Friday, December 27, 2013

2013: A Year in Review - Part 3

Following up from the last post, this almost concludes my viewing list of 2013:

The Conjuring - Once again, James Wan makes another fun haunted house film, this time harkening back to the 1970's.  I enjoyed the idea of a married couple visiting haunted grounds, exorcising demons, and storing evil relics in their personal museum.

Frankenweenie - This is the best Tim Burton film in years!  I enjoyed this adaption of his original short and the homages to the cheesy sci-fi and horror films of the 50's.

Oblivion - I know a lot of people don't like Tom Cruise, but I really enjoyed this film.  It has a lot of influence from various sci-fi films, but it uses them to create one unique story.  Plus, Zoe Bell makes a quick appearance at the end of the film.

Prisoners - This movie reminded me of Zodiac, especially the police procedural with Jake Gyllenhaal.  Also, the "prison" scenes with Hugh Jackman and Paul Dano were some of the most thought provoking yet disturbing sequences to see this year.

From Beyond - Scientists unlock the secret functionality of the Pineal Gland (it's a third eye in your brain).  But in doing so, the unleash terrors from another dimension.  Imagined from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft and directed by Stuart Gordon, this was a fun horror gem I never heard of.  Thanks Scream Factory!

This is the End - Featuring the typical "Apatow Comedy Cast," this film shows how a bunch of celebrities would react to the Apocalypse.

The World 's End - Although I feel this movie was overshadowed by This is the End, The World's End was the perfect wrap-up to Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy.  Although I enjoyed the sci-fi elements, the journey of the pub crawl was most entertaining.

Bad Grandpa - This time, Johnny Knoxville takes a lesson from Sacha Baron Cohen.  Still filled with hilarious stunts and pranks of the Jackass franchise, the story thread throughout the movie made for an engaging film.

500 Days of Summer - This fun little film shows the quirkiness and lovability of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Somehow, I think America would really love to see this couple together.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Starring an amazing voice cast, this charming tale focuses on a colony of forest animals who must defend themselves from crotchety old farmers.  Wes Anderson brilliantly creates an extraordinary world with stop-motion animation.  Also, this is going to be the first animated film to join the Criterion Collection next year.  So if you really want to know "What does the Fox say," just ask George Clooney.

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