I bet it’s fine to go ahead post this self-indulgent list even though most “legitimate” websites did this actually IN 2013. Right? Yeah, totally. I saw 326 movies last year and 130 of them were released in 2013. The others were mostly from the 80s. Here are my mega-favorites.
1) SPRING BREAKERS
I walked out of the theater in March with a big dumb grin on my face and said to myself that is the movie of the year.
The movie left folks feeling dirty thanks largely in part to the gun-sucking, the manicpanic ski masks/bikinis and generally everything about James Franco. I loved it and I should note that I’m not one of those ‘Harmony Korine types’ by nature. I’m the type of guy that gets a big kick out of the idea of Disney-loving teenagers (and maybe even their parents) going to see this movie thinking it’s something that it is very much not. This uncomfortable-to-the-point-of-hilarious movie was totally my favorite thing I saw in 2013. Word on the street is that the sequel will be 48fps and in Imax. Fingers crossed! Spring Break FOREVER!
This movie is too perfect and too close to me to talk about here because I had a thing with an operating system for a while.
3) THIS IS THE END
This movie is meta as shit and features a completely crazytown apocalypse premise, synchronized boy band dancing, masturbation jokes and Kenny “Fucking” Powers doing that thing where he makes a bird out of his hands soaring over a spread of breakfast treats. There are problems for sure with this movie, but kudos on bros in charge for getting a studio to pay them to have such a blast of a good time. Also- note the magical Cera windbreaker.
4) THE WORLD’S END
I’m a sucker for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and also a sucker for beer drinking, aliens and inside-jokes. Let’s all get together at the pub and watch SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ and THE WORLD’S END back to back! Oh- and let’s drink a keg of lager also.
5) AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS
Mmmmm acting, I love me some good acting. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in the magic hour light of 1970’s Texas is a beautiful thing. The movie is full of beautiful things left and right- especially the sound design featuring the funky organic group handclapping! This blood-soaked, dirt-clad movie has love, guns and even has Skinny Pete from BREAKING BAD! It’s a gorgeous Texas punch in the face!
6) BLUE JASMINE
Mmmmm acting, I love me some good acting. Cate Blanchett turns the acting party OUT in the new Woody Allen movie and along with the rest of the cast makes alcoholism and depression COOL again! Her performance alone rightfully slaps this movie on the list and cleanses the Woody palate after TO ROME WITH LOVE.
7) IN A WORLD
I’m a giant CHILDRENS HOSPITAL fan and writer, director, and star Lake Bell called in some awesome favors for her debut movie from her role on the Adult Swim show to recruit amazing performances from Ken Marino and Rob Corddry in the indie comedy about voiceover acting that the world didn’t know that it needed. The movie is way more about rad women stuff than those two cool dudes in a refreshing, Bechdel Test-passing way . IN A WORLD is funny, it’s emotional and brought me the magical phrase that I’ve used over and over again this year: “sister code.”
8 ) ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Nicolas Winding Refn and a near silent Ryan Gosling got back together for knifey violence, bizarre mother tension and psychological drama all draped in Bangkok neon lights. Oh- and there’s karaoke!I would very much like to watch this movie again in 2014.
9) FRANCES HA
Clumsy Greta Gerwig! Twenty-something friendships! Black and white New York! This movie resonated with audiences who know these types of people and who are these people in a way that other movies just don’t. Sure, there are movies made with young folks all the time that are meant to appeal to “hipsters” who like “mumblecore” or whatever but they don’t pull off the joyous aimlessness and insecurity of FRANCES HA. Greta Gerwig is just a pleasure to see go through the drudgery of trying to make sense of life in the big city while being “undatable.”
10) ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
There is one scene where Kristen Wiig asks Steve Carrell if he wants to the see the face that she makes “when she sees a snake made out of candy” and that is the absurdly fun scene I’ve been talking about non-stop since. It will likely be something silly I talk about and impersonate until the next inevitable ANCHORMAN.