Saturday, January 25, 2014

Top 10 movies of 2013

Top 10 movies of 2013

Every other month in 2013, I found myself walking out of a movie theater saying, "best film of the year... hands down!" First it was Warm Bodies in February. Then Before Midnight in May. Then Pacific Rim in July and Prisoners in September. Then it was Gravity and Captain Philips in October. And finally, Wolf of Wall Street in December.

It was a record-breaking year at the box office, but also a fantastic year of award-worthy filmmaking (two scales that rarely correlate). There were brilliant screenplays, moving stories, and outstanding individual performances. In my opinion, Tom Hanks deserves an Oscar just for the final ten minutes of Captain Phillips and the rest of the major acting awards should go to the cast of American Hustle.

But there's more to a "best picture" list than a handful of Oscar-worthy performances, and now that I've had some time to reflect, I think I've finally finalized my lists. Here are my...

... top 10 best films of 2013:
  1. Gravity
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Pacific Rim
  5. Lone Survivor
  6. Blackfish
  7. American Hustle
  8. Her
  9. Frozen
  10. Chasing Ice
...and top 10 favorite movies of 2013:
  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Wolf of Wall Street
  3. Lone Survivor
  4. Blackfish
  5. Prisoners
  6. Gravity
  7. This is the End
  8. Man of Steel
  9. Warm Bodies
  10. Croods
Disagree? I'm sure you do. Let me have it in the comments: