Movies of 2013

I won’t do a top ten movies of the year this year because a) my opinions are meaningless and b) I just missed too many movies. Here are movies I have not seen that look amazing :

  • Blue is the warmest color
  • Her
  • The wolf of Wallstreet
  • Captain Philips
  • Upstream colors
  • 12 years a slave
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Before Midnight
  • Stories we tell
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Grandmaster
  • American Hustle
  • Snowpiercer
  • All is lost
  • To the wonder
  • The act of killing
  • Spring breakers
  • Only God forgives
  • Frozen
  • Charlie Countryman
  • Nebraska
  • The punk singer
  • A.C.O.D.
  • Rush
  • Don Jon
  • The spectacular now
  • In a world…
  • Ain’t them bodies saints
  • Short term 12
  • I declare war
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Sightseers
  • Stoker
  • Mama
  • John dies at the end

That is a lot of movies. What kind of an asshole would I be to make a top ten list when my movie-watching year has so many holes in it? I would not be a good kind of an asshole, I’ll tell you that.

Anyways, I did see some movies this year, and I did love some unabashedly. I’ll share five of those titles with you. This is not a top movies of the year, clearly, just movies I really loved for one reason or another.

Gravity is maybe my favorite movie-going experience this year. It is riveting. Me and my friends walked out after the end credits and we were on clouds, talking about everything we loved about it. I don’t care that it doesn’t get all the science right, I care that it gets just enough right to make me believe in the whole thing. On a technical level it is perfect. The acting is flawless. The script is perfectly paced. Movie magic is alive and well and beats into the heart of this movie with every pulse.

Edgar Wright might be the director I am most in tune with in terms of what I love seeing in movies. This is his third collaboration with Simon Pegg (they co-wrote this, as well as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both modern classics in my opinion) and it’s possibly their best movie together. The film is funny, perfectly paced and packs an emotional punch that their other collaboration did not (at least not as much). It’s a movie written by guys who have matured since their previous efforts. Also, it has the best bar brawl ever commited to celluloid. Oh, and Simon Pegg has never been better (and that guy is always good). Like all their movies, this is one that will survive multiple viewings easily.

I like my horror movies fun. You’re Next is just that. It’s clever, violent, funny, surprising, has a killer music score and has a fucking great female protagonist. I saw this at the Fantasia Film Festival and the crowd cheered multiple times during the great screening. It succeeds in every way.

Guillermo Del Toro made a hopeful, cynicism-free, balls-to-the-wall sci-fy actioneer that delivers on it’s promise. The promise? Giant monsters fighting giant robots. The point was never to make a deep, layered movie about the human condition. It’s robots and monsters having it out. It’s fucking perfect. The effects are jaw-dropping, the cinematography is gorgeous, the scale is awe-inspiring. This is a movie for the ten year old in you. Be a kid again, allow yourself to bask at the victorious glory that is Pacific Rim.

After the awful Iron-Man 2 I was ready to hate Tony Stark, but then Joss Whedon did a thing in The Avengers where he made the guy likeable again . Then Marvel did a thing where they hired Shane Black to (co) write and direct Iron-Man 3 and there I was, back on board the Stark train. It’s a good thing, too, because Iron-Man 3 is the best movie in the series. It’s funny, has amazing action sequences, hilarious dialogue, and great closure for the Tony Stark character. If this was the last Iron-Man movie ever (doubtful) that would be more than fine. As far as superhero movies go, this was the best of the year and a great example of how not every fucking superhero movie needs to be dark and brooding and moody and blue (so, to look like a Christopher Nolan film) (in fact, the fewer the better).

 

This friday is the best movie day of the year

Did you know?

It is, it’s unbelievable. This Friday sees a celebration of all the great things that cinema can do, so I’m going to briefly guide you through it. Click in the film title to see a trailer.

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We have a beautiful little drama in the shape of Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 coming out. This is one I have not seen yet but word from SXSW was extremely positive and I will definitely see it.

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We have Edgar Wright’s The world’s end for a good dose of comedy and sci-fi fisticuffs. everybody is raving about this one and, having seen it, I can say it deserves every praise.

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We have a fantastic horror movie, too: Adam Wingard’s You’re next. This movie is an absolute blast. No horror fan should miss it.

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Finally, how about a kick-ass, beautifully shot kung-fu film from master-filmmaker Wong Kar Wai? The Grandmaster comes out on limited release this Friday as well. I haven’t seen it so I can’t vouch for it, but it looks gorgeous and super bad ass.

August 23rd 2013: The best movie day of the year.

I’m going to turn 39 in a couple of months.

When you’re my age it’s both easy to think of yourself as younger than you really are, and to long for the days when you actually, truly, were.

That’s where The World’s End begins. With a man my age (ish) who not only refuses to accept that he’s an older man, but who achingly longs to touch those years again, from two decades ago, when all of life was laid bare at the tips of his fingers, ripe with the promise of a fantastic life and a future paved in good times. 

But you can’t live in the past, and it’s dangerous to try.

That being said, man, it is fun to watch.

The World’s End is a beautiful, funny, clever and thrilling exploration of the dangers of refusing to grow up. It’s about the wisdom in leaving the past well enough alone, and about the fact that the past probably wouldn’t recognize you anyways (or you wouldn’t recognize it?), if you showed up at it’s doorstep begging to be let back in.

But seriously, it’s a fucking funny movie.

Here is Simon Pegg with ghosts, that I did because a friend asked me to. (It has zero to do with The World’s End other than I really really want to see that movie) (Also: I did not take that picture, I just added the ghost buddies)

Theatrical trailer for The World’s End, Edgar Wright’s new film! Too many great gags to count. Pegg seems in fine form!

Here is a fantastic trailer for Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END. Personally I don’t need to see anything else in terms of trailers, just the whole damn thing please.

Comic con teaser poster for Edgar Wright’s pub crawl epic The World’s End.

I love the pub names…

Empire online talks for an hour with Edgar Wright about all things Ant Man, The World’s End, Spaced, Scott Pilgrim… you name it. And you hear it. HERE.

How absolutely beautiful is that? Mr Wright and Mr Pegg working on their next film. Any one who’s seen the making-of documentaries for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz knows what that pad means.

Six or seven months ago Edgar Wright Tweeted that he had watch something like 30 film Noirs for a project he was working on. Since then I’ve been dreaming that The World’s End was going to be their take on that genre. How great would that be? Don’t put money on it, though, he could have been referring to any number of project he’s got his mind on…