Top 13 Favourite Movies of 2013
13. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Article by: Geek Girl Wandering Dana
Here's my *SPOILER FREE* list of my top 13 favourite movies of 2013! I am by no means a movie critic, nor do I claim to be, this is just a personal list. Please leave your recommendations for me in the comments, I'd love to hear what you guys would add to your lists and I'd love more cool movies to watch! :D (Also I cheated I haven't seen Anchorman 2 or Gravity yet, DOH!)
: CONFESSION: I have not had a chance to see this movie yet, but I am too big of an Anchorman fan to exclude it. So I can't properly rank it as of yet. I am almost certain it would make my list though based on my love for Will Ferrell and the first movie. I don't know how to put this but, it's kind of a big deal...
: SECOND CONFESSION: I haven't seen this movie either, but it felt like an injustice to leave it out. I've heard such great things about it and it's at the top of many other best of 2013 lists. The trailer looked awesome to me, even though I'm neither a Bullock nor Clooney fan. I actually never saw it in the theatre since my boyfriend despises Sandra Bullock as an actress so much he refused to go, lol. So again, this movie is not fairly ranked, but I assure you I have seen all the following movies on this list...
11. The Wolverine
: I thought this was so much better than the Origins: Wolverine movie. Hugh Jackson makes a perfect Wolverine, his acting was solid. I also really liked Rila Fukushima as Yukio. Overall it was a good movie, I didn't find it as fun as some of the other Marvel movies which I generally prefer, but still very entertaining.
10. Thor: The Dark World
: This movie was entertaining and looked awesome. I didn't like it as much as the first Thor movie, but overall it was fun. Tom Hiddleston as Loki was of course my favourite part (said every fangirl ever, lol). And my favourite movie poster was this fan-made poster which a Chinese movie theatre used by accident... classic...
9. Man of Steel
: So I'm not really a big Superman fan personally (queue then near rage, hehe) so I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. As a sci-fi fan I really liked the way Krypton looked at the beginning, especially in 3D. The Matrix babies may have taken it a bit far, but oh well. I think Henry Cavill makes a great Supes, Amy Adams pulled off Lois Lane and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue were awesome as the bad guys. It bothered me a little that he didn't even try to draw the fighting away from Smallville or Metropolis to reduce damage and casualties and even managed to wreck a satellite, lol, but he makes up for it by not wearing his undies on the outside... ;)
8. The World's End
: I was a little worried when I went to watch this movie that it wouldn't be able to stand up to This Is the End, the other apocalypse comedy blockbuster of the year, but I think it did. I knew it would be good since it was written and starred in by Simon Pegg, a geek hero of mine. I really, really liked the ending (which I won't spoil for anyone), I didn't see it coming at all. And I may be wrong, but it seemed a little bit inspired by Douglas Adams' (another geek hero of mine) work when he was talking to the aliens in the pub. Definitely a fun, funny movie with an interesting moral message.
: Sharks. Tornado. Sharknado. 'Nuff said.
...except I'm actually going to say more. Obviously this movie was epically terrible. But it was so terrible that it became genius. Anyone taking this movie seriously is doing it wrong. I have a soft spot for low-budget, painfully bad movies which is why I love movies made by The Asylum (yes I even watched Atlantic Rim). I'll just say it, I laughed my ass off during this movie. It may have been the beer, but my face literally hurt from laughing. I loved it. I have no complaints at all, the inconsistencies and horrible acting/dialogue only added to my delight. I almost wanted to put it higher on the list, but I'm not sure legitimately liking something and liking something sarcastically are the same thing. So I'll just leave you with this...
6. Star Trek Into Darkness
: I'm a lifelong Trekker, I've been watching Star Trek since I was a little girl and I've seen every episode of every series and every movie multiple times. Basically I love all things Trek. Now we all know the new Trek isn't exactly what Rodenberry envisioned (putting it lightly), but times change and audiences expect shiny new things. At least J. J. Abrams toned down the lens flare in this one (huzzah!) and it's was a fun action movie in space. With Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan you can't really go wrong.
: I've been a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp & Sharlto Copley ever since District 9 so I was really looking forward to this movie. It had a few flaws but did not disappoint. I love the world Blomkamp created in Elysium and I feel like it's eerily close to where we are headed if we don't drastically change our ways and start addressing economic disparity in our societies. My main complaint with the movie (although it didn't stop me from liking the movie overall) is the ending, it felt way too 'happy' for my liking. I can't really go into it any further without spoilers. I was pleasantly surprised with Matt Damon's performance since I'm not generally a fan of his, all I can ever think of when I hear his name is this (hehe)...
4. Iron Man 3
: This movie was fun and funny, which is really all I ever really want from an Iron Man movie. It was no Iron Man, but I did like it better than Iron Man 2. There were certainly some problems, his panic attacks seemed unnecessary and out of character and I didn't like the 'fireworks' at the end at all. He better get back to work building suits asap! But besides all that I loved it. I liked his little kid sidekick and their interactions and Pepper Potts rocked! I know comic purists hated it, but I thought what they did with the Mandarin was hilarious and a smart misdirection. Also one of my fav funny scenes of the year is when Tony talks to one of his biggest fans in the van, here's more in the outtakes...
3. This Is the End
: This movie was epically hilarious. The theatre I was in was howling with laughter through the whole movie. But if you don't like vulgar humour it's not for you, it was definitely an R rated movie. These are some of my fav comedic actors and they were all super funny. It's no surprise that I loved this movie, I've been patently awaiting it's existence ever since 2007 with the release of the short film trailer for Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, which inspired the full length movie...
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
: I loved the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and I loved this movie just as much. Martin Freeman is absolutely perfect as Bilbo. Actually all the casting choices were perfect in my eyes. And I have to say I have absolutely no problem with the addition of Tauriel (yes purists, we all know she's not in the book you can stop whining about it now), in fact I loved her character and am thankful she was added. Frankly Tolkien's work is severely lacking in the female department so I completely understand the reasoning. The movie is of course visually stunning, as all Peter Jackson's LoTR movies are. The 3D was great, not overdone it just enhanced it nicely. And finally we get to Smaug, perhaps the best casting of all, Benedict Cumbersmaug...
And my favourite cameo, did you spot Stephen Colbert as a hooded spy in Laketown? Well here he is...
1. Pacific Rim
: Giant mechs vs giant monsters, FTW! This movie rocked, it was such a fun summer blockbuster. Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi both killed it as Raleigh and Mako. The movie didn't waste any time and just got right into the good stuff. I loved watching the Jaegers fight the Kaiju and it was great to see humanity working together to fight their enemy. To be honest I didn't think I would like Pacific Rim as much as I did, I thought it would just be another cliche action movie, but damn it's just SO AWESOME! I can only hope Godzilla will be as epic. So I'll just leave you with Marshall's speech from the end of the movie, the best inspirational speech from a leader since the president in Independence Day... "Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!"
Also for bonus enjoyment here's ArcAttack playing the Pacific Rim Theme on Tesla Coils...
Lastly, here's a few honourable mentions that didn't quite make the list: Europa Report
, The Hangover Part III
. Oh and I few more I haven't got a chance to see yet but want to: Now You See Me
, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I hope you all enjoyed my list! What movies would you add to your list? Did I miss something awesome? Please leave your recommendations in the comments...
-GG Wandering Dana
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December 31 2013