It was a very good year for movies, don’t you think!? With the Oscars around the corner, it’s time for me to finalize my favorite films of 2013. I love watching movies—especially in the theater—and I caught 43 new flicks this year. Whenever I see a new movie, I insert the title into a running ranked list. Then, at the end of the year (actually, a month or so into the next year, as many new releases are scheduled over the holidays), I make adjustments based on how strongly the movie’s story still resonates. So without further adieu…
1. American Hustle
2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
3. The Place Beyond the Pines
4. August: Osage County
5. About Time
6. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7. 12 Years a Slave
9. Inside Llewyn Davis
10. The Wolf of Wall Street
Honorable mentions: Austenland (for making me laugh out loud so very, very hard; a Pride and Prejudice fan’s must), Saving Mr. Banks (for Paul Giamatti, who slays me, always), 20 Feet From Stardom (for making me appreciate back-up singers), Captain Phillips (for Tom Hanks in an Oscar-worthy final scene), Short Term 12 (for Brie Larson, star in the making), World War Z (for making me like a zombie movie – what!?!?), The Great Gatsby (for eye candy), and Thor 2 (for Loki, who needs his own film franchise).
What I wish I hadn’t wasted time on: Quartet (we don’t even get to hear them SING!?), Despicable Me 2 (not the same magic as the original), and Gangster Squad (was it supposed to be satire?)
What I didn’t get around to seeing but wish I had: Mud and The Book Thief.
Now it’s your turn. What were your favorites? Please share them in the comments!
P.S. – I’ve been making movie-related top 10 and best-0f lists for a long time. Here’s where you can find them for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003. And, I also have a Top Movies of the Decade list, representing 2000 to 2010.