The Best Movies of 2013: #86 – #66
Hey, everybody! Long time no blog.
Apologies for the sudden four-month absence around these parts. Work’s been hella busier and I’ve been shifting my creative juices to brave new frontiers as of late. More on that later.
Didn’t manage to break triple digits this time and I also missed out on a handful of keepers (eg: Captain Phillips, Short Term 12, Battle of the Year). Nevertheless, 86 is a crap ton of movies and it’s time I gave ’em their due. So without further ado, let’s get this party started.
Was really hoping for one of those “so bad it’s good” situations, but hope can be a funny thing.
85. A Good Day to Die Hard (Full Review)
That’ll do, Bruce. That’ll do.
84. The Last Stand (Full Review)
If it hadn’t been by one of my favorite directors these days – the same guy who gave us this and this – I’m guessing I wouldn’t have been such an utter buzzkill. Seriously though, check those movies if you haven’t already.
83. The Bling Ring (Full Review)
Great opening credits, but all press is good press for the little assholes that inspired this.
82. The Kings of Summer
A crowd favorite that just didn’t do it for me. Tried way too hard for its own good.
81. Admission (Full Review)
White people, right?
80. Jack the Giant Slayer (Full Review)
Big fan of everyone involved here, just not sure why there were involved.
79. Elysium (Full Review)
Not a fan.
So much potential, could have been a blast, never managed to capitalize on either fronts.
77. Oblivion (Full Review)
Eye candy can only do so much to save a Frankenscript like this.
76. The Bitter Buddha (Full Review)
Still not sure how I feel about this guy.
75. Epic (Full Review)
Just another Pixar knockoff with Pitbull and Beyonce, which is fine. Little brother dug it and that’s all I was really hoping for.
74. World War Z (Full Review)
Just another zombie movie that could have been so much more.
73. Venus and Serena
Theirs is a story worthy of film and it does make some astute points about how male and female athletes are viewed in the public eye. Still, seems like a random, anticlimactic time to share their story with the world.
72. Prince Avalanche
Felt like I was watching the artsiest locker-r0om conversation ever cut to film. Killer ‘stache on Rudd, though.
71. To the Wonder (Full Review)
Points for appearances and doing something different. Could have used some more focus, though.
70. Future Weather
Never really clicked with me, bummed it didn’t.
69. The Wolf of Wall Street
Don’t get me wrong; it’s incredibly well-made, liked it a lot more than I expected to and it’s one of Leo’s best performances. But the fact remains: fuck Jordan Belfort. People like Belfort shouldn’t be rewarded for doing what they did, especially with an Oscar-nominated movie that paints him as a hero of sorts, a hero that douchebags far and wide will celebrate and idolize like he’s Tony Montana. Could have afforded to lose an hour, too. Alright, stepping off the soapbox…
68. It’s a Disaster (Full Review)
Inspired premise that never really caught its stride until the final scene. Great final scene though.
67. Only God Forgives
Actually kinda dug it until those last 15 minutes. No coming back from that.
66. The Spectacular Now
Pretty misleading title, huh?
Alright, sports fans. See you tomorrow for the next 15.