Best Films of 2013

top-10-films-2013I wish I’d seen all of them – all the foreign films, documentaries, independents, even the poorly rated blockbusters. But I’m just an arm chair critic and seeing over 70 films in 2013 is a heck of lot anyway.

Another very good, but not outstanding year. Few of these films will be classics in a decade, but they were plenty enjoyable to watch. Of my top 10, 7 were based on real life stories. My tastes also seem to match up to the Academy more and more. Of the 9 best picture nominees, 7 are in my top 10 and the other 2 in my Top 20.  I chalk this up to not seeing enough independent and foreign films.

I’ll share Oscar predictions closer to the show.

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Remember that movie starring lots of actors known for big budget roles in recent years that I said was a boring waste of time? To test my theory about the flaws of Now You See Me, I watched Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, which hits on similar ground. And it also stars a host of notable characters otherwise played by the stars:

  • Batman and Alfred Pennyworth
  • Wolverine

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  • Black Widow
  • Maya from Iron Man 3

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  • And Ziggy Stardust

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And the results are very different.

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