Now, with the worst out of the way, it’s time to get into the cream of the crop. The best movies of 2013 and believe me, there were some of the best to come this year from every genre across. There were some unexpected surprises, from the popcorn summer flick to the Oscar contender that won people’s hearts and minds to the little flick that hit close to home to you.
Now with that said, like the last one, I haven’t seen all the 2013 movies but a good fraction of them and they were some movies that I wanted to see by year’s end like The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and……well, that’s pretty much it but I haven’t got a chance to see it. Maybe I will during the Oscar race coming up and it could possibly be on my list, which is if I update it or not but let us reflect on this year’s best in cinema.
Remember, as I said before, THIS IS NOT A FORMAL REVIEW!! It is just my biased opinion.
10. IRON MAN 3 – courtesy of MARVEL STUDIOS / PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Yeah, I liked Iron Man 3 and what? But, yes, I heard many people bitching about the outcome of this movie and how it’s not like the comics or some shit like that and the fact of that is…..I really don’t give a damn about that. This movie is still a fun blast to watch and it’s also entertaining, as of every Marvel movie has been doing recently. It shows that after the events of The Avengers, some things have affected him in his work, he can be just as powerful and badass even without the Iron Man Suit, which does make it more of an interesting storyline in the movie, plus it all paid off in the end with the massive amounts of Iron Men plus War Machine and Pepper Potts into the action as well. This is a step-up from Iron Man 2 (which I still liked) and definitely doesn’t stray from being an overall enjoyable summer movie.
9. DON JON – courtesy of RELATIVITY MEDIA / HITRECORD FILMS
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his directorial debut and this was a well-done effort from him. Since (400) Days of Summer, it shows that Gordon-Levitt takes a different approach in romantic comedies as he shows them how typical and Hollywood they are and the approach of how men and women differently think of romantic situations. One thinks it’s like porn. The other a schlocky romantic movie. With those clash, can a functional relationship be formed from this? Well, see the movie to find out and before you say anything, no, Scarlett Johannson does not get naked in this, so go to the internet for that. Point is, Don Jon is definitely one of the best films of the year.
8. FROZEN – courtesy of DISNEY / WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS
I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to add this into the list. Hell, not many animated movies this year was going to be on the list and most of them weren’t terrible, just not good enough to be on this list. But what made me put Frozen on this list? While this may partially be a musical and I really don’t like nor care for many musicals, this is actually good. It didn’t felt like a song number every 5 minutes or so and some of the songs were excellent. Plus, it does trumps the Disney princess stereotype of meeting some guy and wanting to marry him after you met him for a short time (although I think Enchanted did that before). It’s also a good one to watch with your kids (if you got any) or other parts of your family, but yeah, like I said before, you should probably see this.
7. MUD – courtesy of LIONSGATE / ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
Once again, I never expected to like this movie or even think about seeing it but I did and I was amazed by it. I like this coming-of-age tale where it explores this teenage boy in rural Arkansas whether it involves his friends, a girl he has a crush on, meeting this strange guy in the middle of nowhere and it really does felt engaging and not at all sappy or unnecessary uncouth. Performances all around are very damn excellent from Matthew McConaughey, who still manages to bring us great performances ever since 2011 and to Tye Sheridan, who also delivered a great performance out of him.
6. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – courtesy of FOCUS FEATURES / SKE
This is definitely one of the more interesting pieces of cinema released in 2013 for me. Maybe it’s the way of the story of it went to this motorcycle stuntman to the officer who was heralded a hero for taking down a large criminal to fifteen years later where the truth does eventually get laid down. All the performances from Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, and even Eva Mendes were excellent and I don’t know if some find it overrated or underrated, although this was shown @ TIFF in 2012 but still, I really did dug this movie.
5. FRUITVALE STATION – courtesy of THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Wow, this movie really hits home not only for me, but I think for all of us that seen this movie. Many of us felt for Oscar Grant and what happened to him as he wasn’t made to be some golden boy but a man who fucked up in his past and wants to do right for his daughter, mother, and woman. This hits all in the right emotions but isn’t that melodramatic and it is very low-key. Michael B. Jordan…..you got to give up for that guy. This is an actor I hope to have many future roles in films….good roles, mind you and also Octavia Spencer is also a great highlight in this movie as well. In other words, not only this movie was good, but it’s also vital to everyone.
4. PACIFIC RIM – courtesy of WARNER BROS. / LEGENDARY PICTURES
YES!!!!! The one movie that got me hyped all summer long and it definitely earned the hype. I mean, yeah, this is a dumb action movie but an enjoyable dumb action movie that isn’t trying to be another Transformers movie or some other Hollywood type of movie like that. This is custom-made for that 12-year-old version of yourself that’s either a Kaiju or any other giant creature fan, an anime fan (like myself), and just a fan of giant spectacle action movies. Granted, there were some moments where you wonder why couldn’t they did this earlier but yet that never came across my mind because I was too busy enjoying the hell out of this.
3. 12 YEARS A SLAVE – courtesy of FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
Now, this is a very crucial film to go through while watching that, since as you already know, this is a slavery movie, and this brought out the right emotions in here, through anger, heartbreak, relief, and worry but not because of the quality of the movie but of what’s happening on screen. While being that, this is an excellent-performed film. Chiewtel Ejitfor delivers a solid performance as Solomon Northup and Michael Fassbender is a scary motherfucker throughout the movie. Hell, I would either be scared of him or possibly want to beat his ass in the movie. He’s that fucking good in it.
2. THE WORLD’S END – courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURES / WORKING TITLE
The Cornetto Trilogy is now complete and with The World’s End, it is a fitting end to what I consider one of the funniest comedy trilogies in the last decade. I knew director Edgar Wright’s works are always a pleasure to view or anything the material he’s associated with. It is now good to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play roles that are vastly different than what roles they usually play in these movies and the fact it never felt predictable. I never felt like it was going to end like this or if it was going to fuck up and thankfully, it doesn’t fuck up. I can’t wait to see what Edgar Wright can do more past-Cornetto with Ant-Man coming up 2015.
GRAVITY – courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURES
The experience of this movie just amazes me. It is something to watch in 3D or IMAX 3D, if you can afford it and my God, it was worth it. To me, this is a pseudo-horror film, given that it was released in October and close to my birthday, where the fear of dying in outer space does get to me and trying to survive and make it down to Earth alive but things keep on messing up, not that I want to be an astronaut in the first place because I don’t. I’m also glad that it is 90 minutes long because I feel that is the appropriate runtime for this one as towards the end you might feel the length of it. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney does bring great performances since they are the only people in the movie, well, only main ones. The others are either by voice or red shirts. This is definitely my pick of the best movie of 2013.
OK, now for the honorable mentions that wasn’t on the list, but then again, you are still worth watching and you rock.
ELYSIUM – courtesy of TRISTAR PICTURES / MEDIA RIGHTS CAPITAL
Many people said this movie was good but wasn’t up to par with District 9, although even without comparing it, this is still a cool sci-fi flick from Neil Blomkapp.
FAST AND FURIOUS 6 – courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Since the fourth installment, these movies keep getting better and better and the fact it is more like a straight-up action flick than just about racing cars and it helps that this entry has made the overall franchise come to full circle as we wait for the next installment…..although it’ll be in 2015 since it was post-poned due to Paul Walker’s tragic yet ironic death.
THIS IS THE END – courtesy of COLUMBIA PICTURES
The end of the world has never been funnier with the likes of Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson (in a better comedic role), Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride in this flick. I know I had a good time watching this movie in the summer and definitely one of the better comedy movies released this year.
KICK ASS 2 – courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURES
OK, going in knowing that it isn’t Matthew Vaughn directing this and I know some friends who read the comic and said that piece of work was vile, I was afraid for it but when I finally said it, it was actually a good flick. Sure, not as good as the first, but I still happen to like it but I can do without that shit stick gag. HOW I HATE THAT FUCKING GAG!
And there you go. That is my Top 10 list of THE BEST MOVIES OF 2013 by me, The Blue Hybrid.
And here’s hoping for a better 2014 as it quickly going to come by.
Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
And have a happy new year.