Five Best Movies of 2013

8 Jan

Five Best Movies of 2013

It may seem laughably premature to release a “five best movies of 2013” list so early in the year, but I prefer the terms “bold” and “prescient.” Of course, I’ve not seen any of these films, and am basing my opinions solely on movie posters, online summaries, and deep industry insight I gleaned during some community college film classes I took a few years ago. Each entry is followed by its category identifier for easier stereotyping.

Star Trek into Darkness—JJ Abram’s much anticipated sequel to his wonderful 2009 reboot, this film will fulfill every fan’s dreams with its clever script, jaw-dropping visuals, and compelling storyline. A winner in every sense. If not, there’s always Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Hobbit part 2, etc.  [Category: Big-budget superhero/sci-fi/fantasy spectacular]

The Place Beyond the Pines—Gritty, violent, hopelessly depressing but well-made examination of America’s criminal underbelly. Critics will eat it up, young males will cite it as life-changing, and countless adults will go to see Ryan Gosling live a life they’re glad they don’t have. [Profane, violent crime drama]

The Gatekeepers—Compelling look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of Shin Bet, Israel’s counterterrorism agency. No doubt filled with global politics, ongoing Middle East crises, armed anti-Semitism, and an aggressive approach to international relations, this’ll have the left commending it as an enlightening exposé while the right takes notes for foreign policy ideas. [Documentary about a political hobbyhorse]

From Up on Poppy Hill—Charming, artistic, emotionally poignant animated feature from the brilliant minds at Studio Ghibli. Alas, if this country’s sad history of ignoring Ghibli repeats itself, pretty much no one will see it. Their loss. [Quality, hand-drawn animation from overseas]

Captain Phillips—A timely drama sprinkled with political tension and manly action scenes that not only taps into today’s military-patriotic zeitgeist but delivers a solid story. Plus it has Tom Hanks. [Politically flavored human drama showing U.S. military in top form]

Come back tomorrow to check out the Five Worst Movies of 2013


3 Responses to “Five Best Movies of 2013”

  1. Sonya January 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    How do you know? This year just started.

    • Maximum Know-How January 9, 2013 at 12:05 am #

      I got a tip from the Hollywood Illuminati.

      • Sonya January 9, 2013 at 12:07 am #

        I am going to see all of these and at the end of 2013 return to see if they really are the best of 2013 🙂

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