Monday, December 16, 2013

Best of 2013: Movie edition


This past weekend was kind of busy (and yet I still managed to read 902 pages?!?!?!), so I didn't have a chance to pick a movie. But I figured seeing as it's basically the end of the year anyway, why not just make it Best Of week?!

Let's start with a disclaimer that this list will include neither Catching Fire nor The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. The reasons for this are as follows: I have yet to see the first because it came out when I was in New Zealand and I'm a slacker, and I have yet to see the second because it doesn't open in Australia until Boxing Day. SIGH.

ANYWAY.

Brave
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I saw this on the plane home from the US in January, and I honestly can't believe I waited that long to see it. Because it was pretty damned phenomenal. It was funny and exciting and moving, and brilliantly animated. Plus, there were a million sneaky references to other Pixar movies. Which, WIN.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
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Yes, this movie was a total and utter cheesefest. No, I don't care if you judge me for loving it. It was hilarious. And fun. And action-packed. And filled with Jeremy Renner. What more do you need in a movie?!

Iron Man 3
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There are no words for how much I loved this movie. Tony being his usual sassy self, combined with an epic plot twist regarding The Mandarin, awesomeness courtesy of Don Cheadle, and a nice dose of humanity and mental health problems for Tony following the Battle of New York? YES. SO. MUCH. YES.

Much Ado About Nothing
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Oh my God, Joss Whedon. You are a genius. This film was completely and utterly magical. It's a who's who of the Whedon-verse, and they're clearly having an absolute blast doing it. Alexis Denisof, in particular, was hilarious perfection as Benedick.

Sunset Boulevard
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This film? Is AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING. You should all watch it immediately, even if it's a millionty years old.

The Silver Linings Playbook
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The characters in this film are all so completely and utterly fucked up. But they're also incredibly human and real. And the whole thing was brilliantly acted from start to finish. Jennifer Lawrence deserved the shit out of that Oscar.

Thor: The Dark World
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I took myself to see this at the movies and loved every second of it. I saw it again with Kim while I was in Wellington, and I think I loved it even more the second time around. It was funny and moving and exciting, and just plain old enjoyable from start to finish. I didn't love it QUITE as much as I did Iron Man 3, but it was still fabulous. Plus, Tom Hiddleston. OBVIOUSLY.

So. What are the best movies you've seen this year?

K xx

8 comments:

  1. I'm down with these picks, but "Sunset Boulevard" is just unbelievable. Unbelievable! Billy Wilder is the man. Have you seen "The Apartment"? Watch it, watch it!

    PS I do a pretty good Norma Desmond impression. I swan about very well and pretend I live in a cobwebby old Hollywood mansion.

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    1. I would pay money to see that impression. And no, I haven't seen The Apartment! I shall add it to my list immediately.

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  2. Of course Hansel and Gretel has a special place in my heart... ;-)

    But YES with Brave, Silver Linings Playbook, and Much Ado About Nothing. FANTASTIC!

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    1. I refuse to apologise for how much I giggled and bounced in my seat during H&G. Similarly, I refuse to apologise for dragging you and Lor to see it, because it was BRILLIANT in its awfulness.

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  3. I agree with you 100% on Hansel and Gretel. It was fun to watch. Love me some Jeremy Renner.

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    1. People who don't love them some Jeremy Renner are wrong. That is all.

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  4. Kirsti, I came back to emphasize my desire that you see "The Apartment" and soon. Seriously. Can you come over this weekend and watch it with me? I'll make gingerbread martinis.

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    1. Sounds like a plan. Let me just sell a kidney so I can afford the last minute airfare and I'll be right over.

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