[tps_title]Cachie Gonzalez’s Top 10 Films of 2013[/tps_title]
Not sure what it is, but I was intrigued with where they were going for this one. I loved that they referenced The Avengers a few times and there were a few comical moments. Love how much Loki was a part of the story which is partially why it made it to the list.
9. The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time. To see Leo play the amazing Gatsby and even more Carey Mulligan playing Daisy was something I couldn’t have ever imagined. I thought it was a beautiful book to film adaptation and the costumes were gorgeous. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, even though critics had a field day with it.
8. Iron Man 3
I’ve always loved Iron Man… He’s probably my favorite Avenger and hero from the Marvel universe. I really enjoyed Iron Man 3 because it had a lot of heartwarming moments and snark provided by RDJ. What’s not to love?
7. The Wolf of Wall Street
Alright, originally, this film was not on my list because I’d only heard good things about it, but I hadn’t seen it yet. So now that I’ve seen it, I can say it’s a really great film. It doesn’t have a better ranking because maybe it’s not really my cup of tea. I do know a good movie when I see one though. I loved a lot of things about this film, mainly Leo’s performance. I felt as though he’d been holding in this type of performance and character for a very long time and he finally let the beast loose. I thought he was absolutely stellar. Although I knew the direction the movie was heading, I expected something majestic to happen and it just didn’t. Granted, it’s based on a true story, so my argument is invalid, but as far as story goes, I was waiting for the big boom, but it never happened. A lot of the story, to me, was lost on the overemphasizing of drug use. So they lost me a bit on that. But there were so many other redeeming qualities that it just gets a spot on the list because it’s great.
6. Monsters University
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a complete child and I love practically anything Disney throws at me. So it should come as no surprise that I put Monsters University on my list. The thing I loved most about this particular movie is how it is so perfectly geared towards adults and mainly college students. A lot of the jokes may have been lost on the kids, but I loved every minute of it.
5. The Spectacular Now
It’s such an emotional and heartwarming film that I couldn’t do without putting in on my list, let alone give it the number 4 spot. It was truly touching and I absolutely LOVE Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller working together. They make an amazing team and have great chemistry.
4. Don Jon
Probably one of the most shocking films on my list, I think anyway. The directorial debut of Joseph Gordon Levitt was absolutely charming and hilarious. It makes you think about your life and get in touch with your own emotions while connecting with the characters on screen. I loved this film which is why it made it to my top 3 of 2013.
This movie is just… magical. I hate to use the word because it tends to lose its meaning when it’s used so much in describing Disney films. But this film, truly is magical. The animation is EXCEPTIONAL. Every side-branch, and prism of the snowflakes was clearly distinguishable and the characters were as lovable as previous Disney stars. The character they created for Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven were charming and lovable from the beginning. The musical numbers were sensational and comical. Ugh I just loved this movie so much. Alright, I’m done gushing now.
2. Saving Mr. Banks
The most recent film I’ve seen and probably at a tie for first place for me. Except we apparently can’t have two top movies of the year. The feels I get from watching this movie are literally indescribable. First off, Colin Farrell is magnificent and Tom Hanks embodies Walt Disney so perfectly, he even picked up the way he used to speak! Emma Thompson’s portrayal of P.L. Travers is remarkable, especially after hearing the actual recordings from their meetings at Walt Disney Studios. A truly masterful piece of work with heartfelt moments that make you feel like you’re in the movie. I loved it so much.
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I’m sorry that I’m not sorry for choosing this as my number 1 film for 2013. Call me a fangirl, call me crazy, because that’s exactly what I am and I’m not ashamed at all. Call it undeserving, I don’t care, but everything about this film was perfect. The way they made the games, the effects were 10 times better than the first one, the acting, the way the story was told. I was honestly surprised at how much I loved it. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t think it was going to be THAT good which is why it’s my #1 of 2013.
Side Note: I have not seen Her, Nebraska, 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, August Osage County, Lee Daniels’ The Butler or Fruitvale Station… So before you all start bashing my list– remember it’s a list of films I’ve actually seen this year! I know there have been a ton of great movies this year, trust me! I do! But most of the films I just mentioned are a shoe in for Academy Awards. I’m positive they will deserve the honor, but I haven’t seen them and it wouldn’t be fair to put them on my list without seeing them, obviously. So there. Enjoy.