I do my best to stay away from calling anything “the best”; simply put, one person’s best is another’s worst. On that note, here’s a list of some of my favourite movies of the year. Enjoy!
The Wolverine – At this time, I’m going to completely go against what I just wrote by stating that it’s my personal belief that The Wolverine is the perfect representation of Logan on the big screen. The extended edition adds some blood to the proceedings, which makes the character of even more of a killer. Here’s hoping the rumoured sequel comes to fruition.
World War Z – While many were expecting this adaptation of the Max Brooks bestseller to be a failure because of the behind the scenes issues that went into its creation, the film wound up both a financial success and a critical hit. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
Thor: The Dark World – A sequel that I thought was vastly superior in every way, shape and form, this is likely my favourite Marvel Studios after The Avengers, at this point Chris Hemsworth absolutely owns the role, while Tom Hiddleston continues to give the character of Loki a wonderful depth. It’d worth noting that Thor: The Dark World is the first Marvel Studios film without Iron Man to cross the $200 million mark.
Lords of Salem – Though first screened in September of 2012, Rob Zombie’s low-budget, surreal horror film was released in the spring of 2013 to just a few hundred theaters. Few saw it at the time, but upon its DVD release, I wound up watching it twice in just a few days. It’s arguably Zombie’s most accomplished film, low on violence, high on character and mood. Find it and watch it.
American Hustle – My final pick of the year is the recently released film by David O. Russell, a throwback to the 70s in both its story and its storytelling. As I was watching American Hustle, I couldn’t help but recall the boldness of filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppolla and Martin Scorsese. An ensemble triumph that proves you don’t need massive sfx to have a hit film.
So, what were your favourite films of the year?