My Top Ten (ish) from 2013

The actual Movie Fiend kindly asked me to repost this. My top ten movies i saw that came out in the theaters last year (some were out in the film festival circuits in 2012, but i didn’t get to catch it until they made it to Landmark Theaters), in no particular order:

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Stoker
(Big fan of the director & Wasikowska. Kidman is deeply respectable actress for taking on projects like this. Park Chan Wook is an artist: as cleanly and purely as he can, he tries to look at his subjects on their own terms. In this case, that of a psychopathic killer. With tenderness.)

 

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The Place Beyond the Pines
(This freakin’ thing is of Greek-tragedy proportion. Glad to see more of Dane Dehaan, too. Gosling will be known as one of the greats if he keeps on making choices he’s been making recently.)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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The Grandmaster
(Here’s Wong Kar Wai getting comfortable with his craft.)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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Warm Bodies
(Everyone’s been dreaming about a movie like this. Also Teresa Palmer is NOT Kristen Stewart.)

 

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Before Midnight
(Realist ending to the franchise.)

 

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Her
(Spike Jonze knows too many intimate details of my imaginary girlfriend)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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Gravity
(this was something new)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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To the Wonder
(Malick Lite. That’s the best of all possible worlds.)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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Frances Ha
(the movie Girl Most Likely wishes to be)
See The Movie Fiend’s review


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About Time
(what’s with Rachel McAdams & time? also, surprisingly relatable.)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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Short Term 12
(quietly powerful. made me think of my friend who does this kind of work)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

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The Spectacular Now
(the Wallflower of 2013, but in a different key. gotta watch Shailene Woodley. she’s gonna be something)
See The Movie Fiend’s review

 

Honorable Mention:
Disconnect
Rush
Prisoners
Enough Said
Ender’s Game
Philomena – see The Movie Fiend’s review
The Bling Ring
The Way Way Back
Dead Man Down
The East – see The Movie Fiend’s review
Inside Llewyn Davis – see The Movie Fiend’s review

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