The Films That Made My Ten, 2013

top 10 movie collage

  • Side Effects ~ Starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara. This was the first Jude Law film that he didn’t irritate me in, and there is a new actor Rooney Mara, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Youth In Revolt, who played the lady lead, is an exceptional new comer!  This movie however, was reminiscent of the Ocean Eleven series, as far as twists. I was glad to see that again. On another blog I read, it said, this is supposed to be Soderbergh’s last movie venture, if that’s true he’s saying goodbye with a good one. Very good start to 2013, I hope to see more thrillers like this one. This movie is rated R. 
  • Old Boy Starring Josh Brolin, I saw the original film, and I must say that this remake is an homage to the first film.   Which should have made this film more palatable to people who have seen the original.  However because the filmmakers didn’t advertise this film in that way, and called it the same name as the original, it is unfairly compared to the original. And I think it gets a raw deal and not given a fair assessment, based solely on its own merit. This movie was very decently directed by Spike Lee, and ended the year well. This movie is rated R. 
  • Blackfish ~ This documentary showed us how unsafe and insensitive the stockholders who own Sea World are to its Orca Trainers and Orca’s.  How Sea World has exploited the animals for capital gain and have put their trainers at risk to make a lot of money. The wonderful thing about this little documentary is, that it shows, how complicit the former trainer’s were, to how they have conceded that what they did was wrong, and cruel, but then being in a quandary over what to do about it.  After becoming attached to the unfortunate animals, they so willingly exploited.  I love watching people come to a new decision, a better decision, one that has selfless elements to it.  A decision that see’s the bigger picture.  Which is what you see here at the movies end. This movie is rated PG13.
  • Gravity ~ Starring Sandra Bullock, and George Clooney. This movie was so good from all the dialog, to the wonderful cinematography, and art direction.  I really believed they were in space.  It was just amazing to see the imagery, it made me want to go to space, and I don’t even like to fly.  I just enjoyed everything about this movie, the directing, Alfonso Cuaron, Children Of Men, was superb at convincing me what I was seeing was real.  It doesn’t hurt that he and son wrote the script either.  I also, really get excited, when directors from other countries get attached to american movies, it gives our country some depth, because we can draw from everywhere to see good work getting produced for our entertainment.  I forgot to mention this film has a female lead, which unusual and almost non-existent in most films. This movie is rated PG13.
  • Prisoners ~ Starring Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal.  I was impressed with the art direction, of the film, because it imitated the tone of the movie perfectly.  Very cold, dark, and creepy, lot’s of snow, and rain, cloudy gloomy colors, also lot’s of dirt, which made it become its own character in the movie. Also, Hugh Jackman gave an Oscar worthy perfomance, he emoted anger so well he almost seemed taken over by it. He was a man on a mission to find his kidnapped daughter at all costs. Excellent movie, this movie is rated R. 
  • Captain Phillips ~ Starring Tom Hanks.  The story is about a cargo ship that is making its way through highly pirated waters along the coast of Africa, and gets hijacked.  Hanks in this role laid low for most of the film, he didn’t do too much acting other than to look scared, til the last 30 minutes of the movie.   Then he put his acting pants on, and went to work. Since Tom is so likable in his roles, he is very convincing at the end of this movie with his breakdown he has after it’s all over. I would say for 30 minutes of work he should get an Oscar nod. This movie is rated PG13.
  • 12 Years A Slave ~  Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael FassbenderThe movie takes place in an unsettling time in American history, when free slave labor was encouraged to build this country and ubiquitous in the south, and, since most people understand the antebellum of slavery in the early 1800′s, I don’t have to go over the atrocities done by slave owner’s in that day.  What I do want to convey is that it is always good to see a movie based on a true story, and told by a man who was ensnared into this slavery.  It really was an honor watching this film, with its first hand perspective, told on-screen by someone of color who may have experienced his own a smidgen of racism in a predominately white industry, in the past.  Much like The Butler, it’s important for black filmmakers to get an opportunity to tell the black story of slavery, its been a long time coming, and I’m glad I got to see it for myself first hand. This movie is rated R. 
  • Fruitvale Station ~ Starring Michael B. JordanThe true story of an unarmed young black man, and friends decide to go to “The City,” as they called it, on New Year’s Eve.   His mom suggests he and his friends take the train, and when he gets off the train he gets murdered by police because of police error, and so the story goes. The actor Michael B. Jordan did some of the most convincing acting of the year, suffice it to say, understated elegance. This movie is rated R. 
  • Star Trek Into Darkness ~ Starring Chris Pine, and Zackary Quinto.  All the acting was better than good and it had lot’s of action. Special effects, awesome, and this villain was better than the first installment villain, of the J.J. Abrams production. Story is about the Starfleet, saving the world as usual.  Rated PG13. 
  • Dallas Buyer’s Club ~ Starring Matthew McConaughy, and Jared Leto.  This movie is based on a true story of Ron Woodroof, a very promiscuous womanizer, electrician, and gambler, gets injured on the job, and end’s up in the hospital, and while he’s unconscious he’s tested for AIDS, when he wakes up the doctor tells him he has the disease and so the story goes. Very good acting by Matthew, and Jared. Rated R.

***Their are a few movie from 2013 I still haven’t seen yet, they won’t be able to make my top 10 but will get an honorable mention.***

I must say that all of these movies expect “Gravity” are pretty much played by men.   I wonder when they will start making more movies with women in leading roles?  It’s funny that in this day and age stories are still predominantly told from a man’s perspective.  And I’m not a feminist or anything close to that.  This has to change. Shazza ~ Musings&Rants

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