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Thursday, August 22, 2013




2013 has been a rather interesting year. We've had countless of rumours, trailers, news, and incredible movies. Now, we are in August... Late August. This is when all the major summer blockbusters have come and gone, and now we anticipate next year's line up! But wait a second. 2013 has had some interesting movies, I mean some have been critically panned (Kick-Ass 2) while others' have soured high in the sky of success (The Spectacular Now). In this editorial, I will discuss some of the best films of 2013, so far. So grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy the ride!

Films' That Missed The Cut:

13. Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 was a very controversial movie, with some people loving the film, others hated it. Now, in my honest opinion, I thought it was a good follow up, to a great film. I wasn't a huge fan of the source material for Kick-Ass 2 as I thought some of the stuff in there was completely inappropriate, and I'm glad the film didn't get into any of the disgusting stuff from the graphic novel. With some fine performances from Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Mortez, Kick-Ass 2 is one film you should really check out! 

12. Elysium

Another rather recent release, Elysium is the second film directed by District 9 director, Neil Blomkamp. Now, the reason Elysium is not higher in this list, is basically because of the rating. I mean, the film was given an MA 15+ rating here in Australia. I saw the film, and while it is incredibly enjoyable, it should not have been given a horrible rating like that. The film was a solid PG-13 film. Now, as for the film itself? It's great, fantastic performances from Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and breakout star, Sharlto Copley. If I were you, I'd go and see this film right now! 

11. Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

Ah Ha! Got you there didn't I? Bet you guys weren't expecting that. Well, let's be completely honest, this film is not bad. It's actually quite enjoyable. Anyone saying this film sucks is completely biased and still believes Twilight exists. In my humble opinion  this film tries so very hard to stray away from the horribleness of Twilight. With some awesome performances from Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. In a world where everything is compared to Twilight, this teen romance film strays away from that and gives us a heart felt film, this is one film to check out. 

Top Ten Films Of 2013 So Far!


10. The Hangover Part 3

I'm a sucker for these kind of films. I mean, I've loved these guys since 2009, so it was going to be difficult to not place this somewhere on my top 10. Now, I may be alone on this one, but this is my favourite Hangover film yet. It's a nice way to end a pretty funny trilogy, and a touching way to say goodbye to 3 characters we have grown to love, and then hate but then love again. With some badass performances from Bradley Cooper and Zach Galfinakis, this is the perfect way to wrap up a very funny trilogy! 


9. The World's End

Another rather hilarious film, The World's End stars Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman and Nick Frost and tells the story of some high school friends who make one last dash to the pub... That was a horrible retelling and for that I'm truly sorry. In all seriousness, The World's End is 100% it's American counterpart in This Is The End, with some truly laugh out loud moments, The World's End is one movie I recommend seeing with some mates, some drinks and a whole lot of fun. 

8. Now You See Me 

One of the year's best came from an unlikely team. The team of Incredible Hulk director, Louis Leterrier and Star Trek writers' Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Now You See Me tells the story of four incredible magicians who come together to give back to a world that has had countless taken from them. The film is not only touching, but it is action packed and has some awesome performances. One actor who I felt really 'brought' it, was James Franco's brother, Dave Franco. I'd expect Dave in a lot more after his great performance in Now You See Me. With a sequel set to hit sometime between 2015 and 2016, consider me keen!

7. Monster's University

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Disney films. Monster's University was one of the highlights of year, with a touching story and fantastic voice work, the film quickly became one of my favourites of the year. The film really brought back the heart and soul of the original film way back in the good old 90's! A box office success and a critical success (?), I'm really glad the film found success as I felt it deserved it. Unlike another summer movie that deserved absolutely nothing *cough Man Of Steel *cough. If you have kids, or don't have kids, please check out Monster's University. Plus the short film before the film starts is incredible.

6. The Great Gatsby 

Tobey's back! Now, I love Tobey Maguire, he is honestly one of my favourite actors of all time, and I am truly glad he finally had another box office success. Although Tobey swaps tights for suits in this film, it's still one of the year's best. Di Caprio gives one of his best performances of his career as does co-star Carrey Mulligan. Yes the film does have some flaws, but the film's flaws are only little and you can clearly see over them. If you haven't seen this film yet, I wouldn't worry as I can see this film being one of those movies shown in English class for the next 100 years.

5. The Internship

The Internship saw the long awaited reunion between veteran comedic stars, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Now, going into The Internship I was very hesitant I'd seen the reviews and so my expectations dropped, but my God this movie was funny. You really can't go wrong when you unite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, throw in Mr Aziz from Spider-Man 2 and you're set for one hilarious ride. With some breakout performances from Dylan O'Brien and Max Minghella, this comedy is one for the ages!

4. The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman returns to the role that made him famous in The Wolverine. Directed by James Mangold, this interesting take on the iconic X-Man, sends 'Wolverine' to Japan on a journey to find himself after the horrible events in X-Men: The Last Stand. This film was almost perfect, with incredible action sequences and a gripping storyline, the only thing this movie lacks is blood. With an R-Rated director's cut set to hit with the blu-ray release, consider me keen... Again.

3. Iron Man 3

Haha, I love fanboys. The minute that Mandarin twist hit, millions of angry fanboys lost their (pardon my language) shit. I love Iron Man 3, it was risky and the risk payed off! With incredible acting from the great Robert Downey Jr, a brilliant performance from fellow Aussie, Guy Pearce and the always lovely Ben Kingsley gives a great performance as 'The Mandarin'. With incredible action, brilliant acting and a fantastic twist that even M Night Shyamalan won't see coming, Iron Man 3 is one of the best superhero movies ever made!

2. The Spectacular Now

Maybe I am biased, but this is one of the best coming of age films ever. Last year we had the brilliant Perks Of Being A Wallflower, this year we have another brilliant film in The Spectacular Now. Staring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the film combines everything you loved about being in high school with the harsh reality of becoming an adult. Miss Woodley provides an incredible performance and Miles Teller... Miles Teller is the most underrated actor in Hollywood today. I'm seriously hoping Miles gets the role of 'Mr Fantastic' in 2015's The Fantastic Four.

1. Pacific Rim

The best film of the year, and the best robot related franchise at the moment... F**k you Michael Bay. Pacific Rim combines everything we loved about being a kid with the awesomeness of some of the best anime around. Like seriously, what do you guys expect? A movie about robots fighting monsters? How could that not be incredibly badass! The film has just crossed $385 Million worldwide, so expect a sequel announcement within the next couple of months (fingers crossed). With fantastic performances and incredible special effects, Pacific Rim tops my Top 10 list. 


In conclusion, 2013 was a rather interesting year in the film industry. With such films as Thor: The Dark World & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire still to be released, 2013 has been quite a good year to be a movie fan. But, 2014 looks to be the best year yet! 





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