Top 10 Best Films of 2013

Dec 30, 2013
One of the hardest things to do as a pop-culture blogger is compiling a Top 10 lists of best and worst of anything. I honestly haven't seen every movie that came out in the US (like The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle), but I tried my best to catch up to those I missed. It's been a pretty busy week for me watching like 2-5 2013 movies in a day but I guess it payed off in the end.

Here are my favorite films of 2013, or should I say the Top 10 Best Films of 2013. This list doesn't depends on the rating I gave for these movies in my reviews (on some) nor based on what the critics and audience alike thought of it. Enjoy!

But wait, before we proceed, here are the films that didn't make the list. Not because it's bad, I just thought the 10 movies in this list was more deserving than this short compilation of honorable mentions. That includes:

Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Man of Steel, Trance, Monsters University, This is the End, The Great Gatsby, The Way, Way Back, Hummingbird, Oblivion and The Conjuring to name a few.

10) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
While last year's 'An Unexpected Journey' was a rough start to this franchise, 'The Desolation of Smaug' made a surprising run. Darker, deeper, and multi-layered, this sequel turned out to what the previous film should've become. And Smaug the Dragon and Benedict Cumberbatch's amazing voice alone was out-of-control. Not to mention, he was also great in our next movie, which is

9) Star Trek Into Darkness
2009's 'Star Trek' was one of my all-time favorite films so my expectation for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' was over-the-top. And well, it doesn't disappoint at all. It was a Star Trek movie for die-hard Star Trek fans, with tons of reference from old Star Trek serials. Great movie, terrific performance from (well you know already) Benedict Cumberbatch and the entire cast, and Spock beating the skull out of KH** already did it for me.

8) Don Jon
A movie that is basically about porn. It's the most ridiculous and interesting subject to tackle on film but it doesn't. I love, love, love Don Jon, and I saw the movie 3 times already and still loved every single bit of it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut was hilariously accurate, cleverly written and  energetically directed.

7) Prisoners

It was a movie that put me at the edge of my seat with awe and disturbance. A movie that was beautifully shot and directed. A movie with amazing performance including a ultra-raging Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. A movie that deserved to be in everyone's Top 10 list.

6) Saving Mr. Banks

This is one of the last movies I saw this year before making this list. And as a Mary Poppins fan myself (it's a childhood favorite of mine), 'Saving Mr. Banks' is something I will never forget. My word, Colin Farrell steals every scene he's been. Same goes to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson who delivered fine performances. Like 'Mary Poppins', this film had a sweet and spirited charm that never failed me to like this.

5) On The Job
Unfortunately, a few Filipino movies dared to try something new. Almost everything became repetitive, unfunny, ridiculous, and terrible. But Erik Matti's 'On The Job' does catches my attention, and this is one movie that you should watch. Why? It had a great story, praiseworthy performances by the cast, notably Joel Torre and Joey Marquez, bombastic action sequences. 'On The Job' proved there's still hope in Filipino cinema.

4) Gravity 

High octane. Gorgeous. Original. Compelling. Gravity is one of the reasons why we go to movies. To be fully immersed through a window on a screen and to be transported on a world beyond our imagination. This is a great, great movie that will change the way we see movies years from now.

3) The World's End

The unofficial trilogy of Edgar Wright that featured bloods and inks had come to a close with 'The World's End'. This is one of the funniest movies of the whole year and there's not even a single dull part throughout. Not to mention the soon-to-be infamous bathroom brawl is just pure awesomeness.

2) Fruitvale Station

Truly the most powerful movie of the year. 'Fruitvale Station' is one of the most heartfelt movie I have seen all year, and to tell you the truth: cried a lot. Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan delivered the best performance on their careers. And the film's final moments was some of the most depressing moments you'll never forget.

And for number one..

1) The Place Beyond the Pines

And for my number 1? It's gotta be 'The Place Beyond the Pines'. This is one of those movies that made you fully engrossed over a character, not expecting on what'll happen next. It's thrilling, suspenseful, and very emotional. Bradley Cooper, Dane DeHaan and Ryan Gosling were electrifying. Very unpredictable, and very touching. I just wish a lot of people saw this great movie when it was, because it truly deserved it. Considering a few kinds of these movies often come in years.

Okay! So that's about it. I will be back for the Top 10 WORST movies of 2013 coming in a few days. So watch that out. And I would like to thank everyone who read and followed me through the year. Happy 2014 to all and may the force be with you as always!!

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