Each person has a different taste in movies. I’ve seen a ton of great lists of the best movies in 2013 this week alone and I must say that I agree with most of the choices. Its interesting to note that not all of these lists agree on their choices 100 percent. I missed some of my favorites so I’m including them in my own roster. So in no particular order, here are my favorite movies for 2013. Check out my full reviews by clicking on the titles. And lastly, no violent reactions, please 😀
With a book as good as Catching Fire, its pretty hard to measure up to one’s imagination. Most of the time, movies fail to fulfill the expectations of book fans leading to anarchy — okay scratch that — violent reactions online that eventually affect the movie’s blockbuster hopes negatively. They often fall in the pit of doing too much or too little. Catching Fire did neither. It relied on instinct and common sense, and a grasp of its source material to guide them through the development of the movie.
Thor: The Dark World
Director Alan Taylor, who also directs for HBO’s Game of Thrones did a great job with the movie, injecting a sleekness to the film that made The Dark World a great sequel. It upped the ante from the first movie and made Thor’s adventure all the more suspenseful and exciting.
Gravity is the type of film that involves the audiences because of the underlying hint of reality in which the film is anchored. It gives viewers a terrifying look into the real dangers of being an astronaut in outer space. While there have been countless Sci Fi movies about space and the heroism of these space pilots, engineers, spacewalkers and explorers, audiences often get caught in the adventure part of the movie that they fail to understand that getting on that first shuttle is already a danger in itself. As the film’s tagline suggested, “don’t let go,” and drifting into nothingness with no inkling where and when, or even if one can find rescue is more horrifying than the idea of battling aliens from an unknown origin.
All in all, I thought that Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was a well made adaptation of a fantasy series. It managed to bring to life the secret world behind New York City, and lifted the veil that separates the magical from the mundanes. One thing I could say, as soon as I got out of the cinema, I was hunting for the books. It seemed though, that a lot of people had the same idea because the bookstore was all out of stock. I, for one, would like to know what happens to Jace and Clary soon and if they continue adapting the following books, count me in.
I liked The Conjuring. It reminded me of a milder version of The Exorcist, which up to now stands as one of the finest possession movies ever made. More than the scares though, I liked how the characters stories’ and experiences connected with each other and eventually how, this played out on the big screen. Highly recommended.
Despicable Me 2 is a movie that would have audiences grinning from the first minute until the last. It is oozing in cheesiness (and sentimentality) but the sheer nerve of owning each over the top skit makes everything work. I can’t even remember the last time I laughed this much in a movie.
Man of Steel was one of the best Superman films I have seen from the franchise. True, there were some tweaks to the original material but most of it made sense so I am not one to complain. One of these is seeing Superman in a different costume. I am still getting used to this new aspect. I think DC managed to set itself apart from Marvel superheroes in terms of approach. They took the more mature route which sells well to adult fans but I’m not so sure if it is very kid-friendly due to the amount of violence in this movie. Man of Steel is truly not your typical superhero movie.
Fast and Furious 6 was a very solid addition to the franchise, not just because of the strong cast but because of great direction from Justin Lin who set the tone in three of the last four FF movies. It had a great story, a kickass soundtrack, very cool cars, a great script, action sequences that sometimes bordered on fantasy — elements that formed a blockbuster movie that is truly entertaining, visually stimulating and thrilling. But for me, it was just so fun to watch the evolution of Dom’s gang from hijackers, to international criminals, to multimillionaires, to government consultants.
Evil Dead is a hard core horror movie. It prides itself in making audiences squirm in their seats, scream, scaring them silly that they are bound to have nightmares for weeks to come. It was a cringe-worthy gorefest that distinguishes itself from its predecessor by being bold and twisted, and daring to spin a classic to something fresh and relateable to a new market.
Olympus Has Fallen
All in all, one man saving the world is still a long shot, but I thought Olympus has Fallen was great. Plus, with Morgan Freeman as acting head of state, how can one go wrong? Kudos to everybody involved in this film. A $70 million budget well spent. I had a lot of fun watching it but I’m afraid some of my hair may have turned gray in the two hours it took to finish the movie because of tension. That and a couple of my nails bitten to excess, but these were sacrifices well worth it.
All in all, Warm Bodies was a fun ride, very entertaining and very cute. The interactions between Julie and R were very sweet and audiences can’t help but exclaim awwww on many scenes. The fact that audiences keep forgetting that R is a zombie (who should really be creepy and gross) is a testament to the success of the pairing. Warm Bodies was light, funny and smart and extremely well put together. Good writing, excellent casting, great scoring, make up and CGI. I can’t help smiling, just thinking about Julie overselling her zombie act, my favorite scene in the book, and in the movie. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.
All things considered, Sharknado was off the hook ridiculous. If I had counted the number of times I shouted “Get in the freaking car, you idiots!”, a lot would have been an understatement. If I counted the amount of laughs I had because of the sheer audacity of the filmmakers to include unbelievable, impossible scenes, a lot would have been an understatement as well. All in all, Sharknado was a craptastic way to spend an hour and a half of my life. And I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything.
it was a really fun movie to watch because the characters were so relatable and the comedy was priceless. It went over the top with the hilarity and the love story and pulled it off with an excellent cast and a director who can do romcom in her sleep. Kudos to Star Cinema and to everyone who made this simple plot magical.