The Best and Worst of 2013

WRONG-EXCLUSIVE-MasterChangBookYep, yet another “best of” list.

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best this year had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 movies of the year list. That list will come mid-January, and be a collaborative effort amongst all us Filmbalayans. This post is just my opinion (which is obviously the absolute best opinion) on what I thought was the best, and worst, that movies had to offer this year. You know what they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks.”

Follow the jump to see my stinking opinions on what I thought were the Best Performance, best villain, best use of a pop song, best documentary, best horror, best sci-fi, best action, best comedy, worst movie and some other categories.

Most Visually Impressive

Gravity (Dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

GRAVITYHonorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. The Grandmaster (Dir. Kar Wai Wong)
2. Leviathan (Dirs. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel)
3. Only God Forgives (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
4. Spring Breakers (Dir. Harmony Korine)
5. To The Wonder (Dir. Terrence Malick)

Best Use of Pop Music (Click on link to see clip from film)

Spring Breakers (‘Everytime’ by Britney Spears)

040513-arts-spring-breakers-courtesy-of-a24-filmsHonorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. The Last Elvis (‘Unchained Melody’ – Righteous Brothers)
2. The Act of Killing (‘Born Free’ by Matt Monroe)
3. The Place Beyond the Pines (‘Dancing in the Dark’ by Bruce Springsteen)
4. Don Jon (‘Good Vibrations’ by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch)

Best Performance (Male or Female)

Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone)
2. James Franco (Spring Breakers)
3. Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
4. Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
5. Gerta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
6. John McInerny (The Last Elvis)
7. Chiwetel Ejofor (12 Years a Slave)
8. Michael Fassbinder (12 Years a Slave)
9. William Fichtner (Wrong)
10. Gael García Bernal (No)

Best Villain

Vithaya Pansringarm (Only God Forgives)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. The State of Florida (Spring Breakers)
2. Matthew Goode (Stoker)
3. Danny McBride (This is the End)
4. Ethan Philbeck (Found.)
5. Michael Fassbinder (12 Years a Slave)
6. Cameren Diaz (The Counselor)

Best Documentary

 The Act of Killing (Dirs. Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. Future My Love (Dir. Maja Borg)
2. Leviathan (Dirs. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
3. Stories We Tell (Dir. Sarah Polley)
4. Interior. Leather Bar (Dirs. James Franco, Travis Mathews)
5. Elena (Dir. Petra Costa)

Best Horror Movie

The Battery (Dir. Jeremy Gardner)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. All Cheerleaders Die
(Dir. Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson)
2. The Conjuring
(Dir. James Wan)
3. My Amityville Horror
(Dir. Eric Walter)
4. Septic Man
(Dir. Jesse T. Cook)
5. Stalled
(Dir. Christian James)
6. Soul
(Dir. Mong-Hong Chung)
7. Found. (Dir. Scott Schirmer)
8. Septic Man (Dir. Jesse T. Cook)
9. My Amityville Horror (Dir. Eric Walter)

Best Science Fiction Movie

Europa Report (Dir. Sebastián Cordero)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. Antiviral (Dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
2. Ghosts with Shit Jobs (Dirs. Chris McCawley, Jim Morrison, Jim Munroe, Tate Young)
3. Her (Dir. Spike Jonze)

Best Action Movie

The Grandmaster (Dir. Kar Wai Wong)

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Honorable Mention is:
1. The Last Stand (Dir. Kim Jee-Woon)

Best Laugh-out-loud Comedic Movie

Wrong (Dir. Quentin Dupieux)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. Prince Avalanche (Dir. David Gordon Green)
2. Funeral Kings (Dirs. Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus)
3. Sightseers (Dir. Ben Wheatley)
4. This is the End (Dirs. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen)
5. Despicable Me 2 (Dirs. Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud)
6. Stalled (Dir. Christian James)
7. All Cheerleaders Die (Dirs. Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson)

Worst Movie in Wide Release

Texas Chainsaw 3D (Dir. John Lussenhop)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):
1. The Bling Ring (Dir. Sofia Coppola)
2. Parker (Dir. Taylor Hackford)
3. From Up on Poppy Hill (Dir. Goro Miyazaki)
4. A Good Day to Die Hard (Dir. John Moore)
5. Gangster Squad (Dir. Ruben Fleischer)

Worst Movie in Very Limited Release

Faces in the Mirror (Dir. Aaron Farrington)

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Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):

1. Bathsalt Zombies (Dir. Dustin Mills)
2. Hunger Unholy (Dir. Nicholas Holland)
3. Evil Feed (Dir. Kimani Ray Smith)
4. Cold War (Dirs. Sunny Luk Kim-Ching, Longmond Leung Lok-Man)
5. Beijing Flickers (Dir. Yuan Zhang)

Best Movie of the Year

Tied: Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) & Shelter (Dir. Dragomir Sholev)

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x240-b5dClick here to see last year’s Best and Worst of list

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