Feb. 17th, 2014

philosoraptor42: (Fatpie42)

If you missed it, you can check out the movies I ranked between 11 and 20 here.
Below is my top 10 movies from 2013. Do be aware that this is an end-of-year list and, not being a proper movie critic, there are tons of movies that I have as yet to see and review. But this selection below are the best so far.

10. Monsters University (2013)
UK release date: 12 July 2013

The demise of Pixar has been hugely exaggerated. It may be Pixar's marketing strategy that is suffering the biggest decline. I found the marketing for "Brave" to be somewhat uninspiring, but absolutely loved the final product (not least because of similarities to my favourite Disney movie of all time, "Sword In The Stone"). In the case of "Monsters University" I was actively horrified by the teaser trailer showing Mike, the smaller one-eyed green monster, being bullied by Sully, the giant blue furry monster, and treated like a living disco ball. Yet strangely this prequel to one of the Pixar films which never really spoke to me turned out to be enormous fun and absolutely crammed full of clever little details. I'd actually argue that this is one of the better Pixar movies, not the mediocre entry I was expecting at all.

(My review here)

9. Gravity (2013)
UK release date: 7 November 2013

On the negative side there's a typical "oh no, what can my life possibly be worth without children" element to the central female character which I found enormously irritating. On the positive side however, there are great performances from the two actors. (I don't count the voices of Houston or the Eastenders actor whose face is only shown in a photograph. There's only really Clooney and Bullock giving a performance here.) And of course the biggest positive point is the absolutely incredible spectacle. There's some wonderfully creative artistry involved here. Sorry astronauts if this didn't entirely capture the way everything works in outer space, but you've got to give it some poetic license and full credit for the incredibly ambitious vision involved here. As Bullock's character travels across space doing whatever she has to do to survive there's a kind of 'action movie' feel here.

This was a welcome surprise considering I'd imagined that this movie would mainly feature a woman stranded in the empty blackness of space having an existential crisis as she contemplates her inevitable death. "Gravity" isn't perfect, but it's both a fun and an intense cinematic experience. Wondering why it received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture? Heck, flipping "Avatar" received an Oscar nomination and that was nowhere near so worthy. If technical achievement is going to swing in a movie's favour at the Oscars (which, let's face it, normally isn't how it works) then "Gravity" seems like a film more worthy of that kind of special treatment. The wow-factor is strong with this one.

(My review here)

Click here to see the rest of my favourites from 2013 (so far)... )
philosoraptor42: (Fatpie42)
Reviews follow an old-fashioned report card grading system:
A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Satisfactory
D = Unsatisfactory
E = Unacceptable
U = Barely qualifies as a movie

I give each rating a + or - to suggest how close it was to being in the next grade up.

Reviews of movies with a C+ or below here

A+ (Reviews from 2014)

The Lego Movie (2014)

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Monsters University (2013)

World War Z (2013)

Escape (2012)

X-Men: First Class (2011) (reconsidered here)

Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)

Gods And Monsters (1998)

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Weird Science (1985)

The Nanny (1965)

A+ (Reviews from 2013)

Stoker (2013)
The World's End (2013)
Django Unchained (2012)
The Impossible (2013)
A Hijacking (2012)
Rush (2013)
Byzantium (2012)
Mud (2012)
Gravity (2013)
Maniac (2012)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Carrie (2013)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
Side Effects (2013)
John Dies At The End (2013)
Behind The Candelabra (2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
Evil Dead (2013)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Antiviral (2012)
Dredd (2012)
Excision (2012)
Life Of Pi (2012)
The Girl (2012)
Brave (2012)
Paranorman (2012)
Margin Call (2011)
Juan Of The Dead (2011)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Cold Prey 2 (2008)
Bad Biology (2008)
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Hostel (2005)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Richard III  (1995)
Basket Case 2 (1990)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Basket Case (1982)
Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)
The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue (1974)
Strangers On A Train (1951)
Rope (1948)

A+ (Reviews from 2012 and earlier)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
A Royal Affair (2012)
Skyfall (2012)
Cabin In The Woods (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Prometheus (2012)
Lockout (2012)
Looper (2012)
Sound Of My Voice (2011)
Take Shelter (2011)
Detention (2011)
The Gray (2011)
The Innkeepers (2011)
The Revenant (2009)
Young Adult (2011)
Contagion (2011)
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
Another Earth (2011)
Drive (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
The Guard (2011)
The Woman (2011)
Source Code (2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Sarah's Key (2010)
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil (2010)
Point Blank (2010)
Troll Hunter (2010)
Submarine (2010)
Black Swan (2010)
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
The King's Speech (2010)
Oranges And Sunshine (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
True Grit (2010)
Easy A (2010)
Salt (2010)
30 Days Of Night: Dark Days (2010)
Machete (2010)
Winter's Bone (2010)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The Infidel (2010)
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010)
Inception (2010)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Monsters (2010)
Black Death (2010) (rating change)
Rare Exports (2010)
Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (2010)
Arrietty (2010)
A Town Called Panic (2009)
Get Low (2009)
The Loved Ones (2009)
Made In Dagenham (2010)
Animal Kingdom (2010)
A Serious Man (2009)
An Education (2009)
Moon (2009)
In The Loop (2009) (rating change)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Let The Right One In (2008)
Sin Nombre (2009)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Mary And Max (2009)
Lourdes (2009)
Triangle (2009)
Mother (2009)
Where The Wild Things Are (2009)
Julia (2008) (longer consideration)
Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Cherry Blossoms (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Changeling (2008)
Eastern Promises (2007)
Black Sheep (2006)
The Fountain (2006)
Cold Prey (2006)
The Fall (2006)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Grizzly Man (2005)
The Descent (2005) (director spotlight)
Red Dust (2004)
The Grudge (2004)
Freddy Vs Jason (2003)
Harry, He's Here To Help (2000)
La Vie Rêvée Des Anges (The Dreamlife of Angels) (1998)
In The Mouth Of Madness (1995)
Matinee (1993)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Gremlins 2 (1990)
The 'Burbs (1989)
They Live (1988)
The Fly (1986)
Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
Gremlins (1984)
Videodrome (1983)
The Thing (1982)
Creepshow (1982)
The Beyond (1981)
Dracula (1979)
Soldier Of Orange (1977)
A Boy And His Dog (1975)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Birds (1963)
The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)
Psycho (1960)
North By Northwest (1959)
The Fly (1958)
To Catch A Thief (1955)
Rear Window (1954)
M (1931)

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