Top 10 Films of 2013|Reid

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Honorable Mentions

  • Before Midnight
  • The Way, Way Back
  • This is the End
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Saving Mr. Banks

 

Top 10

10.  The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese is one of my top three favorite directors of all-time, and his latest film is mightily impressive. A three-hour long dark comedy, driven by top-shelf performances namely Leonardo DiCaprio (who will not win the Academy-Award) who is totally on his A-game. The Wolf of Wall Street is the craziest film on my list.

9. Gravity

Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron  is a highly reliable director. I will never be going to space so that possibly takes away a little bit of intensity. Gravity is such a cool, unique, never-before seen experience that was purely meant for IMAX. It knew what it was and it was an awesome ride.

8. Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

This one is a bit divisive. The harsh realism this film brings to the screen may be too unwieldy for some. For me it was an effective drama with one of the best endings to a film in 2013. Christian Bale gives one of his best performances and the rest of the cast is also terrific.

7. American Hustle

American Hustle

A few minor gripes with the pacing aside, American Hustle is a one-of-a-kind film. It is not a full-blown comedy, but it definitely is not a drama. It is really funny, and exciting. The performances are impeccable, one of the best ensembles of 2013. David O’ Russell hits again and he is truly a force to be reckoned with.

6. 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

12 years is a long time, and director Steve McQueen makes us endure what feels like 12 years. 12 Years a Slave is the hardest film to watch from 2013. It is near unbearable, and some may find that as a negative. I see it as huge plus to the film. If I walk away from a film about slavery happy, then something is wrong. This film moved me, making me want to be better as a person, and it takes a lot for a movie to just that.

5. The Hunt

The Hunt

I do not see many foreign films, because it is harder to get around to them, however The Hunt is a must see. This film will make you angry, frustrated, and ultimately upset. Mads Mikkelsen is superb in this realistic drama. This film is one of the most powerful films of 2013.

4. The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

These next three choices are interchangeable. This film is unique, original, and driven by an ensemble that totally rocks. The screenplay is a huge boost to the film. The cinematography is incredible as well. This film had the highest initial reaction from me.

3. The Worlds End

The Worlds End

This beer induced comedy is hysterical, energetic, nerdy, goofy, and down-right awesome. Edgar Wright proves once again that he knows his way around an action scene, and knows how to deliver side-splitting humor. Simon Pegg and friends deliver the comedy seamlessly and this happens to be the most re-watchable film of 2013 in my opinion.

2. Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are the most consistent directors living today. Every film of theirs is a favorite of mine. Their dry humor, use of music, cameos, and their writing are all reasons why I love them so much. This film is a bit more depressing, but it is also interesting, funny, and entertaining. Oscar Isaac deserves an Oscar nomination for his down-to-earth portrayal of a struggling musician in the folk-scene of the 1960’s. He is not always likeable but you are sympathetic to his character because you just want something good for him.

1. Prisoners

Prisoners

Prisoners is the greatest ensemble all year. Everybody is there for a purpose. Hugh Jackman gives what I believe is his best performance. Jake Gyllenhaal also gives his best performance as a detective. I originally gave this film a 4.5/5 but now I’d give it a perfect score no matter the rating scale. The procedural format of detective work is so interesting. The cinematography is the year’s best as well from the master Roger Deakins. The music by Johann Johannson also is impeccable. Classics such as The Godfather or Casablanca, are not famous for just one thing. It is not just the acting, or just the script. It is everything that makes it so famous. Every detail and composition creates the fame. Prisoners in my mind is the perfect example of pure cinema

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