2013 was a year of diversity. A year where a film about space and a picture aboutslavery conquer. A year of the underdogs and movies that didn’t fill thousands of theaters, but the ones that quietly slipped past mass audiences. It was a spectacular year that offers viewers movies that can change their life along with the films that will be cherished and honored for years and years to come. This is my Top Ten Films of 2013.
1. 12 Years A Slave: A film that forces you to look at the best and worst of humanity. This is a film that is made only once in a lifetime and it is easily one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. This picture will be cherished for generations and rightfully so. Movies like 12 Years A Slave are the reason why I became a film critic.
2. Gravity: A movie that completely sums up the amazing, modern world of motion picture effects. A beautiful and touching story of survival mixed with outstanding effects. It’s a film that literally is poetry in motion and near perfect.
3. Saving Mr. Banks: It is very rare when a movie just works, in complete harmony, meaning it strikes every emotional chord. It was simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
4. Dallas Buyers Club: Another film filled with wonderful performances especially delivered from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. An emotional and heart breaking picture about a man’s will to survive.
5. The Act Of Killing: One of the hardest films I’ve ever had to watch. The movie forces you to look at humanity with a magnifying glass as we ask a man who has killed thousands to reenact his crimes. The journey you take with this stranger will echo in your mind for years to come if not a lifetime.
6. Her: Spike Jonze brings viewers a fresh new tale about love. One of the most poetic and beautiful films all year. It addresses love, moving on, and accepting that life doesn’t always turned out as planned.
7. Stories We Tell: A look at how we recollect our memories and how we tell the stories of our lives. This powerful documentary shows us that these stories are sometimes flawed and even undiscovered as a filmmaker reveals some secrets about her own family.
8. Prisoners: It is one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in years. Through strong, but subtle cinematography and dynamite performances this movie flourishes.
9. Mud: Is the calmest thriller ever made. The beautiful cinematography is a serenity while chaos happens around us as this greatly acted coming to age story unfolds.
10. Captain Phillips: Is just like the ocean, calm one minute and a rage of waves the next. This picture brings viewers great performances but a few in particular are simply incredible. One of which is one the best performances of the year that of Barkhad Abdi.