I can’t say that this is been the BEST year for movies, but there were some really wonderful surprises along the way. Here’s a list of my 10 Favorite Films of 2013, so check them out when you get a chance.
10. “Mama” – It’s kind of hard to buy Jessica Chastain as a bass-playing-riot-grrl but that didn’t stop me from loving this movie. The little girls were surprisingly good and honestly, Mama scared the poo out of me. Rent this one if you like scary movies or you want to see Nicholaj Coster-Waldau in anything other than “Game of Thrones.”
9. “Mud” – I’ll watch any movie that Jeff Nichols makes, but Matthew McConaughey playing the loveable loser named “Mud” was just icing on the cake. You should watch this movie because it’s great, but also because it featured a kid named Neckbone. Next cat I buy is going to be named Neckbone, mark my words.
8. “Her” – Spike Jonez directed this love story about a man who falls for his operating system, which is kind of like a souped-up version of Siri. Their relationship is incredibly tender and believable, and Joaquin Phoenix is so restrained you almost forget that he’s insane.
7. “Warm Bodies” – I’ve seen “WWZ” on of few Best of 2013 lists and I’m not buying it. If you’re going to tell a zombie story, it had better be a new one. Like THIS story about a zombie-boy who falls in love with a human-girl and they both manage to be so adorable that anything seems possible. Rob Cordry as the Zombie-Wing-Man didn’t hurt either
6. “The Way Way Back” – This is such an excellent story about how much being a kid really can suck. A boy who feels helpless to change his miserable life finds friendship and hope working at a water-park. It’s like “Meatballs,” but with Steve Carell playing the bad guy.
5. “American Hustle” – I have to admit a general disinterest for many of the Oscar hopefuls this year, because they’re all so GRIM! Not so with this latest offering from David O. Russell, featuring Christian Bale in a comb-over and Bradley Cooper with a perm. The bad hair and Jennifer Lawrence’s full-tilt-bonkers performance were enough to keep me giggling all the way through.
4. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Don’t judge. I’m a huge fan of the books and it was great to see how they managed to one-up the first Hunger Games film. I’ve also got to send props out to Josh Hutcherson who turned his Hobbit-sized Peeta into the hero we’re all hoping for (well, almost).
3. “The Conjuring” – I haven’t seen this movie again since the first time I saw it in the theater. Why? Because I can’t get anyone to watch it with me & I simply can NOT do it alone. I also know that watching it a second time will mean another week of sleepless nights but MAN…it is worth it. And did I mention it’s based on a TRUE story? Make that 2 weeks of sleepless nights.
2. “Gravity” – Look, we all know I’m not the smartest person in the room so it should come as NO SHOCK that I totally bought it when George Clooney showed up at the capsule. My exact thoughts were, “Yay! He came back! Now they can be rescued together and start dating!” The outcome however, was far better than my idiot ramblings and this is one Oscar hopeful I’d truly like to see win a statue.
1. “Frozen” – I had very limited expectations when I saw this movie with my daughters, so to say I was blown away is an understatement. I think I had saucer-shaped eyes and my mouth in a perfect “O” through about 90% of it. The music, the story and by golly the cheesy SISTER LOVE CONQUERS ALL message resonated with me on every level. Honestly, I still can’t get through “Let it Go” without tearing up, which my kids find endlessly annoying.