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.
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.
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