Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ten Favorite Films of 2013

I like to do this imaginary list before I do my Top Ten Films of 2012. This list is easier, but will it come true?

10. Carrie
Not as good as the original, but the best horror film of the year, by far.

9. The Two Faces of January
Moody and murderous, and better than the Patricia Highsmith novel it's based on.

8. Stoker
This freaky gothic melodrama has the best performance of the year, from Mia Wasikowska.

7. Under the Skin
This might be just an arty version of Species, but I also loved Species.

6. A Most Wanted Man
Another excellent Le Carre adaptation. This is a quiet, intelligent thriller with a great performance from Rachel McAdams.

5. Star Trek Into Darkness
J. J. Abrams should make every summer popcorn flick.

4. Inside Llewyn Davis
I suspect this one will grow on me even more over time, like almost all Coen Brothers movies. 

3. Before Midnight

The conclusion to one of the great trilogies. See number 1 for another trilogy ender.

2. Gravity
Unbelievable technical achievement that doesn't skimp on intelligence and emotion.

1. The World's End
Pure brilliance from start to finish. Will stand with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz as the greatest comedy trilogy ever.

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