List compiled by Eddie on 20/12/2013
Much like my co-blogger Jordan (see his list here) I found 2013 a particularly lacklustre and disappointing year for films overall with many a film either completely missing the mark or falling just short of what ever goals it had in mind. 2013 was also a year in which sequels reached a new point of mediocrity and therefore tarnishing their brands and stars see any of Iron Man 3, Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard or The Hangover 3 for examples of this.
2013 did however herald some fine films from both seasoned professionals in the likes of Paul Greengrass, Quentin Tarantino and Alfonso Cuaron and films from up and coming talents such as Derek Cianfrance and David Lowery that reaffirmed there is still much to get excited about in the future. Here’s hoping that 2014 provides us with more original ground-breaking entertainment and an easing off of an overreliance on tried and true franchises that frankly should have been put to bed long ago.
So without further ado here is Eddie’s 2013 overview –
Disclaimer – please note many a film will be absent (or in the case of Django Unchained included in) from this list due to Australian release dates and lack of cinema showings around the country. Films that cannot be judged due to this include – 12 Years a Slave, Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Philomena, Nebraska, Fruitvale Station, Great Beauty and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
10 Best of 2013
1. Django Unchained – Django is a film that has it all, action, humour, heart and a plethora of fantastic performances. QT’s love letter to westerns and indictment of slavery is a clear standout performer. See my review here.
2. The Place Beyond the Pines – It’s hard to fathom that Pines is only the 2nd feature length film from director Derek Cianfrance due to its ambition and scope. A unique and ultimately moving film experience that is one of the year’s most forgotten movies. See my review here.
3. Prisoners – When the dust settles on awards season I suspect Prisoners will be the most unlucky of them all. A fully formed and powerful tale that features standout performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Already in the IMDB top 250 which shows it’s great reputation. See my review here.
4. Gravity – By now all know that Gravity is the film that made Sandra Bullock bearable and defied what was previously known about filming techniques. The most technically brilliant film of the year and perhaps movie history. See my review here.
5. Only God Forgives – Overlooked and underestimated by almost all who saw it, God is a polarising film that splits the audience down the middle like a samurai sword, those who love and those who hate it. One of the year’s most visually stunning experiences and filled with many a mystery to be discovered. See my review here.
6. To the Wonder – Even a lesser Malik film is a league above most others and that is exactly what Wonder is. A beautiful and non-conforming tale about love and life and one of Malik’s most personal tales. See my review here.
7. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Another oft forgotten gem of 2013 that is acts as a stunning calling card for director David Lowery and another showcase for the acting talents of Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. See my review here.
8. Mud – A strange touching tale of adolescence that features the year’s best child performance from its young star Tye Sheridan. Director Nicholls and A-list star McConaughey on top form also. See my review here.
9. Captain Phillips – Whilst perhaps not being entirely accurate in it’s portrayal Paul Greengrass’s frantic and intense take on the real life situation features a career reviving turn from Tom Hanks and is one of the years most professionally constructed films. See my review here.
10. Spring Breakers – Like Only God Forgives Harmony Korine’s strange translucent tale is not afraid to polarize it’s viewers. Likely to be seen on many a top ten and equally as many worst lists, Breakers is a unique and weirdly unforgettable voyage. See my review here.
10 Worst of 2013
1. A Good Day to Die Hard – A completely unneeded and dire entry into the once great Die Hard franchise, Good Day is action at its worst and Bruce Willis at his most uninterested. See my review here.
2. Aftershock/Identity Thief – Two complete fails on two different levels. Identity for not being in the slightest bit funny and Aftershock for being a horror film in all the wrong ways. See Jordan’s Aftershock review here, and my Identity Thief review here.
3. The Purge – Has to be the 2013 film that failed to deliver on the promise displayed in it’s idea, The Purge ended up being a home invasion thriller that failed to thrill on any level. See my review here.
4. The Counselor – Much has been written about here on J and E about this complete misfire so no point going over treaded ground. A low point in a lot careers is what the Counselor is. See my review here.
5. After Earth – Ego gone mad, proof M Night. Shymalan is a lost cause, evidence of Jaden Smiths talentless talent and a Sci-Fi that wastes any interesting ideas it might have had. See my review here.
6. Movie 43 – Beezel the cat, that is all. See my review here.
7. The Internship – A new low in product placement and an excuse for two good mates to film a movie together, The Internship is a dire comedy that forgets to pack in any laughs or even pretend that it cares to. See my review here.
8. Trance – Danny Boyle on style over substance mode, Trance is a completely forgettable and confusing yarn which misfired on all cylinders. See my review here.
9. Byzantium – A TV like vampire tale with neat ideas and bad execution, further proof that director Jordan misses more than he hits. See my review here.
10. The Wolverine/Stand Up Guys – Wolverine: Enough is enough is all that can come out of this new entry to the Marvel Wolverine catalogue. Failing to provide anything we haven’t yet seen before Wolverine is proof that Logan’s run has well and truly ran its course. Stand up Guys: A waste of veteran Hollywood talent on a script not fit for a cable movie. See my Wolverine review here, and Stand Up Guys one here.
Favourite Director – Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, showing us how to create a funny, horrifying and entertaining movie.
Favourite Actor – Matthew McConaughey for being Mud, an aids victim and a sleazy Wall Street stockbroker all at once. Showing us a talent for being funny, serious and charming in equal measure.
Favourite Actress – Rooney Mara – thinking she would be forever known as Lisbeth Salander is as far from the truth as your likely to get. Seen in the upcoming Her and great in Side Effects and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Worst Director – Zac Snyder for Man of Steel, Zac let everyone down with his uninspired direction and missed opportunity to reboot the man in tights for a new generation.
Worst Actor – TIE: Vince Vaughn and Will Smith. Vaughn for the recreating of the same old shtick movie after movie see Delivery Man, A Case of You and The Internship. Will Smith for After Earth, enough said.
Worst Actress – TIE: Naomi Watts and Cameron Diaz. Watts for the stinkers that were Diana, Movie 43 and Adoration. Diaz for an atrocious performance in The Counselor.
3 Overrated films –
1. The Worlds End (See my review here)
2. Iron Man 3 (See my review here)
3. Behind the Candelabra
3 Underrated films –
1. Upstream Colour (See my review here)
2. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
3. Only God Forgives
2013 – Best Poster
2013 – Worst Poster
Favourite Scenes of 2013 – Top 3
1. Django Unchained: The beginnings of the KKK – “Who made these?”
2. Gravity: The opening 12 minute take
3. Spring Breakers: Brittney Spears sing-along
So there you have it folks, 2013 in review! This will be Jordan and I’s last post for a couple of weeks as we each partake in different forms of a well earned XMAS breaks. From both of us we wish to thank all regular readers and commenters of our little blog for the year that has past, we appreciate you all for taking the time to read, like, dislike and comment on our thoughts on all things movies and look forward to seeing you all next year bigger and better than ever. Until then, merry XMAS and a Happy New Year!
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