Heisenberg's Picks: Top 5 Films Of 2013

With 2013 coming to a close, I thought I'd gather up my (revised) Top 5 films of this year and share my opinion with the world. So take a seat and check out which movies did and didn't make my list this year.

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By HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014


2013 is coming to a close, so I thought I'd take some time and share with you my picks for the Top 5 Films of this year. 2013 has seen the release of some fantastic films and some less-than fantastic films, what I've gathered here are my personal favorites. The movies I enjoyed the most. So sit back, relax and come with me on a trek through the past year in film.


#5 - American Hustle


American Hustle is easily the most fun I've had watching a movie in quite some time. This film is style on top of style. I know a lot of people are praising the acting of Jennifer Lawrence but for me the stars are Bale and Cooper. They steal every scene they're in. The film is quick, witty, really well acted and super funny. The characters are a joy to watch. It captures the feel of the late 70's and early 80's perfectly. The soundtrack is great too. I really enjoyed this film.

#4 - Dallas Buyers Club


I'm kind of a Matthew McConaughey fanboy. The guy is amazing. In this film he plays a man named Ron Woodruff. Ron Woodruff is a homophobe who contracts HIV and begins smuggling drugs into the U.S. to help combat the disease. I first heard about this film back when it was at TIFF and I was eager to see what McConaughey did with the role. I saw the film and was blown away. The acting is spectacular. Every single person in the film turns in an A+ performance. The writing is also top-notch. The film is lacking a bit in style and direction, but more than makes up for that in the other categories.

#3 - Inside Llewyn Davis


I heard about this movie from a friend earlier this year. I watched the trailer and was pretty much sold from that point on. I love the Coen Bros so I knew this wouldn't disappoint. I got a chance to see it a week or so ago. The acting is incredible. Oscar Issac, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan all shine. The movie is very thin on plot, however, but I found myself not caring about that. I just wanted to see these characters go through life and move from scene to scene. It's mesmerizing. However, the area where this movie really takes off is the music. This film has one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. I mean, every song is fantastic. It's also all done live while filming which is insane. I've already bought the soundtrack and haven't stopped listening to it since. It's truly a wonderful film.

#2 - Short Term 12


I didn't even know about this film until a week or so before it's release. I read the premise and wasn't that interested. A friend of mine went to see it and had nothing but positive things to say. I decided to take his word for it and went to see it. My local theater wasn't playing the films so I had to drive a bit. From the second the movie starts you get a sense of familiarity. I'm not sure what it is but the movie just feels comfortable. There are a lot of characters and almost every single one is fully developed. I really loved this film. I've never left a theater so confused about what I was feeling. The writing, acting, character development is all perfect.

#1 - The Place Beyond The Pines


The Place Beyond The Pines tells the story of motorcycle stuntman Luke Glanton who discovers he has a newborn son. In an attempt to provide for his new family he teams up with an ex-bank robber and they begin robbing banks together. The movie tells 3 different stories that are all connected to each other: The first is the story of Luke Glanton, the second is the story of police officer Avery Cross and the third story is about 2 young men who become friends and discover a dark connection between each other. This film is amazing. It's a beautiful story, it's beautifully shot, the acting is fantastic and the song selection is mind-blowing. Every second of this film feels like it was painstakingly crafted together. It's a bit artsy and slow, but it's still so amazing. It's really something you have to watch to fully appreciate. It can't be summed up into words.



There you have it. My Top 5 choices. I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope, if you haven't seen these films already, you go out and watch them. They're great films and deserve to be seen. Also, let me know your Top 5 below in the comments. I'd love to hear your opinions!

Thanks for reading.

Honorable Mentions:
Man Of Steel
Mud
Kick-Ass 2
Gravity
The Wolf Of Wall Street
The World's End
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RocketRampage - 1/6/2014, 5:29 PM
Non of your Top 5 films are Comic Book Movies. Therefore your article shouldn't really be on this site. But i haven't seen any of these films and you've sparked my interest. So thank you.
Praetorian - 1/6/2014, 6:22 PM
Good movies.... None are COMIC BOOK MOVIES you stupid jerkoff, are you ignorant just a [frick]ing retard!?
Interestein - 1/6/2014, 6:47 PM
Awesome list, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES was my #1 too, such a phenomenal flick.
Lhornbk - 1/6/2014, 6:55 PM
Yeah, this list doesn't include any genre films. No cbms, no sci-fi, no fantasy, nothing. Does not belong here.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014, 7:11 PM
@Praetorian I'm actually a little of both, buddy. Glad you enjoyed the read.

I can't believe the attitudes I'm getting for not picking any CBMs (thought I can't say I didn't see it coming). The website is called ComicbookMOVIE. I assumed assembling a list of MOVIES would be perfectly acceptable. It's not like I listed a ton of porn vids. I listed 5 films that were released in 2013, that's what the title says after all. Not "Top 5 CBMS"..."Top 5 FILMS"...As in any type of movie released.

So take a chill pill.
Praetorian - 1/6/2014, 7:19 PM
By saying comicbookMOVIE you are putting emphasis on it being a movie site yet you're ignoring the first two words in that title.
ForeverPowerful - 1/6/2014, 7:29 PM
I was slightly underwhelmed by American Hustle sadly, all the hype made it seem like the second coming of Jesus. Bale was still on fire though, he's one the best actors around.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014, 7:32 PM
@Praetorian I'm not ignoring the first two words at all. I've posted comic-related articles before. This one just happens to be film related. The Hobbit isn't a comic book movie...Elysium isn't a comic book movie, yet nobody on this website says a thing about articles relating to those because "it's fantasy" or "it's sci-fi". Is this website called "Fantasymovie"?...Is it called "Scifimovie"? No. It's not...

Saying "Oh, you can post articles about these Non-CBMs but you can't post about these other Non-CBMs" makes no sense at all. So this problem you have, with Non-CBM content being posted, is a problem you should take up with the site as a whole rather than just me.

In the mean time I suggest you check out some of the films in my Top 5. I hear they are...SUPER! Harharhahar.
MrNiklander - 1/6/2014, 7:34 PM
This site is also covering movies folks so DEAL WITH IT!!!!
SpikeHair - 1/6/2014, 7:37 PM
Great List, i think it was already apparent that me and you have the same taste in films, i would have swapped a a few placements for others, but yeah super awesome list....
RocketRampage - 1/6/2014, 7:39 PM
The movies that this site should cover are COMIC BOOK MOVIES and any genre that fits or relates to said movies (fantasy, sci fi etc) The problem i have is the movies listed in this article are dramas and in no way relate to any tone or theme that a comic book movie may have. So at the end of the day, this still doesn't belong on this site. Just because you like these movies doesn't validate this article's existance.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014, 7:48 PM
@Shadow1985 I listed various reasons why they should be one the site(reasons that had nothing to do with my own personal feelings toward the films) in a comment above. As much as you'd like to claim that Fantasy and Sci-Fi fit...they really don't. They aren't CBMs. You're trying to say that it's OK to post content that has nothing to do with Comic Book Movies as long as it fits a specific criteria (A criteria you've yet to elaborate on, so I'm forced to assume it's some sort of explosion-to-story ratio the film must have).

Also, I think the listed films do kinda fit the themes and tones that comic book movies have. Short Term 12 deals with being an outsider and alone (Spider-Man, Batman). American Hustle deals with a group of people trying to take down people who are doing bad things (The Justice League, The Avengers).
SpikeHair - 1/6/2014, 7:51 PM
the point is, if all you watch is nothing but cbm's and sci fi, that means you have horrible taste in movies, try watching some other than that for once and it might broaden your horizons.
RocketRampage - 1/6/2014, 7:54 PM
@Heisenberg

Mate, just deal with the fact that you have posted an article on this site that has no relevance to being on this site. Whether or not other articles are posted regarding non comic book movies on this site is redundant.

I'm clearly not the only one who thinks this article doesn't belong here. You can get as defensive as you like but the fact remains that not one of these films are comic book movies and therefore this list do not belong on this site.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014, 8:06 PM
@Shadow1985 I'm not defensive. I could really care less if people think it belongs on this site or not. It's here. It's posted. Deal with it...and based on a couple other comments here, I'm not the only person that feels that way.

Video Games, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...none of those are CBM-related (no matter how you spin it). So, I really don't think it matters if someone uses a website they enjoy to post an article about some films they enjoyed. Regardless of their genre.

MrNiklander - 1/6/2014, 8:08 PM
Hey guys you can see that the article is still here that means Galactus or any other admin thinks it belongs here.So with all due respect
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3DWitchHunt - 1/6/2014, 8:41 PM
Jeez some of you get riled up over the most trivial things.
Great list Heisenberg!
Ive yet to see your top two, but I've heard nothing but positive things.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 1/6/2014, 8:51 PM
@3DWitchHunt Thanks, man. I appreciate it. You should definitely check out PBTP and Short Term 12. They are both really fantastic films. You won't be disappointed.
OwenWilsonsNose - 1/6/2014, 9:17 PM
Amy Adams is easily the best thing in American Hustle. Bale is a close second. Frankly, I found Jennifer Lawrence's character so damn annoying I just wanted her to get killed. I think she completely over acted the part, or maybe it was just bad directing. I loved the movie overall though.
OdinsBeard - 1/6/2014, 9:41 PM
hey man i think you're looking for movie.com. this is comicbookmovie.com.

yeah these are good movies and all but c'mon there's got to be a line somewhere.
Luther - 1/6/2014, 9:48 PM
Great list, actually. I would've DEFINITELY included 12 Years a Slave, in that lot.
Luther - 1/6/2014, 9:53 PM
@Heisenberg, due to the asshats criticizing this article, citing it being misplaced--maybe start a film site, that does virtually the same for films in general, much like the ones in your list. I'm sure it'll bring out the film tastes of most on this site OUTSIDE of our comic nerdness. I think it'd do very well, actually.
LittleDanglyThing - 1/6/2014, 10:15 PM
The top 5 is fine but those honorable mentions are awful with the exception of Wolf of Wall Street(which is probably the best of the year and will most definitely win best picture & best director) and Gravity which wasn't really amazing but was a very solid movie. Then again this is your opinion not mine.
DaVinci31 - 1/6/2014, 10:16 PM


SPOILERS: That whole movie was really beautiful; the baptizing scene, the discovery of the old photo in Avery's wallet by Dane DeHaan and the scene where you see DeHaan riding through the forest on his bike were my favorites, personally.

Great list, too.
DaVinci31 - 1/6/2014, 10:20 PM
Doesn't your list include Christopher Nolan's Bruce Wayne/Batman? One of the most revered incarnations of the character? Who was brought to life by Christian Bale? I do not understand the hate lol

charlie2094 - 1/6/2014, 11:37 PM
@Shadow1985

Stop being so pathetic, there've been many articles like this on the site and more films than just CBM's have been covered for a long while.

Seriously, can't believe some are annoyed it doesn't have any comic book movies on it. No 2013 CBM's really deserve to be in a "top" list at all, these are much better choices and this site has covered more than just CBM's for years

Have to say, I did really enjoy the place beyond the pines, very different film, had a beautiful story and loved the way they told it.

Great list! Not often you can say that on here, would usually just be a selection of your generic blockbusters, but I guess this isn't really a "film" site. Also really enjoyed Mud, didn't expect much from it but thought it was brilliant, nice to see that get a mention
PunPun - 1/6/2014, 11:44 PM
Let's be honest, you only liked #1 for those two man hunks. Because you're attracted to them.

But then again, what guy isn't? I wouldn't mind them giving me a good spanking until I erupt like a volcano.
CPBuff22 - 1/7/2014, 1:40 AM
My top 5 2013 Films:

1. Much Ado About Nothing
2. Pacific Rim
3. Gatsby
4. Despicable Me 2
5. Thor: Dark World
juwono - 1/7/2014, 2:37 AM
yup! those are great movies.!

i know it's to early, but the best film of 2014 so far, is "the secret life of walter mity"

you all should watch this movie, its perfect. i gave it 10/10
staypuffed - 1/9/2014, 10:09 PM
Good picks, man.
BenjiWest - 1/10/2014, 11:54 PM
Inside Llewyn Davis was a beautifully directed film. Great acting all around, besides Mulligan who just dragged this film down with her overly irritated performance.

Good list but I'm sure this would be better suited by being posted on a movie site that features more than just comic book movies.

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