Saturday, 28 December 2013

My Top Ten Movies of 2013 Part 1

I kept all my ticket stubs from the movies I saw and these were my favourite ones.  Placing them in the order that I saw them in rather than “best” or “favourite” because that’s impossible to choose.

Silver Linings Playbook

I really liked this movie about two broken people coming together and working on a project that helps them (somewhat) sort through their issues.  I thought Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both shone so brightly in this.  I saw this on a miserable rainy day and the audience consisted of middle aged women who clapped loudly during the dance performance at the end.  Despite the matters that the movie deals with, it made me really happy.

The Host

I had absolutely no interest in seeing this one.  All I knew was that it was Stephenie Meyer and that was enough for me.  But then I saw a trailer and I thought “ooh, interesting plot” and so I roped a friend into seeing it and we were both pleasantly surprised by it.  I thought the storyline was interesting and it posed some really quite deep questions about what is good and what is evil.  There was a fantastic fresh take on the tired old love triangle of teen romances and I thought the movie did a great job of world building, which- if you can build me a convincing world in your movie, I will always give you the time of day.  If you let this movie pass you by because of the Twilight connection, I think you should give it a chance.

Star Trek Into Darkness

I have been very grateful to JJ Abrams for his Star Trek reboot.  I am too afraid of the immensity of the Star Trek canon to delve into the TV shows and I have enjoyed that the film series has given me a window into the Star Trek world, without having to sacrifice hours and hours of my time. 

Seeing this on the big screen, you realise just how blue and dreamy Chris Pine’s eyes are.  Which is pretty much worth the price of admission alone.  I saw this movie twice at the cinemas because of Benedict Cumberbatch wearing a long coat I enjoyed it so much.  I really like the “world” of Star Trek and I enjoy the characters.

World War Z

So apparently this movie was absolutely panned by critics and audiences… I don’t know why!  I don’t think it’s any worse than any other action/horror movie ever made.  I CRAZY enjoyed it!!  I sat on the edge of my seat most of the way through it, especially at the end when I chewed through most of my fingernails!  I did get sidetracked by thinking about how darn jetlagged Brad Pitt would be as he flew around the globe, chasing the zombie trail.  But it was really fun and isn’t that what movies are supposed to be?.

The Way Way Back

Oh man, I really loved this movie!  I think I might be one of the only people who saw it but it was so sweet and funny.  It’s a coming of age movie made be the same studio that did “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno” and it’s definitely in the same vein of those movies.  So if you liked those, you’ll like this one.  Sam Rockwell takes a great role in this, as does Steve Carell who is thoroughly unlikeable.  And you know how much I love him. 

1 comment:

  1. First off...I don't think your posts have shown up in my reader...or maybe I just haven't been checking during the times you've posted. Secondly...thank you so much for the Christmas card. It made me smile! We need to set up a little snail package goal for 2014 is not to disappear which I kinda did this year...
    Lastly...I agree with all these movies...well the ones I saw. I didn't see World War Z or The Way Back. I was unsure about The Host but on a whim picked it up at a Red Box and really enjoyed it! Can't wait to see Part 2!