Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best Films Of 2013

Best Films of 2013

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the average film viewer sees only 6 films a year.  And, one of the reasons for my blog is to let film viewers, whether frequent or infrequent, know where to spend their money.  

Note, however, in my estimation, 2013 was a very good year for films.  Many more than 6 are worth seeing.  Therefore, in addition to the list of Absolutely-Must-See Films, I’ve, also, listing several “categories” from which you might pick more films based on your particular taste.  Full reviews are available in past postings.

So, here are the 6 Absolutely-Must-See Films and 14 additional categories in hopes you will be inspired to become more than an average viewer and go to the movies more often.  Also included are my award picks for actors and key crew.   (Note duplications in some categories with Must-Sees, as well as "ties" in some film and actor/crew categories where I just couldn’t narrow the choice to one.) 

If you can’t find these films in theaters, go to Netflix or buy/rent the DVDs.  Those listed are all worth your while. 

The 6 Absolutely-Must-See Films of 2013
(in order)

The Book Thief
Flawless…The best of the year

Now You See Me
 Pure fun…My personal favorite

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
The 21st Century La Dolce Vita

The Wolf Of Wall Street
A fabulous depiction of American greed by a master filmmaker

Despicable Me 2
Belly laughs and sweetness

The Butler
A tribute to overcoming

Select Categories

Most Poignant Film

Most Charming Film
The Way Way Back

Most Interesting Film Story (a tie)
Now You See Me
The Wolverine

 Most Thought Provoking Film

Most Courageous Film Production
12 Years A Slave

Best Foreign Film
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Best Acting Ensemble
American Hustle

 Best Action Film
Fast & Furious 6

 Best Animated Film
Despicable Me 2

 Sweetest Film
About Time

Funniest Scripted Film
We’re The Millers

 Funniest Improvised Film
Bad Grandpa

Best Documentary
The Gatekeepers

 Most Underrated Film
The Big Wedding

Now for the Bottom of  the Heap

Most Overrated Film (a tie)
Inside Llewyn Davis
Frances Ha
Much ado about nothings

 Worst Film
The Lone Ranger
Reprehensible on most every level

Here Are My Award Picks for Actors & Crew

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker – The Butler

Best Actress – (a tie)
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Best Breakout Performance
Sophie Nélisse – The Book Thief

Best Director
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Adapted Screenplay – (a tie)
Terence Winter – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Michael Petroni – The Book Thief

Best Original Screenplay
Richard Linklater/Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight

Best Cinematography (a tie)
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Rodrigo Prieto – The Wolf Of Wall Street

 Best Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker– The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Casting Director
Alison Jones – The Way Way Back

Best Production Design
Dan Hennah – The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Best Costume Design
Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby

Best Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer – Rush

Let’s hope for more great viewing in 2014.

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