2013 has been over for a month already, but I’m finally confident in putting together a list of the Top 13 movies I don’t think you should have missed from 2013. Most of these should be out on DVD/Blu-ray already, but you may have to wait for a few of them. There were some great movies that came out at the end of the year during the big Oscar push, but there were also some fun movies from the beginning of the year that I enjoyed. This is not a list of my overall favorite movies from 2013, it’s just a list of movies I don’t think you should miss if you’re a fan of movies (all genres). And I’m sure some of your favorites from this year won’t be here, and that’s fine, let me know what those were in the comments so I can make sure I check them out if I haven’t already.
These movies are in no particular order.
The Wolf of Wall Street
This was definitely one of my favorite movies of 2013. Leonardo DiCaprio is incredible in it, but Jonah Hill was my favorite character. Drugs, women, money and power… what more could a guy ask for in a movie. Even though it comes in at 2 hrs and 59 minutes, I was never bored and actually found myself wanting more.
Is Lone Survivor the best war movie since “Saving Private Ryan”? Maybe… but I don’t think I’d categorize it as the same type of flick. Both are war movies, but Lone Survivor is basically one long gun fight. Some people thought it was a little slow to get going, but I thought it was perfect. Once the gunfire starts, it never stops. It’s an intense flick.
I really didn’t think I’d like this movie since I don’t believe George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts, but after watching it I found it to be quite stunning visually which makes up for the weird casting. Not that the actors were bad in it, they are just too pretty in my eyes for these roles. Just like Lone Survivor, once the action in this movie starts, it keeps you on the edge of your seat for the remaining running time.
Prisoners is probably the only real “drama” movie on this list. Sure, some of the others above have been dramatic, but not in the same way that this one is. Every parent fears their kid(s) being kidnapped and what they would do in that situation, and this movie hits on all facets of that very fear. Great performances, decent pacing, overall a solid flick if you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic.
This isn’t the first time a James Wan movie will appear on this list. Wan has a knack for creating suspense and storytelling, which is evident by Insidious 2. I thought it was extremely smart how he linked things back to the first one as well. Great horror movie if you’re in to that kind of thing.
The World’s End
In my eyes Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can do no wrong when they have Edgar Wright behind them. The World’s End was fun, smart and genuinely enjoyable to watch. I thought it did a great job of rounding out the Cornetto trilogy, and I can’t wait to see more from these guys.
Despite the predictable story and ending, and the semi-terrible acting, I enjoyed this movie a lot for what it was. It’s a horror/slasher movie where a group of people start brutally murdering the inhabitants of a house for seemingly no reason at all. It doesn’t do anything that we haven’t seen done before, but it’s still a fun little flick.
Giant robots beating the shit out of giant monsters that rise out of a inter-dimensional portal under the ocean… what could possibly be better than that. Well, for one, the dialogue was a downright terrible at times, the lead actor is good in Sons of Anarchy, but not here, and the ending was a little too cliche for me. But that’s not what you’re watching this movie for, you’re watching for the giant robots fighting monsters, while Charlie Day runs around like a crazy scientist.
This is the End
This is one of those movies that I’ve heard a lot of people say that they absolutely hated, but at the same time I’ve heard a lot of people say the exact opposite. If you’re not a fan of Seth Rogan, James Franco, Danny McBride and those guys, then you’re not going to like this. But if you like that brand of low-brow comedy, then this is right up there with Pineapple Express. I will say though, Michael Cera steals the show whenever he’s on screen.
Fast and Furious 6
Love em or hate em, the Fast and Furious movies aren’t going anywhere. Even with the sad passing of Paul Walker, part 7 is still slated to come out in 2015. This movie is just over-the-top ridiculous in every way possible, and it’s amazing. Shut off your brain for 2 hours and just get lost in the ridiculous that is this movie. If you go into this thinking it’s going to be something it’s not, then you’re going to be disappointed, but go in with expectations of crazy action and you should be pretty satisfied when it’s over.
I know a lot of people out there thought they were crazy for remaking one of the classics, but the Evil Dead remake stands on it’s own two feet. It’s definitely not the same movie as Sam Raimi’s comedy/horror movie fro the 80’s; hell, it doesn’t even have any comedy aspects to it, but if you just take it for what it is, it’s a fun, gruesome, bloody horror romp through the woods.
Who knew that, that little kid from The Wire would turn in to such an outstanding adult actor. Michael B. Jordan is fast becoming one of my favorite actors as of late and Fruitvale Station wouldn’t be the same without him. Gritty, raw and emotional as all hell, this movie is up there as one of my favorite of the year for sure.
And finally, the second James Wan flick on this list. I thought The Conjuring was a great, suspense-building horror movie in a time when most horror movies rely on cheap scares. It’s not as fast moving and flashy as some of the more recent horror movies, but it still gave me chills throughout most of it. It just goes to show that you don’t need to use a ton of computer effects to make a truly terrifying horror movie in todays world.
So there you have it, my Top 13 Movies Not To Miss From 2013. As I said before, this isn’t a full list of my favorite movies from 2013, but I think it’s a solid example of movies people should definitely try to see from last year. Obviously if you’re not a fan of horror then you’re not going to like my horror picks, but there should be something on this list for everyone.
Let us know your favorite movie from 2013 in the comments!