Working at the cinema now I get constantly asked by people what were your best films of 2013? So here's my top 5, and granted this is what I PERSONALLY saw. (and we're going on UK release dates here so 12 years a slave, Wolf of Wall Street and Mandela aren't on this list). Feel free to tell me i'm an idiot and amend the list for your own tastes!
Honourable mentions: Gravity, Frozen, Don Jon, Iron man 3, World War Z, The Great Gatsby, Saving Mr Banks, Now You See Me. Maybe not in that order!
5. Star Trek Into Darkness
My god the first thing that I have to say stood out for this was the spectacular 3D that viscously took my IMAX 3D virginity without shame! Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain Harrison was amazing, what a performance. Now I don't want to give away any spoilers if you haven't seen it...WHY HAVEN'T YOU SEEN IT!?!? The acting is all round top notch, needs more Karl Urban, but then all films do! The effects are as expected balls to the walls great, Abrams directing was very Star Wars-esq in this. Oh and the lens flares being mercifully cut down is always a relief.
This film I went into blind and it was one of the bleakest, harshest films I've seen in a long time. The tone, the acting, the setting was all dark as hell. Gyllenhaal's performance was quite enthralling, just take out the ridiculous name of Loki that had me chuckle a few times, Jackmans performance in my opinion stole this flick and is Oscar worthy. Without spoiling it, him and his hammer made a fantastically dark scene!
3. Pacific Rim
This film was EVERYTHING you expected it to be and more, Giant Robots fighting Giant Monsters! Take away the fact the main mech Gypsy Danger kinda sounds like a stripper, and the other mechs being criminally under utilized. The acting and action was campy as hell, I mean using freight ships as swords/baseball bats, awesome! And the film being restrained with the leads in their will they wont they relationship....ends up they wont, which came as a pleasant surprise! Took a friend to see it in IMAX 3D and that wasn't to subtle about stealing their IMAX Virginity, that being said top notch effects work!
This film, what a thrill ride of emotions and brilliant acting. Gotta say for someone here that couldn't care less about Formula 1 racing, The comparison of Lauda and Hunt and their rivalry/friendship/whatever you call it was spectacular to watch. One scene just gave me all the feels when hunt beats up the reporter for Lauda. Watch it yourself to find out why, it'll be freaking worth it! Would spoil it, but a quick google search can do that just fine!
Well what can I say, this movie is quite for lack of a better term, screwed up. A crazy drug and drink fuelled ride through police corruption in bonnie old Scotland! All centred around a promotion, a murder (yes said in that amazing scottish way), Now you really can't go into much without giving vital spoilers. Has to be said for me this one James McAvoy's best performance to date, and the ending is heartbreaking. Directing is also top notch.....again don't want to spoil it. Its well worth a watch, and I feel sorry for the old Americans that they have to wait until May 30th for this masterpiece!
AGAIN, Feel free to tell me i'm an idiot and amend the list for your own tastes!