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2013: A Look Back and a Look Ahead 
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This is a thread for sharing the top five best titles of the year so far, as well as your most anticipated movies being released in the months to come.

THE BEST MOVIES OF 2013 SO FAR

1. Richard Linklater's Before Midnight
2. Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell
3. Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station
4. Jeff Nichols' Mud
5. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha

MY MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

1. Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad
2. Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis
4. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity
5. Edgar Wright's The World's End

I cheated with my #1 pick, but given that Breaking Bad is better than 99% of the movies we get these days, I'm sticking with it. Not to mention the fact that it's a fairly cinematic TV show.


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Favorite films of the year so far-
The Heat
Olympus Has Fallen
Fast And Furious 6
White House Down
Dead Man Down
The Last Stand
Parker
Bullet To The Head
G.I. Joe Retaliation
Man Of Steel
Iron Man 3
Good Day To Die Hard
Star Trek: Into Darkness

Most anticipated films of the year-
The Getaway
RED 2
RIPD
2 Guns
Kick Ass 2
Machete Kills
Escape Plan
Sin City 2
Oldboy remake
Captain Phillips
Homefront
November Man
Jack Ryan


Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:41 pm
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For me, this is has been a terrific year at the movies. I've only seen one bad film so far, and that was The Great Gatsby.

I'll be buying these blurays:

Bullet to the Head
Good Day to Die Hard
Pain and Gain
Fast Furious 6
Man of Steel
Byzantium
Pawnshop Chronicles


Probably won't guy these, but really enjoyed them:

Incredible Burt Wonderstone
42
Grown Ups 2


Most Anticipated:

Passion
The World's End
Grandmaster


Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:58 am
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I think this is a complete tally of the 2013 movies I've seen this year:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Part 2)
Identity Thief
Trance
42
Evil Dead
Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
Man of Steel
The Lone Ranger

Here they are again, with remarks.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Part 2) - As good as the DC DTV movies get; a strong adaptation of the greatest Batbook.
Identity Thief - Pfft.
Trance - Too convoluted for its own good, but well worth it just for that one shot. You know the one. Don't lie.
42 - Interesting enough as historical reenactment, but barely scratches the surface of a fascinating man.
Evil Dead - Evil Dead without Ash is like Christmas without presents.
Iron Man 3 - An acceptably entertaining filler chapter in the sprawling saga of summer movies.
Star Trek Into Darkness - It's fun, and the cast is growing into the roles, which is good, except for the rehash, which is bad.
Man of Steel - Loses its brain whenever Zod and Crew show up, among other flaws, but well-cast and occasionally excellent.
The Lone Ranger - As exciting as a trip to Blocko Land.

Looking forward to new Scorsese, new Coens, new Cormac McCarthy-penned movie, and (pretty much against my better judgment) new Schrader.

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Here's my halftime Top 10 (going by U.S. release date here):

1. Upstream Color
2. Before Midnight
3. From Up On Poppy Hill
4. Mud
5. Berberian Sound Studio
6. The Place Beyond The Pines
7. Stoker
8. Like Someone In Love
9. Antiviral
10. Much Ado About Nothing

I'm sure I've mentioned this before on this forum, but VOD has kind of been my film savior in 2013 (4 of the films on my list were viewed at home). Byzantium will more than likely be my next VOD watch.

As for the rest of the year, I'm keeping my eye on a good number of releases, but here are 5 in particular I'm looking forward to seeing:

The Counselor (Ridley Scott has been consistently letting me down in the last few years, but the cast and the Cormac McCarthy script has me expecting great things)
Snowpiercer (this might not see a U.S. release until next year though)
The World's End (so far, Edgar Wright has done no wrong, and the trailers for his new film signal a continuation of his winning streak)
The Grandmaster (Wong Kar Wai has been absent from the screen for too long, good to have him back)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Didn't really have much interest in this, but the trailer makes it look like it has a lot of energy)

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I love your list, Blonde. I didn't like Antiviral very much, but it had a unique visual style so that counts for something. I don't mind it being included on anyone's list, and my opinion of it aside, I'm happy to see it exist there in place of things like Star Trek Into Darkness, which I liked more. That being said...

Before Midnight
Berberian Sound Studio
No
The first half of Mud
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~DROP-OFF~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Star Trek Into Somewhere
The Gatsby
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SIGNIFICANT DROP-OFF~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
War Witch
Kon-Tiki
42
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WELP~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Heat

I haven't seen a whole lot this year. I did blind buy Upstream Color, so... soon on that one.

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Whoops, forgot about Star Trek.

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I know we're only supposed to do five but I figured I would follow in Blondie's footsteps.

Top 10 of the year (so far)

Place Beyond The Pines
Stories We Tell
Upstream Color
Before Midnight
Mud
Frances Ha
Side Effects
Much Ado About Nothing
Monsters University
Stoker (reservations with this one)

Most Anticipated

12 Years a Slave
Elysium
The Spectacular Now
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Short Term 12
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Counselor

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Not a good year for GREAT movies. Sure, there are lots of enjoyable, entertaining movies. But for truly great movies it's been an abysmal year. I still haven't seen some promising titles though. Movies like Before Midnight, The East, Disconnect, Upstream Color, Stoker, etc.

But my top 5 of the year so far:

1. Side Effects
2. Iron Man 3
3. Jack the Giant Slayer
4. Dead Man Down
5. White House Down/Olympus Has Fallen (tied)


Movies I'm Super excited about:

2 Guns
Elysium
The Butler
Paranoia
The Family
Insidious Chapter 2
Prisoners
Don Jon
Gravity
Machete Kills
Runner Runner
Captain Phillips
Escape Plan
The Fifth Estate
The Counselor
Oldboy
About Time
Last Vegas (despite the lame trailer)
The Wolf of Wall Street
Delivery Man
Nebraska
Grace of Monaco
Homefront
Out of the Furnace
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Dallas Buyers Club
Inside Llewyn Davis
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Saving Mr. Banks
The Monuments Men
Anchorman 2
Jack Ryan
Lone Survivor
Grudge Match
August: Osage County
Diana
Thor: The Dark World
12 Years a Slave


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So far this year has been dominated by what's been referred to as the in-between movie. Ones that aren't likely to make it on to any best of or favorite's list. But are well above unwatchable. The ones that rank in quality below say No Country For Old Men. But ahead of the latest Nicholas Soarks adaptation.

LIke I said previously. The Place Beyond The Pines and Before Midnight are the two movies released so far this year that I plan to own on DVD. As for the rest.

Gangster Squad: The dud so far this year. Watch it from one perspective it reminds one of the pretty forgotten Mulhooland Falls. Watch from another, it recalls the Untouchables. From another, LA Confidential. Slavish imitation that doesn't really try to do anything new.

Bullet To The Head: Workmanlike effort from Walter Hill. Entertainign while on yet fades pretty quickly.

Side Effects: Decent note for Soderbergh to end his career on. Entertaining thriller. But nothing more.

A Good Day to Die Hard: I'll have to take back what I said about Gangster Squad being the only dud so far this year.

Olympus Has Fallen: Entertaing popcorn fare.

Spring Breakers: Effective trip into nihilism land. Glad I saw it even though I doubt I'll watch it again.

The Call: Elements of SIlence Of The Lambs and Manhunter here. Entertains while on yet fades.

Iron Man 3: An improvement over part 2 and Captain America. But still has that also-ran feeling.

Pain And Gain: Michael Bay's best since The Rock. Darkly funny.

Star Trek: Into Darkness Entertaining blockbuster. Better than Iron Man 3.

The Great Gatsby The jury's still out on this one.

The Bling Ring: More entertaining less nihilistic than Spring Breakers.

Pacific Rim: Even in garden variety blockbuster territory, Guillermo Del Toro displays more skill than most.

In the looking forward to category:

Inside Llewyn Davis
Elysium
Out Of The Furnace
Nebraska
Fruitvale Station (waiting for that one to get to my neck of the woods)
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Gravity

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Pedro wrote:
I love your list, Blonde. I didn't like Antiviral very much, but it had a unique visual style so that counts for something. I don't mind it being included on anyone's list, and my opinion of it aside, I'm happy to see it exist there in place of things like Star Trek Into Darkness, which I liked more.


Thanks, Pedro. On Antiviral, I liked it as a refreshing change of pace from today's typical horror slate of ghost stories and gore/torture extravaganzas, a throwback to the kind of idea-driven horror of the '80s. But I can definitely see why others would be more lukewarm about it. Brandon Cronenberg's film aspires to measure up to his father's most memorable work, but it doesn't quite get there.

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Stories We Tell


This is the one film I really wanted to see in the first half and never did. It looks like the kind of film that will make it's way onto many Top 10 lists at the end of the year.

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Trance - Too convoluted for its own good, but well worth it just for that one shot. You know the one. Don't lie.


Giggity!!!!!!! Unquestionably the "Mr. Skin" moment of the year. I don't think anything will beat it.

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JackBurns wrote:
Stories We Tell


This is the one film I really wanted to see in the first half and never did. It looks like the kind of film that will make it's way onto many Top 10 lists at the end of the year.


Blonde, you have to see Stories We Tell the first chance you get

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My 10 Favorite films of the first half of 2013

1. Stories We Tell
2. Disconnect
3. This Is The End
4. The Place Beyond the Pines
5. The Iceman
6. Star Trek Into Darkness
7. Much Ado About Nothing
8. Oblivion
9. Mud
10. Side Effects


A few bad movies

1. Scary Movie 5
2. GI Joe Retaliation
3. The Host
4. The Call
5. The Lords of Salem

My MOST Anticipated film of 2013:
The Wolf of Wall Street


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Just took a look at the scheduled new releases for the next few months.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.



If anybody needs me, I'll be binge-watching TV shows.

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Update time.

1: Fruitvale Station
2: Before Midnight
3: Gravity
4: Prisoners
5: THe Place Beyond The Pines

Runners-up: Rush, Captain Phillips, Don Jon

Looking forward to:

1: The Wolf Of Wall Street (if it gets released this year. Even fi ti gets moved down, I'm still looking forward to it)
2: American Hustle
3: Inside Llelwyn Davis
4: Monuments Men
5: Out Of The Furnace

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1. Pawn Shop Chronicles
2. Prisoners
3. Pain and Gain
4. Man of Steel
5. Bullet to the Head
6. The World's End
7. Byzantium
8. Grandmaster
9. Fast 6
10. 42

The top 5 are the only ones I would consider to be really great, World's End being close but a tad more flawed.

are my top 10 so far.

Looking Forward to:

Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Her
American Hustle


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1. Upstream Color
2. From Up On Poppy Hill
3. Before Midnight
4. The Act Of Killing
5. Mud
6. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
7. Prisoners
8. The World's End
9. The Grandmaster
10. Blue Jasmine

Amazing we still have two and a half months to go. If the year ended today, I'd be really happy with that list.

Her, The Monuments Men, and American Hustle are the three I'm probably looking forward to the most, now that The Wolf Of Wall Street is rumored to be delayed to 2014. The Counselor still intrigues me, but after Prometheus I feel like I should temper my expectations for Ridley Scott films from now on.

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I still have to see upstream color.


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I agree with the vast majority--its amazing we still have a couple more months of film season ahead. With that said, heres my update:

1. The Hunt (2012)
2. Short Term 12
3. Place Beyond The Pines
4. Stories We Tell
5. Mud
6. Prisoners
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Gravity
9. Upstream Color
10. The Spectacular Now

Possible Honorable Mentions:
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Before Midnight
Frances Ha
Side Effects

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