Another year passes by and what can we say? That we've had an overdose of action films, blockbusters, effects driven films, sequels and a butt load of comic book films. Couldn't we say the same thing for almost every year of the past few?
Sadly that's how things are and that's how audiences prefer it to be. Lower quality movies don't come out because their exist only a finite amount of good filmmakers, but because people pay lots of money to see those incompetent men and women or misdirected men and women create this crap and then sell it to us.
Nevertheless good films did exist this year. The usual Oscar bait films that sometimes annoy or astound were decent enough (Gravity, 12 Years A Slave). Many underrated indie gems once again were forgotten sooner than deserved (Stoker, The Place Beyond the Pines) and then they were even the usual bunch of blockbuster or niche movie types that were great (Pacific Rim, Man of Tai Chi), but not marketable to the larger group of audiences around the world.
Anyhow, posthaste and on to the list!
the best films of 2013
- Her by Spike Jonze trailer review
- 12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen trailer review
- The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese trailer review
- About Time by Richard Curtis trailer review
- Stoker by Chan-wook Park trailer review
- The Place Beyond the Pines by Derek Cianfrance trailer review
- Blue is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche trailer review
- American Hustle by David O. Russel trailer review
- Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt trailer review
- Before Midnight by Richard Linklater trailer review
honorable mentions in alphabetical order:
- 42 by Brian Helgeland trailer
- Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen trailer review
- Dom Hemingway by Richard Shepard trailer
- Ender's Game by Gavin Hood trailer review
- Much Ado About Nothing by Josh Whedon trailer review
- Nebraska by Alexander Payne trailer
- The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola trailer review
- The East by Zal Batmanglij trailer review
- The Man of Tai Chi by Keanu Reeves trailer review
- The Unknown Known by Errol Morris trailer
the worst films of 2013
- I Spit On Your Grave 2 by Steven R. Monroe trailer review
- Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine trailer review
- Scary Movie by David Zucker trailer review
- Evil Dead by Fede Alvarez trailer review
- Nymphomaniac by Lars von Trier trailer review
- Grown Ups 2 by Dennis Dugan trailer review
- A Haunted House by Michael Tiddes trailer review
- Now You See Me by Louis Leterrier trailer review
- Getaway by Courtney Solomon trailer review
- Homefront by Gary Fleder trailer
P.S. As always this a ever-evolving list. I haven't seen all the films of 2013 and there are many more I still wish to see. So even if some are not on the list, that doesn't mean they wont be later or that they don't deserve to be.
List of all the films I saw this year (from best to worst): HERE
updated as of June 7, 2014