Best of 2013: Top 10 Films

These are my picks for the ten best movies I saw in 2013.

 

Don Jon movie poster#10. Don Jon

The freshness of Don Jon comes with how blunt and on-point it is with how things come across. As Jon mentions in the film’s intro “There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.”

Jon is as charming as he is one-dimensional and such a thin line between the characters is what brings the comedy to this film. Every character is an exaggeration of their role, each having quirks that they carry for the entire film. This brings clarity with what each brings to the story.

Continue reading… (September 24, 2013)

 

The Wolf of Wall Street#9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Beyond the cocaine, parties and sex is a guy who seemingly has a job to do, much of it is passing his lifestyle and taste for money to his huge group of followers that grows with the film’s progression.

The Wolf of Wall Street depicts sex and drugs and behind that, more sex and even more drugs. There’s little purpose to this film yet it makes a way of life we are supposed to hate into something that, for a brief second, is almost a craving. Repulsive yet desirable. Not that it makes an endless supply of cocaine and prostitutes acceptable but that living a life of no worries, effortless works means you don’t have to ever give a single…

Continue reading… (December 31, 2013)

 

The Place Beyond The Pines poster#8. The Place Beyond The Pines

Two things come to mind with this film. The first is the thought that throughout it, any individual decision made would have resulted in a very different outcome for everyone involved. It’s a recurring thought that continues to trickle down right through to the end.

The other is that honesty seems to play a lacking role to such an extent that, despite his actions, Luke may have been the most honest and genuine character in the film. Such a contrast between his personality and his actions and comparing them to everybody else becomes the film’s strongest point therefore repeatedly relying on the idea that it’s not so much the actions the determines the value of a person but the intention and desired outcome.

Continue reading… (April 15, 2013)

 

Gravity movie poster#7. Gravity

The setting, which is the most striking element of the movie as the backdrop, is always magnificent, whether of earth or the endless outer space. And the word of mouth is right on when emphasizing how spectacular it is.

Most of the film is nerve-wrecking and it can be as such because of just how real and natural it feels. Not only are we faced with the incredible visuals of space and the sense of claustrophobia that can come with it but there’s also the range of emotions captured by Bullock as reaction.

She amazes in her role as Dr. Stone who already feels uneasy from the get-go. Somewhat empty in her personal feelings, she hangs on to life because of natural instinct, not because she desires to, and we see as her instinctive hope of surviving fades with each passing second.

Continue reading… (October 11, 2013)

 

The Conjuring poster#6. The Conjuring

We’re fascinated with the paranormal, even if we don’t belief in it. That small part of our minds can’t help but wonder. Director James Wan takes this and uses it to his advantage to transform a segment of the lives of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren into a larger than life situation involving a family in an Amityville-like scene.

Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren is the highlighted role as she is the one with the troubled past experience and thus the more vulnerable who willingly puts herself at stake in order to approach the situation face-on. This determination is what we see and what pushes The Conjuring ahead of its class.

Continue reading… (July 22, 2013)

 

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