and watch to relax, but I couldn’t let it go, and it wouldn’t let me go.  The Act of Killing is cinema at its most powerful and most terrifying.

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  • Jan

    Where. Is. Texas. Chainsaw. 3D.

    • MEY

      The best movie of 2013 was Star Wars Episode VII.

  • Jan

    Where. Is. Texas. Chainsaw. 3D.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I’ve seen most of these films and thought this was a decent list. Matt usually goes more indie which I think is great but I like to have it both ways as I love my summer blockbuster flicks just as much.
    Here’s my list in no particular order
    Man of Steel – flawed but enjoyed it as it will definately pay off in the sequels
    Gravity – beautifully shot and the best special effects I’ve seen in a film since Avatar
    The Place Beyond the Pines – Totally caught me off guard w the second act.
    Only God Forgives – Gosling is pretty bad ass but can see why the film is polarizing. It’s like Drive but only more fantasy like.
    Star Trek Into Darkness – sorry I know the die hard fan boys hated this film but it was pretty bad ass and thought it was a great way to introduce us to Kahn as you know he will be back in some future installment (which will be like the real Wrath of Khan)
    Pacific Rim – Transformers done right as Del Toro is awesome w his camera work and story telling.
    We’re the Millers – sorry but I actually enjoyed this over the Heat. It was just something I thought was funny as Jason Sudakis is really coming along w his comedic timing.
    American Hustle – great but not as good as I was expecting from all of the hype but was still very entertained
    Hunger Games – Francis Lawrence really upped the ante and actually made the sequel better than the 1st film. That in itself is a rare feat considering the change in directing/production.
    Anchor Man 2 – stupidest but funniest movie I have seen since the 1st film. Definately brain numbing but quotable.

    • excellent

      oh fantastic i entered the article to read matt’s list but got DNAsplitter’s as well just splendid can’t wait for everyone to post their random list in the comment’s section come for the established writers stay for the rabble

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Switch Anchor Man2 with this is the end

      • Grayden

        I haven’t even seen Anchorman 2 and I agree with you.

      • Tom

        You can not agree if you didn’t watch this. Simple.

      • Tom

        You can not agree if you didn’t watch this. Simple.

      • Tom

        You can not agree if you didn’t watch this. Simple.

      • Tom

        You can not agree if you didn’t watch this. Simple.

      • Steven Simmons

        I liked Anchorman 2 but it was kind of a letdown. That last 1/4 of the film was kind of terrible.

      • Steven Simmons

        I liked Anchorman 2 but it was kind of a letdown. That last 1/4 of the film was kind of terrible.

      • Steven Simmons

        I liked Anchorman 2 but it was kind of a letdown. That last 1/4 of the film was kind of terrible.

      • Steven Simmons

        I liked Anchorman 2 but it was kind of a letdown. That last 1/4 of the film was kind of terrible.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Switch Anchor Man2 with this is the end

    • Person

      Solid list, as was Matt’s. I clearly still have a some catching up to do.

    • James

      Definately can’t spell definitely.

    • lordjim

      if i made a list of this year´s best movies and a list of the worst “only god forgives” would be on both.

      • DoobieDave

        I actually know exactly what you’re saying. That is the perfect way to sum up that film.

    • lordjim

      if i made a list of this year´s best movies and a list of the worst “only god forgives” would be on both.

    • lordjim

      if i made a list of this year´s best movies and a list of the worst “only god forgives” would be on both.

    • lordjim

      if i made a list of this year´s best movies and a list of the worst “only god forgives” would be on both.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    I haven’t seen stories we tell (should come in the mail by tomorrow), blue is the warmest color , the great beauty( miss it in theaters, waiting fot it to come back) short term 12 (waiting for the DVD ), rush (waiting for the DVD ), prisoners (should come in the mail by next week), act of killing ( waiting for the DVD release, January 6th) France’s ha ( will get the criterion next week, hope it’s good)
    I will see her and inside llewin Davis on January 10th

    Top 10
    10- captain Phillips (palpable and well made with a great performance by Tom hanks )
    9 fruitvale station (Ryan coogler and Michael b Jordan are what we need, could be a great pairing like Scorsese and De Niro , herzog & klaus kinski )
    8- mud ( look out for Ty Sheridan )
    7 before midnight ( a fitting end to a great trilogy )
    6- blue jasmine (give it up for cate blanchett )
    5- 12 years a slave (Steve McQueen is a great director, the best )
    4- gravity (palpable and well made)
    3- wolf of Wall Street (controversial, energetic, funny but judgmental)
    2- the hunt (love the ending )
    1-Nebraska (funniest movie of the year, also very humane )

    Honorable mention : the conjuring (a love letter to horror movies, extremely well made)
    The place beyond the pines (kept me guessing all the way through, original and well directed)

    Disappointment
    Man of steel ( the sequence where Clark kent is riding around metropolis on his first day of work is unforgivable, amateur filmmaking, superman story is simple !!! Why compicate it by adding thousand of subplots and product placements !!!)
    American hustle ( could have been something better, Christian bale was disappointing , he was doing a De Niro impression the whole movie , didnt hate the movie tho )
    Pacific rim ( holy shit what a disaster !!!! Noisy, cliche and bad special effect )
    Dallas buyer club ( nothing spectacular , the movie felt cheap and unfulfilling , great performance by Jared Leto , by the way nobody believed Jennifer Garner as a doctor, it’s like asking me to believe Denise Richards as a scientist , I can’t suspend my disbelief like that )

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I would have made room for This is the End.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I would have made room for This is the End.

  • -

    I thought Place Beyond the Pines was great in the first two acts (and ballsy as fuck, frankly), but I didn’t really like the third act much. That kid who plays Bradley Cooper’s son was really bad, lol.

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      I thought they both were to be honest, but the one playing Cooper’s kid was really bad. Agreed.

    • DoobieDave

      The kid playing Cooper’s son was incredible. The reason you hated that character is because he was so realistic. One of the best douchebag performances in recent memory. Everyone knew someone like that guy in high school, that actor played the role flawlessly.

      • Adnan Ahmed

        Nah, I’m pretty sure it’s called bad acting.

      • DoobieDave

        Nah, I’m pretty sure it’s called good acting. Oh my god, the part where he is rapping….I have literally lived that scene. You ign’ant.

  • name

    Might as well post mine too, since this will be the top 10 article people will check the most:

    10- Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks at sea)
    9- Saving Mr. Banks (predictable as hell but oh so heartwarming)
    8- Gravity (not a movie, a theater experience)
    7- The Hunt (a movie you can only watch once)
    6- The World’s End (funniest movie this year)
    5- Mud (all because of the shirtless scene. I’m joking)
    4- Star Trek Into Darkness (My name is KHAN)
    3- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (My name is SMAUG)
    2- Man of Steel (don’t hate me)
    1- Rush (does anyone still talk about this?)

    Haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave yet, they might crack my top 10, if all I’m hearing is true.

    • stylus59

      i find the lack of Before Midnight disturbing

  • name

    Might as well post mine too, since this will be the top 10 article people will check the most:

    10- Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks at sea)
    9- Saving Mr. Banks (predictable as hell but oh so heartwarming)
    8- Gravity (not a movie, a theater experience)
    7- The Hunt (a movie you can only watch once)
    6- The World’s End (funniest movie this year)
    5- Mud (all because of the shirtless scene. I’m joking)
    4- Star Trek Into Darkness (My name is KHAN)
    3- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (My name is SMAUG)
    2- Man of Steel (don’t hate me)
    1- Rush (does anyone still talk about this?)

    Haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave yet, they might crack my top 10, if all I’m hearing is true.

  • Julio Navas

    Haha. Thanks for letting us know this is your TOP 10 LIST by putting your name in the image. Like if the title wasnt enough.

    • Strong Enough

      go play in traffic

    • Strong Enough

      go play in traffic

  • Julio Navas

    Haha. Thanks for letting us know this is your TOP 10 LIST by putting your name in the image. Like if the title wasnt enough.

  • Mars

    LOL Place Beyond the Pines…maybe if you’re a pretentious hipster who loves Gosling.

    • Kevin

      You’re probably thinking of Only God Forgives.

    • axalon

      Gosling was only in for ~30 minutes or so though

    • Jamest

      Yeah pretty sure Matt has a thing for Gosling, like a thing, thing. You know?

  • Maximilian

    Totally agree with what you said about Gravity. Life-affirming indeed. Good script and great soundtrack too.

    • Stuntman Mike

      Life affirming… but consider if Ryan actually dies when she turns off the oxygen. What if everything in the movie after that is just her dreaming?

      • Sweet Pea

        Why would you discuss actual plot points like that? Not everyone has seen Gravity yet. Douchebag.

      • Sweet Pea

        Why would you discuss actual plot points like that? Not everyone has seen Gravity yet. Douchebag.

  • Kevin

    This is the best list I’ve seen from you guys so far. Nice.

  • Lance

    Sometimes I wonder if watching too many films makes you jaded, or numbs you to the magic of movies because you know where to look to find the smoke, mirrors, and strings. So you wind up liking stuff just because it managed to get an ever so rare jolt of anything out of you. Is it horror, repulsion, or delight? Like a hedonist who gets to the point only inflicting suffering on others can elicit any kind of sensation, in the end it doesn’t even matter anymore. They are all one and the same.

    • Grayden

      Yeah, I think this is the crux of being a reveiwer, and even a critic. The more you see, the less impresses you to the point where the most boring films are masterpieces because no one is making them anymore. Desensitizing in the film arm of the entertainment industry isn’t just for “violence and the viewer” anymore. The reviewer/critic is also at risk.

    • Liderc

      I have this problem. I’ve seen so many movies that I often find myself not enough movies that my friends enjoy. I remember being so let down by Iron Man 3 but many people I knew enjoyed it. I was like, it was terrible… And I think it’s because I’m totally jaded.

      • Guy

        You’re not jaded. A lot of people thought it was bad, myself included. I’m glad others got enjoyment out of it but I’m not jumping off the cliff with them. The Avengers hype machine works wonders for all their movies, even the sub par ones.

      • Guy

        You’re not jaded. A lot of people thought it was bad, myself included. I’m glad others got enjoyment out of it but I’m not jumping off the cliff with them. The Avengers hype machine works wonders for all their movies, even the sub par ones.

      • Matt

        Dude, its not being jaded. Its called having refined tastes. And that sounds pretentious as fuck but its what happens when you experience anything. Would anyone who watches the MLB get the same enjoyment from little league? That is often the gulf with films.

        Plenty of people like shitty movies because there are explosions and thrills. Fine. I like movies with explosions some of the time. But I also like movies on this list. It doesn’t make me jaded.

        Just find some cool people who like movies you like dude. You’ll feel invigorated by it. This shit is life-affirming. Not jaded.

      • Lance

        You are just arguing the opposite end of the continuum than I am, that’s all. Sure, we all start out pretty naive about film and maybe like all sorts of stuff that’s really not very good. For those who never really demand much from movies, maybe they continue enjoying “Weekend at Bernies 2″ for the rest of their lives.

        Some of us go on to really appreciate better storytelling, through more exposure to different movies, like you say. But it’s also possible to go too far, and flatter yourself that you’ve got amazing taste in movies when in fact you just like to tell yourself you’ve got amazing taste in movies, and that movies that entertain “the little people, the common people” aren’t good enough for you. All that leaves left to enjoy is stuff that is clearly not mainstream, even if you don’t really know what it’s about.

        Case in point: last year’s The Master. I kept hearing about how great it was, then after I finally saw it I went back and read the reviews. Turns out no one, and I mean no one really had a good idea what the movie was ultimately trying to say! And yet this was a masterpiece? It didn’t occur to anyone that perhaps, just perhaps, the film had failed to communicate something vital? That maybe the eerie string music and close up shots held for half a minute each didn’t really add up after all?

        Nope. The movie looked beautiful, and was clearly not mainstream. Therefore the critics had to champion it or lose credibility in the eyes of their peers — no one could bear admitting they didn’t really get it.

        The review emperors have no clothes, far more often than they’d like to admit. And they are jaded as hell. They’d have to be, because I can’t for the life of me imagine they love all movie genres equally. If you’re not a fan of say, the romance genre, watching romance movie after romance movie would become hell. Yet reviewers never admit that, they always feel the need to pass judgement on every film, and assume they are never the problem even though they work so hard to make themselves part of the story now.

      • Lance

        You are just arguing the opposite end of the continuum than I am, that’s all. Sure, we all start out pretty naive about film and maybe like all sorts of stuff that’s really not very good. For those who never really demand much from movies, maybe they continue enjoying “Weekend at Bernies 2″ for the rest of their lives.

        Some of us go on to really appreciate better storytelling, through more exposure to different movies, like you say. But it’s also possible to go too far, and flatter yourself that you’ve got amazing taste in movies when in fact you just like to tell yourself you’ve got amazing taste in movies, and that movies that entertain “the little people, the common people” aren’t good enough for you. All that leaves left to enjoy is stuff that is clearly not mainstream, even if you don’t really know what it’s about.

        Case in point: last year’s The Master. I kept hearing about how great it was, then after I finally saw it I went back and read the reviews. Turns out no one, and I mean no one really had a good idea what the movie was ultimately trying to say! And yet this was a masterpiece? It didn’t occur to anyone that perhaps, just perhaps, the film had failed to communicate something vital? That maybe the eerie string music and close up shots held for half a minute each didn’t really add up after all?

        Nope. The movie looked beautiful, and was clearly not mainstream. Therefore the critics had to champion it or lose credibility in the eyes of their peers — no one could bear admitting they didn’t really get it.

        The review emperors have no clothes, far more often than they’d like to admit. And they are jaded as hell. They’d have to be, because I can’t for the life of me imagine they love all movie genres equally. If you’re not a fan of say, the romance genre, watching romance movie after romance movie would become hell. Yet reviewers never admit that, they always feel the need to pass judgement on every film, and assume they are never the problem even though they work so hard to make themselves part of the story now.

      • Matt

        Dude, its not being jaded. Its called having refined tastes. And that sounds pretentious as fuck but its what happens when you experience anything. Would anyone who watches the MLB get the same enjoyment from little league? That is often the gulf with films.

        Plenty of people like shitty movies because there are explosions and thrills. Fine. I like movies with explosions some of the time. But I also like movies on this list. It doesn’t make me jaded.

        Just find some cool people who like movies you like dude. You’ll feel invigorated by it. This shit is life-affirming. Not jaded.

    • Liderc

      I have this problem. I’ve seen so many movies that I often find myself not enough movies that my friends enjoy. I remember being so let down by Iron Man 3 but many people I knew enjoyed it. I was like, it was terrible… And I think it’s because I’m totally jaded.

    • Matt

      No. It does not. Your point makes no sense. By your logic its a Michael Bay movie or some slasher flick that would “jolt” people. Watching a lot of film makes you more aware of when you’re seeing “real” movie magic. Being harder to impress doesn’t make someone an asshole. It just means they like something enough to care how well its done. Plenty of people do not love movies. They may see them occasionally but they don’t love them. Critics love movies. As such, they want the best of what they love.

      I love movies. Some people would think, if they never talked to me and just saw a list of the movies I like, that I’m pretentious. But I’m not. I like what I like. I come to movies as the person I am and am impressed by what impresses me. If some people are impressed by your Bay movies than good for them. If that makes them happy when they fall asleep good.

      I get fulfillment from thoughtful, challenging movies. Most people don’t want that in their experience. And that is really the difference between a casual filmgoer and someone who ends up being a critic.

      And I’m not even a film critic. But I work in the industry.

    • Matt

      No. It does not. Your point makes no sense. By your logic its a Michael Bay movie or some slasher flick that would “jolt” people. Watching a lot of film makes you more aware of when you’re seeing “real” movie magic. Being harder to impress doesn’t make someone an asshole. It just means they like something enough to care how well its done. Plenty of people do not love movies. They may see them occasionally but they don’t love them. Critics love movies. As such, they want the best of what they love.

      I love movies. Some people would think, if they never talked to me and just saw a list of the movies I like, that I’m pretentious. But I’m not. I like what I like. I come to movies as the person I am and am impressed by what impresses me. If some people are impressed by your Bay movies than good for them. If that makes them happy when they fall asleep good.

      I get fulfillment from thoughtful, challenging movies. Most people don’t want that in their experience. And that is really the difference between a casual filmgoer and someone who ends up being a critic.

      And I’m not even a film critic. But I work in the industry.

    • Oolie zool

      not all movies are created equal. That’s what’s so great about them. Some are about the story, the human element, the action, the adventure, the sense of wonder and the spectacle. I can understand reaching a point where special effects might not have the power they used too, but I can’t imagine ever reaching a point where the humanity and power of a well told story loses its ability to touch something inside of you. If someone claims that, then they’re either a self-important twat or they have simply experienced every possible thing that life has to offer and they should probably consider checking out of humanity because it has nothing else to offer them. The flip side of that is the crowd that simply can’t let themselves be entertained and enjoy a movie for the entertainment.

  • rivertreeradar

    i went into pines not knowing what to expect. i thought it would be some kind of quick grungy crime movie and it was more like the godfather instead. all about family, class struggles, and everything else there is to talk about in a film. it makes drive look like a cartoon and i loved that movie.

  • Keegan

    solid list for sure. everyone seems to be sharing their top 10 so I’ll do the same because why not? It’s a little generic
    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    4. The Place Beyond the Pines
    5. Gravity
    6. The Act of Killing
    7. Before Midnight
    8. Her
    9. Blue is the Warmest Color
    10. The Great Beauty
    Honorable mentions (alphabetical): A Touch of Sin; American Hustle; Fruitvale Station; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Nebraska; The Past; Room 237; Stories We Tell; To the Wonder; Upstream Color

  • jack

    The best movie of 2013 was obviously the argument that took place across the internet about the ending of Man of Steel

    • Stuntman Mike

      That was at or near the top of my own top 10. Nobody told a more complete Supe story than that.

  • The Pop Pessimist

    The list of someone who truly does watch a lot of film. I really like this top 10

  • Grayden

    At least it doesn’t have ‘This is the End’ anywhere on it.

  • TigerFIST

    I guess I need to go see Frozen again. EVERYONE liked it but me lol….

  • mattinacan

    Nebraska
    Mud
    Short Term 12
    Gravity
    12 Years A Slave
    Enough Said
    Blue Jasmine
    Fruitvale Station
    All Is Lost
    Inside Llewyn Davis

  • chris

    with so many great movies this, Matt forgot the movie he gave an A back in january.

    BEFORE MIDNIGHT

  • chris

    with so many great movies this, Matt forgot the movie he gave an A back in january.

    BEFORE MIDNIGHT

    • Fiz

      It’s in his Honorable Mention list. I’m sure with most of us, feelings and memories of film-going experiences change the further we get from seeing certain movies, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see an A film placed lower now. Some films stick with us while others don’t resonate nearly as much as they did when we first viewed them (obviously why so much Oscar bait is delayed until the last possible moment). I know it’s hard enough for me to compare all the recent stuff I’ve seen with the movies I saw months ago and somehow determine which were better, more meaningful and more fun to watch.

    • Fiz

      It’s in his Honorable Mention list. I’m sure with most of us, feelings and memories of film-going experiences change the further we get from seeing certain movies, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see an A film placed lower now. Some films stick with us while others don’t resonate nearly as much as they did when we first viewed them (obviously why so much Oscar bait is delayed until the last possible moment). I know it’s hard enough for me to compare all the recent stuff I’ve seen with the movies I saw months ago and somehow determine which were better, more meaningful and more fun to watch.

  • Bob

    12 Years a Slave, Rush, American Hustle, and Catching Fire are my favorite of the year. Haven’t seen Her, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, or Short Term 12 yet though.

  • Bob

    12 Years a Slave, Rush, American Hustle, and Catching Fire are my favorite of the year. Haven’t seen Her, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, or Short Term 12 yet though.

  • lordjim

    good list, i´m missing mud and prisoners though.

  • Tom

    Adam’s– > Matt’s– > Dave’s TOP10 list

  • Tim

    I haven’t seen too many movies, but here are the ones I have seen which I really enjoy.
    ————
    Lore
    The East
    Snitch
    Pacific Rim
    Elysium
    The Company You Keep
    Oblivion
    At Any Price
    The Lone Ranger

  • Fiz

    I think it’s been a great year for movies. Here I thought I’d seen a lot this year, and yet there’s still a long “must see” list: Before Midnight, Wolf of Wall Street, Kings of Summer, Frances Ha, Act of Killing, Blue Jasmine, Prisoners, Rush, Blue is the Warmest Colour, All is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis… and yes, I’m curious about Spring Breakers.

    My Favorites:

    Captain Phillips
    Gravity
    her
    Nebraska
    12 Years a Slave
    Mud
    American Hustle
    56 Up
    Frozen
    This is the End

    I’m still surprised how engrossing and tense Captain Phillips was, so that was my favorite movie-going experience of the year. However, I think Gravity is my movie of the year. Visually stunning and innovative (tangent: a shout out to Oblivion here… I loved the art design and look of that movie too), and as I’ve said before, I’ll be disappointed if Cuaron doesn’t at least receive the Best Director nod.

    This is the End was the funniest film for me this year. For animation, I’m a huge Pixar fan, but felt Frozen was slightly better than Monsters U.

    Most disappointing: Man of Steel and perhaps The Hobbit. Of all the big budget “popcorn” flicks, Catching Fire was probably my favorite. Both Marvel movies were fine, but not great.

    It’s been a fun year for film. Hoping I can catch up on a few more before the Oscars.

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Get the hell out of here !!!
    I can afford to pay for them

  • Begone already

    Cut it out, you juvenile fail troll. Everyone knows you both are one and the same troll.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Smh
    At least be funny

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    ^^^ cut it out
    I’m not him!!

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