At first, I thought it was just me being a negative guy, but after asking around, I realized that many agreed with me in viewing 2013 as a year in film that didn’t reach quite the level we had hoped for. Of all the movies with great expectations, only a very small percentage of those actually ended up being any good in my opinion. That’s why coming up with my list of Top Ten Films of 2013 felt much more difficult than it should have.
By comparison, my Top Ten List of 2012 was much easier to put together and the year as a whole was leaps and bounds better than what we saw in 2013. I don’t know if any of these 2013 movies outside of my number one would have even made my honorable mentions list if they came out the previous year of. With all that being said, I did manage to add some movies that were good even though I had to scrape around to finally find ten movies that I really liked a lot. Well, without further ado, here is my list:
#10: The World’s End
The trio that brought us Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz finishes off their trilogy with a film that might be the best of the three. Directed by Edgar Wright, The World’s End stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as buddies who find themselves in the middle of a massive invasion that sees extraterrestrials attempting to take over the world. There’s a lot of laughs, a lot of action and a whole lot of alcohol.
Featuring a plethora of component characters based on people who screenwriter Danny Strong interviewed or met while researching for this film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is a movie about the civil rights movement and how it effected lives and changed the world. This is something that looks at it all through the eyes of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a long-standing butler who has spent over thirty years in The White House.
There are a lot of words you can use to describe Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and most of them may contain some adult content. This movie is vastly entertaining and only suitable for adults who are willing to watch movies that have a massive amount of sex, drugs and all the raunchy behavior that goes with it. The film is also Scoresese’s longest film ever.
#7: 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is an effectively brutal film that puts the spotlight on Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his 12 year journey as a slave in the southern parts of America after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. He was subjugated to some of the harsh truths of life back then for a Black person, and that’s what we get to see here with nothing there to soften the blow for him or for those watching the film predicated on his life. 12 Years of Slave has its flaws, but it’s a fine film.
Disconnect is on the side of being unrealistic in terms of how it’s set up, but the film and it’s message is as real as it gets in today’s world. It’s about the many ways that people use the internet these days while it mainly focusing on the dangers that can come from it when it’s utilized in a way that’s not necessarily safe.
Much life the life of Oscar Grant, the film based on him is short and emotionally difficult to watch. Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station is an amazing film that tells its viewers about a young man who couldn’t get far enough away from the past and the trouble that he was doing all he could to leave behind. It’s a heart breaking story that hits you in a way that most movies are unable too regardless of how hard they try.
The Hunt is a standout foreign film from Denmark that boasted some fantastic performances about a story involving a difficult subject to talk about. It speaks about the harsh realities that can come a person’s way when accusations are thrown in their direction. This is the kind of movie that stays with you for a while and shows some of the reasons I truly appreciate foreign films and what they bring to the world of cinema.
#3: Side Effects
Suspense, drama and mystery are the key features in Side Effects. It’s not a typical mystery in the sense that it lets its audience figure things out by leaving an abundance of clues, but it’s entertaining and keeps you interested all the way through its intriguing climax. It also has some great performances with Jude Law leading the way.
Rush is a film that follows the rivalry involving James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), two rival race car drivers who set the formula one world ablaze with their memorable battles during one epic season. Like me, a lot of you have probably never heard of this story, so it may be quite surprising to know that most of this actually took place in real life.
#1: This is the End
I didn’t think that This is the End would be my favorite movie of 2013, but it is, and I really loved this film. It features an all-star cast of comedians starring as themselves as they fight to survive against the many obstacles they face at the end of time. It’s the second end of the world comedy on my list, but unlike the first one, its story is based on the apocalypse that closer to the one in the Bible. Did I also mention that it’s insanely funny?