Ok, Ok I am late to the party as usual, but better late than never right? This list was originally posted in January of 2013. Here is a list of my top ten movies of 2013 they are in NO particular order other than the number one spot, I hard a hard enough time making a list don’t ask me to score each one of them, so here goes nothing.
1) Fruitvale Station
This was by far my number one film of 2013. I am usually not a fan of movies when I already know how they are going to end but Fruitvale Station changed me in a way I am not sure I can describe. Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant’s life, which was taken far to soon by a Bart Officer in the Bay area. First time director Ryan Coogler did an amazing job of not only telling a moving story but also painting a full picture of Oscar Grant’s Life, without being one sided. Michael B. Jordan’s performance was absolutely brilliant and moving and personally I think he was robbed of an Oscar Nomination even though I know this was an amazing year for film and actors. With a fabulous supporting cast this moving story has not only stayed with me, but also truly changed my life. If you see any film on this list this is the one you NEED to see.
2) Inside lleywn Davis
As a huge fan of the Coen Brothers I was extremely excited for this film but was not ready to fall in love and become completely smitten with its lead character Llewyn Davis played by the smoldering Oscar Isaac. Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a struggling singer in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. In true Coen brothers fashion the cinematography is amazing, the script is witty and the characters are rich. Oscar Issac brings a depth and soul to his performance that careers are made of. Llewyn at his best is arrogant, self centered, unapologetic, rude, and almost a total failure but because of the way Oscar portrays him you can’t help but fall in love with him and his music, because it is when you hear him sing that you can see into his soul and how he so wants to survive but only on his terms. With Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Adam Driver, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake you are taken on a journey, A Coen Brothers masterpiece full of heart and soul.
3) Saving Mr. Banks
You may never see Mary Poppins the same after seeing Saving Mr. Banks and it will be all well worth it. How often do we get a glimpse into seeing the world of Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) himself, the passion he had for story telling and the lengths he was willing to go to not only keep a promise to his children but to share an enchanting story a whole generation would grow up on. I can’t tell you how many memories I have as not only a child but also as a nanny that don’t involve a song from Mary Poppins. Saving Mr. Banks brings us on a magical story on how Mary Poppins came to be and the story behind P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) beloved character. It is a beautiful story of life, love, family, and how much our pasts can define our future. It will warm your heart and make you think twice about how you live your own life all while being full of that Walt Disney magic we have all grown up to love.
4) Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Not often in film can we say a sequel is ever just as good if not better than the first film in the franchise but I think it’s pretty safe to say that Hunger Games: Catching Fire succeeded. There is nothing not to love with this film; the characters, the costumes, the story and the cinematography are all just as stunning as the first film. As a fan of the book series I was so afraid that these films would be brutal but I have never been so happy, with the exception of the Harry Potter Franchise, with a film adaptation of a novel. Jennifer Lawrence is a perfect Katniss Everdeen and role model for every young woman in love with this franchise. I can’t wait for the final two films, if the first two can tell us anything, the last two will be breathtaking.
5) Out Of The Furnace
Directed by Scott Cooper Out Of The Furnace is the story of two brothers Rodney and Russell Baze living in the economically depressed rust belt. If you were a fan of Scott Coopers Crazy Heart than you will also love Out Of The Furnace. The film is about life choices, sacrifices and how mistakes can affect and change the rest of your lives. The story unfolds a bit slowly but is so powerful that you don’t mind. Between Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson the performances in this film are enough to have your complete attention. Harrelson is terrifying as Harlan and this role in unlike anything he has ever done. Cooper shows real life in a way I cannot describe, his attention to detail is astounding and he can tell a story that will pull on your heart for months on end. The final scene of this movie stayed with me for days and I continue to think about the struggle and sacrifices shown in this film. Fun Fact Director Scott Cooper would not make this film without Christian Bale as the lead, much like Crazy Heart he writes specifically with an actor in mind and will not waiver! I love that about Cooper!
6) Dallas buyers club
Every once in while there comes a movie that is so powerful that you are forever changed. You are taken to a place where all you are consumed with are the people you are watching, who no longer are actors playing characters but instead you see a person, a friend, someone you are invested in emotionally and are torn apart at the thought you may have to leave them. Dallas Buyers Club was that movie for me. Not only was it a brilliant story with out of this world acting, but it was also an important story that will have a part in changing the world. Film and movies are a wonderful escape but when you can make a beautiful film and change the world at the same time now that to me is pure perfection.
7) Place Beyond The Pines
Place Beyond The Pines is the story of a daredevil motorcycle rider who turns to burglary to provide for his lover and newborn child. This story is filled with twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the end of the film. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, & Eva Mendes performances are gritty and astounding in roles that are not the norm for each of them. The story is riddled with stunts, corruption, and a collision course of life that will have you gasping for answers all the way to the end.
8) Spring breakers
Let me start of by saying I did NOT want to see this movie at all. I saw Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, & Ashley Benson and something told me to stay away. Yes I will admit that I completely judged a movie by its poster and wouldn’t even watch a trailer. Then I was nudged into watching it once I was told that Harmony Korine who had written KIDS not only wrote but also directed Spring Breakers, now I was completely on board. While KIDS was far before its time, edgy and sometimes disturbing to watch it was dark and brilliant all at the same time. I had high hopes for Spring Breakers once I learned of Harmony’s involvement and she did NOT let me down. The story follows four college girls who will do just about anything to not only go to Spring Break but to have the time of their lives once they are there. It is every parent’s worst nightmare. There isn’t a thing I dislike about this film, from the music, to the story; to the acting it is all almost surreal. It is like KIDS edgy, dark and unforgettable. James Franco is the stand out to me in this film; he is almost unrecognizable and amazing as a scary, thrill-seeking white trash rapper.
Come on it’s Disney, it’s princess’s and have I mentioned the coolest snowman ever. Frozen made me top ten because still on a daily basis I find myself singing either “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” or “Let It Go”. Frozen gave us the most relatable and adorable Disney Princess yet with Anna, played by Kristen Bell. Move over Frosty because there is a new snowman in town and Olaf has already stolen America’s heart, why you ask, well his sparkling personality, his comedic timing and well because “some people are just worth melting for”. Of course this is a Disney Princess movie so there is of course the seemingly evil sister, and the spell that can only be broken by true loves kiss, but don’t pass on seeing this one. It will have you laughing, singing, and if you’re anything like me you will be crying by the end.
This movie was not at all what I expected, to me this was very much a coming of age tale about two boys learning about life and the reality of the real world and the truth about true love. Oddly enough the person they learn it all from is a fugitive they find in the woods, the boys make a pact to protect the fugitive, played by Mathew McConaughey, help him get away from authorities, and reunite him with his one true love. I loved everything about this film, from the grittiness of scenery, the reality of life, and that sometimes you learn about life in strangest of ways and how it can define you and forever have an impact on how you live your life from that moment on.
I had to leave room for my honorable mentions, films that I loved in 2013 but didn’t make it to my top ten list, and I am sure I forgot a few. Here is my 2013 Honorable Mention List for Great films:
Iron man 3,
Fast and furious 6,
Now you see me,
The best man holiday,
Thor: The Dark World,
If there are any films on here that you have not seen, I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I did. 2014 is setting up to be an amazing year in film and I can’t wait to share my list with you all next year!