It's almost the end of the year, and you know what that means...lists galore! Miles and miles of lists!
Actually, this list won't be very long. See, halfway through this year, we got a little surprise blessing, and so our movie watching plummeted, and that's okay, it's not a sacrifice. Besides, this wasn't exactly a stellar year for movies. Remember when the Croods came out?
With no further explanation needed, here are the best movies that I saw in 2013:
Gatsby: The clothes! The jazz! The glitter! The soundtrack! Leo in that sweater!You know what sweater I'm talking about. All in all, this was probably my favorite movie of 2013. Baz Luhrmann is a genius, absolutely my favorite filmmaker.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: For once, a realistic look at high school, with all it's heart-breaks and triumphs, not played out on a cliche "Jocks vs. nerds" stage, but on a personal level. The acting was incredible, particularly the lead actor, who broke my heart into a thousand pieces. The book is now on my library queue.
Side Effects: On a whim, Kim and I picked this on Netflix to watch and it was really, really good. Twisty and dark, what you think is a look at the drug industry is not what you believe it is, and before you know it, you are tumbling down a psychological thriller rabbit hole. We were both riveted and surprised by the movie.
Catching Fire: A perfect movie adaptation of the book. I've seen a handful of perfect adaptations in my life and this might be the best of them. I was left wanting absolutely nothing, and completely satisfied, and I am a lover of the book. What more could you ask for?
Enders Game: Loved the book, loved the movie which was big, explosive summer fun. Asa Butterfield was incredible as Ender, and the effects were dazzling. Sometimes you just want to lose yourself in a great, original story, and that's what Ender's Game was.
Warm Bodies: I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this strange lovely tale about a zombie and the girl he falls in love with. Both Ryan and I laughed and sighed our way through it, and it was one of the most original date movies I've ever seen. A rom-com with brraaaaiiinns that is also a commentary on technology? Yes please!
Star Trek into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch RULES EVERYTHING HE EVER DOES. That's all.
And now for The Worst Movies I saw this year.....
Now You See Me: The most amazing magic trick of all - a plot that made no sense.
World War Z: Thanks for slaughtering a beautiful book.
Beautiful Creatures: Ugh, you'll never be Twilight or Harry Potter. Stop trying to be.
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