[tps_title]Luciana Villalba’s Top Films of 2013[/tps_title]
1. The Wolf of Wall Street – Simply, the best movie experience I’ve had all year. Scorsese does it again. DiCaprio gives us *hopefully* the performance that will get him the Oscar he deserves. The Lemmons scene will go down in history as legendary.
2. 12 Years A Slave – Directed by the great Steve McQueen, this film had some of this year’s best performances by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o. This is the type of film that stays with you long after you leave the movie theater.
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – As a massive Hunger Games fan, this movie did everything in order to get my favorite book of the trilogy right and well executed on the screen.
4. Gravity – This year’s best cinematography and most thrilling ride in space led by a top notch performance by Sandra Bullock. Alfonso Cuaron done killed me with the long shots here.
5. The Place Beyond The Pines – I never expected to like this movie as much as I did, then again, the performances by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper were great, and they showed two sides about being a father. Whenever Gosling’s character wanted to be a father for so badly for his kid, that spoke volumes to me, especially coming from a really broken relationship with my father.
6. This Is The End – When my friend Gabrielle told me this movie was hilarious, I couldn’t believe it, just like I couldn’t believe the ending would be THAT good!
7. Man of Steel – Probably this year’s superhero underdog movie. I personally loved Zack Snyder’s take on the Superman story.
8. Spring Breakers – One of the movies I would have never hoped I would be thinking about WEEKS after I’ve seen it. I still don’t know what it meant, probably a satire about today’s teenagers being entitled and having no remorse about their consequences and James Franco performing the most captivating part I’ve seen him in. Literally every time (by the way “Everytime” by Britney Spears will never be the same) he was on screen, I was in awe. I fully support his Supporting Actor campaign.
9. Blackfish – The documentary that opened our eyes to Seaworld and Tilikum.